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This review is for a band similarly to the likes of Foster the People, unfortuantly they haven't released a proper album so couldn't review on the proper album.
Midi Matilda aka Skyler Kilborn and Logan Grime describe their selves as indie-electro pop, so if you're a fan of Vampire Weekend, MGMT or Foster the People, this record is definitely worth listening too.
Midi Matilda you may ask is quite an odd name for a duo, but in fact 'Midi Matilda' was Logan's great-great-grandmothers' name. Logan stated that he 'always knew I wanted to use that name somehow and it fitted.'
The duo emerged only 5 months ago and only a month ago they played their debut show in America. Looking at videos from the show, their loyal and new gained fans have realised their true potential of this great band. With comments like, 'unbelievable. You guys are amazing. Love the tunes, and you guys inspire me to write new music!' and lots more comments like these on their videos on YouTube, you just feel that one day you'll be hearing of this brilliant band more often.
Their debut EP entitled 'Red Light District' is able to download straight away for a small donation of your choice or for free here: http://midimatilda.bandcamp.com/
1. Ottawa: 'Ottawa' which is the capital of Canada, is a great song to start to the EP with. Skylers' soft peaceful voice makes this a contender for a great summer song to listen too with the inbetween melodys being created by melodic drums and guitar synths.
2. Day Dreams: This song is one of the most popular with a catchy piano melody followed by fitting horn sections throughout the song. Also, the video to this song is amazing and well worth a check!
3. Red Light District: 'Red Light District' is again one of their most and also the name of their EP.The soft beautiful melody which fills the whole of the song makes you want to listen to it over and over.
4. Stranger: 'Stranger' is a fitting end to their 4 track debut EP. This song is one of my favourites, with a more laid back approach to their other tracks but does not disappoint with the catchy guitar lines and soft falsettos.
I can't stress enough how amazing this band are both in the studio and live and hopefully one day I may get the chance to see them when they cross the pond. Watching some of their live videos on their YouTube, you can tell they have a great stage presence and are so grateful for where they are musically at the moment by having only started out 5 months ago. Also, they performed some sneaking dance moves during 'Day Dreams' which looked great too!
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Wasting Light is the newest album from Foo Fighters which was released in April 12, 2011. Having released their last album; 'Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace and Greatest Hits' in 2007, the band decided to take a break having being on tour continuously promoting their music.
Foo Fighters' lineup has changed throughout their career but at present Foo Fighters consist of; Dave Grohl
Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins and Pat Smear.
The album, which either comes in a normal plastic cd case or a cardboard version, contains the present band members faces merged together in a certain Queen 'Bohemian rhapsody' resemblance. Placed on a black background, the image contains bright vivid colours which works well with the background and with the band name and album title. The band name and album title, positioned at the top in the centre, is simple yet very effective with Foo Fighters in big bold capital letters with Wasting Left directly below it.
This album is especially special as it reunited Dave Grohl with Butch Vig, the producer who helped produce Nirvana's 'Nevermind.' Dave Grohl, the orginal drummer of Nirvana, received much criticism from the industry and music lovers at the start of his Foo Fighter career but slowly with the rest of their six previous albums, have changed their mind and for definitely he and the rest of the Foo Fighters have certainly made extra sure that the critics' were proven much wrong with this well assembled master class of an album.
1. Bridge Burning: 4.46
The first track of the album is Bridge Burning and starts of very dark and eerie before we hear catchy riffs and drums come crashing in, some say making a riot but some say making great music. Slowly but surely, we hear Dave's voice come in with the 'These are my famous last worlds' which then gets the song going. Foo Fighters open their live set with Bridge Burning as it is the perfect song to get the crowd up and going!
2. Rope: 4.19
With Foo Fighters extended line-up, you can tell what difference that makes with the all bearing guitar riffs and the thrashing of the drums. As well as thrashing guitars and drums, we are drawn to sing along with the ever so catchy chorus; 'Give me some rope, I'm coming loose.'
