Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
New discoveries ....
Amazing Alt Rock band .....check this out if you want to know why this band gets my approval :-)
The Ting Things
Pop-Rock at its exploratory best.....another group that gets my approval. Mind you, there are just people in this act
Seattle based environmentally conscious pop rock. CrossbyStillsNash styled ..I would say. Glorious indeed.
The old timers ....
Snow Patrol is out with a new album ...called A Hundred Million Suns ..decent but not their best
Travis is out with a new album - Ode to J Smith ....nice album ...they sound quite different in it..worth checking out
More later ...
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
a BART ride to SFO (workplace) ...Yuvraaj songs on iPod.
Song 1 skip,
Song 2 ....2 mins, skip,
Song 3 -45 secs skip,
Song 4 Kinda Ok ,
Song 5 ...kinda Ok ,
Song 6 ...good but could have been better.
Song 7 - Ok,
Song 8 - Good,
Song 9 ...remix ...yuck ...
General thought. Songs are just ok. What's happened to ARR this time around.
End of BART ride - nah ...this album aint that good.
Login into ARR Yahoo group - post your first thoughts and dimiss the album complaining about Lyrics, music being too techno. Weak album, Shanno Shanno - terrible song....blah ..blah ..blah
Lets give it another try....
After all its an ARR album.
Ok - it sounds better - hmm songs are not that bad.
End of Day - have already heard the album close to 5 times and can't stop listening to it
Day 2 to the present day
Same Act repeated in a loop ....
Yuvraaj is on repeat mode with some occasional breaks (for charging iPod, hearing a new rock act discovery callled the Annuals) but nah ...back to Yuvraaj.
That in a nutshell is what has happened with this album. There is little doubt that ARR's music is slow poison but that it was this poisonous is something that I didnt realise.
A detailed review to follow ......all I can say for now is that I have to go back and drown further into this magician's world.
ARR - you rock and yet again I feel blessed to be born in the same era as you and to be able to appreciate the world that you have introduced me and countless others to.
Thank you sire.
Monday, October 13, 2008
it was a one-sided affair in which I was thrown out inexplicably - innumerous times - I was given the 'page not found' many times and I was left teary-eyed ....most of the times.
the war is over ..icici has won yet again.
I will now retire into the loneliness ...to the dark of the night and sleep ...a tormented soul shall now sleep.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
then we are in for a real treat ...
ARR rockss ...as always
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Dark Knight ..the movie and Heath Ledger's and Bale's performances have entrenched so deep into my mind that this one is gonna take a long time to wear off (not that I want it to)
This time around at the IMAX ..even as I knew each minute ..each twist ...it still was probably as exciting as the first time around. I think this time around - I was watching the finer points of each person's brilliance in this movie.
I dont think I have enough words to describe the cinematic experience that it is ...this movie.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
A 9 minute monster ...consider yourself warned ...
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Two blasts in 2 days ....and the second one despite a e-mail threat ..its plain ridiculous what the state of affairs are. Who is to blame for this miss - apart from the maniacs who committed this dastardly act - it has to be the politicians, the cops and the so called 'Intelligence agencies'. In a few days ..they will claim to get some leads, catch or frame some innocent folks (presumably some muslims) - that will start a cycle ...a vicious cycle of more angry minorities.
Life is cheap these days ....too cheap. This incident like any other previous acts of terror would soon be forgotten and by soon ..I will say 2 days. India will be back to the Dhoni's, the Kareena's the Shahrukh's, the Salmans, bribery scandals for votes ....soon and 50 lives will be forgotten just like this ...poooof !!!
I dont know who to blame ....who is the enemy ....where to start and now where to end ...
Life will go on ...anyway ..
Some articles for a further read
Monday, July 21, 2008
Whether its the cast, the action, the sets or the chilling soundtrack ....the movie is an example of complete mastery. Heath ledger is as brilliant as I had read about and more. Bale is at his best (as always ..from the days of 'Empire of the Sun') and Chris Nolan at the helm roars yet again telling you that Memento was not a fluke ....and that he is one of the most brilliant directors around in Hollywood.
There is a very good chance that I am gonna watch this one again at IMAX.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Pillars of the Earth - by Ken Folett
Actually re-reading it after 12 years ...I last read it in 1995 in a 6 day blitz (constrained by a BCL due date).
This book is so remarkably different than anything Follett has ever written (distant from his world of spy novels and thrillers) that I find it exciting to read even the second time around. The main reason I am reading it though is because I want to read its sequel ....
p.s. 'BCL' btw stands for British Council Library ...I loved those trips to the BCL at CP and I miss almost everything about Delhi now :-(
luved a book called 'Water for Elephant' - quite well written ...it
Yet again ....where this world is headed to - rising prices a.k.a inflation, rising turmoil in almost every part of the world ....wondering how much the world has changed in just over a year ...
About the movie 'Dark Knight' releasing tonight/tomorrow- the first Batman became an instant classic in my list ...so its only obvious that I have been waiting since then for this sequel .....
The National, ARR, Elbow and Radiohead occasionally
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Think I should list it down before I forget..
