Monday, September 29, 2008

201 Greatest Jazz Albums

1. Kind Of Blue - Miles Davis
2. A Love Supreme - John Coltrane
3. Mingus Ah Um - Charles Mingus
4. Brilliant Corners - Thelonious Monk
5. Time Out - Dave Brubeck
6. The Blues & The Abstract Truth - Oliver Nelson
7. The Incredible Jazz Guitar - Wes Montgomery
8. Song For My Father - Horace Silver
9. Out To Lunch - Eric Dolphy
10. The Shape Of Jazz To Come - Ornette Coleman
11. Virtuoso - Joe Pass
12. Giant Steps - John Coltrane
13. In A Silent Way - Miles Davis
14. Somethin' Else - Cannonball Adderley
15. Idle Moments - Grant Green
16. Bitches Brew - Miles Davis
17. Sax Colossus - Sonny Rollins
18. Speak No Evil - Wayne Shorter
19. Inner Mounting Flame - Mahavishnu Orchestra
20. Sidewinder - Lee Morgan
21. Birth Of The Cool - Miles Davis
22. Black Codes (From The Underground) - Wynton Marsalis
23. Conference Of The Birds - Dave Holland
24. Monk's Dream - Thelonius Monk
25. Bright Size Life - Pat Metheny
26. Maiden Voyage - Herbie Hancock
27. My Favorite Things - John Coltrane
28. Milestones - Miles Davis
29. Percussion Bitter Sweet - Max Roach
30. Return To Forever - Chick Corea
31. Midnight Blue - Kenny Burrell
32. Birds Of Fire - Mahavishnu Orchestra
33. Go - Dexter Gordon
34. Getz/Gilberto - Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
35. And His Mother Called Him Bill - Duke Ellington
36. The Real McCoy - McCoy Tyner
37. Romantic Warrior - Return To Forever
38. Elegant Gypsy - Al DiMeola
39. Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius
40. Moanin - Art Blakey
41. Night Hawk - Coleman Hawkins
42. Django - Modern Jazz Quartet
43. Now He Sings, Now He Sobs - Chick Corea
44. Spectrum - Billy Cobham
45. Supersonic Jazz - Sun Ra
46. Bird & Diz - Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie
47. Blue Train - John Coltrane
48. The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady - Charles Mingus
49. Mister Magic - Grover Washington Jr.
50. One Of A Kind - Bill Bruford
51. Bumpin' - Wes Montgomery
52. Miles Ahead - Miles Davis
53. Heavy Weather - Weather Report
54. Headhunters - Herbie Hancock
55. Where Have I Known You Before - Return To Forever
56. Empyrean Isles - Herbie Hancock
57. Cool Struttin' - Sonny Clark
58. The Great Summit - Duke Ellington/Louis Armstrong
59. Blues & Roots - Charles Mingus
60. Invitation To Openness - Les McCann
61. Rip, Rig & Panic - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
62. Soul Station - Hank Mobley
63. For Django - Joe Pass
64. Open Sesame - Freddie Hubbard
65. Hand Jive - John Scofield
66. Ezz-thetics - George Russell
67. Point Of Departure - Andrew Hill
68. Living Legend - Art Pepper
69. Byrd In Flight - Donald Byrd
70. Life Time - Tony Williams
71. Solo Flight - Charlie Christian
72. Takin' Off - Herbie Hancock
73. Karma - Pharoah Sanders
74. Back At The Chicken Shack - Jimmy Smith
75. Study In Brown - Clifford Brown & Max Roach
76. Black Unity - Pharoah Sanders
77. Breezin' - George Benson
78. Solo Guitar - Ted Greene
79. Gateway - Dave Holland
80. Electric Guitarist - John McLaughlin
81. Infinity - McCoy Tyner
82. Play - Mike Stern
83. The Far East Suite - Duke Ellington
84. We Free Kings - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
85. Timeless - John Abercrombie
86. Secret Story - Pat Metheny
87. Out Of The Cool - Gil Evans
88. Pure Desmond - Paul Desmond
89. Upfront - David Sanborn
90. Arbour Zena - Keith Jarrett
91. Blues Dream - Bill Frisell
92. Return - Bill Connors
93. Mosaic - Art Blakey
94. Unit Structure - Cecil Taylor
95. Crossing - Oregon
96. Snide Remarks - Bill Stewart
97. Thembi - Pharoah Sanders
98. Plays W. C. Handy - Louis Armstrong
99. Spaces - Larry Coryell
100. Unity - Larry Young

