Thu, 29 January 2015
I saw Zola Jesus last week at the Loving Touch and was completely captivated by her performance. To be honest, since I am more of a pop music fan, I found her past material, while interesting, a bit off-putting to listen to on a regular basis. Which is why I am a huge fan of her latest release Taiga, an album that is both accessible and an artistic expression of emotion. From the driving rhythms to her songs that are front by her brilliant and distinctive vocals,Tiaga is an album I listened to the past couple weeks non-stop. However, it is Zola’s live performance that really capture her unbridled vocal talents and devastating power of her songs.
The nice thing about the Loving Touch is it is a small intimate venue that puts the crowd in close, nearly claustrophobic proximity to the artist. As big as her voice is, Zola is actually small in stature, maybe just over 5 feet, which was shocking as most of the crowd just assumed Zola to be taller, more of a runway model’s height. The entire crowd on this night embraced Zola’s performance with a knowing that they were getting something truly special.
Zola’s latest video for “The Hunger” displays a good deal of what I experienced in her live performance. It is also my favorite song from Tiaga so it’s nice to see it getting more exposure. The “Hunger” video is explained by Director Allie Avital Tsypin / BANGS “... is essentially a sculpture project...an exploration of a life form: both raw and refined. A negotiation between form and inner life, movement and stillness, desire and satiation. Working with Nika is always an honest and satisfying collaboration…it was really fun to interpret the song and Nika's (Zola's) aesthetic sensibilities through film.”
Category:general -- posted at: 1:50 AM
Wed, 28 January 2015
Through the use of my Amazon Fire TV Stick I have been watching more YouTube videos and short movies. While I have a Google Chromecast and a Roku, the YouTube app on the Fire Stick seems to work best for me. It’s nice to use a remote and I don’t have many streaming issues. I prefer watching YouTube on the my TV. While I’ve never been one to go down the YouTube rathole I have been finding myself burrowing pretty deep lately. Here’s a couple videos I came across recently that I can recommend.
The first short is from Thump, a place with EDM music videos and short documentaries. Whether you are into the EDM scene or not, their documentaries are quite interesting, especially Blackout: Sex, Hugs & EDM!!!” The video is a 30 minute film shot last New Years Eve in different places around the world. Each of the different settings reveal how the revelers spend their night hanging with friends, some drinking, some drugs and maybe some fun along the way. The places they film at include Paris, Tokyo, New York and even Detroit. The Detroit material is cool because I know a couple of the people they film. In fact, one of them, Erno the Inferno, has been on a previous MPAD episode. The film has crazy, funny, and some serious moments as they flash from city to city playing out the long and debaucherous night.
The other video came my way via the Short of the Week website. Short of the Week is a great site to check for short films that are well shot and always interesting. The one they featured yesterday is a nice and twisted film called “I’m Not Sorry.” The film is about lonely, disturbed man that is using a dating site incognito. The lead in the film reminds is a slimy guy and reminds me of Joe Spenell from the original slasher classic, Maniac. At one point in the movie he’s shown in a painter coverall with blood spattered all over him, it makes me wonder what his day job is. I won’t share too much about about the short because I don’t want to give anything away, but it does share a couple things in common with “Blackout” including a great soundtrack and a drunk girl. You may want to have something lined up to watch directly after this as it will shake you up.
Category:blog -- posted at: 1:25 AM
Thu, 22 January 2015
I have a short episode this time around for you explaining my direction for MPAD for 2015. For those that listen to the show, it’s nothing new but I am going in a direction with an emphasis on music and art that is created digitally. Mashups, webcomics, Youtube videos, photography etc. my shows will revolve around people digitally jamming. I’ve been using that phrase, digitally jamming (or digital jammer) the past few months but never really explained what it means. I’m taking the opportunity to explain it this episode and we’ll cover it together throughout 2015. The track I play this episode is a mashup from Jzatsy “Sea of Cough” using tracks from Porter Robinson and Young the Giant, you can find and download it over at Soundcloud. You can find tons of mashups over at the mashup reddit page.
