Elle O’Bryan is the best! How can I so confidently say this, having never met her? Her music speaks for its self. As does the fact that she can talk about the cold war and human organs in the same sentence.
Elle is self described dork, with a major in math, so it makes her album that much more interesting. Fortunately for you, dear reader, that comes later. I get to talk about the lovely Ms. O’Bryan first.
She was born long (but not that long) ago, and has been playing guitar for half as long as that. Which is to say a really long time. However, Elle was not a musical wunderkind, her own mother was one to encourage her to not perform in school talent shows. Her mother was unsuccessful, because as we all know,
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. There is no greater force on this planet than a child that’s just been told they shouldn’t do something. So after many hours of singing along to Guns ‘n’ Roses, Elle experienced something… something… Magical! Practice actually does pay off! Like holy crap guys!
Now more than a decade later, Elle is awesome, just like her album, Every Single One.
For starters, it’s just her. No band. No backup singers. No bullshit. It’s interesting, raw and emotional, but at the same time it’s also the biggest weakness. (but more on that later!)
It’s about heartbreak, betrayal and cutting children out of wombs! No, it’s not a metal album. It’s an Irish-inspired, folksy beast. What sets Elle apart from the pack is her wonderful vocal style. Like seriously Wow, when Elle sent me her album she mentioned it was “ very Appalachian and Irish influenced”. I thought, “OK, never heard that before but, cool.” then I listened to her sing and I was half expecting her to break out into Gaelic. It was great! Mostly because she defied my expectations and stuck with English. Sweet, sweet English.
It’s kinda somber stuff, but that’s ok, everyone needs a little melancholy sometimes, right?
What I didn’t like was the fact that occasionally, Elle’s solo-ness (totally a word now) sometimes worked against her and some tracks felt a bit empty, but that’s ok because she’s totally looking for bandmates! YAY! Problem: Solved.
Here’s a sneak peak of Will Cady’s music!
Hey folks! Time for something new, a gear review! I was in need of some new cans a little while ago and picked up these:
They’re pretty no? More importantly, they sound pretty damn good too! the tech specs are as follows:
Acoustic system: Closed
Magnet type: Neodymium
Frequency response: 12 – 23 500 Hz
Impedance: 32 Ohm
Maximum power input: 30 mW
Sensitivity: 103 dB
Speaker diameter: 40 mm
If you aren’t an audiophile, I’ll break that down into easy to understand layman’s terms!
First off these are over ear(circumaural), closed headphones which means that they will cover your entire ear. The closed part is where things can kinda get confusing (but not really)
Closed headphones are sealed off from the world and allow better sound isolation so you hear your music and not the rest of the world. Which is totally the point of headphones in my opinion. Open headphones are less isolated but usually offer more accurate sound reproduction. Personally I’m an advocate of closed headphones everywhere but in the studio/quiet home. In the few weeks that I’ve been using them the Uptowns are pretty great for cutting out unwanted noise, even when my music is at lower volumes which is awesome, because no one wants hearing loss. I was kind of expecting Philips’ Musicseal thing to be branding hype but, nope. It wasn’t just a gimmick. These cans had very little leakage into the outside world even at higher volumes I was the only one hearing my music!
Next up we’ve got the frequency response! simply put, sound travels in waves, and these waves vary in frequency. Since the average human, and by average I mean with perfect hearing can only hear with in the range of 20 to 20 thousand hertz any pair of headphones with a range higher than this is really just bragging. Before you get all upset that you can’t hear the frequencies your cans are blasting, I’m going to point out that .mp3 compression works by cutting out the sounds you can’t hear anyway, so no matter how good your headphones are, they’re only as good as the sound you pump in them! However many people claim to hear a difference.
Driver time! The Uptowns aren’t the biggest pair of headphones on the block but they’re certainly noticeable. With 40 mm drivers they stand out and take up quite a bit of space on your head. But boy are they loud when you need/want them to be! :)
Build quality is pretty excellent with one exception that I’ll touch on later… the ear cups are solid, and cleanly slide up and down easily, yet stay in place when you find the position that fits you. the headband is comfy with plenty of padding and lightweight and the ear pads are solid and have a nice give to them.