101. Blowin' Session - Johnny Griffin
102. The Elektric Band - Chick Corea
103. 1+1 - Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock
104. Hub Tones - Freddie Hubbard
105. Swing, Swang, Swingin' - Jackie McClean
106. This One's For Blanton - Duke Ellington & Ray Brown
107. Our Man In Paris - Dexter Gordon
108. I Can See Your House From Here - Pat Metheny & John Scofield
109. Straight No Chaser - Thelonious Monk
110. Chet - Chet Baker
111. Moonlighting - The Rippingtons
112. Sketches Of Spain - Miles Davis
113. Extrapolation - John McLaughlin
114. Caliente - Gato Barbieri
115. Aurora - Jean-Luc Ponty
116. The Next Step - Kurt Rosenwinkel
117. Ascension - John Coltrane
118. The Akoustic Band - Chick Corea
119. Bass On Top - Paul Chambers
120. Zawinul - Joe Zawinul
121. Jazz In Silhouette - Sun Ra
122. Undercurrents - Bill Evans & Jim Hall
123. Thrust - Herbie Hancock
124. Soapsuds - Ornette Coleman & Charlie Haden
125. School Days - Stanley Clarke
126. Workout - Hank Mobley
127. The Clown - Charles Mingus
128. Matador - Grant Green
129. El Hombre - Pat Martino
130. No Mystery - Return To Forever
131. Quiet - John Scofield
132. As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls - Pat Metheny
133. Out There - Eric Dolphy
134. Cabin Fever - Lenny Breau
135. Room For Squares - Hank Mobley
136. Characters - John Abercrombie
137. Timeagain - David Sanborn
138. You Must Believe In Spring - Bill Evans
139. Quartet - Gerry Mulligan
140. If Summer Had It's Ghosts - Bill Bruford
141. Letter From Home - Pat Metheny
142. Joes Blues - Joe Pass & Herb Ellis
143. Gateway - John Abercrombie & Dave Holland
144. Tenor Madness - Sonny Rollins
145. Trio 99-00 - Pat Metheny
146. Starfish & The Moon - Bill Evans
147. Tales From The Hudson - Michael Brecker
148. Journey To Love - Stanley Clarke
149. Crossings - Tom Saviano
150. The Sixteen Men Of Tain - Allan Holdsworth
151. Oh! - John Scofield
152. Prime Directive - Dave Holland
153. Avenue Blue - Jeff Golub
154. Time Is Of The Essence - Michael Brecker
155. Two Of A Mind - Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond
156. Magic Touch - Stanley Jordon
157. Seven & Seven - George Van Eps & Howard Alden
158. One Step Beyond- Jackie McLean
159. Their Time Was The Greatest - Louis Bellson
160. Whims Of Chambers - Paul Chambers
161. Sketchbook - John Patitucci
162. Stolen Moments - Lee Ritenour
163. Night Dreamer - Wayne Shorter
164. Barefoot Boy - Larry Coryell
165. Offramp -Pat Metheny
166. Hearsay - David Sanborn
167. Tom Cat - Tom Scott
168. Gateway 2 - John Abercrombie & Dave Holland
169. A Go Go - John Scofield
170. Enigmatic Ocean - Jean-Luc Ponty
171. Sonny Side Up - Sonny Rollins
172. Is What It Is - Mike Stern
173. Blowin' The Blues Away - Horace Silver
174. Step It - Bill Connors
175. Eastern Sounds - Yusef Lateef
176. Configuration - Sam Rivers
177. Round Midnight - Kenny Burrell
178. Hawk Flies High - Coleman Hawkins
179. Party Time - Arnett Cobb
180. Soliloquy - George Van Eps
181. Third Floor Richard - Ed Bickert
182. Inner Urge - Joe Henderson & McCoy Tyner
183. Left of Cool - Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
184. Feels Good To Me - Bill Bruford
185. Alone Together - Joseph Patrick Moore
186. King Of The Tenors - Ben Webster
187. Captain Fingers - Lee Ritenour
188. Haunted Heart - Charlie Haden
189. Multikulti - Don Cherry
190. Freedom Book - Booker Ervin
191. Between The Lines - Mike Stern
192. Nocturnal - Charlie Haden
193. A Show Of Hands - Victor Wooten
194. Page One - Joe Henderson
195. Ju Ju - Wayne Shorter
196. Combustication - Medeski, Martin & Wood
197. Blue & Sentimental - Ike Quebec
198. Thonk - Michael Manring
199. Show Me What You Can Do - Frank Gambale
200. Plectrist - Billy Bauer
201. West End Blues - Louis Armstrong

