Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Next Big Sound

Have you ever wanted an easy way to figure out how much buzz a band is building?  If so, you should check out the analytics website The Next Big Sound.  By compiling statistics from social media sites such as MySpace, Last.fm, iLike, Facebook, Twitter, and Bebo to determine a band's or artist's popularity.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

I highlighted the LA band Local Natives and their "Daytrotter EP" in this space back in September.   At the time, they had finished recording their full length album "Gorilla Manor," but didn't have a US release date for it yet.

Well now, this band is starting to generate some serious buzz.  It finally released "Gorilla Manor" on February 16th and followed up last year's successful appearance at the South by Southwest Festival with another one at SXSW 2010.

The album lives up to the promise of the EP and even features all five songs from the EP (including an amazing cover of the Talking Heads' "Warning Sign" which I forgot to mentioned before).

In addition to those five songs, there are nine new ones such as "Wide Eyes," "Camera Talk," and "Cubism Dream."  Overall, it's a quality album if you're into their style of music.

I'm not all that familiar with Fleet Foxes, but I'm told Local Natives kind of have a similar same sound.

Check out Local Natives' performance at SXSW 2010 here and judge for yourself.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Hugh Jackman Dancing Lipton Ice Tea Commercial

Well ice tea just got as confusing as Hugh Jackman's sexuality .  In this Japanese Lipton Ice Tea commercial, Jackman dances in a hotel to express his love for ice tea.

Stuff like this, is really suppose to convince us how heterosexual Jackman is?  And he wears Hawaiian shirts without being a big fat party animal.  Nobody really cares if he's gay, it's just annoying that he won't admit it.

I like ice tea as much as anyone else, but it's not a valid excuse to launch into a choreographed dance number.  Although, it does make for a pretty entertaining commercial.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Get Your March Madness Fix

One of the greatest times of the year is upon us: March Madness.  The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is like a second Christmas for basketball fans or first for some I guess.

Over the last couple of years, it's become easier for fans to get their March Madness fix online as March Madness on Demand allows fans to watch tournament games online.  It's not so good for work productivity, but great if you don't want to miss any of the action.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Rock-Paper-Scissors Glove

Engadget highlights a glove that's specifically made for rock-paper-scissors . Sure nobody actually needs one but it's still kind of cool.  The glove allows you to play rock-paper-scissors against yourself, and it even identifies your tendencies or weakness in the game.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Rock Steady

The Whispers 1987 hit "Rock Steady" is one of those catchy songs you'll randomly hear on the radio but have no clue who the artist is because you don't yet have an Iphone.  It's your quintessential 80's R&B song, but it was a lot better before I actually saw the music video.

I never imagined the song was sung by a bunch of middle-aged guys with creepy facial hair that appear to be the only black guys that can't dance.  Look at them, they dance like a father embarrassing his children at a high school dance.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Just Follow Your Nose

I always knew that Toucan Sam was on to something when he told me to follow my nose.  He wasn't just selling Fruit Loops, he was giving life advice according to this Daily Mail story that says that a person's nose says a lot about him or her.

Obviously this is something you have take with a grain of salt, but it's still interesting.  At least it was until I thought about how much better eating a bowl of Fruit Loops would be right now than reading this and lost interest.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Smash Mouth in the Closet

I'm usually a harsh critic of SNL not being funny most of the time, but the SNL skit "Smash Mouth Terrors" is actually funny.  It's completely random which makes it even better.

There really wouldn't be many things scarier than Smashmouth actually coming out of your closet except for Courtney Love or these guys.

If Lost Was Like Baywatch

Someone showed this to me, and it's pretty great.  They both take place near water and have lots of shirtless people so it kind of makes sense.

The only way it could have been better was if it had a shot of the smoke monster killing people followed by a quick cut to a bunch of characters laughing.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Everybody is Big Brother

You're the biggest threat to your privacy.   By using social media sites to constantly inform peers of your interests, beliefs, locations, opinions, and life details, it means almost anyone can watch you like Big Brother,  the all seeing and all knowing fictional dictator from George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four

In fact it's downright scary how similar social media has made modern society to Orwell's vision of it.   Individuals suffer real world consequences for actions or content posted on sites such as Facebook and Twitter because unknown to them, authorities are surreptitiously monitoring them.