Thursday, January 31, 2008

Do the D.A.N.C.E. O.S.L.O.

Here's another Justice remix for you to enjoy while you're waiting for Saturday. Unfortunately I'm out of the country so I'm missing out on what I expect will be the most danceworthy night of 2008. Have fun!

Wale vs Justice - W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Lykke Li

To add to the hype, Swede Lykke Li (coolest name in a long while) album debuts today. The entire album is up on her MySpace page so you can give it a listen before you buy, or start with the video which has been available a while:

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Mick Boogie Presents Jay-Z & Marvin Gaye - Brooklyn Soul

Free music isn't something you should expect lesser of in terms of quality, compared to music you have to pay for. This is something Mick Boogie's latest venture entitled "Brooklyn Soul" is evidence of. This is basicly a mashup of the a cappellas from Jay-Z's "American Gangster" and beats chopped from old Marvin Gaye songs. Imho the beats on the latest Jay-Z was mediocre at best, and as Marvin has been a big part of my life since forever, this album combines two elements I love and wraps them up in a great package. Professionally executed and well sounding, this is well worth the free download.

Check out Hello Brooklyn which has a Sexual Healing sample and in addition to Jay-Z, Lil Wayne on the hook. The latter which apparently is making a stopover in Oslo around the ninth or thirteenth of March. I'm treating this as nothing more than a rumour (the guy has already cancelled once), but Universal has supposedly confirmed it, but the venue, Sentrum Scene, is not reporting on anything yet. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I want more comments

..even though they'd most likely look like this sketch. Nerd humor at it's best:

Friday, January 18, 2008

Another one bites the dust

Music blog Nodatta was recently taken down in a move by the RIAA to close down some of the more popular blogs that distribute copyrighted material.

Ironically Nodatta, which was known for offering up rather obscure music - via filehosting services such as RapidShare and Megaupload - was taken down (the rumours has it) for posting a leaked advance copy of the new Mars Volta album. The interesting part about it is analyzing the two factors involved that made the RIAA take action.

The first and obvious reason is that The Mars Volta is released on a label represented by the RIAA. I can't help but seeing the humor in the steps "enthusiasts" are taking, in developing sites such as, which is a database meant to warn you if an album/artist/song is maintained by RIAA interests.

The second reason is supposedly that RIAA focuses on eliminating distribution networks that release material which has yet to hit the shelves. Seems to me as two perfectly good reasons, and to give the much hated RIAA some credit, this seems only fair. Nevertheless, Nodatta will be missed, not so much for it's downloadable content, but for it's genuine talent to provide new, original and at last but not least, fantastic music. It rivaled most of the traditional sites I use to learn about new music (I'm looking at you overrated-Pitchfork).

It's not my place to condemn the actions of copyright holders in these cases, but I can't help but pausing and reflecting on the hundreds of comments on the now empty Nodatta blog, which has shocked users exclaim that they've bought alot of music by bands they've never had heard of if it wasn't for the blog.

Quite the dilemma...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Chromatics - Night Drive

Not my favorite track from their 2007 album. Nevertheless, this album is pure gold, and a relaxation helper. My favorite tracks "I Want Your Love" and "Night Drive" are my new remedy for sleepless nights. It's hard to compare them to other bands, but it has the same ethereal feel like old nineties bands, such as Slowdive and The Cranes. Also interesting is the Kate Bush "Running Up That Hill" cover, which is just as good as the Placebo version.

Decorate your walls

I recently got a new apartment, and even though I already have quite a lot to put up on the walls, I'm always keen to find some new stuff. Here's some of my favorite sites to get prints/posters. Got anymore? Leave them in the comments section...

DeviantArt has always been an obvious choice, with it's huge selection of prints.

I got a couple of prints from Jason Brooks many years ago, which still looks pretty darn good.

My new favorite has to be AMKA, which has a certain fresh/modern/digital look to most of it's posters that I totally love. (The above image from AMKA)

ISO50 shop also has some unique styled prints, heavily leaning towards stencil art.

