Posts tagged ‘news’

March 8, 2012

SXSW Planning Just Got Easier

 

There’s nowhere I would rather be next week than SXSW, but I’ll be holding the fort down here in Boise, getting ready for Treefort Music Fest. If you are on your way to the awesomeness that is SXSW, but are feeling a little overwhelmed with the schedule, never fear, Monstro is here. Laying out the bands that are trending and figuring out where you want to be just got a little easier. The SXSW website has a long list of the venues and artists playing this giant 5000+ event festival, and their schedule is definitely comprehensive, but if you’re looking for a bit of help through the chaos Monstro has released their MONSTRO SOCIAL MUSIC CHART SXSW EDITION. 

Put the power of Monstro to work for you at SXSW Music- There are a lot of artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW music conference. With the help and power of Monstro, you can see which bands are trending right now, were tops for the day, or have built excitement during all of SXSW. You can also tailor the result by Venue or Genre.

Monstro’s press release stated, “users can interact, via Twitter, with artists and listen to their music via Rdio. By culminating tweets shared about SXSW, the chart provides a simple, immediate way for fans to interact with artists and discover break-out hits, and artists can respond to and engage with their fans.” Monstro is an innovator in linking social media and music to both fans and artists.

“We want to make it easy for SXSW attendees to see which artists are trending and select which artists to see, and interact with those artists. And, we want to provide a way for artists to interact with their fans,” said Jeff Fedor, co-founder and co-CEO, Monstro. “We think we’ve done that by developing the free Monstro Social Music Chart SXSW Edition.”

If you aren’t familiar with Monstro and their social networking aspect to bringing music to the masses, you can read about them here. I can’t wait to hear all about SXSW when everyone gets back!

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March 7, 2012

Johnny Marr Gives Insight into Smiths Reunion

Hubby and I have an agreement that the only man I will ever leave him for is Johnny Marr. S’all good. He’s okay with it. After all, The Smiths lead guitarist and I share a city, when he’s on this side of the pond, and he’s just that cool.

At the NME Awards, broadcast on March 3rd, Johnny picked up the Best Reissue award for The Smith’s compilation he released last year. Eight of The Smiths albums were re-mastered the way he had always wanted to hear them, and garnered accolades that were well deserved. After the awards show, Marr was met with questions about the award (the first The Smiths have ever received), his relationship with Morrissey, and whether releasing The Smiths’ COMPLETE left him with a desire to reunite The Smiths. Lately, I have been seeing rumors floating about the interwebs pertaining to a Smiths reunion, so I was primed to hear what Johnny Marr thought about the subject.

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March 5, 2012

Blizzard to Lay off 600 Employees…I feel so guilty

I totes feel like a jerk for canceling my WoW subscription, after reading the news that Activision Blizzard Inc. is laying off 600 employees. The layoffs will occur in the Blizzard Entertainment sector, but it is reported that most of the cuts will come from non-game development departments. Sadly, the number of active subscribers to World of Warcraft, Blizz’s cash cow, have dropped since the release of Trion’s Rift last year and EA’s Star Wars: The Old Republic a few months ago.

As an avid WoW player, I’m not surprised by the decline in subscriptions, as the standard of gaming is getting rather steep and gamers want more. After patch 4.3, which was anxiously awaited and was met with a resounding “meh” by players, defecting to greener pastures, such as Rift and SWTOR, wasn’t a far leap. Fans of SWTOR were waiting years for its release, and there was no way Blizz was going to be able to keep  those fans from leaving. Rift is a far superior game play experience for mature WoW players. When I left WoW to play Rift, I found that trade chat isn’t filled with obnoxious teenagers mudslinging and generally showing why it sucks to play with immature teenagers. Yes, I miss the beautiful music and gorgeous artwork in World of Warcraft, but I’m satisfied with what I’ve left behind because of the game play experience I’ve gained. Also, as a loyal Blizzhead and WoW player, canceling Blizzcon 2012 was bad for fan morale, and making me wait until quarter 4 of 2012 to release Mists of Pandaria is just not going to satiate me. There are too many ways I can get my fix now, especially with the news of Free to Play Everquest and DC Universe. Blizz, you became complacent and then figured out you needed to scramble to catch up. I think it’s sad that people have to be laid off, but something had to give and it hasn’t been Blizz giving to their fans.

February 29, 2012

New Avengers Trailer

 

Oh, I wish you could see the goosebumps on my arm. The new Avengers trailer hit Apple Trailers this morning and it is rad. Click here to watch.  Is it bad that I love Loki the most? I guess I always did have a soft spot for the black sheep of the family. Marvel really knows how to give me what I want for my birthday. I can’t wait to watch this movie, even with Mark Ruffalo.

