Archive for February, 2010

28
Feb
10

Il lato Italiano

I’ve wanted to use this blog to discuss how I’m striving to become bilingual and in the future I’ll feature writings in Italian (probably by the end of tonight)

For now a little gag from our trip to build an Igloo in Central Park.

Quindi, Inizia la parte in Italiano!

27
Feb
10

Protest the Hero; or why Rody Walker needs to video blog more

Because he creates stupid shit like this. I’m very happy to hear that Choady and the boys are working on a sequel to Fortress considering how great that last album was. Protest the Hero are unfortunately only touring in Canaduh so far but whatever, they’ll be around. I realize I’m being very affirmative action towards Canadian bands of late what with this and the Noobie Noobinson write-up but damnit Canucks rule. On second thought, a tour with both bands together would rule. Canadians, make this happen for my amusement! Do it Now!

27
Feb
10

The Fall of The Fall of Troy

I don’t know what to say. I’m simply heartbroken to hear that the current The Fall of Troy tour shall be their last. This is a band that I feel really rattled the cages. With only three players, TFoT made a sound that was beyond many a band. Their last album, In the Unlikely Event, is sadly a an amazing finish for this great band but I know that I will await Thomas Erak’s future music with great excitement.

The announcement:
http://thefalloftroy.com/one-last-time-lose-your-minds/

The Fall on the Web
thefalloftroy,com
myspace.com/thefalloftroy

A sad Prog day this is

26
Feb
10

Blizzard Bonanza

The Snow that began last night has turned into a blizzard such that even the miserly NYU had to give us a snow day. Two in a year is absolutely unprecedented in my time at the school and has made today and awesome one so far. I’m really looking forward to snow ball fights near the courthouse and a brother’s party tonight but this snow makes me just want to stay in and be warm.

Here’s a vid I shot on the ol’Blackberry Tour:

And some stills from upstairs :



26
Feb
10

Bands you ought to know: Noobie Noobinson

As great as things have been with America kicking ass in hockey and Stephen Colbert being hilarious on the nightly, my favorite thing coming out of Vancouver, BC Canada is a band. And that band is Noobie Noobinson, a duo of enlightened musicians signed to Hamachingo. These guys have astonishing chops that they put to use in the weirdest fusion of rock, rap, soul, and jazz with a group of collaborators they call “The Boomsday Alliance” I’ve heard in a long while. The band releases albums as different “seasons” in a series which portray an interstellar tale. With tongues firmly planted in cheek, the band sets up many different atmospheres and styles of sound that envelope you. Something as seemingly antithetical to rock and metal as rapping feels right in a Noobie world. Emcee MD delivers with a flow and poetic style that’d be breath of fresh air on any DefJam release. But that’s the thing about Noobie. As soon as they are content with one style they’re off to the next and always with the most ingenious transitions. The way this band melds genre reminds me of the first time I listened to Deloused in the Comatorium. I’m gonna have to check out the other season tomorrow and I’m very excited to hear they are recording a third.

Upcoming Shows:
Mar 9 2010 8:00P
The Media Club w/ The Patience Product, The Me Monster Vancouver, British Columbia
Apr 8 2010 9:15P
Honey Lounge w/ Marching Mind Vancouver, British Columbia

Which unfortunately is a fucking hike from New York. But you can find them at

Their homes on the internetz:
http://noobienoobinsonandthedoubleboomskees.bandcamp.com/
http://www.myspace.com/noobienoobinson
twitter.com/NoobieNoobinson

Check them out and support them with your money dollars so they can tour more.

25
Feb
10

Chrome’d Out

So here’s my in no way comprehensive review of Google Chrome for OSX.

After a couple days of dicking around with the browser, I’m shocked how I ever suffered Firefox’s sluggish speed. The main take away for anyone considering Chrome is it’s speed. This browser hustles and it makes using 10 tabs and watching High Definition Youtube videos snappy. Even with NYU’s sluggish 2 mbps broadband the browser cruises through most anything I’ve thrown at it. The integration of search and address bar is an awesome touch and I love how quickly the bar matches what I’m typing to a web page or search I want to do.

Visually the browser is pretty minimalist; just a row for tabs, my navigation bar and a bookmark bar keep the focus on the webpage you’re currently viewing. The browser maintains the ability to reopen closed tabs from Firefox which I love although these do not automatically open in new tabs.

My dislikes are few and far between. One thing that I forgot during my time with Chrome is that the browser for Mac is still in beta. As such it is lacking key features such as easy RSS subscription and reading integration. Now this may be simply because Google wants to pump their own Google Reader app to handle this but it would be nice to have to bring RSS to my Mail program. The other decidedly more annoying fault lies with Microsoft Silverlight. I discovered, much to my chagrin, while attempting to watch the US/Swiss Men’s Hockey game on NHL.com that not only has the league backed this plugin but that Microsoft has not written a Silverlight script for Chome OSX. For someone who relies on Netflix streaming or other Silverlight based services, that makes Chrome just part of a two browser strategy at present, not a full fledged replacement.

All in all, I do not want to even try Safari after experiencing Chrome. In terms of speed, reliability, and the fact that it already has all my passwords saved, Google’s browser has me quite won over.

25
Feb
10

Hand Dryer Horror

The Terror, the sheer mind splitting terror.