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  • Thoughts on the new Last.fm...

    Jul 26 2008, 0h40

    Now, there's been a lot of points on either side of the new Last.fm design. Personally, I think it both has its advantages and drawbacks. I think the users causing an uproar to "bring back the old design" need to get over themselves. There will always be someone (or in this case, 10,000 something users...) who doesn't like change. And quite frankly, the old last.fm design was great, in usefulness and look.

    However, with this new design, which we'll just have to learn to get used to, come many new, exciting innovations. I know this sounds like a shilling, but I'm just a regular user giving my NOK 0,20,- on the situation.

    First up, let's check out the new additions with this new Last.fm. First off, there's the "library", an ingenious function which the previous Last.fm lacked. You can see through EVERYTHING you've ever scrobbled/tagged/eaten with a nice side of bacon - every song by every artist. I was very upset when the Tag+Profile editor was removed, as it was very useful to remove mistagged objects from the library. So, naturally, since it worked pretty well and without bugs, I didn't understand, nor did I get any answer from Last.fm staff about how and why it was removed. However, Last.fm have paid back our waiting in dividends, with the new, user-friendly library.

    Going through everything you've ever scrobbled is kick ass. Finally I can remove those travesties I didst scrobble once upon a time, before I realized that mistagging songs and artists didn't help Last.fm. Artists like "Kill Bill Vol.1", "Nintendo GameCube" and "KEYSER SOZES ORCHESTRA" (thanks a lot, file sharing programs!) performing songs like "01 - Kill Bill Vol.1 - Twitted Nerve" and "13, Kaizers Orchestra - Maestro - Knekker Deg Til Sist (Live at Luftslottet)". DAMN, it feels good removing all that crap.

    Now on to the bad parts. For instance, the profile has been mucked up terribly. The info section is on the RIGHT side, and there's no way to align the text to the right side. Additionally, placing the shoutbox WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY down on the page, I didn't like. All in all, the new profile page looks bloated, and a lot of space could be better used. The old one was good, and everything you'd want to check up on (Shoutbox messages, groups) could be seen the instant you loaded the profile. I don't like all this waste of time with navigating ALL THE WAY DOWN. The last thing, the "recent journals" section, complete with number of comments is missing. You have to go to the journals page to even see them! I'm not gonna bother to do that, so when do I know when I get comments?
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    Well, those are my thoughts. In time, we'll all get used to it, and happier we'll be. Last.fm could still leave the old design as an "alternative" skin for those who won't embrace the future.
  • The Magical Review Tour, Part 3 : Various Artists - A Clockwork Orange

    Jun 28 2008, 9h52

    Well, yep, the Magical Review Tour™ is back and rolling, and this time it's the soundtrack to nothing more than the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's dystopian masterpiece, A Clockwork Orange, based on a an ownage novel by Anthony Burgess. The novel incorporates a special kind of breed of slang known as Nadsat, created by Burgess.

    The slang consists of school boy talk, russian and slavic syllables all jambled together, which would make your average sentence about the recession something like this; "During the recession, I and my starry grandfather did not get to viddy many sinnies, what with the corporate dook on our backs at all razzes. At the raz it did not matter, as I could spend my raz with like my droogs at the jolly ol' moloko bar. So it did not peet as much as you would think, oh my bratties."

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    Spoiler warning! Plot and/or ending details follow!
    The movie is about the character Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his exploits in a world where violence is the only sort of entertainment around. And rape. And milk. And Ludwig van Beethoven. After one extreme spot of nastiness involving a plastic sculpture of a penis, Alex is arrested and becomes the test subject for a new cure for crime, in exchange for early release from prison. However, this cure, known as the "Ludovico Treatment", a sort of aversion therapy, not only conditions him against acts of sex and violence, but also against Beethovens "Symphony No. 9 (Scherzo)", which proves to be disastrous later on in the films. Once released, he is confronted with "evils" from his past, but ultimately receives his "absolution".
    Spoilers end here.
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    Err, so I'll get on with the actual review of the actual album I am actually speaking about here then shall I? A Clockwork Orange is an eclectic mix of electronic synthesizer music, courtesy of Wendy Carlos (a.k.a. the Artist Formerly Known as Walter Carlos), classical music and pop. Needless to say, while this sounds like a clusterf*ck on paper, it comes out reeeeeeeal good and can really get one into the classical groove man. Let's get on with this.
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    01. Wendy Carlos "Title Music from A Clockwork Orange"

    The opener is a real chillfest, especially considering the first thing you see in the film is the psychotic face of Malcolm MacDowell sitting in the good ol' milk bar with his droogs. The synthesizer really gets to show off what it can here, as it is as atmospheric as they come. Or at least something like that.

