Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Facebook cheat code

From TIME magazine:

The Konami code, a key sequence — up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A — that, if entered, gave the player a set of the game's power-ups can be used in Facebook.

If you type it in it gives a cool lens flare effect. Try it out.

The code has also been incorprated into many other websites and games. A list can be found on a dedicated website — Konami Code Sites — , of course you have to type the code to access the site.

Read more:

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I and Love and You makes #9 in Time Magazine's best albums of 2009

Coming in at #9, just behind Grizzly bear in Time Magazine's best albums of 2009 list is the Avett Brothers.

It's a big shout out for their first major label record. Here's what they say.

The Avett Brothers (Scott and Seth, plus bassist Bob Crawford and cellist Joe Kwon) specialize in epic sincerity played on acoustic instruments — which means that their major-label debut could have gone spectacularly wrong. Instead, almost everything went right, starting with producer Rick Rubin's decision to grant these 10-year coffeehouse and club veterans some of his bearded wisdom. Rubin stripped the band of its fetish for musical digression and focused almost exclusively on melody. As a result, the Avetts' abundant emotionalism — they're tortured about being in love, or not being in love, on nearly every song — is scaled down to something far more intimate. On the title track and the mid-tempo ballad "Laundry Room," it's like having a good friend with a honeyed voice whispering in your ear.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1945379_1943810_1943831,00.html#ixzz0ZCW1YNOW

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Favourite albums of 2009

If you haven't done your Christmas shopping yet, now would be a good time. Amazon have a great deal:

Buy CDs and get up to £3 credit to spend on MP3s

Spend more than £5 on CDs at Amazon.co.uk between now and December 31st, and we'll apply a credit to your account that you can spend on MP3s:

- Spend £5 on CDs, get £1 of credit to spend on MP3s
- Spend £10 on CDs, get £2 of credit to spend on MP3s
- Spend £15 on CDs, get £3 of credit to spend on MP3s

Here are my favourite records this year to get your started:

Avett Brothers: I and Love and You

Passion Pit: Manners

U2: No Line on the Horizaon

Criticised by many and it's true the second half of the album, like a lot of U2 albums is quite weak (not withstanding Breathe) but once you have heard the songs live they will come to life - Magnificent, Moment of Surrender, Unknown Caller are all excellent songs.

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

A lot of fun by a band with a great line in hooks and melodies.

Wilco: The Album

Wilco just keep getting better. This album is a real grower. Tracks like Everlasting and Country Disappeared rank among their finest.

What have you enjoyed this year (or decade as everyone now seems to be doing)?

Spectacle with guests Bono and The Edge of U2

Check out the new series of Spectacle on the Sundance channel. It starts out with special guests Bono and The Edge. A preview video is below: