Skyramps – Days of Thunder

Originally posted on Optimistic Underground:

Skyramps is the combined efforts of Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never – loved here recently) and Mark McGuire (Emeralds), spinning electric gold through a tight 33 minute set. If you’re picturing the homespun sci-fi synthesizer burblings of the former soaking in the ethereal guitar ambience of the latter project, you’re on the right path. This is basically mana from heaven for those of us who happen to be fans of both.

Click the artwork to download the album as a zip file.

When I heard about this release, I practically shat myself. 2009 saw the rise of a more user-friendly, nearly pop natured breed of drone music the likes of which had never yet crossed radars. Drone for the masses?  Not quite. But this is, for instance, far more palatable to your radio listener friends than a Final or Scorn, or even latter day Seefeel

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Screenshot of the Old School/New School Mom blog redesign:
Redesign - Old School New School Mom

This was a very fun project that involved a little more than just redesigning a blog.

Originally, the domain was registered with Google Apps and hosted for free on And the cherry on top is that the commenting system is managed by Disqus.

All very cool things that helped enable this mommy blogger, Sarah Fader, to run her own site without needing the technical ins-and-outs that goes into Web Development. I truly admire and respect that about these services! But the ability to host your own content and truly claim ownership of the capabilities of what you can do with your Web site still trump the simplicity of each of those services to me. It’s the Open Source way.

Sarah Fader, blogger.So after many battles with Disqus (getting them to import the comments to a new system) and many battles with Google Apps (getting them to transfer registration while keeping Gmail services) and many battles with Blogger (well, this one was pretty straight forward actually), I was able to migrate all of the content and then redesign Old School/New School Mom for Sarah Fader. She’s a writer for Huffington Post with many passions and tons of blog ideas. Her dedication to her craft is truly inspiring. Be sure to check out her work!