3. Dear Rosmary: 4.27
The song starts off a lot busier in the introduction and not before long we hear Dave Grohl's famous voice representing those ever so important lyrics. We hear the guitar riffs perfectly fit in with the lyrics that Dave Grohl is singing and repetitiveness of the 'on and on on' makes it create suspense leading up to the chorus where the whole band goes for it; the smashing of the drums and the screaming of Grohl's voice.
4. White Limo: 3.22
Foo Fighters make the most of their 4 guitarists' with this slamming fast song entailed White Limo full of slamming guitar riffs and all out thrashing of the drums by Taylor Hawkins. Personally, this is not one of my favourites of the albums but it is still is a great song.
5. Arlandria : 4.28
Arlandria is lead to believe a place where locals call the whereabouts where Arlington and Alexandria meet, where Dave grew up. Starting with a solid rhythm played between guitar and drums, we are being put in suspense and are eagerly waiting Dave's voice. When he comes in, we hear him create an eerie sound to his voice which once again creates suspense leading up into the main established rhythm which fades back and in throughout the song with each time more stronger and effective. Some may say this is a typical rock song but for me, it is one of my favourites of the album.
6. These Days : 4.58
These days starts of with a sole guitar and lone voice which accompanies the gentle riff of the guitar. We suddenly find the drums bursting in for a short drum pattern before being established within the song which keeps the song going.
7. Back & Forth : 3.50
I personally think Back & Forth relates to Foo Fighters' journey through their career and all the obstacles' they have had to get over. Coincidently, Foo Fighters' self documentary is entitled Back & Forth. The song title perfectly fits the song as the rhythms do go back and forth between instruments and patterns. I really like the chorus in Back & Forth with Dave Grohl's well suited voice accompanied by the thrashing drums and guitars.
8. A Matter of Time : 4.36
A Matter of Time starts of with an easy and catchy riff pattern used by the drum and the guitar before Dave starts singing quite peacefully for once. The guitar establishes a simple guitar pattern before the chorus which gives the song a sense of anticipation. Personally, this is not one of my favourite songs as I think it is too settled back.
9. Miss The Misery : 4.32
The band actually decided to record this album in Dave's garage which personally I think is a great idea as it gives their music that kind of garage-band feel which I think this song represents. Not partically one of my favourites but whatever rhythms and drum patterns they create, Dave's voice suits it every time.
10. I Should Have Known : 4.16
I Should Have Known is a song with a huge debate to follow it; whether Dave wrote this relating to Kurt Cobain or not. Watching their documentary, you can tell that they strongly think it is about Kurt but the thing about Dave Grohl's writing style is that he writes songs that people can relate to so their fans can appreciate their music in their own way. Featuring Krist Novoselic, ex guitarist of Nirvana, 'I Should Have Known' is the slowest of their songs on this album but probably is the most hard-hitting with Dave's remorse and regret lyrics which could relate to him that he should have known about Kurt, but we will never know.
11. Walk : 4.16
Walk, their newly released single is a great song with an even more brilliant video to fit with it. The song starts of with easy simple guitar riffs which is great playing live so the crowd can parcipitate. The video to walk, which is slight comically like all their videos, shows their journey on this 'Walk' in which the song follows too. With great lyrics and great drum and guitar patterns this song is sure a fan's favourite and will be for years to come.
Some fans may say that their first two albums are the best but personally I think with time, your work continues and this applies to Foo Fighters in which there is much more to come from this great band. Band members have come and gone throughout their career but their fans haven't and have stuck with them and will do so even when they put down their guitars. Wasting Light is full of lyrics based upon death and remorse but even with those kind of lyrics Foo Fighters make it so their fans can relate to it in which they do so correctly.
My 3 favourites of the album are definitely; Rope, Walk and I Should Have Known. But with each fan having an opinion you can easily sway your decision.
