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Earworm: “Changing of the Seasons” by Two Door Cinema Club

In honor of the release of their new EP, I’m going to give you all a heads up on the first song to be released off their upcoming album. This song has been out for a few months now, but damn, it’s still good, and the two (or three, depending on your region) songs that released on the EP titled after the first single aren’t slacking either.

The titular track is the bee’s knees. Yeah. It’s that good to me that I had to use some retro lingo to describe how much I fucking liked it.

Have a listen to this track.

Oh, and enjoy the video, I did. It makes zero sense. I love it when things make no sense.

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Earworm: “Kids” by Two Door Cinema Club

Seldom heard songs always make me happy. Being as I’ve only been comprehensively browsing the internet for, oh, say, four years of my life, I’m bound to have missed some gems from my favorite bands since they were probably making music way before I could understand what the internet even entailed.

Two Door Cinema Club made its fame through myspace, yeah, remember myspace? Timberlake’s social networking platform. Yeah.

Two Door Cinema Club dropped EPs on that site back when it was relevant, and have yet to rerelease some of the songs. I do believe three of the five songs from their first EP made their debut album, Tourist History, but the one song that I listen to over and over again happens to be Kids, a song that is credited to be on the Tourist History tracklist for the Japanese release.

Earworm: “Ocean’s Deep” by Born Ruffians

Judge my indie music taste. I dare you.

[Disclaimer: hipster music has gotten to me.]

Born Ruffians is a band incredibly popular on SoundCloud, and I realize why. Their sound is infectious. “Exuberant pop,” I heard, was one of their taglines on SoundCloud. And it reigns true to its word, this description.

Lead singer Luke Lalonde has one of those whiny voices girls swoon over, but I’m glad zero of my friends know of this band, for they’d ruin it for me.

My largest fear for indie bands (and yes, this is so ‘hipster’ for me to say) is to see them become a radio/production company puppet. One where their music no longer comes from the heart but from trying to make pop hits. Acts lose their integrity from fame, it’s the sad truth. Sure, some bands handle it properly, such as Fall Out Boy and Paramore and Panic! at the Disco (all coincidentally signed to Fueled by Ramen records). But many bands just go to shit.

Born Ruffians is unheard of, and they’re unspeakably good.

Have a listen to this acoustic jam.

And here’s the regular edition.

Let me know which one you prefer!

Magna Carta Holy Shit.

No, I’m not calling Jay-Z’s newest album shit. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

I have never been so hyped about a new hip-hop/rap album. Kanye’s recent Yeezus got me excited, but I’m calling it right now, Magna Carta Holy Grail will be rap album of the year. J Cole’s Born Sinner is of the same caliber, with great music as well, but MCHG… Damn.

Seen all those Samsung commercials promoting it? Heard the background music? Those teasers do not do this album justice. Of course, you get a glimpse of the production process. But once you hear the album, you’ll be blown away. I know I was.

Here’s the tracklisting for you.

  1. Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake)
  2. Picasso Baby
  3. Tom Ford
  4. F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit (feat. Rick Ross)
  5. Oceans (feat. Frank Ocean)
  6. F.U.T.W.
  7. Somewhereinamerica
  8. Crown
  9. Heaven
  10. Versus
  11. Part II (On The Run) (Feat. Beyonce)
  12. Beach Is Better
  13. BBC
  14. Jay Z Blue
  15. La Familia
  16. Nickels and Dimes

Here’s my advice. Don’t hesitate to download this album. This is going to go down in history as one of the best rap albums of all time. Jay never disappoints.

 

Earworm: “Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys

Alex Turner and his gang of Monkeys are at it again. The Arctic Monkeys put out an album just two years ago with Suck It and See, and now they’ve already begun to drop singles for their new album, said by Turner himself to be titled AM. You’ve no idea how excited I am for this, actually. All their albums are tremendous, and there doesn’t seem to be a reason to believe their next album won’t be as good.

