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Best of the Music, 2010.

5 Feb

(Apologies if you tried to view this yesterday – wordpress published it as blank and the backup was only half done -_- … So here it is written again.)

Music time! 2010 had quite a few good songs, it didn’t live up to 2009 in terms of club music, but there were some gems. I don’t know the in’s and out’s of the music scene, so my description may amount to ‘I like this’. But anyways, without further ado and in no particular order, here’s a few of my 2010 favorites;

Life Stream

By Tim And Sam’s Tim And The Sam Band With Tim And Sam

During the summer solstice day I came across Tim And Sam’s Tim And The Sam Band With Tim And Sam Band. At the time me and some friends were messing about making wands in an attempt to celebrate the summer solstice in the most pagan way we could think of. I decided to find some music to fit the freaky hippy theme, so typed ‘Summer Solstice’ into Spotify. It went through some batshit music, which is what I wanted really~ But one song stood out as it actually sounded awesome; ‘Summer Solstice’ by Tim and Sam. A few months after discovering that single, Tim and Sam released their first album, Life Stream.

The album features relaxing, ambient instrumental tracks, however about two or three have vocals. I’ve read Tim and Sam are classed in the Nu-Folk genre, but that means nothing to me. My personal favorites are Summer Solstice, One Day Like This and Coming Home. The songs make me smile and realise how good life really is. I find myself admiring the wind blowing leaves and thinking over happy memories. It just really chills me out~

They’re pretty much an unknown band, so I’m doing my best to spread the word! If you find yourself on a day with a clear sky, stick the album on, relax and see what you think :)

The Tim and Sam website, which has some tracks to listen to, click here!

Teenage Dream

By Katy Perry

Firework is mint. There’s probably other songs on this album, I dunno, I forget, but have you heard Firework? Its mint.

Ok, ok, the song is not perfect. I take a small issue with implying a plastic bag would want to ‘start again’ when it’s ‘drifting through the wind’, those lyrics leave a bit to be desired… but even that cannot quell my love of this song! It’s very nearly my song of 2010. Firework is so easy to sing along too and makes anyone want to get on the dancefloor :3 It’s Perry’s personal favorite, so I hope we’ll hear more in it’s style. Other highlights are (obviously) Teenage Dream and California Gurls.

We no speak Americano

By Yolanda Be Cool

No, I’m not joking.

It may just be one song, but We No Speak Americano makes it onto my list as it will always remind me of some awesome club times in 2010. When I first heard this song, I thought my friend had requested it as a joke haha, and I remember it seemed to go on for forever – but I think that was just because I was so tired and it requires constant jumping along too @_@! It’s an awesome beaty, crazy sounding song that makes you want to get up and dance. Plus it’s funny sounding, always a bonus. 10/10!

Aphrodite

By Kylie Minouge

A big Kylie fag here, I’m going to see her in a few months which will be aweeeesome. Aphrodite did lack a certain something, it’s perhaps too generic now people have heard Gaga, but its still a good album. Kylie always manages to write music that makes you feel active and want to get up and seize the day – plus she’s like the nicest person ever <3. What really made this album appear on my list is Get Outta My Way. I listened to that a helluva lot over summer while riding my bike or jogging, it makes you want to go twice as fast~! It’s a really good song with nice energy, it should have done better then it did. Other catchy tracks include All The Lovers and Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love Tonight).

Telephone

By Lady Gaga

Eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, ehhh. I really like this song. Eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, ehhh, ehhh.

The Fame Monster was 2009, but Telephone was released as a single in 2010, so I’m stuffing it into my list. Firework would be my tune of 2010 were it not for Lady Gaga’s Telephone. There’s nothing bad about this song and if you don’t like or know why this song is awesum, where have you been?! In Turkey!?

Protip: Discover hours of drunken fun by replacing the word ‘Telephone’ with other forms of communication, such as ‘Faxing’ and ‘Carrier Pidgeon-ing’.

Won’t Go Quietly

By Example

Who doesn’t like Kickstarts? Nazi’s! That’s who! Are you Nazi?

Example has slightly different sound compared to what I normally go for, it’s perhaps a bit more… harsh sounding? Not really sure how to describe it. A little more ‘in your face’ sounding? Again, it’s music that makes you want to jump. A first for my list though, Kickstarts actually makes me a little sad – dunno why – but it’s still a great song. Other noteworthy tunes include Won’t Go Quietly and Last Ones Standing. I only discovered they were all sung by the same person in Autumn, which was a pleasant surprise XD

Misc

Looking forward to 2011:

Gaga’s new single!