    The theme is a classic, no doubt about that. And damn me if it ain't parts of the hymn "Dies Irae" in it (which would later also be featured in another Kubrick film, The Shining). So top notch stuff to get in the mood for a strange soundtrack.

    10/10
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    02. Gioacchino Rossini - "The Thieving Magpie (abridged)"

    The theme segues into an abridged recording of Gioacchino Rossini's classic "The Thieving Magpie" (or "La gazza ladra" to you elitist operatics out there) and we all know this one right? Playful string lining going through this entire piece, which is catchy and great. And it all builds to the crescendo or whatever the term is. You know what I mean. It's a great song for beating people up...err, yeah! Seriously, flawless musicianship 'ere.

    10/10
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    03. Wendy Carlos - "Theme from A Clockwork Orange (Beethoviana)"

    The next one is basically just the theme with performed in a more "Beethoven" ish style. I prefer the original theme, but hey. Nothing hugely special about this...although it's not "bad" as such.

    8/10
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    04. Ludwig van Beethoven - "Ninth Symphony, Second Movement (abridged)"

    Next up is an excerpt from Ludwig Van's masterpiece, the Ninth Symphony. We all know how god-awesome this piece of fierce classical musicianship is, so out of the spirit of good taste in music and fear of looking like a mental midget, it gets a...

    10/10
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    05. Ludwig van Beethoven - "March From a Clockwork Orange (Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement) (abridged)"

    Up next is yet another re-vamp of the Clockwork Orange theme, this time in a chintzy march. This is the fourth movement, which I believe is also known as the Ode to Joy or something, and we all know that from somewhere. Needless to say, it's a joyous romp to say the least. This I believe is really Carlos on the synthesizer and Rachel Elkind singing in a weird electronic voice, but it's tagged as Ludwig Van for some reason. Meh. It's good enough though, although it's probably the one I listen to the least, due to its cheesiness. And not cheesy in a good, like the Cheez Doodles™ I ate yesterday.

    8/10
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    06. Gioacchino Rossini - "William Tell Overture (abridged)"

    Next is the theme to the Lone Ranger TV series, and we all know this song from somewhere. You know, it's the fanfare that's always played in some funny british sketch. In the film, it's juxtaposed to Alex's consensual (nice one Alex!) sex with underage women, in really really fast playback speed. It's sort of hilarious and enraging at the same time, seeing as how that guy gets more action than me. He's a fictional character, goddamnit!

    9/10
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    07. Sir Edward Elgar - "Pomp and Circumstance March No. I"

    Another song we all know from somewhere, especially to us wrestling fans - it's "Macho Man" (I say that because I am required to; "Steroid Man" is more correct. I'd even settle for "Has-Been Man"!) Randy Savage's entrance theme. And of course all you Ivy League graduates know all about this. A march unmatched. Although I miss the intro from Savage's theme, you've gotta love it for its outro.

    9/10
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    08. Sir Edward Elgar - "Pomp and Circumstance March No. IV (abridged)"

    Next is the lesser known fourth march. I actually prefer this, as it is pretty much cooler. You can just imagine the Ivory Tower of Oxford or something eh? It's really the album's Dark Horse, if you will. Majestic to the max.

    9/10
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    09. Wendy Carlos - "Timesteps (excerpt)"

    Following the fourth march is Carlos' original composition "Timesteps", or at least an excerpt from it. Man, this is really like an early prototype for video game music - parts of it sounds exactly like a battle theme for some mech game. It's a strange atmospheric trip through synthesizer land, impressive each time. Although the full version is preferable, this still kicks a considerable modicum of ass.

