Band of Blogs: A-Trak, NightWaves, Bombay Bicycle Club & Joy Orbison

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Joy Orbison
Smooth London dubstep/2step-infused electronica on the Hot Flush Recordings label. Tracks ‘Wet Look’ and ‘Hyph Mngo’ are doing good things for this man.
http://www.myspace.com/joyorbison

A-Trak remixes Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Canadian superstar DJ A-Trak takes time out of his Duck Sauce project with Armand Van Helden to give ‘Heads Will Roll’ an extra synth workout.
http://short.ie/atrakYYYs

Bombay Bicycle Club
Also hailing from London, this four-piece indie band have been around a while but the praise for their debut album I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose has been growing steadily since June with many surprised it didn’t earn a Mercury Music Prize nomination.
http://www.myspace.com/bombaybicycleclub

NightWaves
‘Fantastic’ is the track getting this LA dance act some blog love. It’s got a Depeche Mode meets The Knife synth-pop vibe.
http://short.ie/nightwaves

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Win tickets to Jason Byrne at Vicar Street

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Day and Night is giving away five pairs of tickets to the Jason Byrne show live at Vicar Street on Saturday November 14th. All you have to do is answer this question below by finding the answer in today’s weekly supplement. Question:

What gig is reviewed in Day & Night this week?

HOW TO ENTER
Turn to page 17 of today’s Day and Night (with Annie Mac on the cover) for details on how to enter by text or phone.

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Welcome to Augmented Reality

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The latest and greatest trend to emerge from technology and web circles is the stuff of science fiction films. Augmented Reality is a software mashup of reality and a virtual world which combines directory data, maps, your in-built mobile camera, 3D and GPS info to produce tailored information or experiences based on where you stand.

Layar, which is the first major application to be released which uses this functionality (as AR is really a clever combination of existing data and media) was launched this month for smartphones like the iPhone and Google Android. Start up Layar on your phone and it sets your location. You can then use it to search for the nearest bars, restaurants, public transport, Daft.ie listings, Google Maps, hotels and even the nearest people on Twitter (if they’ve set their location).

The results are overlayed over the phone’s camera output depending on where you point it. It works wonderfully and is an incredibly useful tool. If it becomes popular though, watch out for the increase of street phone theft due to people standing around static with their arms outstretched offering their phone to the world.

AR has already seen some genuinely innovative uses in entertainment too. Games are probably the first medium to pick up on AR with examples like Eyepet on the PS3 giving young gamers the opportunity to interact with a pet using a camera and their TV.

The technology is been innovatively used to promote the upcoming TV series The Vampire Diaries in the US. Passers-by a large screen on a busy city street see their image and in a play on the accepted myth that vampires don’t have reflections, they’ll see themselves disappear while other people remain in the background.
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Videos of the week: Lulu and the Lampshades

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Kramer’s here
Watch the evolution of Kramer’s slide entrances on Seinfeld. This video shows every entry onto the screen ever and is strangely hypnotic.

Lulu and the Lampshades
You’ve heard of two girls, one cup, now here’s two girls, two cups – a much less NSFW music video. The extra cup makes ALL the difference.

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Linkage: Dead Fly Art

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Dead Fly Art
This imaginative David Shrigley-esque art collection by Magnus Muhr could change your perceptions of the humble housefly.
http://short.ie/flyart

Spotify for iPhone overhyped?
Blogger Nick Fitzsimons shares his disappointment with the Spotify iPhone app pointing to slow caching over Wi-fi and lack of play-in-background functionality as the main bugbears.
http://short.ie/spotop

Coretex – A free iPhone game
Coretex is a free iPhone puzzle game by Irish developer David Kelly which is set within a nuclear reactor core on the brink of meltdown. Grab it in the app store.
http://www.newleafgames.com

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Sites of the Week: Stupid Youtube Comments

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Xtra Normal
Xtra Normal’s software allows anyone to be a screenwriter or director. Type in instructions and Xtra Normal will turn it into a web video ready to share on social networks.
http://www.xtranormal.com

Stupid Youtube Comments
“It’s Obamas fault…he hates black and white people”. A fine example of the profundity of Youtube users, with many more highlighted on this blog.
http://stupid-youtube-comments.blogspot.com

I Just Made Love
A voyeuristic Google map where people can pinpoint exactly where they just had sex including whether it was outdoors or indoors and even what position it was in. Don’t ask me why though.
http://ijustmadelove.com/

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Band of Blogs: Treetop Flyers, LCD Soundsystem, Twilight

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Treetop Flyers
London quintet who specialise in pastoral folk. Yes, it sounds like Fleet Foxes et al but don’t let that put you off. They’re doing their own thing for sure.
http://www.myspace.com/treetopflyersband

New LCD Soundsystem single
James Murphy’s band return with a cover of Suicide’s Bye Bye Bayou out on 12″ next month.
http://short.ie/lcdbayou

The Sweet Serenades
Swedish garage-pop of the bopping variety. Check out On My Way for a way in.
http://www.myspace.com/thesweetserenadesmusic

Twilight highlight
With the case full of indie musicians on board for the soundtrack including Thom Yorke, Bon Iver and Death cab For Cutie, it’s Grizzly Bear’s stunning collaboration with Victoria LeGrand that delivers the goods.
http://short.ie/gbtwilight

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Win a Samsung Tocco Lite phone and Meteor Broadband to Go

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To celebrate Meteor’s sponsorship of The Apprentice, Meteor and Day & Night Magazine have teamed up to offer 3 lucky winners the chance to win a fabulousSamsung Tocco Lite handset and a Meteor Broadband To Go device.

For the very first time viewers will be able to access and interact with the award winning series in a whole new way – on their mobile phones and online. Meteor is the first mobile phone network in the world to offer customers exclusive Apprentice clips on their mobile phones. Check out Meteor’s dedicated web & WAP pages at www.apprenticeunseen.ie

To win one of three phones and internet device packs, find the correct answer to the question below in today’s Day and Night in the Irish Independent then turn to page 17 of for details on how to enter by text or phone.

What band was Conor O’Brien in before Villagers?

www.apprenticeunseen.ie

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