It would appear that *touch wood* my ear is getting better. I still face constant ringing and some pain but my hearing is improving and it would seem that air is no longer passing through my ear drum. To say I am relieved and happy doesn’t even come close.
In other news, I have muscle ache from taking photos last night. Something is very wrong with me… ^_^
Have been unbelievably busy recently, trying somehow to get my dissertation to the next stage whilst still trying to keep on top of the sushi photographs as well as band review and photos (with a MacBook Pro that really is not playing ball) and a Blackberry that does not like me.
First thing first, I went to see ‘Karvel’ last night at Barfly in Camden, a band that is in the up and coming act to watch. Mark my words, keep an eye out for that name as it will definitely come up sooner rather than later.
They were absolutely fantastic - although very loud so buying those earplugs was one of the smartest things I have ever done. Their music was great to say the least. I will have a full review and photos for you in the next week.
My dissertation is still foremost on my mind. I am freaked out I will fail, but once this post is done I will be getting right back onto it. Need to expand my literature review (which is basically a sum up of all the books and articles you have read and disecting them) as well as sending and update of my ideas to my tutor.
Then just to make my life that bit more fun my mac is constantly giving me ‘No more free ram’ announcements when I am editing in photoshop, so editing is almost impossible. Need to sort that out asap!
My Blackberry is playing up as well.
As things are everything that can go wrong pretty much is.
As some of you may have noticed, Apple launched their new MacBook Pro’s yesterday, amid very little fanfare (which is untypical for Apple)
Looking at the devices - obviously only online - I have to say I am not particularly impressed. I use a 2008 MBP myself- in the current shape - and looking at the ‘new’ model there is very little new tech that has gone into them.
Yes we light peak - or as Apple has decided to call it ‘Thunderbolt’ which yes is fantastic and I am glad a proper alternative to USB has been given proper support - FireWire in my opinion died a few years ago so it is nice to see a proper technology try to replace it.
However I have an issue with light peak. Other than Apple and the developer intel I can’t find that many other companies that are trying to use it. Which means it may be about as useful as Apples Mini-Displayport has proved to be (not at all)
I do welcome the fact that Quad Core has finally made it into all the 15” and 17” laptops though, that was needed badly.
Yet I cannot help thinking the price of the Laptops has gone up perhaps a fraction too much. I paid about £1950 for my MBP when it came out and it was a top spec 15”. Even when not choosing an SSD (arguably the most expensive build to order option apple offers) you can still easily hit £2250. That is a marked increase and I have to ask myself whether it is worth paying that kind of money for a laptop.
With all the chatter of a 2012 model refresh that would see a new design I don’t think I will be updating this year, yet on the surface at least it looks like Apple has once again come up with a winner - despite the seriously high costs of the laptop.
When Radiohead released their latest album it came right out of the blue – no one was expecting a release. What’s more they even released the album one day earlier than they had announced.
With a 4 year gap since their last album and despite the short notice from the band anticipation had mounted massively before the release.
It is safe to say that fans have not been disappointed.
Following on from ‘In Rainbows’ in 2007 ‘The King of Limbs’ sees Radiohead change directions to an even more subdued sound in essence taking even more traditional sounds away that they did for their previous album.
This album feels more like an amalgamation of trip hop, jazz, dubstep as well as other world music elements to create an album which has distinct ‘chill out’ feel about it.
It is so easy to loose yourself in the music that at times, Thom Yorke’s lyrics, totally pass you by – only picking them up after listening a few times.
Opening with ‘Bloom’ you do indeed have to wait for the music to bloom before you, for Radiohead to let you in. The first minute just building up to a combo of electronic and experimental jazz. More reminiscent of ‘Amnesiac’ than ‘InRainbows’.
‘Morning Mr Magpie’ is a more sinister track, with a distinct Karma Police feel, which has Thom Yorke proclaiming ‘You stole it all, give it back’
Further into the album, “Feral” is a tipping point before things really get going with a distinct Burial feel about it.
The high point is Codex – which should also appeal to those who are not regular Radiohead listeners, focussing mainly on the piano with ghostlike sounding effects in the background matched perfectly to Thom Yorkes crooning voice. It definitely shares a lot with previous songs such as ‘Street Spirit’ and ‘Sail to the Moon’.
Ending on ‘Seperator’ you are left with a very relaxed sense of fulfilment.
Not really wanting anymore despite this being the shortest album Radiohead have ever released coming in at 37 minutes.
Of course no review of a Radiohead album would be complete without a look at the distribution on this release – especially after the ‘Pay what you think it’s worth’ concept on their previous release.
Having moved away from that system you are presented with a flat fee of £6 for the digital release and £30 for a special ‘Newspaper album’ compromising of 2 LP’s a CD and over 500 pieces of artwork as well as the digital download. Sounds like a bit of a steal really.
Of course something many people have been pointing out is that the £30 package comes with 2 LP’s. I have to be honest that does make my mind wonder a little as well. Radiohead is well known for cryptic messages and hiding cover art and the like so it will be interesting to see what Radiohead come up with.
The possibility of another album is quite high. So is the possibility of a remix album but that doesn’t seem like the right option.
Again, ending on ‘separator’ it would be quite a nice surprise if another album was released before the 4th of may. Be sure to check out Radiohead’s web page for possible information. :)
Today is warm, very warm in fact.
It actually feels like spring which considering we are heading into march is probably a very good thing!
