Let’s Review Pomades Vol.1, Review 1: Lockhart’s Goon Grease


pomade-pomadeLockhart’s Goon Grease is a heavy hold pomade created by Steve and Nichole Lockhart, owner and operators of Lockhart’s Authentic Grooming Company in Michigan. Goon Grease applies like a light hold, but keeps your hair up and shining all day according to the Lockhart’s website. Made for “The scary fellas that come from the other side of the tracks,” The Lockharts suggest that Goon Grease is perfect for slick backs, pompadours, and everything in between.

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Lockhart’s Goon Grease comes in a nice and sturdy 4oz tin can. The tin comes in a variety of designs including the original, which just says “Lockhart’s Goon Grease” on the top of the tin (The one featured in this review), the special edition, which features the Goon Grease mascot, and the recent “Goon For President” tin, a presidential campaign button appearance guaranteeing you that Goon Grease is a “REAL” pomade that you can trust.

THE PRODUCT

The original Goon Grease comes in a teal color with either two scents: a cucumber citrus blend (Featured in this review) or a cinnamon sandalwood blend. The cucumber citrus blend is uniquely aromatic, but not too overpowering. It is an oil-based pomade made of petrolatum, microcrystalline wax, beeswax, avocado oil, lanolin, and parfum for the scent.

APPLICATION

Surprisingly, the product was easy to apply for a heavy hold pomade. Though the top layer of the pomade is pretty hard, a few seconds under the hot air of a blow dryer should make the top layer easier to scoop. Just a knuckle’s worth of Goon Grease did the trick for my hair, but you may need more or less depending on what you are trying to achieve with your hair. The break down of the pomade took about fifteen seconds. Like the Lockharts stated on their website, Goon Grease does not apply like your average heavy hold pomade. There was not much hair tugging or struggle to run a comb through the hair like the past experiences of dealing with heavier pomades, but a more simple process.

STYLING

Using a fine-toothed comb, styling with Goon Grease was moderately simple. Though the short hairs on the sides were resistant at first, I managed to get them down as well as creating an executive contour-like look with a clean part on the right side under ten minutes. In other experiences with heavier products, it has taken as long as twenty minutes to style my hair, but in this case, I got the style I wanted in half the time.

ENDURANCE

Heavy holds have the reputation to keep your hair up all day even through the roughest of working and extracurricular conditions. Goon Grease has a strong endurance. After an afternoon work shift exposed to the California heat, Goon Grease kept my hair looking good throughout my shift. The cucumber citrus scent became subtle as time passed by, but still stood out as an evening breeze passed by. Goon Grease’s shine is great for a heavy, but the shine will dip down as time goes by, but that’s normal

 

 

WASHING IT OUT

Compared to heavy hold oil-based pomades, Goon Grease can take a couple of washes to completely remove from your hair, which may be a good thing or bad thing depending on your preferences. To get Goon Grease out of my hair, I used a little dab of Brylcreem to reduce the build up in my hair and proceeded to shower. Most of the product washed out thanks to the Brycreem and thoroughly shampooing my hair.

THE FINAL VERDICT

Goon Grease has a big following in the pomade community, praised by reviewers for its easy application and its impressive hold. Though I’d recommend Goon Grease for styles such as vintage pompadours and slickbacks, Goon Grease can be a reliable product to use for many styles from the quiff, executive contour, and everything in between. With a variety of good scents, easy application, and low styling difficulty, Lockhart’s Goon Grease is a must try for all of you who prefer heavy hold oil based pomades and for those of you who think you are one of “The scary fellas that come from the other side of the tracks.”

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Siphon Coffee Maker


syphon_coffeeI recently received a Siphon Coffee maker(aka vacuum coffee maker) as an early Birthday present. These thing looks futuristic, requiring a heating source and a couple of glass globes. If you were to walk in to a room, you would see something that looks like a piece of Heisenberg’s set up. The science look is what made me interested in it from the get go. Although it has the appearance of how I’d imagine the Jetsons would make coffee, it’s actually a pretty old system for making coffee.

