Archive for 27/07/2010

This album review was written sometime in March or February, however, this album has proven to be one of my favorites for 2010 and it’s unlike what we’ve been mostly bombarded with on the radio. I really hope you give it a listen after you read this review. Enjoy 🙂

British electro-rock connoisseurs Hot Chip have been leaving their distinguished mark on the music world for the past decade. It is with their new release “One Life Stand,” however, that they really cement their standing as a band that can combine the latest technologies, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and melodic voices in one album. Though the use of auto-tune is greatly obvious, it serves a point here, unlike with the rest of the music being made available to the public at the moment.

Album Cover

Born out of the concept of transforming “a one night stand into a one life stand,” as vocalist Alexis Taylor has put it, the band’s fourth release dabbles with issues of commitment and long-term relationships, be it romantic or non-romantic ones. The overall theme is delivered beautifully thanks to ingenious lyric-writing and Taylor’s smooth high-pitched vocals combined with second vocalist Joe Goddard’s dreamy bass voice. The carefully tailored instrumental part, courtesy of the rest of the group, serves as a plus point for the band.
The album opens with a steady percussion beat, before Taylor begins to sing the first verse of “Thieves in the Night,” a song that deals with finding the love of a lifetime and hanging onto them, especially after the long search. The key verse in the song “happiness is what we all want” is something everyone can relate to and it is highlighted by the very upbeat background music.
Second track “Hand Me down Your Love” has a distinct jazzy feel to it with very simplistic and repetitive lyrics, making it easier for the listener to remember this when going through the record. It continues the theme that was established in its predecessor,  ensuring cohesion. (more…)

Sounds like any other case in court that could possibly be thrown out, right?

Well, you are wrong. Read on to know what’s going on here.

Last week, a German court threw out a case of a 60 year old schoolteacher vs. her 16 year old pupil where the student allegedly tormented her teacher by…so many thoughts are going through your mind but it’s none of them..drawing rabbits on the blackboard!

Yeah, I was kind of laughing about this too, but this story gets interesting from here.

Apparently, the teacher has some ‘paralyzing fears’ of rabbits, according to The Local, a German newspaper. Witnesses saw the teacher running out of class crying after seeing the mere image of the rabbit on the blackboard.

Well, this isn’t the first time such a thing happens…to the teacher.

Look at her, it's good rabbits don't fear her (or do they?)

Two years ago, at another school, Marion V. took another student to court for similar reasons and reached a settlement that the pupil would never claim that the plaintiff “freaked out” when she saw an image of or heard the word ‘rabbit’.

Kim Pohl, the student involved in the most recent case, happened to be a student at the above mentioned school where Marion V. taught. Now we know how Pohl found out!

Pohl’s mother was really relieved with the court’s decision (no shit) and that her daughter has been suffering psychologically (yeah right, she probably couldn’t get any sleep at night) and that the case shouldn’t have been allowed to go so far (now that’s a shocker).

Just when you thought you saw enough in life…