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Music Review: Neon by Vitne

Year: 2013 with a Jamendo release in 2015
Genre: Hard Rock, 80’s Metal
Online: Official Website, Jamendo, Facebook, Twitter
Tracks:

  1. Destroyer
  2. Nasty Habit
  3. Silhouette
  4. Royal Nights
  5. Lick You Up
  6. To the Sky
  7. I’m Feeling Deadly
  8. Cruisin’
  9. Rest in Peace
  10. Fire (Outtake)
  11. It’s Me (Outtake)

Neon is the 2013 album release by Norwegian artist Vitne. I first came across Vitne in February of this year whilst listening to some of the playlists on Jamendo. The initial track that I listened to was Winter Love Song, a cute little single from 2014. I liked it enough to listen to some of Vitne’s other music.
The first thing that you will notice when listening to Vitne is the mild accent that seems to go well with the at-times delightfully cheesy lyrics. The style is deliberate and gives Vitne’s music that rock porn vibe. It is a guilty pleasure.

For Neon, Vitne kicks it up a notch, channelling a hard rock and metal sound from the early to mid-80’s. If the metal and hard rock from that era don’t appeal, then this album likely won’t be your cup of tea. I still recommend that you check out the album anyway.
If I had to choose some favourite tracks, I would pick two songs. The opening track Destroyer does a great job of setting the mood for the entire album. The twelfth track, an outtake of It’s Me, does a great job of further showcasing Vitne’s instrumental work with a kickass guitar solo that knocks it out of the park. I can easily listen to and enjoy each of the tracks though, which made picking favourites songs from the album difficult.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed this album. Would I listen to it all of the time? No, but I play it on repeat every few weeks simply to “rock out”. In any case, you guys should check out the album and the rest of the Vitne catalogue. If you like what you hear, be sure to spread the word.


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Sunday Playlist 06/18/2017

It’s been a while since I posted a weekly playlist. Sorry for being slack…

This week features a collection of songs that cover the more positive aspects of love yet don’t quite fit into the “sweet love” theme. They can best be described as “mature love”, “love anthems” and “retro love songs”. I’ve also mixed up the genres a bit to give you some variety. I hope that you enjoy this week’s collection.

  1. Far Away by The Moose from Scandinavian Sound (SWE)
  2. Dance with Me by Manhat10 from Take It [EP] (RUS)
  3. Endless Blue by Vitne from Endless Blue (NOR)
  4. Serendipity (featuring Celia Haberstroh) by MaiLit from BeYonD (DEU)
  5. Show Me the Way by the.madpix.project from Show Me the Way (DEU)
  6. Palm Trees by Ridgway from Brighter Days (USA)
  7. Chilly Morning by nomoredolls from nomoredolls (ITA)
  8. Ender by Michael Ellis from Tavis Vor (DEU)
  9. Ich Bin Frei by Kevin S. from Wunderkind (DEU)
  10. Love Overdose by Jyant from Love Overdose (USA)

Feel free to let me know what you thought of the playlist in the comment section. I also welcome suggestions for future themes. I have some ideas but am always open to ideas. Feel free to challenge me!

You can find the playlist here.


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Video of the Week #014

This week’s video of the week focuses on photovoltaics. For those that aren’t aware, that is the more technical term for the science of producing energy using solar power. Many of us already see the benefit of the technology as most of us live in regions where the sun is out for long periods of time. In spite of the benefits of solar, we also see people that still think that energy produced by fossil fuels are the better option overall. The video does a great job of debunking naysayers whilst focusing on the current state of the technology and historical trends. I only had issues with one of the solar cell examples given due to the output of the cell compared to what is needed to recharge mobile devices.

You can find the ColdFusion channel here.


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Creative Prompts 2017-06-17

Hello again! Today’s theme is “orange”, that colour that brings to mind more positive than negative ideas and concepts. It is a colour heavily associated with sunset, along with pink and purple. It is also the colour of a low-temperature flame, with fire having the potential to warm bodies, cook food, heat metals and cause harm to both person and property. For me, it brings to mind youth, adventure and new experiences in general, including the bad ones. There is also a fruit and a place in the Australia state of New South Wales and county in the USA that shares the name.

The prompts for this theme should give you something to work with. If you can think of other objects, ideas or concepts that I did not, feel free to post in the comments section. Best of luck with your creative endeavours!


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Creative Prompts 2017-05-16

In line with the current series of prompts, today’s theme is “yellow”. Yellow offers a diversity of thoughts of ideas. Like a lot of the ideas springing forth from the current series, the ideas surrounding “yellow” are often contradictory in nature. It brings to mind thoughts of the sun and morning as well as cowardice. It is energy and summer and pus from the body’s immune system as it seeks to deal with a possible infection. Please note that I decided to use the title prompt of “yellow badges” to show a stark contrast between the positive association with this colour.

That should give you guys something to work with. Be sure to post in the comments section if you can think of anything else linked to the theme, whether it be a song or a quote or a bird. Best of luck with your creative endeavours!


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Music Review: Traveling Songs by The Dada Weatherman

Year: 2016
Genre: Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Folk
Online: Official Website, Jamendo, Facebook, Twitter
Tracks:

  1. Free Your Mind
  2. Traveler’s Song
  3. Desert of Love
  4. Rewind
  5. We Will Be Alright
  6. Rocking Out
  7. M.O.
  8. Falling in Love

I apologise for the delay in posting another album review. I decided to remove the album that I previously had on the top of the list on account of Canadian band The Rest being oddly absent from the interwebs nowadays. It made me a little sad but I suppose that even good bands break-up or fade into the ether. I recommend that you check out their album on Jamendo here. And this brings us to the next album on the list.

I first noticed French band The Dada Weatherman, otherwise known as Dada & The Weatherman, about two years ago when one of their new albums popped up on the front page of Jamendo. Folk.It.Up was a good listen and I soon found myself listening to some of their other releases. Last year, they came out with the album that I am reviewing today, Traveling Songs. Please note that all of their tracks are in English.
Traveling Songs is a collection of eight tracks that offer a more refined folk and psychedelic and blues rock edge, reflecting Dada’s roots growing up listening to classic rock and blues from the 60’s and 70’s. With all of TDW’s albums, there is a strong focus on vocal and guitar work to do justice to the compositions. Sadly, I can’t say the same for several other artists that I have listened to of late.
Do I have a favourite track in this release? I enjoy all of the tracks, but if I had to choose then it would be a toss-up between Traveler’s Song and We Will Be Alright. Be sure to post your favourite tracks of the album in the comments section if you take time out to listen to the album.
In conclusion, this is a great addition to the existing catalogue of releases by The Dada Weatherman. It offers something new whilst somehow managing to stay true to the roots of the artist. Be sure to also check out the other releases of TDW and let me know what you think of their music. And last but not least, if you have any other artist and album that you’d like me to check out on Jamendo, be sure to drop me a line and I will try to get to it ASAP. You can find a copy of the album on Jamendo along with a huge catalogue of their releases.

If you have any other artist and album that you’d like me to check out on Jamendo, be sure to drop me a line and I will try to get to it ASAP. I have a backlog of album reviews to get through so bear with me.