Am just about to hand in the assignment for uni and turns out after doing both parts that only one is due for tomorrow. So I have actually worked in advance, I mean this is not what I do - this must be one of only a handful of assignments I have ever handed in early.
To be honest I am feeling pretty good about it!
So stage 1 of my dissertation is complete.
Time to commence stage 2
Finally finished my damned dissertation journal. Exactly 4 hours later than I wanted it to be done but still, better late - and on time - than never.
I did however find something very interesting, http://www.harvardgenerator.com/ is basically a generator for book titles and descriptions in the harvard way just by typing in ISBN’s I swear this just saved me about half an hour!!! Absolute genius and I recommend it to anyone who has to write up lengthy bibliographies.
Sadly I am still up working late into the night to get this assignment done.
To be honest, I could go to sleep and finish it tomorrow, but I am pretty much in the flow now so it’d be quite silly to give up and stop :/
However as the night goes on my requirements for staying away become quite strict.
1. No more than one cup of coffee to every 3 cups of tea.
2. A steady stream of musical soundscapes courtesy of either Radiohead (The King of Limbs has been perfect so far) , Broken Social Scene, Hybrid, Nine inch Nails, Stars, or any other band that makes good soundscapes.
3. Fresh air - my windows are wide open.
4. Plenty of light in the room - this all despite one lightbulb being dead on my ceiling.
5. Finally no internet windows open. Otherwise I do unproductive stuff like this to procrastinate…
Turntables - One of the most confusing things I've ever looked into.
So amongst trying to work on my dissertation I have been looking into acquiring a turntable.
I have actually never owned an LP of my own, but have had interest in it for a while.
I have always considered myself a bit of an audiophile, I believe I have a good understanding of most elements in audio and can normally make good, informed decisions to upgrade my equipment.
However for the first time I can honestly say, I am totally lost.
First off theirs the actual record player, I have identified a few models but the Project Debut III caught my eye most. Relatively affordable, it appears to have had good reviews and seems at first pretty much perfect.
That is untill I looked further into it.
To begin, I am not sure whether I need a dedicated pre amp for it before I run it into my integrated amp. Then there is talk of different phono cartridges and balance devices.
Totally and utterly lost.
If anyone can explain what I need and what I don’t I’d appreciate it no end as it all makes very little sense to me.
Accolade, which is currently enjoying a stint at the Finborough theatre, was extremely controversial when it first appeared in the 1950’s. The way it addressed the subjects of orgies and underage sex were completely taboo then, however does it still have the same impact now?
Written by Emlyn Williams, the play, is set in London in 1950 and follows the life of Will Trenting a novelist who is to be knighted for his services to literature. But his lewd novels are not the result of a creative imagination like his friends assume, they are portrayals of Will’s ‘double’ life where he attends orgies and engages in fleeting sexual encounters with partners he doesn’t even know in the East end of London.
Yet everything – including the knighthood gets called into question when one of his sexual encounters becomes more public than Will could ever have imagined.
Of the performances those that stood out were Aden Gillett and Saskia Wickham. Gillet does an excellent job of portraying Will Trenting especially considering he is pretty much playing two parts – with his depiction of Will’s alter ego being fantastic. The negative side of this is that any scene without Gillet in it seemed lacking despite Saskia Wickham delivering a great performance of the restrained yet understanding wife.
In some ways despite being set in 1950 the play a timely reminder of a culture that still expects those in the spotlight to act in certain ways and not to ‘slip up’ and the way the public will turn on anyone that does.
It is obvious that a lot of ‘love’ has gone into this production and Blanche McIntyre who directed the play can definitely stand proud for bringing back this play.
Although at times the performance seemed to be missing conviction considering the severity of some of the subjects of the play.
One word of warning, don’t sit behind the Sofa, the view of the play is severely restricted and it is best to try and sit on the front set of seats.
Part of the Finborough’s Rediscoveries UK season, Accolade is being shown until the 26th of February. The Finborough Theatre is located above the Finborough Wine Café at 118 Finborough Road London SW10 9ED.
The bad news is that I have broken my ear drum. Which is totally messed up. I appear to have made a small hole which has meant constant ringing and some pain over the past 24 hours. If I am lucky it will heal by itself and my hearing will mostly return. If not… well that’d be pretty crap to be honest.
I am still not 100% sure how I pulled it off but I did. So I have invest in some Etymotic ER20 ear plugs. I think they will be worth their weight in gold when I go to review Karvel on Friday! Last thing I want to to is completely mess them up.
I just hope they get here in time otherwise reviewing a band without being able to hear them could prove an issue ^^ But I am sure I will find a solution by then.
Good news is amongst getting paid to do work - which is always a good thing I have finally managed to write the letter to my friend. Doesn’t sound like much of an achievement but I have been trying to do this for the best part of 3 months so it is nice to have finally put pen to paper.
Other than that life is pretty much pottering along. Have a massive deadline on friday which will need to be dealt with over the next few days but I have high hopes that I can sort it all out by then. Even if I am lagging a bit behind at the moment.
A turbulent start to the week, I am sure you will all agree.
I also appear to have become slightly addicted to Radiohead’s latest album. Despite writing up my thoughts on it in a previous post I have now written a full review for the paper so will be uploading that once it is published.
Fun times :)
I shall leave you with my favourite lyrics from the album - from the track ‘Codex’
Just dragonflies Fantasize No one gets hurt You’ve done nothing wrong