Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I want your opinion

I know, I know, it seems odd that the author of a web page all about himself would want his readers opinions, but I do. I was sitting at the computer, bored to tears, when I suddenly had a radical idea: how about changing the template of my blog? A few keystrokes later, I had what you see now. I personally think it's a pretty cool template, but of course I wouldn't have chose it otherwise. I'm always interested in whether or not people think I'm a loony, so I figured the new template would be a great way to test that. Is it good, like I think, or have you been reading the random thoughts of a mad man? let's find out. If you'll vote in the nifty little poll to the right, that would be just smashing.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Guitar Hero and pointless whining

Guitar Hero is awesome, isn't it? Unfortunately, I only own # 2, but I really want Rocks The 80's. If only I could learn to play guitar for real. I own 2 electric guitars, and I have unlimited access to an acoustic, but I still haven't figured out the most important thing - how to play. I want lessons, but I only make 20$ a week, which clearly is not enough. I ask people if they know how to play, and quite often they say yes. When I enquire further, however, it turns out they can just " make cool noises". When did that become the definition of knowing how to play? None of my friends play anything either, so even if I learn how to play, I still can't form a band because no one else will be able to do anything.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Combat Rock - the review

Hello, ladies and gents, it's time for your favourite blogger to write you another review! This week, we're going to talk about The Clash - Combat Rock.
First of, I must say I'm a big fan of the Clash, and I own 3 of their CD's. This one featured many of their most popular songs, such as Rock The Casbah and Should I Stay Or Should I Go?. They are definately my favourite songs on the album, and that's a prestigious position. The thing I don't like about the album is the fact that it is very expirimental. There are songs with very long and weird solos, which I'm not a fan of when it comes to them. With Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, I'm used to that sort of thing, but the clash are supposed to be fast, loud, and energetic. The expirimental songs aren't any of those things. The Album's songs are really in order from best to worst, something that is quite common with CD's. I'm Geussing it has something to do with the fact people listen more to the beggining of a CD than the end, so it would make sense to have the best stuff were it will be heard the most.
Overall, I give it...
4 out of five
Next week: Pink Floyd's The Wall.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Results Are In!

The results of the most recent post are in! A whopping 66% of my readers like that rock 'n' roll music, and the other 33% liked pop. If you are on of the three people who voted, including me, Thanks! If not, you're a horrible, betraying reader. Kidding!

Boyd's Very First CD Review

Hello, lovely readers! I believe it's time for my very first CD review, which is a CD whose name I don't even know. I DO know it's by AFI (which stands for "A Fire Inside) and has the song Miss Murder on it. Before I even start, let me just say I have a slightly biased opinion of AFI and bands like it. I was raised to not like them. Deal with it.

The first thing I noticed was the volume. I listened to it while mowing the lawn, and I actually had to turn it down. That's usually the first sign of something being too loud. After we get past the extremely loud volume, there's the actual instruments. I'll start with the singing: it sucked. It sounded like some whiny rich kid expressing just how much it stinks to be a famous rock star with millions of fanatical followers. The percussion was, in theory, very good, but had two idiosyncrasies: it was overbearing and was totally the same in each song. Now, if the first issue wasn't a problem, it wouldn't matter about the second, because all it would be there for was to keep time. When you start to turn up the volume of the drums though, you need to have something different in each song. The guitar was, surprisingly, quite good, and if it wasn't overpowered by the drums, it would have contributed to the music quite a bit.

The overall impression I got of the band and it's music was this: they have totally been shaped by popular culture, and not the other way around. The way I judge whether a band is really successful is whether or not they have shaped how we see the world. According to this, AFI is totally unsuccessful. They have no reason to be depressed goths, but they are because they think it's cool. If they broke out of the mold, they could be successful by my definition. Will they? I doubt it.

Overall, I give this album a...

three out of five

The reason it got that high of a rating is because I saw potential in them.

Next week, I'll be reviewing The Clash: Combat Rock.

see you then!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

More Whining

I can't say I'm that in love with today's music. I really like the 70's and 80's sound, all electric and surreal. Now it's mostly screaming in the microphone and random strumming. And thats just rock. I'm not even going into rap and (shudder) pop.

The reason I bring this up is because I told a friend I'd never heard HIM or AFI, so he lent me a CD of each. OK, before I even talk about the music, what's up with the names of these bands? Acronyms? They can't even think of a semi-decent name. I can't actually give a review of the CD's yet, because I haven't actually gotten the initiative to listen to them yet, but I can make fun of what I do know. The set list for HIM involved song titles such as "Rip Out The Wings Of A Butterfly", and "Play Dead". I'm sorry, but does that sound more than just a bit Emo.

Speaking of Emos, has anyone heard the song "Emo Kid"? It's hilarious!

Got to go, 'cause I've got exams to study for, instead of spending all my time whining on this blog.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I'm Bored

I don't mean to sound like I did in my very first post, but why is there nothing good on T.V.? I've been sitting around for hours, watching reruns of The icredible Hulk and MAD TV. Now, don't get me wrong, they're both great shows, but after the first hour or so, they can get mind-smashingly boring. Now I'm watching The Colbert Report, listening to news from just long enough ago that I've already heard it and don't really care.
The programs aren't all that's annoying, either. The TV I'm watching cuts off the edges of the picture by half an inch, and does this weird jittery thing whenever the picture gets slightly darker in shade than white. I would replace it, but the opening for the cabinet is a really funky size, and I can't find one that shape.
The TV isn't all that's defective, either. The computer I'm writing to you dear readers on is a windows 98, and won't let me do alot of stuff I need to, such as acess the toolbar, or use keystrokes. I only have dialup, so I'm quite worried about this whole article being eaten somewhere between the composition pane and the blog page. I've got to go, because the computer is threatening to disconnect, and I'd end up smashing the computer. That would suck, partially because it's not mine.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Thanks, everyone!

Finally! At last someone has visited my website! Granted, I asked them to, and no one's been here who doesn't know me (I think), but still! Thats pretty awsome! Yay!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

Looking for good summer reading? Maybe you should check this series out. Written by Douglas Adams, it's a really cool series about the intergalactic antics of Arthur Dent as he tries to find his way home. The entire series combined is only about 880 pages long, so it's not to horribly long. After you read them, you can check out the 2005 movie and the BBC TV mini series. Remember your towel!