February 29, 2012

Davy Jones Dead at Age 66

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Everyone’s favorite Monkee, Davy Jones, suffered a heart attack at his Florida home and was transported to Martin Memorial Hospital, where he later passed away. TMZ broke the story. Davy Jones joined Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork to form the Monkees in 1965. Television producers had formed the band to create an entertaining show about a rock band, but never knew that they would be creating a band that would be loved by all and would churn out hit after hit. Davy was especially explosive gaining heartthrob status and making appearances on many shows, including the Brady Bunch. Jones is survived by his wife, Jessica, and four daughters. He will be missed.

February 28, 2012

Substream Music Press is Looking for a New Feature Artist

Substream Music Press, a bi-monthly music and lifestyle magazine focusing on discovering and sharing the best in new music, fashion and entertainment, is looking for the next best band or artist to feature in an upcoming issue. According to a press release this morning from ReverbNation,

Substream is an internationally distributed, bi-monthly, music and lifestyle magazine. With our main focus on discovering and sharing the best in new music, fashion and entertainment, we are best known for being the first magazine cover for bands such as Paramore, Gym Class Heroes, Owl City, The Devil Wears Prada, We The Kings, Asking Alexandria, All Time Low and Bring Me The Horizon.

Substream is teaming up with ReverbNation looking for the next big, break through artist to feature in our next issue! So make sure your RPK is updated and all your social networks are synced up with your Reverb page because we want to know all about you. This is not about a song, its about you and your music!

This opportunity is free. There is  No Fee to Submit; however, it’s coming up fast.  Submissions close March 9, 2012. The press release also stated, “If chosen as featured artist, you will be exposed at retail stores such as FYE, Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Books a Million, Borders and many other locations! And, of course, on their cool and hip website.” Click here to submit.

I listen to so many new artists everyday, put up new downloads and promo info for some really great ones, and have a list a mile long that I am getting through to continue spotlighting music that needs to be heard. If you’re one of them then submit, win, and be awesome my friends!

February 24, 2012

Oh! The Places Fox News Will Go

 

Oh, Fox News, you’ve done it again, rearing an ignorant head in the face of children’s entertainment. News anchor Lou Dobbs has come out striking at what he calls “an unmentionable” aimed to “indoctrinate our children” “plainly with an agenda.” The targets of the upheaval are the new Disney/Studio Ghibli film The Secret World of Arrietty and The Lorax, which according to the report fights rampant industrialism and is promoting eco-friendly products.  To which I have to say, “Are you serious?” To add to the most ridiculous 5 minutes I have ever lost in my life, there was an Obama montage, because… well… I don’t know why. He’s not in Hollywood. But he may as well be because apparently “the President’s liberal friends in Hollywood are targeting younger demographic using animated movies to sell their agenda to children.” The panel, made up of Lou Dobbs and 3 news radio personalities, are calling these movies “insidious nonsense from Hollywood.” I love the word insssssidiousssss. It needs to be said breathily and with fervor. The panel voiced that we are giving up our job to parent to Hollywood, and reminds us that it is our job to parent and our job to “force correct” the messages our kids hear. Matt Patrick, one of the conservative radio talk show hosts, is accusing those who believe that watching these movies is not blasphemous of creating “occu-toddlers.” Watchers have to love the headline that is on the screen toward the end of the rant “Tree-Hugging Dr. Seuss Character Featured in New Universal Movie.”

Is The Lorax or The Borrowers new to these commentators? Are Dr. Seuss and the magical tales of lesson learning a concept that has never been brought up before? They aren’t new to most. Beloved children’s stories with and without messages have been a part of growing up for generations. Amelia Bedelia taught me not to put a tuxedo on a turkey when it calls for dressing. Lesson learned! The Lorax isn’t a new story and this isn’t the first time that the story has come under fire. The logging companies had a field day with it, and many more have had issues with tales of learning lessons that are, hopefully, going to shape healthy young minds as they grow up. These aren’t the first movies that are going to address social commentary and they certainly aren’t the last. Even Happy Feet had a lesson for the fishing industry. Stop messing up the planet!

While I don’t choose to wax political, I hope that people will understand that movies that have an underlying message about the future of the environment and the world, while entertaining (and hopefully educating) an audience of any age, are in no way harmful. If you have to ignore the message, at least enjoy the show.

February 23, 2012

Morgan Spurlock Geek Fan or Geek Foe?

