Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Friday, August 23, 2013

Enlighted, Etheria, Forever's Fallen Grace, Gate XIII, Guelder Rose, Hammerforce, Hell:On, Metallica, Beach Boys contest, Lisa Gerrard, Stryper, Adjustment Burearu, portable microwave, soda leads to obesity leads to drugs, and pepper sex




#nowplaying Enlighted “Time To Fly” (2009), featuring Thomas Vikstrom … awesome, and available as free download.





#nowplaying Etheria demo from 2009 … female fronted gothic metal, available as free download.





#nowplaying Forever’s Fallen Grace “This Burden, My Cross To Bear” (2004) … traditional, but modern heavy metal, available as “name your price” download.





#nowplaying Gate XIII “Once Upon A Time” (2012?) … symphonic metal.





#nowplaying Guelder Rose “The 2nd” EP (2009) … post-sleaze hard rock, traditional heavy metal, available for free download.





#nowplaying Hammerforce “Dice” (2009) … high quality progressive power-metal.





#nowplaying Hell:On “Re:Born” (2011?) … I have no idea where I downloaded this, but it’s traditional death-metal. The music is highly engaging, but the vocals have a little to be desired.





Metallica will be performing a private concert for SXM subscribers at New York’s Apollo Theater on September 21, 2013. And “Mandatory Metallica” will take over SXM’s Liquid Metal channel 40 on September 13 through October 6. All of this is part of Metallica’s promotion engine for Metallica’s “Through The Never” release in IMAX theaters.





Ultimate Classic Rock is giving away a copy of the new 6-disc Beach Boys boxed-set. Enter here.





Lisa Gerrard is offering a free 4-song sampler. I just recently got into Dead Can Dance, so I’ll be downloading this to hear her solo material for the first time.





Stryper has a new album, “No More Hell To Pay,” coming out in November this year. All four original members are present: vocalist Michael Sweet, guitarist Oz Fox, bassist Tim Gaines, and drummer Robert Sweet. Sounds promising.





Watched “Adjustment Bureau” last night. I get what the movie is about, and I liked the concept, but I felt like the story really didn’t go anywhere. Would have been more interesting to me to condense the script to under one hour as the first half of the movie, and then have the second half explore David’s and Elise’s path after knowing what they have learned. On a side note, Emily Blunt is gorgeous.





If you lunch box doubled as a portable microwave, would you go out to lunch less during the workweek?





I usually order water when I go out to eat, and try not to drink during the day, but I do love me some bourbon or rye or Irish whiskey or rum with a splash of Coke Zero. After reading this, I may need to drink straight more often.





And on that note… Favorite headline of the day: “What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

…followed by this scary headline: “New Drug Mimics the Beneficial Effects of Exercise.” The Scripps Research Institute is testing drug SR9009 on mice and finding it increases metabolic activity leading to lean mice with larger muscles that can run longer distances, mimicking the effects of aerobic exercise. Nevermind that it will probably cause several types of cancel in humans!




Lastly, do you know how to tell the difference between a male and a female bell pepper? And did you know that the female pepper is sweeter?





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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Electra Mustaine, Stone Sour contest, Motley Crue, Amity Affliction, COC, Consecration, Cryptic Edifice, Chaos Lanes, Disforia, Johnny Cash, waste for food, recharging countertop, and drinking on budget




Electra Mustaine performing Megadeth’s “A Tout Le Monde” acoustically? Enough said.





Revolver Magazine has contest to win a DW Signature Series snare drum and Golden Gods 2013 poster, both signed by Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga. Enter here.






Motley Crue are supposedly end-of-life in 2014 or 2015 so they can “go out on top.” Guitarist Mick Mars suffering from ankylosing spondylitis, a painful form of chronic arthritis, is probably a factor. But vocaist Vince Neil says they may release one more album, possibly a soundtrack for the movie adaption of their memoir, “The Dirt,” and Vince plans to continue his solo career. Honestly, while Crue have put out decent material in recent years, nothing from Vince has impressed me since his first solo album, “Exposed.” I think bassist Nikki Sixx wins the prize for staying relevant with Sixx:A.M.





#nowplaying The Amity Affliction “Open Letter” … this song has one of the best choruses in the history of rock & metal, hands down. Every time it comes on SXM, I smile and crank it up!

“I'm not searching the sky for a reason to live,
Cause I found beauty right here and found the passion to give,
So let me give you my heart, let me give you my tears,
Let me give you my life, let me give you my fears.”





#nowplaying Corrosion Of Conformity “Megalodon” (2012) … I’ve had this EP on my iPod since it was released, but finally got around to listening to it. As to be expected from this consistent leader of the Black Sabbath inspired stoner and doom genres, all five songs are raw, energetic, heavy, melodic, and just damn fun. In a field of artists that tend to sound the sound like they are playing the same riffs from song to song, COC somehow manage to sound even more fresh with each release, blazing a trail where other bands can merely attempt to follow. Five great songs, and still available for free from Scion’s AV site.