The music you heard underneath my voice is a loop I created in Music Maker. I’m going to try and do this more often as I think it makes my speaking parts a little more interesting, but hopefully not too distracting.
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Wed, 14 January 2015
Through some hard work and luck I was given the opportunity to go to this year’s CES, (that’s the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. As one of the world’s largest conventions, 2015 CES had over 170,000 attendees and 3,600 exhibitors. It’s a truly astounding show that left me excited and exhausted at the end of each day. While there are hundreds of ways I could cover CES, I am just going to run through some of the overall product trends and cool booths that I came across.
Two products that made a big impression on me were smartwatches and headphones. I’m thinking about getting a smartwatch this year and CES had several to choose from. The Health and Biotech category had several smartwatches that could track your exercise and sleep but also had apps that could open your garage or start your car. I didn’t buy a smartwatch at CES but I could see that this isn’t just a fad that is going away. Headphones have been around for a long and while you might not think much more could be done with headphones, CES would prove you wrong. Special headphones for exercising, headphones for the musician and wireless headphones of all sorts were on display. One curious set of headphones didn’t go over your ears, but are instead just in front of your ears, so you could hear the music but also the environment around you. I bought a pair of sleep headphones that are flat and fitted inside a comfortable headband.
Besides the latest gadgets, celebrities also come out to the show as spokespeople for new technologies or just on hand to bring people to a booth for autographs. When I was visiting the Audi booth, Nick Cannon stopped by and was standing just a couple of feet away from me. Hip hop star, French Montana was there with him, but, not many people there recognized him. Will.I.Am was interviewed at the WSJ booth talking about his technology/fashion company. I stood in a line with other BSG fans to my picture with Tricia Helfer at the Ford booth.
The booths at CES are the best, most have swag to give away, fun things to see and demos that are mind blowing. Several booths even featured DJs spinning and small shows featuring music and models. At the BMW booth I was actually able to take their electric I3 out for spin. I learned some more camera tips and techniques at the Nikon booth and got a nice set of earphones at the Creative booth. Of all the booths I spent time at my favorite was the Skullcandy booth. Located outside of the convention, the Skullcandy booth had a fulltime DJ, free beer after 3pm and a different band playing on stage each afternoon. At the Skullcandy booth, there was a party atmosphere there that few booths could match.
By the end of the last day of CES I had my fill of all I could take in at the show and found I had gathered so much swag I couldn’t fit it all in my suitcase! A couple my favorite freebies included an Engadget t-shirt and a cellphone charger from BLU. It may take me another few years to get back to CES but it will remain high on my list of conventions to visit.
Category:blog -- posted at: 1:54 AM
Thu, 1 January 2015
On this Most People Are DJs episode I close out 2014 with a rundown on things I did and saw. I think the audio is a little dicey on this one due to the way my mic was connected. 2014 was a really good year, both personally and what was coming out in podcasts, movies and TV. I attended around 30 different concerts/shows and 5 comic conventions. While 2013 may have been the year of superhero movies, 2014 was the year of superheroes on TV, yet, I found myself enjoying shows like Sleepy Hollow and Supernatural more. A lot of good movies came out from budgets both big and small. My favorite of the year was Guardians of the Galaxy but I spend more time on the episode discussing more obscure movies such as Blue Ruin and Palo Alto. I round out the podcast mentioning how much revenue I made in 2014 for all my extracurricular activities. I think you will be surprised to hear what that number is. My positive message is anyone can do it, you just need to make an effort. Then comes my plug where I suggest an easy way to start is by making sure you have your own domain and reserve it on GoDaddy for only $1.49 using my coupon code DJ149. There are 2 songs featured, “Archie, Marry Me” by ALVVAYS and “Where Does The Disco” by Yacht.
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Wed, 24 December 2014
I have spent most my day rapping, oops, missed a letter, that should be “wrapping” as in Christmas presents. The last few weeks of December always go by in a blur and the things I try to make sure I do most weeks end up slipping right on by me. My last post was December 8th and here it is two weeks later with no podcast or post from me. With this post I am going to try to make it up with a smattering of end of year thoughts and a glimpse of what to expect from me in 2015.
