So at exactly midnight, my preordered deluxe copy of NAS’s new album “Life is good” began downloading 19 tracks plus the videos for “Daughters” & “Don.” When it finished downloading, I got my earphones out, plugged them in and in the dark, lying in bed I listened… and then I listened again.
Online creative publication, Lost At E Minor, recently posted a series of vintage ads featuring some of today’s most popular services and gadgets. The premise? Showcasing that, while technology and design may have evolved, fundamental human desires like travel, entertainment, access to literature and information, sharing with family, and making new friends, have changed very little throughout the century.
Ever wanted to own your own band? Your own label? Or just have a say in which direction a music act should head? British crowdsourcing site, My Major Label, cuts out the middlemen and offers users the opportunity to “invest” in the success of unsigned music acts. The platform works by connecting investors to a pool of selected acts. Investors can then fund those acts by purchasing shares. Once an act is completely funded, Pias UK takes on the responsibility of distribution and investors reap in a percentage of the revenues. Think Motown, meets Facebook, meets Wall Street!
It’s hard to think back to a time when mp3 players and cellphones weren’t so prevalent. A time when the only portable music came blaring out of a passing car stereo, or, even better, out of a boombox! Canadianborn photographer, Lyle Owerko, explores that time and the powerful urban history associated with it in his new book, The Boombox Project: The Machines, The Music, And The Urban Underground. Okay HipHop heads, it’s time to put down the iPod and listen to some history!
To promote it’s new 4G network and the new Epic smartphone, cellphone carrier, Sprint, is calling in help from “epic” film director, Michael Bay (Transformers) for the Sprint Samsung Epic Mini Movie Contest. Participants of the contest will have a chance to win $25K in prize money by submitting a 30second “epic mini movie” that Bay will judge.
The annual Washington Heights Children and Young People’s Film Festival returns for its second time around. Kicking off the 5day festival program this year will be the 2010 Oscarnominated animated film, The Secret Of Kells. Join the festival and other attendees for the October 20th opening night and gala at Coliseum Cinemas (701 W. 181st Street, NY, NY 10033) at 6:30PM. RSVP at email@example.com
International streetartist and enigma, Banksy, just made headlines again. This time, the mysterious icon collaborated with television animated series, The Simpsons, to direct his own version of the show’s popular and everchanging intro. According to sources, Banksy mailed in the storyboards, and the creative team carried out what was “allowed” to air. The result is an animated critique of pop culture’s shameful underbelly. Fully approved or not, the Banksified version of the Simpsons intro definitely raises a few eyebrows!