NIN: Scala, London 20 Aug 2013

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If you know me, you know I love Nine Inch Nails.

I missed the chance to buy tickets to the very select London show due to being in Spain, but was lucky enough to win a pair of tickets in a Twitter competition. The Scala is a very small venue, approximately 1000 people capacity, and I fought my way to the front for the best NIN gig I’ve ever attended, and I’ve been to a few.

A fantastic set, with some really rare live tracks, with my good friend Paul and meeting people I’ve talked to via email for a few years made a great night.

 

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Swound! — Oh No!

Another cracking video by the lads in Swound!

I love Scott Pilgrim, and was delighted to see this video in February, earlier on in it’s production, as Joe sent me a version he’d been working on for months. Frontman Joe put a *lot* of effort into learning After Effects, completely starting from scratch when he’d found a better way to achieve a few effects. That’s my kind of learning, in at the deep end! Plus the video rocks!

Top 10 Albums of 2009

I started writing a top 10 list of albums released in 2009 that I’d given regular time to. Turns out that 2009 was a bit shit for my kind of music. Anyway, here’s a few I did enjoy…

Omar Rodriguez Lopez – Xenophanes
Silversun Pickups – Swoon
Street Sweeper Social Club – self-titled
Josh Freese – Since 1972
Rancid – Let The Dominoes Fall
NIN – Another Version Of The Truth: The Gift

I have to put NIN in because of how this free release has come about, especially the video.

“On January 7th, 2009, over 400Gb of video from the Victoria, Portland and Sacramento shows from the same tour were unofficially released by the band.

“By working together, the Nine Inch Nails fan community have created “Another Version of the Truth” – a 3 disc release bringing together numerous editors, designers, and web programmers to create a professional digital film, followed by a physical release created by fans for fans.”

Head over to This One Is On Us to find out more and grab a version of the video in everything from iPod to Blu-Ray format.

But damn, only six. Let’s hope that every band I like was busy writing material for this year…

Swound! – Predator 3

I love this video! Great imagination and shows what a bunch of brothers and friends can do! Swound! – Predator 3. You can buy it from iTunes here

What’s more, my little boy loves the video too! He has a shirt like Joe, the singer, and when he sees it, he starts singing and doing the actions from the video, like kicking a ball, rolling on the floor and playing his guitar!

Check him out… Continue reading “Swound! – Predator 3”

20 Albums

Think of 20 albums that had such a profound effect on you that they changed your life. Dug into your soul. Music that brought you to life when you heard it. Royally affected you, kicked you in the ass, literally socked you in the gut if you know what i mean. Then when you finish, tag 20 others, including myself. Make sure you copy and paste this message so the people you tag will know the drill. Continue reading “20 Albums”

Using a Mac Mini as a Media Centre

For quite a while, I’ve had a Mac Mini hooked up the TV, streaming DVDs and xvids to the TV, and all my music on for streaming to an Airport Express.

The Mini is on 24/7, also acting as a dev web server for nerding, and running ftp and a few other protocols, allowing me to grab an album from wherever, whenever.

As good as Front Row has been, it’s just not… geeky enough for me. The wife uses it without issue, and my son yells when the selector is on a few of the menu options he wants. But I want more geek Continue reading “Using a Mac Mini as a Media Centre”