• Lamar Smith Can't Hear You

    9 jan. 2012, 22h37m par Milkshake8

    Here's ChadRocco's Lamar Smith anti-election poster, in honor of the congressman's advocacy for the net-killing Stop Online Piracy Act and his blithe dismissal of the bill's critics.

    Meet Lamar Smith, representative from Texas, and Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary. As Chairman he can kill any bill he doesn't like by denying it a hearing while giving priority to the bills he wants to pass, Like SOPA. While addressing the massive outcry over SOPA he stated that:

    “It’s a vocal minority. Because they’re strident doesn’t mean they’re either legitimate or large in number. One, they need to read the language. Show me the language. There’s nothing they can point to that does what they say it does do. I think their fears are unfounded.”

    Above is a list of people that have pointed at the language, including law professors and computer experts. You have a civil war among video game companies, and the successful boycott of a company. How do you ignore that? It's an election year. This November. Whatever happens, Texas, please kick this guy out of office.

    SOPA- I CAN'T HEAR YOU (Thanks, Melted Crayons!)
    By Cory Doctorow

  • Best Albums of 2011

    5 jan. 2012, 6h23m par Shoegazer29

    Another great year for music, though I doubt the opposite will ever be the case again with the internet providing an endless stream of options in every conceivable genre. I particularly indulged in my electronic interests this year, with MoogFest proving a formative experience and the UK bass scene exploding at an alarming degree. Seriously, if your concept of dubstep starts and ends with North American acts like Skrillex, Bassnectar and deadmau5, do yourself a favor and pick up some English records. Shit's poppin'.

    Without further ado here are my 50 favorite LPs of the year. EPs are listed separately, and my top 40 tracks of the year will appear on another list.

    EPs of the Year:
    10. Teams vs. Star Slinger - Teams vs. Star Slinger
    9. Autre Ne Veut - Body EP
    8. Scuba - Adrenalin
    7. Here We Go Magic - The January EP
    6. Hudson Mohawke - Satin Panthers
    5. Floating Points - Shadows EP
    4. Clams Casino - Rainforest EP
    3. Andy Stott - Passed Me By/We Stay Together
    2. Shlohmo - Places EP
    1. Holy Other - With U EP

    LPs of the Year:
    50. Kode9 & The Spaceape - Black Sun
    49. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
    48. The Antlers - Burst Apart
    47. Gotye - Making Mirrors
    46. Peaking Lights - 936
    45. Cut Copy - Zonoscope
    44. Sepalcure - Sepalcure
    43. Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs. Evil
    42. James Blake - James Blake
    41. 2562 - Fever
    40. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
    39. Martyn - Ghost People
    38. Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys!
    37. 13 & God - Own Your Ghost
    36. Hooray for Earth - True Loves
    35. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
    34. Ford & Lopatin - Channel Pressure
    33. John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
    32. Chad VanGaalen - Diaper Island
    31. Moonface - Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped
    30. Braids - Native Speaker
    29. Akron/Family - Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
    28. Kuedo - Severant
    27. Tiger & Woods - Through the Green
    26. Future Islands - On the Water
    25. Azari & III - Azari & III
    24. Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On
    23. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
    22. BNJMN - Black Square/Plastic World
    21. Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
    19. Junior Boys - It's All True
    18. Destroyer - Kaputt
    17. Shlohmo - Bad Vibes
    16. Africa Hitech - 93 Million Miles
    15. Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
    14. Little Dragon - Ritual Union
    13. Egyptrixx - Bible Eyes
    12. tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
    11. Machinedrum - Room(s)
    10. Wye Oak - Civilian
    9. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
    8. The Field - Looping State of Mind
    7. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
    6. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
    5. Rustie - Glass Swords
    4. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
    3. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
    2. Wild Beasts - Smother
    1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
  • Alcohol Milk Packaging

    31 jui. 2011, 3h46m par Milkshake8

    [Translated by Google to English]----An Amazing Concept of packaging by artist Jorn based in Düsseldorf, turning the Bottles of SPIRITS as Absolut vodka or Jack Daniels in Packaging Milk in Cardboard. A Series entitled "" to discover later in the article.

    Posted by Fubiz

  • Top Tracks of 2010

    26 déc. 2010, 7h46m par Shoegazer29

    I've never compiled a songs list for any one year before, and I think that's because I have never been prepared to truly split hairs in ranking the best of the best (especially when comparing a track like "Colouring of Pigeons" to...anything else becomes a game of apples to oranges). So what's changed to allow this humble list to come to light? Nothing much - my taste is ever growing/ever changing, but that has and will remain a constant for as long as I lovingly and attentively listen to music. I am more confident in why I think what i think when I hear a song, but I think the chief difference is that I'm finally embracing the implicit imperfections that come with ranking something as subjective as music.

    This list is never going to be right, it's never going to be definitive, and it will never hold true, even momentarily, for anyone other than myself. But that's fine. In fact, knowing that makes it more special, because if I'm being genuine and scrap all scenester tendencies, then I know I alone am celebrating the artists and songs that I love deeply. Hopefully there are several items of interest for anyone that stumbles upon my own dank corner of the internet, but if not, well, make your own damn list. I love mine and I will gladly jam out to any of these sexy tunes.

    40. Roisin Murphy - Momma's Place
    39. K-X-P - Pockets
    38. James Blake - Limit to Your Love
    37. Blondes - You Mean So Much to Me
    36. Regina - Totuus minusta
    35. Menomena - TAOS
    34. Phantogram - As Far As I Can See
    33. Sufjan Stevens - I Want to Be Well
    32. Janelle Monae - Cold War
    31. Owen Pallett - Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
    30. Four Tet - Angel Echoes (Caribou Remix)
    29. Washed Out feat. Caroline Polachek - You and I
    28. Local Natives - Shape Shifter
    27. The Golden Filter - Freyja's Ghost
    26. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round
    25. Teengirl Fantasy - Cheaters
    24. Active Child - I'm in Your Church at Night
    23. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Give It Back
    22. The Morning Benders - Excuses
    21. CFCF - The River
    20. The Knife in Collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock - Colouring of Pigeons
    19. Broken Social Scene - All to All
    18. The National - Terrible Love
    17. The Besnard Lakes - Albatross
    16. Lindstrom & Christabelle - Baby Can't Stop
    15. Twin Shadow - Slow
    14. LCD Soundsystem - All I Want
    13. Deerhunter - Earthquake
    12. Flying Lotus - Do the Astral Plane
    11. Future Islands - Long Flight

    10. Robyn - Dancing on My Own

    9. Beach House - Silver Soul

    8. Gonjasufi - Kowboyz&Indians

    7. Crystal Castles - Celestica

    6. Matthew Dear - Slowdance

    5. Gorillaz feat. Little Dragon - Empire Ants

    4. Women - Eyesore

    3. Caribou - Odessa

    2. Here We Go Magic - Collector

    1. Gold Panda - You

  • BEST LastFM Tool EVER!!! (Well, to date)

    18 sept. 2010, 4h55m par Milkshake8

    Play pretty much Every Song on last.fm in its Entirety. Anytime U Wish! For Free!

    Just Download Chrome HERE. Do It Now!!!

    And Yes, AFAIK This is a Chrome Only Tool, So... Quit Ur Bitchin', Computers these days can EASILY handly multiple Browsers. Then get THE Extension HERE.

    "What is Last.fm free music player?
    Last.fm free music player is a free music player for Google Chrome with Last.fm integration.

    How does it work?
    There's a little site called vkontakte.ru, or vk.com. That's where the tracks are coming from."
    ♪ ♫ Jam Out! ♪ ♫

    Then Join This Group HERE
  • Show Review: Hockey, The Constellations, & The Postelles Play Outland (Columbus, OH)

    15 mars 2010, 6h09m par vacantlips

    Show Review: Hockey, The Constellations, & The Postelles Play Outland (Columbus, OH)

    I went to last night's Hockey, The Constellations, and The Postelles show at Outland on Liberty and after being one of the many sadly turned away from the canceled St. Vincent and Wildbirds & Peacedrums show on February 20th at Outland, I had to write a full show review about my experience at both events. It's extremely long, but something needs to happen with the sound here, because if it's the same PA system from the St. Vincent show, it's no wonder why she and the band weren't satisfied with it. They have shows with The Big Pink and Fanfarlo coming up and I don't want the The Big Pink to be double noise rock and Fanfarlo's vocals to be buried in the great beyond. Thanks for reading if you get a chance and I'd like some feedback from anyone who went to last night's show as well to see if you had similar thoughts/heard similar responses.

    Show Review: Hockey, The Constellations, & The Postelles Play Outland (Columbus, OH)

    Sat 13 Mar – Hockey, The Postelles, The Constellations
    Hockey, The Constellations, and The Postelles
  • Top Albums of 2009

    10 fév. 2010, 0h07m par Shoegazer29

    I am well aware that the posting of this list comes much too late to be of any relevance to the hipster-verse, but I refuse to let some unforeseen difficulties stop me from ringing off on the best and brightest of 2009's musical releases. Thankfully one advantage does emerge from my forced tardiness in posting: I now feel very confident in my thoughts on these albums, and though I realize some will be more long-lasting in their appeal than others, they are all very enjoyable entries within their respective genres.

    Without further delay - and before I start raving about the widespread critical misuse of the term "chillwave" - here are the best albums of 2009 (in my (wildly sophisticated) opinion, of course)...

    1. Animal Collective - "Merriweather Post Pavilion"
    2. St. Vincent - "Actor"
    3. Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Why There Are Mountains"
    4. Royksopp - "Junior"
    5. Fuck Buttons - "Tarot Sport"
    6. Fever Ray - "Fever Ray"
    7. Grizzly Bear - "Veckatimest"
    8. The Flaming Lips - "Embryonic"
    9. Bat for Lashes - "Two Suns"
    10. The Antlers - "Hospice"
    11. Sunset Rubdown - "Dragonslayer"
    12. Neon Indian - "Psychic Chasms"
    13. Girls - "Album"
    14. The xx - "xx"
    15. Dan Deacon - "Bromst"
    16. Phoenix - "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"
    17. Bill Callahan - "Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle"
    18. Passion Pit - "Manners"
    19. CFCF - "Continent"
    20. Japandroids - "Post-Nothing"
    21. Wildbirds & Peacedrums - "The Snake"
    22. Bear in Heaven - "Beast Rest Forth Mouth"
    23. Wild Beasts - "Two Dancers"
    24. The Horrors - "Primary Colours"
    25. Lightning Dust - "Infinite Light"
    26. Memory Tapes - "Seek Magic"
    27. The Very Best - "Warm Heart of Africa"
    28. Pictureplane - "Dark Rift"
    29. Levon Helm - "Electric Dirt"
    30. Circulatory System - "Signal Morning"
    31. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart"
    32. Mount Eerie - "Wind's Poem"
    33. Bibio - "Ambivalence Avenue"
    34. Sleeping States - "In the Gardens of the North"
    35. Neko Case - "Middle Cyclone"
    36. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "It's Blitz!"
    37. Super Furry Animals - Dark Days/Light Years"
    38. Doves - "Kingdom of Rust"
    39. Sonic Youth - "The Eternal"
    40. Florence + The Machine - "Lungs"

    1. Animal Collective - "Fall Be Kind"
    2. Teengirl Fantasy - "TGIF"
    3. Destroyer - "Bay of Pigs"
    4. Deerhunter - "Rainwater Cassette Exchange"
    5. Bon Iver - "Blood Bank"

    At the beginning of 2009, I wasn't much of an Animal Collective fan. Clearly that makes me the most passe of poseurs, but perhaps it might also suggest just how transcendent an album "Merriweather Post Pavilion" is. "Sung Tongs" I had liked, but not heard enough to love, "Feels" became too willfully formless in its second half, but MPP struck exactly the right ground between electronic experimentation and perfectly polished songwriting. The appeal of "My Girls" is impossible to escape, samesies for "Summertime Clothes," "Bluish," "Brothersport" and practically any other song on the whole god damn album. But if that wasn't enough, the crazy kids went and released "Fall Be Kind" late in the year, again proving their limitless creativity while also casting a shadow over any other major EP release of the year.

    Good year for Animal Collective then, and bad year for everyone else, yes? Not nearly, despite what I've read on various music blogs and review sites. Perhaps my feelings are opposite those of many simply because I opened myself up to so much new music in 2009 (and was instantly rewarded for my efforts), but it's my impression that those not hearing anything they liked in 2009 were either not listening hard enough, or have become reliant on outdated formats like radio for their quick musical fix (I won't divulge further into that tangent, or I'll never stop writing this). There was a surplus of great music to enjoy in 2009, from excellent debut albums out of The xx, CFCF and Cymbals Eat Guitars, to great new entries from consistently amazing bands such as Sunset Rubdown, Phoenix and Destroyer. We were even dealt astounding left hand turns from artists like The Horrors, Bibio and The Flaming Lips.

