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BT – A Song Across Wires

Today I have mostly been listening to BT’s wonderful new album, A Song Across Wires.

If you already know BT then you probably know all about it and what to expect, if not then you really should take a listen and see what you’re missing out on.

The only problem from my point of view is that there’s 3 versions of the album but only 1 version of the cover artwork, so I made a couple of variations on a theme for my iTunes library and thought I’d post them here for anybody else that’s sad enough to care about that sort of thing…

Just click on either of them to grab the full size versions.

BT A Song Across Wires Continuous Mix BT A Song Across Wires Extended

If you haven’t got the album then it’s available on iTunes (regular & continuous mix) or BeatPort for the extended mixes. It’s his usual mix of great tunes, perfect production with a dash of added dubstep – good stuff.

Why do I like Lady Gaga’s new album so much?

I’m a straight, middle aged man, so why do I like Lady Gaga’s new Born This Way album so much?

You wouldn’t think I was her target audience, but the more I hear of it, the more I think that maybe I am. I don’t mean me specifically (as far as I know she’s never met me) but I think she’s being really clever and trying to extend her already massive appeal to a much wider audience.

This album has added a huge dollop of Euro-dance & 80s pop/rock into the mix – think, Cher, Journey etc. There’s guitars, synths and even a bloody saxophone. More importantly there’s lots of big tunes and catchy choruses. This is going to make her an even bigger star than she is already, and she deserves it. In these sad days of Pop Idol & Britain’s Got Talent, thank God for Lady GaGa. She as mad as a box of frogs and you never quite know what she’s going to do next (which is a good thing).

Creature by Andrew Zuckerman

This wonderful book is now available in paperback.

Creature is a fantastic selection of high resolution photos of animals (or bits of animals) shot against a stark white studio background. Although all the shots are obviously posed this allows you to focus on each of the animal’s unique characters. Look at this little guy…

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BT – These Hopeful Machines

Another of my favourite albums from 2010.

BT has always been difficult to categorise musically and, certainly in the UK at least, is something less than a household name. But that might change as his latest album, These Hopeful Machines has been greeted by massive critical acclaim and even nominated for a Grammy Award. It’s a double album where each track blends seamlessly into the next and with many of the tracks clocking in at around the 10 minute mark it’s sailing dangerously close to Prog Rock concept album.

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Project magazine iPad app review

I know it’s been out for a little while now (in fact, issue 2 is due in the next week or so) but I thought I’d take a look at the debut issue of Richard Branson’s iPad only magazine.

It’s an interesting experiment and well worth a look in you’re in any way interested in the future of publishing, especially as you can currently pick it up for free. Project has been designed from the ground up especially for the iPad rather than, for example, Wired magazine where the digital version closely resembles the real world print version. The publishers claim that the magazine won’t be fixed but will be evolving over the course of the month. A nice idea but I’ve seen little evidence of it other than in the comments on each story being updated. In itself, this is a nice idea – tap on the little icon and the page flips round to reveal readers comments on the article.

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Sony Ericsson MBS-100 Bluetooth Speaker

Another Christmas present…

I was looking into getting myself one of the new JamBox speakers for Christmas but since they were in short supply (and expensive) when I saw this on Amazon I thought I’d give it a try. I remember seeing these when they first came out a few years ago and thinking they looked pretty cool. Then I saw one in the flesh (or should that be plastic) and realised how small it was and thought it just wasn’t worth the money…

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Grum – Heartbeats

A great little gem of an album – very 80s.

As we get to the end of 2010 I thought I’d have a look back at some of my favourite albums of the year (in no particular order…)

I first came across Grum via some of his remixes of other acts so I was eagerly awaiting his first album and it didn’t disappoint. From the opening track ‘Through the Night‘ to the closer ‘Someday We’ll Be Together‘ there’s not a single bad track.

Turn it Up sounds like some rare unreleased Madonna single from her early days (and that’s a good thing). Well worth checking out if you’re partial to a bit of melodic dance music with plenty of synths and singalong choruses.

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