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http://www.beet.tv/2009/03/seattles-delve-makes-video-metadata-available-to-publishsers-big-and-small.html I interviewed Alex Castro, founder and CEO of Delve Media, at the Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable earlier this month. Alex explains the value of Delve in a field filled with big, established competitors. He says the company's ability to mine and organize the medata surrounding the spoken word in video is the unique. He says the company is providing this service to publishers big and small. The new Seattle-based video management and sharing company, has just landed Pitchfork Media, a popular independent music site. Delve announced its site redesign today. -- Andy Plesser, Executive Producer Posted on Mar 15, 2009
26 Mar 2009
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http://www.beet.tv/2009/03/seattles-delve-makes-video-metadata-available-to-publishsers-big-and-small.html I interviewed Alex Castro, founder and CEO of Delve Media, at the Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable earlier this month. Alex explains the value of Delve in a field filled with big, established competitors. He says the company's ability to mine and organize the medata surrounding the spoken word in video is the unique. He says the company is providing this service to publishers big and small. The new Seattle-based video management and sharing company, has just landed Pitchfork Media, a popular independent music site. Delve announced its site redesign today. -- Andy Plesser, Executive Producer
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"Music Sounds Better with You" is a 1998 single by French house music band Stardust. The vocal performance of the song was provided by Benjamin Diamond of the band. The song uses a sample of the song "Fate" by Chaka Khan, which appeared on her 1981 album What Cha' Gonna Do for Me. It was also one of the highest-selling singles of the year in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at #2 in August 1998 and maintained the position for two weeks. That same month, the song also spent two weeks atop the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. This is the only single released by the Stardust project. This song was later used by Daft Punk for their live album Alive 2007, which features "Music Sounds Better with You" in the encore along with elements of "One More Time", "Aerodynamic", "Prime Time Of Your Life (Para One Remix)", "Human After All", "Revolution 909" and "Together". "Music Sounds Better with You" was included on Pitchfork Media's Top 200 songs of the 90's at #46 In 2001 the U.K. magazine Mixmag listed the 100 Greatest Dance Songs of All Time with "Music Sounds Better with You" listed at #11.
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From POYKPAC: A battle of apathetic grandeur. Also, a shameless tribute to Monty Python's "The Upperclass Twit of the Year." Let the lawsuits commence! (If you like it, subscribe. You'll be the first to know when we upload new videos) CREDITS Director/Story by - Taige Jensen Writers - Ryan Hunter & Taige Jensen Cinematographer - Eric Sherertz B Camera - Jesse Patch Steadicam Operators - Morgan Jenkins & Ashley Carpenter Editor - Ryan Hunter Graphics - Ryan Hunter & Taige Jensen Voiceover - Ryan Hunter & Taige Jensen CAST Announcer Greg Berman - Taige Jensen (voice) Announcer Neil Tafoya - Ryan Hunter (voice) Reporter Conica Friesbee - Jenn Lyon #1, Sasha Pinrod III - Taige Jensen #2, Larken Trebek - Maggie Ross #3, Nolan Shelby - Ryan Hunter #4, Zac Zuro - Ryan Hall #5, Gideon Zidoushe - Dave Powell Referee Wally Masters - Will Connell Square Sean Ericsson - Eric Sherertz DISCLAIMER: POYKPAC™ and POYKPAC Sports™ have no affiliation with Pabst Brewing Company, American Apparel, Myspace.com, cocaine, Pitchfork Media, The Elephant 6 Recording Company, Domino Recording Company Ltd, EMI, MoTown Records, or Vice Magazine Publishing Inc. All products and companies portrayed were done so satirically. Also check out this deleted scene, The Ironic Moustache Grow-off, located here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIAZJEWaW_k
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Taken from his 1975 album "Exspensive Shit" The late great Fela Anikulapo Kuti, (15 October 1938 2 August 1997), real name Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, the pioneer of Afrobeat music. A Nigerian multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, human rights activist, and political maverick. Expensive Shit is his twelfth full-length album. It is considered to be one of his best albums, and was ranked #78 on Pitchfork Media's "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s". The title of the album refers to an incident in which the Nigerian police tried to arrest Kuti by planting a joint on him. Kuti managed to eat the joint which prompted the police to bring him into custody and try to wait for him to produce the excrement. According to legend he managed to use another inmate's feces and was eventually released. Regarding his name change. He was known as Fela Ransome-Kuti until about 1978, when he renamed himself Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the middle name meaning 'he who carries death in his pouch'. He was a human-rights revolutionary who started his own political party, Movement Of The People, to protest the kleptocracy in Nigeria. He had his own compound called the Kalakuta Republic, in Lagos, which he declared independent from Nigeria, where he and his uncountable number of wives lived, and were constantly terrorized by the government. His influence on funk and African music is unsurpassed with approximately 77 albums. The musical style performed by Fela Kuti is called Afrobeat, which is essentially a fusion of jazz, funk, psychedelic rock, and traditional African chants and rhythms. It