Friday, October 30, 2009

SSPU to tour with Placebo: Free Download Bundle

SSPU will join Placebo for their Euro/UK tour in late November/December. To celebrate the launch of the tour Placebo have compiled a FREE download bundle (complete with a printable PDF booklet) featuring exclusive tracks from all of the bands on the tour.

The track listing is as follows:

01 Placebo - Breathe Underwater (Live At Pukkelpop Festival 2009)

02 Expatriate - Get Out, Give In

03 Silversun Pickups - Panic Switch (Recorded Live For KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic)

04 The Horrors - Sea Within A Sea

05 United - For What I Feel (Live At Debaser )

Click below for the download or go to to check out the tour dates.

Hot Chip - Harvest Festival Album


I have made an album called 'Harvest Festival' which has me singing occasionally but is mostly instrumental dance music that I have made over the last few years. It reminds me of Aphex twin or Brian Eno in terms of some melodies and was made almost entirely on a couple of old drum machines and a modular synthesizer. If you would like to pre-order it from HMV this is the link:;0;-1;-1;-1&sku=276320

It's coming out on Greco-Roman, the label i run with my friends Alex, Dom and Jez. You can find out about us here:
or join our facebook group here:

Greco-Roman also just released a single from Drums of Death who toured with us last year. I feature in the video briefly, turning into one of his minions:

... and Greco-Roman like to throw parties too, like this one in London on Hallowe'en:

Hot Chip will be back soon with a new album and we will start touring again early next year. Until then,


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New mall at Marina Bay

The Marina Bay Link Mall will feature upmarket tenants that will cater to the 62,000 working professionals and affluent residents in the immediate area. -- PHOTO: RAFFLES QUAY ASSET MANAGEMENT

WORKER bees at Raffles Place will have more shops and restaurants to choose from next year, when a new underground mall opens at the upcoming Marina Bay Financial Centre.

The Marina Bay Link Mall will feature upmarket tenants that will cater to the 62,000 working professionals and affluent residents in the immediate area.

It will also connect the future Downtown MRT station to neighbouring buildings such as One Raffles Quay and the integrated resort Marina Bay Sands.

The centre's managing company Raffles Quay Asset Management (RQAM) on Tuesday said the mall will also have some shops above ground, a waterfront plaza, a park for events and a restaurant perched on the 33rd floor.

About 55 per cent of its 176,000 sq ft of retail space has been snapped up already. Some restaurants setting up there include seafood chain Paradise Inn and South Korean frozen yogurt chain Red Mango.

Its stores are likely to be affordable mass-market luxury or 'masstige' brands, said Ms Rose Tong, RQAM's head of marketing (retail). They were unable to disclose any confirmed shop tenants as yet.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

OperaTor 3.4 based on Opera 10

OperaTor is a portable software bundle which allows you to browse the web anonymously. It combines the power of the Opera Browser, Tor and Polipo.
With OperaTor no data will be stored at the computer you plugged your portable memory into.

Changes in the current release

  • Opera 10
  • Tor
  • Dance 'n' Shout skin replaced by the standard Opera skin
Subscribe to updates via the OperaTor RSS feed.

Download OperaTor 3.4

OperaTor weights 7 MB and is Windows only

$1.5M Russian SUV Features Diamonds, Whale Penis Leather

Whale penis leather interior. That's all you really need to know about the $1.5 million Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition. Yes, the diamond-encrusted white gold gauges and gold-plated bulletproof windows are impressive, but seriously, whale penis leather interior.
The already bulletproof and wildly over-the-top 8.1 liter GM V8-powered Dartz Kombat T98 is getting a name change to Prombron and along with it will come a complete and brain-maimingly bourgeoisie upgrade with the Monaco Red Diamond Edition. The world's most expensive ultra-luxury SUV will debut at the 2010 Top Marques Monaco show with luxe features crazy enough to make a Maybach blush. For your $1.5 million you get the following features:
1. Ruby Red matte paint
2. Gold-plated bulletproof windows
3. 22" Kremlin Red Star bulletproof wheels
4. Whale Penis Leather interior
5. Tungsten exhaust
6. Tungsten and white gold gauges with diamonds and rubies
7. White gold diamond and ruby encrusted badges - grill, side and dashboard
8. Special edition Vertu mobile phone with "alert" button
9. Additional outside kevlar coating
10. Rogue Acoustic Audio System.
And, of course, of course -
THREE BOTTLES OF World Most Expensive Vodka - RussoBaltique Vodka, drink edition, same as in the RussoBaltique car when it visited Monaco at 1912.
We have a lot of questions about this car, most of them whale penis leather-related, but in the bigger picture, this brazen finger-in-the-eye raises a good point, so to speak. What makes a luxury vehicle? Things we used to think of as luxury - bovine leather, wood trim, high-end audio, etc., have become mainstream. Does it take exceptionally ridiculous material selection and bold ostentatious flair to define new luxury? Is it encapsulating yourself in a vehicle capable of taking a direct hit from a rocket propelled grenade? Does it mean emulating the wild excess of past luxury much like the Red Diamond is doing? Who knows. But we're betting the tzars would roll in one of these babies.
[Dartz via Jameslist]

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pricey celery in Singapore

Lee Hsien Loong currently earns an annual salary of S$3,870,000 (US$ 2,856,930 ), an increase of 25% from S$3,091,200 (US$2,037,168), making him the highest paid head of government in the world. In comparison, the President of the United States earns a salary of US$400,000. The new salary of S$3.8 million took effect in January 2008. Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said in parliament that the head of state of Singapore and his ministers deserve such a high income because Singapore is a small country that lacks a large pool of talented people.