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Fragile
Fragile
Price: 10.14

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit bit too fragile, 21 July 2014
This review is from: Fragile (Audio CD)
The problem with Midge and to be honest most of us is... that we are getting old. Although there are some fine mid-tempo songs on here there is nothing that pushes the Radio 2 boundaries. It's all rather light and fluffy soft rock for a now those in their 50's and 60's.
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Body Sound
Body Sound
Price: 1.29

1.0 out of 5 stars Ho Ho for student days!, 21 July 2014
This review is from: Body Sound (MP3 Download)
This is the sort of portentous drivel that only undergraduate and post-graduate arty can make any sense of - strangely it was performed at Stanford University. I thought Miss Herndon had gone beyond her student days however I must be wrong. Personally, I find this rather rubbish!


Cool Infographics: Effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design
Cool Infographics: Effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design
by Randy Krum
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.35

4.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Infographics, 3 July 2014
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This book has some little gems within its pages. It’s perhaps best used as a reference for what you can do with infographics with sound advice. It does not get down to the nitty gritty of using tools to create infographics but points you in the right direction. To actually create infographics you are going to have to learn some other program or programs such as illustrator or an online website. It will also not teach you about databases from which data is extracted to produce such visual information. It’s a fairly easy read with many pages filled with nice graphics which means the text is limited.


Decline and Fall
Decline and Fall
Price: 8.79

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return!, 8 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Decline and Fall (Audio CD)
Godflesh are kind of ‘gods’ of late 80’s heavy guitar driven industrial. In 2002, Godflesh parted company with Justin Broadrick forming a variety of bands including Jesu. In 2012 he formed JK Flesh and released ‘Posthuman’ a mixture of heavy dubstep, industrial, drone, guitar driven, distorted vocal grunge. Godflesh are now back with a new EP and it’s great to have them back! It’s industrial music with distorted guitars and unlike JK vocals are back at the forefront. Personally, I prefer the distorted noise driven vocals of JK than Godflesh so it’s a great release but for me nothing quite matches Broadrick’s songwriting on ‘posthuman’ . I’d wish he would return to writing a few more JK Flesh stuff.


Easy Pain
Easy Pain
Price: 12.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Pain is easy, 31 May 2014
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This review is from: Easy Pain (Audio CD)
Now I'm unsure what one reviewer was listening to when writing their review of Easy Pain. This new release from Young Widows is by far their best. Like wet clothes hanging around the question is it 'commercially' more accessible then their other releases? What you will not find are any structured 'pop' songs, many synths or screaming X-factor fans. You get heavy bass, guitar riffs and hard hitting drums that at times together border on noise. Easy Pain is therefore far much heavier than their previous release 'In and Out of Youth and Lightness'. Kerosene Girl is perhaps the most commercially available song on the album while many others grind away making the pain easier to digest.

Yes, you could make comparisons to other bands but I can't put my finger on just one. At times the singing reminds me of such bands as The Killers when they are at their most heaviest. Yet, Young Widows never 'fall' to that commercial level. So forget about who or what they sound like and enjoy the noise.

For some unknown reason I find the vinyl version 'more warmer' and 'analogue' than the digital version. So if you have a turn-table go for the vinyl. It comes with a download code anyway.


Keys To The Universe [VINYL]
Keys To The Universe [VINYL]

5.0 out of 5 stars Spaced out music, 20 May 2014
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It’s been three years since JAWS, a.k.a. Robert Girardin debut released on Italian label Hundebiss. ‘Keys to the Universe’ is the second release by JAWS and continues the nightmare (ish) vision of rhythmic sounds. Stress Test’s concept was one piece of music over two sides whereas ‘Keys to the Universe’ sees separate tracks. With both releases bass drum still thumps over much of the electronics and samples. Polisher starts like some cheap computer game but soon ends up in an orgy of rhythm, sound and Girardin’s echo filled vocals. You never know what you are getting with JAWS ‘Infinity Blaze’ starts out like some cheap B movie soundtrack which is interrupted by someone’s strange dream. If there ever could be a spaced out track then think ‘In Line’ although the music continually evolves. This is also the track where Girardin’s vocals are at the forefront for the first half. The last track is 15mins of JAWS at its best and perhaps the most emotional.

So what’s happened in the three years? Well, Girardin seems to have refined the writing process and ironed out some of the rough edges. Some may miss the harder industrial sounds of Stress Test as ‘Keys to the Universe’ is slightly more melodic atmospheric and overall sounds less cluttered. However, the rhythmic patterns, the ever swirling sounds make this album sound out from other experimental electronic albums. It’s also good to see Girardin kept his vocals at the centre of the JAWS sound. If you enjoy music electronic that's experimental and not the norm then it is certainly worth checking this out.


