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The most awesome thing that ever happened to Windows Media Player

Is Blackbar.

Taken from its official website:

Blackbar is an ultra-compact, full-featured skin for Windows Media Player. It is designed to be placed in an unused spot in the title bar area at the top of your screen, where it fades into the background until you need it. Just mouse over it to access all of the major features of Media Player.


The file is only 20KiB. Go check it out. Now.

+ Blackbar

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[Music Video] Linkin Park – Leave Out All the Rest

Almost a month ago Linkin Park released the music video for “Leave Out All the Rest”, the final single from the acclaimed “Minutes to Midnight”.

This is what they said of the video in an interview with MTV.com:

Linkin Park spent last weekend standing in front of a green screen in a warehouse in Van Nuys, California, shooting the video directed by the band’s DJ, Joseph Hahn, who also came up with the video’s treatment. The clip depicts a day in the life of Linkin Park — that is, if they all lived in a futuristic flight vessel, floating somewhere in outer space.

“Joe wasn’t even going to write a treatment for this song,” MC Mike Shinoda told MTV News on the set. “We’d [received] a number of treatments, and we were kind of bummed out, because we weren’t connecting to any of them. And then, out of nowhere, we get a treatment from Joe in an e-mail, and we just loved it. It was random, out of nowhere, and it fit the song perfectly. I really like this video, because it’s different from everything else he’s done with us before. It’s this sci-fi thing, which is fun. We’ve never really done that, and when I walked onto the set, I thought it looked like ‘Battlestar Galactica.’ ”

In the video — which features no performance footage — the band lives in a rundown, artificial habitat that’s making its way across the galaxy. At first, the boys are seen passing the time performing mundane tasks, but then gravity is lost onboard the vessel, sending the guys floating about.

“We’re explorers in space, just like when we go on tour,” said Hahn. “We’re leaving our home life behind, and I guess it kind of ties into ‘Leave Out All the Rest,’ in that we have to leave things behind in order to do something better.”

According to Shinoda, it was Minutes to Midnight producer Rick Rubin who first realized the song’s potential as a single.

“When we were in the studio, working on the album, this song was one of the ones that I was personally pretty attached to,” said Shinoda. “I remember Rick, of all people, who never says stuff like this, because he’s more of a guy who either likes a song or thinks it can be better, and usually it can be better. I don’t know if it’s just that he sets his standards so high, but he never says things like, ‘This is a single.’ But when he heard this song, he said, ‘This sounds like a massive single.’ For us, when we write a record, we don’t think in terms of singles. In our minds, every song is a single.”

I absolutely love music videos that are unique, just like this one. I think that live videos for singles are cheap. Even if they cost several thousand dollars for making it, they’re cheap. Come on, you just go out there and play while someone gets that on tape and then you get someone else to edit it and BAM! you got yourself a music video.

I love videos that have any sort of a storyline or acting, just like “Jesus of Suburbia” from Green Day (if they did a live video for that song I would have killed Billie Joe Armstrong), “Dammit” from blink-182 (the only video from them that actually relates to the song), “There Is” from Box Car Racer (well, it doesn’t feature that much of acting or whatever but it does feature some imagery that really relates to the song), and the list could go on forever, I might as well write an article about music videos sometime in the future.

For now, enjoy this epic music video by Linkin Park.

Directed by: Joseph Hahn
Format : AVI
Codec : XviD
File size : 64.9 MiB
Play time : 3mn 24s
Bit rate : 2649 Kbps
Width : 728 pixels
Height : 310 pixels
Preview : YouTube

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[Music] Every Avenue – Shh. Just Go with It

1. Days Of The Old
2. This One’s A Cheap Shot
3. Where Were You?
4. Think Of You Later (Empty Room)
5. A Story To Tell Your Friends
6. Boys Will Be Boys
7. Take A Step Back
8. Trading Heartbeats
9. Freak Out!
10. Between You And I
11. Chasing The Night

There are also two bonus tracks included in some releases. I added them for download at the end of the post.

12. Fame And (Mis) Fortune
13. The Hell Back Home

One sunny day of november or december (it was summer on this side of the world) I downloaded a song from Mark’s blog called “Where Were You” by an unknown band called Every Avenue. He had uploaded it to his blog so all the subscribers would get it.

After a few listens it kept growing and I needed more. Luckily I stumbled upon their “AH! EP”

After years of almost getting to hate the direction the genre was taking with bands such as Simple Plan or Good Charlotte, finally I got to know a new band that’s actually pretty good at what they do, staying close to that sound that I always enjoyed from old school blink-182, Sum 41 and Green Day. Not that they will become the next best thing (although they do have the potential), but it’s just so pleasant to know that a certain type of music hasn’t died.

Excerpts from the review on Can you see the sunset from the southside?

This band should be huge. Seriously. Not with late-twentysomethings with a two year old kid like myself but (rather) with the teenage MTV crowd. Let me explain. First, Every Avenue sounds almost exactly like a cross between Fall Out Boy and Cartel. On their latest album Shh. Just Go With It, Every Avenue churns out catchy and mid-tempo peppy, poppy, punk-ish rock music that is safe and polished enough to have mainstream appeal. It is a little too vanilla for my tastes, but that is why it should be huge.

