Posts Tagged ‘first’
22 Jan

Harrison Ford Sees “Indiana Jones” For First Time

[Update: Yes, I know this is fake, and you should too. It's originally from a bizarre Japanese commercial for Uncharted 3, for the PS3 (I think - if I spend one more second talking abou this I will regret it on my deathbed)]

That Crazy Rap Music!

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14 Dec

Sleeping With Sirens and Bayside among the first bands named to the 2012 Vans Warped Tour

Today Vans announced the first five bands to be officially named for the lineup of the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. Like last year, the plan is to announce more bands each week through April, until the whole lineup is revealed.

Right now, the official lineup stands at:

Chelsea Grin
Memphis May Fire
Sleeping with Sirens
The Silver Comet

Sleeping with Sirens corroborates a rumor we posted previously. Here’s hoping our other rumors so far prove to be true as well.

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21 Aug

Rockstar Mayhem Festival 8/5/11 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheater part one

While half the city was packed into Grant Park for some other festival, the real action was taking place a half hour south at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Tinley Park. The action being referred to is that of the annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival. The fest is sort of like a metal version of [...]

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18 Aug

Samiam Announces Their First Major U.S. Tour Since 2001, Stream Their New Song

Groundbreaking emotional hardcore veterans Samiam are gearing up for their first release in almost five years, but perhaps more importantly, they’re prepping for their first widespread U.S. tour since 2001.

Where have they been? They’ve been around, just not playing too heavily in the states.

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09 Aug

Rockstar Mayhem Festival 8/5/11 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheater part two

As the day progressed so did the non-stop lineup of bands playing the Rockstar Mayhem Festival and there was only a few more bands to go before the main pavilion opened up for the four main event, big-stage acts. People were sweaty and hot but they stayed hydrated by visiting the Rockstar tent which had [...]

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14 Jul

Vans Warped Tour 7/9/11 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheater part two

As the temperature continued to rise and the sun was burning the thousands in attendance at the Warped Tour, the bands kept on a playing. The heat didn’t do anything to prevent people from having a good time and everywhere you walked there was an endless stream of people moving about. Hello Goodbye took the [...]

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01 Apr

Motörhead first LP vinyl reissue

In 1983 Chiswick Records (who had the good taste to sign The Damned after they left Stiff) released the first Motörhead LP and a metal/rock and roll institution was born that still lives on today. Motörhead is one of the longest running metal bands in history and they were certainly one of the more influential [...]

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21 Jul

How To Learn Guitar Chords the easy way – the first step in learning to play guitar

Have you always dreamed of learning to play guitar? Do you have a child with a natural talent for music, the guitar is interested in mastering? While it is entirely possible to literally learn the guitar for someone, so you have time to go and take step after step. Of course, the basis of all is learning guitar chords.
From the right:
Many people who want to learn to play guitar livetoo fast. You can get a hold of scores for some of the most famous songs, and immediately tried to play like a rock star. The problem is that many of these songs also happen to play some of the most difficult songs. with little or no knowledge of guitar to play beginners should start with the basic agreements first. In the agreements will give the guitar mastery of the foundation, the songs are necessary to finally learn theHave you heard that he played guitar for years. If you tip agreements, without a solid knowledge of the guitar is more frustrated and quit before you ever really learn to play guitar.
After the program:
When something on your way to practice and master guitar chords, you can take lessons with more complex arrangements which bring together different. You should be with simple melodies and allow you to start , The difficult path in the songs progress. Finally, you learn to play guitar enough to effectively fight the hardest songs you really want to jam. Just do not expect this kind of progress during the night.
Find the program:
However, there is a first step of this plan will be completed before we start to learn to play the chords: they found the lessons to be a really good one. There are tons of sources online for free> Guitar lessons, but most of them are quite limited and not flow from one to another in order to gradually advance their skills. If it is serious skills mastered my guitar, you need a well-developed program designed by someone really well, who knows how to teach guitar. You do not need just a few hours free of charge for you, but solid guidance on how to play guitar from beginner to advanced level all.
Before you buy any program offerings, will teach you to play guitar, make sure the rhythm is right for you, or who complete the program. For example, children need a slower pace or an individual program because they need more time to master every hour. Remember, everyone learns to play guitar, take measures for different!
The best programs are those in which your individual pace, without feeling pressured, they can go forward. ThisTherefore, lessons of the Internet or video-based classes much better than real life. It can work for a class, as long as you the ability to move through the program at your own pace, without having to pay to stay master classes allows more and more private.