The Siphon Coffee maker was actually developed in the 1830’s predating the drip system we all know and love by almost a century. I know what you’re thinking, there must be a reason you never see Siphon makers anymore, maybe they aren’t that good? Well, I can say from personal experience, having used the thing for the first time today, it develops a mind-blowing cup of coffee. The full immersion system creates an aromatic cup of coffee that is really hard to beat. I have another system that does full immersion coffee, but I have to say the siphon coffee maker may be a little bit better.

There is a reason that it may be a bit less desirable though. This isn’t as simple as plugging a machine in and walking away. The Siphon coffee maker is a much more hands on experience than most coffee makers. We control the heating source and time the coffee spends brewing. There are a number of heating sources you can use with the various Siphon coffee makers on the market as well. Some are little alcohol burners; others butane (I love mine). There are even electric heating lamp selections. There are also siphon coffee makers built to be used on your stove.

This may seem like a lot of work to develop a cup of coffee, but the result is more than worth it, and watching these things work is actually a pretty cool sight to behold. I’m currently using the Hario Siphon coffee maker from Amazon, but there’s plenty of brands on there. One thing I would suggest if you’re planning on going down this particular rabbit hole is if you choose to get a coffee maker that requires an independent heat source, do yourself a favor and grab a butane burner. A lot of these coffee makers come with an alcohol burner, and while trying to use it, I found the process to be near impossible to complete. A Butane burner was a cleaner and more controllable solution, there are also halogen bulb burners on the market; I hear they work a little slower, and they are a more expensive choice, but they sure do look cool. It also helps to heat the water you’re going to use in your coffee maker before heating it up with your power source. I know this seems a little redundant, but it makes a huge difference in the brewing time.

The only real pain I’ve found is that you need to do a thorough cleaning of this thing before every use,
which is a bit more nerve-wracking with these large glass containers. I’m quite certain that its final moments will likely be during cleaning. It is fairly fragile, but I guess that may lead to the allure of the product.

My name is Chris Diel and when I’m not making coffee I’m a DJ on KSSU; I also do other things.

Sennheiser HD 280 Review


SennheiserI recently picked up the HD 280 headphones from Sennheiser. These headphones are marketed towards applications in the professional audio field, TV, film, broadcasting as far as I can tell I don’t really have any business actually having a set, but I love them so. They do have a fair amount of love from audiophiles, and if you’re looking for the best headphones you can get for under 200 bucks and closed back design you’re likely to find this pair on quite a few peoples top ten lists. Personally I just find myself stuck in the library for obscene amounts of time so it’s nice to have a pair of closed back headphones that were made to be used for long periods of time.

If closed back and open back are a new concept to you. Open back headphones have a larger sound stage which is great if you’re listening alone in an empty room, or don’t care if other people can hear the music you’re listening to. If you’re like me, listening to music fairly loud and don’t want anyone else to hear it you probably want a closed back design.

So this is my first set of decent headphones, I once bought a 50 dollar set from some brick and mortar store to find they had dropped in price to about 25 the following month. For the last few years I’ve been using a 25 dollar set of Monoprice over the ear DJ headphones which have been very nice for the price. In fact decent enough that I wasn’t sure whether I’d ever bother upgrading, but I have and hear I am sitting next to my headphones which I love dearly. When they arrived in the mail the first thing I did was read through this user manual.

Some Technical Information:

They have a 64 Ohm impedance. For the tech savvy crowd that may make sense, if you’re a little less so then fear not I is here. Impedance acts a lot like Resistance in a circuit, going back to Ohms law we know that Current is equal to voltage divided by Resistance. You can basically swap out resistance for Impedance. So basically in layman’s terms these headphones are going to put out a softer sound then you might expect from other headphones. This is why headphone amplifiers are such a large market, but at 64 Ohms it isn’t so high that you really need a headphone amplifier to enjoy music with these things.

There’s up to 32 dB of ambient noise attenuation. This is the headphones abilities to cancel the noise going on around you. As a scale people whispering in a library is like a 30dB, a normal conversation may be around 60-70, and a Jack hammer is around 100. This may seem like it wouldn’t be that effective but when you’re listening to music the rest of the world really seems to go quiet. The headphones were made to be used in a noisy environment so they are quite effective.

