Bonne Nouvelle is a blog I check out now and then. Run by Le Monde, the blog’s mission is to highlight good stuff – things that make you feel happy and hopeful about life. As they put it, “1001 petits trucs qui peuvent rendre la vie plus gaie.”
Recently, the blog put up a post featuring a video of the Vegetable Orchestra.
The post didn’t sit well with one of their readers, who proceeded to rip the blog for basically being full of shit.
Bref vous êtes à l’avant-garde du journalisme-twitter, micro-information relayée, pertinence 0.
I liked the response from the blog’s proprietors:
eh oh! du calme!
Posted by Gillies on February 17, 2010
I’m fiddling with my blogging set up, and it’s not going well. It’s also eating into my regular blogging time. Boring.
Posted by Gillies on February 2, 2010
PRS Guitarbud is advertised as “the guitarist’s interface for iPhone.” Over at the PRS Cables blog, there’s a post up that says this: “The best part is…. I am playing LOUD… and my wife hears nothing!”
Well, I got excited about all that, but unfortunately the cable’s not really working for me. Something is coming through it, because I can hear a sort of spotty signal in the headphones when I hook it up with the PRS JamAmp app. But that spotty signal isn’t registering on the Voice Memos indicator, as it’s supposed to. I don’t know what’s up. Either I haven’t got it hooked up right, or the cable’s junk.
As for the PRS app, the effects seem pretty weak to me, but again, maybe I’m doing something wrong. I’ll keep tinkering. So far, it’s not looking worth the 40 clams for cable and app combo.
I should have spent that money on Les Claypool wine, which I learned about today via Jambase.
Posted by Gillies on January 27, 2010
On my recent travels, I only had one moment where I was glued to a computer (not including the iPhone): January 14, when tickets for Trey Anastasio’s February 9 gig at the 930 Club went on sale to the general public. At around 9:55am, five minutes before the on sale time, I logged on to the 930 Club’s ticket vendor. I manically refreshed until, shortly after 10am, the screen popped up where you could enter your information to buy tickets.
But no dice. Either the show sold out in like six seconds, or it was all bullshit, and there were never any tickets available for the public to begin with.
Either way, the secondary market offers no comfort at the moment. Over at StubHub, prices start at $90 presently. I’m a fan of both Trey’s solo stuff and the 930 Club, but I wouldn’t pay much more than $50 for that show.
Posted by Gillies on January 19, 2010
Bit and pieces ce soir.
- Since I started tweeting my daily music intake, I’ve wanted an iPhone app that would simply transmit song and band information directly from the iPod to Twitter. I’ve found one in iShareTunes. Maybe Blip.fm will come out with something similar, so I can start having fun and playing DJ like MPomy.
- A tweet from David Waldman (@KagroX) tonight:
Whatever you’re thinking of tweeting is probably bullshit anyway.
Exit le cliché du pilleur qui ne file pas un rond aux artistes. En réalité, ceux qui téléchargent le plus de musique illégalement dépensent en moyenne deux fois plus en achats de musique, que ceux qui ne passent jamais par le peer to peer.
Posted by Gillies on November 4, 2009
I downloaded “Joy” this evening, and I’m excited to give it a listen. Dude, I may even have to buy my children “Joy” t-shirts.
It seems like reception to the album has been very positive, including this Associated Press review from today.
I have to do a little calling out on the first paragraph of that story, though.
The finicky fans of Phish have never been much satisfied with the Vermont jamband’s studio offerings — if they were, they wouldn’t go to such extremes to catch the band live.
Hmmmm. That’s bullshit.
Here’s a sort of related thought from the Washington Post’s recent write up.
No band’s success is less related to the popularity of its albums than Phish’s.
Well, that’s less bullshit, I suppose, but not entirely accurate either. A friend of mine worked at Elektra Records back in the day. I think I remember him telling me that one reason Elektra liked Phish was that their records consistently sold a decent amount (can’t remember what). Not gigantor, but consistent. I also remember friends of mine who worked in the record biz telling me that one key to getting signed was the proven ability to sell tens of thousands of records. Phish had that ability. So in that sense, the popularity of the band’s albums has indeed been related to its success.
Posted by Gillies on September 8, 2009
I was thinking of linking this evening to a blog post on a scientific study suggesting that monkeys find Metallica soothing. On second glance, however, I realized it was bullshit.
Here, instead, is my movie soundtrack project. This may be bullshit too, but it was at least fun to tinker with iMovie. The music is FBdN original material, recorded in June 2009. The length of the tune fit almost perfectly with the length of the video clip.
Posted by Gillies on September 3, 2009