May 17, 2006

Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 10:43 am

Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender Harpist/pianist Joanna Newsom comes from a very musical family; both of her parents, sister and brother play musical instruments. Joanna started playing harp at the early age of seven. The Milk-Eyed Mender (2004) is actually her third album. Joanna previously self released two albums: Walnut Whales (2002) and Yarn an Glue (2003). Joanna also worked on many different side projects and she still actively is a member of rock/indie band The Pleased where she plays on keyboards.


The Strokes – First Impressions of Earth

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 9:50 am

The Strokes - First Impressions of EarthImpatiently awaited album number three by New Yorkers The Strokes First Impressions of Earth was one of the first albums released in early 2006.
The standard based on successful previous two releases “Is This It” (2001) and “Room on Fire” (2003) was set very high as well as expectations from listeners.
“First Impressions of Earth” starts out strong, with usual catchy melodies alas The Strokes, juicy rhythms and Casablancas “tired” vocals. First half of the album gets you all excited and puts you in rock’n’roll mood. There are few excellent and very catchy tracks on this album such as “Juicebox”, “Ask Me Anything” or “Razorblade”.


May 11, 2006

Mogwai – Mr.Beast

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 9:19 am

Mogwai - Mr. BeastScottish Mogwai are back again with their latest release Mr Beast (2006). The opener “Auto Rock” is a warm piano based track that keeps on building up until it explodes to a heavy super intense track two: “Glasgow Mega-Snake” – a pure heaven of squealing guitars and electric noise.
We calm down with the “Acid Food”, an electronic beat driven track with a bit of a singing and a very “country” sounding slide guitar.
The rest of the album is a mixture of similar moods. The heavier tracks on this Mr. Beast album: “Travel Is Dangerous” or the closing track “Were No Here” are definitely one of the most intense pieces Mogwai has ever recorded.


May 4, 2006

Transferring music ruled legal in Australia

Filed under: News — Svato @ 5:30 am

According to The Age, transferring music from CDs to MP3 players or iPods, will not be illegal in Australia any more, after Australian cabinetmade significant changes to copyright laws.

Format shifting will become legal once these new laws area passed. People will be allowed to conver their own CDs or other media to other formats. This will also make recording of television and radio shows for later viewing legal. This practice is currently prohibited by law, despite the fact that millions of people are doing it regularily.

Universities, schools, cultural institutions and libraries will be allowed to use copyright material for non-commercial purposes. On the other hand, police will be given more power to fight internet privacy, and courts will gain powers to give larger payouts against pirates.
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