is characterized by having African-style percussion, vocals, and musical structure, along with jazzy, funky horn sections. The endless groove is also used, in which a base rhythm of drums, shekere, muted guitar, and bass guitar are repeated throughout the song. His band was notable for featuring two baritone saxophones, whereas most groups using this instrument only use one. This is a common technique in African and African-influenced musical styles, and can be seen in funk and hip-hop. Some elements often present in Felas music are the call-and-response within the chorus and figurative but simple lyrics. Felas songs were almost always over 10 minutes in length, some reaching the 20- or even 30-minute marks, while some unreleased tracks would last up to 45 minutes when performed live. This was one of many reasons that his music never reached a substantial degree of popularity outside of Africa. His songs were mostly sung in Nigerian pidgin, although he also performed a few songs in the Yoruba language. Felas main instruments were the saxophone and the keyboards, but he also played the trumpet, guitar, and took the occasional drum solo. Fela refused to perform songs again after he had already recorded them, which also hindered his popularity outside Africa. Fela was known for his showmanship, and his concerts were often quite outlandish and wild. He referred to his stage act as the Underground Spiritual Game. His album output slowed in the 1990s, and eventually he stopped releasing albums altogether. The battle against military corruption in Nigeria was taking its toll, especially during the rise of dictator Sani Abacha. Rumors were also spreading that he was suffering from an illness for which he was refusing treatment. On 3 August 1997, Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, already a prominent AIDS activist and former Minister of Health, stunned the nation by announcing his younger brothers death a day earlier from Kaposis sarcoma brought on by AIDS. (Their younger brother Beko was in jail at this time at the hand of Abacha for political activity). More than a million people attended Felas funeral at the site of the old Shrine compound. A new Africa Shrine has opened since Felas death in a different section of Lagos under the supervision of his son Femi Kuti.
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"Without Me" is a hip-hop/rap song by American rapper Eminem. It was released as the lead single from his fourth studio album titled The Eminem Show in 2002, and re-released on his greatest-hits compilation album Curtain Call: The Hits in 2005. "Without Me" is one of Eminem's most successful singles, reaching #2 in the U.S. and #1 in many countries worldwide. The song was Eminem's return after the successful The Marshall Mathers LP, intended as a sequel to "The Real Slim Shady" and essentially saying that he is back to save the world. It also refers to Eminem's role in the music industry and his cultural effects. The song mocks a number of Eminem's critics, including Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne Cheney, the FCC and MTV, Chris Kirkpatrick, Limp Bizkit and Moby, as well as lampooning comparisons of Eminem to Elvis Presley as a white man succeeding commercially in a predominantly African-American art form. A line in the song also attacks his own mother for the lawsuit she filed against him for the lyrics of his debut single "My Name Is". The opening lyric "Two trailer park girls go round the outside" is based on the single "Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm McLaren, while the introduction which is spoken by Obie Trice "Obie Trice, real name no gimmicks." is sampled from his own track "Rap Name". The round the outside lyrics could be considered a subliminal diss to Canibus, who used a similar line in Box Cutta Blade Runna, released on "C! True Hollywood Stories" which makes numerous disses against Eminem. A sample from the track, the phrase "nobody listens to techno", became an underground techno bootleg anthem produced by Deep Dish and Danny Howells under the alias Size DDD (Deep Dish Danny). The song was played by many well-known DJs to satirize the claim. The song was also parodied on All That, a skit show on Nickelodeon, as "Without Meat". It was also parodied on MADtv, a skit show on FOX, as "Whats on TV?". In the second verse a line samples the intro from "The Real Slim Shady". It was also parodied by LittleKuriboh, creator of "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series", titled "Without Yugi". The background saxophone riff was sampled for Drunkenmunky's 2002 club hit "E" (help·info). Some of the lyrics are altered on the clean version, such as "This is about to get heavy". Also, "Jiggle your hips" is placed to get rid of a sexually explicit remark in the 1st verse. The line I know that you got a job Ms. Cheney/but your husband's heart problem's complicating is a reference to the then Vice-President Dick Cheney's constant and recurring heart problems. Cheney has had four heart attacks since 1976. "Without Me" was Eminem's most successful single at that point. The song reached the number one position in many charts from various countries, including the U.K., Australia and New Zealand for 7 weeks. It also reached the number two spot in the U.S. Hot 100. "Lose Yourself" and "Crack a Bottle" are his only songs to have ever charted higher than "Without Me" on the Hot 100, both of which reached number one. "Without Me" was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 2003 (losing to Norah Jones' song "Don't Know Why"), being Eminem's first song to receive a Grammy nomination in a major category. It also received a nomination for Best Male Rap Solo Performance but lost that award as well to the song "Hot in Herre" by rapper Nelly. In 2009, the song was honored by Pitchfork Media as the 251st greatest song of the Aughties.
