Happy 10th Anniversary

June 30, 2009

Ten years ago today the infamous nu-metallers Slipknot released their self-titled debut and changed the face of metal music forever. As well as selling millions of copies and reaching double-platinum status, the album created a worldwide movement of ‘maggots’ who are still present today.

Arguably Slipknot’s best album, it contains some of the most ferocious and brutal metal which are still crowdpleasers at your local rock club. Tracks such as Wait And Bleed, Eyeless and Spit It Out are now synonymous with metal and sit proudly on any metallers iPod.

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Twitter To Replace Music Critics

June 29, 2009

This video comes via Hypebot and is a clip of freelance music critic Christopher R. Weingarten giving a talk at the 140 Characters Conference (basically a conference about Twitter and its uses/downfalls). It is though a very laidback afair and not some random no-faces in suits talking about Web 2.0 and how hashtags can be used for marketing, most speeches come from people in rather interesting jobs giving their opinion on this internet phenomenon.

In this video Christopher R. Weingarten gives an honest view of how Twitter and the Blogosphere is killing the job of a music critic. He also talks about how people have now become stuck in one way of thinking and aren’t discovering anything new – which to be fair is just sad.

Watch the video here: http://blip.tv/file/2250992/

I would embed the video in to this post, but for some reason BlipTV doesn’t like WordPress.

Christopher R. Weingarten’s 1000 Times Yes Project

Unsigned Review: Somewherebetweenaclicheandamonkey

June 27, 2009

Electronic music is becoming increasingly popular nowadays with the vast improvement in the quality of machines available (drum machines, synths etc) and many bands are adopting either an element of electro or becoming a full blown electro band. The problem then is that everyone has a synth or a sampler and can make a ‘song’ in a matter of minutes, yet will most likely be awful. The old saying ‘a minute to learn, a lifetime to master’ is never more true. Read the rest of this entry »

Jacko Has Died

June 27, 2009

I really didn’t want to write a piece on Michael Jackson’s passing, not that I have any negative feelings toward him I just didn’t want to publish something which is everywhere at the minute and just get sucked into the vacuum of the internet. However because this news story is everywhere I felt I should put something up here anyway.

As I’m sure you’re all aware Michael Jackson died on Thursday of a suspected heart attack. Currently there is no official statement on the cause of death, but coroners have ruled out foul play. There are still a number of tests to be run to fully be sure how Jacko died, but his body has now been released to his family – there are no words on a funeral just yet. Read the rest of this entry »

Independent Music Charts To Launch

June 21, 2009

So here’s the plan; to combat the complaints of artists going mainstream and therefore losing their die hard fans due to ‘selling out’, a whole new music chart is going to be launched so underground artists can still claim to be number one in the charts. Sounds simple, but will it be effective?

Later this month two new record charts will be launched (an album chart and a single chart) but is only eligible to artists who have never made the top 20 and are not signed to the four major labels – Sony, Warner, Universal and EMI. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Download Festival 2009 – Saturday

June 17, 2009

Walking into the new layout of Download at 10am was an interesting sight, watching all the eager ones run toward the front whilst the more aged fans setting up their chairs toward the back with a cup of Tuborg in hand. Opening the main stage was Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (***) who brought some great rock ‘n’ roll to Donington with his wailing voice and very impressive  backing band. However it was obvious not enough people knew the songs to make the experience more worthwhile.

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Trent The Twit

June 12, 2009

The often unashamedly vocal Trent Reznor (frontman for Nine Inch Nails) has decided to adopt a vow of silence on Twitter. He had previously been using the ‘microblogging’ website to talk to his fans and have the occasional blast at artists and the music world. But all this has had to stop!

On his forum, Mr. Reznor states that it’s because of the spammers and haters, and “it’s now doing more harm than good in the bigger picture and the experiment seems to have yielded a result” before quoting the Jane’s Addiction (his current touring partner) song “Idiots rule”.

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