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Desi Muzak

Where I live, a good Indian restaurant is as much of a rarity as a good Kumar Sanu song. And South Indian? Fuggedaboutit! So it was with much fanfare that a local version of Udipi, that brand name synonymous with lip-smacking South Indian food, was opened in the area. I don’t know about lip-smacking, but compared to the sambhar at a local Punjabi place that tasted like Chicken Makhani sans chicken plus sambhar powder, the Udipi version was easily forgiven for its own failure to comply with standards set by its predecessors back home.

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Quick Notes IV

Anniyan showcases MPD. Multiple Pada DejaVu and Mostly Puerile Direction. Stunts that are Mindless Plagiarised Derivatives. Special effects that scream Mattamaana Program Development. And Vikram’s performance that Made Puke Desirable in comparison. That’s right, Shankar. I can be lame too.

Arular Bonus Tracks: Get it while it still lasts…your M.I.A obsession, I mean. (Update: One of the 4 bonus tracks is a remix of Galang feat. Gabbar Singh & samples from Mehbooba)

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Overheard

Couple of pretty 18-somethings discussing ‘Batman Begins’ while exiting the cinema hall.

“In the other movies, he was dressed in the leather suit right from the beginning.”

“What other movies?”

“The other Batman movies.”

“Oh…Oh yeah, you’re right. Not this one.”

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TIS Ordering Info

I’ve noticed some visits to the page in search of, what I think, is information on Ilaiyaraja’s “Thiruvaasagam in Symphony”. If anyone is looking for information on where to order the CD in the US, here is the link to the page from where I just placed mine!

Thiruvasakam in Symphony – Order Page.

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Harmoniums are for Dads

Midi Me

Reading about music directors travelling to exotic places to draw inspiration for an album, has always brought to me images of both film-maker & composer exchanging ideas, perched on a tree stump in a forest clearing right out of LOTR, birds chirping in the background and autumn leaves collecting around their feet. I’ll have to redraw that image now.

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Friday Night Stats

TIME magazine listed 50 websites they thought were “cool”. Predictably enough, I checked the ‘Blog’ section first and thus, retraced my steps back to the Fug-Girls blog.
All alone on a Friday night, in an effort to re-activate the frizzled grey cells after a torturous work week, I thought to myself, “Wow! wonder how much more traffic this brought to their site”. So sadly enough, I checked out their Sitemeter stats, just in time to read “Total 7,999,500” at an “Average Per Day 78,000”.

Start Countdown Timer to 8 million hits – 11:14:20 pm
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Stop Countdown Timer at 8,000,012 – 11:23:40 pm

Read and weep, Ad-sense freaks.
Read and laugh, all those who thought, “Got to be the dumbest 9 minutes ever spent on a Friday Night”. (In my defense, I’ve heard Salman Khan was conceived on a Friday night).

Quick Notes III

– I’m liking Shyam Radio. Their playlist of spliced-up songs, like some out-of-control TFM time machine, yanks me around on pleasurable roller-coaster rides called MSV, Raja & Rahman. The occasional comedy stop-overs (actual clips from movies, not the Ads) only adds to the charm. Hey! I’m even beginning to like Oru Naal Oru Kanavu some more. :)
(Song playing right now is an absolute favorite: Kuyile Kuyile from Aanpaavam)

– I’ll aspire to this kind of classy voyeurism when my 350D comes in, after the Great Dell BackOrder of 2005.
Pilots who blog have it easy though. Composition/Contrast/Photoshop be damned. They hold ultimate vantage position.

– If anyone is allowed to make long posts, it should be Anna. If I could write like her, I would write about how well she writes.

– I have this (retarded) craving to smell a Durian now. I blame Karthik.

– Final absurd thought before I hit ‘Publish’. Has anyone done a survey to find out how many blogs have the words “Random”, “Ramblings”, “Musings” & “Ruminations” in their title? Or variations of it, like, ‘Discordant Notes’ ?

