The Beatles Catalog Available on iTunes

16 11 2010

FINALLY! What does it take to get one of music’s biggest bands available on the iTunes store? Apparently, all you need is love… and A LOT of lawyers. After years of tension and disputes Apple Corp. has finally allowed Apple Inc. to offer The Beatles’ complete catalog of work online. I get it. I do. But after all that concern over Apple Inc. branching out from computer technology to music distribution and possible conflicts of interest, the whole argument seems futile and moot. After all, we know Paul is down with it, as his music is already on iTunes . He even filmed a commercial for them. How long did it really take for the folks at Apple Corp. to realize that iTunes is clearly one of, if not, the biggest digital music distribution channel? I guess after all those years, today is the day of epiphany. Finally. Check out The Beatles on iTunes HERE.

So, at this point you probably already own every album in various mediums and have even digitized it yourself, but for those that have not… this your chance. You can cherry pick your favorite songs or grab the whole album(s). Or, you can just bite the bullet get the entire box set ($149).  Like any major product roll out, this comes with a lot of fanfare. One of the promotion items they are touting is the complete 1964 Washington D.C. performance in HD (well, as hi-def as I’ve seen). This video exists in snippets all over the internet, some of which has been featured here, but this is the complete unedited release. CHECK IT OUT HERE. There are also some other cool videos that you can browse through while on the band’s artist page in the store.

There are a few ads that the ‘Apples’ collaborated on for this launch. They are pretty straightforward and simple but, if you’re a fan, you will enjoy them nevertheless. You can see all 5 ads below:

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Cee-Lo | Fuck You!

1 09 2010

This is some pretty  interesting $h!t… Cee-Lo Green, of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley fame, released his newest single “Fuck You!” on YouTube. This first video is just the song with animated lyrics, but nevertheless received instant attention due obvious reasons: 1. the explicit title/lyrics and 2. the explicit pop-stickiness of the song itself. It’s true. It’s one of tunes that you embarrassingly catch yourself humming or singing, not unlike his Gnarls Barkley hit from 2006, “Crazy”.  So, this whole tactic is a relatively new concept. No doubt it’s inspired by the the current state of the recording industry, the ever-growing use of social media and the fact that this particular piece of work would be hard to release anywhere but the internet. He, rather wisely, is using YouTube (an extension of his social media) to promote his new album Lady Killer. At first, I didn’t think much of it but I got to thinking about how clever a move that is… and like that, I had forgotten about it. All of a sudden as of today, Green releases a more “traditional” MTV-style music video but this time via Facebook. The catch is: you have to “Like” his page. When I heard this I was at the same time both disgusted and impressed. All these little teasers actually seem to be working. People are talking about it and he is engaging fans (albeit a tad forcefully). I am only curious what the next step will be. At this same rate, it should only be another week or so ’til we find out.

Below is the original YouTube video with lyrics. Many will tell you that they can not yet offer the Facebook video as it is exclusive to Cee-Lo’s Facebook Page. Well, no here. I was able to obtain a copy and uploaded it as discreetly as possible so that you do not have to officially become a fan on FB. Before watching, I should tell you that this “Official Music Video” is not all that cool. Actually, it kind of reminds me of Pepsi commercial… and not one of the good ones. Check out, it’s the second video below.

References:

Cee-Lo’s Official Site

Cee-Lo’s Facebook Page

More info on Cee-Lo Green

Read more about “Fuck You!” @ PitchFork.com HERE & HERE





From the Basement

2 06 2010

I was recently turned on to a pretty cool project dedicated to creating, fostering and recording great live music. Created by acclaimed producer Nigel Godrich (and friends), the concept behind From the Basement is to create an environment that allows artists to relax and feel comfortable. The idea is to coerce the most authentic performance from them in a small intimate setting free of distractions. In a world where TV production is often done on the cheap and can be very chaotic, it’s a place where artists can perform without feeling the stifling effects of the process or program structure. The resulting footage was initially intended to be a television series in the vain of The Old Grey Whistle Tests. Unfortunately, it could not be sustained in that form so it now lives on as an online destination. In explaining the overarching mission of the project, Nigel has said,  “My own personal goal is that in the future some of these performances might be seen as the truest representation of the state of their artists work, captured in a way that lets their talents speak without the interference of presenters, or audiences.”

The site features forty or so artists,  including Beck, Iggy & The Stooges, The White Stripes, Radiohead, Band of Horses, Sonic Youth, The Shins, Dead Weather, My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird and many more. It’s a nice blend of big icons and bright young act who are just having their moment. All the performances are shot in HD, and are well produced utilizing various camera angles. All the music is produced by Godrich. For those not familiar with his resumé, Nigel has worked with quite a few major acts. He has worked extensively with Radiohead, even be referred to as the “sixth member” of the band. He produced most of the band’s catalog, including OK Computer and Kid A, and won a Grammy for the latter. He also produced Beck’s Mutations and Sea Change, as well as Paul McCartney’s Chaos and Creation in the Backyard… and that’s just a small portion of his discography. Nigel is not just a producer but a musician and a composer. He has written for many of the artists he has worked with and is currently a member of Thom Yorke’s recent solo band Atoms of Peace. With credentials like that, it should be no surprise that he is working on something so cool. Be sure to visit the site and poke around. You will find A LOT of really great footage of some of today’s best artists doing what they do best and because of the recording techniques it all translates on a very personal level. You will not be disappointed…

Link: From the Basement

References:

More info on Nigel Godrich

More info on From the Basement

Nigel Godrick’s site

Nigel Godrich’s Discography

More on Atoms of Peace

More info on Radiohead

More info on The Old Grey Whistle Tests








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