We Have A Ghost music review

We Have A Ghost are an instrumentalist based band, mixing between slow and fiery paced songs and verge on reminding me of a ‘chilled out’ Crystal Castles. The use of synthesizer gives the band an electric feel, but they use it in an unconventional manner as their songs ooze ambience and offer an elevating feel as a pose to an upbeat vibrant one, most electrical based bands and artists tend to delve towards.

The first song of the album – The Secret – has a well-constructed blend of drums, electrics, guitars and piano that give you an initial idea of what the band is about and acts as a befitting introduction for a decent ten song album.

 Computerrox – the second song of the album, is a vibrant electronic sound that could be easily featured in the background of an action movie car chase. The drums compliment the song justly as they build up all the way into the crescendo of the song and aid it in being dexterously entertaining.

Electric Blanket – has all the connotations of comfort and relaxation the title implies with a perpetual drum beat and rhythm that makes one reposed. The song offers a new way of enjoying an instrumentalist and an electronic based song as you find it, to use the colloquial term, trippy! The introduction of vocals also contributes to the space-y aspect of the song.

The Incident – is more conventional in terms of the style it proposes. With a slow build up and only a slightly expeditious chorus the song lacks in substance and leaves you feeling like it isn’t really going anywhere. Perhaps it is the repetitive format of the song or maybe it is the perpetual sounding rhythms across the album that makes this particular song irksome and tiring to listen to.

Half way through the album now and song 5 – It Is What It Is – brings me back to enjoying the album. With carefully acquainted drums the song seems to make a little more sense. Although the song still strikes you as perpetual you can appreciate and relish it in the same way as Electric Blanket as the unconventionality is both intriguing and titillating.

Walk Away – has a slightly darker sound to it than Electric Blanket but the reintroduction of vocals aid the album in remaining enticing and not falling into the danger of each song becoming same-y. The song again adapts the format of a slow building start leading into an elevating crescendo.

Song 7 – Meadow – for the most part is technically on point. However the real life sounding objects like smashing and pots banging in the background alienates me as a listener as it distracts me from fully engaging with the song and instead forces me to clasp my ears to prevent a visceral effect (okay it’s not that bad but I had to say something funny)! The song has a lot going for it but in the duration of four and a half minutes not much additions or adaptations occur leaving it feeling like a looped song and again becomes a little hard to fully engage in.

Song 8 – To Begin Again – starts subtly in its intro but if catchy where to be used to describe any song on the album this would be the one! If vocals where used in the breaks and bridges of this song it would make it by far the best song on the album. Despite the absence of vocals the song does offer more than the Meadow with my only real criticism being that the outro is way too stretched out.

 Marymoor Park – to reiterate, begins to become again like a looped song. The consistency of the rhythm would become dull if it were not for the usage of real life sounds, in this case dogs barking in the background. Unlike my friend song 7 The Meadow the noises work appropriately and entice as a pose to distract.

The concluding song of the album is by far the most interesting song out of the ten. The song opens like a ballet dance piece with a soft sounding piano based melody as the dominant feature of the song, which I should add, I liked.

After being gripped by the first fifty seconds of the song it suddenly takes a drastic change into a much darker sounding song that is nonsensical to the opening and in my opinion doesn’t really work; especially as the two sets of melodies don’t integrate as you can clearly hear the pause between the two. At two minutes forty the song again changes into a grunge sounding fuelled crescendo which, despite being radical is better than the middle section of the song. The integration of the opening to the song with an appropriate sounding rhythm and melody would have potentially been an epic sounding song.

We Have A Ghost demonstrate a lot of promise in this ten song album through their unconventionality and unique stamp on the instrumentalist and electronic genre. However I felt that the band needed to be more varied in their songs to keep the audience engaged. I also felt like something was missing through the album and strongly think the band would be much more appealing with the frequent use of vocals, however all in all it is a decent album that for the most part I enjoyed.

(http://independentmusicnews.co.uk/wehaveaghost/)

– Joseph Gawne

If you enjoy listening to and reading about alternative and independent music then visit www.independentmusicnews.co.uk and follow me on twitter @JoeGawne.

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No Shave November

Very popular, regarding to Twitter, although not many people I know (most of which don’t tweet) have heard of this campaign, which leads to assumption that it has been developed in social media websites.

This is what a social campaign should be like – very simple to perceive and execute. Men, who agree that the health of their Parts is important not to forget about, grow a beard – the next most masculine attribute of theirs. To my taste it sounds like a beautiful November, when men look natural and are not afraid of showing how they care about their health. But what makes the other part of this article is the notion of men privatising the No Shave November.

