Radiohead – Lotus Flower

Radiohead is back with new music. Not everyone seems to like Thom Yorke’s dance moves.

Lies of the Beauitful People by Sixx AM

Check out the new video from Nikki Sixx and the gang.

Steal This Song: Five O’Clock Heroes, “City of Lights”

We’d just like to clear up something, if you don’t mind. Despite the fact that this column is called “Steal This Song,” rest assured that everything we post comes with the band’s permission. The title of the column is a reference to an Abbie Hoffman book from 1971, something that we’re guessing was lost on the nasty commenter who thought we were stealing from some poor little indie band. No one is actually stealing anything, all right? Now let’s move on.

A surefire way to get us to delete a press release is to use the word ‘gypsy.’ (Double negative score if the word ‘psych’ is used in conjunction with ‘gypsy.’) On the other hand, a surefire way to get us to beg for more is to compare your band to Elvis Costello, the Jam and the Police, and it’s a triple word score if you compare one band to all three.

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It’s clear from the onset that the Five O’Clock Heroes are fans of the Jam, as their name comes from one of their song titles, but is the Jam an apt comparison? To be honest, not really. This is not to say that the band’s album Different Times isn’t good – just that it doesn’t really sound like the Jam. There is a strong Anglo-pop vibe to it, to be sure, and it’s reminiscent of the time in which the Jam were active (and most popular), but a better comparison might be a UK power pop artist like Bram Tchaikovsky or the Members. Now, that is a trend we wouldn’t mind seeing catch on.

Click here to download Five O’Clock Heroes – City of Lights

Click to buy Different Times from Amazon

New on the Scene – “Broken Promises” by Liv Miraldi

Check this debut video from this young singer-songwriter.

Steal This Song: Atomic Tom, “Don’t You Want Me”

It’s been admittedly quiet on the ESD front, and we’re sorry about that. Other projects got in the way, shame on us. But hopefully this cover of an ’80s smash will make things right.

Yep, it’s that “Don’t You Want Me,” from the forthcoming comedy “Take Me Home Tonight,” starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris and Dan Fogler. If Grace seems a little old to be playing a 20-something kid in the late ’80s, well, you’re right. (He turns 33 this year.) But keep in mind that this movie was shot four years ago, but has been repeatedly delayed because the studio didn’t know how to promote a comedy involving coke use. Funny, that wasn’t a problem in the ’80s. Hell, look at “Bachelor Party.”

As for the cover, it’s actually pretty faithful. It’s a rock version of the song, but they didn’t tear it apart at the seams, either. And man, oh man, is the video great. The band plays the tune while Grace, Faris, Fogler, the lovely Teresa Palmer and Demitri Martin act out iconic scenes from ’80s movies. Bonus points to Faris for the “Norma Rae” reference.

Click here to download Atomic Tom – Don’t You Want Me

Multiplatform Document Sharing Using OpenOffice

Are you searching for a suite of office tools that won’t cost an arm and a leg or a complete revamp of your computing platform? Are you a Macintosh user who keeps getting documents from your counterparts on Windows platforms, and you are so frustrated by the inability to share those documents?

Did you know there is a great application out there that just might solve all these issues, as well as giving you a powerful new suite of programs?

It’s called OpenOffice and it is part of the Open Source initiative. Because of its roots in this development community it is offered to users free of charge. So that solves the problem of expense — you can’t go wrong with free. You may be a bit wary of the fact that it is offered free. Don’t be. Because of its Open Source roots, OpenOffice is completely free of any malicious codes that may include malware or spyware some other bad programming code that will compromise your computer. It also has a full support program that will help you with any support issues you may encounter when using the program.

The OpenOffice suite will give you word processing, database, presentation and spreadsheet capabilities. Not to worry if you would like your programs to be in a different language. OpenOffice is available in many different languages, as well as computing platforms.

These multiplatform capabilities will also allow you to start sharing those documents with others who many not be on the same operating system as you. If you are on a Macintosh platform, you will be able to open documents from a Windows user, even if the document was created in a different program.

This versatile program will give you the tools necessary to start sharing document seamlessly and easily.

Using Downloaded Programs Safely

Many online users today are using many online music players and downloaders including popular free Open Source programs such as Cabos, eMule and Ares. These software programs are based on a peer-to-peer file sharing methodology that requires that a user be connected to many different users in order to either upload or download files.

This may present a few online security issues. Before we discuss some of these problems, however, we should understand that the three programs mentioned above are products of the Open Source initiative. As such, even though they are considered shareware or freeware, by the very nature of their open source roots, they are very different.