I just saw these picture's and I had to share it. Here is a brief description of what another blog had to say on it.

Critics say that hot fashion designer Giles Deacon's latest collection for Spring/Summer 2009 is fairly conservative for him and not as wacky or irreverent as his past fashion excursions. With more traditional silhouettes (there were exceptions), fabulous graphic colored camouflage patterns and trim, as well as streamlined solid colored double knit jersey dresses, he may actually be turning somewhat... dare I say it... wearable.

However, the styling and production of his Spring Summer 2009 runway show, the floor of which was painted with the familiar graphic imagery of the 80's video game pac man, was anything but conservative. In an homage to Midway's Pac Man video game, every few models to strut down the runway wore large metal headgear which emulated the pac man characters (with a little creative liberty, of course).

via - If its Hip Its Here

I just saw these picture's and I had to share it.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Musical Road in CA

I wonder if you were to drive on these roads in reverse would you here subliminal satanic messages written by Ozzy Osbourne? LoL

Shake Things Up

It usually takes a lot to impress me when it comes to programs on the internet. Wii has done that by creating a Ad so compelling it jumps at you grabs you by the collar and shakes you until you get the message that buying their product will probably be the best entertainment purchase you can make at a time when most games are tepid.

via -Youtube

Naughty At Night (Axe Commercial)

This is from the Agency: VEGA OLMO SPONCE (VOP) BRAND

via - GACA

I love the way the commercial works as a Dirty joke (the only thing you can expect from Axe commercials) but unlike most of their immature humor this one works because the punchline is actually unexpected.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The End of the Last Remnants of My Youth

I use to watch this show all the time in my late preteen - early teen years and it will be sorely missed.

Bobby Caldwell



Monday, September 22, 2008

Top 100 Hip Hop

I love Hip Hop and this list is like a checklist of CD's I either have to buy or already own. I will probably post up a jazz list in a few days

