Wednesday, October 26, 2011

***SAU Official Report Card*** Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto"

"Mylo Xyloto", the fifth album from the British boys Coldplay, a complicated name yet so creative. So, in actuality who are Mylo & Xyloto? According to Chris Martin, the album is "based on a love story with a happy ending", in which two protagonists: Mylo and Xyloto, who are living in an oppressive, dystopian urban environment, meet one another through a gang called "The Lost Boys", and fall in love. The latest release from Coldplay turns out to be a love story, quite the contrary from its predecessor "Viva La Vida", where it was based more on war and revolutions. Since Coldplay's latest effort has been a long time in the making,does this one disappoint?

"Don't wanna see another generation drop,I'd rather be a comma than a full stop"

No, but if Coldplay's career were a sentence "Mylo Xyloto" would be that oh so significant comma that gives you no choice but to marvel at the progress they have made, along with the creative art beyond the horizon.

To have the abrupt thought that the sound of Coldplay's previous album "Viva la Vida or Death and all his friends",which to date has sold 2.8 million copies in the U.S. and was the best selling album of 08' would keep their sound stagnant...Think again.

In my opinion this album is a "soup kitchen" that has the ability to feed every music lovers soul. "Top Chef" Chris Martin took the initiative to turn up the heat in the "Worldly kitchen of music" with his growth, and pitch perfect control everywhere you turn here. The objective to mix new wave, some form of Congolese(See every teardrop is a waterfall), and Alternative is fabulous. Although the fight to make "Mylo Xyloto" flow, came in the form of "mini interludes" throughout this package, (that of which could be seen as "easy" being that Viva had the same plot) the Pain,love and heartache of this album couldn't be seen as anything but believable.

"My arms turn wings/All those clumsy things/Send me up to the wonderful world/And then I'm up with the birds/"

The ability to take us on a journey to another land with each coming of a new Coldplay album is a wonderful asset this band possess. Songs like "Paradise",where the blast of bass during the chorus opens your eyes like the first sight of of sun, the way the toe tapping beat builds during "Every teardrop is a waterfall" and rises to the occasion when the flaming guitar hits,gives you the visual of West African "Congo" dancing. "Major Minor" gives you the rock/country feeling of humble "Barnyard" beginnings, with rock star ambitions, but knowing the thought of eyes on you at all time turns out to be the major minus. This album gives you Mental stimulation if nothing else.


Production- B

Lyrical Ability- A-

WWA (World Wide Appeal)- A+

SAU official Grade- B

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

R.I.P. Steve Jobs

Rest In Peace Mr. Steve Jobs (Feb 24,1955 - Oct 5,2011)

Our heart goes out to the Jobs family from SAU, the world lost a true genius,one of the earth's greatest minds. Thank you Mr. Jobs, God Bless you.

(Article written Aug 24th 2011)

On August 24, 2011, Jobs announced his resignation as Apple's CEO and subsequently recommended Tim Cook to be his successor. As per his resignation letter request, Jobs was elected chairman of Apple's board of directors.

Regardless to if you love him, or you hate him, Jobs without a doubt revolutionized music. As a technician at Atari in the early 70's, Jobs hopeful beginnings had nothing to do with music but with much drive, and a fearless heart, in 2001 from the "digital hub" Category out popped the "iPod". The product which was developed in less than one year and unveiled on October 23, 2001, gave us a Mac-compatible product with a 5 GB hard drive that put "1,000 songs in your pocket."
Many imagined this product to be much more complicated than the bulky CD player you and I toted about around this time, but whispers of a non-skipping product caught our attention and ultimately our hearts.

"The Core" of Apple decided not to stop there but to give us a a partner to our new found friend the i-Pod..Introducing i-Tunes... in 2003 Jobs introduced a media player computer program, used for playing and organizing digital music and video files on desktop computers compatible with then i-Pod and i-Pod touch. A computer program that would soon give all music executives no choice but to adapt their business plans one page at a time, taking the free ideas of Napster & Limewire to a more upscale "pay only" plato. With digital dollar signs coming into play, not only would Steve jobs have something even more revolutionary than the i-Pod with i-Tunes, but much controversy hanging from the Apple tree ready for picking.

But Jobs showed no sign of slowing with in 2004 releasing the now best friend to many producers in the music industry..."Garage Band". Unveiled by Steve Jobs with assistance by John Mayer during the keynote speech at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco on January 6, 2004. GarageBand is a streamlined digital audio workstation (DAW) and music sequencer, which can record and play back multiple tracks of audio. Built-in audio filters allow the user to enhance the audio track for recording guitar instruments, etc. The tuning system can also effectively imitate the dreadful auto-tune effect when tuned to the maximum.

Just a "regular" studio this could be seen as to the person "just purchasing a Mac Book" or just "playing around" with Garageband, but in actuality along with receiving your Macbook you get the luxury of playing around with a $800,000- $1,000,000 studio for just the price of the laptop.

One of the most valuable companies along with (who most consider) thee greatest business men of our lifetime, took the time to recognize music in many forms. So SAU give a standing ovation to the man who revolutionized the way we buy, hear, and make music.