Therein lies the problem. Every Avenue is actually good. Despite the overstyled press photo you get when you open up the CD (which is evidently what kids look like these days), the band has talent. Maybe the studio has been kind to them, or maybe I’m a sucker for pseudo-pop-punk hooks, but the band is tight, on point, and ultra-melodic. The record’s thick and crystal-clear production make it sound like a million bucks; I mean, this is how big rock records are supposed to sound.

Every Avenue is better than so many other neo-pop-punk bands out there (see my review of The Frantic here).

Artist: Every Avenue
Album: Shh, Just Go with It
Label: Fearless Records
Playtime: 35:38 min
Genre: Pop-Punk
Released: February 19th, 2008
Quality: 224 kbps avg / VBR / 4410kHz / Joint Stereo
Buy: Fearless Records | Amazon
Download: MediaFire (56.79 MiB)
URL: MySpace | PureVolume | Official Website

Bonus Tracks

Download: MediaFire (9.19 MiB)
Quality: 198kbps avg / LAME v3.97 -V2 –vbr-new
Playtime: 6:28 min

Rating: 8.5/10

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Every Avenue – Where Were You?

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Every Avenue – Days of the Old

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Every Avenue – Take a Step Back

I’ve been listening to them for almost 4 months now and I absolutely love them. They made me go back to the pop-punk kind of music that I grew with (listening to some unknown band called blink-182)

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[TV] Dexter

There are no secrets in life. Just hidden truths that lie beneath the surface.

–Dexter

A few days ago, one of my best friends Tomás told me about this show on an SMS. He asked me to download the two seasons for him. He still lives in Bariloche, my hometown.

One or two months ago Fox covered the city with “Wanted” pictures of Dexter to promote the show, but they didn’t get my attention. I had to see them on the subway every day and… “Yeah, another TV show about a guy that deals with crime“. How little did I know!

From TV.com:

Based on Jeff Lindsay’s novels Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter this crime thriller follows Dexter Morgan. Dexter is a forensic blood spatter expert for the Miami Dade Police Department. He is the main support for his sister. He has a steady girlfriend, with two kids who adore him. He also has an active “night life”. Based on a code instilled in him by his foster father, Harry, he hunts down people who have escaped justice and makes sure they don’t get away with a crime again.

Last night I decided to watch a couple of episodes that finished downloading during the day. I was quite impressed by how addictive it turned to be… It was almost 2 am and I had to watch that second episode!

I recommend it to anyone who’s into CSI, Bones, or any of those crime scene/science/murder series. It has an outstanding production (or should I say post-production?) making it look like an actual film separated in episodes.

Trailer:

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[Music] I Voted for Kodos – My New Obsession

01. Turn The Radio On
02. Never Go Home
03. Friday Night Lights Out
04. These Scars Won’t Heal Themselves
05. Radio Love Song
06. Please Die In A Fire
07. You’re My Favorite
08. Wishful Thinking In Fourth Period
09. Sherrie’s Song
10. Three Days ’til Rome
11. Perfecting The Art Of Persuasion

Apparently there are also 3 bonus tracks that I can’t find anywhere, so if anyone knows something please let me know.

12. Turn It Up
13. Good Riddance
14. I Won’t Be Home For Christmas

They were founded in Madison, Wisconsin in 1999, after singer-trombonist Rick Bisenius met guitarist Chris Holoyda at a Reel Big Fish concert. They began playing together when the members were in high school/college. After a guest show at Battle of the Bands in Plattevile, WI, they quickly became one of the best ska bands known to mankind. Their name comes from an episode of The Simpsons, “Treehouse of Horror VII”, in which Homer Simpson says, “Don’t blame me—I voted for Kodos.” [watch it here] Although known for their tongue-in-cheek material (they have noted that celery is the band’s official vegetable), their song lyrics have also tackled serious issues such as murder and teenage depression. Their first album, Close Enough for Ska, is considered the success story of a small independent record label, Close to Nothing, which was founded by three teenagers.

The band members would begin shows with informal instruction on how to skank so that the audience would appreciate the style of dance associated with ska music. They toured nationally in 2004, and placed number 7 in PureVolume’s top ten unsigned bands in the US. The band played the 2004–2006 Vans Warped Tours, and music critic Joe Lynch described their 2006 performance as “freewheeling and energetic”. During a separate national tour in early 2006, one music journalist wrote that the band “uses a hot horn section, plenty of guitar and on-the-mark lyrics to fuel a high-energy show.”

The band stopped working together in 2007, although Bisenius and Holyda continued to collaborate on a new band, Firefight, and Bisenius began a solo project, The Faster We Fall.

Artist: I Voted for Kodos
Album: My New Obsession
Label: Snapdragon
Playtime: 34:59 min
Genre: Ska/Pop-Punk
Released: March 17, 2006
Size: 63.78 MiB
Quality: 320 kbps / 4410kHz / Joint Stereo
Download: MediaFire (64 MiB)
URL: MySpace | PureVolume | Official Website
Rating: 7/10 (may change in time)
Sample:

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I’m posting it so you can discover (or rediscover) this band while I’m getting to know them.

Do you like the way they sound? What are your favorite songs?

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