Archive for August, 2010

Youtube Gold – Part 2

Posted in Features on 2010/08/22 by sturgeonmusic

I’ve seen a lot of this lately, bassist’s or guitarist’s attempting to add more flare to their performance by flipping their instruments around themselves using the straps.

Yeah, it was cool at first but personally its getting a bit dull now, above is another classic youtube clip, this time showing what can go wrong when this stunt is attempted. Cool? Maybe not!

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A Scary Leap

Posted in Features on 2010/08/21 by sturgeonmusic

The video above shows something I saw on The Gadget Show this morning, something which if I’m honest, really scared me.

I love all the games like Metal Gear Solid, the games that really bend your mind with visual technology and present ideas that you think you wont see in your lifetime. Well to my surprise, all those walking machines from games, films like Star Wars and other such things have now become a reality.

Sure ‘Big Dog’ is only in its beta stage, but surely watching the video will provoke some opinions or feelings within most people. Picture these on the battlefields carrying equipment or weapons and you have something that could very well be a possibility.

Youtube Gold – Part 1

Posted in Features on 2010/08/20 by sturgeonmusic

This is the first installment of a blog piece I’m going to be collecting for your enjoyment called ‘Youtube Gold’. We start off with perhaps one of the best remix/mash ups I have seen on the site.

I’m sure you’ve all seen American Idol at some point, surely another money spinning scheme from Simon Cowell? Well, in regards to this video, I would certainly buy it for once. I give you, ‘Pants on the Ground’ (meets Meshuggah, meets Lamb Of God etc etc.)

‘White Holes Of Mole Hills’

Posted in Features, Music Reviews on 2010/08/19 by sturgeonmusic

I’ve had my eye on this artist for a very long time, its not another techno/synth filled female solo artist who just happens to play acoustic guitar, in fact its something completely different. Her music takes you back to the routes of ‘jamming’ with fellow musicians and also the power of your own voice as an instrument itself.

Most of my reviews are around new, exciting musicians who mix genres to create something unique. And whilst the sounds of Ruth Theodore may at times sound simplistic in nature, however its far from it. Try to picture musicians that are literally awesome at their own craft being thrown into a room with a girl that has the moves and voice to rival Newton Faulkner and you have the general sound of this incredible new artist.

I saw her three years ago at the tiny venue ‘The Railway Inn’ (Winchester) and it was a solo performance. I instantly brought her debut cd that night, ‘Worm Food’ and to my amazement she did not receive the level of press attention she deserves. Though this is the thing with Ruth, something quite refreshing – she doesn’t appear to be after the limelight, more expressing herself on the guitar.

So her latest effort, ‘White Holes Of Mole Hills’ is a continuation of her growth, and something for a variety of different music fans. Its got the jazz, the funk and folk routes, but the main attraction is her guitar style and her unique voice. If you loved Newton Faulkner then this album (and her first) are a must for a female take on using the acoustic guitar in such a new style.

Its not a case of how Ruth Theodore will take off, but purely when.

http://www.ruththeodore.com/

Low-end Spotlight

Posted in Features, Film Reviews on 2010/08/07 by sturgeonmusic

As a lot of people might already know, I’m a bass player, have been for nearly 6 years now. This isn’t going to be a biased post complaining about how the instrument isn’t respected quite as much as it should be within modern music (whoops), it is however a look at something very exciting for the instrument, and the film industry.

Due for release at the end of this month, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World looks to be an exciting, geeky and truly from the heart blend of action, music and love. The above picture is taken from the original comic that the film is adapted from, however unlike many – it doesn’t look set to flop.

Michael Cera is a fan favorite and suits the roll of Scott Pilgrim very well, match that with the fact he’s a bass player, and he fits the bill. The film is based around Scott’s love for Ramona Flowers, but in order to reveal his love for her he must defeat her 7 evil ex-boyfriends in what can only be described as action and geek fueled combat.

Not only that, its great news for the instrument itself, focusing on the bass as a front-man instrument is refreshing instead of seeing yet another guitarist on the big screen. Its about bloody time!

Check out this trailer as a quick sum-up of everything already mentioned, prepare to witness an ‘epic of epic epicness’ –