Thursday, February 24, 2011

iPad 2 Review - Hands On [HD]

It comes with a lot of cool features, but still no flash?!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Arrogant & Hostile

Band of Horses live at Club Übel & Gefährlich
Once more we took the drive from Denmark to Hamburg, to go to Club Übel & Gefährlich. Last time I was there, I was amassed but not impressed by the venue.
The club is located on top of a IIWW bunker in the St. Pauli district - hence it screams alternative punk rock. On paper that sounds awesome.
I don't mind that scene at all, but I hate the We-don't-give-a-shit-attitude towards their customers with lusy PR, comfort and service over all. There was hardly any BOH PR to spot in the city, but the show was sold out!! So for me the secrecy get's old before it even starts. Maybe you have to be a part of it to gain some respect and insider advantages. I know the scene, because I've been a part of it back in the days.

The last time I saw BOH at it was an entirely different scenario, with a warm welcoming spirit and conversation with the crowd. This time I almost felt anger form Ben Bridwell. They played the set with edge and noise and barely talked. They walked on stage with a "Hello we are BOH and we are going to play a couple of songs for you alright?" and they walked off stage with a "Thank you - you suck!" (I think) So I got the feeling BOH had as bad as an experience as I did and probably won't come back either.
Please read the rest here

Thankfully we had a great day im Karoviertel und an der Schanze, so the drive was worth it. There are a lot of great acts coming up and other venues to check out so we will definitely be back in Hamburg.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Too many DJ's in the cloud

Dear DJ's in the Cloud ..

If you have been following my blog you will know that I listen to a lot of music and that I use all sorts of online music discovery sources. Not only do I spend a lot of time listening I have also spend a lot of money building a solid music library. Looking back I should probably own 5000 records by now, but I have no problem deleting music that I dont listen to anymore, since my passion is music discovery.

In the beginning
Following my blog you will also know that I like gadgets and new media. I have been using everything from Napster, MySpace, etc. to my latest music service in testing

Back in 1999 I wrote an article to where I urged the record industry to release the mp3 media because the restrictions was hurting upcoming artists and the consumers. However, it seems as every time a new music service get's good, the music industry or capitalizing companies ruin it. The only business model that seems to be consistent is iTunes IMO.
But the iTunes model, as it is now, is under constant attack by the music industry, since Apple is taking a big cut.
But all in all I really can't be bothered with maintaining an mp3 music library any more. The first cd's I started ripping was in 92 kbps since I never would have imagined that it would leave my iPod. Today I wont settle for less than 320 kbps, since it has to play on the hi fi as well. Therefore my oldest rippings are wothless and I there is no way I will rip them again.

Cloud services
So needless to say I am waiting impatiantly for a decent cloudservice model that covers all my nerd needs.
My set up til now has been a collaboration between iTunes,, The Hype Machine, New Release streaming and the public music library ♪ has been taking care of my social music needs and geekbeat with audioscrobbeling. And even though they had to kill their iPhone app in DK I still put my trust in their ability to come through with a solid service like Spotify e.g. Well, then again, I also had my hopes up for a iTunes cloud service in 2010

I read this article 'Dear ..' by Henriette Weber and I came to realize that unless you knit together your own media solutions, the market is going to be constantly changing and there will be no service covering them all.
There was a time when would develop their services and communicate with their users like this, but a year down the road they have gone corporate and the tone has changed to this

My hope is that there could be only one God to cover all my needs, but there are too many options to cover. So I keep on praying to the DJ's in the cloud to come down. We won't crucify you - this time!

My DJ's
These are the ones that rocked my boat in 2010

Streaming - new releases - subscriber
The Hype Machine

Paid services

Music Weekly
NPR - All songs considered
CBC Radio 3
Sorry - no relevant Danish podcasts due to the Danish Copyright Act

Monday, February 7, 2011

The local windmill story

Uhre Mill was build in 1843-44 and is the only remaining of its kind in Denmark.

The thatched windmill is also called an "earth Dutchman" where only the mill hat, with blades, can rotate 360°. The turbine blades have been fitted with canvas after Dutch pattern.

Uhre Mill has had many different owners over time. Some of these were trained millers, who besides a little farming on the side, mainly lived from the mill.
Uhre Mill had its heyday in the period from 1880s until the 1930s. Windmill importance declined over the years as the farms got connected to the power grit, and so did the mill with an electric or petrol driven grinder.
During the Second World War the mill had a comeback for a short period, due to the circumstances. The mill was in operation until approximately. 1950 where the blades broke in a storm, after which it was no longer in use.

The wooden interior and equipment are virtually intact. 
In 1981 Uhre Mill was put under cultural- and architectural conservation law. The restoration was initiated in 1995. by the Uhre Mill Association,  which was formed in 1993.

Opening hours is 10.00 - 17.00 from 1. of may to 1. of october 
- or by appointment: tel.:+45 9642 0428.

Uhre Mill has a plate exhibition telling the story of the mill and there is an exhibition in the warehouse as well.

The mill will be open and running, if the weather allows it, as described below.

Uhre City [Danish]
Siemens Wind Power

This post is part of my local stories and mobile media tests. For more information please contact Kirpus

Sunday, February 6, 2011

How much art can you take?

Really, dude?

Oh, I ♥ The Internet
Two days after I posted the picture above, denAlain from noted, that this beautiful guy is the lead singer of Dillinger Four. And from what I get from their profile, he is a true artistic persona.
On their MySpace  page, they listed their genre as 'Christian Rap'! Which makes it all even more appetizing, even though their recent punkrock tracks don't mention Jesus at all ;-P
Looking at the picture below, I have to ask once more ..

Really, dude?