100 Best Rap Albums From The Source Magazine From Issue 100

A Tribe Called Quest- Low End Theory
A Tribe Called Quest- People's Instictive Travels and the Paths of Rythm
A Tribe Called Quest- Midnight Marauders
Above the Law- Livin' Like Hustlers
Beastie Boys- License to Ill
Beastie Boys- Paul's Boutique
Big Daddy Kane- Long Live the Cane
Big Daddy Kane- It's a Big Daddy Thing
Biz Markie- Goin' Off
Black Moon- Enta Da Stage
Black Sheep- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Bone Thugs and Harmony- Creepin' On Ah Come Up (EP)
Boogie Down Productions- Criminal Minded
Boogie Down Productions- By All Means Nessesary
Brand Nubian- All For One
Chill Rob G- Ride the Rythm
Common Sense- Resurrection
Cypress Hill- Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill- Black Sunday
Das EFX- Dead Serious
De La Soul- Three Feet High and Rising
De La Soul- De La Soul Is Dead
Diamond D- Stunts,Blunts and Hip-Hop
Digable Planets- Reachin'...
Digital Underground- Sex Packets
DJ Quick- Quick Is the Name
D.O.C.- No One Can Do It Better
Doug E. Fresh- World's Greatest Entertainer
Dr.Dre- The Chronic
Eazy E- Eazy Does It
Eric B. and Rakim- Paid in Full
Eric B. and Rakim- Follow the Leader
Eric B. and Rakim- Let the Rythm Hit'Em
EPMD- Strictly Business
EPMD- Unfinished Business
EPMD- Business as Usual
Fugees- The Score
Gang Starr- Step In The Arena
Gang Starr- Daily Operation
Genius/GZA- Liquid Swords
Geto Boys- Grip It! On That Other Level
Heavy D & The Boyz- Livin' Large
Ice Cube- Amerikkka's Most Wanted
Ice Cube- Death Certificate
Ice T- Original Gangster
Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince- He's the DJ, I'm The Rapper
Jay-Z- Reasonable Doubt
Jungle Brothers- Straight Out The Jungle
Jungle Brothers- Forces Of Nature
Just Ice- Kool and Deadly
Kool G Rap and DJ Polo- Road To Riches
KRS One- Return Of the Boom Bap
LL Cool J- Radio
LL Cool J- Bigger and Deffer
LL Cool J- Mama Said Knock You Out
Lord Finesse- Funky Technician
Main Source- Breakin' Atoms
MC Lyte- Lyte as a Rock
MC Shan- Down By Law
Mobb Deep- The Infamous
Naughty By Nature- Naughty By Nature
Nas- Illimatic
Nice and Smooth- Nice and Smooth
Notorious B.I.G.- Ready to Die
Notorious B.I.G.- Life After Death
NWA- Straight Outta Compton
Ol'Dirty Bastard- Return to the 36 Chambers
Onyx- Bacdafucup
Organized Confusion- Stress:the Extinction Agenda
Outcast- ATLiens
Pete Rock and CL Smooth- Mecca and the Soul Brother
Pharcyde- Bizzare Ride...II Pharcyde
Poor Righteous Teachers- Holly Intellect
Public Enemy- Yo! Bum Rush the Show
Public Enemy- It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
Public Enemy- Fear Of a Black Planet
Queen Latifah- All Hail the Queen
Raekwon- Only Built For Cuban Linx
Redman- Whut Thee Album
Roots- Do You Want More?
Roots- Illadephalflife v.3
Run DMC- Run DMC
Run DMC- Raising Hell
Salt N Pepa- Hot, Cool and Viscious
Scarface- Mr. Scarface is Back
Schooly D- Saturday Night: the Album
Slick Rick- The Great Advantures Of Slick Rick
Smif N Wessun- Da Shinin'
Snoop Doggy Dogg- Doggystyle
Souls Of Mischief- 93 Till' Infinity
Special Ed- Youngest In Charge
Spice 1- Spice 1
Stestasonic- On Fire
3rd Bass- Cactus Album
Too Short- Born To Mack
Tupac- Me Against The World
Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown
Whodini- Escape
Wu-Tang Clan- Enter the Wu-Tang
X-Clan- To the East Backwards

