Friday, 30 December 2011
I was aware of Clayton's work through being the narrator for Count Duckula, and for the short film Junk Food. But I feel I should revisit Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast, because I forgot about his intro to the album. He certainly had a distinctive voice-over voice.
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
2011 would be remembered for the tragic head-liners about the death of the likes of Amy Winehouse, and Steve Jobs. But what about the deaths of musicians from such groups as Weezer, or the Coasters? This gallery gives equal justice to these loses as well. As a British music fan there are some absences to some of the deaths I was aware of- Andrew Gold, or the cellist from ELO- but this gallery does mention some of the British musicians to make an impact state-side, like Gerry Rafferty.
Sunday, 25 December 2011
Friday, 23 December 2011
I have been a fan of JibJab's send-off to the new year since 2007, and I'm glad that they have done another puppet video, but this time in the cut-out approach, rather then in the excellent felt-like 'Muppet' approach like last year.
Thursday, 22 December 2011
I find it interesting to see the scope and range of musicians being illegible for the Best Song Oscar.
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
From someone who was bowled over by Jackson's adaptation of Tolkien's trilogy from a decade ago, I am glad to see that this has all the elements of that gives this prequel the edge that has been offered in previous versions of the book. I have seen an animated TV film, and an excellent stage version of this story, and the Hobbit was my first impression on the works of this renowned author. Now if I can read the book before the film comes out, I should become an educated purist on this film.
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
I always have an appreciation for effects animators, for being able to create whatever effects are required in a feature film out of the blue. So reading about the death of this effects animator, whose work ranges from Sleeping Beauty to Home on the Range, makes we wish I have learned the basics of effects animation during my time at university. At least I should be able to read about his experiences doing such work in his brilliantly titled memoir, 'Flyin’ Chunks and Other Things to Duck: Memoirs of a Life Spent Doodling for Dollars'.
Monday, 19 December 2011
Having just heard a lot of Christmas songs on the radio today, I love a track that comes that goes beyond the obvious seasonal cliches that makes it worth its weight in gold during this season- I need to give myself some Tom Waits music, at some point during this festive season, don't I?
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Gill Scott-Heron is probably the best example of a musician that I have not been aware of, until the music press started to praise his legacy from his tragic demise. This track certainly justifies that he was more then just a beat-poet, in the vein of This Event will not be Televised, but can also sing in this delightful way too.
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Coming from the part of the UK, in which we separate our food waste from our domestic rubbish for collection, I found the article an interesting read regarding the sheer statistics of sheer scale of the problem.
It seems that, according to the article, that there are solutions to solve this problem, particularly regarding vast quantities of waste from food retailers, but it also seems to create a profile of certain consumers that don't really plan ahead when purchasing such cheap food without much thought on what to do with it. So, it is a real problem in which needs to be address by the consumers, retailers, and everyone else in between.
Monday, 12 December 2011
Thursday, 8 December 2011
You know when you listen to a wide variety of music, when you haven't only heard of one of the acts inducted into this renowned Hall of Fame.