Fazerdaze

Fazerdaze is the shoegaze/dream pop project of Amelia Murray, of Wellington, New Zealand. She released her debut self-titled EP in October 2014, recording it entirely in her bedroom studio in Auckland. With the help of multi-instrumentalist, Jonathan Pearce, who mastered the release, she created a dream-pop sound, using electric guitars and effect pedals.

Morningside, the debut album, was released on May 5, 2017.

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The Beatles seminal Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Edition, A Must Have?

It’s 2017 and it’s been 50 years since The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. They are releasing a newly remixed 50th-anniversary edition. Is it worth it?

Giles Martin, George Martin’s son, discusses it here with Bob Boilen on NPR, with excellent original mono, hastily produced original stereo, and now 50th-anniversary edition audio examples and explains what has changed.


One of the big differences is that the original tapes required “bouncing” multiple tracks down onto a single track in order to make room for the remaining tracks. This lowered the quality of the recordings. For this new edition, they are not doing that.

Additionally, NPR’s Terry Gross also interviewed Giles Martin as well. They discuss experimentation, both musically and with drugs.

Both interviews discuss the multi-piano E-chord used to create the ending for A Day In The Life.

Terry Gross interviews Beatles Ringo Starr And Paul McCartney the next day. They don’t discuss specifics of the new anniversary release but discuss various Beatles’ moments: first meeting other members, the meaning behind “Yesterday”, and a touching moment when Paul and John bonded.

Buy the new 50th-anniversary special edition on CD, 2-LP vinyl, mp3, or streaming here.

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My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields discusses the new Loveless all-analog vinyl release and compromises

Pitchfork interviewed Kevin Shields and they discussed the soon to be released all-analog Loveless vinyl release, his hearing changes through the years, and the new My Bloody Valentine album they are working on (to be released in 2018).

Regarding the decision to press a single disc instead of a double LP:

I wanted it to actually be played the way it was originally conceived, which is basically an A and B side: Loveless is like a mirror image of itself on each side. It works as a continuous thing. That’s where I got a little nuts, but it was one of the things that I got right [initially]. The obvious thing to do in this day and age would be to cut it onto two vinyls. That’s something I will do someday, just for the pure sound quality. But from the perspective of listening to it, I didn’t want that to be the only version that people had access to, because it just breaks it up. There are compromises.

You can read the whole interview here.

Edit:

There is a new Rolling Stone interview posted 11/15/2017 that is worth a read.

began exploring sounds influenced more by the Smiths, the Cure and the guitar of the Byrds. To Shields’ ears, his playing on My Bloody Valentine’s earliest records represented a “perversion of a guitar sound,” meaning “it’s extremely clean, extremely small and just noise – in a way not trying to be impressive.”

“Shields’ big inspirations around this time were American bands: Dinosaur Jr., some Sonic Youth and, “particularly for me,” Public Enemy. “The sound on the first two Public Enemy records were very mid-rangey,” he says. “They weren’t hi-fi hip-hop records. It wasn’t music that was designed for an arena, and I loved up-frontness of that sound and the lack of attempting to pacify the listener with prettiness.”

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Pumarosa releases debut album The Witch

Pumarosa (London) singer  and guitarist Isabel Munoz-Newsome met drummer Nicholas Owen when the pair turned up for rehearsals for a new project at a rundown pub in Homerton. No one else turned up and they decided to form a punk duo instead, and began writing material and rehearsing. After they moved their outfit to a warehouse in Manor House, they met Henry Brown(bass), Neville James (guitar), and Tomoya Suzuki (sax/keys), and a full-fledged Pumarosa was born. In 2015 the band  released their debut single, “Priestess,” after signing to Chess Club Records. Despite being nearly eight minutes long, the track received generous radio play and swiftly raised the band’s profile. The following year they put out their second single, “Cecile,” and began work on their debut record with producer Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Bat for Lashes, TOY). The Witch was released in June 2017

Recommended if you like: Siouxsie and the Banshees, Chvrches, London Grammar



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Bob Mould announces that Sugar’s album Copper Blue to be released for Record Store Day

This limited edition reissue includes the classic album and a double LP of ‘Live At The Cabaret Metro, 1992’. The live show has never been available before on vinyl. Format: 3LP Gatefold on silver, gold & blue coloured vinyl. 2017 is the 25th anniversary of Copper Blue, the Top 10 debut album by American alternative rock band Sugar. In 1992 NME voted it Album Of The Year, and it was also included in the book ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’.

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Kwikset Premis smartlock review

Kwikset Premis smart lockControl your Kwikset Premis lock from your Apple device either at home or on the road.

Did you remember to lock the door?
Who is coming and going from your house?
What if I need to let someone in while I’m not there?
When did the kids get home?

You’ve managed important aspects of life from your smartphone for years. Why not have the same control over your home? Premis is designed to help you look after your home and family—even when you’re away.

