Archive for February 18th, 2011

February 18, 2011

WTF App Of The Week: Beard Tracker

by Accidental Bear

Ha Ha, really? Gruff, Scruff, Grind….why not. I have held off on getting an iphone and still using my old-skool basic phone. I think this keeps me safe from hours of nonsense spent on things like Angry Birds ( isn’t that what the kids are playing ?) and Beard Tracker apps. But because of peer pressure, I will have to cave soon! FYI, the term CULT OF MAC scares me.

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via www.cultofmac.com

Men! Pay attention!

BeardTracker! Yes, BeardTracker! Rrrrrrrrr.

Track your beard! Monitor and assess its growth in chronological photographic form! BeardTracker will automatically display an alert to remind you to take a photo of your beard every day. And will show a timelapse animation of your beard’s growth from “clean-shaven” to “Gimli the dwarf.”

It has buttons called “New beard” and “Edit beard.” Beard tracking has never been so cool.

Can also be used by moustache wearers. Not to be confused with BreadTracker or BearTracker.

BeardTracker is free. Grow a beard now, so you can play with it.

(Seriously, though, this looks like a lot of fun, and you could use it for monitoring changes in anything over time. Doesn’t have to be beards.)

February 18, 2011

Post-Hardcore; Northless from Milwaukee ( Beef Watch)

by Accidental Bear

If you’re in the mood to “touch your dark side” take a peek at Northless. Artistic misunderstood wonderful noise. Northless’s new album will be out in March. I say grab it and PET YOUR DARK SIDE!

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Song Premiere: Northless, ‘Clandestine Abuse’

What’s it like to be huge? I’m talkin’ woolly-mammoth-riding-a-humpback-whale-through-Stonehenge huge. I’m talkin’ the kind of mass that overwhelms in the nearly literal sense: to “defeat completely.” The Milwaukeesludge-metal band Northless comes about damn close to this hugeness, as far as I can tell, on its debut albumClandestine Abuse.

The riff that launches the title track is one of those Elephants Marching riffs that the folks at MetalSucks (and I) enjoy so much. It tramples in slow motion, but also levitates in the midst of a crushing melody, akin to the ’90s post-hardcore heroes in Quicksand. The surprise of the song comes at 2:23 with some clean, technical guitar that’s less bulky math-metal and more like Faraquet’s dizzying arrhythmic riffing. But, in spite of one less distorted guitar, Northless is still overwhelmingly heavy, a woolly mammoth in search of its humpback whale.

Clandestine Abuse comes out March 15. You can pre-order the album at Gilead Media.

Music

February 18, 2011

On Display In Portland: The Art Of Beautiful Beards

by Accidental Bear

Times they are changing. In the past to hunt down a grouping of beards you would have to stalk the local Home Depot, truck stops ( get out of the bathroom men), hunting clubs, biker clubs ( HOT) or hippy gatherings ( FYI, Farmers Markets are great for beard watch). Nowadays getting the same street credit as Michelangelo or Picasso, lovely unusual beards are being put on pedestals in museum and fashioned into a wonderful art collection.

by Mike Enders

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by CLAIRE O’NEILL at NPR

A wise woman — I think it was the Millionaire Matchmaker (or maybe it was my sister) — once said that men hide their insecurities behind facial hair. Well, that’s just one theory. Other men see beards as an outlet for creativity. Every few years, such men from around the world congregate and compete at theWorld Beard and Mustache Contest.

Jeremy of Anchorage, Alaska 

Dave MeadJeremy of Anchorage, Alaska 

In 2009, photographer Dave Mead traveled to the competition being held in Anchorage, Alaska. What resulted is a portrait series that has since traveled the globe and is now at Portland’s Land Gallery through February. See more beards, if you’re so inclined, on his site.