Sunday, 28 February 2010

Contemporary Portugal I : Ornatos Violeta

An alternative rock band formed in the early nineties, they released their first album "Cão!"(Dog!) in 1997.

The band achieved its greatest success with their second album "O Monstro Precisa de Amigos"(The Monster need Friends).It was released in 1999 and is considered by many (myself included) the best Portuguese rock album ever!

The group split in 2002.

One of their songs from the last album.(It's in Portuguese but I hope you can still appreciate it)

"Ouvi Dizer"(loosely translates to "I heard a rumour")


Friday, 26 February 2010

How your website sounds like...

How your website sounds like.
What does it mean?
How can a website have sound?
How can you know what is that sound?

You take away all the letters that are not in the musical scale(The music scale is A to G) from the body of your website, and the letter that is used the most is the key of you website.Also if the letter appears an even number of times its because it's in the major pentatonic scale if not its in the minor pentatonic scale.

Based on the number of characters the site will be awarded a synthesiser.

The drums will be determined by dividing the number of characters that are music note for the total.

At least that is what CODEORGAN about page said!
Did you think I made all that up?
I don't have that kind of imagination.

Anyway I know that CODEORGAN is kind of pointless, but it's kind of fun for a few minutes...
...for instance my website is in the key of CMajor, and has Horns synthesiser, the drums you have to ear it  for yourself, just copy-paste the link to check it out...

Hope you enjoy, the sound of your websites!

Thursday, 25 February 2010

How to make a video with no money- A Lesson By Gomo

This video-clip is from a Portuguese artist called Gomo, i think his voice is kind of annoying that is why i won't put him in the Great Musician series.Nonetheless he has some great videos.

Like this one of the song "Feeling Alive":

Hope you liked it!
I think it was a good idea...


Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Stand Up Act II : Rob Magnoti

Rob Magnoti is my favourite

Check it out

What was your favourite impression?
Do you have stand up comedians you recommend?


Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Great Guitarists IV: Matt Stevens

I promised myself that the next "Great Guitarists" post wouldn't be about a fingerpicker, so i thought about making a post about one of my very first readers.

Matt Stevens is a guitarist from North London, he uses a technique called Live Looping, which basically means that he plays something while recording it, then the recording his played over and over while he plays and maybe even records other layers of the song.
He controls all this using a pedal.

The most basic example of this would be to play the rhythm while recording it, then playing the solo on top of it.
Hope I didn't mess up the explanation. I am sure Matt could do it better!

I have never tried even the that basic example, so I can only imagine the concentration needed and precision needed to do the trick stuff Matt does.

He already has one album with great reviews called Echo.

This one is called "Flies in The Basement"

You can buy his album Echo on his website.
His Blog.
On his facebook fan page you can find all his links.

Good Luck Mr."One man wall of sound"!

Please Comment, digg, retweet...

Contemporary Madness helping awesome yet unknown musicians since the Twenty-eight of January. Not much tough, maybe one or two more fans, but oh well...

Monday, 22 February 2010

My online Guitar Teachers

This guys have been teaching me guitar for a year, and thanks to them despite the limited time I have to practice, I have made some progress.
Here They are:

Marty Shwartz:
guitarjamzdotcom ----Technical stuff
youcanlearnguitar ----Technical stuff(doesn't post here anymore)
martyzsongs ---- Songs

Justin Sandercoe (Probably the most famous guitar teacher in the world):
JustinSandercoe  ----Technical stuff

Jason Liles:
tallie7487 ---- This guy only has Lessons on "The Swell Season" songs
Hope you can learn from them as I have been learning for the past year.
Quick post because i need to rest, just re-started class and i am not in the rhythm yet.

Tomorrow i will post something with more substance...


Sunday, 21 February 2010

Portuguese Humour I: Smelly Cat

Smelly Cat -The inspector who doesn't know how to ask questions

Do you thinks it's funny?

Please comment,dig, tweet...

Hope you enjoyed it...

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Great Musicians (Famous) II : Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam, a rock band formed in 1990 in Seattle. They played an important role in the Grunge movement of the 90's, with bands like Nirvana.

Since then they have recorded nine albums, the first being "Ten" and the last "Backspacer" with memorable songs like "Betterman", "Alive" and "Ledbetter" just to name a few.

The current members of the band are(with wikipedia links):
Eddie Vedder(vocals,guitar)
Mike McCready(lead guitar)
Stone Gossard(rhythm guitar)
Jeff Ament (bass guitar)
Matt Cameron(drums)

My favourite song of the new album "Just Breath":

I am going to see them for the first time this summer, in on of the best Portuguese Summer Festivals "Alive!" .
Can't await!

Hope you enjoyed it!

Please comment, dig and\or tweet...
...if you like it...


Friday, 19 February 2010

Quick Post due to time constrains...(Shout-out to partners)

Since I have to figure out my schedule for the next semester, I am just going to give a shout-out to my partners.

Del Handley» Personal Blog of Del Handley
Really cool blog, with the personal views of Del Handley on all sorts of subjects
From a friend, to tell you the truth it's a terrible blog but check it out anyway...(he is going to be pissed)
Seema Blogs
Also really good personal blog, if you want to know more about Germany you should check it out!