Guitar Hero

06 Apr

DJ Hero — first impressions

I had DJ Hero at home for a long time before I put the disc in the PS3. It’s tricky when video games occupy such a peculiar category in my life: too fun to be high-priority during the work day, too much like work for the evenings. (And in some cases also too noisy/intense, both for the downstairs neighbors and for me — after a long day, loud rock music and the incessant tapping of the RB drum kit feel like sensory overload). So the DJ Hero turntable controller was just sitting around for weeks, on the same table as my spouse’s actual turntables and mixer. Yet somehow until I finally sat down to play the game it didn’t occur to me how weird it is that the controller only includes a single turntable (maybe because during its sitting-around-in-the-corner period it had so much DJ-gear company, like it was the third turntable in someone’s kit).

I have no DJing experience myself — indeed, I still get nervous about actually setting a needle down on a record, on the rare occasions that I attempt such a thing. But I’ve spend a lot of time with DJs, and I’ve taught a lot of classes that revolve around post-turntablism music. When I’m teaching the first class meeting of a multi-week unit about hip-hop, I often begin by asking the class, “Why are two turntables better than one?” And when I watch a DJ at work with two turntables and a mixer, I’m often awed by his/her ambidextrous virtuosity. Of course club DJs today use all kinds of equipment, but given that DJ Hero features a turntable at all (vs. any of the myriad other interface possibilities for simulating real-time remix production), it seems peculiar to just use one. Especially when the game tutorial voiceover is by Grandmaster Flash (who starts things off by emphasizing his own turntablism pioneer status). There’s something surreal about having Grandmaster Flash explain that each of the three buttons on the single turntable represents a different sound source, as though this had been his pioneering innovation. Someone unfamiliar with record players might conclude that all records come broken into three concentric rings, which you can mix and match on your single turntable and manipulate individually as you play your set. And of course this implies the presence of three invisible tonearms/needles (the controller doesn’t include any representation of the tonearm/needle at all).

[Maybe now I have a better sense of the cognitive dissonance guitarists experience when they first encounter a GH/RB guitar controller, i.e., why the hell would you make a guitar with no strings? For me, a pianist with no stringed-instrument experience, the fret buttons just seemed like a very simple keyboard -- though the idea that one could fret before strumming required some mental adjustments.]

When I actually started to play a DJ Hero set, I discovered the satisfying click of the cross-fader. This click has strong associations for me; at a club the music would be way too loud for me to hear it, but it’s a big part of the sound when my spouse is mixing in the living room. It helps me distinguish what he’s doing with his mix vs. what was already part of the mix on each record (because the clicking cues me that he’s shifting between the two sources). I also just like the sound — the crispness of it, and the way that it makes a rhythmic pattern of its own that interlocks with the rhythm of the musical mix in interesting ways. So while the turntable part of the controller packed more associations visually, once I was playing the game it was the cross-fader that made me feel more aligned with a DJ’s kinesthetic experience. The DJ Hero turntable doesn’t even spin around (except when you briefly spin it backward yourself on “rewinds”); I certainly wasn’t imagining a record was under my right hand. Maybe some kind of track pad, but not a record.

But was it fun to play? Yes, definitely, and also a lot more relaxing than playing GH/RB. This is dance music, after all, and instead of “star power” you earn and deploy “euphoria” (leading to bizarre screen texts like “euphoria used”, but that’s a subject for another post). As one might expect, this game’s remixes/mashups are structured very differently from the rock songs in GH/RB, and the result is a trippier kind of immersion/flow. The musical selections are also much more in line with my own listening tastes, so waiting while someone else played a song was more fun than with GH/RB (plus it didn’t have to be turned up so loud, since there’s no need to drown out drum kit noise). But something about the game makes me think it’s unlikely to be a huge hit (and not just because of the recession). I feel like it’s too musically complicated to offer the visceral appeal of GH/RB, where each player is always following his/her specific part and feels deeply connected to it. Also, Guitar Hero greatly increased my appreciation for some kinds of rock and metal, but I’m not sure DJ Hero is going to increase a metalhead’s appreciation for electronic dance music. And I can’t imagine millions of teenage boys devoting a lot of time to mastering these mashups. While I’m usually the first person to point out that the videogame-playing demographic has long since expanded beyond teenage boys, I’m still not sure what core constituency might exist for DJ Hero.

Now I want to read some reviews and see if others have reached similar conclusions — I haven’t been keeping up with media reception of DJ Hero at all, but the fact that coverage hasn’t been jumping out at me with no effort on my part leads me to suspect that sales have not been good.

playing along

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