These are not album reviews. These are, however, some of my favorite albums from the last year. I've made no secret of the fact that the last 12 months were particularly shitty, but thanks to support from family and friends - my life is now pretty awesome. You could say these albums were the soundtrack to my life on the road to being “okay” again. Hopefully if you’re going through something you'll find some solace in them as well... even if you aren’t - they are great albums in their own right.
It’s always fascinated me how we associate certain songs, albums, and even bands to specific memories and moments in our life.
Now that the weather is starting to turn colder I find myself drifting back to albums that I have always associate with colder weather. I suspect these albums have that effect thanks to several factors:
They were during my very impressionable years on my musical taste (14-19)
They happened to be what I was listening to when I turned 16 and started to get my first glimpse of independence away from home.
Since my Birthday is in September - it’s around that time the weather starts to change and turn colder.
They’re timeless classics in their respective genre’s.
Here are some albums that I will always associate with colder weather:
(hed) P.E. - “Broke”
311 - "311 (Blue album)"
Extol - “Undeceived”
Static-X - “Wisconsin Death Trip”
Linkin Park - “Hybrid Theory”
Hopesfall - “The Frailty of Words”
What albums make up your “cooler weather” playlist?
- Same body style as the current generation of iPhone 5.
- Processor speed bump of 30%+ (I’ve seen speculation of a move to 64bit).
- Camera bump of 13MP+ or higher with a sensor bump as well.
- Fingerprint reader - like The Terminator, this is the rumor that JUST WON’T DIE, but I’m STILL not convinced that Apple has perfected this for mobile devices and that they will be rolling it out this year. I would love to be proven wrong though and it looks like I finally will be...
- New gold/champagne color to compliment the current black and white colors - Apple needs SOMETHING other than a fingerprint sensor to get people to line up and sell this device out. A new color on the premium model will do just that.
- A lower cost version of the iPhone that comes in an assortment of colors.
- You sacrifice processor, space, and camera - most likely a device similar in specs to an iPhone 4S or current generation iPhone 5.
- There will most likely be a separate event for iPad’s in a few weeks time.
- But at that event you can expect to see a bump in specs including the long awaited retina version of the iPad mini.
- Apple’s new mobile OS will be generally available today for compatible iPhones.
- iOS 7 for the iPad won’t be available today - again I would love to be proven wrong…
- If it does make an appearance it won’t be available until Q1 or Q2 of next year.
- If there is any new Apple TV hardware the changes will be subtle to few and far between.
- I do, however, see them updating the software to allow for third party applications.
- Stop asking - it's obvious that the Apple TV is Apple’s play in the living room.
- Pricing and availability
OS X Mavericks
- General availability and upgrade pricing announcement
- Pricing and availability. Pricing is rumored to be anywhere from $299 to $499 - expect a "subscription" only version that will feature a lower upfront cost, but require a monthly subscription to Xbox Live Gold. And as far as availability - expect "later this year" which code for "Fall/in time for Christmas".
- Games, games, games, games, games, games and more games. Microsoft flubbed it with the last keynote by not really appealing to core gamers. I fully expect Microsoft to right the ship today.
- I'm hoping they'll provide more details on the pricing structure surrounding the used games as well as licensing to hopefully clear up some of the confusion.
- I expect some hints or outright announcement about a new revamped Xbox 360.
- There have been rumors of a "set top box" version of the Xbox that's meant only for media streaming (à la Roku) but it's not expected to be launched until next year.
- No new MOBILE hardware. I don't expect apple to unveil any mobile related hardware (iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, etc).
- New Mac's featuring Intel's new Haswell processor. Expect new MacBook Air's and MacBook Pro's as well as a probably refresh of their Mac Pro line. Not expecting anything with the Mac Mini although it would be a pleasant surprise. Most likely rumored to appear is a retina version of the MacBook Air.
- iOS 7. I expect an unveiling of a completely redesigned iOS 7. With Johnny Ive at the helm I expect for skeuomorphism to be a thing of the past and lean towards a "flatter" aesthetic that's been sweeping the mobile world as of late (Just look at Google's mobile app UI/UX as of late).
- I also expect access to more API's on the mobile side. Apple is losing ground to Android and people are wanting more customization and features that Apple's iOS currently doesn't offer. I would not be shocked if Apple included some nods towards a few jailbreak tweaks in their latest revision of iOS 7. (Believe the ones listed here by iDownloadBlog would be the likely suspects to be found in the new version: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/06/08/jailbreak-tweaks-ios-7/)
- New version of OS X. This isn't exactly my wheelhouse, but I think it's safe to bet we'll see a preview of the new version of OS X.
- Also expect some sort of streaming radio service from Apple to compete with the likes of Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, etc... there's rumors of an iAd supported free tier.