    10/10
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    10. Terry Tucker "Overture to the Sun"

    Next up is some new blood - Terry Tucker composition "Overture to the Sun". Used in the scene where an annoying british person tries to annoy Alex the best he can - the treatment of course, disabling Alex from giving that punk ass bitch what he deserves. It's a catchy, medieval-ish tune, although quite simplistic. And it's a bit repetitive, but hey, still works.

    8/10
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    11. Erika Eigen "I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper"

    Next up is the cheesiest song I've ever heard on a soundtrack, not to mention the most anachronistic song. A strange song with a banjo accompaniment sung by some random chick. It's so inane and so weird it's good. I just like it. That's all.

    9/10
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    12. Gioacchino Rossini - "William Tell Overture (abridged)"

    Another section of the William Tell Overture by Rossini, this features the heavy melancholy strings, almost comically sad. A theme perfectly used in two instances in the film; first when Alex arrives in prison, that descending violin "riff" exemplifying the hopelessness of Alex's situation, and again when he's turned away by his own mum and dad. It's hard to believe that this is part of the same composition as the fanfare, but there it is.

    9/10
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    13. Ludwig van Beethoven - "Suicide Scherzo (Ninth Symphony, Second Movement) (abridged)"

    Then we have a synthesizer version of exactly the same version of the Ninth Symphony mentioned before. While it does little to expand upon that recording of the song, it's still bad-ass to hear it performed with synthesizers. It's really a testament to how good Carlos was on the synth. It's no better or worse than the orchestral one, but I don't like sort-of duplicate tracks on my albums, so it gets a bit of a lower score. Sorry there ol' chap/girl/thing.

    9/10
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    14. Ludwig van Beethoven - "Fourth Symphony, Fourth Movement (abridged)"

    Our penultimate track here is an abridged version of what I believe is the finale of finales from the Fourth Symphony. It kicks a certain amount of ass indeed, and is one of those classic endings to a song. I'm not a big fan of choir in my classical though - go instrumental or go home.

    9/10
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    15. Ludwig van Beethoven - "Singin' in the Rain"

    Our jouirney through Eclecticland ends with Gene Kelly's classic shownumber "Singin' in the Rain", disturbingly used in the film sung by Alex during a "surprise visit" to an elderly writer and his milf wife. You can probably guess the consequences of this visit from earlier statements about said psychotic main character, but there it is. It's lovably cheesy and will always remain that way. Its a classic nostalgia piece from the golden age of Hollywood and will forever remain that.

    9/10
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    Overall, like the film, it's a goddamn piece of ownage if there ever was one. The eclectic mix is executed rather well, and although it's a bit aways from perfect, it still mananges to be an extremely badass listening experience. And that's all for your humble narrator this time, oh my brothers and only blog-readers.

    9.6
  • The Magical Review Tour, Part 2 : Carmaig de Forest - El Camino Real

    Mai 5 2008, 19h02

    Yup, it's more than half a year since last time, but due to boredom the Magical Review Tour is back on track! If you didn't catch us (me...) the last time, you can check out the first part of the 'Tour [URL=here!

    This time around, the subject matter is the third studio album by the California-bred singer-songwriter and ukulele-guitar-harmonica-violin-and-thousands-of-other-instruments czar of the U, S & A, Carmaig de Forest. If you've never heard of Carmaig before, it's not a big surprise. He's relatively unknown, with only 56 listeners on last.fm as of press time. However, don't forget that ancient saying - listeners are useless. Errr..?

    Anyhoo. Carmaig de Forest became known to me through another genius of singing and songwriting, the Quentin Tarantino of , Geoff Berner. Geoff is a bit better off with listeners. Anyway, at a lot of his live shows, Mr. Berner covers songs written by Mr. de Forest. Seeing as how Geoff Berner kicks ass, I assumed Mr. de Forest would as well. And boy hey howdy was I right.

    It would seem he's just an average guy writing songs for the ukulele. Now, we're not talking random covers of Hawaii songs like "Aloha, Moe" and whatnot, these are songs that are neither over the top or under it. Somewhere in-between. What the hell is the "top" anyway? However, Mr. de Forest is far beyond a meager "average guy". Simple, catchy and goddamn groovy is the name of his game. His voice is a "real" voice, nothin' purdy about it. Wise-cracking street punk poetry at its finest. Let's get crackin' with the review people.
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    01. Leavin' It All to You
    The album starts off with a groovy, almost "rap"-ish fast song, where Mr. de Forest names everything that rhymes from here to the Heavens. An uptown lover with a downtown dad, a parrot, a kitchen sink, a rock shaped like a bowtie and a cherry lemon flavoured drink? All here. Too damn catchy for words. Just download it and see for yourself. The ukuele is INSANE. Just good to listen to whenever you feel like overstimulating your brain with subliminal awesomeness disguised as a random song. Too bad the second best song on the album is first...