These and other open source programs can be downloaded without fear of having malicious programs such as adware, spyware or malware attached to them. You will have no fear of your computer platform being breached by using these programs.

Cabos, Ares and eMule, as stated before use a peer-to-peer networking scheme and as such users will be connecting to other users over these networks. While it is a very easy concept to use and understand, you do need to take a few precautions.

Because you will be using an open TCP port to share and download files you may be opening your computer up to malicious code from other parts of the network. In addition, that cool new program you found may not have the same protections as Open Source software.

Here are some suggestions to help you protect yourself on these networks:

-Make sure that you scan all downloaded materials with a virus scanner before opening or using these programs.

-Make sure that your “shared” folder is not your entire hard drive. Use a specific folder that contains only digital files and documents you want to share with other users. This will eliminate anyone gaining access to private documents or information.

Cut Copy: Zonoscope


RIYL: Talking Heads, OMD, Poi Dog Pondering

Hipster elitists would like to convince you otherwise, but pop is not a four-letter word. It’s short for popular, after all, and who doesn’t want to be popular? Hell, even hipsters want to be popular. How do you think they became hipsters in the first place? Because they were never popular.

Australia’s Cut Copy, on the other hand, has no such inhibitions about the notion of popularity, if their latest album Zonoscope is any indication. Rounded out to a quartet, the electropop band who started their career riffing on New Order and Daft Punk has opted for a sunnier – and a tad softer – approach this time around, toning down the guitars while unleashing sky-high synthesizer tracks. Singer Dan Whitford can do a mean impression of OMD’s Andy McCluskey when he feels like it, and in fact the album’s opener, “Need You Now,” bests anything from OMD’s recent reunion album History of Modern. The galloping “Where I’m Going” is flat-out irresistible, while “Pharaohs & Pyramids” has an explosive finale. Zonoscope sees the band stretching things out as well, with several songs surpassing the five-minute mark and the album’s closer, “Sun God,” clocking in at a whopping 15 minutes. This is fun, gorgeous stuff, capturing the spirit of new wave while giving it a contemporary sonic makeover. One can only hope that more bands follow their lead, because God knows the world could use a few more albums like this. (Modular/Fontana 2010)

Cut Copy MySpace page
Click to buy Zonoscope from Amazon

Transfer Free Downloads With FileZilla

The Internet began as a way for people to share information, and it continues to offer this. You may have to look to find the type of files you want, but if you know where to look for certain things, you can find many top-of-the line products free of charge.

If you want free books, you can check Google Books, Project Gutenberg, or the online library collection from the University of Pennsylvania. For free music, check out sites like iTunes, which offer free daily downloads.

People who prefer to be entertained by TV shows or movies can stream files using their home computers. Hulu has classic TV shows, and many networks now offer online sites where viewers can catch the latest episodes of shows starting the day after the program airs.

Do you need a free program? Check out SourceForge or CNET to find free programs and reviews for different open source projects. You can everything from FTP clients, like FileZilla, to encryption software like PuTTY, and more.

Sometimes, you can find websites that will offer downloads provided you have a secure connection to transfer files. In this case, you may need to use file transfer protocol, like FileZilla can offer. This program creates a secure connection between your computer and the server so you can move the files.

If you don’t know where to look for a free product, use a search engine to find websites offering “free x,” with the x representing the product you want to find. Take caution when you use this approach. Some websites may have harmful downloads. Always search for reviews on a website or product before you download from an unknown source.

The Internet can provide access to thousands of free files. By knowing where and how to look, you can find the product you want at a price you can afford — free.

Motörhead: The Wörld Is Yours


RIYL: Motörhead

The World Is Yours sounds like Motörhead’s previous album Motörizer, which is to say it sounds like Kiss Of Death, Inferno, Hammered, We Are Motörhead, and most of the other 20-plus albums in Motörhead’s discography. Lemmy growls and scowls, while guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee support him by playing as loud and as fast as they can. Its a formula that worked in 1977 (albeit with a different lineup) and it still works today. About the only discernible difference between this record and Motörizer is that Lemmy doesn’t bother with anything close to a ballad this time around. Instead we get non-stop speed metal songs about killing (“Outlaw”), screwing (“Waiting for the Snake”) and just being the all around badass that the 65-year old bass player from hell is (“Devils in My Hand”). The closest thing to sonic experimentation on The World Is Yours is “Brotherhood of Man,” which loops what sounds like a distant soccer chant as the chorus, while Lemmy somehow makes his voice even more menacing by lowering it a couple registers.

Sure, its nothing new. But at this point does it even matter? This is Motorhead sounding like Motorhead, and that’s good enough for us. (Motörhead Music 2011)

Motörhead MySpace Page

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