Manzi has alot of cool artwork, with a somewhat more grotesque style.

Blanka provides a lot of original prints/posters collected by enthusiasts.

David Lanham is a widely renown computer artist, especially in the mac scene, he offers up prints of a lot of his work.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Last minute notice: Ut i vaar hage 2

Etter episoden som gaar naa, skal det vises ett slags interaktivt program paa - sjekk ut!

Edit1: Har NRK brutalt undervurdert populariteten i dette? Jeg har en 10mbit SDSL og sliter hardt med aa komme inn paa nettsiden. Paa bakgrunn av hvor GENIAL denne sesongaapningen var er det ikke utenkelig at paagangen paa nettsidene er enorm.

Edit2: Kom inn etter 5 minutter ca

Edit3: Mulig denne siden ikke er utviklet med tanke paa Mac. Bildet fungerte greit en stund, men alle inputmuligheter rundt om paa siden (kommentarer/spoersmal) fungerte daarlig (Les: ikke i det hele tatt), elementer paa siden dupliserte seg selv og flyttet seg rundt paa siden, og endte til slutt opp med aa krasje FireFox fullstendig. Foeles litt haaploest ut at jeg nok en gang maatte bruke 5 minutter paa aa komme inn.

Alt i alt: Spennende konsept, ett MessTV/Sonen/ETC som funker, uten sammenligning foroevrig - annet enn scetting. Spennende aa se slike forsoek, men jeg vil tro at mangelen paa en soemloes opplevelse gjoer at dette begrenser interessen for mange (i lengden). Fikk du ikke sett det, eller har store problemer med aa se det naa, vil det vises paa NRKs nett tv fra imorgen. Ett lignende opplegg vil skje ogsaa neste torsdag!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Technology aversion

Another celebrity which is is not as positively inclined towards new technology as David Byrne, is his namebrother David Lynch, who makes this extremely amusing statement regarding his views on what medium you shouldn't view his movies on. I love hearing that extreme tone of annoyance in his voice.

David Byrne's survival guide for musicians

Not exactly fresh out of the box, but my attention was directed at this today, and it was too good of a read to pass up with no mention. Talking Heads's frontman David Byrne has written a very interesting article regarding the evolutionary process taking place in the music industry, illustrating the possibilities of a DIY approach for artists to make money of their art, as opposed to older methods which rely heavily/entirely on record companies. It is an industry insiders insightful perspective on the record business, which explains the different methods of doing business, while at the same time giving examples.

Read the entire article over at Wired

Sunday, January 06, 2008

More TV: Lost returns

On the subject of returning tv series, Lost returns January 31. And if you for some reason want to brush up on what has happened - or if you're new to the show, skip countless hours of frustration over unanswered questions, here's an 8 minute summary of seasons 1 through 3.

The Wire Season 5

The Wire returns today with it's final season, looks like focus will be on media portrayal. You can get some behind the scenes shots here.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

(Partly) back online

I got myself the Apple AirPort Extreme today, and I'm slowly feeling the Apple fanboy in me starting to settle in. The router is the second piece of Apple gear I've bought, and I have to admit I'm amazed by their products. This is by far the easiest network setup/management I've done, ever!

Ok, so my old router was nearly 4 years old when it died the other day, and to compare it to new products probably isn't fair. But still, there's something about being able to setup a network, where two cellphones, a laptop and a mediacenter are all connected to eachother and the internet, in a matter of 10 minutes.
I actually gave the box a hug...

Now all that remains is that major dsl upgrade I'm waiting for...

Friday, January 04, 2008

Nextgen on-the-fly networking, boredom cure...

More people need to sign up with, which is a perfect timewaster, especially if you've got an extra monitor. Also, it's worth taking a look at it, just for the astonishing GUI. Hit me up, I need some friends, I've yet to see any Norwegians at all.

New year, no net

Yes, that's me at the moment.
Hopefully I'll speed things up soon with a SDSL and a new MBP soon! *crosses fingers*'
Happy new year!