It’s been over 10 years in the making but the original line up who blessed us with ‘Tell All Your Friends’ graced the London stage at The Roundhouse in Camden. The equilibrium of the band had been restored with Adam Lazzara and John Nolan reunited and supported by the ever present Eddie Reyes and Mark O’Connell with Shaun Cooper on bass.
The new album is out at the end of June and we got to hear a few tracks tonight, notably, ‘Faith’, ‘El Paso’ and ‘Best Place To Be A Mom’ but it was the original songs that grabbed the headlines. ‘Cute Without The E’ and ‘So Last Summer’ seemed as fresh today as they have ever been and won the crowd over with ease.
I’ve been a huge Nintendo fan for years and have grown up surrounded by your major franchises, especially Zelda and Mario.
I supported you through the dark ages of the Gamecube and relentlessly defended you against the threats of the Playstation and XBox.
But then, last year, I went and did the unthinkable. I went to the dark side and bought an XBox 360. This was a huge decision, especially as I’m not only a Nintendo fan boy, but also part of the Cult of Mac.
After the purchase, I instantly felt guilty. I had betrayed the brand that I had grown up with. My Wii still adorned my living room next to the shiny new XBox, but with no major new releases, it sat and gathered dust.
Thursday have returned with their first album since 2009’s Common Existence but a lot can happen in 2 years. Album sales haven’t graced these ’emo’ bands in recent years and fellow bands like ‘Fall Out Boy’ and ‘Jimmy Eat World’ are no longer the commercial forces that they once were.
They remain in our hearts, in our ears and in our heads due to dedicated fan bases, constant hectic touring schedules and musical experimentation.
Bands like this have to move with the times and Thursday have never struggled to experiment with different sounds to set them apart from the crowded circuit.
Their experimentation was initially apparent on 2006’s ‘A City By The Light Divided’ with synth heavy tracks like “Running From The Rain’ and instrumental tracks like “Arc-Lamps, Signal Flares, a Shower of White (The Light)”.
Coast Design was one of the first in the country to get their hands on the iPad2. The most anticipated apple release since the first iPad and it won’t be beaten until the next iPad hits in around 10 months time.
We’ve heard many a person claim that there’s no real place in society for a tablet computer of this nature, yet the original iPad was a storming success.
Yes, it is a luxury item. No it won’t replace a laptop for those serious about their hardware. We won’t be seeing Adobe Creative Suite being released on the iPad any time soon. But, think about the casual computer user.
Those that have 3 main uses for purchasing a computer of some kind
The gap between the US and European releases of the iPad2 had been rumoured to have been up to 3 months, so imagine our delight when Jobs himself announced it would be 3 weeks, earlier this month.
Great news, but with an extraordinary amount of demand over the pond, will that affect our ability to get our hands on the lighter, faster, slimmer version of the iPad?
We’ll find out soon enough but even if it does launch this Friday, the stock is likely to be limited and if you haven’t got your greasy palms on one by lunchtime, you may have to kiss it goodbye for a while.
A 5 week lead time in the US for online orders could potentially result in an even longer lead time in Europe if you miss your chance on the first day.
The Mac App Store launched this week and after a few hiccups in authorising accounts, has been a huge hit. There has been a lot of buzz about it since, but some of this seems to be misguided.
Yes, it makes sense that software should be available to download via an online marketplace like this but it isn’t exactly taking giant leaps forward. All the Mac App Store is really doing is freeing up space within Apple’s high street stores by ultimately reducing the offer of boxes of software that serve no purpose.
The first film I saw of 2011 was ‘Somewhere’ by Sofia Coppolla.It’s about an actor called Johnny Marco, played by Stephen Dorff and offers a personal insight into the lives of actors of this stature.
Think Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis. Great actors in their own right but put them in a press conference and ask them clichéd questions like ‘Who is Johnny Marco?’ and you pay more attention to the monotonous aspects of their lives instead of all the glitz and the glamour. And who better to tell this side of Hollywood than Sofia Coppolla who is the daughter of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now Director, Francis Ford?