I haven't had the privilege to see them live but after seeing their performances on TV you can easily see why they are a favourite of any rock fan and I can't not wait to see them live. Foo Fighters must do hundreds of shows a year but with each show they put heart and soul into it and make it as fun and enjoyable for their thousands of fans.
Being a rock band, you will often think of the bad life style including drugs but with Dave Grohl being labelled as the nicest man of rock you can not possibly see that in Foo Fighters. Personally, I think the experiences of what they have dealt with for example: Kurt Cobains death and even Taylor Hawkins deal with drugs in the early stages of their career have made them realise that they 'never wanna die' and that they love what they do so why waste it.
If you have never listened to Foo Fighters before, I would strongly urge you too or even if they are playing at a festival that you are out, go check them out.
Mini Cheddars are a small round cheese biscuit which are perfect to eat as a snack. Packed in a vivid orange packet, this product is very noticeable from the shelves of supermarkets. McVitie's are very adamant that they put across the good points of their product in which they state that Mini Cheddars have 'No artificial colours' and 'No artificial flavours' in a bold text located in the bottom middle of the packet. Above the statement, we can see an orange circle which could relate to the actual product. We then see 'MINI Cheddars' in bold text in front of the orange circle, which stands out adamantly. Using the bright colours of orange and yellow, makes the product stand out in your kitchen cupboards and on the supermarket shelf.
On-going disputes about Mini Cheddars are whether they are crisps or biscuits. One argument for that they are crisps is that they are located mainly in the crisps isle of supermarkets and not the biscuit isle. However, it does say clearly on the reverse side of the packet that they are 'Cheese Snack Biscuits'.
The biscuits which are roughly the same as a £2 coin are ridged on the surface and in a mini packet they roughly contain about 15 biscuits which is quite good for the size of the packaging.
When you first eat one of these cheese biscuits you can distinctly taste the cheese, if you're not a huge fan of cheese then I wouldn't recommend this product. Some people think that the cheese is very strong but personally, if you like mild cheese then these would be perfect for you. The cheese biscuits somehow melt in your mouth but are very easy to chew and swallow and leave you hungry for more.
These Mini Cheddars are perfect for children's lunch boxes or if you want to keep your diet in tact seeing as one packet can fill you up for a snack or part of your lunch. McVitie's states that they are 'baked not fried' which they use to their advantage over crisps. These cheese snack biscuits contain; Wheat, Barley, Gluten and Milk so if you know anyone who wants to tries these then I would strongly urge you to make sure they know the ingredients in them.
They also contain per mini bag 129 calories, 7.5 of fat of which saturates 3.0g and 0.6g of fibre, which is worth knowing especially if you are looking for something to replace crisps or chocolate in your diet.
Seeing as I have given up crisps, Mini Cheddars are a brilliant replacement to have in my diet and are great to eat and always fill the gap in my stomach. They also do other flavours such as; Salt and Vinegar, Barbeque and much more. I would definitely recommend them if you see them on offer or on the shelves of the supermarket.
I recently picked up Lauren Conrads 'Style' book after reading some good reviews and because after watching a few episodes of The Hills, I started to admire Lauren Conrad's fashion sense so I was eager to see what the book entailed. I manged the pick this up for £7.50 which was half price from WHSmiths in the January sales so I thought that wasn't bad at all!
The front cover is based on a white background with a picture of Lauren in the middle which looks very sophifisticated with her name 'Lauren Conrad' in bold capital letters above.
Before the book starts there is an Introduction in which Lauren includes a couple of baby pictures of her and she got into fashion talking about how her grandmother gave her a dress-up trunk for Christmas that overflowed with fake furs, long dresses and costume jewellery when she was six, and ever since she has loved fashion.
Chapter One and Two and Three starts of with 'Building Your Wardrobe' and 'How To Shop, now this contains lots of key pieces in which Lauren thinks that are ideal for your wardrobe i.e Little Black Dress, Black Heels, Blazer and Coat. I was quite disappointed with these couple of chapters as they were obvious and didn't go into much detail. The 'How To Shop' chapter of the book was equally disappointing seeing as 'Avoiding impulse purchases at huge, wallet-friendly stores' was common sense, but there was lots of pretty pictures which was always good!