    10/10
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    02. Henry & Jason

    Number two is the first Carmaig song I ever heard, when Geoff performed it at Oslo's smallest live venue, Sound of MU in '05. Although I actually prefer Geoff's sing-a-long version, the original is nothing to scoff at. Basically, it's just Carmaig and his ukulele with a looping drum beat that even some kid could play and some bass stuff. A story of a father and son, and their exploits in real life. Strange, yet fascinating. The chorus is a bit scary though, listen to those "lalalalalala" things in the background. The sort of NES-ish outro is great stuff.

    9/10
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    03. Bad Things Happen

    "Henry & Jason" fades into a ballad with the C-man on some kind of organ about losing someone and trying to get on with living. Profound. It sort of has the atmosphere of an early city morning in it, which is rare to find in music. Perhaps I'm just a strange dude who sees music for more than it is? Ahh so yeah, I like it.

    9/10
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    04. Sexy/Scary

    ...Uhh, the fourth track isn't really a track at all as much as a funny monologue about women who like it sexy and scary, but not both things at the same time or something like? Not really a song that I can rate as such, although it does not detract from the overall score of the album.
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    05. Can I Die for You Baby

    Carmaig's monologue segues into a rock-ish track about what Carmaig would do for love. This is my least favourite track on the album. It's too repetitive and doesn't really have a nice sound to it. But you can't get everything can you? This is one of those rare tracks that I occasionally skip.

    7/10
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    06. Coldwater Park

    Now this may be one of his finest. A simple song about his childhood near Coldwater Park, Los Angeles, with funny lyrics and a simple undercurrent of bass, glockenspiel (?) and drums. And the ending of the song is just hilarious, I mean, I laughed when I heard it. It's not a comedy song, but man. Do I have a bad sense of humour or what? This is one of the reasons why Carmaig is eligible for Godlike status among the men of the 'uke.

    10/10
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    07. Canoga Park

    Another song about a park...Carmaig seems to like 'em. Anyway, this is sort of remniscent of early rap. Carmaig in a regular talking voice tells the story of a drug addict and his family in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, over a looped beat in the background...weird, but I like it. Also, I've failed at every attempt to transcribe the lyrics, not only because I suck at doing that, but also because it's too damn fast. If Carmaig hadn't become a ukulele singer-songwriter, he could be one of the top rap artists of today.

    9/10
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    08. Hey Angel

    ...Wow. What can I say? This is the best song on the album. Carmaig playing a tender ballad with a strange almost creepy piano arrangement or something. I shall speak no more, just let the sample do the talking. This reminds me of Maria. Not the Maria who's my friend here though, no hard feelings :P

    10/10
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    09. Kiss Me Seven Times

    The next song comes like a hangover after a foggy night on the town. It's almost comical how bad placing it right after "Hey Angel" is. Almost a crime. In the same strain as "Can I Die for You Baby", this is an average high-speed rock song at best. I like rock songs and all, but only when they're done properly. Sorry Carmaig, but no thanks for this.

    8/10
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    10. Six Young Girls

    The next escapade, "Six Young Girls" is like something out of The Beatles' acid period. If they had been alive today, they'd make something like this. Carmaig, in a slow droning voice (sort of like what you get if you choose "Slower speed" in Windows Sound Recorder) over one ominous note played on an organ. I seriously don't know what to think. It's not particularly great, then again, it's not bad. Perhaps I'd like it better if I had some dope? I guess I'll never know.

    8/10
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    11. The Woolly Mammoth

    Then comes another weird short monologue like "Sexy/Scary". It appears this is Carmaig's tryouts for an answering machine, some random stuff about a woolly mammoth lumbering across the plains. Again, I cannot rate it as it is not an actual song, just weird...stuff. It doesn't detract from the overall album this either though.
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    12. Three Ships

    Carmaig's understated "finale" is an uplifting piece of songwriting wonderment about a better world or something. It's a good ending to a good album I reckon.

