• Gorillaz @ Oracle Arena 10/30/10

    2. Nov. 2010, 6:17 von mikasaur

    mercurystatic and I saw the Gorillaz concert at the Oracle Arena last Saturday, the day before Halloween.

    She and I arrived as the opening band N*E*R*D had already started (and after we paid the $30 parking fee!). I'd say about one out of every 10 or so people were dressed up, so it was fun to see the various costumes. I went dressed as Dr. Horrible and got a couple of compliments from the people who recognized who I was.

    The Oracle arena is the Oracle arena, so there's not really much explanation needed. It's a huge sports arena where the Warriors play and most of the seats were occupied. The one weird thing I noticed was that the floor usually reserved for general admission was filled with rows of seats. And mercurystatic noticed that the top level -- the balcony I suppose -- was blocked off. I guess Gorillaz and N*E*R*D can't fill up a venue like Silversun Pickups and Muse can.

    N*E*R*D was apparently pretty popular a while ago? Mercurystatic recognized one or two songs that I had never heard in my entire life. …
  • Most Played Mid-2010

    20. Jul. 2010, 3:17 von pecusita

    Oh, July. Seventh month of the year. It's been incredibly hot and it makes me cranky, so I'm not in an all rant mood. I even compiled this list about two weeks ago and had not posted it for lack of motivation... still nothing. So, in hopes that the 30 or so minutes it took me to calculate this and crosscheck with last.fm scrobbles do not go to waste, I'm adding mostly one liners.

    7x2=14 picks. It's been a varied year and nothing below that managed to average double digit plays. Forth!

    14. Toro y Moi - Causers of This
    83 plays - averaged 8 plays per track

    Chill what???? All I'm going to say is that I can play this entire album on my commute to work and there's still time left to repeat a song or two!

    Most played:
    Fax Shadow - 16 plays
    Blessa - 15 plays
    Talamak - 14 plays

    Song that needs to pick up the pace:
    Causers of This - 3 plays

    13. The National - High Violet
    133 plays - averaged 12 plays per track

    What's that pundits say? Mastering your trade?…
  • Plastic Beach - Why You Should Love It

    16. Mär. 2010, 6:28 von wyvernxk7

    Have you listened through the new album by the Gorillaz, Plastic Beach? If not, what ARE you waiting for!?

    This album took about half a listen-through before it caught. I was listening to it in the car, and thus wasn't paying the most attention to it, so when I got in, I immediately immersed myself with a pair of headphones... That was yesterday. I've listened to the album and bonus tracks, demo tracks, and the Stylo remixes, all of which add up to ~85 glorious minutes, about ten times since then. The album is simply pervasive and addictive.

    One listen-through might merit it a lukewarm reception, but only because it's very much a concept album. The casual listener will hear one word, repeated over and over: Plastic. It is a motif for the album, but is interspersed in a way that, once you are submerged in the music, it no longer stands out (except a bit on Rhinestone Eyes, but that song is so fantastic that a little awkwardness almost helps to strengthen the rest of it, if that's possible).