OK Go – This Too Shall Pass (Rube Goldberg)
March 16, 2010, 9:32 pm
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One of the finest pieces of entertainment engineering ever….

Another Sad Day for Boston Radio
July 16, 2009, 6:57 am
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The Boston Globe’s Coverage of the end of WBCN, Boston’s legendary rock station….

It’s interesting to see radio professional lay the demise of great radio stations at the feet of the iPod. I guess the choice to consumer from a personal media player is a major threat, but I would think that internet-based discovery of new music and the ability to purchase/stream just the tracks you want are really the culprits. That’s not an iPod thing, that’s a digital media reality. The problem that we face now is that instead of corporatized DJ’s determining what new music will be ‘discovered’, the key decisions on what’s going to succeed are being made by the folks that make product placement and website design decisions in iTunes.

Song of the Week – March 20th, 2009
March 20, 2009, 10:55 pm
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Shameless pop from the UK; Scouting for Girls have this weeks Song of the Week with ‘She’s So Lovely’. The single and album have been out for a year in the UK, but never made it across the pond, so it’s fair game for SotW.

Scouting For Girls – She's So Lovely

Song of the Week – March 13th, 2009
March 13, 2009, 1:58 am
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K’Naan is a Somali refugee who settled in Canada with his family. HIs hip hop is crafted with influences from old line rappers and world music from diverse corners including Youssou N’Dour of Senegal and Wyclef Jean. The track ‘Wavin’ Flag’ of his latest album ‘Troubador’ can barely be described as hip hop, unlike most of the album, but it’s an exceptional track and this week’s Song of the Week.

It’s worth owning the studio version, because it is beautifully produced, but here is a live version done recently…the message is carried more than adequately even if the performance doesn’t have the polish of the album.

Song of the Week – March 6th, 2009
March 6, 2009, 12:44 am
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Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” has been on the charts for 9 months now, but the single and video for “Poker Face” also off her “The Fame” album is now climbing the charts and is getting a ton of airplay in my house. This is a serious case of an artist not needed more help, but if the main release doesn’t sell you, perhaps the cabaret-style acoustic version recorded at the office of Cherry Tree Records. The Lady can genuinely sing and play keyboards.

…and a more mainstream live performance at a live German music show….

…not sure what the four teens standing around looking awkward are about…..

Alesha Dixon – The Boy Does Nothing
February 16, 2009, 5:03 pm
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Not a Song of the Week, but this mambo piece by Alesha Dixon is a lot of fun….

Song of the Week – February 13th, 2008
February 13, 2009, 5:19 pm
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This week’s Song of the Week is ‘Falling Away’ by LA’s Jupiter Rising, a hip-hop duo made up of veteran San Diego musician Spencer Nezey and vocalist Jessie Payo. They describe the music as “state of the art pop, with clever twists”.

Their album, ‘The Quiet Hype’ will be available March 17th.

Bad cover of the month….
February 13, 2009, 4:37 pm
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Just because it annoys me when labels release bad covers and promote them….

The Sugarbabes had a hit in the UK with ‘About You Now’ which was a song of the week in October ’07. The cover is by Miranda Cosgrove, Nickelodeon’s answer to Disney teen/tween roster and star of the Nickelodeon series iCarly. The track would fade into the woodwork, except of course Cosgrove’s label has decided to make it the title track on the album and push it hard on the entertainment TV circuit.

The original has some great backdrop in London, better musical performance, and better visual performance, but that’s my opinion… You be the judge.

New Band of the Week – Audrye Sessions
February 11, 2009, 1:35 pm
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They won MTVU’s Freshmen Five a couple of weeks ago, and look like a band with the legs to become a success. The Freshman Five entry was their video for Turn Me Off. Below you can sample their single ‘Paper Face’ which is a little more frenetic but no less worthy.

The band was formed in 2002 and has evolved into a four piece band from its original two. 2008 brought a series of higher profile gigs, and it looks like the band is starting to crack into the mainstream with appearances at SXSW and NoisePop.

You can hear more at their MySpace page.

iPhones sucking the brains out of tweens…
February 10, 2009, 11:09 am
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from Lenore Skenazy’s article on AdAge today…she says smartphones over and over to be politically correct, but every concrete example is an iPhone or iTouch….

“Is it just my kid, or is every child over the age of 8 carrying around a smartphone that’s making him dumb?

That’s what I’ve been wondering ever since my 12-year-old saved up his money for the do-it-yourself lobotomy known as the iPod Touch. (Yes, I know it’s not actually a phone. Same point.) This is a boy who used to pick up whatever book I was reading and read it faster. “Now what do you like to do?” I asked.

“Well,” he smiled. “I like to listen to funny sounds.”


“You know — farts.” (read the full article)

NFL Fantasy Football Ad
February 9, 2009, 8:17 am
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Old, but I just saw this posted on Facebook and had to pass it along…..

Super Bowl Ads – The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
February 2, 2009, 1:37 pm
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…oh why the heck would I re-post the bad and the ugly?

The funniest (Sorry, Guy Slapstick does it for me….)

The most inspiring

Best use of John Elway in a commercial…finally

Song of the Week – January 16th
January 16, 2009, 9:06 am
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Bruce Springsteen’s contributions to The Wrestler won a Golden Globe this week, but the real hit off the album is Springsteen’s hopeful tone in most of the tracks, especially this week’s Song of the Week, ‘Working on a Dream’. This is more polish/production and less energy than his heyday hits like Born to Run, but much more sincere than 80’s/90’s pop he churned out, like Born in the USA.

You can catch the video and concert information for his tour starting April 1st at his Myspace page or his website. The video below is the trailer for The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke.