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"November Rain" is a song by the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, written by lead singer Axl Rose and released as a single in June 1992. The music video for this song was also released in 1992, and won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography. It features a sweeping orchestral backing and is one of Guns N' Roses' longest songs. The song was placed at #140 on Pitchfork Media's Top 200 Tracks of the 90s. "November Rain" is a song by the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, written by lead singer Axl Rose and released as a single in June 1992. The music video for this song was also released in 1992, and won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography. It features a sweeping orchestral backing and is one of Guns N' Roses' longest songs. The song was placed at #140 on Pitchfork Media's Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.
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Though largely ignored upon its release, it has since become one of the most influential and critically lauded rock albums in history, appearing as #13 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time as well as being added to the 2006 National Recording Registry by the Librarian of Congress. On the 1996 CD reissue, the banana image is on the front cover while the image of the peeled banana is on the inside of the jewel case, beneath the CD itself. Much of the album's sound was conceived by John Cale, who stressed the experimental qualities of the band. Cale, who was influenced greatly by his work with La Monte Young, John Cage and the early Fluxus movement, encouraged the use of alternative ways of producing sound in music. Cale thought his sensibilities meshed well with Lou Reed's, who was already experimenting with alternative tunings. For instance, Reed had "invented" the ostrich guitar tuning for a song he wrote called "The Ostrich" for the short-lived band The Primitives. Ostrich guitar tuning consists of all strings being tuned to the same note. The method was utilized on songs "Venus in Furs" and "All Tomorrow's Parties". Often, the guitars were also tuned down a whole step, which produced a lower, fuller sound that Cale called "sexy". Track History: "Heroin" is a song by The Velvet Underground, released on their 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground and Nico. Written by Lou Reed in 1964, the song is one of the band's most celebrated compositions, overtly depicting heroin use and abuse. Critic Mark Deming writes, "While 'Heroin' hardly endorses drug use, it doesn't clearly condemn it, either, which made it all the more troubling in the eyes of many listeners".[1] In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it #448 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2006, Pitchfork Media ranked it #77 on their list of the 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s. In 2007 Mental Floss magazine listed it as one of ten songs that changed the world. "Heroin" was among a three-song set to be re-recorded at T.T.G. Studios, Hollywood before being included on the final release of The Velvet Underground and Nico (along with "I'm Waiting for the Man" and "Venus in Furs"). This recording of the song would be the album's second longest at 7 minutes and 12 seconds, being eclipsed only by "European Son" by about thirty seconds. "Heroin" begins slowly with Lou Reed's quiet, melodic guitar and hypnotic drum patterns by Maureen Tucker, soon joined by John Cale's droning electric viola and Sterling Morrison's steady rhythm guitar. The tempo increases gradually, mimicking the high the narrator receives from the drug, until a frantic crescendo is reached, punctuated by Cale's shrieking viola and the more punctuated guitar strumming of Reed and Morrison. Tucker's drumming becomes hurried and louder. The song then slows to the original tempo, and repeats the same pattern before ending. The song is based on a D flat and a G flat major chords. Like "Sister Ray", it features no bass guitar. Rolling Stone magazine said "It doesn't take much to make a great song," since the song only featured three chords. Lyrics: When Im rushing on my run And I feel just like jesus son And I guess I just dont know And I guess that I just dont know I have made very big decision Im goin to try to nullify my life cause when the blood begins to flow When it shoots up the droppers neck When Im closing in on death You cant help me not you guys All you sweet girls with all your sweet talk You can all go take a walk And I guess I just dont know And I guess I just dont know I wish that I was born a thousand years ago I wish that Id