i’m not sure why it took me so long to realize this but (seemingly) most dubstep is now just trance with a different drum pattern. have a good listen to almost any newish track and you’ll hear it too. same crap senseless lyrics about love or parties or whatever (tonight’s the night we’re going to party. love is in the air…blahblahblah). same build up, plateau, drop, rinse and repeat structure.
there has been a lot of talk in the news about top gear “faking” the results of their recent nissan leaf test. what these journalist fail to realize is that in order to fake something you must first tell people the truth then assert that it didn’t happen. luckily, top gear did neither of those things.
if you haven’t heard, top gear has been accused of running down a battery on the nissan leaf before they road tested it so it would run out of power earlier on in the test. this is true. it’s also true that they didn’t tell the public they’d done this. where the accusation falls flat however is that no one ever said, “what a piece of junk. i had a full charge when i left and only got 40 miles not the 100 miles it’s supposed to.”
the point of this test was to show consumers that charging stations are difficult to find because they are spread quite far apart. if you do fill up at a charging station regularly for a “quick charge” then you risk halving the life of your battery. charging at home will take all night. this test drive was meant to highlight the fact that if you’re running around town and your battery dies then you’ll have to come up with some inventive ways to recharge, kill time or do both.
so what was the real problem people had with this piece? where were the falsehoods? what trickery was really attempted? clarkson said he actually liked the car and that it was comfortable and came with a number of good options. he even commented on the ample trunk space, a feature he hasn’t mentioned since the 80s. all and all he said it was a really good car. it seems that people took offence to the truth. electric cars are overly expensive at the moment, are mostly made of non-recyclable materials, have poor range compared to other cars and require hours to re-fuel. the fact that they’re the “green” alternative is hogwash. what’s green about a car that’s being charged by a nuclear or coal plant? where do these people think all that power is coming from?
this entire ordeal smacks of nissan looking for free publicity and they’ve achieved that. the review wasn’t negative in regards to the leaf and wasn’t really negative to electric cars in general. the truth is they aren’t ready for prime time and won’t be till battery technology gets much much more efficient. you shouldn’t have to pack close to 7000 lithium ion batteries in a car to give it range and power but that didn’t stop tesla from doing it. (the car manufacturer, not the genius.)
i would love to hear someone else’s take on this story so please comment or email me if you disagree. it’s refreshing to see that someone had the sense to remind people that top gear is an entertainment program designed to make you laugh and enjoy the antics of a bunch of middle aged men acting like children.
last night i was in a rather tiny little bar with terrible lighting and only one other patron which i kind of enjoyed. i like small quiet places to drink especially when all they’re playing is misfits, dead kennedys, sex pistols and the germs.
pretty lights is known to some as derek vincent smith. his music jumps back and forth between genres but is rooted in instrumental hip hop. i’ve been hearing a bit of dubstep influence creeping in to his stuff in the last year or so and it will be interesting to see if he develops it further or leaves it at just an influence.
change is gonna come is the first track off his 2008 double album filling up the city skies. it starts out with a sam cooke sample where it gets it’s name from. it took a while to grow on me because pretty lights version is a lot more up beat than i was expecting but it’s hard not to love sam’s voice as he reassures us that no matter what, things will get better if we work for it.
the distillers were pretty great for about two albums then they were much less great. c’est la guerre.
we lie to ourselves or anyone else. i wasn’t a big pennywise fan when i was younger but every once in a while one of their songs pops in my head. this was kind of a neat song because of the intro. good show trying to do something a little different.
that’s about it for this rather self explanatory post.