Et voilà, time has come again for me to serve you my annual album review (click to see 2015)! Loads of new albums have been released this year: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who had an excellent come back – let’s say – with the Getaway; Dinosaur Jr.‘s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not is a great guitar rock album!; Green Day‘s Revolution Radio, which sounds like a classic rock album with punk chords; Weezer‘s self-titled White Album, which sounds like the Blue Album 25 years later, only losing all of its freshness; Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals with a pretty self-explicatory album “Call It What It Is“, the usual Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals album; Blink-182 with California, one of those albums I have not listened to, but apparently it has been praised by many; Richard Ashcroft‘s These People, which sounds like Coldplay and sometimes feels like an unsuccessful imitation of Damon Albarn‘s Everyday Robots; Suede with Night Thoughts, no thoughts on this yet; Massive Attack with Ritual Spirit, a 4-track EP that hasn’t caught my attention; Conor Oberst‘s Ruminations, which in my humble opinion does not reach the hights his Bright Eyes project had reached somewhat about a decade ago; The 1975 with I like it when you sleep for… not bad: great, very impressive Peter Gabriel-style sound, though not my kind of cup; Van Morrison extended his already impressive repertoire with Keep Me Singing; Tricky released Skilled Mechanics; Theo Croker published Escape Velocity, an amazing Acid Jazz album; Metallica released Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, which is condensed rock and roll like only these guys and the late Lemmy could produce! Last AND least, the self-proclaimed best band in the world, the Kings of Leon, have released WALLS: except from Waste a Moment, which is a classic KoL song, like we have been used to appreciate on their previous works, not to speak of the Around the World single, which sounds like Cindy Lauper meeting Coldplay at a Puff Daddy pool party, the album itself is not going to integrate my collection. Continue reading “Top 5 Albums of 2016”
Still looking for the right gift for your friends and loved ones? Here’s some good idea to put under the Christmas tree…
1. Jack White – Lazaretto: a 70s album in the 21st century
I have to admit I was not familiar with Jack White’s discography, nor was I with the White Stripe’s, apart from the stadium anthem Seven Nation Army, of course. After listening to Mr. White’s new album Lazaretto, which is a great piece of a rock, blues and folk album that reminds me of some 70s albums I love, I will follow this artist much closer than I used to…! Continue reading “skylyro’s Top 5 Albums of 2014”
In thanking you, Mr. SHRC, for suggesting us your Favorite Power Trios I extend the invitation to everyone who wants to contribute to skylyro’s Top 10 Blog to submit their list of favorite artists, albums, songs etc: be it a Top 5, a Top Ten, Top 20 or whatever, I will be glad to publish it!
skylyro proudly presents:
SHRC’s favorite Prog Rock Power Trios
So far, but I guess there is nothing relevant coming out these last days of December, I have defined my preferences for this year’s music albums: compared to other previous years it looked like a pretty fruitful one, with many bands publishing new albums, such as KOL, PJ, Turin Brakes and Artic Monkeys, and major comebacks like David Bowie and Sting. Overall, I’d call it a good year these days, but in the end, wanting to take it down to the 5 best albums of 2013, there was not much competition… Continue reading “skylyro’s Top 5 Albums of 2013, so far”
Some weeks ago, my dear friend Mr. SHRC posted an article to his blog, making a list of 10 reasons why he loves vinyl rather than any other support, or the sound of a digital file streamed on the Internet. I found it a great idea and thought it was a petty not to have it for an English audience, so I just translated it for you. You may find the original article here: 10 motivi per cui preferisco i Vinili
I like vinyl because:
And again, this is a selection of some of my favorite music albums that keep me company while I am jogging… What I like about listening to albums in general and especially while running, rather than listening to compilations of songs, is that behind a music album there is a concept and as such it guides your work out, it determines your pace: you can choose your pace according to the album you are listening to, or viceversa.
Hi folks, good to have you on skylyro.com again! If you haven’t visited the site for a while, you might have noticed that it has undergone some changes, a facelift, a new Top 10 Posts structure, as well as some new features should now improve it graphically and from a user perspective point of view.
