Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

There are a few songs that really rock on this album, yet there are others that (as much as I hate to say it) are just OK. The faster songs are the best but even some of the slower songs on this album are gold; however, this one really lacks the punch that drove the first album through to my heart. It’s a good album overall, but it just doesn’t reach the greatness of their first. If you can imagine a soundtrack performed by the Arctic Monkeys for Hawaii 5-0, this is it; unfortunately, it’s not as good as you want it to be. Here’s hoping that their third album kicks us in the nuts like their first one did.

(I know this is a short review. It’s the shortest I’ve ever written. It was actually a comment on Split, but I’ve wanted to add my two cents on the new album since it came out so here it is. :P )

finetune

Like Pandora but much cooler, finetune is probably the best internet radio I’ve used yet.

The one thing I really love about Pandora is that you can give the thumbs up/down to songs played, thereby teaching the player what you like and what you don’t; unfortunately, finetune lacks this option. However, finetune allows you to skip through as many songs as you’d like (or should I say, don’t like) thereby allowing you to cut through the crap. Not to say that there’s much crap here - the automatic station creator is actually really intelligent (much more so than LAUNCHcast). The finetune team says that that their secret sauce is made of “7 years of accumulated listener data; Almost 100 Million listener hours; 13,000 user created playlists; a pinch of salt to taste” - and it shows.

I really enjoy firetune’s layout and slickness. The song quality is great, as is the variety. I also like how finetune invites you to explore playlists of other users in a very social but not-shitty-like-MySpace fashion.

finetune has a feature unique to the internet radio stations I’ve used in the ability to tag songs, artists, and albums with genres (or anything, really) to describe that music. Those tags are then publicly displayed across the finetune network wherein you can listen to music that matches the tag you specify.

Another really cool feature is the ability to embed playlists into websites. Here’s my first playlist:

Make your own playlist at http://finetune.com.

Published in Split Magazine

Split

A few months or so ago, I stumbled upon a website offering a compilation CD of metal bands from India. I was interested in hearing what other nations listened to so I inquired about obtaining the CD. It was then that I met Arun Kale. At that time they were out of CDs, but we continued conversing anyway, mostly about music but also web design. Arun recently redesigned his website, Split Magazine, which is totally dedicated to spreading the word of good independent Indian music (and music in general). Arun checked out my site last week and came across my review of Thom Yorke’s The Eraser. To my delight, he quite enjoyed the review and asked to syndicate it on Split. (Of course I said ‘yes’.) You can check out my review on Split here.

My Review on Split of Thom Yorke's The Eraser

For the record, this is my second “semi-major” syndicated writing; my first was a poem that I wrote in high school, which was published in a national book of student poetry.

Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson - “Whatzupwitu”

This is probably one of the worst songs ever. Enjoy.

John Mayer - Continuum

John Mayer - Continuum

My wife is absolutely in love with John Mayer. I have little doubt that, if we weren’t together, she’d be a travelling groupie who’d follow Mayer to no end. Well, maybe not, but ever since his first big hit, “Your Body is a Wonderland,” she’s grown passionate feelings for the young lad. And so have I.

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