Purpled Javed

I’d been sitting on these Javed Akhtar lyrics for quite some time. Not sure if they’ve been set to tune before, but I kind of liked its flow. And I’d also been thinking about using an instrumental called “Closing Question” by this trip-hop band called Purple Penguin. So yeah, it all came together tonight…Javed Akhtar’s ghazal set to tune – trip-hop style!

(I was too lazy to play any music on the track. I’ll maybe add an instrumental track later. Also, forgive the singing.)

Mp3 Link to the song, Kaisi Aavaaz Hain.

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Related Link:
My other shameless use of an existing track. (Mp3 Link)

Cut & Paste Inc.

Censor Board of India

The cut list (‘endorsement’) is expected to be displayed at a conspicuous place in the cinema halls. Non display of the cut list or copy of the Certificate is an offence. Even if the cut list is not displayed at the cinema hall, you can download the cut list from this website by clicking the button ‘search for a film’ on the Home page.

Thus Spake Our Celluloid Guardians.

And how they guard us…

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Villain Overdose

Thirupaachi

It’s vaguely amusing that Kollywood directors are trying hard to make Madras seem more like a Goonda Utopia. Almost like they wished we had our own Dawoods & Rajans to make ‘Company‘s about. But no, we don’t. So they overwork their imagination and create terrible villains. Total Narakasurs. But with fancier names like…’Sanniyan’ Sagade, ‘PanParag’ Ravi and ‘Pattaasu’ Balu (Indha Balu paesa maattaan, pattaasu thaan paesum). But, three villains? Like, are they, like, three brothers or something…like? Nah. Just three stand-alone goondas territorially terrorising Madras. Sagade takes care of S.Madras, PP Ravi gets North & Cracker Balls (P.Balu’s ghetto name) reigns supreme in Central. Nice. All the more henchmen for Vijay to bash up while grinding out fiery dialogues, his spittle making gentle arcs across the screen.

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Reagan’s Song

Adding to the long list of Tamil-prefixed domains (State, Tricks, Beat etc) is TamilRevolution. Not a lot different from the others in terms of content…DivX, Mp3s, Remixes, Original songs. Wait a minute. Maybe a tad different after all. A composer called Reagan has one of his songs on the site as a free download. Going by the quality of their remixes, I expected a track with beats splintering across my headphones to cause me more distress. Nah. In fact, a very decent composition. I reminded myself that this was some dude in a self-made studio working with limited resources who came up with this. And the reminder helped me appreciate the song more, and ignore the Yuvan Shankar type singing and the quality of the mix (the vocals get drowned in all the music).

Link:
Oru Nathiyin Peyarodu

Lists – Comics, Albums, Books

A perfect mid-June Sunday night, and what better setting to dump a few link-lists (C/C++ freaks…breathe in…breathe out. Different kind of link-list. You know what? Let’s just give the IIT-ians & BITS-ians a reason to hyperventilate).

Warning: May not be suited for the workplace, but then maybe most people who visit this blog do not work in a church.

From the demented mind of Maddox – 5 unintentionally x-ual Comic Book covers
From the mental drippings of Pork Tornado – 10 of the Worst Album Covers
From the comedy bloggings of Arj Barker – #10 in his upcoming list of Worst Book Covers

Tagged for Shame

Karthik seeks my humiliation with the book tag. His books litter my house, begging to be read so as to indulge him in the ‘book-talk’ he so yearns for. Me? I just frown everytime I pick up Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon. I translate the time I’ll spend reading that to the hours I can spend on my music…all those crappy tunes I compose to fill up my hard-drive. But to my credit, I atleast drove him to start writing about it instead.
You’re welcome, Blogosphere.

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Viola & some…

I lurk around mp3 blogs and acquire all the free music I can (and some of them are awesome!), but ’twas a strange path I took to get to Fredo Viola…via Anil Dash’s blog. But I’m glad I got there and some of you will too. This has got to be the most innovative video I’ve seen in a long time. The song by itself might sound tiresome, but after having seen the video, it’ll be on my next compilation disc.

via. Mobile Jones

The video was created entirely using 15 second jpg movies from my little Nikon Coolpix 775 still camera, reconstructed in AfterEffects.

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Discordant Notes


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