The cable isn’t detachable really, the fine people at Sennheiser did make it easy to replace should your headphone wire start going out on you. The ear pads and the headband padding are both replaceable as well. This is probably the only thing about these headphones that actually bothers me not so much that it would actually influence my opinion of them, but I do wish it was detachable.

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So at first I didn’t realize what the big deal about these headphones were, but after several hours it started to hit me. The sound is very flat, and it doesn’t have the distortion my computer’s speakers are causing right now. You tend to get used to that distortion after awhile, but when I threw on these headphones I felt like I could just get lost in the music. They’re also very comfortable, I’ve had then on for 4+ hours lately and I haven’t had any issue with them whatsoever.

A lot of audiophiles say these things sound much better through a headphone amplifier, the decent ones run over 100 bucks apiece. Supposedly a cheap do it yourself cmoy can create a comparable quality to a lot of decent headphone amplifier’s on the market. So at some point I’d like to construct my own cmoy headphone amplifier but i’d like to get some other electronics experience under my belt first. I’m going to crack open that Arduino kit that’s been sitting in the corner for the last year and knock out some projects first.

Anyway, I don’t use these headphones in any professional capacity, I just love listening to music and I found the sound to be clear and crisp when using these headphones. All I can really say is if you’re looking in this price range for headphones; I really love them, and I’m far from the only one who feels that way.

My name is Chris Diel and i’m a DJ for KSSU, Sacramento State’s only student run radio station.

Windows 10: A User Experience


Win10Earlier tonight I did my free upgrade from windows 7 to windows 10. Having spent upwards of 3 hours with this operating system i’m confident in my ability to accurately review it.

Now if you’re unaware, supposedly if you’re running Windows 7 or Windows 8 there’s a free upgrade provided for the first year after windows 10 came out. I suppose this is a way of pumping up publicity quickly, or to have people take a chance after Windows 8 kind of scared people.

Operating systems are like grapes, sure you may come across a bad one once in awhile, but if you’re willing to risk another attempt that next grape can be so much sweeter. That is a principle that isn’t necessarily reflected in windows 10. But it isn’t necessarily not either, keep in mind i’ve only had this operating system for a few hours. I really have no idea what i’m talking about.

The first thing I noticed going into this operating system is that it’s very much like Windows 7, like there’s didn’t feel like a whole lot of reason to upgrade. Which is a boon I was avoiding Windows 8 after they tried to make everything look like a tablet. It felt like a downgrade to me, I love my tablet but when i’m on a computer I want it to feel like a computer. Powerful, robots, capable of doing things my tablet cannot such as world domination, and playing chess. Ok one or both of those things my tablet may be capable of but you get the idea.

The second thing I noticed that that they’re using a flat design. Now If you don’t happen to be into webdesign or design in particular this may seem like a foreign concept. Don’t worry it’s not a complicated or anything. A Flat design is simply appearing entirely in two dimensions, there isn’t any three dimensional look to it. It’s like the difference between the latest grand theft auto game and something like super mario. Lately flat design has been particularly popular, but that’s not the only reason Windows was likely to choose it for their new operating system. One of the reasons for the popularity beyond aesthetics is that flat design does away with a lot of things like drop shadows and gradients. Which actually start eating up processing power after awhile. This may not seem like a big deal on today’s powerful machines, but the hard cold truth of reality is not everyone is operating on a machine built in the last 5 years.

The third thing is the start menu seems even larger, but it does look cooler.

Last but not least is “Cortana” which is meant to work like Siri or the androids SVoice or the Microsofts whatever they use on their phones. In all reality it seems more like a search that combines your computer and the internet. Although it is supposed to be usable with your voice and I guess it can make appointments or something. So that’s neat, I haven’t actually had the patience to wait for it to search anything though. After about 20 seconds I felt like i’d be better off just going to google or wherever.

