Got an illustration that inspired me to record today! #garagerock coming soon…
NOT SOON ENOUGH!!! :D
Think it’s my second fave after the White Album…
I’m and Abby road guy myself…. Side 2 just does it for me!
Where the eff is this?!?!
Salaryman: The Reckoning. Note: heisted the forknife (fife?) from a friends dad’s 60th bday party.
I woulda heisted like 10 of em.
@kennyjakobsson @prplrn #zoneplex warrior monks! #bggcon
ZONEPLEX WARRIOR MONKS!!!!!!!
My toolbox is a gutted Geiger counter.
so in about 26 hrs, Microsoft will unleash their newest iteration of OS on the world, Windows 8… and it looks pretty solid. it is a far departure from their previous efforts, which has the old customers screaming foul, but the new generation won’t even notice. I WAS THERE when the start button was invented (the first family computer was with the brand new Windows ‘95), and i’m still here when it has been officially done away with. not much has changed. we hit the power button, sit down, click on icons, and do things that need to be done, whether work, play, or education, we click the pictures and engage. Windows 8 still does that, just as windows 3.0 did. in ‘93. Nothing is new under the sun.
so what does this mean for apple? lets look at what apple has been up to in the past 10 years, shall we?with computers, not much. they mostly played catch up with microsoft and are finally competitive, specs wise, but apple went a different avenue. in 2001 they brought us the iPod. 1000 songs in your pocket. that was something that no one else had managed to pull off. to use an iPod, it required iTunes and a mac. you could not use it on windows. in 2003 they started selling songs on iTunes, but those songs would only play on iPod due to DRM. in 2007 they unleashed probably the single greatest tech piece of this generation, the iPhone. with the iPhone i can sync my materials and go from the desktop, to the phone. in 2007 they also introduced Apple TV, which now allows me to watch the content i bought on iTunes, on my tv. i buy it, and its there. in 2010 they introduced the iPad, a way to read your books, watch your movies, read magazines/newsprint in a beautiful 10 inch format, and in 2011 they finally introduced iCloud, to sure it all up. Finally the last piece of the puzzle was in place. i can watch a movie on my iPad, continue it on my HDTV with Apple TV, and finish it on my iPhone. i can read a book on my iPad, close it, go to the office and continue it on my Macbook Air. I can start a game of Real Racing on my Macbook air, continue it on my iPhone on the subway ride home, and finsih it on my iPad sitting on the couch, using Airplay Mirroring with my Apple TV on that HDTV. And not to mention making updates to an important spreadsheet in Numbers all day long on 4 different devices that all carry the changes over effortlessly. ad to that, my entire 300gb music library is with me at all times with iCloud iTunes Match. as long as i have any iOS device with me. all sounds exciting, but too little, too late.
Apple affords all these advantages to you, as long as your entire gizmo outfit is all Apple. if i have a windows PC though, i miss a HUGE piece of that pie. this is where Microsoft has come in and taken advantage of the situation. With Windows 8, it now seamlessly works accross all platforms as well. with movies, apps, music, photos, etc. majority of people have a windows PC, and majority of households have an Xbox 360. so there’s 2 items that work BEAUTIFULLY together. and i can sit on the couch and play REAL games on my tv. not mobile “time wasters,” and while playing xbox, i can bring up my Windows Media Center and play my music library from my pc. streamed accross the home network in the background of my games. i can still hear the dialogue, and effects. it just replaces teh game music. i’m watching a movie on xbox from the zune marketplace, i can continue it on my Windows Phone 8 phone, in the car, and continue it in the office on my Surface Tablet, or windows Laptop. i can listen to my music on my phone, streaming my media center library, and carry it over to my tablet or my tv with the xbox as well…. its just like the apple scenario…. but less of the wall gardened that is Apple.