Chapter Four gets alot better thankfully as it is all about 'Mastering Your Closet' in which I need to follow her tips as I am clueless with organising! It includes what clothes should be either in a hanging closet, on a shelf or in a drawer which is always helpful as I just tend to hang everything up or just stick into a drawer.
Chapter Five is all about 'Accessories' which includes lots of pictures of pretty shoes, which I'm sure all women will like. I actually quite liked reading the different tips for different shoes as I'm sure it'll come in handy some day! Following that Chapter is all about 'Getting Dressed: The Fun Part' which is all about suitable outfits for dates, school or work, some things in this chapter are a bit useless like 'Mixing Patterns' but I like how she includes a section named 'How to use your legs/hips/curves to your advantage!'
The last chapter is 'Makeup' in which her makeup artist Amy Nadine Rosenberg helps gives us tips about quick easy make up such as; how to contour, how to do eyebrows etc. I think some tips that she provides are quite good for example about concealing and all about blushes but I would have liked to have seen more makeup tips by Amy for example; reccomended products that are subjected to your budget.
Overall, I'm glad I only paid £7.50 for the book as I would be quite disappointed if I would have spent the RRP which is £12 on this book. If you're a fan of Lauren Conrad and you want to know more about her, then I wouldn't buy this book as she doesn't really go into detail that much. Personally, I would have liked to see more fashion stories from her, perhaps times when she had a fashion disater and how she dealt with that situation but if you would like to pick up handy tips and hints with your makeup or clothes then I would recommend you buying this!
You can pick this book up for £5.99 at the moment in WHSmiths.
One Tree Hill is an American television drama based on the teenage lives of those in the fictional town of 'Tree Hill', North Carolina. It follows two brothers; Nathan and Lucas Scott who share the same father but lead completely different lives. Nathan, the popular basketballer and Lucas, the abandoned son who dreams of being on the basketball team.
Throughout the episodes, we get introduced to Dan and Deb Scott with Dan especially, the arrogant and cruel father which unfortantly Nathan inherits which then therfore labels him as the school jock. We see that Nathan's life is completely different to Lucas' with Nathan and his family living in a huge mansion and Lucas living with his mum Karen, who raised him as a single parent on the other side of the town. Throughout the first disc (episodes 1-4) we discover the strong bond between Lucas and Karen and when Lucas is adamant that he wants to join Tree Hill's basketball team, she tries and persuades him not too. We also see the growing relationship with Lucas and Keith, Lucas' uncle and Dan Scott's brother and without Keith realising Lucas' potentional playing basketball, Lucas would never have to strength to go through with playing for the school team.
With Lucas finally on the basketball, we see Lucas being bullied out of the team by Nathan and his team-mates which makes him feel out of place until he meets Peyton Sawyer, cheerleader girlfriend of Nathan Scott. Lucas and Peyton immediatly find that they like each other but with Peyton, a sole lonely girl with her mum dead and her father Larry away at sea, she can't bring her self to admit her feelings for Lucas.
We discover lots of additonal characters which play a big importance of One Tree Hill with Lucas' best friend Haley Scott, the girl next door who would do anything for Lucas and vice versa. Haley, who works at Karen's Cafe with Karen and Lucas is also a tutor at school which plays importance later in the series when Nathan Scott comes and asks for extra tutition or else he would be booted off the 'Ravens' which then leads Haley into a huge decision to make, which could result in betraying her best friend Lucas. Haley, being the peacemaker of all the characters decides to go against her morals and starts tutoring Nathan with one condition; he leaves Lucas alone.
Brooke Davis is also an additional character which plays the popular head cheerleader. Though at first, we think that Brooke is spoilt and the whole world revoles around her, we actually see the pain that she's feeling with her parents distant which she can relate to her best friend Peyton and the struggles she faces throughout Season 1.