And Introducing:
Very good blog on Entertainment stuff(films, music...). Great reviews in this one!

Hope you enjoy their blogs!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

The coolest Memorial Service ever!

The memorial of Graham Chapman

I hope to have a memorial like this, with people laughing...
...not like ahah is dead...but ahah good fellow...

Thank You Britain for Monty Python

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Great Musicians (Unknown) IV : The Swell Season

Glens Hanslard (also in The Frames) and Marketa Irglova are the The Swell Season since 2005.

They both stared in the movie Once where they rose to prominence, and received and Oscar for Best Original Song "Falling Slowly"

They have released three albums, The Swell Season, Once soundtrack and Strictly Joy.

Not sure if they should be in the Unknown category, but they are not as famous as I think they should, so...

Here is my favourite song "Lies":

Here is their official site.

Hope you enjoyed it please comment, dig, tweet if you like.

Contemporary Madness helping awesome yet unknown musicians since the 28 of January. Not much tough, maybe one or two more fans, but oh well...

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Great Guitarists III: Joe Robinson

Joe Robinson or Smokin' Joe, was born in Australia on the twenty-fifth of May.

He won "Australia's got talent" performing Tommy Emmanuel's arrangement of "Classical Gas". In 2009 he won the World Championships of Performing Arts, becoming the youngest person to do so, and also the first instrumentalist.

In 2005 he released his debut CD called Birdseed, and in 2009 he released his second album "Time Jumpin'".

Here is my favourite song:

His YouTube Channel: 7680joe
Official Site

Please comment, dig, tweet, stand up, sit down...joking...except for the comment, dig, tweet part, you should spread the word if you like him.

Contemporary Madness helping awesome yet unknown musicians since the Twenty-eight of January. Not much tough, maybe one or two more fans, but oh well... 

Monday, 15 February 2010

Great Films III: Real Time

Real Time is the story of a compulsive gambler that was given one hour to live by a man hired to kill him.The film is as the title implies shot in real time,it's about 70 minutes long.

It stars Jay Baruchel as Andy Hayes the compulsive gambler, and Randy Quaid as Reuban "the hitman", loved both performances.

The film is Drama with quite a bit of comedy which is done mostly by Jay Baruchel.
Loved the film you should definitely see it.

The Trailer

Here is the IMDB Link

Hope you like it

Filipe Pinto Wins Portuguese Idol

Filipe Pinto a great singer and a true Idol!
And he is very humble...
...Not like one of the other contestants who shall remain nameless...Carlos Third place, really?(this is more for the Portuguese Readers who follow the competition)

Here is his last performance Pearl Jam's "Betterman"

After he won he sang "Ouvi dizer" by Ornatos Violeta (his favourite performance and mine as well):

Also a word for Diana who came second, and would have been a deserving winner.

Long live good music!

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Humour Sketch III : A bit of Fry and Laurie

Another Fry and Laurie sketch, this time its a song called "All we gotta do is".

 Very funny, check it out...

What do you think? funny?

Good Laughs!

Friday, 12 February 2010

Anwser to a reader: I am tired of tech (kind of)

Del Handley writer of Personal Blog of Del Handley, asked me why i didn't write about my course (computer science).

My answer is quite odd, because what happened to me, and i know it has happened to others, is that ever since I started the course i became more unaware of  the latest news in tech.

Contrary to what some people believe, i am not learning what's the best processor in the market, or if the iPad is a good idea!
I am learning how it all works, in other words the "boring stuff".

And the reason why don't pay attention to tech related news so much now, its because I hear about it all day long that the last thing I want to do when I get home is read about more technology even if its the "cool stuff".

Now everyone is thinking, that i hate my own field of study...
Not the case i just want to do something else with the time that the course leaves me.

Thanks for the question Del!

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Stand Up Act I: Demetri Martin

This is one of my favourite comedians:

This bit is called Large Pad

He is actually very clever!
This is a palindrome.(a text that also can be read backwards and forwards)
This one is a 224 word poem.
It's impressive!
(click on picture for original size)

Hope you enjoyed it!
Tell me what you think!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

If you have a boring life press 1...


I should have stopped writing at "1" because I should be studying for tomorrow's exam. Oh well...
Already had one today, I have to relax a bit.



Now study, but first I have to introduce my fellow bloggers:
Del Handley» Personal Blog of Del Handley
Seema Blogs

Nice blogging to them and my readers (All five eh eh eh)...

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Great Musicians (Unknown) III : Jess Delgado

Jess Delgado is a 20 year old musician, and she is currently learning her trade at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

She regularly uploads videos on YouTube on her account jessddelgado, she has about 10 of them, plus a few more on some of her friends accounts.

Here she is singing John Lennon's "Imagine" with Kris Collins (keys) and Andrew Rhim (guitar)

Here "Such Great Heights" Postal Service with AJ Rafael(the video his posted on his account)

You can follow her on twitter: @JESSDELGADO

I will probably write a post on the other musicians featured in the videos in the future.

Hope you enjoy her music and follow her!
Please comment!