The uptowns in my opinion have really good sound reproduction for their price, if you can get them on sale. But no one hardly ever buys headphones for the sound alone. The uptowns are also mega comfy and I can wear them for several hours without any discomfort :)
Now for the (minor, but still totally there) downsides: the cable is for lack of a better word, horrible. Compared to how solid the rest of the Uptowns are, it’s very, very flimsy and I’m terrified that one off the wall dance move would totally rip it. That and the colours don’t match. the brown accents on the plug and volume slider are different shades of brown than each other and of the headphones, I know it’s a super minor complaint but still…
Downside number two is the the microphone/volume slider bit. for one thing, it’s independent of your device volume, which actually works out better than I thought it would, especially on older media players. but it’s hard to find a middle ground between maxed out and super quiet because the thing is just so finicky. the Mic could also be a lot better. It’s very crackly and full of static, so it’s useful in a pinch but otherwise kinda pointless.
Overall I give the Philips Citiscapes Uptown Headphones a 8.5/10! Great sound, decent price, awesome comfort and style are taken down a notch thanks to a cable that does not deserve to be attached to such a nice pair of cans.
If you like the uptowns and you like me please purchase them through my amazon affiliate link.
Heads up about Clyde Machine’s upcoming concert!
Greetings again one and all! It’s Clyde Machine, and I’ve got a show coming up. It’s a bit short notice, as it’s this Wednesday June 12th @ 10pm at the Hamilton Street Pub. Naturally, there’s a Facebook event with all the info in, it but I’d like to email you folks to make a personal request.
HEY GUYS! (also not guys!, I don’t discriminate in my greetings!) I HAVE A SPECIAL TREAT FOR YOU!
Ok, I’ll stop screaming at you… for now! Here at Crazy Wicked Awesome I get a lot of stuff to
rabidly rip to shreds look at and tell you if it’s worth checking out yourself. Well, progressive ambient house dubstep artist IONIDE! is worth checking out!
IONIDE started his journey into music at the tender young age of 12 viking years old, which in normal people years is still, 12 (I think). Listening to a ton of stuff and taking guitar lessons. Fast foward almost a decade and you get this
Ionide is now a 20 year old dude, who makes awesome sounds!
Influenced heavily by Deadmau5, his music jumps around from fluffy ambient to some bass heavy dubstep and it’s all cool. My favourite track so far is Gnarly! (Ian has a close second)
The name Ionide comes from the ultra-badass pink and purple smoke that iodine emits when mixed with other elements such as aluminium.
Although personally I’m not a fan of house and ambient music, ionide is interesting, but I’d rather he stick with more dubstep. It’s not that he’s bad at it. I just don’t like it as much as the stuff that gives my subwoofer a work out.
Ionide is a great guy and you can check him out on Facebook and Soundcloud.
thanks for checking him out!
I feel so hip and trendy right now, but also super mellow in part thanks to Undocument and his debut album For Lovers, Dreamers and Non-believers!
This is a great debut album and it’s awesome for relaxing too! But more on that later.
undocument is Brian Pampaselle! Despite the occasional out of this world surrealism vibe given off by his music, he is a native of planet Earth. An electronic and hip-hop producer from Long Beach, Californina. He’s also got a wicked sense of style! Don’t believe me? here’s a quotation from the press kit he sent me:
I would greatly appreciate your
consideration in assisting me with one or more of the following:
Reviewing my music and/or interviewing myself for your magazine, blog,newspaper, napkin, teleprompter test, smoke signal relay, etc., or:
Placing my music in the rotation of your radio station, in your next telegraph,
or as a broadcast through the Arecibo Observatory, or:
Licensing my music in your motion picture / film, television show, syndicated
radio broadcast, commercial, podcast, children’s wind-up toy, etc.
Since I’m a sucker for a sense of humor I of course said sure I’d post a review and add him to the Crazy Wicked Awesome Radio Stream and will eventually schedule an interview!
Inspired by a variety of artists, including the likes of; Boards of Canada, Radiohead and Flying Lotus, undocument’s unique musical style makes this nine track instrumental album instantly recognizable. From the smooth, chilly flow of As Always, With Affection to the uptempo glitch track that is Thrush.
I gotta say, as someone who’s a fan of more upbeat stuff I was still impressed with the style of undocument.
I really hope he continues to keep pushing forward with his career and stays awesome as Donuts!
(sorry this took so long to write and post, I’ve had a stretch of bad luck recently)