Sites of the Week: Irish Election Literature

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Ball Droppings
Like a combination of Brick and a synthesizer, this addictive game lets you draw lines on the screen to keep balls from falling while creating musical patterns at the same time.
http://balldroppings.com/js/

The Hype
Imagine an internet radio station run by music bloggers and you’ve got The Hype.
http://www.thehype.fm

Irish Election Literature
One man’s collection of Irish election posters from 1982 onwards scanned and uploaded for the world.
http://irishelectionliterature.wordpress.com

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Band of Blogs: Mashups, remixes and Los Campesinos!

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Beastie Boys mashup album
From the same guy who brought you the Jay-Z/Radiohead remix album Jaydiohead, comes a mashup album where the Beastie Boys are mashed up with themselves to surprisingly good effect.
http://www.doublecheckyourhead.com/

Neon Indian remixes Au Revoir Simone
One of my favourite new acts of the year remixes the Brooklyn girl trio into a synthesized Italo-esque head swhirl.
http://short.ie/neonsimone

Starsmith takes on Lisa Mitchell
Rising London producer Starsmith takes Australian Idol winner into new Balearic territory.
http://short.ie/starsmiff

New Los Campesinos!
The under-rated Welsh septet quietly released a new song and video for ‘The Sea is a Good Place to Think Of The Future’ on their blog last week.
http://short.ie/loscamp

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Linkage

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The worst Movie Poster of all-time
A botched Photoshop job for the movie poster Takers leaves Paul Walker with a different coloured neck and rapper T.I. with a floating, detached head.
http://short.ie/worstposter

The 50 worst albums of the decade
Gigwise takes a look at the most offensive musical emissions of the last ten years. Yes, Razorlight feature.
http://short.ie/worstalbums

What is a Hipster anyway?
Irish writer Gareth Stack looks at the hipster phenomenon in the first of an undetermined number of missives.
http://short.ie/hipster

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Videos of The Week

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Faith No More reunited clip
A post-breakup ballad from 1978 by Peaches and Herb was the perfect and most bizarre way for the enigmatic Mike Patton and co. to open their recent reunion shows. Genius.

Contender for cover of the year?
Who would have thought a Balkan version of Katy Perry’s Hot and Cold could be this good?

Confessions of a Super Hero
A documentary which looks at three men and one woman who work as superheroes on Hollywood Boulevard while pursuing their own fame. Watch it online.
http://short.ie/superherodoc
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Linkage: What Youtube comments really mean…

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What Youtube comments really mean..
We all know Youtube comments are the lowest common denominator of comment on the intertubes but what do they mean?
http://short.ie/utubetrans

Sci Fi film countdown
Wired Magazine chronologically highlights the best sci-fi movies of all time.
http://short.ie/scififlicks

Top 50 Music Videos of the 2000s
As chosen by Pitchfork, the best music videos of the last ten years.
http://short.ie/mv50

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Sites of the Week

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iConcertCal
A great plugin for iTunes and the iPhone that creates personalised concert listings based on your music library.
http://www.iconcertcal.com

Don’t Judge My Hair
If you thought your last crop was bad, get a load of these “hair don’ts”.
http://dontjudgemyhair.com

Emails from Crazy People
“You can type in a straightjacket?”. Let’s hope you don’t cross paths with any of these imbalanced people.
http://emailsfromcrazypeople.com

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Band of Blogs: Nakatomi Towers, Massive Attack, Duck Sauce, Local Natives

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Nakatomi Towers
First impressions count and this Belfast boy/girl duo’s electro/indie tune ‘Cut Me Out’ makes a lasting one. Ones to watch.
http://www.myspace.com/wearenakatomitowers

New Massive Attack song
After the lead song from the forthcoming Splitting The Atom EP appeared briefly on the net, the stream of ‘Pray For Rain’ featuring TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe on vocals appeared on Pitchfork.
http://short.ie/prayforrain

Duck Sauce
Armand Van Helden and A-Trak team up for a new house project. A release drops in October.
http://www.myspace.com/ducksaucenyc

Local Natives
Lots of labels are chasing these Fleet Foxes-esque Californians at the minute. If you love sun-drenched harmonies, you’ll love these guys. They play Academy 2 on September 29th.
http://www.myspace.com/localnatives

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Playing with reality

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No other online music service has excited and galvanised support from enthusiasts and industry in the last twelve months more than Spotify. Its burgeoning popularity is set to explode thanks to the release of the the Spotify mobile application for iPhone and Google Android handsets.

The impressive app has a simple but clever “offline mode” which allows you to listen back to recent playlists. As its only available to premium subscribers, Spotify are pinning their hopes on enough people shelling out €9.99 a month to use it.

Another iPhone app which has impressed me this week is RJDJ, a reactive, real-time music experience which is best demonstrated by a video showing how dance act Kids on DSP utilised the format on their reactive music album.
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