At wax.fm you’ll find indexes of vinyl records by artist, the most popular current releases, and an index of record stores to help you find local places to buy new and old vinyl. The “Vinyl Is Back!" section is a running list of current news articles about the resurgence of vinyl and quite an interesting read if you’re unfamiliar with the renewed interest in vinyl records.
For a vinyl nerd like me this is very exciting. Nice to see what modern albums are being released on vinyl. Though, I have to say, I tend to not be impressed by most modern vinyl pressings: if they were mixed for CD they tend to not transfer well to the warm analogue vinyl. But, that said, some (like Coldplay’s Viva La Vida) manage to make the transition beautifully.
And of course: if it was originally pressed on Vinyl then hearing it on vinyl is a magical experience like no other.
Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, California, says although he was paid by tech site Gizmodo, he believed the payment was for allowing the site exclusive access to review the phone. Gizmodo emphasized to him “that there was nothing wrong in sharing the phone with the tech press,” according to his attorney Jeffrey Bornstein.
CBS is banned from showing O’Brien on television before Saturday, adding an unusual challenge to the network’s on-air promotions for the program. “I think we’ll just show me talking to him and have to blank his face out,” Kroft said.
Welcome Mr. Mayer, or: Why Twitter Isn't for A-list Celebrities
John Mayer aka jhnmyr talks about Twitter in his recent blog entry, “Twitter Isn’t “Over”, I’m Over It." In it he brings up a few interesting points:
By no means do I think it’s over as a medium altogether, but I do think that the days of “Twitter: The Breakthrough” have passed, as has been and will continue to be the case for every online social network. It’s reached it’s cruising altitude, so to speak. Patterns and templates are emerging. The Twitter-bred syntax isn’t really doing it for me anymore.
I cannot help but agree that the growing season for Twitter is nearing an end. Rules have been established, a style guide now exists. The teenager that was trying to find it’s voice is now comfortable in it’s own skin and is now comfortable just being themselves. (how’s that for a terrible metaphor?). But I don’t see this as a bad thing. Sure, we all like growth, but at some point it’s important to say enough’s enough (something Facebook has yet understand).
However it’s in Mayer’s next paragraph where our opinions begin to differ.
And call me crazy, but I don’t think it’s the healthiest thing in the world to read scads of mentions/@replies and effectively open the floodgate of other people’s approval/disapproval. Finding out in 140 characters what a stranger has to say about you is like a mathematical equation without an established value of ‘x’. Who are you, stranger? What do you stand for? What do you like, and if it’s not me, then what does move you? What DO you look up to? Once I find that out, I’ll know how disappointed I should be.
Now, granted. I’m not one of the biggest celebrities on the planet (which, like it or not, Mr. Mayer is, and rightfully so), so I don’t have this issue. Many of my real followers (that is to say, those who actually chose to follow me, as opposed to bots who auto follow me) are people I know and care about. These are the people I hold conversations with on Twitter. They may be friends from school, or in some cases people I rarely see. In even rarer cases they may be people I’ve never actually met in person, but whom I still consider friends (yes Samantha, I’m looking in your direction).
It’s that last category that is key to Twitter. Because along with those people are the people whom I’ve never met, ever, who live around the world, that stumbled across a tweet of mine and decided to reply. Perhaps it’s to tell me off. Perhaps it’s to agree. Perhaps it’ll be a fleeting moment. But perhaps, as in those rare cases, it begins a conversation, and in a weird way a friendship.
I think this is what is at the heart of Twitter. Not just simple blasts of 140 characters about what you’re currently eating at the moment. It can be that if you want it to be, but if you take that approach you’ll soon get bored. If you use Twitter the way it was intended you’ll find yourself, like me, sticking around for many years and meeting some really cool people along the way.
That said, the system breaks down when you’re a celebrity, or at least a huge A-List Celebrity, which is perhaps where Mr. Mayer is troubled. It’s hard to hold a conversation when you’re constantly inondated with garbage tweets from some ass-hat telling you that he can play that Clapton lick 10x better than you, or some teenaged tart explaining all the beautiful and illegal things she wants to do to you (though, I’ll be honest, I probably wouldn’t complain about the later). In this respect I understand Mr. Mayer’s conundrum: if you can’t hold a conversation you’re left tweeting about the awesome new tones you’re discovering. And after a while you get bored.
