230,000 people are already paying for a subscription to his new online-only news network. That shocks me. Not because of subscriber count, because of the lunatic fringe-count.
This is certainly a first in the world of virtual media, so following its progress will definitely be interesting. Even though I’d rather not ever be influenced by Glenn Beck about anything, I’m kinda hoping his network offers something — from a media operations standpoint — that can be learned from.
Sure, you can learn a lot about a person through their art, but art is too cryptic to form a soulful relationship with. The most pleasurable part of enjoying an artist comes when they’re revealing themselves as they really are: a human being, not some sorta cerebral fairytale.
I loved John Lennon’s music, but I love John Lennon, the man, even more. He hooked me with his art, but reeled me in with his reality. So hearing interviews such as the one David Sheff had with John and Yoko in 1980 (two days before John was shot) represent the moments when I appreciate Lennon the most. Why? Because John is simply being John — not John “The Beatle” or John “The Activist” — It’s just him revealing the greatest work of art he ever created: His own life.
Deep down inside, whether you realize it or not, the person behind the poetry is what you love the most about those you admire. This is why I’m so proud to be doing what I’m doing — Because people will finally get the chance to experience, in an intimate environment, the inspired feelings an emotional bond with a seemingly superhuman individual can bring.
What you might not expect is the sharply produced collection’s chilly, rich, soft-rock and R&B, a sound that’s earned more than one Bone Thugs reference. Gayngs list only 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love” in their MySpace “Sounds Like” field and cover 10cc spin-off Godley & Creme’s “Cry” on Relayted, but there are dozens of other echoes (from Primitive Radio Gods to Yeasayer to Kenny G) that surface and expand across these 55 minutes.
Click through and listen to this track. It’ll make you wanna lay out on the beach with a beer in one hand and one of those water-bottles-with-a-motorized-fan-on-it-things in the other. You know…real re-lax-ation type sheet ;-)
"Liberate your newbie friends with a Web2.0 suicide! This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your Web2.0 alterego."
"We’re living in a stylistic tropics. There’s a whole generation of people able to access almost anything from almost anywhere, and they don’t have the same localised stylistic sense that my generation grew up with. It’s all alive, all “now,” in an ever-expanding present, be it Hildegard of Bingen or a Bollywood soundtrack. The idea that something is uncool because it’s old or foreign has left the collective consciousness."
It’s an exciting time to be a music fan, but an artist… maybe not so much. There’s just too much for people to choose from.
It’s been a while since I listened to some hard rock, but I’ve stumbled upon an instrumental band that I can’t stop playing. Their name is “And So I Watch You From Afar” and their self-titled album below is a true piece of accessible art. Check it out…
"In September of 1967, aged 20 and yet to make much of an impression on the music scene, David Bowie was so enthused to receive his first American fan letter that he immediately typed out a reply from the office of his manager, Kenneth Pitt. The fan in question was 14-year-old Sandra Dodd, a young girl from New Mexico who had come to own a promotional copy of Bowie’s first album as a result of her uncle running a radio station. She was impressed and decided to write to Bowie, telling him his music was as good as that of The Beatles and then offering to start a fan club on his behalf."
"In early 2007, Fifty decided to start up his own website. He thought of it as a way to market his music and merchandise directly to the public, without the screen of his record label, which was proving quite inept in adapting to the Internet age.
First, he decided to experiment. As he prepared to launch a G-Unit record in the summer of 2008, he leaked one of the songs on to the website on a Friday night, then the next day he refreshed the Comments page every few minutes and tracked the members’ response to it. After several hundred comments it was clear that the verdict was negative. The song was too soft. They wanted and expected something harder from a G-Unit record.
Taking their criticisms to heart, he shelved the song and soon released another, creating the hard sound they had demanded. This time the response was overwhelmingly positive.
He put up the latest single from his arch-enemy The Game, hoping to read the negative comments of his fans. To his surprise, many of them liked the song. He engaged in an online debate with them about this and had his eyes opened about changes in people’s tastes and why they had perhaps grown distant from his music. It forced him to rethink his own direction.”
50 is one of the few celebrities who’s really trying to make his virtual life be every bit as healthy and vibrant as his physical life is. There’s still A LOT that he could be doing with his online identity, but I still give him an A for effort.
"…a new entrant will be breaking onto the scene at a $5 price point for all-you-can-stream playback and what looks to be a very nice interface for managing your music and playlists. The MOG Music Network has existed previously as an aggregated collection of MP3 blogs along with editorial curated content focused on identifying hot new trends in the music world. On December 2, they’ll be launching their ambitious new subscription service that hopes to find the sweet spot in the music subscription space. Tracks will stream at a high-quality 256Kbps in the for now browser-based service, which has plans to launch a mobile music component by as early as the end of 2009."
I have a feeling that these guys are gonna get my monies on the reg for a loooooong time!
Accepting the usage of serial commas would make my writing life a lot simpler, because I’d be able to stop stressing over whether or not I’m using it correctly, but I’m not sure if I’d be able to get over the awkwardness involved in making the switch. For some dorky reason, I’d just feel dirty doing it.
"On a deeper level, transmedia narratives strike an amazing balance between medium and message. In doing so, an exposition can carry out a story arc through application and dialogue that transcends all media execution. Whether you are a brand, an agency, a studio, or a publisher, transmedia storytelling is and will be an integral part of our future success as media entities and content providers."
"Wordnik, a great reference I just stumbled on. It’s for people who love or (at least need to live with) words.
Unlike a static reference, Wordnik is made for the real-time web. Each word page of course offers the usual in the way of definitions, but Wordnik goes a step further by pulling in images from Flickr and the latest tweets.”