Guru, founding member of Gang Starr passed today after a long battle with cancer. He made hip hop accessible to a whole new group of people. His passing is sad and a big loss to the hip hop community. (read more)
I cannot stress how important it is that you backup your computer. Below you’ll find a nice little message from my computer saying, “Hey, guess what? I can ruin your life.”
But there are really easy ways to prevent the disruptive, stressful, and time consuming pains inflicted by a dead/dying/crap computer. BACK YOUR SHIT UP. Here are some alternatives:
Time Machine: This is honestly ridiculously easy and if you’re not using it… I’m sorry but you’re a fool. I qualified as one of these fools less than 24 hrs ago. Thankfully I came to my senses before my computer leaped off a bridge bringing all 200+ gigs of music with it…
ZumoDrive which quite honestly looks amazing, will cost you some green. But it looks to be damn worth it. If you work across multiple devices and computers this little sucker tricks your computer into believing that the file it’s saving to is local (on your computer) when in fact it’s up in the clouds so, all your computers are belong to us. This is very helpful for those will huge sums of music across multiple computers.
DropBox is awesome. I use it all the time. It syncs multiple files in very much the same way that ZumoDrive does, however there is a hard copy of the file both on the computer you’re using, and a copy in the cloud. Changes to anything in your dropbox folders are replicated in the cloud and all sync’d computers. I’ll let video explain…
Mozy is what my father uses. For $5 everything is backed up to a cloud storage server. It seems pretty easy and for that price a great deal… it’s like health insurance for your computer… minus the politics and tea baggers.
A Hard Drive- Memory is cheap these days you can get 500gig for less that $80. You have too much crap on your computer to just let it die… Stay out of the bar for one night, save the cash and buy a hard drive. I’m so paranoid now I’m backing up my backup’s backup’s backup’s… try saying that 3x fast.
Another tip, buy from Newegg it’s really cheap, and if you live in NYC you’ll receive it next day via ground (they ship from jersey).
Night #2- James Murphy and company pulled it off again. This show was equally awesome in different ways. Murphy who was sober(ish) this time around led his crew of 6 to a tight performance with a more balanced setlist between new and old material.
Hours before the show at Webster Hall, LCD’s new album This Is Happening (along with Broken Social Scene’s Forgiveness Rock Record) leaked. With that, Murphy begged… on his knees… that we, his adoring fans not spread his album.
I won’t say whether or not I yielded his call for self-restraint, but I will say this new album is fucking awesome.
Last night’s show was more sober, tighter and impressive. Thursday was a party, last night was a concert. This new 7 person ensemble is going to hit the road and wow audiences all over this fine country… make it your job to check them out.
I realize that LCD Soundsystem has consumed more than their fair share of my posts over the course of the past few days. And given that I’m seeing them once more tonight at Webster Hall please realize this behavior will persist for another 24 hours.
With that disclosed here is a NEW track… offering a great counter balance to the last release “Drunk Girls.” I am ever more eager for this record to be released (leaked)…
James Murphy Put His Daft Punk In My House… and I Liked It.
LCD Soundsystem is abso-fucking-lutely amazing. Last night I experienced one of the best concerts of my life. My ears, my eyes and brain were sex’d for nearly 2hrs by James Murphy and his 6+ member band.
The energy, raw excitement and positive vibes of a 700 550 person sold-out crowd would marinate in the Music Hall of Williamsburg before LCD Soundsystem would satisfy their anticipation/desires to rock.
The lucky and few that managed to score tickets to this last minute “secret” “special” “unplanned” performance were too happy and too excited to be distracted or derailed by a meager one hour delay. And then… the lights went black.
James Murphy and company took the stage and with the energy of his audience boiling over he would declare with a smile… "The good news, we’re here….the bad news, I’m wasted."
What would follow is history. LCD Soundsystem’s set largely encompassed tunes from Sounds of Silver with two tracks from their upcoming release and older favorites such as “Daft Punk is Playing At My House”
Between drunken ramblings and an epic performance of “All My Friends” LCD Soundsystem -who we were repeatedly reminded by Murphy had taken its longest break from touring to date- showed no rust and a stride only best described as momentous. The crowd reciprocated this energy with nonstop singing, dancing, clapping and cheers. This wasn’t just a concert, it was a party.
This morning it was announced they’d be doing yet another “secret” “special” “unplanned” show on April 12th at Webster Hall. Can last night’s concert be topped? Probably not, but if Murphy can pull it off again I want to be there when he does.
“…some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”—
-J.K. Rowling, ”The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination” June 6, 2008
This was an incredible speech given at the 2008 Harvard commencement ceremony. I came across the speech accidentally on my iPod on my way back to the office today. It is inspirational, motivating and a great story. View the video below or download it to your iPod and take a walk.
Hurts are a British duo who are going to save our emotions from ruin. “Blood Tears and Gold” has already made the European rounds, and we are hoping it will drift over the ocean and into our overheated circulatory systems. Wildly dramatic and riding the plain between gaudy and gilded, Hurts are a perfect synthesis of all that is both horribly and wonderfully ostentatious in music, sewn together in bespoke suits and self-important black and white. They are also signed to Sony. Their new single, for which FADER columnist Scott Wright has a preview on his Pinglewood blog, is “Better Than Love,” and it seems to be about the wear your body takes on its way to death. Fortunately, until we pass, there are moments of luxury, the music of Hurts very much included. May they live up to their own impossibly high standards, fulfilling our much more meager ones along the way. (via The Fader)
Walmart is huge. And very scary. They also treat their employees like shit. Never shop there. This video shows the growth of the Walmart Virus as it takes over America… it’s as impressive as it is disturbing.
Enjoy the first single from Maps & Atlases upcoming debut release, Perch Patchwork (Barsuk Records) in stores June 29th. Congrats to Josh at Light Fiction Mgmt this song is killer, this band is great. Very excited for the LP
Last night Thom Yorke and Company melted my face with a memorable show that nearly was canceled due to exploding manholes… - street manholes- lets keep it clean people.
So this morning I wake up, still on cloud 9 from the previous night when at 8:58am I inexplicably decide to go on Brooklyn Vegan, where to my surprise I see a special LCD Soundsystem show announced for Thursday… yes tomorrow. Tickets go on sale at 9am… wait in 2 minutes? Hell yes, 2 minutes. This is my lucky day… but wait.
The Ticketmaster site isn’t working (yeah, imagine that). The comments on this BV blog post are piling up with angry Williamsburg/bushwick hipsters panicing… “i can’t get tickets” “the show isn’t in the system” “this show is fake”… At this point BV is standing by their original post saying the show is real, and the tickets are on sale, now.
Well fortunately I remembered what life was like pre-internets. So I recalled this old device thanks to my favorite website of yesteryear www. USE A PHONE .com
Sure enough, me +3 of my friends all called ticketmaster and scored tickets to LCD Soundsystem at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Success! And a pleasant reminder that the world did exist pre- .nets .orgs and .coms
After all the chatter surrounding Broken Bells I was inspired to dig through old Shins material only to come across a forgotten favorite, courtesy RAC. I hope you enjoy re-listening to this as much as I did.
In New York, when spring has sprung and winter is firmly in our rearview mirrors a fresh breath of life fills the streets. You can feel it in the air and see it on the faces of those around you. In my mind, everyone is listening to “I want to be Happy” by Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio.