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  1. 3 year bump. I can't believe this thread was started in 2006. How time flies. I'm having a sleepless night, so I thought I'd update everyone on my musical journey. Late last year I finished my third album, Yesterday is a Distant Dream. I think it's the best thing I've ever done (but I'm supposed to say that, right?) I also printed a CD at the start of this year, which, if you're interested, can be bought from the aforementioned link. Or you can just stream the whole thing, because Bandcamp is awesome like that. I also then released a new single called My Life As A Film, which is a freebie, because I knocked it out quickly to help promote... er... an ice cream that was named after me. So yeah, it's been a strange year, in the fact that I'm kinda doing moderately well, (i.e. some people over here are actually listening to my music). Of course, listening and buying are two separate things, but I think I've come to accept that and I keep making music because I love doing it, regardless of who's buying or listening. I'd love to know what you guys who have been listening since the beginning think. It's a musical journey, half the time I don't know what I'm doing. But I fucking love doing it.
  2. So I got promoted to the Premier League in my first season at Wigan and then proceeded to lead them to the title in the following season. Madness, but has me believing I'm the equivalent of Maradona in my game. Pure crack.
  3. I only just found out this was on iPhone today. I wasted countless hours playing NSS3 on the PC; having it on the go is a no brainer for me.
  4. superpretend

    David Bowie

    Hunky Dory is just wall-to-wall tunes. Can't argue with it, really.
  5. His new album is so massively frontloaded though. Hawthorne infuriates me, because he'll have something amazing like Get To Know You... fuck, it's like a lost Stylistics classic. Then there's about 5 songs in the second half that do absolutely nothing for me. I had the same problem with his first album. Also, the Classixx version of No Strings is massively superior to the album mix. I think an album of electro-soul from Mayer would slay everything. Have you seen Mayer Hawthorne at Daryl Hall's show? Pretty awesome. http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/currentep.html?ep_id=58 As an aside, Daryl Hall's show is excellent.
  6. The more I play this game, the more I'm in love. The last time I enjoyed a Mario game this much must've been Super Mario World. Oh, and water levels where you don't have to watch your breath meter... that's how it always should be.
  7. I don't live in Europe. Where I am, it came out today.
  8. I got this today. First impressions after playing through a few worlds: PURE FUN. Not particularly difficult, but really enjoyable. And hats off to EAD, because the fixed camera has been absolutely perfect so far. I don't know how they did it. But it's always where I want it to be. The 3D effect is great. Finally, a great original game that the 3DS deserves. Hope it's the beginning of many quality 3DS titles.
  9. The 1967 demo of Surf's Up from the Wild Honey sessions is pretty amazing. What a fucking gem they unearthed.
  10. My god, the session tracks are absolutely glorious.
  11. Newly-assembled Smile mixes using Brian Wilson's 2004 Smile as a blueprint. Obviously not exactly the same, because not all the vocals were recorded back in 1966. A bunch of these songs have never been released outside of bootlegs, so it's the first time anyone is hearing stuff like Child is Father of the Man in crystal clear audio (BTW, I almost orgasmed when I heard the new vocals on the chorus). The main album is mixed in mono, the session stuff is in stereo. They've taken some liberties with the assembly though, some of it good, some of it questionable. The vocals from Smiley Smile's Woodpecker Symphony being flown into Fire sounds great. Taking the vocals from the demo of Barnyard/I'm In Great Shape and plonking them into the studio version, not so much. Probably the best bit of tinkering is the version of Surf's Up here, a combination of the Brian piano demo, the Smile studio recording and Carl Wilson's 1971 version. Pretty awesome stuff. Whether you should get the box set depends on whether an entire CD of Heroes & Villains recording sessions and another one full of Good Vibrations sessions sounds appealing to you. Did you like the Pet Sounds Sessions box? If so, it's no brainer. Otherwise I'd settle for the 2xCD or 2xvinyl editions
  12. Some Smile goodness Our Prayer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swQ1h_As22Q Cabinessence http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbAWMc-E5P4 Brian Wilson playing Surf's Up in 1966 for a Leonard Bernstein TV Show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tPs5f3kkFY
  13. Everyone knows this story, right? 1966, post-Pet Sounds/Good Vibrations release and considered to be the biggest band in the world, Brian Wilson sets off to make album using the same techniques he used recording Good Vibrations. That is, recording bits and pieces of songs, and then cutting and gluing the pieces together later. Doing something like that today would be piss-easy with the computer sequencers so readily available. In 1966, I have no idea how the fuck you'd do it. Evidently, neither did Brian. After almost a year of recording, Brian halted the Smile recordings and it was never released. Band disagreements, excessive LSD use, depression, paranoia, and the release of Sgt Pepper are some of the reasons cited for it's demise. Bits and pieces were released on various Beach Boys records over the years, and in 2004, Brian went back and finished the album, recording the entire album with his current touring band. But today is the first time Smile has been officially released under the Beach Boys name. And it comes in a whopping 5CD, double-vinyl, two 7" box set... or just a 2CD set if you're feeling casual about it. I can't be the only one excited about this, despite having heard all the songs on various albums and bootlegs over the years. I've been obsessed with this stuff for years and I never thought that a release like this would ever see the light of day.
  14. superpretend

    R.E.M. R.I.P.

    The new Greatest Hits compilation could've dumped all the songs after Bad Day and peppered it more songs from the earlier albums. The tracklisting for Disc1 is pretty much flawless though.
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