Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Scary Pop

Fever Ray: One half of The Knife returns with the other half and for some reason call it Fever Ray.

When I Grow Up from Fever Ray on Vimeo.

If I Had A Heart from Fever Ray on Vimeo.

The Knife - Silent Shout:



Monday, March 30, 2009

Morning Links: The Revolution will be Streamed!

img source: xkcd

Another Kicker from Bob Lefsetz:

"If you want to have a fulfilling, enriched life today you don’t start a band, you start a company! Is your desire to date Mariah Carey or have enough money to attract reasonable members of the opposite sex? Do you want to have people tell you what to do or do you want to be in charge of your own destiny? Tech is about innovation. What do they say, "Innovate or die"? Whereas in the music business it’s "I don’t hear a single."

Customer Service is the title of a recent blog entry by Bob Lefsetz, in it he once again draws parallels from the Music & Tech industries, both of which I'm interested in. I really like where Bob is going lately, Since I have my feet in both fields I can relate easily.


TechCrunch: Jason Kincaid takes a First Look at Lala’s iPhone App which will Stream Your Music Library From The Cloud. This is an important step in what is to come for all media. When the dust settles the end result for most users will be on demand cloud stored media. Music, Movies & TV will not be owned by most but streamed and subscribed to on demand. The next couple years will see stepping stones towards this end, but the bottom line will be access to everything everywhere when you want it. But you're saying "Wait this is no good for me, I'm a DJ, I mix and match beats and tempos, I just got use to CD's I can't just stream files and mix them, My Laptop will crash!!!" No worries you'll still be hoarding files, all of your fans however will most likely not. Resistance is Futile.


Dandy Warhols collaborate... with everybody.

Breathe Easy Trailer from World's Fair on Vimeo.


SMK - 6 Swedes pick up where Kraftwerk left off.

John found this video 1st, which seems to be a really well done fan video. I of course liked the song, dug a little bit deeper and found the 10+ minute live jam version.

The group is called SlagsmÄlsklubben or SMK, according to their MySpace they're from Stockholm and Berlin and they have a new EP out called Sponsored by Destiny, which is also the name of the song in both the video's above.

Here another called Smedby Eyes



Friday, March 27, 2009

No Thanks 7 series, It's all about the Model S now.

Tesla unveils the Model S The New $50,000.00 all Electric Hotness is a 5 seater/5 Door Sedan that will travel 300 miles when fully charged, has removable batteries and takes 45 minutes to recharge.

Now there's a goal, to be in the market to buy a $50,000.00 Sedan in 2011. I think I can do it!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Morning Links - New School Pearl Jam Cover

The epitome of a bedroom producer. cool.

Off to work!


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Morning Links - Peter, Bjorn, John & Flavor Paper

It's looking to be slow week business wise so I'm beefing up on my study's (Objective-C) and Apple store visits. I'm also testing Carbonite as viable off-site back up solution this week. It's been available for Windows for a while now and it's finally Mac compatible so I'm going to see how well it handles a couple hundred GB's of data. I'll keep ya posted. Off to the Gym!


Morning Links:


New Orleans Studio, Flavor Paper screenprints wallpaper by hand. Very cool stuff.


Peter, Bjorn and John Perform for KEXP during SXSW. I Listened to this podcast this morning and loved it. I really enjoyed the sound of just three guys hopping around on instruments keeping it really simple in terms of out put but intricate in arrangements. Worth at least one listen. ;)

Simple and Fun Music Making in the browser:


iDaft Punk

Thursday, March 19, 2009

End of Day Links - Fuzzy Dinosaurs

It's been a long day. I've been supporting windows on a MacPro all day. It's not my specialty so my brain is mush. I did however make some really good use of my new neat scanner when I got back to the office. I love it! Tonight I dig into another chapter or two of Objective C. Booyah!

Some Links of interest:

Fossil hints at fuzzy dinosaurs The beautiful thing about Science, new information is found and scientists are ready to embrace it... as soon as they can prove it, of course.

Mac security researcher wins Pwn2Own contest with Safari hack
Curious to see what the hole is and when it'll be patched.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mid Day Links - A Whale of a Good time

A whale of a Good time These poor fish never had a chance.

Cash In!!! DJ AM wants all the money!

Dr. Ge Wang and Smule are the future. Dr. Wang is a smart and very creative guy. The music business of tomorrow will be run by guys like this.

I tether, you tether, we all tether.... soon.

Interesting letter from Moby to Bob Lefsetz.

"I had a quasi-epiphany last year when i heard david lynch talking about creativity (and forgive me if this sounds new age or hokey).
he talked about how creativity in and of itself is great, and i realized that he was right.
and i realized that, ideally, the market should accomodate art, but that art shouldn’t accomodate the market."