I saw The Birthday Massacre last week at the Crofoot Ballroom. TBM is a mainstay with my MPAD podcast, they were one of my earliest bands to interview and I’ve continued to see them each time they play in town. This year they were touring with their new album “Superstition” along with New Years Day and The Red Painting. The Red Painting were interesting as they put on a performance that includes painting on live a live model and costumes. The Birthday Massacre put on their usual great show but I was able to notice growth both in stage presence and sound. Lead singer, Chibi, is still a knockout, commanding the stage with her voice and inspired antics. I took photos of the bands and crowd with some appearing in the Detroit Metro Times. I was using my brand new Nikon D700 but I should have spent more time learning the controls. I ended up with several pics that were blurry and under- or over-exposed.
This week I am going to a "Paint vs. Foam” show which is a crazy, electronic music show that involves massive amounts of paint and foam sprayed out at the audience. DJ’s and twin brothers, Milk’n’Cookies are playing, they are another act that I have featured on MPAD. They always come at me with stories and smiles and are a general blast to hang out with. Stay tuned for some pictures that should be both wild and hot.
I finished watching the last season of “The Newsroom” on HBO, while it was the weakest season, it was still very engaging. The thrust of the season was spent on spelling out the dangers of internet news overtaking what real news should be. At times I think they were overly harsh on internet entertainment and news websites, which I’ve never taken very seriously, yet, I suppose some people do. I’m trying to get the rest of my family to go back to episode one and watch the entire show all over again.
I’m trying to figure out if I want to go out and do photos on New Years Eve or just stay in with the family.On January 2nd it looks like I’m checking out the Grand Opening of the B One Ballroom and hip hop artist, Passalaqua. It’s great to see another place just down the road from me promoting local alternative music.
My biggest upcoming news is that I am going to CES! That’s the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 6-9. It’s been a bucket list item of mine to get back out to CES and see all the great new electronic toys and events around them. I’m covering it from work but I will be sure to cover it for MPAD as well.
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Category:blog -- posted at: 2:02 AM
Mon, 8 December 2014
With this episode I announce a new deal with my podcast affiliate GoDaddy, you can get a .com domain for only a $1.49 with my promo code DJ149. On this 15 minute episode I talk about the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals I encountered. I also mention how was able to get a post price match deal from Amazon which I bet most people do not know they can do. There’s also some other gift suggestions I give that are inexpensive ways to make your friends and family happy this Christmas. The music playing underneath my talking is a loop track I created on Music Maker. I'm thinking about doing this on a regular basis. Btw, I checked into it and you actually can get a Spotify gift card, so I just added that to my Christmas List.
The song I play is from Danish band, Blau Blume, “In Disco Days.” It’s a nice indie pop track with sweeping guitar and dramatic vocals. You can see there video on vimeo with this link.
Fri, 5 December 2014
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Category:offers -- posted at: 2:02 AM
Wed, 3 December 2014
MPAD: Your tour has you playing in some of the biggest cities across the US, where does Detroit fit in with these?
Category:blog -- posted at: 1:38 AM
Sat, 22 November 2014
On this episode I realize that the 80’s are still impacting my life today. It’s funny because I use to be one of those people in the 80’s that looked disdainfully at my parents and others that were nostalgic about the 50’s. It seemed like such a long time ago and things were so different back then, especially when it came to music. Today I find a large part of myself stuck in the 80’s, expressing what a great time that was for music and TV. Have I become my parents? I’ll argue that with music there is not such a difference between what is coming out today com[pared to what did come out in the 80’s. Tears For Fears “Songs From the Big Chair” still has modern production and sound that many of today’s pop artists try to replicate. 30 years later and it’s still a great album, on the podcast I’ll explain why. Another relevant 80’s artist is Peter Hook, the bass player from New Order that I saw perform recently. I reviewed his show for the blog and I’m talking about it again on the show because he really gives all he has at his live shows. There are two songs featured on the episode by indie rock bands with female vocalists, the punky “You Don’t Need A TV” by Argonaut and “White Noise” by Ex Cops.
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