Cause and Effect – Artificial Construct – Part Two is out at least in digital form. This is a brilliant marketing move, release half the songs on an EP and then release the other half. CD in our hands faster and more money for the artist. I like how he is more soulful in this. Its like he was listening to ML Gore’s slow songs for a year. Also hits a couple higher notes than usual. Risky but I like.
So I guess eventually all gamers must succumb to the block-pounding addiction that is Minecraft. I have new respect for what can be built with Java! How long will it be until we can take our square block wand and cast red square block fireballs? Can’t wait.
We set up our server on internal IPs and the kids are all early addicts. Now I want to collect some blocks. Now I see block shapes in my desk furniture. If I could just refrain from pounding my monitor into its basic crafting components.
Go immediately and listen to Strangeways Radio. This is what “alternative” was when I was barely filling in my shoes. Almost half of my CD collection matches their library.
Here are some of the songs I was not familiar with yet really appreciated:
Prefab Sprout – Desire As. “I’ve got six things on my mind. You’re not one of them.”
Honeybreath – For When It’s Almost Over. Diary like guitars, good female harmony.
Trembling Blue Stars – Idyllwild. Light female vocals. “Girl whose favorite thing is snow and being alone”
Health – Die Slow (Nastique Remix) Die Slow (Nastique Remix)
Styrofoam – Extra Careful
Cirrus – Boomerang
Curve – Gift
Gary Numan – Dark
Peter Murphy – I’ll Fall With Your Knife
Secession – Love Lies Bleeding
Courteeners – The Opener
Babble – Hold the sky
Ofra Haza – Show Me
Paper route – Carousel
Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi (This life’s for me)
Ambra Red – ___? Princess
I also frequent Frequence 3 when I want to hear the latest and popular sludge. For example I was sick of Dragonettes “Hello” months before I heard it in the states. I like being able to vote for the eurodance and against the rap!
Both stations share the same curse: you cannot downvote the cheesy Show hour stuff. I want my radio to play actual music!
No group has stuck with me from the past like Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. When I reach retro, I reach for OMD. From the three sample tracks floating around the web, this one is on the edge. Can they pull off a comeback project like DEVO or A-Ha (Foot of the Mountain) have done? Can’t wait to see how it turns out!