    So what is it that I'll take away from the musical year of 2009 in total: psychedelia will always be a part of indie culture? lo-fi's cool again? "chillwave" is a bullshit genre name, but it's applied to some fucking great music? I feel all those things, or at least recognize the trends in today's blogosphere, but what the beginning of my intensive listening taught me last year, most of all, is that there's no stemming the tide. The internet's an integral part in how we all learn and communicate, and now also in how we experience and find music. You want to find some new shit in that thrice hyphenated sub-genre you read about on that one blog last night? Ok, spend about 20 minutes randomly googling genre keywords and chances are you'll find enough .rar files to fill half your hard drive. It's intimidating, especially if you set out to hear about everything (as I naively did), but it's also incredibly exciting to know that there are musicians, and music fans, in every part of the world listening to/creating/hating/remixing/critiquing any form of music imaginable. Some say we're seeing the collapse of the music industry. I think we're in the middle of a fucking renaissance, and I couldn't be more excited.
  • Sixty percent of adults can't drink milk

    30 août 2009, 18h13m par Milkshake8

    San Francisco --

    Got Milk? If you do, of being able to after you're a Baby.

    . And most humans can't either.

    The long lists of food allergies some people claim to have can make it seem as if they're just Finicky Eaters trying to rationalize and . Not so. Eggs, Peanuts, tree nuts, Fish, shellfish soy and Gluten all can Wreak Havoc on the Immune System of individuals, even called Anaphylaxis.

    But those Allergic Reactions are relatively rare, affecting an estimated 4% of adults.

    Milk's different.

    First off, it's not actually an Allergy in that there's .

    People who are lactose intolerant can't digest the main Sugar lactose found in milk. In , the Enzyme that does so lactase stops being produced when the person is between two and five years old. The Sugars end up in the Colon, where they begin to Ferment, producing Gas that can cause cramping, bloating, Nausea, Flatulence and Diarrhea.

    If you're american or it's hard to realize this, but being able to as an adult is one .

    It's not normal. Somewhat less than 40% of people in the world retain the ability to digest Lactose after Childhood. The numbers are often given as close to 0% of Native Americans, 5% of Asians, 25% of and Caribbean peoples, 50% of Mediterranean peoples and 90% of northern Europeans. Sweden has one of the world's highest percentages of .

    Being able to Digest is so strange that scientists say we shouldn't really call Lactose Intolerance a Disease, because that presumes it's Abnormal. Instead, they call it lactase Persistence, indicating what's really is the ability to continue to .

    There's been a lot of research over the past decade looking at the genetic mutation that allows this subset of humanity to stay into Adulthood.

    A long-held theory was that the mutation showed up first in Northern Europe, where people got less Vitamin D from The Sun and therefore did better if they could also get (it's not really a vitamin at all) from Milk.

    But now a group at University College London has shown that the mutation actually appeared about 7,500 years ago in who lived in a region between the central Balkans and central Europe, in what was known as .

    The paper was published this week in PLoS Computational Biology.

    The researchers used a computer to model the spread of lactase persistence, dairy farming, other Food gathering practices and Genes in Europe.

    Today, the highest proportion of people with live in Northwest Europe, especially the Netherlands, Ireland and Scandinavia. But the computer model suggests that Dairy Farmers carrying this gene variant probably originated in central Europe and then spread more widely and rapidly than .

    Author Mark Thomas of University College London's , Evolution and Environment says: "In Europe, a single ...is strongly associated with lactase persistence and appears to have given people with it a big survival advantage."

    is different from several lactase persistence Genes associated with small populations of African peoples who historically have been cattle herders.

    Researchers at the University of Maryland identified one such mutation in Kenya and Tanzania. That Mutation seems to have arisen between 2,700 to 6,800 years ago. Two other Mutations have been found among the Beja people of northeastern Sudan and tribes of the same language family in northern Kenya.
    By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY

  • The Soundtrack of Your Life Game.

    20 avr. 2009, 22h03m par yeoldstinkeye

    So, here's how it works:
    1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
    2. Put it on shuffle
    3. Press play
    4. For every question, type the song that's playing
    5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
    6. Don't lie and try to pretend your cool... just type it in man!


