Valentin Silvestrov – Symphony No. 6

Valentin Silvestrov – Symphony No. 6 / 2007 ECM / 5 Tracks / http://www.ecmrecords.com /

I understand that most individuals that listen to classical music will be familiar with the name Valentin Silvestrov, but there are a number of individuals that read NeuFutur that may not be very familiar. Essentially, Silvestrov is one of the greats in modern Ukraine in the creation of new, classically-themed music. This album marks the sixth Symphony by Silvestrov, which acts as a concluding piece for a cycle that Silvestrov began and continued through the 1980s and 1990s. Continue reading “Valentin Silvestrov – Symphony No. 6”

Blake Lewis Releases “Audio Day Dream” 12/4/7

(New York) – Blake Lewis, the popular finalist on the sixth season of “American Idol,” will release his debut album Audio Day Dream on 19 Recordings / Arista Records on December 4th, 2007. The album will feature the single “Break Anotha” co-written by One Republic’s Ryan “Alias” Tedder, Sam Watters and Lewis and produced by Tedder (Timbaland, Leona Lewis) which will go to radio this week. Continue reading “Blake Lewis Releases “Audio Day Dream” 12/4/7″

Woolworthy – Sweet Second Place [S/T]

Woolworthy – Sweet Second Place

11 songs made by Woolworthy on their own label in ’99. The whole album is a lot more pop orientated then their 1st album, which means very clear guitar lines and very pro recording. The 1st song, Leap Year, sounds incredibly like a Fuel song, right down to the vocals. Woolworthy has progressed from Pop Punk to Power Pop .This means the songs are more glossy, but a majority of the songs are still about love. The disc is quite listenable, with powerful guitar, and great drumming with strong lyrics. One of the complaints i have about the band is that the lead vocalist gets kind of annoying, essentially on ” Its good to see you again” . While the songs sound great, the band seems to be trying to emulate all of the popular alt. rock bands of today, doing well, but sounding like everyone else. Another peeve is that the songs run together without any noticable differences between them. They lyrics are great, but they dont really fit in power pop. They can be reached at Rick Uncapher, 1844 W. Augusta #2F, Chicago IL 60622, or at 773.862.8232
Rating:5/10

Woolworthy – S/T

14 songs made by Woolworthy on their own label in ’96. Once broken up, they are now back together. They are a 4 person pop punk band from Chicago. Fast melodic pop-punk with a high pitched guy on vocals. Punchy guitars combine with speed drumming to produce a good punk band. Woolworthy also has some indy rock influences, as evidenced by “Bad Penny”. Woolworthy has a level of talent that they can transcend the boundries of punk and sound like anything they want to.” Crash Crash” has one of the best beginning guitar parts ever. Woolworthy is good bouncy music. They are going to have a new album out soon. As the cd spins on, they sound more and more like an indy-rock band, but they throw in a pop-punk song so as to not get stale. They even go into the dreaded emo terriory on a few songs, which they amazingly dont sound like crap on. They can be reached at Rick Uncapher, 1844 W. Augusta #2F, Chicago IL 60622, or at 773.862.8232
Rating:6.5/10

TUPAC: ASSASSINATION DVD Sales Soar as Fans Gain Welcome

Insight and Clarity About His Murder From the Controversial Film

Los Angeles, CA–Thursday, November 15, 2007–The new documentary film TUPAC: ASSASSINATION – Conspiracy or Revenge? is off to a blockbuster start at retail. This much anticipated and revealing movie has been #1 its first 3 weeks in sales at Transworld (includes FYE & Warehouse Record Stores), #1 its first 2 weeks in sales on Amazon.com, #1 its first & second weeks in sales at Best Buy and #1 in its first & second week in sales at Target. In addition to the retail outlets listed above, The DVD can also be ordered at www.tupacassassinationthemovie.com or by calling 1.800.720.2PAC (2722).
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Secretly Canadian is extremely proud to announce the addition of BODIES OF WATER to its roster!

Secretly Canadian is extremely proud to announce the addition of Bodies of Water to its roster! This fall, the Los Angeles-based band toured with the Go! Team and Dead Ocean’s Phosphorescent, playing songs from their critically acclaimed album “Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink”. Released on their own Thousand Tongues label, the “sparkling and expansive” (Spin) album has only been available at live shows, through digital retailers and on the band’s website to date. With some distribution help from Secretly Canadian, the physical album will be officially released in stores December 4th in all good record shops in the States, and in the rest of the world on January 22. The band’s first release for Secretly Canadian will happen in the Spring of 2008. Continue reading “Secretly Canadian is extremely proud to announce the addition of BODIES OF WATER to its roster!”