sailed the darkened seas On a great big clipper ship Going from this land here to that I put on a sailors suit and cap Away from the big city Where a man cannot be free Of all the evils in this town And of himself and those around Oh, and I guess I just dont know Oh, and I guess I just dont know Heroin, be the death of me Heroin, its my wife and its my life Because a mainer to my vein Leads to a center in my head And then Im better off than dead When the smack begins to flow Then I really dont care anymore About all the jim-jims in this town And everybody putting everybody else down And all of the politicians makin crazy sounds All the dead bodies piled up in mounds, yeah Wow, that heroin is in my blood And the blood is in my head Yeah, the gods good as dead Ooohhh, God that Im not aware I just dont care And I guess I just dont know And I guess I just dont know
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The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey (vocals) and Johnny Marr (guitar), the band also included Andy Rourke (bass) and Mike Joyce (drums). Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s, and the group has had a major influence on subsequent artists. Morrissey's lovelorn tales of alienation found an audience amongst youth culture bored by the ubiquitous synthesizer-pop bands of the early 1980s, while Marr's complex melodies helped return guitar-based music to popularity in Britain. The Queen Is Dead is the third studio album by the English rock band The Smiths. It was released on 16 June 1986 in the United Kingdom by Rough Trade Records. Sire Records released the album in the United States on 23 June 1986. The album reached number two on the UK charts, maintaining a chart residency for 22 weeks, and number 70 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Gold by the RIAA in late 1990, and it has sold consistently well ever since. The album is popularly regarded as The Smiths' best album. With its unique blend of musical styles (including jangle pop, British Invasion, music hall, rockabilly and punk rock), it quickly became a British sensation and established The Smiths as one of the biggest bands of their era. Both Morrissey and Marr disagree, however, citing its 1987 successor (and unexpectedly final Smiths LP), Strangeways, Here We Come, as their peak. Rolling Stone gave the album a five star rating. Reviewer Mark Coleman remarked on Morrissey's sense of humour and singled out the singer's performance on "Cemetry Gates" as a highlight. Coleman concluded, "Like it or not, this guy's going to be around for a while." Pitchfork Media ranked the album as the sixth best of the 1980s. In 2000, Mojo magazine placed "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" at number 25 on their list of the 100 greatest songs of all time, while VH2 placed it top of their Top 500 Indie Songs chart. In 2003, The Queen Is Dead was ranked number 216 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2006 it was named the second greatest British album of all time by NME. Dry humour (e.g. "Frankly, Mr. Shankly", allegedly a message to Rough Trade boss Geoff Travis disguised as a letter of resignation from a worker to his superior), Billy Liar is about a guy who works in an undertakers in Bradford who wants to leave to write for a stand up comic. Billy drifts into a kind of fantasy world where he is doing what he wants to - "I want to live and I wat to love" echos this. This is about a record executive for the Smith's record label. Morrissey had no respect for the guy. One day the exec showed Morrissey some poetry he had written, which Morrissey obviously didn't like ("I didn't realise you wrote such bloody awful poetry ") LYRICS: Frankly, Mr. Shankly, this position I've held It pays my way, and it corrodes my soul I want to leave, you will not miss me I want to go down in musical history Frankly, Mr. Shankly, I'm a sickening wreck I've got the 21st century breathing down my neck I must move fast, you understand me I want to go down in celluloid history, Mr. Shankly Fame, Fame, fatal Fame It can play hideous tricks on the brain But still I'd rather be Famous Than righteous or holy, any day Any day, any day But sometimes I'd feel more fulfilled Making Christmas cards with the mentally ill I want to live and I want to Love I want to catch something that I might be ashamed of Frankly, Mr. Shankly, this position I've held It pays my way and it corrodes my soul Oh, I didn't realise that you wrote poetry I didn't realise you wrote such bloody awful poetry, Mr. Shankly Frankly, Mr. Shankly, since you ask You are a flatulent pain in the arse I do not mean to be so rude Still, I must speak frankly, Mr. Shankly Oh, give us your money !