100 Best Singles

A Tribe Called Quest "Bonita Applebum"
A Tribe Called Quest "Check The Rhime"
Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force "Planet Rock"
Audio Two "Top Billin"’
Beastle Boys "It’s The New Style/Paul Revere"
Big Daddy Kane "Raw"
Big Daddy Kane "Ain’t No Half Steppin"
Biz Markle "Nobody Beats The Biz"
Diz Markle "Vapors"
Black Sheep "The Choice is Yours"
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Thuggish Ruggish Bone"
Boogic Boys "Fly Girl"
boogle Down Productions "The Bridge Is Over"
Boogle Down Productions "My Philosophy"
Boogle Down Productions "I’m Still #1"
Brand Nublan "Slow Down"
Chubb Rock "Treat ‘Em Right"
Common "I Used To Love H.E.R."
Cralg Mack "Flava In Ya Ear"
Cypress Hill "How 1 Could Just Kill A Man"
Dane Dane "Nightmares"
Das ElrX "They Want EFX"
De La Soul "Plug Tunin’"
De La Soul "Buddy"
Dlgltal Underground "Humpty Dance"
Disco 3 "Fat Boys/Human Beat Box"
D.O.C. "it’s Funky Enough"
Doug E Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew "The Show/La-Di-Da-Di"
Dr. Dre "Deep Cover"
Dr. Dre "Nuthin’ But A G Thang"
EPMD "it’s My thing/A Customer"
EPMD "You Gots To Chill"
EPMD "So What Cha Sayin...
Eric B. and Rakim "Eric B. Is President/My Melody"
Eric 9. and Rakim "You Know 1 Got Soul"
.Fearless Four "Rockin’it"
Funky Four Plus One "It’s The Joint"
45 King "The 900 Number"
Gang Starr "Dwyck"
Geto Boys "My Mind’s Playing Tricks On Me"
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five "The Message"
Heavy D "Mr. Big Stuff"
Ice T "Six In The Morning"
Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince "Girls Ain’t Nothing But Tfouble"
Jeru the Damaja "Come Clean"
Jimmy Spicer "The Adventures Of Super Rhymes"
Jungle Brothers "Jimbrowski"
Just Ace "Latoya"
Kool G. Rap and DJ Polo "Road To The Riches"
Kurtis Blow "The Breaks"
LL Cool J "Rock The Bells"
LL Cool J "Jingling Baby (RMX)"
Main Source "Live At The Barbeque"
Margey Mari and The Juice Crew All Stars "The Symphony"
MC Breed "Ain’t No Future In Yo Frontin"’
MC Eiht "Streiht Up Menace"
MC Lyte "I Cram To Understand U"
MC Shan "Beat Bitter/The Bridge"
Method Man "Bring The Pain"
Mobb Deep "Shook Ones Pt. 2"
Nas "The World Is Yours"
Naughty By Nature "0.P.P."
Nice & Smooth "Funky For You"
Notorious B.1.G. "Juicy/Unbelievable"
Notorious B.1.G. "One More Chance (RMX)"
N.W.A. "Straight Outta Compton"
H.W.A. "Fuck The Police"
011 Dirty Bastard "Brooklyn Zoo"
Pete Rock and CL Smooth "They Reminisce Over You"
Pharcyde "Passing Me By"
Public Enemy "You’re Gonna Get Yours/Rebel Without A Pause"
Public Enemy "Bring The Noise"
Public Enemy "Don’t Believe The Hype"
Rob Case and DJ EZ-Rock "It Takes Two"
Run-DMC "It’s like That/Sucker MCs"
Run-DMC "Rock Box"
Run-DMC "My Adidas/Peter Piper"
Salt N Pepa "Tramp/Push It"
Scarface "Never Seen A Man Cry"
Schoolly D "PSK What Does It Mean/Gucci Time"
Sir Mix-A-Lot "My Posse’s On Broadway"
Slick Rick "Children’s Story"
Slick Rick "Mona lisa/Hey Young World"
Snoop Dogqy Dogg "Gin & Juice"
Special Ed "I Got It Made"
Spoonle Gee and The Treacherous Three "The New Rap language"
Stetsasonic "Go Stetsa"
Sugar Hill Gang "Rapper’s Delight"
Super Lover Ccend Casanova Rud "Do The James"
T La Rock "it’s Yours"
Too Short "Life Is Too Short"
Treacherous Three "At The Party"
Tupac Shakur "I Get Around"
Ultramagnetic MCs "Ego Trippin"’
UTFO "Roxanne, Roxanne"
Whistle "We’re Only Buggin"
Whodini "Five Minutes of Funk"
Whodini "Friends"
Wu-Tang Clan "Protect Ya Neck/Method Man"
Wu-Tang Clan "C.R.E.A.M."

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fashion Week

I have been paying attention to Fashion Week this year more than ever before as a way to avoid paying attention to all the bad news coming out of Wall Street (its the Economy Stupid!!!). So here is a favorite of mine Carlos Miele.

I love fashion shows that take advantage of music to further their displaying of clothes. A friend of mines use to put on fashion show "events" in college. The theme the clothes was shown in would make the runway into live action display that would make the appreciation for the product palpable. The music becomes just as much a show piece of the collection as any other item made specifically to be used solely on the runway.

