I The Mighty has always been an extremely interesting band to me. In the eight years that they have been a band, they have changed their sound multiple times, but it always sounded like I The Mighty. In their third album, they switched up their sound and vocalist Brent Walsh got incredibly introspective lyrically. They didn’t drop their post-hardcore sound that they had introduced in their label debut album Satori and honed in Connector, but some of the songs are stripped down musically. Continue reading I The Mighty – Where the Mind Wants to Go / Where You Let it Go Album Review
The Dave Brubeck Quartet are known for their groundbreaking album “Time Out”, an album that changed the landscape of music in 1959. Odd time signatures, captivating melodies and infectious rhythms riddled the album and it put the entire quartet on the map. In the three years following the iconic release, the group released fifteen projects. One of which that stood out was Brubeck’s “Bossa Nova U.S.A.” . Continue reading Album Of The Week – Bossa Nova U.S.A.
Vinyl is something that we are all huge fans of here at WhatsItTech. We all have our own turntables, and favorites that we love to spin. From Sting to Perturbator and Technics 1200’s to Sansui’s. We’ve spoke about our love of it at great length in the past! One thing we never really thought we’d see are changes to the ‘traditional’ turntable. Enter Kozmophone, a company shaking up a classic design with a modern spin. Continue reading Kozmophone Turntable – Vintage never looked so good!
Run The Jewels is what you would get if BIg K.R.I.T. and Trent Reznor hooked up, and if Trent could rap. Their second album, Run The Jewels 2 is a bombastic record filled with zippy one liners, earth shattering beats and friendship. Killer Mike and El-P not only created an album that is sounds sonically better than their first project, but they did it the way they wanted to. They released their music for free on their site, and garnered the respect of publications and MC’s everywhere. Without further ado, this weeks’ album is RTJ 2! Continue reading Album Of The Week – Run The Jewels 2
Progressive rock band Intervals, spearheaded by guitar player Aaron Marshall, announced their new album The Way Forward. The album is due to release on December 1, 2017. The band also released their first single, “Touch And Go”. For those who signed up to be a part of Aaron’s Jamplay event back in September heard this song performed on stream. The band is riding the success of their 2015 release of The Shape Of Colour, their first instrumental album. The Way Forward will also be an instrumental, and based on one or two of the other songs the band has teased from live shows and the stream, it certainly is a step forward. Continue reading Intervals’ Release New Single, Announce New Album
There are very few albums that I distinctly remember exactly where I was/what I was doing when they dropped. Rise Against’s sixth studio album Endgame was one of those few times. I was on a school trip the day it dropped, and I remember needing to get home to check out the album. When I got home and listened to it, I was absolutely floored. The album was a step forward and addressed some of the hardest hitting topics the band had every spoke on. The riffs were heavier, the content held more weight, the bass chunkier, it was everything I wanted. Without further ado, let’s get into the album of the week! Continue reading Album Of The Week – Rise Against – Endgame
Brutally difficult, beautifully drawn, satisfying upon completion. Those are the three traits that the 30’s inspired platformer Cuphead are compromised of. It’s unapologetically difficult, charming, yet addicting. There have been times where I literally had to be pulled away from my controller because the game was sucking me in even more. Without further ado, let’s move into this brilliant action-platformer, AKA the only platformer to make me really angry. Continue reading Cuphead Review
Album Of The Week is a new segment we will be doing here at WhatsItTech where we discuss an album that we love. This week, we’re gong to focus on the ambient, electronic album Awake from Tycho. Also, if we own the album on vinyl, we’ll be sure to mention the quality of the pressing and how we like the packaging/aesthetics.
Awake came out in 2014, and is the second album in the trilogy that Tycho has released. I was introduced to this album through the video game Hohokum. His song “L” really caught my ear because of the really spacey sound it has. It really threw me for a loop at first, and I decided to check out Awake. Continue reading Album Of The Week- Tycho- Awake
Matt Oswald, creator of Argyle Labs, has been on a mission to create Mugsy, a fully open-source and “hackable” pour-over coffee maker. It can learn how to make coffee from its users as they dial in the settings manually, allowing people who just want a quick cup of coffee to be left with a very satisfying brew. Continue reading How a Self-Taught Programmer Came to Create Mugsy, an Automatic Coffee Maker
Keyboard are different for everyone. Some people may need a numpad, others, don’t want the function row. For me, I’d been searching for what the community calls ‘endgame’. The final keyboard you will ever purchase because it has everything you want. For some that can be a HHKB, for others it can be a JM45. For me personally, I was looking for a 60% keyboard with arrow keys. After more research, I decided on the TADA68, and the search for a kit was on. I found a kit here, and a week and a half later, it arrived. Here is a build log of the board. Continue reading TADA68 Keyboard Build Log
Ann Arbor, Michigan based band Vulfpeck released their second single “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” from their upcoming album Mr. Finish Line. This single falls in line with the vibe of their other single “Birds Of A Feather“. The album releases their third official album on November 7th, be sure to check it out.
For the uninitiated, Vulfpeck are a funk-rock/ R&B group from Ann Arbor, Michigan. They released a couple EPS, and two albums, Thirll Of The Arts and The Beautiful Game. Thrill Of The Arts was my introduction to the group and I fell in love with the catchy single “Back Pocket“. The group is a revolving door of musicians, but some notable mainstays have been bassist Joe Dart, Jack Stratton, Theo Katzman and Woody Goss.
Aside from hip-hop, no genre has grown more in the past ten years than electronic music. House, trance, EDM and synthwave are just a few of the genres that are growing in the internet age. One genre that made a resurgence is synthwave, with artists such as Perturbator, Carpenter Brut, GosT, and Dance With The Dead at the forefront of this movement. On September 28th. my friends and I decided to go to NYC to catch Perturbator along with Das mörtal and Protector 101. While I enjoyed the headlining act, the opening acts left a little to be desired.
Continue reading Concert Review: Perturbator at (Le) Poisson Rouge