    Opening Credits:
    Truckfighters-Desert Cruiser

    Waking Up:
    Ultimate Dragons- Necron 99

    First Day At School:
    Gomez-Don't Make Me Laugh

    Falling In Love:
    The Fuzztones-Highway 69

    Losing Virginity:
    Death Cab For Cutie-Little furry bugs

    Fight Song:
    By The End Of Tonight-Ghost Boat

    Breaking Up:
    Byther Smith-Come On In This House

    James Brown-Dirty Harri

    Pearl Jam-Lukin

    Mental Breakdown:
    Weezer-Thought I Knew

    Nebula- Sonic Titan

    Broken Social Scene-I Slept with Bonhomme at the CBC


    Happy dance:
    Stevie Wonder-Uptight (Everything's Alright)

    The Dragons of Zynth-Harlot Blues

    The Beatles-Paperback Writer

    Long night alone:
    Dirty Sweet-Long Line Down

    Melanie-Lay Down

    Getting Back Together:
    Clutch-Pure Rock Fury

    The Atomic Bitchwax-Force Field

    Birth of Child:

    Final Battle:

    Death Scene:
    Monster Magnet-Lord 13

    Funeral Song:

    End Credits:
    El Ten Eleven-Living On Credit Blues
  • TMC's Best Albums Of 2008

    6 jan. 2009, 1h27m par vacantlips

    Well, 2008 is officially over, so that means you're being bombarded with more "best of" and year-end lists than you can handle. After listening to hundreds of albums and thousands of songs this year among the TMC staff members, we rounded up an overall list as well as our personal favorites in music in 2008. Unlike 2007 with the release of Radiohead's long-awaited In Rainbows as well as a few other high profile releases such as Arcade Fire's sophomore album Neon Bible and Modest Mouse's We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, we really had no idea how the top of the list would turn out. Well, if you paid any attention to the accompanying photo, you'll know what's coming, but for those of the MTV and Sesame Street generation, brace yourselves for this one.

    Our overall #1 album of the year is... *drum roll*

    Not Lil Wayne.


    Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs

    And this was by no small margin folks. It was in multiple top 10 lists and on more lists than any other album. It didn't only win from name recognition but because we loved it as well. Maybe there was a little indie rock fanboy effect thrown in for their long run of solid releases, but they really deserve it for a strong, consistent effort that threw a couple curveballs yet stayed comfortable like reuniting with an old friend. This isn't tradionally an album a lot of people might have missed in regards to our little tagline, but if they lost you on Plans, you must check this one out. Congratulations guys and thanks for keeping our ears busy in 2008.

    On the song front, "Inní mér syngur vitleysingur" by Sigur Ros was also the clear winner for our best of the year and there were few songs this year that tried as hard to break out of your stereo and inject you with life, make you smile, make you cry, give you hope, and make you feel so good to be alive. A perfect piece of musical magic that must be heard to be believed. "Salute Your Solutions" by The Raconteurs, "Transformer" by Marnie Stern, "Sentimental Heart" by She & Him, and "Skinny Love" by Bon Iver also made very high marks.

    Here is the rest of our top 25 and you can check out our overall top 50 albums, top songs, and individual lists below.

    1. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
    2. Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
    3. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
    4. Sun Kil Moon - April
    5. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
    6. Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster...
    7. Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight
    8. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
    9. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
    10. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
    11. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
    12. She & Him - Volume One
    13. Tyler Ramsey - A Long Dream About Swimming In The Sea
    14. Matthew Ryan - Vs. The Silver State
    15. The Tallest Man on Earth - Shallow Grave
    16. Murder by Death - Red Of Tooth & Claw
    17. The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely
    18. Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins
    19. Why? - Alopecia
    20. Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger
    21. Thrice - The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV: Air & Earth
    22. The Black Keys - Attack & Release
    23. M83 - Saturdays=Youth
    24. Bloc Party - Intimacy
    25. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Lie Down In The Light

    TMC Staff Overall Best Of 2008
    #1 Album: Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs

    Danny's Best Of 2008
    #1 Album: Sun Kil Moon - April

    Charlie's Best Of 2008
    #1 Album: Thievery Corporation - Radio Retaliation

    Tyler's Best Of 2008
    #1 Album: Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs

    Jeremy's Best Of 2008
    #1 Album: The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound

    Rock's Best Of 2008
    #1 Album: The Magnetic Fields - Distortion

    Mike's Best Of 2008
    #1 Album: Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

    Andy's Best Of 2008
    #1 Album: Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night