Here is another example of the atmosphere making the clothes better (this is of course done with million dollar budgets) Yves Saint Laurent.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Music Industry is Killing itself (or is it beating a Dead Horse)

Having spent half a year interning for a music marketing company I have learned a few things about the music industry.

*** WARNING *** These observations are based on a strict qualitative research techniques conducted between doing mail runs and updating email list.

1) People in the industry trade/download music just like everyone else.

2) People in the music industry are working hard as hell trying to squeeze water out of a rock.

3) Even people in the music industry think music was better than it is now ......Except lil Wayne and M.I.A they all love them.

***Probably because these two artist are the most effective rock squeezers out their right now.***

4) People In The Music Industry Are Scared Of Getting Fired!!!

5) People In The Music Industry Are Getting Fired Daily !!!

On top of that I read an article in Adage that in many ways sum's up perfectly what I observed but dare not say.

How the Music Business Spent the Summer Killing Itself

By Simon Dumenco

Published: September 08, 2008

A few weeks back, as I was having dinner with a media-industry colleague at a trendy restaurant in a trendy New York neighborhood, I realized that the music coming over the sound system was transporting me to another time -- specifically, 1986. As song after song by various "it" bands of the moment, such as Black Kids and the Virgins, played, it was as if we were listening to a time-warped or parallel-universe version of the "Pretty in Pink" soundtrack. Because really, the "it" sound of the moment would work seamlessly in just about any John Hughes movie circa the mid-'80s.

In fact, I suggested to my dinner companion that there might be a niche market in this: Somebody should create a soundtrack titled "Pretty in Pink 2: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the Movie That Never Got Made." (Same deal with "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles.") Of course, in the iTunes Age, the conventional wisdom is that nobody buys albums anymore -- but they do buy compilations. (Witness the continuing global success of the "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise; the latest U.S. "Now" compilation, the 28th in the series, was released in June and went platinum last month.)

As it happens, my colleague ended up buying "Partie Traumatic," Black Kids' debut CD, on iTunes. He doesn't really read music criticism, so he didn't know -- and wouldn't have cared -- that Rolling Stone and The Guardian loved the record or that Pitchfork hated it. He just really liked the Black Kids song we heard over dinner ("I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You"), got hooked and became a customer.

All of that got me thinking about the economics of music discovery, whether by hearing new music in a restaurant, in a movie theater or on the internet. Speaking of which, the deeply troubled music industry, rather astonishingly, has been spending its summer making it harder for music fans to encounter new music online. Last month, for instance, Muxtape, which I raved about in this column when it launched earlier this year, went dark. Created by former college-radio DJ Justin Ouellette, the hipster favorite made it simple for music fans to create virtual mix tapes -- short lists of songs your friends (and other Muxtape users) could listen to but not download, because Muxtape used streaming technology. (Muxtape, in fact, offered links to Amazon's MP3 store to make it easy for users to buy songs they had just heard.) But now, a simple, sad message appears on the Muxtape home page: "Muxtape will be unavailable for a brief period while we sort out a problem with the RIAA" -- the Recording Industry Association of America. A brief period? We'll see.

Likewise, the hugely popular internet radio station Pandora is "approaching a pull-the-plug kind of decision," as founder Tim Westergren told The Washington Post, because the federal government, prompted by the music industry, doubled the "performance-royalty" rate that internet radio stations must pay (to record companies) to stream music -- twice as much as satellite radio. Traditional terrestrial radio stations, mind you, don't have to pay performance royalties: They pay only publishing royalties to songwriters. The new internet-radio royalty rates kicked in as of July, and they threaten to kill not just Pandora but the rest of the fledgling internet-radio market.

Meanwhile, we're seeing artists and labels pulling music from iTunes in hopes of juicing album sales. Warner, for instance, just pulled Estelle's entire album "Shine" from iTunes because it didn't want fans to be able to buy just its ubiquitous hit single, "American Boy" (featuring Kanye West). It's kind of sweetly principled that Estelle -- and/or the suits at Warner -- think that "Shine" is a complete work of art that must be purchased in its entirety and then presumably listened to from start to finish. Principled but idiotic -- and the proof is that "Shine" and "American Boy" are both now in freefall on the Billboard charts. (Your neighborhood drug dealer wouldn't do so well either if he forced all his customers to buy in bulk.)

