True to his words on the hunt for exotic guitar brutalities, ‘Guitar God’ Steve Vai, has shared his inner feelings about the track ‘Innerness’ from his upcoming album. The latest post from Steve, on the social media site reads:
“Sometimes I sit in the studio and get an idea, work on it and when I listen to it back, it surpasses my expectations. That’s what just happened here at the new Harmony Hut and I’m blown away. Painfully beautiful piece called “Innerness”. The new record is starting to take shape from audio gold. I just can’t wait for you to hear it.
I know it’s taking me a long time. It always does. So sorry about that.
With anticipation building up for the new 2011 Steve Vai album, the eager fans know that this is definitely worth waiting. Meanwhile as announced in the official Steve Vai website, ‘“The Bodhi Tree” VaiTunes #7 is now available online for download on all the major digital music retailers
iTunes, Amazonmp3, Rhapsody, Napster, eMusic, Lala.com, IMVU, Shockhound, Amie Street, LimeWire Store and the Nokia Music Store. ‘The Bodhi Tree digital booklet PDF‘ is also available on the VaiTunes page.
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Augustana was the soulful self at the high-profile South By Southwest (SXSW) 2011. Photos of the band performing at the event emerged on Facebook. The images attributed to the artist Jesse DeFlorio are in the slideshow below:
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Let me tell you about heartache and the loss of god
Wandering, wandering in hopless night
Out here in the perimeter there are no stars
Out here we IS stoned
(Credit lyrics ~The Doors -Stoned Immaculate)
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These precious illusions in my head did not let me down
When I was defenseless
And parting with them is like parting with invisible best friends
These precious illusions in my head did not let me down
When I was a kid
And parting with them is like parting with childhood best friends
::: Alanis Morissette ::: Precious Illusions Lyrics :::
Love is the cure and Love is the disease! This valentine’s day, LexicalPixies recommends some of the best love songs, woven with the magic of love and melody by some of the greatest bands and artists.
1. Love will keep us alive
Album: Hell Freezes Over
“I was standing
All alone against the world outside
You were searching
For a place to hide
Lost and lonely
Now you’ve given me the will to survive
When we’re hungry…love will keep us alive
When we’re hungry…love will keep us alive”
Sung by the bassist of Eagles, Timothy Bruce Schmit, this track on solace and sustenance of love is a must-hear song for Valentine’s day.
2. Can’t Fight This Feeling
Band/Artist: REO Speedwagon
Album: Wheels Are Turnin’
“I can’t fight this feeling any longer.
And yet I’m still afraid to let it flow.
What started out as friendship,
Has grown stronger.
I only wish I had the strength to let it show.”
This love ballad by REO Speedwagon describes an evolution of a friendship into love. The song stands the test of time to prove that true love and friendship can not be separated.
Band/Artist: Bryan Adams
“Baby you’re all that I want
When you’re lyin’ here in my arms
I’m findin’ it hard to believe
We’re in heaven”
This power ballad will make you believe that true love is heaven. Pixies strongly recommend the unplugged version of the song.
4. You’re Still the One
Band/Artist: Shania Twain
Album: Come on Over
“Looks like we made it
Look how far we’ve come my baby
We mighta took the long way
We knew we’d get there someday
They said, “I bet they’ll never make it”
But just look at us holding on
We’re still together still going strong”
A perfect song for couples who have been through hell and still staying together.
Band/Artist: Guns N’ Roses
Album: G N’ R Lies
“Shed a tear ’cause I’m missin’ you
I’m still alright to smile
Girl, I think about you every day now
Was a time when I wasn’t sure
But you set my mind at ease
There is no doubt
You’re in my heart now”
One among the best songs of G’N R, Patience is the medicine for couples going through a rough patch.
6. Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
Band/Artist: Van Halen
“I can’t stop loving you
And no matter what I say or do
You know my heart is true
Oh, oh, I can’t stop lovin’ you”
A classic love ballad written by all the members of Van Halen hails the kind of unique and pure love that is everlasting.
7. You and I
Album: Pure Instinct
“You and I just have a dream
to find our love a place
where we can hide away
you and I were just made
to love each other now
forever and a day”
A melody that will quickly turn very personal for couples in love.
8. Coming Back to Life
Band/Artist: Pink Floyd
Album: The Division Bell
“Lost in thought and lost in time
While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted
Outside the rain fell dark and slow
While I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime
I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the moment had arrived
For killing the past and coming back to life”
This song describes the kind of love that has brought several back to life.
9. I Live My Life For You
Album: 3 (Three)
“Y’know you’re everything to me and I could never see
The two of us apart
And you know I give myself to you and no matter what you do
I promise you my heart”
Sway with this love song by the American rock band Firehouse on the beautiful promise of love.
10. More than Words
Album: Extreme II: Pornograffiti
“Saying I love you
Is not the words I want to hear from you
It’s not that I want you
Not to say, but if you only knew
How easy it would be to show me how you feel
More than words is all you have to do to make it real
Then you wouldn’t have to say that you love me
Cos I’d already know”
As the title suggests, this ‘Extreme’ song urges lovers to show feelings of love with actions, in turn making them real .
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Since the dawn of mankind, art – to a great extent – has been influenced by the external world. At some level artistic expression can be defined as the result of the mingling or rather clashing of the internal with the external. Events across the world and international politics are therefore muses for several artists. Street art and graffiti probably illustrate this phenomenon the best. In the recent past, an unusual muse has emerged for artists across the globe – Julian Assange.
