Look at What the Light Did Now is a documentary chronicling Feist's making of her new album, The Reminder, her tour, and the collaborators who were in on the creation of the album.
The DVD will arrive in December (just in time for the holidays!) and the disc will come with a bonus CD of 13 tunes from the film including live and studio takes, music videos, live footage, and short films.
What a gift right?!
Watch Feist perform the song, "Look at What the Light Did Now", below alongside the song's author, Little Wings.
Look at What the Light Did Now arrives December 7th and is currently screening around the world. See dates here.
British pop singer Eliza Doolittle has decided to take on Cee-Lo's "Fuck You" with a little of her own style.
The live recording was done in a dressing room and clearly brings a whole new spin to the already massively catchy tune. The stand-up bass combined with Doolittle's soulful vocals make this cover one for the books.
After watching the video, head here to read all about Miss Doolittle and acquire her debut self-titled album.
Live show slayers Matt and Kim's highly anticipated new full-length, Sidewalks, is a mere few days away from release. To get you even more jazzed up, the duo released another new tune!
The kick-off track to the album, "Block After Block", is exactly what you would expect from the group. A bass heavy, synth twinkly dance tune. And I love it.
You can also check out the upbeat, keyboard and drum crazy, chant-worthy tune, "Wires", from the new album below courtesy of Stereogum!
Watch videos below of the two talking about recording both tunes and see some live footage from their intense shows!
If you don't know who The Get Up Kids are, you are not my friend and I don't care to know you. If you do know them and like them very much, this information pertains to you!
The Get Up Kids have announced via their Twitter that a forthcoming new studio album titled There Are Rules will be arriving January 25th through the band's own Quality Hill Records.
This is their fifth full-length album and their first album since 2004's Guilt Show. The Kansas City outfit reunited in 2008 (after breaking up in 2005) and released the Simple Science EP in 2010.
Did I mention that a full set of U.S. tour dates are planned early in the new year to support the album?
There Are Rules arrives January 25th. See the track list below.
Get Simple Science here.
Shatter Your Lungs
Rally 'Round the Fool
The Widow Paris
When It Dies
Touch form factors make sense for music creation on the go: a mobile tablet with finger-based interface seems ideal for performance and travel. In the fast-evolving hardware, though, it’s tough to work out exactly what will be a hit and what will be a flop. Multitouch tablets have splintered in two – consumer-centric, inexpensive tablets like the iPad and Android tablets gravitate at one end, as higher-powered tablets are reserved for the business market. Worse, the entire computing industry is choosing battery life over all other factors, which doesn’t jive well with audio. (Almost everything you do to improve audio performance saps power. Doh.)
But that could leave opportunities for computer makers to cater to musicians. Here’s just one example, and it lies right at the convergence of next-generation, Linux-based operating systems, touch-centric design, and more efficient mobile computing.
Indamixx, who have previously done Linux-based laptops using tablets and netbooks, are now readying a multitouch tablet based around the current-generation, dual-core Intel Atom chipset. The Linux OS means you can run the terrific tracker-for-the-rest-of-us Renoise, as well as a variety of free software; that’s Renoise pictured as the Indamixx tablet hangs out by the rooftop pool of LA’s The Standard last weekend, for its public debut. (Indamixx hosted a Renoise-themed blowout party.)
Early specs: dual-core N450 Atom, 2 GB RAM, 3 USB ports, 1 VGA port, 1 Ethernet port, analog audio I/O. That’s much like what you’d find on a netbook, and it’s a far cry from the computing power of a desktop or laptop. But with optimized software, it could be ideal for mobile production and performance. (Even with optimization, tablets, by contrast, can’t compete on computing horsepower – and they’re not really set up for terrific low-latency audio performance, either. Oh, and you get better hardware support from traditional Linux operating systems than things like iOS, Android, and Chrome OS.)
More details came out on the Renoise forum. The other surprise there: while Renoise is largely a QWERTY-centric experience to most of us, Indamixx tells us the touch approach works very well. I’ll believe it when I — uh, touch it — but I’m interested how that works.
The product will launch May 11, 2011, but we should have more info before then, and we’ll visit them at NAMM.
If you’re not in love with the hardware, you’ll be able to use the OS with your own rig, too, if you prefer to build or buy your own system. Dual-booting to Ubuntu will also be an (unsupported) option.
I got some further details on the direction they’re going from the source.
Whereas the Transmission custom distro Indamixx has used in the past was based on Ubuntu and Debian, the new OS is MeeGo, the distro with powerful backing from Intel and Nokia. It’s still Linux; it even uses RPM as its package manager. But it’s probably the most mobile-centric of the mainstream Linux distros. (By the way, Linux fans, don’t sweat those details too much – the development environment for MeeGo runs on Mac, Windows, and other Linux distros, and software ports pretty easily between them.)
I’m not thrilled about the touch digitizer on the development unit – the serviceable but unspectacular MosArt sensor used on Asus’ T91MT netbook – but it sounds as though that’ll change to something much better before this ships. (It should be just fine for development purposes.)
The choice of MeeGo, though, is certainly interesting. Indamixx lead developer Gabriel Beddingfield and founder Ronald Stewart are raving about how the OS feels and operates, and say they’re getting terrific performance out of the system. I’m eager to try it first-hand. Gabriel has more to say:
CDM: How does this differ from Transmission as we’ve seen it in the past?
Gabriel: It’s effectively a reboot of Transmission. All packages
currently in Transmission will be ported over. The end user-will reinstall this MeeGo-ized Transmission on their device.