    10/10
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    Well, that's the album. I like it a lot, but be warned, It's weird, so according to several lead scientists, you probably will hate it. However, give it a shot. It gets the overall score of....

    9.7

    Hope you enjoyed another edition of the randomly posted Magical Review Tour! This is Ben, signing out. No, I'm not a geek...I think? I'm not one of those emo bastards either. I'm me.
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  • The Magical Review Tour, Part 1 : The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour

    Set 15 2007, 20h59

    Wella peeples, I'm starting a new thing here. This here's the Magical Review Tour, where I shall pass my judgement on several albums, with random intervals and uncontrollable fury. First up is the slightly pseudo-eponymous release by The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour. Roll up me hearties, yo ho!

    Background Information - The "Magical Mystery Tour" was the third film featuring the Fab Four. With absolutely no scripting, the boys recorded a lot of random dancing in walrus costumes and whatnot, while stuffing in the new songs they had made and what might be an autopsy photo of Paul. Panned by critics and audience alike. However, the movie at least had one good thing - the soundtrack. This is the review of said soundtrack.
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    01. Magical Mystery Tour (Lennon/McCartney)

    The album starts off with a bang - the title track. Simplistic it may be, sounding like a weird theme for some TV show, but it is catchy. A snide little double entendre from John ("Roll up for the Mystery Tour"), and a nice outro makes this a good intro for any album (unless it's emo goth stabheartohnocryandwastetimeslashingwristscore). And it has that special function; it sounds better if you drive while hearing it.

    9/10

    02. The Fool on the Hill (Lennon/McCartney)

    Track number two is a slower piece, nice for a little toning down after the title track. Starting out in D9, "The Fool on the Hill" appears to be a regular Paul-ish ballad, but when the refrain comes, with its tone-changing, I realized it was something else. And after the second verse, a wicked recorder "solo" begins. Strangely uplifting. The only band that can make that lowly instrument, the recorder, into something actually likable, actually, very much so. Very nice when you're walking the windswept valleys or whatever you do in your spare time.

    03. Flying (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starr)

    Now it starts getting weird. "Flying" is one of the two instrumental pieces made by the 'Four. It's a relatively slow and relaxing piece, but it's not particularly memorable, and, being an instrumental, lack lyrics, which are a big strength for any Beatles song. It's not too bad, but not too good either. And maybe it was a bit much putting this right after "The Fool on the Hill".

    7/10

    04. Blue Jay Way (Harrison)

    Ah, finally a George Harrison original. And boy, what an original it truly is. "Blue Jay Way" starts off with a slow organ intro, and continues on into a haunting composition with surprisingly dark and ominous lyrics with EVP-like backing choruses. The overall effect is extremely awesome, really an embodiment of the musical spectrum the Beatles could cover. And George, of course, shows his masterful lyrical craftsmanship. One of my all time favourite Beatles tracks.

    10/10

    05. Your Mother Should Know (Lennon/McCartney)

    Now we're going back to something more down-to-earth and more old school Beatlish. "Your Mother Should Know" has one of those melody lines that could easily be on one of those specially crafted doorbells that play songs instead of the regular ringing, you know what I mean. It's simple, but hey, it works. It's just a tad too repetitive and weak lyrically.

    8/10

    06. I Am the Walrus (Lennon/McCartney)

    Time for a little dip in Lake Psychadelia. "I Am the Walrus" is one of the more famous ones off of Magical Mystery Tour, and justly so. Featuring John singing non-sequiturs in an "electrically-charged" voice, to an absolutely insane melody line, it really shows off what a creative person on LSD can make. One of the best Beatles sing-alongs too (I mean, what girl can resist someone shouting "I Am the Walrus, goo goo g'joob!" on the top of his voice?). I never was a fan of "weird" songs like this, it seems like the Beatles are the only ones who can actually create a masterpiece out of something like this. My all-time favourite Beatles song.

    10/10

    07. Hello Goodbye (Lennon/McCartney)

    Little blast from the past here, mixed with some new. "Hello Goodbye" is shaped from the same mold as some of their older stuff, which is...not bad at all. This is one of the typical "hit"-type songs they would make, but that does not detract from the quality of its melody or lyrics (as is usual with hit songs). I like it, although it's not one of those I can listen to repeatedly.

