Keep an eye on director Peter Jackson’s Facebook page over the next two years (two years!) of scheduled shooting of The Hobbit. Jackson’s first missive is a behind the scenes look at the start of production of the two-part film.
Billy Crystal returns (without Meg Ryan) for the parody sequel which also stars Helen Mirren and Mike Tyson. This time, it’s Grampires: When Sharon Bit Harry.
Nearly two years ago, the revered Dublin band Aslan appeared on prominent media soap boxes in the country denouncing filesharing. The band claimed that 25,000 people had downloaded their covers album Uncase’d through Bittorrent.
It didn’t take long for regular internet users to point out that the supposed 25,000 downloads figure had come from a fake results page that threw up fictitious download figures for any search term entered (bit.ly/aslantorrent).
Well, it has happened all over again. “Groove-oriented purist rock band” One Soul Thrust from Edmonton in Canada have been making similar noise of late. The band who are not exactly well known, have a Twitter account with under 200 followers, just over 300 friends on Facebook and a debut album of clichéd rock ‘n’ roll with a wailing female singer.
The band have been claiming that 100,000 copies of their album have been downloaded through Bittorrent and that the Canadian Record Industry Association supports their claim. As outlined by Torrentfreak (bit.ly/onesoulthrust) , it seems One Soul Thrust have been duped by their lack of experience, like Aslan, by the same fake download numbers randomly populating search engine results.
One Soul Thrust’s “Pirated Platinum” campaign was based on the band (and its management) misunderstanding spammy techniques. It’s hard not to empathise with the band now that they finally realise that those 100K fans are non-existent and they really don’t have that much interest in their music. One Band Crushed. As one commenter puts it, “100,000 imaginary downloaders can’t be wrong!”
Josh Freese has no such problems. As a much in demand drummer for the likes of Devo, A Perfect Circle and Weezer, the man has a bit of financial breathing space to take some risks. Back in 2009, the deluxe purchase options of his second solo album gained a lot of attention as they included a $20,000 package which included Freese writing two songs about you and a chance to spend a day with him and his friends.
For his new EP, which is written primarily for people who paid money the last time round, Freese is going one better with a range of packages costing from $5 to $75,000. These invariably include Josh’s 5th grade report card, a thank you phone call, lunch and dinner dates, a day at the races, his old car or the big one: he’ll join your band for a month, give you a drumset, write a five-track EP about you, wear matching outfits and “take shrooms and cruise Hollywood in Danny from TOOL’s Lamborgini.” See? Crowdfunding is clearly the new rock ‘n’ roll.
- Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows doesn’t always soundtrack the good times.
- CraigsList is teeming with unintentionally funny “Missed Connection” ads after the last round of LCD Soundsystem gigs in New York.
- Word cloud of the week: Boy toy ads vs. Girl toy ads.
- 100 incredible views out of airplane windows.
- If your favourite albums were released as books they’d look like this.
Chicks With Steve Buscemi’s Eyes
Freaky Photoshopped photos of famous people with Steve Buscemi’s eyes.
If You Watch It Backwards
Looking at life in reverse.
I See Monsters Everywhere
Do you share Jen Wineman’s ability to see monsters in everyday objects? This Tumblr is for you so.
14 year-old Jasmine Van den Bogaerde hit UK charts and worldwide blogs after BBC Radio One play of her piano and voice cover of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love.
With interest in the band rising over the last four years, England’s Wild Beasts will return next month with third album Smother. The first single, Albatross, is a lovely lilting piano number with a somewhat pretentious video.
An amazing classic soul singer who never got his break finally gets recognition. Now 62, the Brooklyn singer has released the brilliant No Time For Dreaming, his debut album on Daptone Records (home to Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings). Bradley plays the Sea Sessions festival in Donegal in June.
Sade feat. Jay-Z
Everyone loves Sade, even Jay-Z, as evident by this remix of her song Moon & The Sky featuring The Jiggaman on a verse.
After releasing a new song called ‘Make Some Noise’ last week, the trio went ahead and debuted the trailer for their forthcoming 30 minute film which stars Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood and Danny McBride as vintage Beastie Boys with Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Jack Black as future Beastie Boys. The film also stars Will Arnett, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Ted Danson, Steve Buscemi and Jason Schwartzman.
Caroline Casey’s extraordinary handling of her blindness, her subsequent self-belief and challenge of the perception of disability is one of the most inspiring stories you’ll hear in a long time.