All in all, it's been a depressing summer for the delusional record industry. We're seeing a total disconnect between labels' unrealistic, old-school revenue expectations and what the market can bear. On the streaming-music front in particular, the sad reality is that advertising revenue isn't, and may never be, there to fully support the music industry's wishful-thinking profit margins.

As Advertising Age Editor Jonah Bloom said to me last week, labels "can't help looking at what they used to earn from a big band's latest release and wondering why they can't score that. ... The trick is to get your costs in line with your anticipated sales based on current revenue rather than former revenue."

But the music industry, stuck obsessing about exactly that -- former revenue -- would prefer that you only listen to music when and where they want you to. And that's no way to figure out the path to future revenue.

This article sums up the biggest thing I have noticed while working in the music industry

6) The Music industry is inflated with too many workers trying to make it big like Russel Simmons or Tommy Mottola.

Their is not enough money for that many music Fat cats especially when the original Fat Cats are still around. The Best model I have seen so far is the label system used by Daptone Records. Produce great music and market it directly to music lovers because real lovers of music (not other labels) will pay for your music if they repect the content.

Crappy Cat - The Game

This game is great. This game to me feels like what Hello Kitty would look like if it was created by Genndy Tartakovsky and Mike "Hellboy" Mignola.

via - Crappy Cat

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Quantum of Solace meet Coke Zero / Renaissance

I can't wait for the new James Bond film so here is a commercial for Coke Zero which uses the instrumental track the New Film.

This instrumental track from the film score is a preview of White's anticipated duet with Keys, "Another Way To Die," which we're eager to hear after the White Stripes frontman broke down the collaboration this way through a statement:


Also because I think this movie is genius in its design here is a small clip of the film Renaissance. A lot of people don't know about this film but I feel its a classic waiting for mainstream recognition.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Political Pokemon

This is the most creative thing i have seen come out in forever!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Q-Tip - Gettin Up

Reminds of something j Dilla would Produce. I do Like it a lot though.

Panos 2013: Fake Street Signs

I saw this today and was very impressed by it. I wonder would NYC be willing to sponser something like this similar to the way the city has sponsered other outdoor art events like the waterfalls and the gates in Central Park.

Another benefit of a project like Panos would be the decentralization of the artwork. I know many people who are New Yorker's who never saw the Gates in Central Park and have no plans to go see the waterfalls up close. A project like this would spread the creativity around the city and might inspire the truly die hard art fans to travel around the city searching for the many seperate art projects in order to witness them for themselves.

a collaborative project that takes the work of artists from around the world, in the form of fake road signs, and turns the streets of Lyon, France into an enormous gallery without walls.

The round red and white signs look enough like real European traffic signs that you might take them for granted, but weird enough if you notice them to make you stop and think.

This project has a delightful sense of humor, lots playful absurdity and a wonderful scale.

Panos 2013 is the second edition of this project. You can have a look at the first edition in the Panos 2004 section.

via - Panos

The only difference I would make on the whole project is the coloring of the Ad's by coloring it something like light green or purple the chance of it being mistaken as anything other than Art would be significantly lower. The idea of a commuter trying to decipher the art as a road sign would have to be a concern to the who would have to plan it.

More Examples of the Art From This Years Exhibition

Thursday, September 11, 2008

My City


by Walt Whitman

I was asking for something specific and perfect for my city,
Whereupon lo! upsprang the aboriginal name.