Morgan Spurlock, best known for his award winning gut bomb Super Size Me, has teamed up with Joss Whedon, Geek God, to create a documentary about the human side of San Diego Comic-Con. Interviewing legends and fanboys like Stan Lee, Eli Roth, Seth Rogan and Kevin Smith, there is a real opportunity to break stereotypes and show that Comic-Con is not just for those who feel the need to fly their geek flag high each year, but that there are designers and comic book creators that use this as a platform to show their work. The potential to make dreams come true among the cosplay and collectibles.

The documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE follows the 2010 Comic-Con, and so far the newly released trailer is getting good press. BUT this geek writer found exactly what I was worried about when perusing the interwebs this morning, an article written by Phil Brown last September on Collider.com where he states, “…the film is a rather sweet and loving portrait of the pop culture-obsessed attendees and the annual Mecca of their anti-social pursuits. The convention itself comes off as an accepting home to anyone who feels the need [to] sweat through a Wookie costume for a weekend while eating overpriced fast food and standing in line to get an autograph from their favorite B-movie actor. The documentary probably won’t win over anyone who despises this culture going in, but it should at least help explain why it exists.” 

Don’t we nerds, geeks, and dorks get enough flack for being nerds, geeks, and dorks? We don’t need another documentary that shows anti-social freaks. Several years ago a documentary was released about MMORPG players, mostly focusing on EverQuest and World of Warcraft, and depicted players who couldn’t go to work because of their addiction, a mother who blamed her son’s suicide on his gaming addiction, and a really sad couple who met in game. It was in no way a positive look at these games or their players, and I hope that this documentary doesn’t do the same injustice to the iconic Comic-Con.

Morgan Spurlock has a real fighting chance to show a different side of this genre. Putting celebs who are fan boys or in the business, rather than Morgan Spurlock’s usual post in the front of the camera, as the main focus is good; though it would have been nice to see a documentary film maker who isn’t in the genre right up front saying, “hey look, these people are normal, hard working people and this isn’t a freakfest.”

The trailer looks great. I am definitely looking forward to watchingTake a look and let me know what you think.

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE
Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong. COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE- a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

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February 22, 2012

Appleonia is Back…no not THAT Appollonia…this one

I recently posted a video from newly reborn Appleonia. No, not the progeny of Prince and 80s hottie Apollonia, but the transcended Jessica Chapnik Kahn, who “after years of mortality, decided to give birth to something else: herself. As Appleonia.” Her first video “Precious” is beautiful, striking, fun, and a little crazy when the apples start rolling and the darts are being thrown at her head.

Appleonia is now giving us a pensive look at “God”, with the help of filmmaker Penny Vozniak.  Penny and Appleonia add radiance to the already beautiful songs and Appleonia’s dazzling voice. Making a string of homemade videos together, the pair quickly became a two-woman show, acting as director, producer and crew while concocting frenzied one-shot ideas that often required life-threatening trial and error (all documented, of course). If you don’t believe me, go watch the video for “Precious” and the outtakes/making of the video.

Take a look at “God” and the making of the video “Shooting God.” I  almost wish they would have kept a bit more of the frolicking in the field look to the video that we see in the making of; however, I do love the idea of adding a little ode to Kali in the mix. Either way we get a glimpse of who Appleonia is, and we like what we’re seeing. Enjoy!

February 21, 2012

Mass Effect 3- Aliens really do fall from the sky

BioWare and Electronic Arts have a treat in store for die hard Mass Effect fans. They will be launching copies of the game into space, well maybe just into the atmosphere, but either way it’s way cool. Starting Thursday, copies of the game will be launched via high altitude weather balloons from different locales around the world, starting at 7am Pacific time in San Francisco, then followed by Las Vegas, New York, London, Paris, and Berlin. Bioware’s marketing director for Mass Effect 3, David Silverman, said, “Depending on weather conditions, it could take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to land back on the ground and the landing site could be anywhere from 50 to 300 miles of where they are launched from.” So those not in the direct path of the launch site still have a chance of nabbing this awesome collectible. The launched games will be hooked up to GPS tracking and an HD camera, and the location of the games will be trackable on the Mass Effect website. You will need to register as a user in order to access the tracker, unless you already have an EA account. If you have ever played an EA game more than likely you have one already. The game tracking site will be live starting Wednesday morning. So get your tracking shoes on and be the first one to grab this game before the release date  on March 6th. Good luck! In the meantime, here’s the new extended trailer for the game. It looks so fantastic. I’m not sure if Shephard did do a butt clench to get that assault rifle to pop up, he is so much of a bad ass he can just think “come to me” and that thing can appear.