If you take away the crazy plastic surgery, the scandals, and the erratic behaviour, you're left with a legendary artist, whose impact on the music game was incredible. I can't think of a single person who didn't want to learn how to do the moonwalk. "Thiller" was - and still is - a classic album.
R.I.P. the King of Pop.
P.S. For those in central London, there's apparently a "mass moonwalk" occurring at Liverpool Street later today at 6pm. More info here.
Thanks to Juxtaposer for the photoshop edit. I actually look rather good with that tie...
As promised, here's part 2 of my DIY adventure. In this episode, I've been making some storage units for the excess vinyl that was laying around the house...
Rather than go out and purchase a proper storage unit, which can cost anywhere from £70 to over £250, I decided to make my own out of MDF.
First up, I sorted out my measurements and got everything cut to size at B&Q. I worked out that I needed 30 pieces (5 per cube) in total...Needless to say, the guy who operated the cutting machine was pretty pissed off with me by the end of it. I think it had something to do with him nearly missing his lunch break...
I put the cubes together at first using a strong adhesive, and then re-inforcing them by adding screws. The best adhesive I found was this "Timebond" stuff from Evo-Stik. The best thing about this is that unlike most adhesives which tends to set almost immediately, this gives you a couple of minutes to carefully align your wood/metal/etc before it starts to set. I successfully managed not to stick my fingers together either. Result!
I started off my glueing the sides onto the base, and then waiting about 10 minutes for them to set.
Then it was a case of fitting the top, and the back, carefully making sure everything was aligned properly. After that, I left the finished cubes overnight in order for the adhesive to set fully. In the words of that meerkat from the Compare The Market advert, "Simples!".
The next task was to add the screws for extra rigidity. I went with a set of Rapidrive 4 x 40mm zinc-plated single thread screws (found at any good hardware store). They say you can use them without having to drill a pilot hole, but I decided to make the holes anyway to make things easier. In total, I used 4 screws each for the top and bottom pieces, and 6 for the back panel. There's no way these things will fall apart now...
After that, it was merely a case of taking the off cuts, and my old Ikea unit (which nobody wanted, unfortunately) to the tip, and putting everything in place. The first 4 cubes went either side of my desk, and also double up as speaker stands...
(I also quickly built a small monitor stand for extra space)
...while the last 2 act as a bedside shelf...
And thus concludes my DIY adventure for the time being. Tim Allen ain't got shit on me!
EDIT: I forgot to add - the cost of buying materials, and getting everything cut? Only £48! Result...
Hola amigos! ... and thats about it. After a week in Barcelona I can shakily say "please", "thank you", and "beer" in Spanish...its just as well I was there to check out one of Europe's top festivals, not brush up on my linguistics. Here's my account of my experience of the Spanish festival.
At 3am on Tuesday 16th June, I finished my set at PoNaNa's in Norwich and watched the crowd of 700 happy kids head home, their night over. Mine was just beginning. I caught a taxi home, had a quick shower and figured I'd better start packing, seeing as my flight was in a few hours time. Having hurriedly stuffed some clothes into a bag and checked I had my passport I got another taxi back to the city centre to catch a 5am coach to Stansted where I was to meet two friends; dubstep DJ Guise and another Norwich promoter. From this point onwards, I shall refer to them as TinTin & Snowy - due to Dave Petrozzi's uncanny resemblance to Teesside Tin Tin - see below [NSFW]
With the introductions and hilariously dubbed children's cartoons out of the way, it was time to get our flight. All in all it was a pretty uneventful flight, which is why I was kinda surprised when some people started clapping and cheering when we landed. Seriously, what are you cheering for?! Landing?! That is literally the absolute minimum I expect from a flight. If the pilot had pulled off some kind of emergency maneouvre or maybe done some stunts or something - fair play, clap your little hearts out, but landing? Jesus.
Anyway, eventually the mixed emotions of confusion, anger and pity subsided and we got off the plane into the balmy Spanish heat. Within 30 seconds I'd spotted two guys carrying UDG bags, one of which turned out to be Riva Starr. This set a trend for the following week when we ended up bumping into everyone from Richie Hawtin to Joker to Sinden - Barca was literally crawling with DJs.
We all grabbed our bags and caught a taxi to our accommodation for the week; a 75ft yacht moored in Barcelona Port Forum.
We were still light on crew, however, as three of our party were on a later flight out and wouldn't be arriving until around midnight that night. So, after around 30 hours without sleep, I got to work... and by work, I mean drinking champagne and listening to Mixmag CDs in the sun. After several hours of music, champagne and the greatest lager in the world, Desperados, the others arrived.