From a coloring book to full-fledged tribute art – the art world seems to be at the awe of the silver haired Australian. The founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks is easily one of the most spoken about and debated about personality in the world. Assange’s efforts to bring out the secrets that the authorities want to push under the rug have shaken the world order. A hero to many, villain to few – artistic tributes to the controversial man is now popping up in every street corner, as well as on the world of internet.
Dubbing Assange the “new folk hero”, a post on Brooklyn Street Art observed,”Pre-dating the modern ‘Street Art’ movement, the street has traditionally been an outlet for the voice of the people and social movements have almost always gained purchase there.
“Posters of underground heroes are as old as ‘Wanted: Billy the Kid’ nail-ups that people used to rip down and take home. The amount of politically motivated Street Art you see or even themes surrounding social issues seem to ebb and flow in quantity, but they are ever present. Villain to some and emerging folk hero to others, Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has already inspired a comic book in addition to some pieces on the street.”
At the fun end of the spectrum, a website simply called Julian Assange Colouring Book allows users to enjoy the relaxing benefits of “Coloring in” ready made outlines of the gifted computer hacker/journalist/founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.
“‘Collateral murder’, ‘Cablegate’, sexual misconduct charges against Julian in Sweden, calls for his assassination by the CIA, intrigue, suspense, and conspiracy theories – it all makes for pretty serious stuff.
“So where does the Julian Assange Coloring Book fit in? Well, simply put, it’s not “serious stuff”. It’s a coloring book about Julian Assange (with the occasional WikiLeaks page for good measure),” reads the website’s about section.
But the frivolity – so to speak – ends there as the versatility of the tribute art dedicated to Assange does not fail to awe. A point that needs to be stressed here is the fact that the pieces of reverence towards Assange come from all corners of the world. Amorfart, Hungarian street art site, showcased the making of a five layer stencil on a vinyl album, while the street art from Melbourne has been displayed for the world to see on the photo-sharing website Flickr by Regan Tamanui.
But the best of the lot comes from a French artist called Thierry Ehrmann. Ehrmann is quite a controversial figure. The artist born in Lyon is the founder and current chairman of the Serveur Group, a company that manages databases of art auction quotations through ArtPrice website. Ehrmann sparked off a row in connection with the decoration of his house, the Abode of Chaos. The house located in the peaceful village stick outs as the artist turned it into a replica war zone. Ehrmann is fighting a legal battle to sustain his house in which lives over 2,500 artworks from different artists.
Ehrmann’s photostream on Flickr contains an impressive collection of Assange-inspired art. The first of the three portraits of Julian Assange at the Abode of Chaos has been painted by an artist called Thomas Foucher. The second one has been posted on the occasion of Assange’s arrest, while the third and the most impressive one by Ehrmann has been posted to celebrate Assange being named the Man of the Year by Le Monde. The third portrait of Assange incorporates the fictitious cult-rebel hero ‘V for Vendetta’. While the right half of the portrait is that of Assange, the Guy Fawkes mask that ‘V’ wears forms the left half. This portrayal is extremely striking due to the parallel drawn between the man who fought against the totalitarian government in the Graphic-Novel series by Alan Moore and the man who is fighting against the tightlipped and seemingly scheming leaders and authoritative bodies in a world – present and real – plagued by many miseries.
Who the . . . !!
The Valentine’s Day just got special for music lovers in LA as the ‘Sweet and Low’ rockers Augustana will be performing alongside Lucinda Williams at Bardot on February 14.
Announcing this on Facebook, Augustana wrote, “Hey LA friends, we’re going to be joining the incredibly talented Lucinda Williams for It’s A School Night at Bardot on February 14th (Valentine’s Day)! You can RSVP on their website… See you then!”.
Those interested in attending can RSVP on It’s A School Night website.
Augustana has over 170,000 fans on Facebook.
While the gig comes as a great news for the Augustana and Lucinda Williams’ fans in LA, most of the comments on the social networking site were from the disappointed ones.
“GRRRR! I live on the east coast but would be there in a heartbeat if I could! That would be my dream valentine’s day!!” wrote Emily Tennant.
Korey Vallance wrote, “Yet another reason I wish I lived in LA.”
However, one question in the comments threads that did strike us was from Todd Zilla, who asked, “new record any time soon?”
We hope Augustana would heal the thousands of aching hearts who have missed all the recent shows and the one coming up on Valentine’s Day by just releasing a new album.
While Kim Kardashian blazed the red carpet in Marchesa at the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) Awards in Los Angeles, the internet was set on fire by the nude photos of the actress/socialite as she posed for the W Magazine late last year. Google Trends has been volcanic with related search terms.
Kim Kardashian went bare for W Magazine’s ‘Art Issue’. On the cover shot, Kardashian’s assets are covered by strategically placed text bars. In the feature within the magazine, the bombshell is covered with absolutely nothing but silver paint.
If you are wondering how the magazine shots taken last year has yet again made it back to the spotlight, it is all thanks to the show Kourtney and Kim Take New York on E!.
The photos were mentioned on the last night’s episode of the show. The mention seems to serve two purposes. For one, it revived the interest in the ‘W’ photos, which back when released caused quiet a lot of commotion coupled with the Playboy photos. On the other hand, the nudity was hoped at also reviving the show, which seems to be losing popularity without Khloe.
Nothing sells like sex!!