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Top 10 blogs

– Perez Hilton

Visited by thousands of people everyday, Perez Hilton is incredibly useful for accessing the very latest celebrity gossip.Whilst the public view it to keep up to date with the celebs around the world, journalists, especially gossip magazines tend to use it to find hard hitting stories that they can either bulid on or report themselves. Perez Hiltons close relationship with the celebrities makes this site alot more credible but its better to be safe than sorry and check  everything he blogs.

– Robert Peston –

Employed by the bbc Robert Peston is a business correspondant who blogs about business issues and news. As well as reporting news he also provides some opinion. He has also been known to release ground breaking news on his blog, which the banks suffered from due to a large amount of the public reading his blog. It is a very popular and relevant blog if you are interested in business.

-www.leftfootforward.org

aims to provide evidence based analysis on British politics, policies and current affairs from a left winged view.  It’s described as the No.1 left wing blog, often citied as one of the best political pundits by many newspapers including The Economist, The Financial times and The Guardian.  If your looking for the lastest news on the left wing or even just an opinion from the public this is the blog to use.

Conservative Home

Another blog dedicated to British politics except focuses on the right wing news and views. It began prior to the 2005 general election, made by Tim Montgomery, it aims to represnt the conservative opinion throughout the UK. This blogs holds many similarties to leftfootforward.org except from the obvious, its an enitrely different view in terms of the political spectrum, but if your looking for news or public opinion from a conservative point of view then its perfect.

– Huffington Post

an American news site which began as a blog. It offers coverage of politics, media, business, entertainment, living, style, the Green Movement, world news and comedy. Known as the “Internet newspaper” it has news blogs and orignal content aswell. With the option of the United States page, The United Kingdom page or a Canadian page you can filter news stories and blog posts from your area, or read about news all over the world.

– Tmz.com

Similar to Perez Hilton TMZ is a blog centred around celebrity gossip and rumors. Complete with arictles, photos, videos and breaking the news its another useful site.

Caught offside

An incredibly useful site for reports on breaking football news. Whether you are after the latest scores, news of transfers its an ideal source for everything. As well as being a superly up to date blog, it is regularly credited in football articles as a source for their story making it an  to excellent source for sports journalists to make use of.

digg.com

Although Digg is not a blog it proves to be a very useful tool for journalists to use. It has thousands of blogs posted on the site everyday for anybody to read, rate and comment showing journalists what stories and issues are trending with the public. You can also see blogs that are popular and there is such a wide variety of blogs posted you can find almost anything. The only thing to beware of is that you are not taking all of the blogs as absolute truth.

NME.com 

A magazine which runs an on-line site as well featuring a variety of blogs. The blogs range from different genres such as pop and metal, and cover festivals, bands, albums and films. With so many blogs you are spoilt for choice.

ARRSE

The Army Rumour Service is a blog written by British soldiers that are either fighting or resting at home. It was made to create useful, informative and amusing insight into the army with over 5 million views per month and being quoted by mainstream news and national press its a great site for anything and everything to do with the British army.

Grooveshark Review

by Katie McKinnon

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Flixster: A haven for movie lovers

By Richard Jones

Not to be to self involved, but I do consider myself to be somewhat of an all round movie aficionado. As such, I was absolutely overcome with joy when I stumbled across the niche social networking site ‘Flixster’. No self-respecting cinema goer should ever be to far away from the site’s grasp.

The website’s central idea is that users can upload their own reviews of the most up to date movies as well as having the chance to rate the best and worst of today’s film roster. I was first impressed by the site’s simple yet attractive layout. I don’t know about you, but when I first started using Facebook many moons ago, I was left wondering how anyone could manage to fill so much of their time on a website that seemed to have very little to offer. The front page is crisp and clean. Flixster offers a site that is far easier to navigate than most of it’s social networking rivals.

The website also impressed me as it offered something that I didn’t expect from it. Not only are you able to rate and share your movie experiences, but users are also able to meet other, like-minded movie buffs.

However, as is the case with all of its competitors, Flixster suffers from the same insufferable advertising that can really hinder these websites. Unfortunately some of the more in your face adverts took away from the site’s slick and polished finish.

Despite this, I will certainly be visiting Flixster again (and downloading the app). The site impressed me and not just because it offers me, and many others, an outlet for my pent-up movie madness but because I was pleased to find that the greatest movie of all time- The Lion King- had received an honorable, if under-rated, 89% approval.

Last.Fm

Last.Fm is a music based social media site which allows you to interact with other users with similar musical tastes as well as find great new music from your favourite artists and even recommending others you may enjoy!

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Fashiolista.com

I actually posted this onto the ‘good sites’ section of the blog earlier on this week but I think it’s a really good social media site so I decided to tell you all about it again. http://www.fashiolista.com is simple and easy to use a site whereby you download a button onto your toolbar and start ‘liking’ any clothes, accessories, etc that take your fancy online.

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