Drum Dial Precision Drum Tuner
Drum Dial Precision Drum Tuner
Price: 55.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuning Drums Made Easy, 5 April 2014
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Tuning drums has always a personal choice so there is never a correct or not correct tone. I've always tuned my drums by ear using the star pattern and as long as the sound near each lugs the same felt that is was OK. I've never really known what pitch really to tune each drum. The Drum Dial helps here as it gives a tension for each drum. Pop the dial on the drum head near a tightening lug, it measured by a metal measuring rod, and tighten to your desired tension normally around 75 - 78 for toms, higher for snare.

The Drum dial certainly makes it easier to tune drums to your desired tuning. Certainly worth buying if you are new to acoustic drums.


Last City Zero [VINYL]
Last City Zero [VINYL]
Price: 20.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Post Rock Industrial Doom, 25 Mar 2014
This review is from: Last City Zero [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This is an interesting take on sludge/doom post rock that boarders industrial rock. Corrections House is a post rock super group consisting of Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), and Sanford Parker (Minsk).' Party leg and three fingers' and 'dirt poor and mentally ill' is a good example of where this combination works well, clean and shout vocals, drums, guitar, and synth. In contrast ' Run through the night' consists of synth, acoustic guitar, spoken vocals with distorted guitar only coming in at the end. 'Drapes hung by Jesus' is an amazing piece of industrial psychedelic metal.

Last City Zero at times does not keep up the intensity and lapses - Last City Zero is mostly a spoken track with some philosophical murmurings that I can't really be bothered with, a repeated guitar phrase and synth.

Overall, it's a great album that is getting hard to come by so it is worth picking up a copy before it's sold out.


Mess [VINYL]
Mess [VINYL]
Price: 24.28

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mess not really, 24 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Mess [VINYL] (Vinyl)
WIXIW can certainly be seen as the Lairs getting to grips with electronics as this release sees another shift in gear to a totally electronic album.

Samples, synths and electronic drum sounds are at the heart of Mess and experimentation with sound. Whereas the first six tracks are pure electronic ‘Boyzone’ and ‘Dress Walker’ show Lairs have not lost their experimental side and this continues into the longest track ‘Perpetual Village’.

Guitars! Mess, does not have any! But Mess, is also not your standard electronic pop or rock. So what is it? It’s a Lairs take on what electronic music should be… and for those who morn the demise of the guitar it’s most likely that Angus, Aaron and Julian will pop them back in on the next album so we just don’t get too comfortable.

Mess has the best of both worlds, some instant gratification with the likes of ‘Mess on a Mission’ but also endless depth in the likes of ‘Left Speaker Blown’. I highly recommend this release if you are looking for something a little different.


The Weak And The Wounded (col. Vinyl) [VINYL]
The Weak And The Wounded (col. Vinyl) [VINYL]
Price: 15.48

5.0 out of 5 stars This is very good!, 12 Mar 2014
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I have only just discovered the band Alaskan. Originally a 4 piece consisting of Gary: Guitar, Cory: Bass, Scotty: Drums and Kevin: Vocals. After their 2009 S/T release Kevin left the band and vocal duties were divided between the remaining members. To be honest it was perhaps the best thing that happened because from 2009’s S/T to 2010’s the Weak and the Wounded there is a 100% difference in production values and tighter sound. Vocals did altered from the gruff tones of Kevin to the shout vocals of Gary and Cory although this style better suits their sludge, full-on post-metal /rock sound. The guitar here is powerful, distorted, echoed and flanged with some nice post-metal riffs, the bass is prominent and the drums pound away. Obvious comparisons are the Cult of Luna and the great Isis. Every song is well crafted and last from around 5 to 9 minutes. The band does not really stop for slower songs and the wall of guitar is only interrupted by softer stuff within the songs. The Weak and the wounded maybe 4 years old but is still is an excellent piece of post-rock. What you may not like is no lead guitar, personally does not bother me, the shout vocal style, personally I love the aggression however even though the lyrics are printed inside I still can’t understand them.

I put this band close to my favourite post-rock bands, better than Neurosis, and I possibly like them more than Isis. They are not as well-known as other bands but don't overlook them! If you like bands like the Cult of Luna and Isis you will surely like Alaskan. I’d also check out their Adversity; Woe and their new release Despair, Erosion, Loss. This version of Weak and the Wounded comes in nicely coloured vinyl and you get to download it from Amazon via autorip. You can check out their sound via the Alaskan bandcamp. This will become an overlooked classic - buy it! Highly recommended.


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