Posts tagged “music

R.E.M. breaks up

R.E.M., one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, announced it is breaking up.

A statement on the band’s Web site reads: “To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”


Universum cassetten-recorder

As I am in the process of redecorating my room, I found an old cassette player - Universum cassetten-recorder


Burton Mix Master Gloves

A both interesting and useful new product is coming from Burton this season – the Mix Master Gloves. Using the Fibretronic technology, Burton integrated buttons into the gloves, that allow you to navigate your iPod and iPhones wirelessly.


Where’s Wall-e?

Richard Sargent  created this robot-laden illustration, filled with bots from R2-D2 to Rosie the Robot to Bender to Woody Allen in Sleeper.


Hula Hoop World Record

These incredible pictures show 2,496 gathering in Taiwan today to smash the world record for mass hula hooping.

The huge crowd managed to spin their plastic rings simultaneously for an impressive three minutes twirling their way into the record books. The previous record of 2,290 people, which had stood since 2000, had been set in the nearby town of Kaohsiung.The event, organised by a local health food company, was held to celebrate the Republic of China’s centennial and to inspire people to get more exercise


Anne Hathaway’s Paparazzi Rap

Check out the demure Anne Hathaway smoking the paparazzi in her hilarious Lil’ Wayne style rap song when she recently was a guest on Conan.


YouTube Relaunches Music Page

YouTubers are now privy to a cadre of features, including: 1). Recommended videos and artists based on your viewing history (instead of top videos in the genre), 2). Local concert listings paired with artist vids (listings were previously offered, but now feature video previews) 3). YouTube’s new music chart, theYouTube Top 100, and, perhaps most intriguing, another level of curation in the form of tastemaker partnerships. YouTube has linked up with Spin, Vice, XLR8R and some of its top music vloggers (Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop for one) to create playlists and offer up picks.

To celebrate the new page, YouTube is featuring an electric guitar in its logo — a tribute to the “Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Guide to Rock,” the first curated playlist on the page. (The Chili Peppers dropped their first video from their latest album I’m With You Wednesday.) Other artists will soon unleash their own guides, including “David Guetta’s Guide to Electronica” on Friday, “Lady Gaga’s Guide to Pop” on Saturday and “Eminem & Royce Da 5’9”’s Guide to Hiphop” on Monday.

Via Mashable


Swizz Beatz – Lotus Creative Director

After Reebok, Lotus has also announced a creative partnership with Swizz Beatz, naming him Vice President of Creative Design and Global Marketing. Lotus explains the rationale behind the decision with 3 simple statements

1. Like Group Lotus , he means business: He’s a risk taker with considerable credentials including music producer, rapper, designer AND painter.
2. Like our cars, he’s multi award winning: This year he shared a Grammy Award with Jay-Z.
3. Like Group Lotus he keeps good company: This man regularly works with the likes of Bono, Kanye West, Beyoncé and Alicia Keys.


The Google + Song

The Google+ movie is years away. In the meantime, this song answers all your questions about what the heck it actually is.


Baand Remote

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Here is the concept of a remote designed by  Kristian Ulrich Larsen. A new user experience in navigation and how to consume TV content.

 


Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar (Special MADE Performance)

 time to share Miki and Mr. Blacc’s string-infused live rendition of the crooner’s biggest hit to date – “I Need A Dollar.”


Volume Speaker

An excellent idea by the Japanese designer Hironao Tsuboi who has designed and imagined this speaker  “Volume”.


Super Yacht with Inbuilt Volcano

This is the next super-yacht set to hit the world’s oceans – which comes complete with its own functioning volcano and floating tropical islands. The vessel – dubbed the ‘Tropical island Paradise’ – has been designed by British boat builders Yacht Island Design.

The extravagant 295ft ship boasts a towering volcano with a cascading waterfall which feeds the swimming pool


Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake – History of Rap part 2

Back in September, Jimmy Fallon and guest star Justin Timberlake performed a duet of the History of Rap on Late night with Jimmy Fallon. Fans loved it so much that the next time Justin visited the show, the two would be rappers performed part 2.