Unlike Transmission 4, there will also be a Live CD / Live USB version that you can preview before installing.
Unlike any Linux distro we’ve found so far, MeeGo is from the ground-up about multi-touch, portable devices that compete with iPad and Android. The main “desktop” user experience is sharp, fast, and finger-friendly.
Our departure from MeeGo is in tuning it for audio. Out of the box, Transmission will be more concerned with a high quality, low-latency audio rather than preserving battery life. However, our experience with the Atoms shows that battery life is pretty good, too.
Multi-touch support will come by way of Qt’s Multi-touch framework… which is expected to have a relatively smooth upgrade path to Xorg 1.10 or 1.11 when Xorg officially supports multi-touch (Q1/Q2 2011). [Note that this is a different solution than the one that Ubuntu is providing.]
How will users install their own software?
MeeGo is also working heavily for app-store integration. So, users will be able to install free and commercial apps from Intel, Ovi, or other app stores. MeeGo’s architecture will ensure that the apps will work on this device.
In addition, it’s still Linux… and so users are still able to hot-rod their systems.
What’s the multi-touch digitizer hardware?
Will be capacitive, and will at least be dual-touch.
Right now we’re developing on an eGalax dual-touch that appears to have some pressure-sensitive features (can differentiate between a mouse-over and a click), and we’re also using a Cando dual-touch that is a little more primitive.
Stay tuned for more — consider this a teaser for now. I’ll also have a look at a number of hardware options that take another approach to touch and performance, offering flashy multi-touch tables that make you look sexy onstage. Stay tuned here.
EEO Review, Public File Issues, Contest Rules, and License Renewal DIscussed in Seminars at Joint Convention of Oregon and Washington State Broadcast Associations
The nuts and bolts of legal issues for broadcasters were highlighted in two sessions in which I participated at last week's joint convention of the Oregon and Washington State Broadcasters Associations, held in Stephenson, Washington, on the Columbia River that divides the two states. Initially, I conducted a seminar for broadcasters providing a refresher on their EEO recruiting obligations set out under FCC rules. With some public interest groups calling for stricter enforcement of a broadcaster's EEO obligations, and with the license renewals for Oregon and Washington State radio broadcasters coming up in 2013 (with TV the next year), broadcasters cannot slack off on these important obligations to widely disseminate information about job openings and to educate their communities about broadcast employment issues as required by the FCC rules. Slides from my PowerPoint presentation on a broadcaster's EEO obligations are available here. Broadcasters looking for more information on EEO obligations can review the Davis Wright Tremaine Guide to the EEO rules, here, and our most recent reminder about the obligations for the annual EEO public inspection file report, here.
At a second session, we discussed the variety of legal issues facing broadcasters in the current environment. Many of the same issues discussed in this session were also discussed in my Top Ten List of Legal Issues to Keep Broadcasters Awake at Night, details of which can be found here. Some specific questions were raised during the Oregon-Washington session include questions about the FCC rules covering contests that stations conduct, and the rules that apply to such contests. See our blog post on some of those issues here and here. The obligations for the public file of broadcasters are also set out in our advisory, here. Another issue that broadcasters should remember is the new obligation for their advertising contracts to include terms that state that advertising is not sold for any discriminatory purpose, to avoid no-urban, no Spanish dictates (see our post here for details). As we wrote recently in connection with fines issued to a couple of stations for multiple day-to-day violations of the FCC rules, the attention to these details now will avoid major financial headaches for broadcasters later, and potentially long-term issues at license renewal time as well.
The winner of the September-October cycle of Pioneer DJ Network is the mind boggling leftfield disco antics of the Sequencers, from Mexico! So many great entries this time around, but this one showcased a selection with great personality, music which had us thinking that it could also really benefit from the DJM-2000 hands on approach to mixing and mashing.
Congratulations to the Sequencers!
The label that brought you The Count and Sinden, Junior Boys and Tricky has now decided to further expand their empire into the publishing world.
Called The Domino Press they will begin rolling out books as of 2011, with the first title coming from folk artist James Yorkston. The title is called It’s Lovely To Be Here – The Touring Diaries Of A Scottish Gent. The book is centred around James Yorkston’s touring diaries, "the reader experiences the never ending highs and lows of pubs, clubs and theatres and the endless disorientations on the merry go round of live touring."
Details are very scarce on the Domino venture, but we can assure you after succeeding with music, publishing surely won’t be that hard.
You can pre-order the first title here.
It’s Lovely To Be Here – The Touring Diaries Of A Scottish Gent will be released on February 3rd, 2011
Back in the good ol’ days etiquette was taught by making women walk in a straight line with books on top of their head. Now, there is eEtiquette, which for people within the social media world, is a godsend.
We all know the do’s and don’ts, or do you? Of course “drinking and typing” is a ’No no’, or updating your Twitter or Facebook with the predictable line “I am hungry” is a also a crime against humanity. But, for all those unfamiliar with digital lifestyle etiquette, eEtiquettecombines a useful guideline of 101 rules for the surreal and often confusing world of social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter or MySpace.
If you were wondering just what particular questions they might address, some would be “Is it impolite to put my cell phone on the table in a restaurant?“ even advising us the relationship aspect of things, suggesting not to Google your date before your first rendezvous.
eEtiquette, initiated by initiated by The Creation Center of Telekom, covers all the important communication channels, such as text messages, e-mail, phone, social networks, videoconferences, blogs, chats, etc. As American Express used to be say, “Don’t leave home without it."