We see the blossoming romance between Lucas and Peyton when Peyton dumps Nathan but with Lucas and Peyton both struggling to really say how they feel, it doesn't last and when Brooke Davis gets to know Lucas, Lucas and Brooke then start getting closer much to Peyton's dismay. With Nathan still being tutored by Haley, we see Nathan slowly changing thanks to Haley and slowly but surely we discover that with Haley's help, Nathan is becoming a better brother to Lucas and a better person.
With One Tree Hill, you are guaranteed lots of drama with the on sputing bitterness between brother's Dan and Keith which relates to Lucas and Nathan at the start of the series. Or even the ups and downs between Haley and Nathan and also the 'love triangle' between Brooke, Peyton and Lucas.
The actors do a good job in portraying their teenage lives but especially Nathan Scott (James Lafferty) considering that he was actually 17 when the show started, near enough the ages of them in the programme. Throughout, the seasons we can definitely tell James' acting has improved which with age and experience does, but overall the whole acting from the actors and actresses are very believable.
One Tree Hill is now on it's 8th season which shows that this programme which shows the lives of this little town is hugely popular, with viewers eager to see the lives of these characters. Season 8 is currently being showed on E4 now on Mondays at 9pm but if you would like to watch the beginning of the lives of these characters then you can pick up Season 1 on Amazon for £8.47.
I've never tried out any of the 17 range before but a couple of weeks ago Boots were doing a promotion on the 17 products which was 3 for 2 so I tried out 3 of their products which include one of their lipsticks in Beehive.
I love the case for these Moisture Shine Products as they have a blue metallic case with 17 written around the edge of the lipstick. These lipsticks are pretty small compared to usual lipsticks, if you are familar with the Barry M products then they are are same size. This lipstick is in the Moisture Shine range and just by looking at the photo you can tell it's going to be a moisture shine lipstick which is always good as you don't want your lips to be cracked.
I normally go for the pinky nudes so I thought this would be a perfect colour to try as Beehive is a pinky nude which I love. At first when I applied it to my lips I didn't really see the pigments of the lipstick so I layered it with the Barry M 101 to give it more of a pigmented colour which worked, but as soon as I used it more frequently the colour came out and gave a lovely colour!
I recommend two layers of the lipstick to give a great shine and layer to your lips! I don't find these lipsticks that bad for the price, £4.99. I normally re apply it perhaps every hour or two so compared to some lipsticks that I have tried out that isn't bad and it left my lips nice and soft!
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The Blackberry Curve 8520 is a slim and stylish phone ideal for businessman or people who like to easily stay in touch with social networking sites as accessing sites such as Facebook and Twitter takes a matter of seconds.
The 8520 comes in different colours depending on what network you are with; you can get it in black, white, purple or grey. I am currently with Orange so I could opt for black or grey in which I chose the black as I think it looks more sophisticated.
It has a big screen in which you can easily read and access easily with 5 buttons underneath; the start a call button, the blackberry button, stroller, back button and end call button.
The Blackberry button is what I call the right click button on the mouse on the computer ass it gives you options to what you want to do for example, refresh or go back. The scroller in which you navigate the phone from is very easy to use but if it gets dirty sometimes it tends to react a bit slow so I always make sure I clean it time to time.
Underneath these 5 buttons there is a QWERTY keypad, if you don't know what one of these are, it is basically a computer keypad decreased in size to insure it fits onto the phone. Realistically before I bought the phone I was worrying in case I wouldn't be able to easily type with the keyboard but after purchasing it I was proved wrong as it is very easy to type with no matter how big your fingers are.
If you turn the phone over you can see the camera lens which on the 8520 is a 2.0 MP In good daylight the picture quality is very good but if you are taking a picture with the phone in a dim lit in the evening the picture quality isn't that marvellous but that's usual for a 2.0 MP.
The Blackberry Curve 8520 is the cheapest of the Blackberry range which includes a new curve and the torch which obviously has more features and a better quality camera hence the higher price of the rest of the products.