Contemporary Madness helping awesome yet unknown musicians since the 28 of January. Not much tough, maybe one or two more fans, but oh well...

Monday, 8 February 2010

Portuguese Idol - Filipe Pinto Final Performance

Last night the third edition Portuguese Idol came to an end, kind of...
...Because they decided to reveal the winner a week later grrr...

Before the final show I wanted Filipe to win based on my musical taste and I wouldn't be mad if Diana won.
But after the final performances, it has to Filipe he was better in all the four songs!

Is performance of Nirvana's "Lithium":

It's funny that in what is supposed to be a pop contest, two Rockers reach the final.

Great Performance by Filipe, check out my you tube channel for other videos:

What do you think about the performance?
Would he have a chance in your country's idol?


Sunday, 7 February 2010

Portuguese Idol - Diana Piedade

Diana Piedade although not my favourite contestant she is very deserving of reaching the final, the only reason I would like to see Filipe win is because of my musical taste.
Their both talented in their own way!

Diana Entered the competition Rock n' Roll girl, but since then has managed to expand her horizons.

Here She is singing "Live and Let Die" Guns N' Roses

This is a Portuguese Song called "E Depois do Adeus"(After the goodbye) by Paulo De Carvalho
(On a cultural note, this song was played on the radio in 1974, has the signal for the beginning of the Portuguese Revolution against the oppressive regime in power at the time)

Link To my post on the other contestant Filipe Pinto.

Who is your favourite?
Would they do well in your country's idol?

Please Comment...

Saturday, 6 February 2010

How do you feel about subtitles?

Here in Portugal, he don't dub anything but children stuff, which is good I hate to watch a dubbed film.

In the English speaking countries, people probably don't deal with subtitles a lot so i would like to do a little experiment!

The next video is from a comedy group called "Gato Fedorento" (translates to Smelly Cat), they are our Monty Pythons!

See if you find it funny:

Sorry for the video quality!
If you enjoyed this, I will translate and upload videos myself with good quality!

Please Comment, i need your feedback on this one!

Good Laughs!

Friday, 5 February 2010

Great Guitarists II : Phil Whybra

Phil Wybra is 18 years old(not 21 has i had previously said), and i have been following him on YouTube for quite some time, actually he introduced me to the likes of Doyle Dykes and Tommy Emmanuel and fingerpicking in general, which is kind of odd first listening to a cover of a kid and only after the original by "The Master", but thanks for that i can't stop listening to fingerstyle guitar now.

If you see his first videos and compare them with the more recent one, you will see a lot of progress. It would be interesting for him to record a video of a song he played in the early years for comparison.

For now he has only put "out there" covers, but I hope he develops some material of his own in the future and makes a record.
He will have at least one buyer!

Is more recent video, where he plays Borsalino in the style of Tommy Emmanuel:

Useful Links:
You Tube Account: Pkw101
Twitter: @PhilWhybra

Hope you subscribe and support him!
Let me know what you think!

Please upload more videos Phil...

Great Musicians (Unknown) II: David Fonseca

A Portuguese Artist which despite unknown for the world population is very famous in Portugal!
He first started as the lead singer of Silence 4 in 1998, where he achieved great success until 2002 when the band ended.
In 2003 he released is first album "Sing me Something New", he has since released 3 more albums, the last of them called "Between Waves", in which he played all the instruments.

His first solo single "Someone that cannot love":

With Silence 4 cover of erasure's "A little Respect" (Silence 4 made it better in my opinion):

Do you like it?
Please Comment!


Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Humour Sketch II: A bit of Fry and Laurie

Very nice tv show from the brilliant minds of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.
And yes that is House!

The Sketch:

Do you like it?
Please Comment

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Great Films II : Summer (2008)

"Shaun and Daz are vibrant kids, wasted by their experience of education. All they have is their friendship and for Shaun his first love Katy..."

I saw this one very recently, it's relatively unknown, and I only saw it because I have been going trough some of the films starring Robert Carlyle ( A very good actor by the away).

Carlyle plays Shaun a kid with a difficult childhood who takes care of his sick friend Daz, played by Steve Evets. When Daz's health starts to deteriorate he is "forced" remember/relive  his childhood including is love for Katy played by Rachael Blake.

What i enjoy the most about the film is that it really feels like a true story, that happens more than it should.
I think you will find the same.
Here is the Trailer:

Now some additional info and links:
IMDb page

Hope you enjoy it, it's sad but a great film.

Tell me what you think!

Portuguese Idol - Filipe Pinto

Filpe Pinto is my favourite contestant of the Portuguese Idol, he as an unique voice kind of similar to Eddie Vedder's .
He has sung Radiohead, Santana, oasis amongst others...

I will show you my favourite performance where he sings in English, and I will also throw in one in Portuguese.

The english one is Oasis' "Don't look back in anger":

The Portugues is "Ouvi Dizer"(Loosely translates to "I heard") from Ornatos Violeta:

He is already in the Top 2, which will be this Sunday. I will let you know if he wins!
The other contestant is actually my second favourite her name is Diana I will post some videos soon.

how do you think he would do in your country's idol?
Comments are welcome!