    9/10

    08. Strawberry Fields Forever (Lennon/McCartney)
    Ah, yes. Another one of the most popular compositions, "Strawberry Fields Forever" is a slightly psychadelic track of undeterminable rockage. Strangely relaxing too it is. The chorus is one of the best things they have ever done, with its switch in tone, almost from pleasant to dark and back again in two seconds, which is not something any artist(s) can do. The lyrics outside of the chorus, also, are great. Another of my all-time Beatley favourites!

    09. Penny Lane (Lennon/McCartney)
    Now we're back to the slightly nostalgic kind of song "Your Mother Should Know" has. "Penny Lane" is Macca's ode to the small street he lived near as a boy. It's easy to visualize how life was on said street, with the nice descriptive lyrics and melody. It's not my favourite on the album, or in general, but I like it nonetheless.

    8/10

    10. Baby You're a Rich Man (Nasty/McQuickly)
    Hehe, now we're talking. In the key of G, "Baby You're a Rich Man" is an awesome catchy rock song. The song is comprised of origanally two different compositions which were edited into one song, the chorus by McCartney and the rest by Lennon. The chorus is one of the strongest made by the four, and has hilarious lyrics. The perfect Beatles (pure) rock song.

    10/10

    11. All You Need Is Love (Lennon/McCartney)
    And finally, there is "All You Need Is Love", an ode to peace and (you guessed it!) love, and those things. One of their most sing-a-longish, it has that quality that...you know. Makes you believe that love is really all you need. It also ends with an off-key singing of She Loves You which is really cool. A great finale it surely is.

    9/10

    Overall Score:
    9.8
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    Well, that's it then. Great album. Tune in for the next part in the Magical Review Tour, probably featuring Kaizers Orchestra or Skambankt. Happy entrails captains!
  • The 10 best Beatles songs.

    Ago 19 2007, 10h31

    Yeah, been a fan of The Beatles (and to be frank, who isn't? You should be banned forthwith >.<) since when the 1 album was released and I got it for christmas. Loved nearly all of those 27 tracks. However, recently I've plunged deeper into the Beatles' Magical Mystery song treasurechest thingie of happies, and found some songs that were even better than most of the ones on the 1 album. I'm as I understand far from having heard everything, but this is a list of the 10 best songs I have heard so far. You find more, Tzienkuie.

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    10. Ticket to Ride (Help!)
    Even though most of their later songs are their greatest, all of the older ones are undying classics by default. Ticket to Ride, for instance, is a great example on how to make a great song with simple lyrics and easy chords (hell, I can play it!) and a great sing-a-long to boot.

    She's got a ticket to ride / and she don't care

    9. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
    Hehe, they say some of the best music is created while on some sort of high, and this is no exception. The insanely catchy guitar tune that goes throughout the song is...insanely catchy. Complemented by John Lennon's voice which sounds like him on helium at times and completely nonsensical lyrics truly make you picture yourself in a boat on a river, surrounded by tangerine trees and marmalade skies.

    Cellophane flowers of yellow and green / towering over your head / look for the girl with the sun in her eyes / and she's gone

    8. I Want to Hold Your Hand (Meet the Beatles)
    Again, one of the earlier Beatles songs are on the list. However, this is truly one of their greatest compositions, and my favourite of the early Beatles songs. This is the catchy kind of song everyone likes (maybe except you suicidal emo listeners) and actually does not suck, far from it in fact. The melody and lyrics are simple, and only the Beatles could record a song like this with such great results. Also, the parody Hold My Hand by The Rutles only makes you love it more, strangely.

    Yeah, you / got that something / I think you'll understand / when I / say that something / I want to hold your hand

    7. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help from My Friends (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)

    All right, this may be cheating, but years ago, I downloaded (I did now know at the time that they were two separate tracks) a version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band together with With a Little Help From My Friends, which I later learned the truth about. However, I had that for so long, the two have always been the same song to me. The funny rock intro to one of the best albums of all time (Sgt. Pepper for you ignorant ones), including the famous brass section solo splitting over to the "smooth" rock song With a Little Help..., once again sung by Ringo is one of the best album intros of all time. And let's not forget the "Billy Shears" intro peoples.