With the upcoming release of their new album, the Arctic Monkeys will have five studio albums (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s what I’m Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Humbug, Suck It and See, AM), akin to my other two de facto favorite bands, Linkin Park (Hybrid Theory, Meteora, Minutes to Midnight, A Thousand Suns, and Living Things) and The Strokes (Is This It, Room on Fire, First Impressions of Earth, Angles, and Comedown Machine).

Actually, GQ stated the music of Arctic Monkeys can only continue to improve, as Alex Turner has been named was named as a Survivor in 2011 (http://www.gq.com/entertainment/music/201111/alex-turner-gq-music-issue).

Do I Wanna Know? is the second (or technically third) single to drop, only preceded by R U Mine? and its B-Side, Electricity. Do I Wanna Know and R U Mine are heavily influenced by a hard slapped bass guitar, and it’s been a while since a song (or in this case a set of songs) has made me literally drool from excitement.

The song is accompanied by a ridiculously artsy music video, if I do say so myself.

Have a watch. Beware though, animated naked ladies. I don’t know if this is SFW or NSFW. Take heed, though.

 

iOS 7… Beta 2?

Already been using this iPhone for almost a month… I’ve gotten used to its innate quirks and undeniable flaws.
But that’s not what I’m here To complain about. In fact, I’m not even here to complain. (shocker, right?!?!?!) anyway. I actually want to inform anyone using an iPhone 5 for Verizon* and wants to beta test the iOS 7 beta 2, to actually go ahead and do it, so long as you don’t actually watch people’s Vine videos.
On the first beta, The features that I found most annoying were these 5.
1) Instagram wouldn’t load properly if you wanted to scroll back up.
2) After watching several Vines, the app would freeze and crash. Simply return home and kill the app to unfreeze it. Which was a bit of a bummer and inconvenience.
3) I can’t see the things people replied to on Twitter. Did Jimmy reply to this tweet or that? UGH
4) Google Translate (actual app) wasn’t working.
5) FUCKING BATTERY LIFE MAN oh and to go along with this the phone reboots (2 seconds really) which is also an inconvenience)

Alright, well, here’s how that list has updated in Beta 2.
1) INSTAGRAM WORKS!!! HALLELUJAH!!!!!!
2) Vine is destroyed and refuses to play videos. I cannot wait for Beta 3 to see if they fix this.
3) Twitter is still broken in this aspect.
4) Google Translate is still broken.
5) BATTERY LIFE IS IMPROVED TO NEARLY iOS 6 MAGNITUDE!!!! Still a bit horrendous honestly but it totally trumps Beta 1’s battery draining ass. Also it doesn’t reboot as much.

HOWEVER. I did find new bugs in Beta 2. Killing an app has an adverse effect on the wallpaper… Sometimes, not all, it removes the wallpaper leaving black nothingness. Also, I don’t know whether or not this is a bug, but in all iterations of iOS (including 7 beta 1) it was possible to view the big clock on the lock screen and double click to get to music controls. Now, iOS 7 Beta 2 has music controls permanently in place of the large clock. Inconvenient.
But some other improvements other than battery life are present. You can now swipe left on texting to see what time the messages were sent and received, which is a lot more sensible than 15 minute card time checks, which I do believe are still there for those too lazy to swipe.

Anyway that’s my observations on the topic. Feel free to leave comments about your findings!
*I am not entirely sure if these apply to the AT&T or int’l or any other iPhone build model, or if these apply to the iPads as well. Please leave a comment about these too!

I have joined the Dark Side.

By the Dark Side, I mean the dreaded iPhone nation. I have made the transition from Android to iOS. Now, iSheep, do not revel in this ‘defeat,’ for I’m still Android at heart. Partly why I’m actually documenting this reality is because of my heavy bias.

Let us remember  https://justwroteablog.com/2012/09/15/time-to-catch-up-apple/ , an article I posted much earlier in the days of JWAB.

Read that prior to the rest of this post, that way you get the full experience of my experience.

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