Friday, 25 September 2009

F.A.C.E. The Music

It is not often I get the opportunity to attend live music events, but I was very 'glad' (there is a poor pun there if you continue reading!) that I attended a live music event at The Gladstone (a.k.a The Glad) in Borough, London last night.

The event was organised by the Featured Artists Coalition and the wonderful Elsie Creative Management, with the following featured artists:

Jo Stevens
Michael John
Josh Bray

I highly recommend anybody interested in upcoming musical talents should click each name to go to their respective MySpace pages for a decent sample of their work.

I personally would recommend Michael John's "Devil In The Corner". Song of the evening for me.

The Gladstone is a cosy (but not in a bad way), little pub and I look forward to more live music events there in the future.

F.A.C.E. The Music Flyer

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Green Apple Smirnoff & Lime Smirnoff Launch

Smirnoff LogoTomorrow (Friday 11th September 2009), Smirnoff will be holding a series of launch events around the UK for 2 of their new products.

The details of the event are best described in their own words:

"The Smirnoff Co. announces that it will be simultaneously unveiling five huge ice sculptures across the UK on the 11th September celebrating the national launch of two new flavours of vodka; Green Apple Smirnoff and Lime Smirnoff.

Appearing in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool and London, the ice sculptures will recreate iconic landmarks from each of the five major UK cities in the form of scaled-down replicas.
Green Apple Smirnoff
In Glasgow’s Buchannan Galleries, an ice carving of the Armadillo measuring 8 metres by 2.4 metres high will be constructed.

The infamous Forth Bridge will be rebuilt on the rooftop of Edinburgh’s Prince’s Street Mall, Manchester’s futuristic Urbis will be reproduced at The Great Northern and Liverpool One will be home to an ice replica of the top of the Liver Building.

Meanwhile coming to the capital’s beautiful Covent Garden piazza will be an ice sculpture of London’s skyline featuring Canary Wharf, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, St. Pauls Cathedral and The Gherkin, measuring 10 metres in length and 3 metres in height.
Lime Smirnoff
The installations will see some of the world’s top ice sculptors, Duncan and Jamie Hamilton, Ben Edson, Jack Hackney and Darren Jackson work through the night to carve the structures from a mix of clear and white ice. The ice blocks for the sculptures, being prepared in giant freezers at the Hamilton’s workshop in South West London, will be transported to each location on the 11th September. Upon arrival, they’ll be slotted into place and shaped into their illustrious designs, incorporating limes, green apples and frozen bottles of Smirnoff flavoured vodka."

Each of the sculptures will contain 60 limes and 40 apples and take 4 men up to 5 hours to construct!

Members of the public will be able to view the sculptures from around midday at each venue until the displays melt.
Smirnoff Covent Garden Artist Impression
Courtesy of the event organisers, I welcome the readers of my blog to visit the displays. There will be a prize draw to "win Green Apple Smirnoff and Lime Smirnoff take home packs to share with friends" for the 1st 50 people quoting "".


Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Electricity Untamed - Audi Teaser

On 15th September 2009, Audi shall be making an announcement at the Frankfurt Motor Show that will be based upon some new "electricity" based vehicle.

To correspond with this announcement, Audi have created a series of viral ads that direct viewers to their "Electricity Untamed" website.

Audi - Electricity UntamedAudi - Electricity Untamed

At present the website does not give too much detail away, but emphasizes that "electricity has been dumbed down" and that this new technology will "unleash the untamed power of electricity".

The rumours are that the car to be announced will be a performance version of the R8, or a completely new vehicle, dubbed the 'e-tron'.

However, I am a little disappointed that a website that is trying to emphasize the sheer scale of the engineering feat achieved features some very Physics-poor statements:

"A single bolt of lightning contains 1 billion Volts of power" - I am sorry, but Volts is not a unit of power! Apologies, but that is the purist in me coming out.

However, the virals released are indeed a bit of fun, and do get the point across:

The Lawn Mower:

The Static Shock Kid:

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - In-Game Footage

It is now only 36 days until the rumored 14th October 2009 release date for "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves".

The PS3 exclusive game is a sequel to the fantastic "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" that was released back in 2007.

Much has been discussed over the spectacular graphics that Publisher 'Naughty Dog' have been showing off over the last 6 months. However, the below footage shows just how addictive this game is going to be.

Game of the year 2009 looks to be in the bag!

As you can probably tell, I am a HUGE fan of the original game, being a cross between Tomb Raider and the best of 3rd party shoot-em-ups. The game-play felt very natural and easy to control. The storyline was engaging (Indiana Jones style). Basically it had everything you could possibly want in an adventure/action computer game.

The sequel looks to have taken this to a whole new level. It is reported that the game takes up 100% of the capacity on the Blu-Ray disc with a vastly longer game.

My gut feeling is that this is going to be the game that sets the bar for this console generation (and it may not be beaten).


Uncharted 2 - Among Thieves - In-Game Footage

Friday, 4 September 2009

Beck - Loser - Literal Video Version

Literal versions of classic music videos have been gaining increasing coverage over the past month or so.

One of the main reasons seems to be based around the success and popularity following the DASjr Productions version of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" which built upon the Dusto Films (Dustin McLean) version of A-Ha's "Take On Me".

DASjr (David Scott) has put together a collection of footage from various news stations that highlight the coverage the videos have been receiving:

DASjr Coverage

In with this footage is a brief interview with Dustin McLean that shows him working on his new video, Beck's 1993 single, "Loser".

This new video is now finished and I can proudly feature it here (thanks to "Funny or Die"):

Beck - Loser: Literal Video Version

Although I would love to embed the YouTube video here, due to copyright issues, I can only provide this link:

YouTube - Beck's "Loser" - Literal Video Version