If anything it makes me curious to hear his new record.


In other news I'm beginning to tip my toes into the world of Objective C. I'm not sure where this will take me but after the iPhone 3.0 OS announcement yesterday it seems like a good place to start. I'm also dipping my toes into the beginning stages of planning my wedding, very exciting, in addition to putting the finishing touches on a new Marqui Adora album and relaunching the Datasound Podcast. Very busy and exciting times.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Morning Links - Thinking the Unthinkable

"Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism." Great blog article John found. If you read this entry and replace The word "Newspaper" with "Record Label" or "Movie Studio" and the word "Journalism" with "Music" or "Movies" you start to see an even larger picture then the writer intended. Good Read.

Vegetarians 'get fewer cancers' "But surprisingly, the researchers also found a higher rate of colorectal cancer - a disease linked with eating red meat - among the vegetarians." Funny how that works out.

Sci Fi to Become SyFy Less space and Aliens more Ghosts and Silliness.

Don’t deny the value of your own ”suck period.” This is my favorite "Self Help" blogger. I don't often agree with everything he writes but I usually enjoy his core message. This entry uses The idea of Leveling Up in Pac Man as an analogy for facing challenges in your life and learning from them so that you can move and face new challenges. This one is also a great read: Living Paycheck to Paycheck.



Sunday, March 15, 2009

Morning Links - Ass Up!

TechnoBox iPhone app from AudioRealism that combines the classic 303 bass line machine and 808 & 909 drum machines all in on one emulating program.

http://justfuckinggoogleit.com/ Brutal, but funny.

Atlas Shrug moment of the day: A.I.G. Planning Huge Bonuses After $170 Billion Bailout Looters!

Ridiculous Moment of the Day: Baracuda - Ass up - Proof that Songwriters have completely run out of ideas! Warning! Strong meme potential! This may poison your brain!

In other news it's St. Patty's Day this Tuesday and Kristen and I are going to hit parade today in Hollywood. Should be fun. I'm in need of a good goof off day. I'm kinda worn out this week from lack of sleep (averaging about 5 hours a day.) So a nice afternoon with the misses and a bunch of drunks should do me good! ;-)

Enjoy your day!


Friday, March 13, 2009

Morning Links - Solar Europe via Africa?

Solar panels in the Sahara 'could power the whole of Europe This sounds like a great idea, but then they're still relying on a foreign source for energy... and we know how well that's been working out for the past 50+ years don't we?


Modern Classics

Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer go head to head. Save this one for your lunch break!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Beauty of Networking & Customer Relations

An Observation:

It's becoming ever more convenient for my clients to get a hold of me through assorted communication services. Most of my customers reach me by email or by phone on either my mobile or office line, but I have a growing number of clients who are readily adopting Texting/SMS, IM, Facebook and even twitter as a way of getting a hold of me when they have questions, want to book an appointment or just say hello. Admittedly this begins to blur the lines of work & play but all relationships are connections to networks of friends and associates, might as well have fun while you're at it.

This comes to mind because while out of Town for my future-sister-in-law's wedding I was booking appointments and answering questions all weekend via SMS, IM & E-mail. I only had to answer the phone twice.

I just think it's the coolest thing knowing that I can not only conduct business but actually solve problems for my customers while on the go and away from my computer with out ever having to speak a word on the phone.

Technology is cool.

Just an observation.


Morning Links - 3 years? For throwing a shoe?

Social Notworking

3 years for throwing a shoe... Seriously? Seriously!

Unemployment Graph by State - Painful

Times Are Tough on Wall Street and Wisteria Lane - No Escapism for you!

Kanye performs on American Idol? Can this show be canceled now? Please!

It's not all doom & gloom though...

Monday, March 9, 2009

Music you should hear: Kutiman - Thru You

So John sent me this link the other day of a guy named Kutiman who grabbed You Tube clips of people playing instruments or singing and chopped both the video and audio of these clips into new songs and video's. When john sent me the link the original site was already down. I thought nothing of it, then John sent me a new link this morning. After watching all 7 videos I'm truly inspired. It's pretty amazing that Kutiman was able to make such interesting songs out of all these random bits of music. Using You Tube as your source material is a pretty savvy move as well. I'm immediately reminded of DJ Shadow & EBN, creating music solely of samples. It's refreshing and well worth a listen or two.

Related Links:

Unofficial Mirror Site

Other Links of Interest:

Once Banned, Monty Python Flick Returns To Town

Friday, March 6, 2009

Music you should hear: Circle Square "Dancers"

Other Links of Interest:

Solar Socialists

Only in India although I'll bet many other places looked similar when they 1st got power.