    It was twenty years ago today / Sergeant Pepper told the band to play

    What would you do if I sang out of tune / would you stand up and walk out on me

    6. Baby You're a Rich Man (Magical Mystery Tour)

    Now, this is kinda weird. I cannot really tell you what I like about this song. I guess it must be because I heard it non-stop for some reason on a very long bike trip, that it grew on me. Although neither lyrically or musically the Beatlings' greatest triumph, it's just so damn cool, and a great sing-a-long tune too. Also features insane clavioline licks.

    Baby, you're a rich man too / you keep all your money / in a big brown bag / inside a zoo / what a thing to do

    5. Blue Jay Way (Magical Mystery Tour)
    Ah, finally a composition by everyone's George Harrison. Blue Jay Way is a dark, echoish track filled with creepy foreboding, and what could be seen by conspiracy freaks as an account of Paul McCartney's death. The lyrics are simple and yet filled with meaning, as only George's compositions manage to be. Shame there were not too many of his songs that were recorded during the Beatles' time. But oh well. This masterpiece speaks for itself.

    Now it's past my bed I know / and I'd really like to go / soon will be the break of day / sitting here in Blue Jay Way

    4. She's Leaving Home (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
    Again from Sgt. Pepper's annals of masterpieces, comes the best ballad (alternatively, "thistypeofsong") the Beatles have recorded. Nott as dramatic as Eleanor Rigby or as long-winding (no pun intended) as Hey Jude, this somewhat silent and "shy" track manages to tug at your heartstrings (again, no pun intended) with its string arrangement and unassuming lyrics about a girl who (you guessed it!) leaves home.

    She (what did we do that was wrong) / is having (we didn't know it was wrong / fun (fun is the one thing that money can't buy) / she's leaving home after living alone for so many years

    3. Strawberry Fields Forever (Magical Mystery Tour)

    Now this should be no stranger to anyone who's listened to music in the past 40 years. Listening to this the first time, I was a bit taken aback by the sudden changes in melody without warning, but I've come to love it. The video is a thing of happiness, and the easiness of playing it on the guitar and singing it only contribute to the greatness of this track.

    Let me take you down / 'cause I'm going to / Strawberry Fields / nothing is real / and nothing to get hung about / Strawberry Fields forever

    2. Within You Without You (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)

    Okay. I must come clean with you all. I hate indian classical music, not so much for it being bad as having not heard much of it at all, and the small thing that I heard I did not like. Now, the Beatles have proven me wrong. A Harrison original, Within You Without You is a hypnotizing piece, complete with the insightful lyrics only Harrison could create. Also, the version on the Love album, paired together with Ringo's drum beat from Tomorrow Never Knows is pure genius. Thank you George!

    With our love / with our love / we could save the world / if they only knew

    Now, ladies and...preferrably just ladies, roll up for the best Beatles song I have ever heard! Drum roll, Sam.

    1. I Am the Walrus (Magical Mystery Tour)

    Ah yes. 'Tis the almighty Walrus that be your master. A Lennon creation, I Am the Walrus is a bloody insane masterpiece. Firstly, none of the lyrics make sense, and were written in a number of psychadelic dope sessions, the melody is nearly non-existent, and Lennon's electric voice make it all seem very surreal. So why does it rule? I cannot really explain. This is the kind of music I would hate if it came from any other band, but it just plain owns all. The insanity of it all only complements the weirdry of this track, nay, masterpiece. Oh, and the fact that Jim Carrey has done a great cover and The Rutles have made a great parody (Piggy in the Middle) also helps lift this song to a near-godlike state. And by the way, all you need is goo goo g'joob.

    I am he / as you are he / as you are me / and we are all together / see how they run / like pigs from a gun / see how they fly / I'm crying

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    Well, there's my two cents anyway. Hope I've wasted your time truthfully! Goodnight jez'all. And Rod bless you!
  • Teh ZOMG 50,000 PLAYS JOURN4L!!!!!1!1!1

    Jun 8 2007, 19h37

    Ah yes, 50,000 plays already? Who cares?