More than a year has past since my first Jogging Albums Post, but I still listen to a lot of music when I go running in the park… And so, apart from the albums you might already have seen in my previous Top 10 Jogging Albums list, my player now includes several other albums. Here’s a sample of some of what currently is my favorite Jogging Music: Continue reading “skylyro’s Top 10 Jogging Albums (Reprise)”
Beatings and an excess of alcohol: when it comes to staying in a hotel, celebrities behave like the proverbial bull in a china shop. The managers of some luxury hotels can tell us a thing or two about that. These are ten sensational cases of bad behaviour by celebrity guests put together by leading online hotel reservation portal HRS.com
Radisson Blu****, Berlin – Hotel ban for Tokio Hotel
The teen idols of Tokio Hotel have not exactly covered themselves with glory in the past. In November 2005, they celebrated a wild party with groupies in the chic Radisson Blu Hotel in the German capital, ravaged their hotel room and sprayed the guests at a neighbouring party with beer. Since then the musicians have been on the hotel’s black list. They can no longer spend the night in one of more than 420 rooms and suites of the Radisson Blu. This means they also miss out on the chance of seeing the 25-metre high “AquaDom”, the biggest cylindrical aquarium in the world.
Hotel Adlon Kempinski*****, Berlin – Legendary window antics of the King of Pop
In 2002,Berlinwas also the setting for probably the best-known balcony scene since Romeo and Juliet. Hundreds of fans, and just as many television cameras, held their breath as Michael Jackson, in a touch of false paternal pride, dangled his son, Prince Michael II, over the parapet of the classy Adlon Kempinski for a few seconds. The five-star hotel not far from the Brandenburg Gate is one of the best-known addresses in Germany, and without the need for any spectacular performances.
Hotel Berns****, Stockholm – “Snappy” behaviour of a rockstar
For some musicians, we know that rabble-rousing behaviour is seen as part of being cool. However, Guns N‘ Roses frontman Axl Rose went too far in 2006 during his stay at the extravagant Swedish Hotel Berns. Initially, he started a verbal assault on a female guest, before biting the leg of a security guard. He too will find it hard to be able to get accommodation again in one of the boutique hotel’s 82 rooms.
Ararat Park Hyatt*****, Moscow – The unorthodox behaviour of a hotel heiress
It Girl, Paris Hilton, should really know how to behave in an elegant city hotel. However, she proved the opposite in the Park Hyatt Hotel in the Russian capital in 2010 and scrawled her name unceremoniously all over the wallpaper in the suite. The consequence: banned from the premises. Fortunately, there are also Hilton hotels in Moscow.
Malmaison Hotel****, Newcastle – From classy hotel straight to the psychiatric ward
In 2008, the football star Paul Gascoigne was rudely relegated into a lower mental division by his stay at the stylish Malmaison Hotel in the English city ofNewcastle. The hard-drinking sportsman first set off the fire alarm and then tried to strangle a porter, before finding himself going straight into a psychiatric institution.
Hotel du Vin*****, Glasgow – Just be quiet please
It was more a display of arrogance than vandalism from Britney Spears during her stay at the Scottish luxury Hotel du Vin in 2004. The popstar demanded that only she and her entourage could spend the night at the hotel and that all reservations for other guests should be cancelled. The boutique hotel actually offers around 50 rooms.
Sunset Tower Hotel****, West Hollywood/Los Angeles – Fresh cream for coffee on tap
Western star John Wayne obviously didn’t like being alone. Otherwise, he would probably not have brought a real cow with him into the room at the traditional Californian Sunset Tower Hotel. According to Wayne, it wasn’t that he wanted the cow for a cuddle during the lonely hours, but that he needed fresh cream for his coffee. Punk rock veteran Iggy Pop also made sure he attracted attention at the art-deco hotel. During his long stay, he had a penchant for jumping from the balcony into the swimming pool and landed just next to it several times.
The Inn at Irving Place*****, New York City – Devastation caused by a rock singer
TheInnatIrving Place, the boutique hotel inManhattan, also felt the full force of bad celeb manners in 2004, when Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, behaved without any respect at all for the hotel furnishings. To the irritation of more hoteliers, she demonstrated this habit time and again in other hotels as well.
The Mark*****, New York City – Armadillo as scapegoat
Just a few days ago, Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis announced their separation – no wonder, if the actor’s behaviour in his relationship with the singer was similar to when he was with her predecessor, Kate Moss. During an argument with the top model in The Mark Hotel by New York’s Central Park, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star unceremoniously wrecked his suite. He then put the blame for the chaos on a dubious armadillo.
The Plaza*****, New York – Memories, not likely!
In 2010, Charlie Sheen proved that he is not of a retiring nature in the classy Plaza Hotel inNew York. The security services, who had come running up after an emergency call from the woman who was with him, found the actor naked and almost unconscious. Before this, Sheen had wrecked the furnishings in his room and caused several thousand dollars worth of damage.
Published under courtesy of HRS – Hotel Reservation Service