50 Cent – AYO Technology (Feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)

50 Cent – AYO Technology (Feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland) / 2007 Shady / 4 Tracks / http://www.50cent.com /

I thought that 50 Cent was supposed to be hard, a ghetto warrior that was shot a shitload of times and lived to rap about it. Last time I checked, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland do not seem to be individuals that scream “street cred”. They are able to bash out catchy tracks like no one’s business, and that is the reason why they are on the track. But, is “AYO Technology” a good track? The flow of 50’s during the track seems a little plain, while Justin’s flow is the same type of lovey-dovey stuff that is present during a number of other tracks that ey is on. Continue reading “50 Cent – AYO Technology (Feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)”

Poet’s Espresso June/July

Poet’s Espresso June/July Issue / Free / :10 / 28M / poetsespresso@yahoo.com /

I typically don’t like poetry zines. The poetry in a lot of them seems too forced, like the writers themselves are trying to immediately equal a Tennyson or Williams. However, Poet’s Espresso is a poetry magazine that I can actually appreciate. This is due to the fact that none of the poets seem to be putting on airs with their poems here. Also, unlike many poetry magazines, there are pieces that do not immediately link themselves to poetry, as well as pictures in this issue. Continue reading “Poet’s Espresso June/July”

Army of Me – Citizen

Army of Me – Citizen / 2007 Doghouse / 12 Tracks / http://www.armyofmeonline.com / http://www.doghouserecords.com /

”Perfect” starts off “Citizen”, and it has a sound that parallels a blend of Simple Plan and Say Anything, but individuals would barely know that from the quiet vocals and guitars that start off the track. The production present during this track is interesting, and it seems to vary as much as the arrangements on the track. The band is very Protean, individuals will hear something different every few seconds from Army of Me. The drums that start out “Going Through Changes” really have a Blink 182 type of sound to them, even as the vocals go into a position that is not easily catagorizable. Continue reading “Army of Me – Citizen”

Patchwork – Work and Worry

Patchwork – Work and Worry / 2007 Self / 6 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/patchworknoise /

It seems as if less and less truly independent bands are sending me their material for review. As the magazine has grown, fewer and fewer unsigned acts find their way into a review. I have no clue why that is, as NeuFutur reviews everything that we receive, but it is always nice to hear a band like Patchwork, that does not have anything in the way of a link to other labels. Continue reading “Patchwork – Work and Worry”

AMD sponsors Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival

AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that it will again chronicle Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival this year as it did in 2004, this time using multi-core AMD Opteron(tm) processor-based digital audio workstations (DAWs) and adding notebook PCs into the mix for smaller stages. Continue reading “AMD sponsors Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival”

Machine Head – The Blackening

Machine Head – The Blackening / 2007 Roadrunner / 8 Tracks / http://www.machinehead1.com / http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com /

Machine Head is a band that has been around for about as long as I have listened to metal. Their first album came out in 1994, and the band was around for a few years before that. So, “The Blackening”, their sixth album, should be a pinnacle with which they can achieve new levels of fame. Well, from the beginning of “The Blackening”, Machine Head comes forth with a confidence that knows no bound. Continue reading “Machine Head – The Blackening”

With Passion – What We See When We Shut Our Eyes

With Passion – What We See When We Shut Our Eyes / 2006 Earache / 10 Tracks / http://www.withpassionmetal.com / http://www.earache.com /

This California band does not take more than ten seconds to start rocking the faces off of their listeners. The music that they play is a brand of progressive cum speed metal that is shrill, melodic, and orchestral all at the same time. The band can bring the finesse just as they bring the brutal, gut-churning metal. Continue reading “With Passion – What We See When We Shut Our Eyes”

Call It Arson – The Animal Strings Album

Call It Arson – The Animal Strings Album / 2007 Kill Normal / 6 Tracks / http://www.callitarson.com /

Call It Arson is a band that has been together in some form since 1994, and while the band did not start to become a serious venture until a few years ago, the tempestuous type of indie meets rock music that starts out “The Animal Strings Album” shows that the band is extremely mature. Continue reading “Call It Arson – The Animal Strings Album”

Shock Cinema “Our Way is Revenge” Out on Kanine Records August 21st

“Squelching guitars and drawn-out rhythms evoke everyone from Can to Glass Candy”
Creative Loafing (Atlanta) – Bands to Watch

“We were left gobsmacked by the trancelike, dubadelic vibe, equal parts postpunk and noir rock”
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