Monthly Archives: May 2011

Born This Way-Lady Gaga


           Technically this is only the second studio album by Lady Gaga. Its true she has put out a slew of EPs and Remix Compilations but only two studio albums. So, needless to say this has been getting a fair amount of pub especially after her release of the insanely popular and catchy title track.

The album certainly has its hits. “Born This Way”, “Heavy Metal Lover”, and “Marry the Night” are all pretty solid tracks. They each have their own style that is consistent from start to finish. “Electrical Chapel” also has a good presence with its big beat and well blended synth. “Scheiße” is another example of a well thought out track that mixes different styles and sounds into a single song. It has a solid beat with just the right mix of pop. The song really comes together nicely and just “works.”

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the rest of the album. Listening to “Americano”, it feels like she just got lazy. Its samples of the classic Rosemary Clooney tune “Mambo Italiano” and “Poker Face” with little tweaking. It doesn’t just stop there though. Bad Kids starts out trying to be just that, rough and tumble and in your face. It immediately falls into syrupy 80s  pop synth. Although I don’t have a problem with exploring different styles within the same song, it just doesn’t work very well in this case. “You and I” is another confusing offering. I get the feeling she didn’t get her fill of country music when she released “Born This Way (The Country Road Version).”  Its a departure from her style and sounds like it should be sung by Shania Twain not Lady Gaga.

All told, the album was 50/50 for me. Some tracks that I liked, some I didnt.  I feel its an average album, which is really a shame. Love her or hate her, Lady Gaga is a talented musician and has the chops to knock it out of the park. She just didn’t bring her A game.  Now does that along with my review really matter? No it wont. In fact she will sell the crap out of this album. Maybe it says a lot about her abilities to market herself or how she can intertwine her music with her persona/philosophy. Either way, this album will go platinum (actually, it might have already happened).

-I

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LOMO LC-WIDE


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LOMO LC-A LEGACY
It’s been 27 years since the Lomo LC-A entered our analogue life and took our hearts by storm with its shadowy framing, super saturated colours, sharp contrast and multiple exposures. To cherish this little camera in the past we even plated it with gold but never before expanded its lens. Now the day has come and we are welcoming the new offspring of the Lomo LC-A Legacy: The Lomo LC-Wide, that will challenge your Lomographic perception. It is a passionate celebration of the ultra-wide-angle: Still celebrating the classical features of the Lomo LC-A+, the Lomo LC-Wide adds a new dimension of format frenzy to its specially developed ultra-wide-angle 17 mm Minigon glass lens. Switch from half-frame, to square to full format and enjoy a new quality of wide-angle Lomography!

GO EXTREME
Go close, even closer than your perception of closeness tells you to and watch your favourite caterpillar being sucked into the vortex of this 17 mm glass genius. Go wild, even wilder than your mother ever allowed you to and dive into Ultra-Wide-Angle- Lomography! To up the ante a little bit we equipped the Lomo LC-Wide with three formats to choose from: full-, square- or half- format. If you don’t want to think too much while you are shooting, switch to half-frame-format and fit an amazing amount of 72 shots onto one roll of 36 shots film. Fans of retro will stick to the classic square format while panoramic shots are most effective on the full format.

ULTRA-WIDE-LOMOGRAPHY
No matter if you are hooked on breathtaking panoramic shots or if you are more the-closer-the-better-type, we designed the Lomo LC-Wide to satisfy lovers of all extremes. Its delicate 17 mm Minigon glass lens combines the classical features of the Lomo LC-A with an ultra-wide-angle that will open your eyes to an unknown extent. Follow your curiosity and let the Lomo LC-Wide take you into the wide! With all this options, the Lomo LC-Wide catapults you in a format frenzy that triggers unbeliev- able creativity and proves itself to be a trusty offspring of the Lomo LC-A Legacy.