Oh yeah there is one more thing, word on the street is that Windows 10 can automatically uninstall software that it deems may be pirated. Which doesn’t sound like a huge deal on it’s own, anti-piracy tactics are always evolving as are pirating tactics. But really isn’t that a bit invasive? I feel like this may be giving windows a bit more control over my files then I would like. What if it bugs out and decides some folder containing some sentimental family pictures should be deleted? Or if it deletes some program that I lost the original disc to? I have a few discs that are on their last legs. I know these may be a bit of a stretch, but really I just don’t like the idea of someone else having that kind of control over my files. I know bugs happen, we can’t expect software to be perfect. Writing a subroutine that specifically goes through your computer deleting applications feels like playing with fire to me.

The likelihood of such a thing happening probably isn’t that high so i’m not going to get hung up on it, but I will leave you with a quote from a Mr. Jeff Goldblum “…your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should. ”

All in all, I actually don’t regret making the switch, things take some getting used to and overall i’m sure everything will grow on me. The anti-piracy tactic doesn’t bother me that much, but I worry that it will bug out on someone someday and start wreaking havoc. Skynet had to start somewhere after all.

 

Now I leave you with these Immortal words.

 

My name is Chris Diel and when I’m not using windows 10 I’m a DJ for KSSU

“Matriarch” by Veil of Maya Album Review


 

Veil-of-Maya-Matriarch-artwork-600x600So here I am, chilling in my philosophy class before the professor shows up. I whip out my iPod and check out the channels I am subscribed too. I mostly use YouTube for finding new music and cool skate videos. Browsing through the videos, I noticed that Sumerian Records put out the whole new Veil of Maya album “Matriarch” and I about exploded. I had to sit for an hour and fifteen minutes anticipating the awesomeness of VoM. Luckily, I only stayed in class for about twenty minutes because class today was an optional Final Exam Study session. Who needs to study for finals anyways? I’ll just wait until the day before my finals.

So I had already heard a few songs from the Album and had already been in love. The rest of the album was fantastic as well. I did not even need to listen to the entirety of each song before clicking to the next and welcoming in frission (where you get goosebumps from good music). There was the usual VoM stuff; technical math-core (complicated song structure), drop tuned guitars, and ominous background sound effects. VoM threw in some new stuff such as clean vocals (in comparison to the low gutturals from the “Common Man’s Collapse” Album), guitar melodies in the higher registry, and an overall album theme, hence the name “Matriarch”. Before the album was released, my favorite of the leaked songs was Mikasa, which also had a music video. There was heavy breakdowns, awesome never-before heard clean vocals, and an overall empowering feeling brought forth by the entire band.

Looking at the track listing, each song is named after Matriarchs or powerful women, both fictional and non-fictional. In one of the YouTube comments, someone even mentioned that one of the song names is a very threatening character from an action anime. I took the Youtuber’s word and moved on to the music. I will have to say that my favorite song, other than the leaked ones, would have to be “Daenerys”. I have no idea where the name Daenerys comes from, but it did not spell check me on Microsoft Word, so it is legit. Anyways, the song starts out really light with some nice moving around on the guitar. It then goes into a two-measure guitar solo before the vocalist pops in and the song takes a more serious turn. With some power chords blasting right into a heavy breakdown, Veil of Maya shows off what they are known for. Right after are some clean vocals from their new vocals, which were pretty impressive by the way. The chorus is repeated throughout with some technical instrumentals in the background, before closing the song with a guitar solo build up to more cleans and a mini breakdown. Finally, a guitar playing a riff in the higher register ends out the song.

Most of the time I listen to music on YouTube except for when I really like a whole album, which I purchase to support the band. Veil of Maya, I’m going to support you and buy your new album “Matriarch” when I get home tonight.

Thanks for reading everyone!

I may or may not have a show during finals week due to, well, finals. However, check out www.kssu.com and listen to other DJs do their stuff!

Much Love,

DJGingerbeard

The Zombie 5 Tour Review


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Last Sunday, I went and saw (in order) Secrets, Born of Osiris, Word Alive, and the Devil Wears Prada at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento. The name of the tour was the “Zombie Five Tour” because it has been five years since the Devil Wears Prada released their “Zombie Ep”- one of their greatest achievements. There was laughing, crying tears of joy, and a lot of sweat in a human sardine can. Here’s how my night went.

Started off with the usual tradition- Dutch Bros. drive thru coffee in Davis. Got myself a strawberry and lime iced Rebel, which is their trademark energy drink, so I was ready for the long night ahead. Accompanying me was my girlfriend while the rest of my crew was saving us a spot at the front of the line. Walking to our spot in line, I could feel the teenage angst staring me down while everyone is decked out in gear ranging from Goth streetwear to gym clothes with band logos. I myself went in some nice khakis and a windbreaker. After hanging out in line and farting on some teens behind me, we quickly hurried inside the venue when the doors opened.

Usually, Ace of Spades has a band open up for the other bands, but Secrets was the first band to go on. The last time I saw Secrets was also at the Ace of Spades, but when they had their old vocalist. For being the first band, Secrets did great. They played some classics, some new stuff, and even a song that has yet to be released. Aside from some ear-piercing highs from the singing, they did a good job.

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Born of Osiris came next and they straight up murdered the stage. Stage presence out the ying-yang, sound effects on point, and the heavy/technical guitar skills from Lee McKinney reminded me why Born of Osiris is one of my favorite bands. Born of Osiris was like a shot of espresso after the creamer, started off sweet and escalated to a level of strength that even Goku would be impressed by. Well done BOO, well done once again.

The last time I saw The Word Alive was at Warped Tour, and they were all hyped about their newest release, the “Real.” Album. Some of those songs are pretty light, so I thought, “Aw man, I’m gonna see the same performance twice.” I was proven wrong. The Word Alive played a lot of heavy songs, including oldies like “2012” and “House of Anubis”. Before the breakdown to 2012, Telle Smith (the frontman) split the whole entire front half of the crowd like the Red Sea and told them that when he counts the breakdown in, that everyone run at each other as fast as possible. This is what we call a “Wall of Death” and the last Wall I partook in ended up with my shirt getting ripped in half, fighting some fat guys, and almost passing out in the crowd. Fun fact: that was also during a Word Alive set in that very same venue.devil wears prada

Last but certainly not least, the men of the hour, The Devil Wears Prada. I thought that TDWP would only play their EP and a couple more songs. Then I found out from an outside source that their set list was 16 songs. 16 SONGS. The first five were some classics, then the next five were the Zombie EP all in order, all with the sound effects in between the songs as well. After the EP, I did not stay for the whole set list, but I was okay with that. Also, the stage had crazy light displays, including a giant symbol from their album 8:18. The Devil Wears Prada was the very first band that got me into Metal, and to see them live almost eight years after I heard their first album made the night all worth it. They were the best band up on that stage, and I cannot wait to hear what they have next.

Speaking of that, I heard a rumor (which has yet to be confirmed) that The Devil Wears Prada is back on Rise Records and is going to release a Space Ep.

We will just have to wait and see.

Thanks for reading my lengthy memory written onto this blog! If you want to hear more music from these bands and bands alike, or if you know of a band you want on my show, listen in on Tuesday mornings at 8 o’clock on www.kssu.com or contact me via Instagram @gingerbeardthefoot

Much love,

DJGingerbeard

NVIDIA SHIELD: WHAT ELSE COULD YOU ASK FOR?


On Tuesday night at the Game Developers Conference, Nvidia, one of the world’s most popular GPU manufactures, released a surprising new product. For years the company has been working on this unit, and somehow in the age of product leaks Nvidia managed to keep this a complete secret until their press conference on Tuesday.

The announcement, led by Nvidia’s leather-bound co-founder, president and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang broke down the reveal into three categories, television, game console, and super computing. Ultimately the Shield would incorporate all three of these ideas.

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First television. The Shield runs on Android TV, one of only a few devises that do this, but unlike other devices this is the first Android TV set that can stream at 4K! Not only will your Google Play Movies stream at 4K, but so will apps like YouTube!

Second game console. Nvidia didn’t just set out to make a higher-end Chromecast, they set out to do much more. So not only can you stream your Android TV at 4K but you can play your Android games as well, not just the games you’d play on your phone, but games specifically tailored for this console; games including Half Life 2, (Ep.1 and Ep. 2), Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Telltale’s Game of Thrones and Walking Dead series, Knights of the Old Republic, and a whole list more, with more on the way. But the ultimate question for gaming and graphics is will it run Crysis 3? YES! And at 1080p 30fps with multiplayer support!. The console will have 50+ games when it launches in May. You may ask though, how can it perform this well? Nvidia designed a special chip to allow for this performance. The Tegra X1, a 256 Maxwell Core 3GB GPU, with roughly twice the performance of an Xbox 360, all in unit a size of a small novel.

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Lastly super computer. Shield not only runs games natively at 1080p, but thanks to Nvidia’s GRID system, you’ll be able to stream computer quality games from Nvidia’s cloud and play at 1080p 60fps. Thanks to Nvidia’s super computer network all of the performance of the game is done from their own servers. All of the graphics rendering is going to be done on their super powerful, super-fast computers and beamed directly to you with as little delay as possible. This means you’ll be able to purchase Batman: Arkham Origins, and within one minute be streaming the game in 1080p 60fps all from this tiny console. No need to invest $1000+ on a PC gaming rig, let Nvidia’s supercomputer do all the computing for you.

Lastly you may ask with all the power this thing has it must cost as much as a new game console cost, $399, maybe? Wrong. The beauty of the Shield is it only costs $199, with game controller included! Granted the Grid’s premium service does cost (price not revealed yet) there will be a basic service that’s free. Whether that means you won’t have access to certain games on the free service, or your stream quality will be less (say 720p 30fps vs 1080p 60fps), it may be well worth it when you consider you’re saving $200 by not purchasing an Xbox One.

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If you’re looking into getting a console but don’t want to spend the money on an Xbox One or Playstation 4, the Nvidia Shield may be the perfect solution for you. Or even if you’re a PC gamer and don’t want to spend the money in updated your PC to run new, graphics and processor heavy games, the Nvidia may be the perfect solution for you, too.

The Shield releases in May for $199. That gives you plenty of time to put aside part of your paychecks to buy this console. I know I’m tempted.

Images Courtesy: Nvidia, Gizmodo

For more tech news and nerd talk, listen to Tex’s all new show, Talking While Distracted every Monday morning at 7am, like on KSSU.com

Album Review: “The Night God Slept” by Silent Planet


SP.CoverThe very first song I heard from Silent Planet was “Tiny Hands (Au Revoir) off their EP titled “Lastsleep (1944-1946)” was love at first listen. I thought, “Gee, these guys already sound experienced and professional.” Turns out, they have only released a demo CD and one self-recorded EP. The album that just came out titled “The Night God Slept” is their first album- ever. Silent Planet is a Christian Metalcore band from Los Angeles. Although they are christian, they do not like to have labels on them and during an interview, their guitar player claimed that they do not want to play in churches, “but we want to play for the broken.” The link to the interview is at the bottom. With this new album, Silent Planet has been signed to Solid State Records and already have some recognition. Bands like For Today and August Burns Red are backing up the release of this new album and on eight of the eleven tracks there are featured christian artists. Silent Planet is coming into 2015 hot with no signs of braking.

Let’s break this album down real quick. First off, the lyrics are amazing. All the lyrics are direct quotes, paraphrases, or interpretations by the vocalist of other sources. These sources include philosophical books, historical events, the Bible, and many more other things. Not only that, but the lyrics all flow together around a central main idea while also remaining connected to all listeners. All instruments at one point do show their max amount of talent, but they remain humble when needed. The instruments are not focused on being the heaviest or most technical, but they are very talented and get crazy at times. The keep the song entertaining while also complementing the vocalist. Also, one of the guitar players sings to bring in that “clean” aspect to the Metalcore genre. By the way, it is good singing not like a girly man kind of singing either.

My favorite songs (in order of appearance) are XX (City Grave), Native Blood, Tiny Hands (Au Revoir), and Wasteland. “XX (City Grave) talks about the objectification of women as sexual beings instead of equals to men and how that is wrong. The song explains how we should treat all women as sisters and abolish pornography, regardless of profit being lost or desires that men have. “Native Blood” is about how Native Americans were kicked out their land by people who claimed to be Servants of God. Silent Planet retaliated against the idea of the settlers being servants by explaining what it really is to be a Servant. They then compare the idea of False Servant-hood to most preachers today. “Tiny Hands (Au Revoir)” is a Holocaust survival story about a Jewish woman who escaped a Synagogue being burned by Nazis by jumping out a giant window into a garden. There are also topics such as the Garden of Eden and the existence of both forces of Good and Evil. Finally, the song “Wasteland”. This song is about the rise of Joseph Stalin and his attempt to abolish God completely, making himself the new supreme figurehead that everyone are supposed to worship. The song also looks at the lives of the soldiers under Stalin who were dying unnecessary deaths after losing their faith on the battle field, hence the name “Wasteland”.

I can go on and on, but you should go check it out for yourself. I highly recommend that you check out the album playlist on youtube (which I have provided a link) and read the lyrics while the songs are playing. I promise you will not regret it and your mind will be blown.

Thanks for reading! If you want to hear more music like Silent Planet and other great artists, tune into my show “Shred the Gnar” Tuesdays at 8am on http://www.kssu.com

Much Love, DJGingerbeard

Links:

Playlist= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d9HHQqtguY&list=PLCslpjrb7cYjhht_4wASD6IGoivkLfD-z&index=10

interview= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi_VYGnuHl8

“Shred the Gnar” Version 2.0


For those of you who do not know me, my name is DJGingerbeard and I have a metal/random show Tuesday mornings at 8am called “Shred the Gnar” on KSSU. When I started at KSSU, I wanted to play music that people would not typically hear in the mainstream, or music that when it comes up in conversation would make them cringe. Examples are metal, death metal, post-hardcore, Djent, etc. Last semester I found myself sticking to one type of metal and even replaying songs from already popular artists. My original intent on becoming a DJ had vanished. Two events made me realize i must return to my Alpha Form.

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I was checking out some bands on Instagram when I saw a band that I thought was already great and pretty well-known had released a new album. That album is titled “The Night God Slept” by a Southern Californian Metal band called “Silent Planet.” The lyrics are all direct quotes, paraphrases, or interpretations of the vocalist cited from historical events, intellectual books, and scriptures. I was blown away by the awesome creativity on this album so I looked up an interview with the band. I found out that this album was their first album ever and they just got signed to a record label (which happens to be Solid State Records). That’s when it hit me. One of the things I wished to do as a DJ was to find great bands in the heavy music industry that are not well known and give them exposure.

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The other event that made me realize what I have become was a few days ago in my girlfriend’s car. We were having a nice day going out to eat, when two songs back to back played in her radio from a mix CD. One was from Underoath in their more recent years, so the music was not that heavy. The other was a pop-punk song by a band called “Knuckle Puck”. I loved both songs so i told my girlfriend “I would play this stuff, but it’s too light”. She replied, “You tell your listeners that you play a wide variety of metal and other stuff, but you seem to only stick to a select type of music.” She was right, so now I am changing my ways.

“Shred the Gnar” version 2.0 will not have just metal, but also thrash, djent, hardcore, punk, post-hardcore, electro-metal, pop-punk, and all other sub-genres. Not only that, I will try harder to find not-so-known bands like “Silent Planet” and play them on my show to give them the credit they deserve. I promise you fellow musicians and music lovers alike, Spring Semester for DJGingerbeard will be better than ever.