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November Rain (Guns N Roses) - "November Rain" is a great hit/song by American rock band Guns N' Roses, written by lead singer Axl Rose and released as a single in June 1992. It appears on the album Use Your Illusion I. The official music video for this song was also released in 1992, and won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography. It features a sweeping orchestral backing and is one of Guns N' Roses' longest songs."November Rain" reached #3 in the Billboard Singles Charts. It is the longest song to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.[3] The song peaked at #3 on the chart, becoming the band's sixth and last Top 10 hit, and eighth Top 40 hit. On the radio, "November Rain" is sometimes played in a shortened version of approximately six minutes, but many classic rock stations continue to play the full version. At around seven minutes in, the song fades and then builds into a two-minute coda featuring lead guitar by lead guitarist Slash, accompanied by vocal chants. This song is listed at number six in the The 100 Greatest Guitar Solos list by Guitar World.[4] "November Rain" was voted #1 on the Rock 1000 2006, an annual countdown of the top 1,000 rock songs by New Zealand radio listeners. It was voted #2 on the Rock 1000 2007, being beaten out by "Back In Black" by AC/DC.[5] The song was placed at #140 on Pitchfork Media's Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[6] The song's solo is also ranked #6 on Guitar World's "The 100 Greatest Guitar Solos" list in 2008 The narrative quality of the music video accentuated the epic nature of the song. The video (directed by Andrew "Andy" Morahan)[8] portrays Rose marrying his then-girlfriend Stephanie Seymour, intercut with a live performance in a theatre. Particularly, it can be noted for its large budget (about $1.5 million, including Seymour's dress, worth $8,000) and sweeping cinematography. It is one of the most expensive music videos ever.[9] Slash is prominently featured in some of the video's most memorable scenes, including a sequence of helicopter shots swooping around him as he plays the first guitar solo and a later scene where he plays the third solo while standing on Rose's piano onstage. Casting coordinator Mark Roberton observed; "the camera-man had a lot of responsibility, as the crane-cam was so close to Slash, precariously stood atop a piano that was near the stage edge. One wrong twitch and the guitarist would've had a long drop!" The video for "November Rain" uses the full version of the song as opposed to an abridged version. Orpheum Theater, a theater in downtown Los Angeles was acquired for an evening shoot that went several hours into the night, and, unlike usual common practice, they didn't mime for any of the takes. Between several differing versions of "November Rain", while the cameras on cranes that swooped close to Slash's frets were reviewed and set up for the next shot - the band entertained the 1,500 extras by playing more of their songs. "November Rain" has been a staple at Guns N' Roses concerts ever since it was released in 1991. The song is usually preceded by Rose, sometimes playing "It's Alright" by Black Sabbath or "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" by Elton John on piano. On the Chinese Democracy Tour, each of the guitar solos is played by a different guitarist. Robin Finck (2001) or Richard Fortus (2002--present) play the first one, Finck (2001--2007) or DJ Ashba (2009--present) play the second one, and Buckethead (2001--2002) or Bumblefoot (2006--present) play the final solo.
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Richard David James (born 18 August 1971), best known under the pseudonym Aphex Twin, is an electronic musician and composer described as "the most inventive and influential figure in contemporary electronic music".[1] He founded the record label Rephlex Records in 1991 with Grant Wilson-Claridge. Aphex Twin is also known under the aliases AFX, Blue Calx, Bradley Strider, Caustic Window, DJ Smojphace, GAK, Martin Tressider, Polygon Window, Power-Pill, Prichard D. Jams, Q-Chastic, Tahnaiya Russell, The Dice Man, Soit-P.P., and, speculatively, The Tuss. Aphex Twin has released albums on Rephlex, Warp, R&S, Sire, Mighty Force, Rabbit City, and Men Records. Selected Ambient Works Volume II (often abbreviated as SAW2), released in 1994, is the second album by Richard D. James under his Aphex Twin moniker, and is the follow-up of 1992's Selected Ambient Works 85--92. The album peaked at #11 on the UK Albums Chart. It was number 62 on Pitchfork Media's "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s". "Stone In Focus" can only be gotten if "SAW2" is bought in Vinyl or cassette. Download Image: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=234704183215386&set=a.234704139882057.66078.234697613216043&type=1&theater
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