Site downtime…

Update: More downtime today (31st July), seems to be all sorted out again though…

As you may have noticed, rawkstar availability has been sporadic of late, but it’s back up again!! My webhost have had a few power problems and other webhost type problems lately.

Hopefully the site will stay up and be accessable again (without excessive page loading times… e.g., waiting a minute for each page to load) as opposed to what it’s been like the past week!

News we can’t be bothered to post on rawkstar #1

Well, here is a round up of various news items from the big bad internet none of the team (including myself) could be bothered to copy and paste into the rawkstar news page.

Yes, I only went through the NME, Drowned in Sound and thisisfakediy news pages but that’s all we need for one news post!!.

Enjoy!

Blog Design

I know the current colour scheme doesn’t fit the rest of the rawkstar site, I will change it to the ‘red’ scheme at some point! I’m really just posting this to see what 2 Quickies look like together :). Also, I’m tempted to not show the quickies on the rawkstar.net homepage (in the recent blog entries list), what do y’all think?

Quickie

As you may notice, I’ve changed the theme the rawkstar blog uses. Now it has these small entries called ‘quickies’ (wordpress people call them asides, I prefer calling them quickies). So, you may now see more random small comments from the team here!

Rap Music – and it’s repercussions

You’ve all probably seen the viral on YouTube regarding “AverageHomeboy”…

Is anyone else aware that this guy is actually for real? That to this day, he is still marketing himself as a rapper? Blazin’ Hazen, however, has dropped the really, really poor Casio keyboard drum machine and gone for something… yeesh… ‘darker’ (Imagine the whole East Coast/West Coast rap rivalry. Where the West were into G-Funk and slowed out beats, the East brought out an edgier product e.g Wu Tang Clan)

Anyhoo – blazinhazen.com

You try figure out if it’s a gimmick or for real these days

Hello again….

Firstly, great thanks for everyone at Rawkstar to allow me back to write. I’ve been on somewhat of a religious mission working on online radio and so forth, but it’s nice to be writing again.
(I’m a suck up at heart)
Anyhoo – my question is, what happened to all the great bands of the early 90’s? I’m talking about bands like Luscious Jackson, Elastica, Sleeper, Juliana Hatfield, Buffalo Tom… I could go on and on and on. These were bands who dominated a time where the whole ‘alternative’ scene was cool, that it wasn’t bogged down into the scheme of stereotypical genre placement (it all gets so confusing these days as well, especially trying to follow genre’s of dance music), who got masses of time on MTV and other sources of music television, and were definitive “college” rock bands (there, I used one of the stereotypes I tried to stray away from”. Only today I stuck on “Tree House” by Buffalo Tom and nearly shed a damn tear when next on my iPod came Razorlight. It’s not that I hate Razorlight, it’s just not the same – the contrasts between music and glamour.

I do, however, count my lucky stars bands like Mudhoney and Sonic Youth are still on the go. I jumped for joy when I heard The Pixies were reforming for a few ‘nostalgic’ shows. I jumped even more when rumours broke that Smashing Pumpkins might reform. Sadly though, some of these bands seem to have been caught up in the media hype machine. beloved Foo Fighters seems more preoccupied now raising political awareness and telling dick jokes than going back to their rugged, less-than-polished heavy routes (that’s coming from a die hard Foo Fighters fan as well… so yeah, I am taken aback by it all), meanwhile Courtney Love is peddling her wares with Steve Coogan, allegedly, of all people.

Oh well, at least we’ve still Dinosaur Jr.

I’m off to wipe the tears from my eyes 😛

Albums of the year?

I’d just like to highlight some of the releases I am mostly looking forward to in the coming weeks/months, in the hopes that you, dear reader, will tell me which you are excited about and so we can all relish in the exchange of information. Anyway, here it goes!

– Asobi Seksu: Citrus. New York band that sounds like a swirling dream of wonderfulness. Album out a the end of this month, I do believe.
– This et Al: Sabbatical. We’re quite fond of this lot over at rawkstar hq, and their next single and upcoming album should be immense.
– Bloc Party: whatever it is called. Are you excited? I am. Hopefully it’ll be less punk-funk, and blog posts assure me this is the case.
– Mean+Flower: Untitled. The return of Europe’s best unsigned poprock band?

Now, your turn!

Placebo .Meds – Fancy packaging!

I ordered the new Placebo album ‘Meds’ the other week from HMVs website, at the time I thought £17.99 was a bit much for a CD with a bonus CD. But I ordered it anyway! It’s one of my CD buying ‘rules’, if there is a special edition, I have to get it! This applies even if I’m not a massive fan of the band… Anyway, I’m still not convinced that it was worth £17.99. – Edit: I just found it on Amazon for a whole £7 cheaper! D’oh. Oh well, that’ll teach me not to shop around!

Back to the album itself, the packaging looks like a book, the book part has mostly images with the song lyrics, CD/DVD content and the usual credits part in it. The first half of the book is promo pictures of the album artwork, which is basically an almost naked woman, the rest of it contains pictures from the recording of the album, random arty shots of walls and guitars etc.

I will try and get a review up of the music and DVD at some point, but here are a couple of pictures of the packaging taken with my cameraphone (so excuse the poor quality…). Click the thumbnails below to view.

Placebo .Meds (packaging 2)Placebo .Meds (packaging 1)