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The past few years I’ve always wanted to get back into vinyl records.

When I was young my dad used to make me listen to his records on his old school hifi system and appreciate his music record collection with all sorts of albums from artists and bands mainly based around the rock genre. Back in the day when we used to live here in Melbourne my dad used to keep an eye on JB HIFI record sales and go to the shops and flick through records to try and find some good bargains. Later on at the age of 9 years old I started to enjoy listening to rock music and I was simply hooked on listening to Guns n’ Roses & Metallica which were pretty much the top 2 bands that were ruling the rock/metal scene during the early 90s. So my dad made me listen to some of his bands of his era such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rush and other bands. At the time I didn’t really appreciate it that much, listening to the sound as much as my own bands, since it sounded old. I was raised in between the death of music cassettes and the commercial peak of CDs. But years passed, my passion for music has grown, my genres of music have expanded to a larger range of styles.

Later on when I was 16 my parents bought me a computer and I was literally blown away by technology, the internet, and the luxury of easy accessing music. So my music library has grown by hard drives and mp3s. My knowledge has grown discovering such artists, bands, and DJs I haven’t even heard of before.

CDs phased out, digital media became so easy to download music in high quality in a matter of minutes, saving time going to entertainment shops or pre-ordering albums.

Years passed and I’ve amassed a music library which would probably last 5-6 months played non- stop. But what I seriously lost was the appreciation for album art, the appreciation for the entire work given to an album. So I recently felt like I need to go back to my roots. Physical media just simply gives the feel of owning an album, a piece of art. Records simply have it all. So the past few months I decided that I needed to dedicate a wall to simply putting music in my own new house. I’ve purchased a reasonable priced Numark TTUSB record player which I picked up from eBay in great condition. I’ve also thought about record storages, taking me around 2 weeks to decide what to go for and thinking way ahead for a much bigger collection, so I’ve finally agreed with the IKEA Expedit (totally recommend, perfect for records). I’ve even added IKEA Dioder LED lights placed in the back of the book shelf making it easy on the eye while enjoying the music.

Simply put, my mission is to purchase a great variety of good music to listen and chill out and listen while I’m on my iMac working away with web designing or surfing the web.

It’s amazing nowadays watching vinyl making a comeback. Current artists making their album available especially on LP and making limited edition records spicing up an album release.

Recently my dad decided to send me his entire record collection and continue what he has left off years ago. The records are on its way all the way from Malta. What I’ve also discovered is that the great thing about living in Melbourne finding out about record fairs such as Crate Diggers and some trendy shops here still selling records.

If you’re in Melbourne and want to purchase records check out the following site giving you all the info you need to find where the closest record store is available to you:

Diggin’ Melbourne – http://digginmelbourne.wordpress.com/

Check out my current record collection:

Discogshttp://www.discogs.com/collection?user=Xonnie316
Vinylfy: http://www.vinylfy.com/shaunmeilak

 

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#WebsiteLaunch: Hells500.com

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Hells500.comMy web design business Shibca Design just launched a website this weekend for this great cycling project @Hells500. Visit the site @ www.Hells500.com

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Metallica Release First Official Trailer For 3D Film ‘Through The Never’

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The day has arrived and we have our very first official trailer from the upcoming Metallica 3D Film “Through The Never”. I’ve just seen it and I’m blown away by amazement. The trailer starts off with Dane DeHaan (Lincoln, Lawless) driving in his car and which gets hit by another car escaping out of the vehicle to a group of people in a similar scene from the old school movie “The Warriors”. You’ll also see scenes from a live concert from great angles. Personally I found it simply insane! Enjoy Metal Fans!

 

 

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Iron Man 3

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Not that long ago I saw the brand new sequel to the Iron Man film series with my mates after work and we decided to go watch it in 3D. I assumed at first it might be filled with lot CGI & Action scenes. But the movie proved me wrong and it consisted of the movie being more based around the story rather than lots of action scenes. The movie was not your stereotypical superhero film, instead I found it to be quite unpredictable and Robert Downey Jr. succeeded again on portraying the role of Tony Stark. Aussie Guy Pearce also did a good job as the villain Aldrich Killian within this movie.

The three things I found disappointing are:

  1. The movie in 3D wasn’t anything special.
  2. Ben Kingsley’s character was a bit disappointing; personally I felt that he needed to be portrayed with a better role.
  3. The regular short teaser at the very end right after the film credits was in my opinion a bit of a letdown.

Overall, I totally recommend watching this movie while it’s at your local cinema!