TECHNICAL DETAILS
Exposure area: 36 x 24mm, 24x 24mm (square format), 17 x 24mm (half frame format)
Film Type: Standard 135 roll film
Lens focal length: 17 mm
Maximum aperture: 1:4.5
Angle of view: 103 degrees, 89 degrees (square format) 81 degrees (half frame format)
Focusing range: 0.4m – infinity
Maximum shutter speed: 1/500
Minimum shutter speed: Unlimited
Auto exposure mode: Programmatic
Exposure range: Unlimited ~ EV18
Multiple exposure: Manual shutter cocking with independent MX switch
Film sensitivity supports (ASA/ISO): 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Flash: X-type synchronization hot-shoe
Tripod socket thread: Standard 1⁄4″ tripod socket
Cable release: Universal cable release socket
Overall dimensions: 108 x 68 x 44.5mm
Weight: 220g (film and battery not included)

WHAT THE HELL IS LOMOGRAPHY
The Lomographic Society International is a globally active organization dedicated to experimental and creative snapshot photography. Boasting over a half-million members across the world, the concept of Lomography encompasses an interactive, vivid, blurred and crazy way of life.
Through our constantly expanding selection of innovative cameras & photographic accessories, we promote analog photography as a creative approach to com- municate, absorb, and capture the world.
Through the efforts and skill of our Lomographic Society members, we seek to document the incredible planet around us in a never-ending stream of snapshots – literally a global “Lomographic” portrait as seen through the eyes of countless individuals and cultures.

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Beastie Boys- Make Some Noise (single)


          This was another Record Store Day purchase of mine. It was a bit of a mess to begin with. The singles were not going to make it to stores in time so in a rare movie, the RSD website decided to sell them online starting at 6am on Record Store Day. Supposedly it was a limited run of 500-1000. And, the deciding factor in making them available online was that all proceeds would go towards a Japan Relief Fund. So, I rolled out of bed and got one before they sold out in about 10 minutes.  Mine finally came in the mail today after a shipping snafu.  Let me make this clear, it is pure gold. Makes Some Noise is off their new album Hot Sauce Committee Part 2.  Its back with the the remix by Passion Pit. It’s classic Beastie Boys at its finest. I really dont know how else to describe it. I suppose I should also mention the supremely kick ass Music video they created. It picks up directly where “Fight For Your Right” left off when it debuted in 1986. It has a ton of cameos and stars Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen, and Danny McBride. Now I know you don’t doubt me but just in case, I’ve included the music video below.

And, as if that wasnt enough to satisfy your thirst for funky beats and clothes from the 80’s they took it a step further. They basically made the music video into a 30 minute short. Enjoy.

-I

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Death Cab For Cutie-Atlantic Records Presents: Death Cab for Cutie In Living Stereo!


    This is a funny little single and it was one of the biggest surprises that I picked up. I was about to leave and saw it by the register. For $3, I’m game. Its actually a sample single of 3 new songs:  “Home Is A Fire”, “You Are A Tourist” and “Some Boys“.   All of these will be featured on their new album Codes And Keys due out May 31st. It starts off by having a pseudo 1950’s announcer introduce the band and songs. You get a good sample of each song with a generous serving of Mr. Announcer. The whole record is a tip of the hat to the old sample singles. The sort of thing you would hear playing in a store or car dealership. If you go into this expecting to hear a complete song or two, you will disappointed. If you take it for what its worth, its a neat little throw back record.

-I

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Daft Punk-Tron Soundtrack


The vinyl is the obvious draw to this record. Its translucent with a color overlay designed to look like the power disc. It comes in three varieties and is just plain awesome to look at. No need for an album cover with this one as the record comes in clear protective sleeve. As stunning as it is visually, the audio doesn’t disappoint either. Its Daft Punk. Its everything that comes to mind when you think of them. The futuristic  electronic sound they are so well known for is once again present in full force. Its hard to tell if I am listening to an album, movie soundtrack, or video game. And its because of this that many people will find it appealing. Its all three at the same time and something completely different. I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t move their head or body to the beat when you put this one on. I was expecting a lot overall from this record and it did not disappoint.

-I

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Peter Tosh- Legalize it B/W Equal Rights


        Nothing terribly new here. This is a re-release of the two song recorded in 76 and 77. Its your basic Reggae Activism type music. Beyond the lyrics, its just enjoyable to listen to. Its got great rhythm and beat. Just hearing it make things slow down just a little. The great thing about this single is the vinyl. As part of Record Store Day, it was released in three colors: red, yellow, and green. After seeing all three at the store, I opted for the green based on my own personal preference. In reality, all of them are great. Bright vibrant color set off with just a little bit of swirl to round it out. definitely worth picking up if you are a collector or fan.

-I

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