- Deep Purple
- Bryan Adams
- Roger Waters
- Our Lady Peace
- Bob Dylan
- Willie Nelson
- Random Bands@ Croc Cafe, Seattle
- The Who
- Blue October
- KFOG Kaboom
- REM@ Greek Theater
- A R Rahman
- Indian Ocean
Yep ..if you guessed that its the list of Concerts I have attended, then thats right.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
There are several reasons why I have almost stopped reviewing ARR albums.
Primarily its due to the fact that this man is so at the top of his game that for miles n miles and miles ...there is no one in sight ...no one in comparison to this man and the magic he creates each time he composes...
I could have also stopped reviewing due to the fact that I am just crazy about this man's music :-). So my extolment wont end if I start reviewing his albums.
Be it Ada or JTYJN and now Sakkarakatti (Tamil)- there are really no words for me to pen down since probably each song is a journey ...a lesson in its own right.
I am yet to grab my CD of the new Tamil release - so for now ..i have to limit myself to hearing the songs online .....but wow ....as usual ARR rocks
Probably I can get myself to write a review once I have the CD.
Friday, June 06, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Bravo folks....Bravo !!!!
and well we have bandhs (strikes) too ...look at this
I am at a loss for words now ...
Monday, June 02, 2008
in fact this past month has been great ...Collective Souls, Elbow ...and now REM
and 2 ARR albums ...
what more could I have wished for ...
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
A good one ...the second part is really cool ..
I have tried all means of trying to communicate my grievances about the problems on the Fremont-Hayward line since the past few weeks. But I dont think I have yet received any satisfactory explanation to how a sub-station problem like the one that occured on May 11th - can take 2 months to repair in today's age and specially when the BART ridership is at an all time high.
To-date since May 11th
-- I have seen at least 3 people faint on the train thanks to the sweltering heat and the crowds
-- I have noticed people lose temper thanks to the packed crowds (and tensions thanks to that)
-- As a daily commuter from Fremont from SF - I have travelled around 10-15 times standing all the way (the other times I hav avoided by travelling back all the way upto 16th Street from Embarcadero to get a seat)
-- Have got up at least 3 times to give someone my seat (mostly ladies or old people)-- Erratic timings of trains (trains from Fremont to SFO leave at any arbit times - its impossible to plan anything)
All this given that Fremont and Union City have probably the largest community of BART riders. These days people beyond Union City dont stand a chance of getting a seat (sometimes not even people from Union City).
It almost feels like no one cares as to what happens to commuters on the Fremont line. As it is we had trains only once every 15 mins ...now even thats an old story ..a luxury ... I have tried speaking to BART employees at stations and also called the BART Customer Service line but everyone seems so apathetic to our plight.
I sincerely hope that something is done to address the concerns of thousand of riders like me.
I just dont get the idea of reservations and quotas. Do these people purposely want to demean themselves by getting themselves classified as 'SC'/'ST' just to get way with an easy life thanks to quotas et al. ?
I abhor the Indian govt and its vote-band politics for having even started paying attention to such matters. All the Mandal commisions and gujjars and whatever the $%^k these folks want ......Come on guys !!!! Are other people idiots ....are folks from poor families who dont belong to the 'ELITE' SC/ST tribes fools to slog for their daily bread and a decent life????? Why the heck should there be difference?? Life is tough ....and accept that rather than resorting to such dirty and pathetic tactics of bandhs and rail-roko craziness ..just to get away from HARD WORK !!!!!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The first Monday of this week ..May 19th - music buffs or in this case Rahmaniacs like me have been treated to a double whammy of sorts ....(to rahmaniacs - its called blessings in disguise) - two ARR albums released ....this day
ADA and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na - Each of them brilliant and each of them show in their own way why this man is unarguably the best ever that ever was ...that ever is and that ever will be.
Detailed reviews and comments to follow .....for now am just immersed in the magic that this man has created in these 2 albums ...
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Myanmar - death toll in Myanmar range from 68,833 and 127,990 (official figures)
The several hundred proxy and civil wars being fought on almost every corner of the earth this very instant ...lets add another several thousand ....shall we ?
Within a span of a week or two ....200,000 people wiped out from the surface of the earth ....and more dissappearing ...by the minute ....
I guess these numbers (and such incidents) have ceased to shock us anymore
On a different note ....guess Life is too cheap these days ....(Oil and other expenses are not)
Battles for Oil ....for power .....and well nature and its quirks are playing their part too ..
Whats this world coming to ????
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Starting off with a 'Elbow' concert on the 8th to the KFOG Kaboom (Collective Souls) on May 10th and then onto next week when two of A R Rahman's soundtracks are releasing (as per latest reports ..13th and the 15th). I can't even remember the last time when two ARR albums came out this close to each other .....
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I recently retreived yet another album of theirs - goes by the name of 'History for Sale'. Listening to this - what can quite easily be said is that these folks easily make it to my Top 10 of all times. The list which is headed by a certain Mr. ARR (Dil Se playin on my Ipod currently) is a formidable one ....in which probably the top 5 would be just Mr. ARR :-) (a hopelessly biased me) - Floydd, Collective Souls, Led Zep would figure there too. Being in this list is a tough ask ....but these guys probably have managed to enter this list.
