Austra

I just got home from work, and this tweet was staring at me when I logged in.
I got curious, since Austra is a name I recognised from some fantasy novels I absolutely loved.
The Stereogum post lead me to This tumblr post by Disco Naïveté and I was enthralled. I had to find more of this band. So I searched, and loved it even more.

If you have Spotify, click here to check them out.
I especially want to recommend “Lose It” and “Identity”.

You can buy their music from Play.com, Domino records, One Big Silence. and iTunes. And probably some other stores too.

Where to find Austra:

Official website
Twitter
Facebook
Tumblr
Myspace

Carbon Based Lifeforms

I just discovered this band (band?) the other day, and I’m seriously impressed. Their newest album, Twentythree, was featured under “What’s New” in Spotify, and I loved it.
I think you should check them out.

Here’s one of my favourites on Twentythree:

And a track from Interloper:

Links:

Official website
Last.fm
Facebook
Youtube
Spotify
Myspace (does anyone still use Myspace?)

Download their music on Bandcamp

If you’re an idiot and you don’t like Bandcamp, you can get it on Play.com and Amazon.com. They’re probably available in iTunes, too.

PS: You might be wondering why this post is tagged with #MusicFriday, when I’m posting it on a Sunday. Well, it’s a joke.

All I wanted was a free copy of Plants vs Zombies

I read on Kotaku that Plants vs Zombies was launching on Amazon’s appstore. For FREE.
And since I recently acquired an Android phone, I gave it a go.

I went to the site linked in the article. It said “Available instantly from your Android device.” Ok. So I need to download the Amazon Appstore.
-Ok. No biggie. I’ll do that.
So I downloaded and installed the appstore app, and I clicked the Plants vs. Zombies in the upper right. The download failed.
“To purchase Plants vs. Zombies (WiFi Download Only), please add a payment method in your 1-click settings,” it said.
-Ok. I’ll do that. Whatever that means. Oh, you need my phone number. But why? Ah well.
But that wasn’t enough. I then had to put in my card details. Again. At this point I’m thinking, If I have to go through all these steps anyway, I might as well pay the measly $2.99 for the game. And yet, I was only slightly annoyed.
Now that I’d put in my details, I click to download again. And it fails. Again. This time, though, they have the courtesy of telling me the Amazon appstore is unavailable in my region.

“Available instantly for your Android device” my ass.

As if there was no opportunity to do so as I was putting in my details. Or at the instant I logged in. Or even better, they could’ve told me the appstore wasn’t available BEFORE I even downloaded it. It could’ve been right there on the website. Something like “We see that your IP address is so-and-so, and unfortunately our appstore is unavailable in your region. Sorry about that.”
But no. Nothing even remotely like that, until I’ve gone through several steps of the purchasing process.
This, to me (a potential paying customer) is unacceptable. I can accept the fact that it’s unavailable in my region, despite it being the 21st century. But seriously, Amazon. Tell your customers BEFORE they go through all that. Maybe you’ll even keep them.

Mélanie Laurent – “En t’attendant”

Mélanie Laurent just popped up on the “What’s New” screen in my Spotify.
You may recognise her face, because she’s also an actress. Among other films, she starred in Inglorious Basterds. But that’s not why I’m writing about her.
I lovelovelove this album. Click here to listen in Spotify.

Here’s one of my favourites:

And here’s the music video for the title track:

Here are some links to her official website, to buy the album in iTunes, and to go like her
official Facebook page

Do you like it?

A series of tubes made this possible?

So, someone posted this on Tumblr, and I don’t really know what to say other than you have to see it.

And here’s the whole piece featuring 1752 singers performing 2052 parts, from 58 countries:

I realise it’s way past my bedtime, but this is worth sharing.
This is why the Internet is awesome.

Definitely interested in more of this music.
Thanks for sharing, Brian. :-)

Rakkatakka, Motherfucker! #MusicFriday

This article has previously been published in Norwegian. Click here to read it.



Do you like Glee?
Do you like bands such as Blind Guardian, Manowar, Metallica, Iron Maiden and Nightwish?
Then there’s a good chance you’ll like Van Canto too.

I discovered Van Canto randomly on YouTube, and their music is so fascinating, not to mention awesomely good, that I felt like sharing it with you on my blog.

No guitars

The guys (and girl) of Van Canto are from Germany, and play what they call “a cappella hero metal”. In stead of using real guitars, they try to emulate the sound with their voices. The band is signed to Napalm Records and are going on tour with Blind Guardian in Germany in November.

Van Canto is:

  • Dennis Schunke – lead vocals
  • Inga Scharf – lead vocals
  • Stefan Schmidt – lower “rakkatakka” vocals and “wahwah solo guitar” vocals
  • Ross Thompson – higher “rakkatakka” vocals
  • Ingo Sterzinger – bass vocals
  • Bastian Emig – drums

In case you’re curious about how they do it, here’s a video of Stefan explaining it:

See more?

You can find more videos on their official YouTube channel.

Listen to Van Canto in Spotify.

If you like their music, you should go “like” their Facebook fanpage.

You can buy their cd’s or mp3’s at  Play.com and Amazon.com.

What do you think? Leave a comment. :-)