Mar 22, 2009

Electronic music that sounds pretty sharp: The Knife

My post titles are really starting to get lame, but at least I'm trying to be clever and that's all that really matters right? 

Some of you electronic enthusiasts out there may be already well aware of The Knife and how awesome and inspirational they are when it comes to making kick ass electronic music. The swedish electronic duo consists of siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer. Together they make The Knife and together, they are awesome. 

I bought the album 'Silent Shout' on a whim and didn't know exactly if I liked it or not for the first couple of listens. Each time though, it grew on me at a rapid pace and now here they are on the blog. So if you are any sort of interested in very good electronica, I strongly suggest you check out The Knife and maybe put their CD next to your Spoon CDs and who knows? Maybe a band called 'The Forks' will arise in the near future and then you can have an entire collection of silverware. 

The band has an attitude problem, which makes them even more awesome in my book. Up until recently they never made any public appearances including live shows. They kind of give a big middle finger to all things mainstream and keep to themselves. Yes, its cute and somewhat stereotypical, but we all know its just because they want attention. Well, after listening to the tracks I have graciously provided below, perhaps you will aid in giving this wonderful band the attention they crave. 

Instead of doing lame Youtube clips, I will be using the option to embed seeqpod playlists which we here at Blame it on the Media are very grateful for. 

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Mar 13, 2009

Atmosphere: Rap without the 'C'

Rap Music. Some wouldn't call it music at all. Others are under the saddening delusion that is the only kind of music out there and that other styles are boring. Rap is probably the most 'love it or hate it' kind of music next to country. So in short, the first Country-Rap artist is going to have a huge following and also a large amount of people that want to kill him.

All this to say that in my tireless search for new music I ran across a Rap (well, technically Hip-Hop) artist whose music and lyrics I really enjoy. They are called 'Atmosphere' and they're not your typical sex, drugs, and killing policemen rappers. Their music is Not some hommies in large headphones that sit at turntables pressing buttons that will blow out your sub-woofers. Lyrically, they sing about the honest truth of the way things are in this world and not about dance floors, getting head, booties, or how many fancy things they own. They bring us back to the roots of rap music, which started in the inner city and dealt with the hardships of inner city life.

But don't take my word for it. If you're feeling adventurous click on the video below. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Mar 9, 2009

RTS, MMO, RPG, WTF: Halo Wars

The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. I'm still here, I just haven't posted in a while.

So without further ado, here's the hot topic!

Halo. It is easily on of the most popular and most easily recognizable titles in the gaming world today. If you've heard of video games, you've heard of Halo and if you're like me, you've been to the 20 people LAN parties with greasy food, foul language, and hot geeky man-on man action (and by action, I mean standing up and screaming something to the effect of 'BOOM HEADSHOT'). Or maybe you don't know what that's like and God bless you for it.

Most people know the Halo series as a FPS (first person shooter, for those of you who would rather do something productive with your lives) but a few days ago (March 3rd) a game came out that re-defined the Halo series. It's called Halo Wars, and it is a RTS (Real-time strategy) game that looks very well done. If I had all the money in the world, I would run out and buy it right now then let you know how I like it, but instead, I've provided a trailer that will make you wish you had an xbox 360, as well as 60 bucks to go out and blow on it.

You're welcome.

Mar 2, 2009

Tyler Perry goes to Jail, and not just because he's...

Okay, I've said many times before that Hollywood is rapidly running out of good ideas. In fact, one of their worst ideas was to let Tyler Perry keep making Madea movies. I was horrified today when I saw that the number one movie in the box office this weekend was Madea goes to Jail. Granted, there aren't (that m)any good movies out at the moment, but MADEA!? That's just wrong in more ways than one. I mean, it's a story about an old black woman going to Jail (or at least, that's what I got judging from the title, maybe she doesn't go to Jail, but than that would be more like an M. Night Shayamalan film) and that's about it. I'm sure it may have one or two clever parts in it, but you could probably get the same (if not more) entertainment from putting a kitten in the dryer. 

Tyler Perry needs to give it up already. It's not funny anymore. No one is laughing because you can dress up like a fat-ass black woman. Well, maybe some people are, but no one with a taste in movies, that's for sure.

Yes, you're right. This is an angry Monday. 

Mar 1, 2009

Meters and Celsius: Metric

Helloooo Cheeeeldren and welcome back to Blame it on the Media, where dreams come true and are then falsified by the whole waking up thing. 

Sorry, rough night.

I just got a hold of a copy of the CD 'Grow up and Blow Away' by Metric. I've heard of/seen/been told of/whatever, I know of their existence but never got curious enough to ACTUALLY look them up, which is sad, considering the speed at which one can own something these days. Anyway, I'm listening to the CD right now, and I have not heard one song I haven't liked. 

So if you're in need of something new to check out and have not checked out Metric, it would do you well to do so. 
I'm not going to leave you hanging. Here are some samples. You're welcome.