The Global Music Project – The List

25 08 2009

Map

Here is a comprehensive list of every country, artist, and genre that I’ve covered so far on The Global Music Project.

  • Country: Dhaka, Bangladesh / Artist: Drumlinezz / Genre : Jazzy Drum & Bass
  • Country: Taipei, Taiwan / Artist: Waa Wei / Genre : Acoustic-Pop
  • Country: Turin, Italy / Artist: Diarmonia Mundi / Genre : Metalcore
  • Country: Helsinki, Finland / Artist: Delay Trees / Genre : Mellow-Pop-Rock
  • Country: Switzerland / Artist: Reverend Beat Man / Genre : Psycho-billy
  • Country: Poland / Artist: Rotofobia / Genre : Electronic-Garage-Art-Rock
  • Country: Luanda, Angola / Artist: MC Kapa / Genre : Politically-charged Hip-Hop
  • Country: Berlin, Germany / Artist: Golden Disko Ship / Genre : Ambient/Glitch
  • Country: Brazil / Artist: Felguk / Genre : Electro-House
  • Country: Mali / Artist: Tinariwen / Genre : Roots-Rock/Blues
  • Country: Russia / Artist: Yago-E-Aboo / Genre : Futuristic-Rock
  • Country: Norway / Artist: Magnus Eliassen / Genre : Acoustic-Soul
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Top 5 Unfunny College Humor Articles

22 08 2009

College Humor

In my constant search for online entertainment, I spend a lot of time on your typical comedy sites like The Onion, Cracked, etc. I then remembered that I haven’t been to College Humor in quite sometime and decided I should see what’s been happening over there lately. Obviously, I was not impressed so I decided to include you in some of my misery. And, as is par for the course with daily comedy websites, I decided to make it a “Top 5 List” for no apparent reason.

1. My Filthy, Stinking Roommate: Some classless D-bag just scans a couple letters from his college RA that he found in reference to how his old roommate smelled bad. I suppose the punchline is that the guy stinks? Perhaps it’s been awhile since I was in college, but I would think that with all the rampant STDs, mind-bending psychedelics, and Dave Matthews Band that a little body odor might not be all that big of a deal. (link)

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Yago-E-Aboo – Global Music Project (Russia)

20 08 2009

Yago E Aboo

Today for the the Global Music Project we’re going to be taking a look at a great four piece rock group from Novosibirsk, Russia called Yago-E-Aboo. (Although they claim to be from Moscow on their Myspace page.) They are currently signed to an independent label called Mimonot and have just released their debut album through said label for free. For a band that’s still in the somewhat formative stages, they’ve managed to make a stellar record on par with most anything being churned out the major labels. Sonically, Yago-E-Aboo is equal parts futuristic vocals and forward thinking song structure.

According to an earlier interview done with the group’s vocalist, Vasily Bogdanov, “It’s as if the words have melted into the sound,” and I couldn’t agree more. In fact, the vocals are what really drew me to listen to more of their music after finding them on Myspace, and apparently I’m not the only one. After laying in the depths of Myspace’s nether regions for quite some time, they have been been picking up some steam lately on the site and are close to 20,000 page views, up from only about 200 views a few months prior.

As is par for the course when doing most of the Global Music Project articles, I can’t understand the lyrics as they are in Russian. However, where I previously had to glean emotional meaning from the tone of the vocals, with Yago-E-Aboo there is another level all together to be found. It’s almost as if the vocals are another instrument unto themselves, not unlike Sigur Ros singing in a made up language. Furthermore, whether through natural or effected means, there is an ethereal and otherworldly quality to Bogdanov’s voice that really completes the music.

Yago-E-Aboo’s sound does not stop at the vocals however. Instrumentally speaking, everything I’ve heard from the group is a very honest and well thought out blend of spacey and atmospheric guitar tones mixed with subtle pop-rock songwriting structure. Drummer Egor Lemanovski also keeps things moving with a skilled mix of hyper dance influenced beats and minimalist snare or kick drum only sections as needed. The result is something very contemporary yet not the least bit plagiarized.

Here are some links:
Myspace
YouTube
Download Yago-E-Aboo’s Album

Much thanks go out to a blog called Far From Moscow for clearing up some of the details about the group I couldn’t get from their Myspace page.

Although it’s set to some weird anime, here is Yago-E-Aboo’s song entitled “Maximum.”





43 Folders

3 06 2009

4343 Folders is a great blog about creative productivity by Merlin Mann. The site offers videos and podcasts of his talks, thoughts from others on the creative process, and various other tips on how to make the most out of your time. Although the site seems to be centered around creative writing, Mann’s advice can easily be applied to other areas of creativity.

The first time I visited the site I didn’t really get it because it’s pretty bare bones in terms of layout. As a regular reader of many blogs with tons of eye candy, the no frills style kind of threw me for a loop. However, after returning to the site a month or so later, I discovered there is a wealth of content on the site. I’ve noticed that sometimes there is a lot of time between posts, but I can only assume that it’s a result of Mann wanting to post only worthwhile content to the site instead of fluff.

One of the main things I noticed about the site is that each post is actually full of advice, useful content, and helpful links. This may sound run of the mill at first, but take a second to think about the blogs that you frequent. How many posts have you just skipped past or been disappointed in? For me it’s quite a few. The blog I visit the most, WoW.com, is full of these kind of posts, yet I never realized it until I visited 43 Folders.

Nothing can really explain Mann’s feelings about these kind of blogs like one of his recent Twitter posts which reads as follows: After the jump: enough horseshit to hit word count, 30 self-links, plus 200 comments from lonely men who barely skimmed the lede. MORE »

As a first time visitor to 43 Folders, you should go to the section called “How Do I Use 43 Folders” and it will give you a good idea as to what the site is like. Whether you’re in the mood to read some in depth articles or just need some quick advice to boost your creativity, 43 Folders is just the site you need.





Weather Dick – Picture Of The Day

5 12 2008

So…when I started “Picture Of The Day” a few days ago I forgot about how lazy I get on the weekends. So here’s a dick picture like looks like weather…or a weather picture that looks like a dick. Whatever.

Also…Wordpress (where this website is) switched their game up completely and it’s creeping me out. Hey WordPress! Fix your shit…

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WOW Insider

25 09 2008

When it comes to getting the latest news about World Of Warcraft, I’m sure there are countless blogs out there to choose from. The one I decided on is WoW Insider. No matter what your main interest is when it comes to WoW, be it PVP, machinima, or leveling guides, they have it all and much more.

The site is visually appealing, well organized, and easy to navigate which is a wonder considering the sheer amount of content available on the site. The Insider is consistently updated several times a day, making it a staple of my web browsing routine. Some of my favorite sections include the class-specific news segments and the recently added “Ask A Beta Tester” which covers first hand accounts of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. The only negative criticism I have is that some posts take too long to get to the point, but from what I’ve read on past posts they’re aware of this fact.

WoW Insider can be found at www.WoWInsider.com.