#nowplaying Consecration “Aux” (2008) … call it crossover prog, call it stoner, call it post-metal with vocals, but I just call it good. Good mix of melody and aggressiveness, clean and blackened vocals, and excellent guitars. Available as “name your price” so you have no excuse; download it!





#nowplaying Cryptic Edifice “King’s Lament” (2012) … labeled as a demo and released on cassette tape, this is melodic epic doom metal. The production is raw, the vocals are more akin to yelling to a crowd, but the songs are well written and the guitars are excellent. And it’s available as a“name your price” download, so why the hell not?





#nowplaying Chaos Lanes “EP” (2012) … modern metal with traditional death metal vocals alongside clean vocals, lots of keyboards, lots of melody, and lots of heavy groove. Soilwork would be a good comparison, just not executed to the caliber of that legendary band, but still worthy of blasting from your truck on the highway or main drag. Another “name your price” download, so there should be no hesitation. Get it now!





#nowplaying Disforia “Our Time Defined” (2011) … progressive power-metal from Utah. As with most USA based prog-metal bands, the songs seem to strive for technical precision and the album is not as over-produced as most European power-metal. Nothing ground breaking here; just very solid execution. “Awakening” is my favorite track, with piano and more of a modern prog-rock feel. If you like symphonic metal with clean vocals and lots of keyboards, you’ll like this album, no doubt. The musicianship is of high caliber. The vocalist has a unique, but welcoming tone. The lyrics have a solid storytelling quality to them. Yet another “name your price” download, so highly recommended.





Stumbled upon this… did you know that Legacy released a 63-disc “Complete Columbia Album Collection” CD boxed-set for Johnny Cash last year? Lots of material on CD for the very first time. And this is a lot of music for a great price, if you do the per disc math. Officially added to my wishlist.





Trade in your food waste for fresh product? What an amazing idea. Mercado Du Trueque is doing it in Mexico and Hello Compost is doing it in New York (USA). Bring this to RVA!





Imagine if your kitchen countertop could charge your mobiledevices. DuPont and Duracell have teamed up to do just that.





Drinking on a budget? Here are supposedly the eight cheapest ways to get hammered (I’m assuming in the USA). And if you follow this frat-house poster, you’re guaranteed to have a headache, if not hangover, the following morning! This is why I moderately consume quality whiskey.





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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

GNR, Slayer, Umphrey's McGee, Google takes down 40% of net, hacking Zuckerberg, autonomous cars, cryopreservation, yawns for coffee, and Paris Creperie




Tweet of the day from Lou Brutus, DJ on SXM: “The original NSync lineup is reunited. The original Guns N Roses lineup is not. Well played, Satan. #Music”




In what I assume is a clever social media marketing campaign, a new or previously unreleased GNR song has been “leaked” online. Guitarist Bumblefoot verified via Twitter that “Going Down” is in fact a GNR recording, and then the tweet was deleted. Bassist Tommy Stinson is singing lead, with Axl Rose in the background.





Slayer graffiti in Commack South Little League’s Wicks Park in Commack, NY (USA) was initially confused by police as a hate crime. What do you think?





Jam/prog-rock band Umphrey’s McGee have always been ahead of the curve with offering their fans unique experiences. Now they are offering concertgoers the option to rent ($40 on top of the ticket price) professional quality wireless headphones so that every note, lyric, and space can been heard straight from the mixing board, instead of being lost in the venue due to poor acoustics. The rental fee also provides you with an MP3 or FLAC version of the concert. I can see more bands offering this in the near future.





Add Pure Connect to the ever-growing list of internet on-demand music services competing in the USA.






What do you do when Facebook security ignores and then denies the bug report you submitted? Hack Mark Zuckerberg’s personal timeline, of course! Less than a minute after Palestinian hacker Kahlil Shreateh posted the bug explanation on Zuckerberg’s page, an FB security engineer suspended Shreateh’s FB account and reached out to Shreateh for more details. Unfortunately, FB won’t pay Shreateh the minimum $500 USD security flaw bounty because Shreateh violated FB’s terms of service by hacking Zuckerberg’s account. Total #FAIL on FB’s part. Shreateh deserves the bounty.




In the “I call B.S.” segment, Navigant Research (who?) is predicting that 95.4 million autonomous cars will be sold every year by 2035, which sounds like a lofty goal when that many cars total are not built every year today.




More B.S.: The Cryonics Institute (CI) is offering science-fiction as a product, specifically cryopreservation.





A company that is getting it right is Douwe Egberts Coffee. Their PR agency Joe Public developed a coffee machine in airports where yawns,not money, pays for a cup of coffee.





You ever have pastrami and bacon on a crepe? The Paris Creperie food cart does crepe lunch sandwiches, and they are delicious. Like them and follow them.





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