Siri:

  • “Lock my front door”
  • “Is my front door locked?”
    – Also works with Apple Watch

Remote Access:

  • Add, change, delete user codes
  • Lock and unlock door
    *requires an Apple TV, or an iPad at home connected to your home network
  • See the lock’s history to see who has accessed the lock

App:

https://www.kwikset.com/premis/application

The App has a very useful interactive installation feature to guide you through installing the lock.

Code Options:

  • ONE-TIME
    Can only be used one time within the next 24-hours. Ideal for giving access to contractors who require a single instance of entering your home.
  • LIMITED
    Can be used anytime or recurringly within a set dates and times. For housekeepers and others that consistently come on certain days and times.
  • ANYTIME
    Can be used every day at any time. Perfect for family members and others who come and go frequently.
  • LIMITED BY DAY
    Can be used anytime within the date range set. Ideal for house vacationers who are meant to only stay from one date to another.

Security:

https://www.kwikset.com/premis/security

The lock will display 2 random numbers that you have to press first, before entering a valid code, that makes it impossible for someone to successfully read fingerprints off the keypad to try to determine your code. This is rather nifty and doesn’t add much hassle to using the keypad. If a long passcode option is your preference but you don’t want to have to press 9 or 10 buttons then maybe consider using a 5-digit passcode. This combined with the 2 random numbers you have to press first adds up to 7 digits. Also, Kwikset warranties the keypad for life in case you’re concerned about frequent use wearing down the keypad.

FAQ:

https://www.kwikset.com/premis/faqs

What devices are compatible with Premis?

  • Versions of iPhone, iPod, iPad, and iOS Premis lock can be enrolled with compatible HomeKit enable devices running iOS 8.1 or newer. These include the iPhone 4S, all iPhone 5, 6 and 7 variants, iPad 2 or newer, all versions of iPad Mini, and the iPod Touch 5th generation or newer.
  • Compatible versions of Apple TV Premis is compatible with 4th generation or newer.
  • Can I unlock Premis remotely? The lock can be locked or unlocked remotely using the Premis app or Siri, if the lock is connected to an Apple Home Hub. Home Hubs come standard on Apple TVs (4th generation and newer) and Apple iPads (with iOS 10 or newer). The Home Hub must remain in your home, connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and powered on.

Other things to consider:

Kwikset has a newer version of the lock that resists forced turning. Keep in mind that no lock is completely pick-proof. The idea is to make it as time-consuming as possible so that a would-be thief moves on. If they want in badly enough then there are likely easier ways.  (Windows, etc) Here is the video where they challenge professional locksmiths to pick the lock using various picking methods.

The SmartKey technology where you can ‘rekey’ the lock to work with your existing key requires that your current key shape will fit into the Kwikset lock. I had a different brand lock so my current key wouldn’t fit. I had to use the 2 keys that came with Kwikset Premis lock. It’s not really a big deal but I like to have a few extras, even with this new keypad feature. I ended up making a couple spare keys.

I read other reviews where people complained about the touchpad response time. I haven’t seen issues regarding this at all. It’s very responsive from my experience.

Installation Notes:

Installation was relatively easy though I had a few hurdles.

  1. My door frame strike, the receiving end of the deadbolt, was 1/2″ deep when it requires a 1″ depth. There was a metal frame in my door frame that I had to punch through. The Premis lock kept thinking that it was ‘jammed’ otherwise. It would still work but the locked/unlocked indicator in the App would show it as “jammed”.
  2. The outside portion of the door lock unit, the keypad part, wouldn’t slide into the door. The metal bar that turns the lock was about 1/8 of an inch off center. I had to unscrew the faceplace, the rectangular part that screws into the side of the door, 1/8″ inch to push the latch out a tad. It’s still solidly installed and you can’t really tell.
  3. The handing process worked but was a little confusing. When you install the batteries the first time the lock will go through a series of tests where it extends and retracts the bolt. The bolt would only retract in part way so I thought it was failing due to the previously mentioned issue (number 2) maybe due to too much friction on the turning mechanism. I took the lock apart, loosened the faceplate screws another turn, and redid the wired that you have to tuck into the inside portion of the lock taking more care that it wasn’t pressing too hard against the turning mechanism. I think it still exhibited the same issue retracting during handing but it retracts all the way, every time, when using a key, the keypad, or the app so it’s working and that’s all that matters.
  4. There are 3 small screws that have to be removed in order to remove the batteries. This is just not well thought out. However, if battery life lasts as long as it should then it’s not really a big deal. Two screws are on the sides and one screw is underneath the unit. My door handle is below the unit so it’s not the easiest screw to access. I ended up just leaving the bottom screw out.

So far I’m quite pleased with the Premis and would recommend it to others. I bought it for the convenience of letting others in if required, and as a backup, in case I somehow lose my key so I’ll have a way in.

I think in most cases installation is easy and it works as designed.

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