The others included two DJs; Champagne Executive and Fazhands (who looks like a cross between DJ A-Trak and Dev Patel, no sh*t, honestly, see for yourself...) and Vintendo, a Manny Pacquiao lookalike from London.
So, with a motley crew assembled we were ready to take to the high seas and go pirating...but instead we decided to go to Razzmatazz, one of Europe's top clubs. That night boasted a modest *cough* lineup of Filthy Dukes, Aeroplane, Vicarious Bliss, Nathan Fake and James Holden. Indeed, one thing that became very apparent very quickly was that a lot of promoters had booked a lot of huge DJs for the same days as Sonar. Just a few names include Felix Da Housecat, David Guetta, Riva Starr, and Josh Wink. There would definitely be something to be said for going to Barcelona at the same time as Sonar and just going to all the awesome parties that get thrown at the same time instead of the actual festival.
I finally went to see "Revenge Of The Fallen" the other night. The CGI, fight scenes and effects were awesome...Just a shame the storyline, script and acting was a pile of shit. They said there was gonna be a lot more banter between Starscream and Megatron...we only get a couple of short conversations between the two...
I really hope the game isn't as shit as the film...
Other things worth ranting about:
Soundwave was voiced by Frank Welker in the film, which is cool. Although they didn't bother to put his voice through a vocoder to get that classsic Soundwave voice...As a result, he just sounded like a robot version of Dr. Claw from "Inspector Gadget", which sucked.
Why Arcee was made up of three motorcycles, I have no idea...and don't even get me started on The Twins...
They brought megatron back, but couldn't even find a way to bring Jazz back to life? Parr!
Yet another tune involving a skank. Saying that, this isn't UK Funky...more like UK Garage, but with a B-more feel....It seems that UK artists have now finally got down with the whole baltimore club thing...
Anyhow, this isn't as shit I was expecting it to be...Granted, it's not the greatest tune in the world, (okay, it is actually pretty gash) but guaranteed it'll be big over the summer months...
If you're one of those people who actually likes to buss out these ridiculous skanks, then here's the tutorial video for you.
I love my Blackberry Bold, but I can see myself trading it in for this beast...However...I'm still toying with the idea of maybe getting an iPhone 3Gs, since they've recently sorted out the whole copy & paste issue, plus the web browsing is dope.
Although I'm highly addicted to Blackberry Messenger! (that sealed the deal for me when I first got one back in '07).
One of the main additions of the Blackberry Tour is the display, which at a 480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi delivers the highest resolution available on any BlackBerry.
Other key features include:
* 3.2 MP camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, autofocus and video recording(i) * Full HTML web browser, including support for streaming audio and video (RTSP) * Advanced media player for videos, pictures and music, a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and support for the Bluetooth(R) Stereo Audio Profile (A2DP/AVCRP) * 256MB Flash memory * Expandable memory via hot swappable microSD/SDHC memory card slot, supporting cards of up to 16 GB today and expected to support next generation 32GB cards when available * Built-in GPS with support for geotagging, BlackBerry(R) Maps and other location based applications and services * BlackBerry(R) Media Sync allows customers to quickly and easily synch music from iTunes(R) and Windows Media Player with the smartphone(ii) * Premium phone features including voice activated dialing, enhanced background noise cancellation, a low-distortion speakerphone, and Bluetooth (2.0) support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits, stereo headsets and other Bluetooth peripherals * Preloaded DataViz(R) Documents to Go(R), allowing users to edit Microsoft(R) Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the handset * Easy mobile access to Facebook(R), MySpace and Flickr(R), as well as popular instant messaging services including BlackBerry(R) Messenger, Yahoo!(R) IM, AIM(R), Google Talk and Windows Live Messenger(TM) * Support for BlackBerry App World(TM), featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. Categories include travel, productivity, entertainment, games, social networking & sharing, news & weather, and more * BlackBerry(R) Internet Service allows access to up to 10 supported personal and corporate email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts * BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server provides advanced security and IT administration features within IBM(R) Lotus(R) Domino(R), Microsoft(R) Exchange and Novell(R) GroupWise(R) environments * Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery for 5 hours of talk time and 14 days of standby time
Available from this summer in the US, with further releases worldwide.
Ok i was on my usual hunt for all things new this morning and out of no where i came across a link to a "new" kid cudi track, thinking this was just another track to add the collection it got downloaded and spun out on the soundsystem and lo and behold after it ended i was grinnin like the cheshire cat.