Best Song of 2010:

Telephone by Lady Gaga

How the fuck did that get UK number 1 award:

The Time (Dirty Bit) by The Black Eyed Peas

Best song I discovered that was released before 2010:

Flux by Bloc Party

This time ten years ago ‘Best of the Musics, 2000′:

Oops… I Did It Again by Britney Spears,

It Wasn’t Me by Shaggy,

Spinning Around by Kylie Minouge,

Yellow by Coldplay

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Best of the Games, 2010.

23 Jan

I’m jumping on the reflection bandwagon! Each post over the next few days will detail a different category, with about five items that stood out for me in 2010.

Today… Games! I haven’t played or bought a wide variety of games in the past five years, mainly due to Final Fantasy XI being all I needed, a lack of time, money, interest, appealing games and not owning a PS3 or 360. But 2010 was the start of my gap year, meaning a job for monies and more spare time. After getting Steam in November I now have a massive amount of games to play and can hopefully catch up on the past few years!

As I said I don’t own a PS3 or 360 so I’ve not been able to play games such as Red Dead Redemption or Heavy rain, which look awesome and are scooping loads of awards. But here is what I have enjoyed in 2010~

Mass Effect 2


This game is amazing. Plain and simple.

I’ve played Mass Effect 1 & 2 for the first time this year, back to back. Mass Effect 1 disappointed me somewhat. Everything lacked detail and depth which made the universe never feel real, and in consequence the experience was somewhat hollow and lackluster. Also the core story amounted to ‘I dunno lololol’, which while it made me laugh, it wasn’t in a good way!

Mass Effect 2 however is the opposite of my little ME1 review. The amount of money spent on it is obvious, it oozes style. We see the gritty side of the Milky Way in places like Omega and the Citadel Wards, giving the universe depth. The setting and artwork has been nudged heavily towards Bladerunner, and it’s really payed off. I stand in places like Illium and Omega looking out over the landscape in awe. Story and Cutscene direction has improved to no end, I literally tensed up and squealed in parts.  ME2 lets the main storyline take a backseat to the stories of your crew, which means by the ending mission you feel attached to everyone and desperately want them to survive – you know who you’re fighting for. The whole thing was a blockbuster experience :D Go play it if you haven’t!

I wish they’d make models of the Normandy ): It’d look awesome on my shelf.

Fallout: New Vegas


l’ll start by saying Fallout 3 is one of my favorite games ever, so New Vegas has a lot to live up to. I’m a newfag to the Fallout series, starting at 3, as I imagine most people playing New Vegas did. Unfortunately, rather then embracing Bethesda’s restyled setting for the series created in Fallout 3, Obsidian Entertainment are stuck in Fallout 1 & 2, which hampered me from sinking into the world of New Vegas. I believe that why it hasn’t got the acclaim Fallout 3 did.

Despite that, New Vegas is a very good game. One of my favorite things about Fallout is how there’s never a black and white, sometimes an evil option must be taken for good to pass. It’s a true morality system, unlike the one featured in the Mass Effect series – where the good option lets you succeed and the bad lets you kill stuff. The shades of gray in Fallout: New Vegas are why I enjoy it so much. I’m still yet to finish the game however!

Civilization V


Risk for the PS1 is also one of my favorite games evar and I think of Civ V as a 2010 version of that game. I’m a newfag to this series too, so the rants of the Civ IV fanbase are over my head and all I see in Civ V is mintness! I’ll admit I’m not a fan of the game in one player mode, too much time investment for a ‘you win’ screen haha, but in multiplayer with friends Civ V shines. Battle is like a lovely chess match, and the option to avoid battle altogether and still take over the world blows my little Risk based mind! Civ V is a great (long) strategy game that brings out my immense desire to win!

Wii Party


Simple, stupid and shit… but great for a drinking game! Party Phil is welcome at any party of mine!

Many of the games in Wii Party amount to *pure* luck. If I played this game sober I would rage as I’d feel cheated all the time, but in a drinking situation its hilarious! A must try for any alcoholic gamer.

FFXIV


Najustkiddinglol

Misc

Looking forward to 2011:

Mass Effect 3!

Game I played most this year:

Super Smash Bros: Brawl

This time ten years ago ‘Best of the Games, 2000′:

The Sims (1)

Mario Tennis 64