In case you missed History of Rap part 1


The Oma Imperia Speakers

The Imperia is the ultimate speaker from OMA.

These high-end speakers look spectacular with two wooden conical horns crafted from black walnut, cherry or ash, and deep bass provided by a giant 21″ neodymium rear-loaded subwoofer


Insect Audiophile Amplifiers

The Monarch Loudspeaker by OMA is an audiophile’s dream: a technically sound speaker with a beautiful design. The speaker contains a 15-inch woofer that delivers bass in a way that no other speaker its size can


Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Split

Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony have called it quits.

The couple just released a statement, claiming, “We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters.”

The story was first reported on People.com.


Pool Paint Attack

Artist D*Face hooked up a crazy-ass spray paint skateboard system. “What better way to paint the pool then letting everyone get involved? With high-tech remotely controlled spray can apparatus mounted to the underside of skateboards…every line a skater took became the paint job of the pool.”


The Ultimate Lamborghini Experience

Ultimate Lamborghini Experience - link 


Gold standard ATM @ UK

Predictably it’s gold coloured and it looks pretty flash. Britain’s first vending machine selling gold made a surprise debut in the Westfield shopping centre in west London today, apparently to cater for growing retail demand.

The Gold To Go machine is manufactured by German operator Ex Oriente Lux, which is keen to tap into the traditional status of gold as a “safe haven” during economic turmoil. The company also thinks there is a market for buying last-minute presents such as wedding anniversary and landmark gifts, all in neat packaging.

Pictures from similar model in Dubai

 

A computer inside the machine updates the price of gold every 10 minutes to reflect fluctuations in the world market. It sells bars and coins in various sizes, including – currently – a special souvenir 2.5g bar with the London skyline engraved on its reverse. Shoppers can also pick up a 1g coin for about £40 or a 250g bar for £10,250.


China unveils World’s longest Sea Bridge

China has unveiled the world’s longest sea bridge, which stretches a massive 26.4 miles – five miles further than the distance between Dover and Calais and longer than a marathon.

The Qingdao Haiwan Bridge,  links the main urban area of Qingdao city, East China’s Shandong province, with Huangdao district, straddling the Jiaozhou Bay sea areas.

The road bridge, which took four years and cost a cool £5.5billion to build,  and is almost three miles longer than the previous record-holder, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana.


Justin Timberlake buys MySpace

Justin Timberlake is to take a “major role” in the new direction of Myspace after he emerged as one of those behind a $35m deal for the ailing social network.

The singer turned actor, who starred as Facebook investor Sean Parker in the Hollywood hit The Social Network, took a stake in Myspace along with the online advertising company, Specific Media.

The unlikely entrepreneur will “lead the business strategy” for the fallen social network, the Specific Media chief executive Tim Vangerhook, said on announcing the $35m deal on Wednesday evening. In an interview with AdAge, Vanderhook said Timberlake, 30, had put his own money into buying Myspace, but refused to disclose how much. He confirmed that the former N Sync singer will have an office in Myspace but that he was “probably not going to be there every day”.

Timberlake said in a statement: “There’s a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect. Myspace has the potential to be that place.Art is inspired by people and vice versa, so there’s a natural social component to entertainment. I’m excited to help revitalise Myspace by using its social media platform to bring artists and fans together in one community.”


Missy Elliot – Graves’ disease

The hip hop star, Missy Elliot has revealed her absence was due to an ongoing private battle with the debilitating illness, Graves’ disease.

The 39-year-old star tells this week’s issue of People magazine that she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease – which affects the thyroid – back in 2008. And the illness has been so debilitating that it even made it difficult for Missy to complete everyday tasks:  “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad – I couldn’t even use a pen”

There is no cure for Graves’ disease, but Missy’s condition has improved over the past year.

“I’m 30 pounds lighter because I’ve been exercising,’ she reveals. ‘My thyroid is functioning, so I haven’t had to take medication in about nine months. [But] you live with it for the rest of your life.”

The singer will be the subject of VH-1 show Behind the Music next week, where she is said to speak about her new record and also how she was sexually abused as a child.


I need a Dollar

Aloe Blacc – I need a dollar


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