Song of the Week – January 2, 2008
January 2, 2009, 3:58 pm
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Lily Allen’s cranked out a lot of great tracks, but I keep liking each one more than the last. The latest, ‘The Fear’ is this weeks Song of the Week.

Straight No Chaser – Twelve Days of Christmas
December 22, 2008, 12:10 pm
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MotoZine ZN5
November 17, 2008, 12:16 pm
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T-Mobile is now carrying the 5MegaPixel ZN5 camera phone from Motorola. A joint venture between Motorola and Kodak, the ZN5 sports some impressive camera features for a phone:
– 5 megapixel camera, auto-focus, low-light setting, digital zoom
– Shutter speed: 1/60 – 1/1000 seconds in auto mode
– Multi-shot mode
– Editing effects: grayscale, sepia, negative, reddish, greenish, bluish,
brightness, sharpen, contrast, blur
– Panorama feature automatically matches continuous shots taken on
horizon line into single image
– Focal length: 5.56mm. Aperture: 2.8/5.6
– 15 fps Video
– Auto connect to Kodak bluetooth enabled accessories

And some nice non-camera, phone features including Wifi enabled, full-HTML browser and FM radio.

The phone doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a Nokia N95/96, but with T-Mobile offering the phone for $99 with a contract, it’s also going to be affordable for a much wider audience.

Samsung and Ozzy
November 17, 2008, 11:53 am
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The Onion: Obama Aftermath
November 6, 2008, 2:58 pm
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I knew there was a reason I was wandering aimlessly….

Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are

Song of the Week – October 10, 2008
October 10, 2008, 4:25 pm
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The Song of the Week this week is ‘One Day Like This’ from English band ‘Elbow’, from their album ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’. The best comparison that I can make is to say that several of their tracks sound like Coldplay but rougher and with more soul. The band is from Manchester, UK and is currently touring in mainland Europe.

The album came out this spring, but the single just caught my attention. It’s an excellent track, but weighing in at over 6 minutes long, it was doomed to get little airplay. Their other hit off the album, ‘Grounds for Divorce’ doesn’t strike my fancy, but fits into traditional radio playlists better and got more airplay.

You can hear a sample of their tracks at their MySpace page, or better yet watch the video here. Check out the band’s site, which has one of the coolest user interfaces I’ve seen in awhile on the intro page of the site.

Song of the Week – October 3, 2008
October 3, 2008, 7:40 am
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Thanks to Olivia for this week’s Song of the Week. French vocalist Gregoire’s single Toi + Moi has been a top ten song in France for the past three weeks rising to #5 this week. The song is a catchy pop tune about bringing everyone together to achieve better things, and the video (below) is equally charming.

Check out Gregoire at his official label page.

Letterman Top 10 Questions for John McCain
September 26, 2008, 3:38 pm
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Had to chuckle….

Motorola ROKR E8
September 26, 2008, 3:20 pm
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Finally laid my hands on a Moto ROKR E8, the latest effort by Mot to deliver the crossover phone/media player. My motivation was largely professional, the ROKR is the first phone shipping in the US using the podcast service from Podcast.com, but I have been very impressed with the device which I had gotten only a little time with at 3GSM in Barcelona in February and at CTIA in March.

The haptic keyboard is very useful, once you get used to it…with no moving keys, haptics give you the sensation of a key depression so you know you are pushing controls without having to have audible feedback (the annoying clack clack of the iPhone) or visible feedback that you have to stare at.

As a music player, it’s controls are simple and intuitive. The headphone jack is a nice touch, as you can use your favorite headphone and not a dealer set of USB headphones or a USB converter as with many of the other multimedia phones.

Perhaps the nicest feature is the converting keyboard, which provides one set of visible controls in music player mode, and a standard phone keyboard when in phone mode. Unlike the iPhone, one doesn’t have to open separate applications or navigate a touchscreen full of icons. This is a dedicated media player with a nice phone built in, not a portable computer, so everything is simpler to use. It also allows a slimmer form factor, and the sharp, slim design is a true pocket-sized candy bar.

If you are looking for a media player phone, and are more interested in ease of use than packing 1000 applications onto your phone, this is a really nice little phone. …oh, and you can use the Sync software that comes with the phone to load all your AAC and MP3 files onto the 2G of onboard storage, which is expandable via microSD to 6G. That means all your favorite music and podcasts.

David Byrne and Brian Eno
September 16, 2008, 8:17 am
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Neat to see something new from both of these guys…. Not sure this is a song of the week but its a nice track…..


Song of the Week – September 12, 2008
September 12, 2008, 1:42 am
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Australian pop songstress Lenka has this week’s Song of the Week ‘The Show’, which is available for free from iTunes this week. Her vocal style has been compared to that of Regina Spektor, though Regina’s songs show more clarity, range and stylings. This track is more comparable to Yael Naim’s Apple-Air-powered hit New Soul from earlier this year. And like Naim’s work, the track is already out in an ad, appearing as background music for Old Navy jeans.

Lenka Kripac is the keyboardist and vocalist for Australian band ‘Decoder Ring’, but produced her eponymous debut solo album in the US while on hiatus from the band. The pop works include cameos from the likes of Howie Day and Missy Higgins.

The album is available on iTunes now, and available everywhere September 23rd. You can check out several other tracks for free at either her MySpace page or her official website. Be prepared for plenty of sweet, happy music. If your in a foul mood, this is not the album for you.

Song of the Day – September 11, 2008
September 11, 2008, 8:08 am
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A special Song of the Day today. Believe by Yellowcard was released in 2003 on their Ocean Avenue album. A tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11th, this is driving, punk-inspired piece that never-the-less gets across the sadness of this day.

Thank you to Paul Vogelzang for dedicating this song to his friends in iLike.