Because ...they rock ...the lead vocals are amazing ..their bass usage rocks ...their use of violin is amazing ....they experiment ..and because ..their lyrics are also equally amazing.
And because I have 3 of their albums and I would give them almost 7 to 8 out of 10 on all of them.
Blue October - welcome to the list
The two Elbows
a) Elbow - a Brit, Manchestor, UK based band is another band I am hooked onto lately. Again, great experimental sounds, awesome bass usage and ofcourse great lyrics. Hearing their new album 'Seldom Seen Kid' and hv been hooked onto it for the past 2 weeks or so.
In fact, I am going to their concert into 2 weeks time (8th May, SFO) .yippieeee
b) My Elbow - has been in a terrible state of affairs lately - thanks much to the Tennis game on 'Wii'. Bought a Wii some weeks back and ever since then I have been non-stop at Tennis. No wonder ...I am having a torrid time with my elbow ...(is this whats called a 'Tennis Elbow' ???)
Monday, March 31, 2008
Anyway ...I hope Blue October (the reason for this post) is not something that falls into the above category ...
I first heard these guys on the VH1 countdown - their song "Into the Ocean" was what caught my attention. Some googling and some myspace page lead me couple of other songs by these guys ...and I was hooked on. Poppish Rock or Alternative if I can classify them as ...these folks as I understand are from Houston, Texas (which again is weird since they sounds European to the core). "Foiled" is their latest album (released 2007) and for which these guys were touring - and that's when I got a chance to attend their show at the Filmore,SF. A fantastic decision I must say - to go an watch these guys ...coz. it was just an amazing concert.
More recently though - I went bac in time to find some of their old albums and stepped on 'Consent To treatment' - i think an album from way back in 2000. Yet again ...dont think I did anything wrong ...these folks are incredible in that album too.
There's a couple of more albums of theirs that I guess I need to locate. Probably after that I can authoritatively say whether these guys are just a flash in the pan or not. I hope not ...cause I do really like their music. Its refreshing ...its new ...its good ...and its Rock.
Read more about Blue-October here
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Have been waiting to write this ever since I got my hands on this CD on Jan 19th but an India trip and a hectic work-week on return have delayed this ...
The wait has been so long. The music was rumored for a Oct 07 release...then Nov..then Dec..finally it hit the stands on Jan 19. Has it been worth the wait ?
O yeah !!!! Rahman scores and how !!!!
In one word ...Magical ...in two words ....Magically Brilliant.
There have been so many beautiful reviews floating around on the net that mine would probably only look too bland in comparison (should I write it???).
From the unmatched grandiose of Azeem-o-shaan to the wonderful devotional song Man-mohana..to the romantic stunner 'In Lamhon Ke Daaman' to the equally beautiful 'Jash-e-Bahara' ...finally the man himself crooning a devotional qawalli in 'Khwaja Mere Khwaja' - this album is an absolute stunner.
The first thing that stands out in this album is the crispness of sound that I have somehow been missing. The next is the beautiful use of instruments and less manufactured music (gizmuziqq as I call it). Finally the wonderful choice of voices. Brilliant !!!!
I am not going to write a review here but I wanted to mention some observations about couple of songs in this album
a) Khwaja Mere Khwaja - And you thought that a qawalli format song needs many voices. Did ya ? Well not when Rahman makes one. Each and every strain, each and every sound (human) belongs to Rahman in this song. Notice how he introduces a slight delay between two streams of the same song to make it sound like a chorus .....Genius ....Ingenious!!!!!! And I didnt even talk about the beauty of the lyrics or the music or Rahman's singing itself. I could write on and on.
b) In Lamhom Ke Daaman Mein - Trust Rahman to use Sonu Nigam's voice as elegantly as he does. Romantic numbers or Patriotic numbers in Sonu's voice and tuned by Rahman ...have a life of their own. This brilliant and unusual composition proves it yet again. This song is structurally so complex and different that again - only Rahman could have done it. Again ....I force myself to end this description here.
c) Azeem-o-Shaan - This one rocks purely for its intensity ...the Drums, the vocals ....whoa !!!'U r transported to a stage where you can almost feel the grand settings that will accompany this song on screen.
The wait for a Rahman album and the feeling once its out is just incomparable. There is simply no comparison ...nothing that even remotely comes close.
Each composition by this man...each bit is a world by itself ...its a tribute to God as Rahman puts it ...
There are a lot of things that I am thankful to in this world - probably right on top must be this man's music and the fact that I am able to appreciate and understand this. Not everyone recognizes or realises the magic and I only pray that one day ..they do.
Managed to get hold of 5.1 channel CD's of Boys and SOK. I wish each and every album were available in that format.
Coming soon - indian travails ......and pics from my india trip....
Saturday, January 05, 2008
One more year ...one more birthday and the magic continues ...the man ...the music ...A R Rahman.
My heartfelt wishes and prayers for the man whose name and his music spells bless.
If there is God on Earth .....then I believe that he is one of the various forms.
Wishing him all the riches and blessings that exist.
And again ..thank you for the music ....and for what you have done for millions of people through music