Crave: Now in chrome! Video
The Early Years David Malkinson, Roger Mackin and Phil Raines (guitar, guitar and drums) ? only formed in late-2004 and not along after, their demo tape received the on-air backing of Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq on Radio One and John Kennedy on XFM (they were even invited in to record sessions for both stations), Beggars Banquet were alerted to their talent. Less than a year on and their debut album is ready to go. Furthermore, it?s a delight. Both live and on record, the results are stunning; never swaying from their ambition to make inventive, original and accessible music. You might have already been converted to their ?noisy majesty? (Drowned in Sound) at this year?s Tapestry, Truck and Latitude festivals, supporting bands like Electrelane and / or at numerous club nights across the capital. You might even have been turned on to them by seeing them on constant late-night MTV2 rotation or soundtracking a recent Nike World Cup advert. Either way, once their music takes hold, you?ll not be sorry. The Early Years say themselves that they offer a sound that lies somewhere between their joint love for ambient noise, motorik beats, drones, feedback, harmony and melody. Dave cites his influences as Acid Mother?s Temple, The Boredoms and Spiritualized, Roger talks of his love for The 13th Floor Elevators, Julian Cope, The Velvet Underground and Storm in Heaven-era Verve and Phil talks of Can, Neu! and Tortoise as being his major sources of inspiration; all this helps to explain both the bands depth and integrity
On two back-to-back days, the Crave video blog visits a Cooking Mama: Cook Off tournament at the Nintendo World store and a Guitar Hero II play-off at the NYCLAN gaming center.
Huge news day today, with Google's I/O presentation packing about a day's worth of news into a single hourlong presentation--and this is just the first day. We wonder whether Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Chrome OS can exist in the same world, and whether the music labels will ever again get a seat at the table. Plus, why Microsoft bought Skype, cellphones getting disaster notification texts, and the New Yorker comes to the iPad. --Molly
A notepad for Chrome.
In 2054, Paris is a labyrinth where all movement is monitored and recorded. Casting a shadow over everything is the city's largest company, Avalon, which insinuates itself into every aspect of life to sell its primary export--youth and beauty.
Donald and Jasmine dedicate one final recording to the MP3 Insider podcast with a sentimental look back through the MP3 player timeline, from the very earliest Rio device, to the iPhone that brought the MP3 player category crumbling down upon itself. For video viewers, there's plenty of visual goodness with old players making personal appearances in the podcast studio. But don't fret! MP3 Insider is set to morph seamlessly into the all new Crave video podcast. Make sure you check back with us next week, same bat time, same bat channel.
This week on Crave, Veronica Belmont and James Kim get the shivers from the coolness of the new tattooed Razr phones, then warm up with solar-powered cars (and maybe a Strawberry daiquiri), and finally wonder aloud, 'Where is the Shuffle?'
The World Cup sets a record in Internet traffic, possible Nintendo 3DS screenshots are leaked, and Microsoft's project Natal gets an official name.
Scribblenauts, for the Nintendo DS, innovates thanks to a unique interface that lets players type in the name of real-world objects they want to use in the game.
Rescue listeners this week wonder what laptops to buy and how make their networks, you know, work. Also, Rafe loves Chrome even more now that it's got Instant Search baked in.