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Creating iPhone Ringtones Using iTunes 11 (Apple Mac)

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2 years later, I’m back with another video tutorial “Creating iPhone Ringtones Using iTunes 11 (Apple Mac)”.

Since iTunes 11 user interface completely changed within the past two years I decided to make a brand new video showing you how to make your own iPhone ringtone.

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen

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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Last night I went to see action-thriller flick Olympus Has Fallen and let me tell you it was action packed from start to finish.

The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua which is known for directing other such action-thriller films such as Training Day, Tears of the Sun & Shooter.

The plot is based about a massive terrorist attack in which involves the President of the USA being kidnapped. The whole movie is filled with plane & helicopter crashes, explosions, lots of gun shooting and most importantly good acting.

The movie stars Gerard Butler as the leading Secret Service agent, Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent/Two-Face from The Dark Knight), Morgan Freeman and some other familiar actors.

Totally recommend it!

I would really like to reveal the plot but I don’t really wanna spoil the movie for ya!

So go watch it at your local Cinema!

Paramore (2013)

#NowPlaying: Paramore – Paramore (2013)

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The band Paramore is back with a brand new album and it is without the band members Josh & Zac Farro and let me tell you; this is one good rock album you definitely need to listen to. Throughout all the tracks it has a variety of styles from Alternative Rock, Pop Punk / Rock, and Electronic Rock in it. I’ve listened to their previous albums Riot! & Brand New Eyes, but this album in my opinion is by far their best.

I’ve given it a quick listen at first and in the past week I’ve heard it probably more than a dozen of times on a heavy rotation. The great thing about this album is that Paramore as a band that are willing to try new styles of music and move away from their early Pop Punk / Emo sound.

The album is an hour long containing 17 tracks. My personal favorite track is “Daydreaming” and other good tracks I’ve enjoyed were “Fast In My Car”, “Now”, “Grow Up”, “Be Alone”.

The whole playlist is well planned and takes you into a nice rock journey.

Even the ending track “Future” is a nice outro instrumental rock track which I’ve found sound similar to an instrumental rock band Mogwai.

So, if you’re a Paramore fan or into rock music you most definitely need to go download or purchase this new album.

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Tracklist

  1. Fast in My Car
  2. Now
  3. Grow Up
  4. Daydreaming
  5. Interlude: Moving On
  6. Ain’t It Fun
  7. Part II
  8. Last Hope
  9. Still Into You
  10. Anklebiters
  11. Interlude: Holiday
  12. Proof
  13. Hate to See Your Heart Break
  14. (One of Those) Crazy Girls
  15. Interlude: I’m Not Angry Anymore
  16. Be Alone
  17. Future

Band Links:


Official Paramore Site:
http://www.paramore.net

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/paramore/id593149278
F
acebook: http://www.facebook.com/Paramore
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Paramore
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/74XFHRwlV6OrjEM0A2NCMF

 

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#WebsiteLaunch: ShibcaDesign.com.au Version 2.0

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My web design business SHIBCA DESIGN well I’ve just revamped the website to Version 2.0
Come have a look!
www.ShibcaDesign.com.au

 

 

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GoPro Driving Timelapse To Torquay

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This is my 1st GoPro test video filming my drive to Torquay which was filmed July 8th 2012. The video was shot using a GoPro HD Hero2. Music by Joe Satriani “Speed of Light”.

If you enjoyed the video comment below or subscribe to my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/smvlog

Volbeat

#NowPlaying: Volbeat

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VolbeatPast few weeks I been simply hooked on listening to this Danish metal band VOLBEAT. The band plays a fusion of rock n’ roll, heavy metal, punk and rockabilly.

I first discovered Volbeat listening to the Rock/Metal Spotify Radio station shuffling through tracks when all of a sudden I listen for the very first time Volbeat doing a cover version of a 1963’s Dusty Springfield’s classic “I Only Want To Be With You”.

I couldn’t believe how this band gave this old classic such a metal revival at the same time keeping it rock n’ roll.

So the past few weeks I been listening to their entire catalog and I just simply couldn’t stop listening to them in heavy rotation.

Volbeat just released 9th April 2013 a brand new album titled Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies and in my honest opinion   I’ve only listened to it a good couple of times so far and its very good totally recommend it. What I truly like about VOLBEAT is that they simply sticked to their original sound and haven’t changed.

Simply can’t wait for this band to come and tour Australia!

Volbeat Discography:

  • The Strength / The Sound / The Songs (2005)
  • Rock the Rebel / Metal the Devil (2007)
  • Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood (2008)
  • Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (2010)
  • Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (2013)

Below is a medley of tracks from their 2010 album “Beyond Hell / Above Heaven” hit play and enjoy!

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