Now this isnt along the line of the crookers remix of day and night but after some research n reading im seeing that this is being tipped for summer success on the white isle (ibiza to the uneducated) and is being pushed hard buy the mighty blog lords and radio powers , i hope so to cus its dammm good.
lil bit funky lil bit fresh lil bit new ........................ ^_^
Diplo & Switch's latest project, Major Lazer, is set for release over here in the UK on 29th June, and has also been on my shopping list for a minute now. "Hold The Line" has been killing it on the radio and in the clubs, with it's catchy hook and vibrating cell phone samples. That beat is too much...
This latest joint featuring Jahdan Blakkamoore is more in the softer side of things, and makes the perfect soundtrack to a lazy summer afternoon. Check it out!
Allow the lack of posting on here....It's been a mad couple of weeks.
Why? Well...This past fortnight I've been indulging in some home improvement (hence the scary-looking picture of Tim Allen), by putting up new blinds, putting together a new desk/unit, and building some storage units for excess vinyl. Those who know me, or have regularly read my posts on Twitter are aware that I'm pretty damn good at putting all kinds of flatpack shit together...In fact, where most poeple think of it as a highly laborious task, I find it quite fun...But then again I do need to get out more often...
In this episode, I've been putting together a heavy duty DJ table/unit from those nice people over at Deconomix.
I'd been meaning to get a new unit sorted for a few months, and last month I finally got round to placing my order. The unit was customised to a height of 900mm, great for a short(ish) person (I'm only 5' 9") such as myself, whilst the top was cut deeper to accommodate a battle-style setup.
The shelves slotted together really easily, and fitting the back panels weren't too difficult. I managed to move the inner shell into my room before fitting on the sides. This is when the desk gets ultra heavy...As a result, I enlisted the help of my boy Nimblefingerz to give me a hand with turning the unit upside down to fit the bottom, and vice vera for the top.
After that, it was simple case of moving all these things back into my room...Ever moved 2000+ records between rooms before? "Par!" is only way to describe it.
After that, it was a case of tidying up...
Stay tuned for part 2, where I've been putting together some storage cubes for my vinyl collection. Trust me, they're alot.
P.S. I'm also available to put together your Ikea furniture in return for an obscene amount of money. Holla at your boy.
Okay, I don't usually get that excited about video game trailers, but this one looks pretty sick and deserves to become my second E3 related posting this week. Assassin's Creed 1 was hands down awesome in my opinion. It was refreshing to have a new slant on the traditional Third-Person battle game and the added dimensions of stealth and subtlety, backed by an astonishingly fluid and cinematic combat engine made for an original and enthralling gaming experience. Free-running across the rooftops of sprawling cities, stalking your target and planning the best way to send them to meet their maker took up hours of my time, I'm not gonna lie.
The sequel to this promises to bring more of the same, with a more action-packed, less repetitive approach to assassination. Definitely going to pick this one up, and when I do, don't expect any blog posts, mixtapes or new tunes until I've finished it
"In this weeks show Charlie’s Manager reads up on the Music Industry, Charlie visits Professor Green after surviving being stabbed in the neck, meets Portia at an Adidas Photography exhibition and has issues with the Manager."
BONUS! Seeing as I forgot to post Episode 31 (my bad), here it is:
When DJ Blakey told me about DJ Hero last year, I was excited. I'd seen a few pics here and there online regarding the game, but was still yet to see any footage of how the controller works, etc...
Luckily he posted a link on his Twitter to this video, which shows a two-player turntable and guitar mashup after the break that pits the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" against the Foo Fighters' "Monkey Wrench."
I'm still yet to purchase Guitar Hero, although I'm sure I wouldn't get any work done if I did so...
This is some pretty mental technology right here! Project Natal: (pronounced "nuh-tall"[needs IPA]) is the code name for a "controller-free gaming and entertainment experience" by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game platform. Based on an add-on peripheral for the Xbox 360 console, Project Natal enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a controller, such as through body gestures or spoken commands.
The project is aimed at broadening the Xbox 360's audience beyond its hardcore base of young males. Project Natal was first announced on June 1 at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Release pricing and timing have not been announced, but the device is not expected to be available until at least 2010.
An approximately nine-inch wide horizontal bar connected to a circular base with a ball joint pivot, the Project Natal sensor is designed to be positioned lengthwise above or below the video display. The sensor features a "RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone, and custom processor running proprietary software," which provide full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition, and voice recognition capabilities.
The "Project Natal" sensor's microphone array enables the Xbox 360 to conduct multi-directional voice location tracking and ambient noise suppression, allowing for things such as headset-free party chat over Xbox Live. The depth sensor consists of an infrared projector combined with a monochrome CMOS sensor, and allows the Project Natal sensor to see in 3D under any lighting conditions.