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eggsnail and I recently went to L.A. to see my sister. I'll post on the specifics later, but for now here are some pictures.
World renowned website The Pirate Bay is soon to be no more. According to jezebelmusic.com, "The Pirate Bay founders have sold the file-sharing site to a Swedish gaming company." The company, Global Gaming Factory X, plans on making the site "legitimate", thusly killing this online legend.

You will be missed, PirateBay. Yarrrrrrrr.

Full story here.

Beck's Boredom = Our Gain

When I get bored I get on the internet and spend hours on wikipedia learning about things I don't really care about. Link after link after link until I have managed to redirect from the Civil War to Tenacious D somehow.

When Beck gets bored he gathers some friends together, takes them in to the studio, and they cover a legendary album in ONE DAY! Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you Beck's Record Club.

First up on the list? None other than the Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground & Nico. They will be adding one song per week to the site, so the waiting will be agony, but the reward will be so nice. So far I am partial to "Venus In Furs", but that probably has a lot to do with the fact that I have a small obsession with that song.

While your there make sure to check out his Planned Obsolescence mixes and Videotheque for all things Beck and watchable.

Awesome Music Site

I just found the most incredible music site. RateYourMusic.com let's you browse an almost endless number of artists and albums, read user reviews, see average user ratings, as well as create an account (for free) and add your own ratings and reviews. As if all this wasn't enough, as you add artists to your catalog it will show you upcoming releases from them. Very nice indeed.
While perusing Drowned In Sound's website I saw a quote from an article written by Stuart Braithwaite, guitar player for post rock gods Mogwai. The blurb read, "It wasn’t meant to end up like this." Intrigued by the cryptic nature of the quote (had I not heard that they were breaking up?) i clicked the link and settled in for heartbreak. Instead, I got a bitchy little rant about the fact that apparently none of us can decide what we like to listen to for ourselves. Apparently all we do is blindly lap up whatever Pitchforkmedia.com tells us to enjoy.

I tried to see where he was coming from, but I just can't. Of course we utilize online sources to discover new music, but how many of us just look at the rating the album is given and say, "Okay, I like them because they got an 8 out of 10." I use Pitchfork (and many, many other sites) to find out about new bands, and from there I investigate the band if anything in the review interested me (not just the rating).

This whole rant seemed to be a passive aggressive way to bitch about Pitchfork being unfriendly toward Mogwai, especially considering the fact that he chose a site that is painfully similar to Pitchfork to air his grievances against the sheeple we apparently are. So, I looked into this, and funnily enough, Pitchfork gave the most recent offering from Mogwai, The Hawk Is Howling, a 4.5 out of 10. Now, I wholeheartedly disagree with the rating, but bitching about a site that does the exact same thing the site your are posting your wank on simply because they thought your last album was mediocre at best is just pathetic. For shame, Stuart.

P.S. - Even though he's being bitchy, you should still listen to Mogwai if you never have. I suggest Come On Die Young or Happy Songs For Happy People.

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Courtesy of eggsnail and those wonderful folks at Homeland Security, I present you with this:

Terrorist safety protocol has never been so funny.

Recent Musical Discoveries

I've been on a hardcore music jag over the past few days, and I figured I would share some of the gems I've found.

1)Joker's Daughter

2)Florence + The Machine

3)The Phenomenal Handclap Band

4)Lord Cut-Glass

5)Engineers

Check em out and tell me what you think.

Courtesy of mlfoley

Nothing but class from Right Wing America.

I shouldn't be, but I am still shocked at the bigotry and hate in some people.

Sony Fails On Two Counts

So, apparently waiting to try and cash in on a human being's death is just out of the question to Sony, hence this little gem Michael Jackson: The Stripped Mixes.

Sony Fail #1: They released this the day of Michael Jackson's memorial. Very nice, Sony. Nothing but class.

Sony Fail #2: The album is terrible. A bunch of great early Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 songs with all of the engineer's and producer's work removed so that they sound like it's just MJ and the gang in their living room practicing their routine. Complete and total waste of time.

What a wonderful way to begin the postmortem cash grab.

I Might Be Behind On This One, But...

Anonymous is the shit! any group dedicated to the eradication of the Church of Scientology (in my opinion the most blatantly evil manifestation of religion in the world today) is good by me. If I ever have the chance to I am going to grab my Guy Fawkes mask and join the party.

If the groups stated purpose of having the Church of $cientology's tax exempt status revoked isn't good enough, they even make videos declaring their war and updating the status of said war:



If you are interested in more info check them out here.