Irish Blog Awards longlist released
The first nominations list for the Irish Blog Awards 2010 was announced and it also serves as a great resource for finding new Irish blogs which may interest you. See list at awards.ie.
Public Enemy’s fan-funded fail
The legendary rap group’s plan to raise $250,000 through Sellaband.com has stalled at $67,400. Poor incentives were blamed for not enticing enough fans to part with their cash. Read Billboard article
12 of the worst movie posters of all time
From awfully conceived Barbara Streisand vehicles to movies about dolphins killing a US president to Chuck Norris’ canine cop movie, it’s not just the films that were terrible. See list at Oddee.
Whether you like them or not, Chicago rock band OK Go are probably on your radar. This is almost exclusively down to the success of a viral music video for their song Here it Goes Again in 2006. The video which showed the band doing choreographed moves on four treadmills is one of the internet’s most popular videos of all-time with nearly 50 million views and ended up winning a Grammy award the following year.
Four years later and OK Go are learning that the online landscape of 2010 is a different beast. The band released a new album Of The Blue Color Of The Sky at the start of the year. To promote it, they got the Notre Dame marching band involved and shot a music video, but when the video was released the band were deluged with complaints. Why? The band’s record label EMI had blocked the embedding of the video as well as blocking broadcast in other countries, disabling fans’ ability to share and embed the video on their own blog or profile.
Since the success of OK Go’s viral video, the four major labels have gone after Youtube as a source of revenue. The agreement works by Youtube only paying the label for views that are streamed from Youtube.com. The result? EMI have disabled all their artist videos as have Sony BMG. So if you want to embed an official Ke$ha video you’re out of luck there too. (more…)
Former Australian teen-band return with Logic, a catchy garage-pop stomper from their second album due out later this year. It’s a free download too. Listen & download at State
Broken Social Scene debut new song
After the announcement that the followup to the Canadian supergroup’s self-titled album is to be called Forgiveness Rock Record, the band debuted a new track called World Sick on their site. http://www.brokensocialscene.ca
Odd supergroup of the week award goes to Apparatjik which is made up of Coldplay’s Guy Berryman, A-ha keyboardist Magne Furuholmen and Mew singer Jonas Bjerre. The band got together to record for a charity compilation and have now quietly released a debut album which is a mix of ethereal vocals, electronics and Scandinavian pop.
The Redneck Manifesto return
It’s been six years since the influential Dublin band released I Am Brazil. In late March, they’ll release Friendship. Listen to Black Apple, the stonking opening song from the record. Listen & download at Nialler9
Please Rob Me
A site which aims to highlight the dangers of geo-location tagging on services like Twitter and Foursquare by listing in near real-time, the people whose homes are empty. http://pleaserobme.com
Putting Weird Things in Coffee
An enthusiastic coffee drinker who has tired of sugar and milk has taken to putting things like eggs, curry, creamed cheese and cake in his daily mug. Bleurgh. http://puttingweirdthingsincoffee.com
An innovative idea from one of the creators of The Pirate Bay which offers a solution for online media, bloggers, viral video creators and anyone who creates content for the web to get paid from it. http://flattr.com/beta/