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Engineering Manager / Trail Runner / Budapest, Hungary

SFmag antológia

Az SFmagon eddig megjelent novellákból, fordításokból készült egy antológia, amit ingyen le lehet tölteni ebookként, epub és prc formátumokban.

Én az előbbit választottam, hiszen ezt megeszi az iBooks: iTunesba behúzva azonnal szinkronizálható telefonra. Képernyőn olvasáshoz pedig a hozzáértők a Calibre nevű programot javasolják, ami PDF-et is képes gyártani e-könyvekből.

Igazából Juhász Viktor (Brainoiz) novellájáért töltöttem le, akire azóta nézek fel, mióta kiderült számomra, hogy Neil Gaimant fordított magyarra. A polidori aztán annyira lekötött, hogy a kádban is az iPhonet szorongattam, fittyet hányva a veszélyre.

Nemhiába, a főszereplő egy külföldön tanuló magyar egyetemista, mely helyzettel, azt hiszem, maximálisan tudok azonosulni. Hát igen. Ja, és vannak benne vámpírok is.

Erik Sumo Band

Az immár Verátlan Erik Sumo Band harmadik albumát teljes egészében ingyen letölthetővé tette. Maga az eriksumo.hu is egy Bandcamp oldalra vezet, ahol meghallgatható, és az összes ismert formátumban letölthető a The Ice Tower.

Remélem sokan adnak majd pénzt a koncertekért, fellépésekért, hogy más magyar együttesek is kövessék a jó példát.

Jó látásúak elolvashatják a Quart apróbetűs kritikáját, de szerintem inkább mindenki halgassa meg magának az albumot, akár itt is:

Marina & The Diamonds

For me the best act of this year’s Sziget Festival was definitely Marina & The Diamonds. On her 2010 tour she covered 3OH!3’s Starstrukk and subsequently offered it as a free download as a little present.

[audio:http://sesam.hu/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Marina-The-Diamonds-Starstrukk-Live-In-Norwich.mp3|titles=Starstrukk (Live In Norwich)]

Go Radio

Go Radio is a pop-punk band from Tallahassee, Florida. They have one free download track on Last.fm, Any Other Heart. Turns out, this song was featured in Lastfmdiscover.com‘s acoustic session:

Although former Mayday Parade vocalist Jason Lancaster was looking for some much needed time off and to get away from the daily grind of being in a band, he wasn’t idle very long. Jason was soon putting together and fronting Go Radio. Just after the release of the debut album Lucky Street, Jason along with Alex Reed, Matt “Burns” Poulos and Steven Kopacz stopped by for a Last.fm Discover session. Start by lsitening to the heart-wrenching story that Jason has never really told in detail behind the song “Any Other Heart”…..then witness the rest of the session at Lastfmdiscover.com

They are also found on MySpace.

Asobi Seksu

Aosbi Seksu could probably run for the Best Named Award: アソビ・セクスtranslates to ‘sex for fun’. They were introduced to me by my EU Law professor Johannes back in Japan (visiting from Germany). I almost missed their new shoegaze / dreampop album Fluorescence released in February 2011 off of which Trails is a free download:

[audio:http://sesam.hu/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Asobi-Seksu-Trails.mp3|titles=Trails]

Tribute to Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s iconic Nevermind SPIN magazine asked contemporary artists to cover the album’s tracks in their original order. What’s even better is that the whole shebang is free to download in exchange for an email address. The SPIN website also offers some band interviews on the subject.

Life’s Decay

This is quite a mixture of genres, mainly dark acoustic sounds with a touch of classical. What really makes it interesting is the French vocals. After all, Life’s Decay is a Paris-based duo offering several tracks as free downloads on Last.fm.

I got Inksterna (2007) in the radio but also liked Emerance (2009):

[audio:http://sesam.hu/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Lifes-Decay-Inksterna.mp3|titles=Inksterna] [audio:http://sesam.hu/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Lifes-Decay-Emerance.mp3|titles=Emerance]

My Personal Murderer

Rarely do I get music recommendations on Last.fm and those few are mostly self-marketers. Like this time when Bellerafont (age 20, from Ukraine), the frontman of My Personal Murderer sent his latest song, She’s Dead. Don’t ask why, I haven’t been listening to this band ever before.

[audio:http://sesam.hu/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/My-Personal-Murderer-Shes-Dead.mp3|titles=She’s Dead]

Regardless, I liked what I heard. All their songs are fascinatingly depressive with lyrics of doom and soft guitar-driven melodies. They live on Facebook instead of having a website and most of their material is free to download from Last.fm.

As a bonus here’s a video for Danger Dancer (2011):

Say hello to my kids

Say hello to my kids is a post-rock / indie band from Belgium. Their single You’ve become is used by filmmaker Ramon Haindl as a soundtrack for a photo-shoot documentary short.

Their latest EP, Victims, is free to stream on Bandcamp but for sale only on iTunes. Several tracks from their previous two EPs are available to download on Last.fm, though.

Much like Maybeshewill, the DIY spirit is important for them as well: during their first two EPs they produced, recorded, mixed and mastered everything themselves.

[audio:http://sesam.hu/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Say-hello-to-my-kids-This-Place.mp3|titles=This Place] [audio:http://sesam.hu/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Say-hello-to-my-kids-Say-hello-to-my-kids.mp3|titles=Say hello to my kids]

The Best Pessimist

This is the one man project of musician and composer Sergey Lunev from Odessa, Ukraine. He has several piano-driven instrumental post rock pieces to download for free on Last.fm. So far my favourite is I Just Want To Be Your Everything. I can relate.

[audio:http://sesam.hu/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/The-Best-Pessimist-I-Just-Want-To-Be-Your-Everything.mp3|titles=I Just Want To Be Your Everything]