Now I see what there is in a name, a word, liquid, sane,
unruly, musical, self-sufficient,

I see that the word of my city is that word from of old,
Because I see that word nested in nests of water-bays,

Rich, hemm'd thick all around with sailships and
steamships, an island sixteen miles long, solid-founded,

Numberless crowded streets, high growths of iron, slender,
strong, light, splendidly uprising toward clear skies,

Tides swift and ample, well-loved by me, toward sundown,

The flowing sea-currents, the little islands, larger adjoining
islands, the heights, the villas,

The countless masts, the white shore-steamers, the lighters,
the ferry-boats, the black sea-steamers well-model'd,

The down-town streets, the jobbers' houses of business, the
houses of business of the ship-merchants and money-
brokers, the river-streets,

Immigrants arriving, fifteen or twenty thousand in a week,

The carts hauling goods, the manly race of drivers of horses,
the brown-faced sailors,

The summer air, the bright sun shining, and the sailing
clouds aloft,

The winter snows, the sleigh-bells, the broken ice in the
river, passing along up or down with the flood-tide or

The mechanics of the city, the masters, well-form'd,
beautiful-faced, looking you straight in the eyes,

Trottoirs throng'd, vehicles, Broadway, the women, the
shops and shows,

A million people--manners free and superb--open voices--
hospitality--the most courageous and friendly young

City of hurried and sparkling waters! city of spires and masts!

City nested in bays! my city!

Radio FEVER 105

Listening to my friends musical performance's made me remember arguably the best musical soundtrack that was ever produced for a video game. GTA Vice City Radio Fever 105.

GTA Vice City Radio FEVER 105 pt1

GTA Vice City Radio FEVER 105 pt2

GTA Vice City Radio FEVER 105 pt3

GTA Vice City Radio FEVER 105 pt4

GTA Vice City Radio FEVER 105 pt5

GTA Vice City Radio FEVER 105 pt6

GTA Vice City Radio FEVER 105 pt7

GTA Vice City Radio FEVER 105 pt8

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tony Ness Open Mic Pulsewave -Plot-

Here is a video of my good friend Anthony's performance at the monthly ChipTune party. Get' Em Anthony!


What is Cooler than a member of The Rat Pack covering an Isaac Hayes Classic?


Friday, September 5, 2008

Make People Look At The World Different.

I saw this article on Kotaku about Spore Marketing that really got my attention.

Go tiny or go home. That's the Spore marketing philosophy apparently, as the folks from EA have installed what is probably the world's daintiest billboard in San Francisco's Union Square. At just 14" by 6", the Spore billboard requires a telescope to see.

Fortunately, EA has installed said telescope and aimed it directly at the wee Spore advertisement, giving passersby a chance to enjoy some smartly conceived marketing. If you happen to be in the Bay Area, specifically Union Square, you have a brief opportunity to check it out. Everyone else can live vicariously through pics after the jump.

via - Kotaku

My only minor complaint is the fact that this brillant idea wasn't applied to the entire city and a smaller teleschope wasn't erected for children to see this Advertisement as well. Imagine the amount of people who would have stopped to see this if their kid's wanted to look into the interesting telescope. Other than that its a great way to combine classic advertisement and street marketing.

Here's an example of the publics opinion on this marketing strategy

The whole idea behind good marketing is to make your target audience spend time with your product. If the telescope is part of the "product," and people are interacting with it, then this advert is a rousing success.

Animator vs Animation

Here is a Cartoon on the Internet I have always liked.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

DIY Bullet Time

This is something that has been on the internet for about a year or so. However, age is nothing but a number in relation to my appreciation for good idea's. For those readers who remember how impressive the bullet time affect was in the Matrix too here is a way to create your own version of time altering video

The following is a tutorial on how to build your own cheap, portable and hood-style bullet time camera rig on the cheap and the fly. This rig was designed by the Graffiti Research Lab and director Dan the Man to use in a hip-hop music video for underground rappers Styles P, AZ and the legendary Large Professor (spinning below). Just another chapter in the GRL's continuing mission to make open source the sixth element of hip-hop.

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Here is a picture of the affect by itself.

To sum up this entire post technology like this is in many ways destined to be the fate of video

Movie Typography

I came accross this while surfing and I have to say this is a dynamic use of words at the very least

here is the wikipedia definition

Typography is the art and techniques of arranging type, type design, and modifying type glyphs. Type glyphs are created and modified using a variety of illustration techniques. The arrangement of type involves the selection of typefaces, point size, line length, leading (line spacing), letter-spacing (tracking) and kerning.

V for Vendetta


Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrel's

The Prestige

Wedding Crashers

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