Entries from April 2008

Audissey Audio Travel Guides
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How to take a walking tour around a city while you are on vacation but not look like a tourist? Bring along your iPod and headphones and let the Audissey audio walking tours lead you around. Downloadable tours are currently available for a handful of American cities including Chicago, New Orleans and Miami’s South Beach. Tours are presented by real locals, though a few of the sound more like unreal stereotypes of locals — click through to the Audissey website and give a listen for yourself. The Ausissey tours do include some tidbits not found in the old fashion tree-killing guidebook, offered at a mere $10 per download.

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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

A lot less erotic and a lot more funny than you might imagine from reading the title, Bonk by Mary Roach examines the outrageous methods humans have used to study sex. Some of her examples reach back into history, from the ancient Greeks to the 1920s. But many of the studies Roach cites are more recent, and these might inspire you in inquire how it is you could get into this line of work. What’s especially amazing is how mysterious such an important and instinctual act for humans still is. Bonk is a compelling and entertaining read.
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The Cult Live In New York City (DVD)
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From Glitzine by Johnny H.

This DVD comes hot on the heels of Live Nation’s successful soundboard series of CD’s more commonly know as “Instant Live”, and is a veritable nirvana (excuse the pun) for fans of “The Cult” as it gives you the chance to catch the band up close, minus overdubs, in a sweaty theatre. Filmed in High Definition and partly shot by fans this release captures “The Cult” live at The Fillmore East, at the end of their 2006 US tour. With much of the set list unchanged in format and content across the whole of this tour, this 17 track DVD captures the band largely as they were when this tour hit the UK in the September of the same year. One thing you have to be aware of with this DVD, the third official release from “The Cult” is that it fails to deliver where their previous DVD outputs have excelled. This package comes with a minimalist presentation and with a poorly balanced soundboard mix that simply doesn’t go anywhere doing the bands powerhouse live delivery no justice. But for completists of “The Cult” (like myself) this is essential stuff. This set is both heavy on nostalgia and heavy on the aforementioned drum and vocal mix. The touring house band of John Tempesta (drums), Mike Dimkitch (guitar), and Chris Wyse (bass) playing perfect foil to the dynamic duo of Duffy and Astbury.

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Young Heart Attack: Mouthful Of Love
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From Glitzine, by Gaz E:

Let’s cut to the chase, bruthas and sistas – ‘Mouthful Of Love’, the 2004 debut album from Texan terrors Young Heart Attack, was friggin’ awesome! Now, I’m no Jack Kevorkian when it comes to medicinal knowledge but, I’m pretty sure that songs like ‘Tommy Shots’, ‘Over And Over’ and ‘Misty Rowe’ had an effect on the listener that was akin to adrenaline shots to the ear. There wasn’t a bad track on the album. And then, inexplicably, they were gone. Or so it seemed.

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Musicovery.com
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This site is free?! Audiophiles who want to discover new music, or simply don’t know what they are in the mood to listen to, would pay a lot for Musicovery.com. (And, indeed, the site has a premium membership that streams higher quality music). What’s so cool about Musicovery is the interface. Select the genre(s) you want to listen to and your mood from a matrix of energetic to calm, dark to positive, and your suggested song starts playing on a page with a a sort of flow chart to similar tunes. Give it a listen and try not to get addicted.

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There Will Be Blood (Two-Disc Special Collector’s Edition)
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There Will Be Blood won the 2007 best cinematography award. Daniel Day-Lewis won the best actor award his leading role. And from the first minutes of this epic and you’ll see how well deserved both awards are. There Will Be Blood tells the story of a oilman (Day-Lewis) seeking wealth during California’s oil boom. We won’t give away any of the plot except to say that this flick is rated R and that, yes, there will be blood. See the preview, below.

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