Minor celebrities may still have this problem, but certainly not to the same degree. Maybe I was lucky that I caught Josh Malina on a slow day which meant he could take the time to personally Direct Message me his thanks about my kind words about the show he was on. But, the fact is, you’ve probably never even heard of the guy, which may account for why Twitter works for him. But I would find it very hard to believe that anyone reading this has never heard of John Mayer (and if you haven’t, where the hell have you been the last 5 years?).
So, I guess what I’m saying is I’ll stick with Twitter. But I’ll stick with Tumblr too. They’re two different mediums, and I welcome Mr. Mayer with open arms to the world of Tumblr. But I hope he realizes that he’ll always have to deal with dick head strangers telling him why he’s an idiot. But so long as he knows that they’re just dick-head strangers, he’ll be fine.
And so long as he keeps bringing us music like this I won’t complain.
Oh, and PS. John: if you ever read this (which I’m sure you wont) and you ever are looking for a young red-headed Canadian to make some silly videos with not only would I totally be up for it, I’d do it for free… just sayin.
My inbox is chockablock with messages from those who think Apple initiated this. That can’t happen. This is a criminal investigation, not a civil lawsuit. Apple gets to decide whether to file civil litigation. The San Mateo district attorney gets to decide whether to launch a criminal investigation. We don’t know yet whether Apple has been in contact with the DA, but, why wouldn’t they? They can tell the DA what happened. They can’t order the DA what to do.
Kesha’s styling comprises of messy hair, smudged makeup and a wardrobe she describes as “garbage-chic”. The look developed from her being poor and trying to brand herself as best she could on a budget.She has named Keith Richards as her fashion inspiration.
Over the last week I cannot stop listening to this track. I love the instrumentation, especially the beat. However, all this mixed with the haunting vocals from Madge (which are in fact are passages from the Book of Revelation) make this track really special, and one that I cannot get enough of. And the accompanying video is pretty bad-ass as well.
Seriously, Stuart Price is a genius (Madge should never have dumped him for Timbaland) and I cannot wait to hear the new Scissor Sisters album that he produced.
As for Madonna? What can I say. I’m a really big fan of her work with William Orbit, Mirwais, and Stuart Price. The rest of it I could take or leave (unless it’s a Stuart Price tour remix…)
John Gruber’s thoughts on the whole Gizmodo/iPhone debacle. I cannot help but agree with him on just about everything.
I will admit, at first I thought this might be one of those controlled Apple leaks we’ve heard about in the past. But as the details started trickling in it became clear that this was just plain bad ju-ju (and no, I’m not talking about the poorly named tablet).
Of course, none of this comes as a great shock to me. Gizmodo is the Sun of gadget sites, and they’ve pulled stunts like this in the past. I’m surprised no one has mentioned the time they claimed the iPhone was coming only to have it be the Comwave iPhone we Canadians had known about for ages. Sadly, I cannot find the original article, but did find this article from Om Malik discussing said post.
In the end however, I have to say I really hope Apple goes after these guys for their poor behaviour. True, it won’t win them any fans in the Apple-Hate-Camp, but if the law was broken they should be prosecuted. It’s as simple as that. And from the looks of it, the law was broken.
Here is my challenge to Roger: Why is Monkey Island not art, yet, the Pirates of the Caribbean movie is art?
I will hold the story and characters of Monkey Island up to the Pirates of the Caribbean movie any day. The story in Monkey Island 1 and 2 is as deep and complex and interesting as that of Pirates of the Caribbean. The characters are as living and real and developed as you’ll find in any film, I’d even argue more so since you can have conversations with them and explore the nooks and crannies of their stories in a way a movie or book cannot.
Roger also mentions in his essay “Why are gamers so intensely concerned, anyway, that games be defined as art?” I would ask: why are you so concerned that they are not? You’re the one that keeps bring this up, not us.
The year was 2008. The night before my 20th Birthday. I had just got a brand new laptop, and headed over to the house of my Hetero Life Partner (for life) Mr. Bill Watterson. We wanted to try out the latest version of Logic Pro.
This was the result…
…and to be honest I’m not really sure why the hell I’m posting this (not that anyone is ever going to listen to this). Please, try not to tease us (and by us I mean me) too much.
And yes ladies, Bill is single (and plays the guitar like a little Eric Clapton).