Reviews

NWPUNKROCK: 30 plus years of punk in the northwest [2007]

"NWPUNKROCK" is a indie documentary showcasing the last 30 plus years of punk in the northwest - from Vancouver, BC to Olympia, Wa and Seattle. It's not an expensive, full blown production, but rather a labor of love and passion for punk music that deserves some recognition. As Dave, the films producer says, it is not an attempt to showcase every band to ever exist, but show a cross section of a little bit of every era. You will find lots of interesting interviews from bands and musicians separated by plenty of rare concert footage - it is a very raw look at the history of punk in the northwest.

SXSW: 2009 Compilation

The South by Southwest SXSW music festival is one of the largest and most popular in the United States. For the fifth year in a row, SXSW has released a DRM-free, RIAA-safe collection of songs totaling 6 GB, which can all be downloaded for free, thanks to BitTorrent. For some of the previous editions, SXSW itself has offered torrents showcasing the artists scheduled to perform at the festival.

Windows Vista – Customization Manual [Book of How To’s] by Rich Robinson

Windows Vista - Customization Manual [Book of How To's] is written by Rich Robinson, the creator of minthywhite.com, a very helpful Windows Guide website. This is a second of his free e-books. The first one, [insert link to the post here] "Windows Vista - The Pocket Guide" covered the basics of customizing, improving, and organizing your Windows Vista machine. "Windows Vista - Customization Manual" goes more into detail about the customization process itself teaching the user how to make their computer's operating system work as if it would be created just for them.

The Franks: Un E.P.

The Franks is an indie punk band from Los Angeles, California. In 2008 they've released their debut "album" entitled "Un E.P." under a Creative Commons license. I put the word "album" in quotes because they zoom through the material in under 15 minutes with 2 songs being in the area of one minute (maybe that's why is it called "Un E.P.)! Aside from their length, the songs are actually pretty fun and enjoyable.

Grace Valhalla: PEAK~

Grace Valhalla is a young, fresh female French DJ & composer. To date, she's released four albums - "PEAK~" is her second. It's the most electronic of her creations and definitely worth a listen. Download the Zipped Album & a torrent file here.

Jing

Jing is a very nifty and user friendly screen capture application from TechSmith. You can use it to snap a picture or even record a video of your computer screen and then share the media with whom every you might like over web, email or IM.

Tim Fite: Over the Counter Culture

Tim Fite is an American singer, song-writer from New Jersey living and working in Brooklyn. His releases vary widely in style going between indie to alternative to country to hip hop. He used to be a half of an comedy rap duo Little T & One Track Mike best known for their 2001 single “Shaniqua.” After the success of their first single, they went on releasing another one and touring for two years with Outkast, Blink 182, Green Day, My Morning Jacket, Ben Kweller and many others.

Sita Sings the Blues

Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.