    By the way, is the heat killing you as well?
  • Review! Geoff Berner - Live in Oslo

    Fev 12 2007, 14h23

    Heh, you won't believe how long I've been looking for this. I was overjoyed when I heard from Geoff Berner himself, at a concert, that he was going to "do something" about this requested and sadly, rare live album. Now, I found it on Zunior.com, and I thank you. Have a kudos cookie.

    Anyway, if you don't know who Geoff Berner is, you're missing out on the world's cleverest, funniest and generally a nice goddamn jew (his own words...) on accordion. The guy also has a voice that stands out, and somehow compliments his bizarre lyrics. He is here accompanied by Diona Davies, violinist from Po' Girl and Wayne Adams, drummer from Zolty Cracker. I personally discovered Berner while he was working as the warm-up for the rock kings of Norway, Kaizers Orchestra, and has grown to love his music.

    "Live in Oslo" (recorded in Cafe Mir, Oslo) , technically, is not a wonder. It was recorded by minidisc, but nobody cares. The dodgy audio quality also compliments Geoff's squeaky voice, and his off-beat songs, especially the klezmer ones, like "Lucky Goddamn Jew" and "And Promises to break before I sleep". Sometimes there are minor nuisances like some static, but again, it doesn't matter. They've captured the cafe-feeling sounds like the clinking of cups, coins dropped in the cash register, and people enjoying the show. Awesome.

    The live album has really captured the essence of a Berner show: humorous songs like "Lucky Goddamn Jew" and "We All Gotta Be a Prostitute Sometimes", country-feel tunes like "Clown & Bard", and the Berner-Davies duet, "In Spite of Ourselves" made by John Prine, as well as beautiful ballads "Light Enough to Travel" and "Iron Grey", as well as one extra - a cover of a song by legendary (?) California ukulele-ist Carmaig de Forest: "Henry and Jason", a funny song about a guy who had the flu real bad last winter and had a dream about a father and a son. Berner shows off his remarkable and one-of-a-kind showman skills, almost all being introduced with stories about deportation and a night at the Torp airport in Norway.

    Sadly overlooked live album. Give it a download now. And if you don't fall in love with Mr. Berner, I'm not doing my job. I trust you will make the right decision!
  • Music to look out for in MMVII

    Jan 10 2007, 20h03

    Ayup, it's a new year, and with nothing but a FEW great releases within music.

    Skambankt - Eliksir
    Geoff Berner - The Wedding Dance of the Widow Bride
    Zahl - Nice for a Change
    Sondre Lerche - Phantom Punch
    Cloroform - Clean
    Hock your Britney Spears albums, burn your Fergie albums and condemn your Panic! At the Disco records to eternal damnation! Get these NOW! Or you are officially bland in musical taste, or living in some place where these records will not be released.

    Peace be with ya'll.
  • Geoff Berner - Live at the Sound of MU, Oslo, 06.11.06

    Nov 7 2006, 20h21

    Well. Having discovered the genius of Mr. Geoff Berner, legendary Great Accordionist, with the help of Kaizers Orchestra, I started listening, and couldn't stop. Then I heard that he was gonna play in Oslo. Had to go.

    Sound of MU, is easily one of the smallest places to play any kind of music in Norway. I was a bit nervous, with there being an age limit at the place and suches. But I got in. After waiting for some time (had to go there early to catch a good seat) Mr. Berner arrived. I had to go talk to him. He's really a very nice guy, and I bought his 'instruction booklet' and a CD. Even though I had the songs already, c'mon, the guy deserves all the money he can get. Then he started, with a very good setlist that goes as follows. Some new songs, some old, and a special one that I asked him to play.

    1. Good Luck Now
    2. Weep, Bride, Weep
    3. Iron Grey
    4. Widow Bride
    5. I Don't Know What She's Thinking (Carmaig de Forest)
    6. Song Written in a Romanian Hospital
    7. Unlistenable Song
    8. Volcano God
    9. The Way That Girl Drinks Beer
    10. Whiskey Rabbi
    11. Phoney Drawl

    If you've seen a Berner show before, you know whatcha get. A lot of humour, a lot of political undertones, and great music: One HELL of a package. Geoff Berner is one of the most ingenious artists ever, in the world of music. Check him out now!

    This has been a Bastard journal entry™.