Thursday, January 31, 2008

Rogue Wave at the Belly Up

At the best venue in San Diego watching Rogue play to a sold out crowd. "Lullaby" never sounded better....


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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Mars Volta in Irvine

The Mars Volta are ripping it up right now. They've played for over 2 1/2 hours and are still going strong. "Goliath" is the jam!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Jack Johnson's Studio

There's been a lot of chatter online about how the Coachella fans are upset about the Jack Johnson headliner status at the upcoming festival. Well hopefully his new album will change a few minds when "Sleep Through The Static" is released next week. Also you have to at least admire the way he recorded his album - his studio was pretty much powered fully from solar panels. CNN did a nice little piece on it - you can check it out here: Jack Johnson on CNN.
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Monday, January 28, 2008

The New Kids Are Back... Do They Still Have The Right Stuff.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Music

They may no longer be new. They may no longer be kids. But NKOTB just might be out to prove they still have the right stuff.

New Kids on the Block, the prototypical boy band of the 1980s and early '90s that preceded the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync on the pop charts and in the pages of Tiger Beat, are reportedly on track to reunite.

The band's official Website, www.nkotb.com, is, after a long period of dormancy, once again up and running and imploring fans to keep hanging tough for a forthcoming announcement. That announcement, per People, is that Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood will be making like the Spice Girls and relaunching their once chart-dominating act.

There's no word yet, however, on whether the group's resurrection will include a tour, a greatest-hits album or the release of any new material. Or, apparently, whether all five members have signed off on a reunion. Gander On for the rest

While their Website teases that an undoubtedly earth-shattering development is in the works, with a fuzzy television set flickering on and off on different photos of the group in their heyday, at least one member hasn't quite been kept in the loop on the comeback development.

"I wanted to address the rumors of the NKOTB Reunion Tour," Wood wrote on his MySpace blog Monday. "There has been no talk of this and you are getting it from the source directly...You can't believe everything you read."

Wood, who said that he was releasing a solo album in March, didn't completely close the door on the would-be reunion, however, writing on his blog, "Never say never!"

Clearly, he isn't on the mailing list for his former band's Website.

"They rose from the streets of Boston," the site touts. "To become the biggest band in the world. They influenced a generation. They sold over 70 million albums and grossed more than one billion dollars. Five multiplatinum albums, 10 top 10 singles, five number one singles. Then they walked away from it all. Millions of fans around the world await their return. Are you ready?"

The group eventually called it quits in 1994, after logging megasuccess with hits like "Hangin' Tough," "Step by Step," "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" and the ever-lampooned "You Got It (The Right Stuff)."

Despite attempts by MTV to reunite the group in the past decade, the move has consistently been vetoed by one or more members of the quintet.

As it is, the "boy band" has almost certainly aged out of the High School Musical demographic and will likely rely on the support of their former, now grown, fanbase (and their kids) to power the second coming of NKOTB.

Since splitting more than a decade ago, each member of the fivesome has achieved some degree of solo success, both inside and outside the world of entertainment.

The youngest and possibly most recognizable member of NKOTB, the perpetually fresh-faced Joey McIntyre, is now 35 years old and best known these days for appearing on Dancing with the Stars and in a brief 2003 stint on Boston Public.

Donnie "brother of Mark" Wahlberg is 38 and has arguably been the most successful in Hollywood since the split, starring in HBO's Emmy-winning Band of Brothers and NBC's now defunct Boomtown and appearing in such films as The Sixth Sense and Saws II and IV.

Onetime frontman Jordan Knight, 37, continues to record solo, most notably the minor 1999 hit "Give It to You," which was briefly a staple in the MTV rotation. Brother Jonathan, the oldest New Kid at nearly 40, is a real-estate developer, while Donny Wood, 38, has bided his time as a music producer.

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Mark Cuban "The Album Is Dead."

Mark Cuban wrote a very interesting piece on his blog titled "The Album is Dead." It's got some great insight into what the future of music releases may look like. Check it our below.

There once was a time when the release date of an album was exciting. For our favorite artists we knew when the last album came out and when the next album was due. If you loved the artist you bought it. If you didn't you either bought the single or you listened to the album with your friends and then decided.

As the price of records and then CDs increased year by year, spending 20 bucks for a CD became a purchase you needed to be sure of rather than a no brainer or impulse buy. Gander on for the rest.

Then free became an option.
Then aggregating almost unlimited free music on a PC and then an IPOD became easy.

So here we are in 2008 and the only given in the music industry is that CD sales have and will fall. And fall. And fall.

Reading last weeks billboard, something interesting popped out at me. The song Low Rider by Flo Rida sold 467,000 units in a single week. There were 27 digital singles that sold more than 100k units in that week. The obvious trend continues that people are ready, willing and able to buy singles of songs they like.

So the question arises, why don't artists serialize the release of songs ? Why not create a "season" of release of songs, much like the fall TV season and promise fans that Flo Rida is going to release a new single every week or 2 weeks for the next 10 weeks ?

Sure, its not easy to come up with a great song every 2 weeks. But isnt that exactly the same problem you have with an album ? Maybe thats not the "creative process" for certain artists. That's a problem for them.

What we do know is that music fans will spend 99c and that its easier to ask them for 99c a week than it is to get 9.99 at one time from them for 10 songs.