Andras Schiff – Ludwig van Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Vol. IV

Andras Schiff – Ludwig van Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Vol. IV / 2007 ECM / 4 Tracks / http://www.ecmrecords.com

Schiff has been awarded a number of different accolades throughout eir thirty-plus year career. This disc marks Schiff’s 24 April 2005 performance of the last four sonatas for piano of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “early period”. This means that works 26, 27/1, 27/2 (the famed “Moonlight” sonata), and 28 are present. For those individuals that just wish to hear music, the applause from the audience present at this performance has been stifled. This is a strong positive for this album, as even a polite “golf” clap is enough to break the mood offered by a pianist (or otherwise classically-trained individual), especially when they are playing the work of the masters, such as in Schiff’s case. Continue reading “Andras Schiff – Ludwig van Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Vol. IV”

Blessthefall’s ‘His Last Walk’ To Be Released In Japan December 5th

Blessthefall will release His Last Walk in Japan on Wednesday, December 5th through Howling Bull (http://howling-bull.co.jp/).
Here is the direct link to the release on their site: http://www.howling-bull.co.jp/cd/cd_000115.html .

The Japanese version will include “I Wouldn’t Quit If Everyone Quit” as well as a bonus feature, the video for “Message To The Unknown.” Blessthefall kick off their European tour supporting Silverstein at the Colchester Arts Centre in Colchester, UK.
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Tugboat Annie / The Wicked Farleys Split 7`[ADB]

Note: I got this 7` free with Muddle #13.

The Wicked Farleys are what i would guess is a emo band. I have never heard anything like this before. Note that that comment doesnt always mean that it is good, This song, Feel the Mores, goes too long without vocals, and it is boring and repitious. It gets annoying in the middle with the alarm sounding guitar. God i wish that hair bands were still around, because they could teach these Sweater Wearing goobers real “emo”tion songs.

Score : 4.5/10

Tugboat Annie is on the flip side of this album, and this is what saves the flexi from being garbage. This band sounds like late 80`s new punk, which is like the songs pretty and pink and anything from The Breakfast Club. Its great fun punk. Too bad this song is only like 2 and a half minutes. This side of the flexi is going to be on high rotation on my turntable.

Score : 8/10

The Ultimate Grammy Collection Created to Collect Hits, Help Musicares

In a grand commemoration of the 50th Celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards, Shout! Factory and The Recording Academy®’s GRAMMY Recordings announce an electrifying 7-CD series encompassing GRAMMY winners from four of the legendary awards’ major genres. With a personal introduction written by 27-time GRAMMY winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones, this series is a sumptuous ode to the biggest hits in music history and a must-have for music lovers and collectors alike.
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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3)

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3) / 2007 Sony / http://www.us.playstation.com/uncharted /

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was developed by Naughty Dog Studios, the individuals that came up with Jak & Daxter, as well as Crash Bandicoot. One could logically guess that Naughty Dog would create a solid game with “Drake’s Fortune”, and they do just that. The story behind “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” is that you are Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter that is attempting to find a treasure hidden on an island. This treasure is related to the story of Sir Francis Drake, who is an individual that is some iteration of grand grand-relation to the main character.  

The interesting thing about Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (I’m not shortening the title to “Uncharted” as there are plans to make further games in this series) is the shift in perspective when individuals have Nathan do different things. For the vast majority of the game, individuals will control Nathan with the perspective being in the third-person. However, when Nathan pulls eir gun, the perspective changes and individuals enter into a 1st person shooter type of mode.  The shifts in perspective allow individuals to see the brilliant and vibrant graphics that are present in-game two distinctly different ways. Drake’s Fortune is decidedly game play based; while there is a story that is present throughout all facets of the game, it is sometimes just fun to work the different puzzles and shoot the hell out of enemies. Perhaps the best part of “Drake’s Fortune” has to be the amount of interaction that players can have with the environment. Individuals can take cover behind certain structures as well as actually pick off individuals in a realistic way from a moving target.

The cinematic scene, which approach the two hour mark, show what the PS3 can really do if pushed to its limits. While this seems to be a very small and unimportant thing, the facial animations that are present on the characters are some of the most lifelike I have seen in a game; apparently, this is part of the “Wrinkle Mapping Facial Animation” System, and it is something that should be used any time that there are human or humanoid characters in a game.  With a tremendous amount of game play possible, I know that it will be a decent while before I am done with “Drake’s Fortune”. Hopefully Sony and Naughty Dog can keep working together on this series, as I can see subsequent expansions and games only being better.

Rating: 8.5/10