lala.com – its pretty cool

Quick! Do you like music?

Of course you do! If you don’t you’re probably either deaf or some barely functioning tree man. Anyway, as a music loving individual you probably want your music to be portable so that you can listen to it on the go. iPods are the solution for listening on the go and they are great, but they only have a limited amount of space (especially the solid state stuff like nanos and iPhones). A few days ago I signed up for this site called lala.com.

If you let it, it can look through your music folder and check against it servers, which then gives you the ability to listen to all of the music online. If their server’s don’t have the music, your computer then uploads it. Having a completely mobile library of literally ALL of your music is pretty rad. It’s free so go check it out. Less exciting, lala also gives you the ability to buy music from them.

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

After their last album Strawberry Jam, I’ve been really into Animal Collective. Well now they have a NEW album coming out on Jan. 20th, and everyone with a lick of sense should go and buy it. I plan to get it from amazon via their MP3 download service. It’s usually cheaper than iTunes and the songs are a higher bit rate so that it sounds nicer. Pitchfork has given the album a score of 9.6, which for them is a ridiculously high score. Go preorder this shit it is, as the kids say, “the new joint”.

Rivers Cuomo finds friends – Nov. 25

Rivers Cuomo’s second home recordings album is going to be coming out in a few weeks but hes got one of the songs already up on his myspace page so you can give it a listen if you’d like. I think its pretty good.

From his interview with pitchfork, it sounds like the whole album is shaping up to be pretty great. In the interview both guys say that they prefer Alone 2 over the original. I really enjoyed the last one so this is pretty exciting.

Today I bought 2 things.

How does it feel to be lied to, reader? I actually I bought several things today, we went grocery shopping. The 2 high ticket items are the ones pictured above– Little Big Planet and an Energizer Charge Station for PS3 Controllers. I figured that Little Big Planet is a good way to get some color and light-heartedness after long bouts of Fallout 3, which I plan on playing the majority of the day tomorrow.

Little Big Planet feels a lot better than it did during the beta. A lot of the official levels are really inventive and cool. I’ve also played a lot of the really great user created levels that I’ve been seeing people talk about online.

New Final Fantasy EP

Last night I picked up Spectrum, 14th Century which is the new EP from Final Fantasy the one man band by musician Owen Pallett. Of the included 5 songs, I think my favorite is The Butcher which is a brilliant tune about the end of the world and, what I gather from the lyrics, a priest that turns to cannibalism. Its a really great song and has wonderful vocals and really interesting violin riffs.

Spectrum, 14th Century is only $4.95 on Amazon’s Music store. Check it out.

Weezer (Red Album) Review

Weezer is a band that experienced great success early on in their careers and have been trying to get back to those lofty heights but failing to meet fan expectations with each subsecquent album. With their newest, the Self titled Red Album may be a line in the sand. For me this album is the best thing they’ve put out since 1996’s Pinkerton.

The album bursts out of the gates with everything from “Troublemaker” to “Dreamin'” being pretty good with highlights like “Greatest Man” and “Pig”. The album then takes a turn with “Thought I Knew”. “Automatic” the best of the band sung tracks begins the acent and the album finishes pretty strong.

If they got rid of all the songs fronted by other members of the band I would have given this album a B, but each time one comes up it feels like my ipod is revolting against me and forcing me to listen to some other band before returning to the weezer tunes.

Weezer

I like that a song from Weezer’s upcoming album made it onto the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue soundtrack. “Automatic”, in my opinion is a really catchy, awesome, pop song and its cool to hear the band experimenting with other band members singing (though Rivers’ vocals are always my favorite). I don’t even mind that its a remixed version.

The upcoming “Red” album hits shelves on June 17th. Be there. Oh, and there is another song “Pork n’ Beans” on their official website. Also pretty damn good in my opinion.