this is exciting for consumers. we now have more options. do i buy everything apple, or just add a windows tablet to the mix to get all these same “cloud” benefits. which brings me to something else. Windows Hybrid Tablets. these are 10” (heck, i saw one at 21” actually!) tablets, no mouse, no keyboards, just touch screen tablets, with an Intel chip running the full desktop version of Windows 8. the laptop is now obsolete. that means i can use Photoshop CS6 or Microsoft Expression Web 4.0 or iTunes 11 itself or heck, even uTorrent. ALL on my tablet. who the heck would buy a neutered android/apple tablet when you can have a tablet that is a FULL FLEDGED FULL BLOWN computer, running all the Win8 compatible applications. this just blows my mind. Apple introduced us to tablets, but windows too the idea and just ran with it. and i can’t see how this won’t be a winner (i wish the Surface was running Win8 Intel, instead of Win8 Arm, but maybe Surface 2.0 will have a Surface Pro…)
so to sum this up, Windows 8 seems poised to carry Microsoft into the lead position of the new Cloud infrastructure age and offer maybe even a better connected home experience than apple can. the future is bright on this one…
so after getting the record, and having several audible set backs, i can finally sit down and give my thoughts.
first of all, to give a preface on the situation, Klank was my first “favorite band” (well, after dc talk i guess, they predated him by 2 years…) i remember in ‘96 when Still Suffering came out…. wait, getting ahead of myself… i remember in ‘95 seeing the video to circle of dust “telltale crime” on Z-Music and was like “these guys are awesome!!! this is what music should be!!!” in early ‘96 my sister had gotten a compilation for R.E.X. Music and it had a song by Klank (which i knew had been involved with circle of dust) and that song melted my face off. in mid ‘96 i got the cassette tape for Still Suffering, because the local christian store only gave cd shelf space for like Michael w smith, T&N releases were only sold in cassette form. and that led to klank becoming my first legit “favorite band.” about 2 years ago i was jacking around on facebook, and on a status Cliffy Huntington made i saw a comment from Klank. so i sent him a friends request and he was talking about a new record he was writing, and after several (what seems to me) delays, (he had an interview saying it would be out late summer of 2011) it finally has come out. last weekend, my speakers blew in my car. i tried to give this a listen on tuesday, and basically it was a horrible experience. just buzz, crackle, thump, fuzz…. terrible. so i went back to listening to conservative talk radio until i could get them repaired. Thursday night i got 2 speakers replaced, so i gave it a listen and here are my thoughts….
first of all i will say that you gotta give the band some freakin’ credit here. this album is entirely 100% independent, sans the mastering. everything else was all done by the band in some way or fashion, even down to the financial responsibilities. Darren is a die hard proponent to the Kickstarter® service, and not one time during the writing, recording, or production process did the band start a campaign to fleece their fans for cheap money. this record is more of a risk because of that element. this is THEIR money. not the fans. if this record fails, they are the ones out on skid row. so there is definitely a lot of balls behind this approach. credit is given where credit is due, and best wishes this record is successful.
now to the meat.i already stated this before, but i still feel a new york industrial influence in the jams, which i really like. it just feels like they are picking right up where the jams stopped years ago. i loved the new york industrial scene when it was big, and it just brings back good vibes on that. i also love the fact he is busting out those amazing lows too. i usually hate songs that are leaked before hand because i get sick of hearing them…. but Bigger Man is still a stand out song on the record for me, even after hearing it several times in demo form before hand. It’s a great song that basically speaks to the primal substance of any man. we all get irritated with stuff/people/situations. do we lash out? or be a bigger man and walk away and not let the situation consume us. this will definitely be the song for my own anger management issues. i also dig the more dancey feel of the synthesis, ala Unamused. i love the way it starts out and the dance beat just keeps driving. its a great melody that lingers far after the record is over. Bigger man has a similar driving dance beat that just won’t seem to be forgotten. i was skeptical when the status updates were coming up about how diverse the record is “really man, how diverse can a metal record be…” but i was shown it can be very diverse. the only thing the record is missing to be even more diverse would be a ballad… but this is metal! my second favorite song would be Alive In Me, which klank said was about his wife, its just a great hard driving rocker. i love those jams. Built to survive is another stand out track, reminiscent to RAMONES - Strength To Endure. its just one of those songs where you feel your on your last thread, at the end of your rope, it’s gonna get you through to reach the end. Stomp You Out is another gem, just a great aggressive jam to release frustrations. Something About You closes the record out with the vocals of Dug Pinnick of King’s X fame. you can recognize that voice as soon as it comes on, there is no mistaking Dug, and i was blown away to see his contribution, a friendly welcome.
bottom line, this is a great record, and by all means, everyone go give it a listen, if you like it pick it up!
Lucy told me that she looked her best I pictures. Lucy told me that she smiled with her eyes. Lucy tore my heart out, and I don’t think I’ll miss her. I wasn’t surprised, that Lucy told me lies.
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