Reviews

[TEDTalk] Benjamin Wallace: Does Happiness Have A Price Tag?

Can happiness be bought? This is a question for the ages. One can give an empty philosophical answer or one can be like Ted Wallace---try the most expensive and coveted things in the world and give the answer straight up. He's tasted some of the world's most costly and rarest wine, richest steak, fragrant truffles, outrageously priced coffee, smoothest car, and state-of-the-art bed and toilet seat, among other things. If you're a human being, you don't want to miss this short, humorous yet very informative talk on our civilization's most cherished goals: money and happiness. More so, you'd want to know if those two things are indeed synonymous.

Reead “Nobody’s Innocent” – a pop-dance album with an acoustic touch

Nobody's Innocent is a pop-dance, electro/club album by 27-year old French artist Reead. If you can summarize the whole album in one word, it would have to be "surprising". The collection is a tight mesh of dance tunes and quiet acoustic serenades, which from the sound of it doesn't seem too appealing---but trust me, this album is one surprise you shouldn't miss. The dance tracks reflect the artist's funky side as influenced by constantly evolving pop singer Madonna while the soothing acoustic tracks show the strong impact of pop-rock band Lifehouse on the French singer. Reead manages to pull off this unlikely union of two different genres with admirable aplomb.

Anois – Tree House Whispers – fragile folk-electronica album

Anois is made up of the German pair of Lars Kranholdt and Anne Baier. They describe their songs as "fragile folk-electronica," and they record their songs with instruments as varied as the guitar, melodica, fan organ, glockenspiel, and other acoustic instruments. The result is a rather introspective album that you can relax to, while giving you greater insight into their world if you really listen closely and pay attention to their lyrics. "Tree House Whispers" is a 13-track album available for free via the netlabel Aerotone. As a special bonus, if you subscribe to their newsletter, then you get another EP for free!

Poladroid – The Easiest and Funniest Polaroid Image Maker

Do you miss the days of the Polaroid camera, when you took a picture and a print came out instantly (or after giving it a few shakes)? Do you like the look of photographs taken back in the day? Now, in just three simple steps, you can indulge in that nostalgia. Poladroid is a Polaroid Image Maker, a simple program which allows you to take photos and turn them into Polaroid pictures almost instantly. All you need to do is drag and drop your photo to the program to get a Polaroid version of the original picture!

Escarlatina Obsessiva “Pandemic” – free punk-rock album from Brazilian duo

Escarlatina Obsessiva is a rock duo from Brazil, made up of Karolina (who plays the bass and provides the vocals) and Zaf (who plays the guitar, keyboards, and synthesizers). The duo was formed in 2006, and is influenced by European post punk and American punk rock bands from the 1980s. Escarlatina Obsessiva has already released two albums, "Chants of Lethe" and "Blossomy Parks." Their latest album release is entitled "Pandemic," and it has just been released on the French netlabel Zorch Factory. The album features ten brand-new punk and post-punk tracks.

Megaman Project X – A Freeware Game for All

Megaman Project X is a freeware version of the successful video game franchise Megaman. It lets you choose from 3 characters, Megaman, Zero or Bass, each has specialized weapons that can help you navigate through a particular stage. While Megaman is a sharp shooter, Bass is the only player that can wield a sword and slice through nearby enemies. Zero, on the other hand, has a long sword that can hack obstacles in the way.

“The Politics of Desire” by Revolution Void – a free electric jazz album

With a consistently high ranking on Jamendo, Revolution Void's latest album, The Politics of Desire, has set the standards of electric jazz music quite high. Revolution Void is a music project by Jonah Dempcy, who started it way back in 1995. With the quotation 'We are the facilitators of our own creation' boldly stated in his website, Dempcy released his albums through Creative Commons.As the third album released under the Revolution Void Records net label, The Politics of Desire has a polished selection of electro jazz instrumental songs. It was described as a fresh take to electronic music and had a blend of different sounds.

Yann-Arthus Bertrand: Home

"Home" by Yann-Arthus Bertrand is a visually stunning and thought-provoking documentary about the damage that humans have inflicted on the planet Earth. It is a collection of amazing aerial photos and videos from 54 countries all over the world, showcasing the vast beauty as well as the terrible scars that we left our home during the development of our civilization in the past 200,000 years.The impact of homo sapiens---wise humans---is nearing the critical point when it cannot be reversed anymore. "Home" shows us what we've done and what we stand to lose.

Nick Howard – Something to Talk About Sampler EP

Nick Howard's Something To Talk About Sampler EP contains three of the ten songs in his 2008 Something To Talk About album. For an independent artist, Nick Howard has certainly gone far in the mainstream music industry. He has been featured by different television networks and companies - MTV, BBC, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lifetime, just to mention a few. He has already been featured in the Vogue magazine and has been in different television series shows like The Hills and Army Wives. His music has also reached the movies Knuckle Daggers and My Sassy Girl.