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Friday, July 1, 2011

magnificent music, more magnificent beard.

seriously, look at that beard. 
        William Fitzsimmons is a singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh, PA. The only thing more impressive than his beard is his soothing acoustic music. His songs are very folk - influenced, and he has a very mellow voice.
        He has been busy writing tons of songs, releasing 5 albums in just six years. I'd recommend all of his albums, I haven't heard a song of his I haven't liked. "I Don't Feel It Anymore" is a beautiful song, (the link is to YouTube) that is very representative of his sound.  Fitzsimmons looks like a pretty young guy, so you can expect a lot more music from him in the future.

Monday, June 20, 2011

tricking out my desktop.

im going to use the Mac software Geektools, and customize my desktop. ill post pics in an hour or so, with the results.  if you have any experience of tips, leave a comment! wish me luck.

Friday, June 17, 2011

british indie math rock!

            This Town Needs Guns is a British indie band hailing from Oxford.  Their intricate guitar working creates a blissful atmosphere, backed by relaxing drum beats. When I say intricate, I mean it sounds like there are three dudes playing one guitar. It's beautiful, and the singing adds to that. "Animals" is their debut full length album, and it's incredible. Here's a YouTube video for "Crocodile", a very relaxed song, while tracks such as "Chinchilla" pick up the pace. Every tracked is named after an animal, so the album's title makes sense. You should definitely check these guys out, it's an great album, and you can expect more great music from these guys.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

on the lack of posts.

    Hey, guys, sorry for the lack of posts today, I'm a bit busy studying for finals. D: My last final is friday, so you can expect a whole lot more posts, hopefully showing you a lot more new music. Thanks for checking my blog, tell your friends / followers!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

death grips.

         This album came out of nowhere, suddenly exploding onto the internet with no warning. Death Grips is a new hip-hop group from Sacramento. Everyone's first reaction is usually "wat." It's intense hip-hop, with a black dude yelling/rapping. The production on this album is incredible, these beats are some of the most unique out there. Ex-Military opens with a sample of a monologue by Charles Manson, an inspiring speech. The album really picks up when "Lord of the Game" comes on.
Everyone's face when you first
play "Guillotine".
       The beats are not the only things unique about Death Grips. Their use of post-apocalyptic imagery is very interesting, and some lines really stand out. "Fuck where you're from, fuck where you're going, it's all about where you're at."
       I think even after the novelty wears off, it's still an outstanding album. Definitely check it out. I think it's a mixtape and therefore free.

Monday, June 13, 2011

new bon iver.

      Bon Iver's first album, "For Emma, Forever Ago" was incredible, released in 2007. It was a deep, folk album written by the lead singer/songwriter Justin Vernon in a lonely cabin in Wisconsin. This guy went up to this cabin, and came back three months later with an entire album ready to be released. And what he came back with was beautiful. For a taste of what that was like, a YouTube video for you.
      Bon Iver has released, or is about to release a new album, I'm not sure if it's officially released yet. I heard the new album in its entirety from a streaming site. Really early leak. It's a self-titled album.
     After the first listen, I was pretty disappointed. At first glance, I don't think it can match "For Emma," but this album really grows on you. There are fewer songs that stand out on "Bon Iver", but I think the whole album fits together very well. "Holocene" and "Michicant" are amazing tracks.  Interestingly, all the songs are named after places.
     I think Justin could have done better, but i appreciate that he's going in new direction with his music, not letting it get stagnant with the same songs over and over.

getting a job.

        So it would seem that the revenue from Adsense doesn't cover my cost of living, and that I actually have to get a job. lolwut. I'm dropping off an application to the local Funplex today, and following up with an interview in a week or two. I have some friends that work there and love it.
           Also, I need to save up to buy a computer that can handle Skyrim. (for any new followers that don't know what that is, see the post below.) I plan on buying parts and assembling a computer, which lowers a lot of the cost, and grants me a detailed knowledge of my computer, which would help when it inevitably breaks from too much Skyrim. This way I don't have to go to Best Buy and have some sales associate try to say "hurr durr you want gamez? check out dis 9000$ Alienware, bro, it's like, made for games." No, thanks, ill just buy this nice graphics card for 300, if you please.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

more music you should listen to.

Hospice, released in
March of 2009
            The Antlers are a quiet indie rock band, but this is a powerful album. It's a concept album of an emotionally abusive relationship, told through the analogy of a man working in a hospice, (hospital) and a terminally ill patient.
            Every track on this album is a gem, but it should be listened to in its entirety. It's a moving experience. The vocals are incredible and the guitar is catchy. This band sets a heavy mood in each song, and my personal favorite is "Bear". Here's a YouTube video for it! Definitely check these guys out, you'll be glad you did.

more anticipated than jesus's return.

         This is it. Bethesda's sequel to the massively successful (for good reason) Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.  Skyrim promises to be a massive role playing game with beautiful environments. Oblivion changed the face of role playing games with its fantastic.. err.. everything. There were a few bugs in the game, but they were clearly the best bugs of all time. 
        Bethesda is introducing dual-wielding into the Elder Scroll series, adding depth to the sword-fight experience, and doing away with the often awkward block movement in Oblivion. Fighting will be much more fluid and natural than previous games, with the help of a new game engine. Another incredibly cool feature is the introduction of dragons into the world. I'll let the video tell you the rest. All i can say is that I won't be leaving my basement for a week after this comes out. 

what im listening to.

TTMOE's critically acclaimed
album, The Wild Hunt
       I think I mentioned that I listen to a lot of folk, so I thought I'd share some with you guys. The Tallest Man On Earth is a singer/songwriter, and sounds a lot like Bob Dylan. It's some really good music if you like acoustic stuff. This whole album is incredible, but my favorite is the first, The Wild Hunt.
       You guys should check this guy out, here's a link to a YouTube video of "The Wild Hunt". I would post a Mediafire link, but I'm not trying to get V& here. I'll probably continue to post music suggestions, in the hopes of spreading good music.

lol blogging.

Hello everybody that isn't reading this! My names Connor, I skate and make music, so I suppose a lot of this blog will be dedicated to that. I listen to hardcore but I'm really into folk, and I dabble in some rap. I write a lot of folk music, and i have a band, Connor Gebhardt and the Communist Party. The name's a mix of irony and me and my friends love of band names in the style of "X and the Y's". Like Hootie and the Blowfish, Ringo and His Allstarr Band, etc. To be honest, I don't like either of those bands, just their names. You can check out some of our music here. The recordings are all old, we have a lot of new, better songs. We're going to play some shows this summer, and if you live in Jersey/Philly you should come check it out. Well, i dont want to spend all my blog promoting my band, so i guess this is the end of this post. farewell.