The Protomen – Act II – The Father Of Death

The Protomen

Greets, all. Tech guy Trevor here again. That’s right, I’ll post here anytime AIV’s back is turned!

You may recall a post I made here about The Protomen a few months ago. It was just prior to AIV and I heading to Nerdapalooza and sampling its nerdy, nerdy fruits. Well it turns out The Protomen make a great live experience …in my opinion, but AIV had complaints about the sound. No doubt, the acoustics of the little conference hall and ongoing mixing problems at the event contributed to lessen the sound quality, but the band rocked on despite that.

Anyway, The Protomen have just released their much-anticipated follow-up to the self-titled concept album with a prequel album called “Act II – The Father Of Death” and I duly reviewed it on sister-site, Click here to check out the new release!

The Protomen

Greets, all. This is 9b techie Trevor, filling in for AIV while he’s indisposed.

The Protomen

AIV and I are headed to Orlando’s Nerdapalooza (blog) festival in just over a week, and by chance, there may actually be someone on the heavily Nerdcore-oriented list that you may enjoy. I know I’ve had a hard time not listening to them since first checking them out.

I’ll let Wikipedia tell it:

The Protomen is an American rock band best known for composing an original rock opera based on the popular video game, Mega Man. Because of the group’s insistence on wearing costumes and using code-names, even when being interviewed, The Protomen remain a mysterious entity within the video game music scene. Their costumes and general stage presence has been compared to that of Daft Punk. Despite often being classified as a niche, the Protomen have achieved a cult following thanks, in part, to frequent mentions in popular video game web sites as well as a dedicated fan-base.

Yeah. I know. “It’s based on a video game?” They’ve taken some themes from the game, undeniably, but what they’ve created goes way beyond it. Check out these tracks to see what I mean.

Unrest in the House of Light
Father of Death
No Easy Way Out

You can find more about The Protomen on their MySpace page, and their official website (where you can buy their CDs, if you are so inclined.)

Keeping up With Nine Bullets

Hey, folks. Friendly neighborhood tech guy Trevor here. AIV said there’d be no post today, but we’ve been meaning to drop a little one in to cover this subject for awhile now and I figure I might as well try to fill the hole while he’s out for the day.

If the 9b readership holds to the same numbers as the general population, most of you probably don’t know what a “feed” is, as in “an RSS feed” or “an Atom feed”. Well, one of my favorite blogs, Unclutterer, put up a great post this week covering the basics on such things and you might want to give it a read.

I keep up with by following the two main feeds:

The comments feed is especially useful because no matter which post someone comments on, the comment shows up in the feed. This means I don’t have to go look at a post all the time to see if it’s gathering comments. I also don’t have to visit the WordPress admin panel to see where the comments have appeared. The information comes to me, and I check them out whenever I feel like it.

If you’re new to reading feeds, or you’re otherwise looking for a good reader, I highly recommend Google Reader. It’s not perfect (I’m dying to write my own) but it’s as good as it gets right now.

If there’s sufficient interest, we may add email subscription as well.

Who out there is already using the feeds to keep up with 9b? What are you using to read the feed?

Re:Your Brains

I’ve been a fan of Penny Arcade since its inception, and the evolution of the thing has been amazing to watch. Two snarky guys with a real talent for humor started with a casual webcomic that has now become a staple of the genre. Now they have an undeniably successful annual charity for kids in hospitals at Christmas (plus related black-tie event) and a series of the most massive and popular gaming conventions ever, the Penny Arcade Expos.

PAX ’07 just wrapped up and while I was again unable to attend, they’ve provided a bevy of second-hand tales and media to sort through and enjoy. Normally I wouldn’t post any of that here, but there’s this one bit… it’s a guy singing and playing an acoustic guitar and I figure that’s the best sheep costume I’ll ever find.

So here you are go. Jonathan Coulton’s “Re:Your Brains”. Enjoy. With some fava beans and a nice chianti, if you like.

(It’s about the Xbox game Dead Rising, I think.)

Twenty Years Later, Still No Market for Peace

Megadeth - Peace Sells, But Who's Buying?I’m sitting here rocking out to some old Megadeth and I realize that not only is the older stuff still incredibly relevant, with regard to foreign wars and the increasingly invasive domestic policy of good ol’ Uncle Sam, which you’d have to be very dense to not recognize, but the one anti-war song from Megadeth that still stands above all the others, Peace Sells, But Who’s Buying?, was made twenty years ago.

I mean on one hand that makes me feel terribly old and crusty (“Back in my day we rocked to things that mattered! The ugliness of war! Institutions turned horribly evil! Government cover-ups of alien communion!”) but on the other hand, it’s hard to believe that we as a nation have gone nowhere in that time.

So here, enjoy a piece of the history that might well have been recorded this very day.

Megadeth – Peace Sells

For a more full experience, maybe you could read this site while you listen.

Broadrick and Sunn O)))! Jesu U.S. Tour!

Justin Broadrick posted today about some upcoming activities.

Justin K Broadrick will be performing with Sunn 0))) on their current U.K and Eire tour, here are the dates –

Fri 13th Oct 06 London – Hippodrome[Frieze]
Sun 15th Oct 06 Glasgow – ABC2
Mon 16th Oct 06 Belfast – Black Box
Tue 17th Oct 06 Dublin – Crawdaddy
Thu 19th Oct 06 Galway – Richards Bar
Fri 20th Oct 06 Cork – Cypress Avenue

Justin will also be performing as Final in England ; a one off headline on Nov 3rd 06 at The Cooler in Bristol, and supporting MONO [Japan] at The Corporation in Sheffield on Nov 7th 06.

Jesu WILL be touring the U.S.A with ISIS beginning late Feb ending early April 2007 in support of the ‘Conqueror’ album release in mid Feb 2007. The routing and dates are currently being finalised, dates and details soon….

Be sure to check out his post. In addition to the tour info above, there is also talk about what’s going on in the studio with his various projects.

Jesu tour! Yes!

Files Forever!

DreamHost, while not the host of this very blog, gentle reader, is my hosting company of choice* for several reasons, but one of those is their very keen attention to things like DRM. My respect for them just shot through the roof a few minutes ago as I read their announcement of a new music service called Files Forever!

What is it? I’m glad you asked. Here’s what they had to say in the DreamHost Blog entry, “iTunes Music Sore“:

It’s a new service (during the beta only open to DreamHost Customers) that allows you to sell your own digital files, a la iTMS.. but with a few key differences:

  • No DRM is allowed.. period!
  • Once you upload your file to sell, you pay a tiny one-time storage fee, and we serve it FOREVER at a nice, permanent, URL.
  • Anybody who buys a file somebody offers via Files Forever get an online backup of it included.. that is, they may re-download the file as many times as they want, FOREVER!
  • Any file you buy from Files Forever you can also “loan” to your friends via the service! They are then allowed to download the file as much as they want until you ask for it “back.” (This is awesome, trust me.)
  • We handle all the payment processing / shopping cart stuff, and take just 5% + 50c for credit card fees. (We combine purchases to minimize these costs too.)
  • You can even offer an “affiliate cut” for people who re-sell your files!

As the kids say, “that’s hot”.

Full quality, DRM-free digital distribution. The processing fee is slightly above average for the most closely-comparable services, but I’ll let that slide for now.

* I don’t normally do this sort of thing, but if you think DreamHost is hot shit now and you want to sign up with them, use the code FIDDY to take $50 off your first bill.