A problem that I concurred during the time I have been using the Blackberry is the 'white screen of death.' I turned the phone on one day but instead of the home screen appearing it appeared with a white screen with lines down the middle which I was unable to use. Luckily I was still under guarantee so I could easily swap the phone and get a new one but because I didn't pay for the insurance if it breaks now then I would have to pay a lot of money to get it repaired. The insurance is £8.99 per month which I thought it was ridiculous hence why I didn't buy the insurance so now on I have to be extra careful with this phone.
After talking to a couple of people who have the same phone they haven't occurred any problems with their phones so my fault may be a one off but I think you have already have this phone or looking to buy it, look after it and keep it safe!
As I said earlier it is very easy to access social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, I can access these two applications in a matter of seconds. You don't just have to have social networking applications you can buy all sorts of applications such as games or a digital diary. Most applications you have to pay for but there are lots of applications which are offered to you for free which are an extra bonus.
Blackberry phones are a mini computer as you can access anything you want using the internet browser, you can either connect it to the WIFI or the GPRS which is usually always around when in buildings. Blackberry's include lots of handy applications which are already on the device such as; calendar, MMS, memo pad, maps, sound and video recorder. Another addition is Blackberry Messenger (BBM) a downside to BBM is that in order to use BBM you have to pay an extra £5 which is normally called Blackberry Booster in order for it work, but it is well worth it as you get your own unique Pin so you can add people with BBM and chat to them much easier and quicker than texting them. Another good thing with BBM is that you can send files to your contacts if you need to i.e. picture/song but because your pin is unique and only you know, you won't get random people adding you.
Blackberry says 'get more out of life with fun and helpful features on Blackberry smart phones' with 'impressive typing and viewing experience' which is true as the viewing experience is great and very clear for all to see.
I have to admit as first I hated Blackberry's as I didn't understand the 'blackberry craze' but after using the phone I see why so many people have a Blackberry. I find it so easy to use and it is so handy for me to access social networking sites and to get in contact with people as I have lots of options such as Blackberry Messenger, SMS and MMS.
There has been a lot of rival between the Blackberry and the iPhone 4 but considering I haven't tried the iPhone 4 I can't really tell you which the better phone is but I reckon there are equally very good.
You can pick up a Blackberry Curve 8520 for roughly about £15-£20 per month depending on the network or roughly about £145.99 on pay as you go. You can also get really good deals for example I pay £18 a month with unlimited texts, unlimited internet and 200 minutes which I think is a really good deal.
If you like accessing social networks easily and if you like contacting your friends and family really quick then the Blackberry Curve 8520 is for you!
I first started buying and collecting Barry M Nail Paints when I went to the Clothes Show Live in Birmingham in 2009, Barry M had a huge stand offering a £10 goody bag in which 3 Barry M Nail Paints were included:-
100 (Hint of Pink)
This is good as a base coat or using it as a french manicure.
This is a bright metallic silver.
217 (Silver Sea)
This is a bright blue silvery nail paint.
The Nail Paint bottle is clear square glass bottle with a black long lid, I find the bottles one of the main attractions in why I like these Nail Paints. It has a clear gold font with 'Nail Paint by Barry M' written across it. They are easy to store and look very professional and sophifisticated considering the price of the product.
The retail price of these products are around £3.50 depending on where you buy them from: Boots or Superdrug but you can also pick 2 nail paints up for £7 instore when offers apply.
The consistency is quite thick so you can get away with one coat should that be the right colour. I often use 1 coat but I recommend 2 which usually does the trick of ensuring it doesnt chip. Another great thing about these Nail Paints are the variety in colours that they provide, they have all sorts of shades of colours so they are guarenteed to suit you whatever your preference.
Whenever I go into Boots or Superdrug I always see whether the Barry M products are on offer and if they are I normally buy at least one so therefore overall I have about 11 of the Barry M Nail Paints and I recommend you try this products out.