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Much love, DJGingerbeard

Smash Here, Smash There, Smash Everywhere


N3DS_SuperSmashBros_illustration02Since the release of the first title in 1999, Super Smash Bros. has become a staple in Nintendo’s vast array of iconic franchises.  Fans have eagerly anticipated the next iteration of the 4-player brawler, which pits characters from Nintendo’s beloved history (i.e. Mario from Mario Bros., Link from the Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, etc.), against each other in an arena based fighting game like no other: the resulting formula is a recipe for chaotic, fast paced combat.  Now five games in (the latter Wii-U version having just been released on November 21st, 2014), Super Smash Bros. is now accessible to gamers on the go via Nintendo’s 3DS branch of portable gaming devices.  Veterans of the series have speculated that the 3DS version would not be able to fulfill the incredibly high standards that creator Masahiro Sakurai has established in previous titles; however, the resulting product not only offers an experience worthy of the Smash Bros. name, but rather it redefines how players may think of portable games. Super_Smash_Bros._screenshot_9

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS offers the full package that fans are to expect from Sakurai.  Running at a whopping 60 FPS (frames-per-second), the characters and environments feel and move both smoothly and elegantly during standard 4-person play.  Character models and overall detail are spot on: I was surprised how glorious the game looked.  Characters have been outlined this time around in order to allow players better visual awareness of what is going on during matches: these outlines become particularly useful when the in-game camera pans both in and out to adjust to player movement and perspective throughout the game.  While the outlines offer an aid to the foreseen issue of camera pan and zoom, some may find that the character models appear too small, especially on the original 3DS screen (personally, I found the screen of the 3DS XL to compensate fairly well for the constant shifts in camera perspective).  Scaling down to three players instead of four improves the quality of the camera; however, it seems as though the best four player, now 8 player, Smash Bros. experience is now on the Wii-U.

Smash 3DS kept me playing for literally hours at a time: I was surprised by the amount of content bundled into what might otherwise be another portable title (and this is coming from a veteran Smash player).  The roster, now the largest yet in a Smash Bros. game, spans a whopping 48 characters each from Nintendo’s history in addition to guest characters (the fan-boy dream of seeing Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pacman, & Mega Man duke it out is now a reality).  Whether you’re a veteran fighter looking to play your main once again, or a casual trying to play one of the newer, more obscure characters (wait…is that the Wii fit trainer!?), Smash 3DS has something to offer for everyone.  In this player’s experience, I recommend that you start out slow and get to know your character first: winning is all about a perfectly timed smash attack, the last second dodge, and knowing when to use Link’s “spin attack” versus something that takes time like Robin’s “Arc Thunder” technique.  There’s also plenty of unlocks and customizations that players can capitalize on [i.e. trophies, 3D models of Nintendo characters, make a return and are complete with detailed description(s)].

The 8 different modes included in Smash 3DS offer a variety of different ways to approach the standard formula (i.e. home run contest, Smash Run, etc.).  The new Smash run mode, for example, allows players to individually explore a side-scrolling world in which they face enemies from various Nintendo franchises in order to collect abilities for an eventual brawl between three other fighters (the formula itself is adopted from a previous Sakurai title, Kirby Air Ride).  The five minute time limit is more than enough for players to collect a sufficient amount of power-ups for the subsequent fight; however, I found myself at times wishing that I had another fighter to directly compete with whilst traversing the world, and at other moments wishing the time would just drop to zero.  The limits of the 3DS thus become blatantly obvious when playing Smash Run.  Perhaps it may have been a better idea to include Smash Run in the Wii-U version instead of the 3DS version (take note Sakurai!).

super-smash-bros-for-the-3ds-screenshot-03Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS ultimately lives up to the incredibly ridiculous expectations that fans have and the high standards that Masahiro Sakurai sets for him and his team.  The game is impressive, massively entertaining, and arguably the best value for the buck on Nintendo’s 3DS handheld system (personally, I’ve been at it for over 60 hours already!).  Each match runs smoothly and succinctly: players are able to beat each other up the way the game was meant to be played.  The camera functionality however unfortunately serves as a reminder that the series is at its best on a home console; however, it’s still a magnificent title that earns its place as a fun and addictive Smash Bros. game.

Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS earns a solid 4.5 out of 5.

Kanye Vest is a DJ for KSSU, the only student run radio station CSU- Sacramento