Serializing the release of music also allows for the marketing arms to be in constant touch with sales and radio outlets. Rather than having to initiate marketing plans and hope to reinvigorate the interest in an artist, it becomes a digital tour that never ends.

If an artist commits to release music on a weekly or bi weekly basis, then consumers can make a commitment knowing they are going to get something new and hopefully exciting for their 99c. If the commitment is strong enough its feasible that artists could sell subscriptions to their serialized releases. My guess is that consumers will feel better about subscribing to an artist and getting a song a week or every 2 than dropping 10 dollars at a time for an album.

In reality thats exactly how I buy my music right now. I dont do it by artist. I go to ITunes and I go through the top 10 lists and listen to samples and thats how I determine what music im going to buy.

If there was an option when I bought a single to subscribe to an RSS feed that would send me a sample of that artists song when they released a single, I would add that RSS feed to my browser. Add a 1 click to buy, and chances are Im going to buy a lot more music.


Is this idea so great Im going to start a music label ? No chance. I wouldnt get in the music industry if you paid me. However, as a customer and a buyer of music , if I knew that my favorite artists were releasing music weekly, i would certainly check by every week or listen to what was in my RSS aggregator to see what new stuff they had for me.

Consumser are buying music 1 track at a time. I think people will pay 99c to get a single rather than steal it. I think people would rather steal a full album rather than pay 10 dollars or more for it.

Labels need to make the effort to get artists to deliver in a manner that realizes these perspectives.

The album is dead
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Matt Costa - if you missed his in-stores

You can find some clips of Matt Costa's performances here:


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Read more to see Matt Costa tour dates and another video

01.30.08 The Club House Music Venue Tempe, AZ, United States
01.31.08 Casbah San Diego, CA, United States
02.01.08 Troubadour w/ Delta Spirit West Hollywood, CA, United States
02.02.08 Troubadour West Hollywood, CA, United States
02.04.08 Dimple Records Sacramento, CA, United States
02.04.08 Union Ballroom Sacramento, CA, United States
02.05.08 Slim's San Francisco, CA, United States
02.07.08 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR, United States
02.08.08 El Corazon Seattle, WA, United States"New Venue" El Corazon
02.09.08 Sugar Victoria, BC, Canada
02.10.08 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC, Canada
02.12.08 The Starlite Room Edmonton, AB, Canada
02.13.08 Macewan Ballroom Calgary, AB, Canada
02.15.08 Louis Pub Saskatoon, SK, Canada
02.16.08 Garrick Centre Winnipeg, MB, Canada
02.18.08 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN, United States
02.19.08 Maintenance Shop Iowa State University Memorial Union Ames, IA, United States
02.20.08 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI, United States
02.22.08 Double Door Chicago, IL, United States
02.23.08 Ladies Literary Club Grand Rapids, MI, United States
02.24.08 Shriver Center / Heritage Room Free Show / Open to Public Oxford, OH, United States
02.25.08 Blind Pig Ann Arbor, MI, United States
02.27.08 The Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON, Canada
02.28.08 Le National Montreal, QC, Canada
02.29.08 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA, United States
03.01.08 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY, United States
03.03.08 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY, United States
03.04.08 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA, United States
03.05.08 9:30 Club Washington, DC, United States
03.06.08 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC, United States
03.07.08 Music Farm Charleston, SC, United States
03.08.08 The Loft @ Center Stage Atlanta, GA, United States
03.09.08 3rd and Lindsley Nashville, TN, United States


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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Paris and leto

Paris Hilton and Jared Leto were seen making out here at Sundance. I'm PRAYING this sparks a "Stars are Blind" cover by 30 Seconds to Mars.
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Friday, January 25, 2008

Neil young

Right now at the Star Bar on main... Crosby, stills, Nash, and young!!!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Oldy But A Goody

This lip sync of Harvey Dangers "Flag Pole Sitta" done by the kids at College Humor is old but we still love watching it. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

August

Very excited to see this film. World premiere right now. David bowie is in the film and hopefully in the house!
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Glover

Standing behind Danny waiting to see the new Josh hartnett film August. Just got out of an amazing small pannel featuring Alan alda and paul Schneider.
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Aly & A.J., Miley Cyrus Sing KISS

With all the Lindsay Lohans and Britney Spears running around is this the message Disney's clean cut girls really want to be delivering to their fans. The sad thing is that those same fans have no idea who originally sang this song. Why couldn't they just cover the Jonas Brothers and really send the crowd into a frenzy. Gander On!

P diddy and John stamos

Just walking into my room at the park hotel... Parked in front were three large black SUVs to carry diddy and Johnny away from the Gibson lounge event across main street.
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Coachella Kinda Sucks Dude!?

That's the overall feel you get when stopping by the message boards on the Coachella website. Every one's cool with Portishead and Roger Waters performing Dark Side of the Moon but Jack Johnson headlining day 1 has the loyal followers stunned. Nothing could keep us away though so your entire team of Gooseninja bloggers will be on site with updates throughout all three days, we just know we'll be running into a few more bikini clad sorority girls and shirtless frat boys than normal on Friday. Check out the full lineup poster below.
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Colin Farrell's Sundance Slip Up

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Matt Costa "Unfamiliar Faces" Out Today

Matt Costa's new album "Unfamiliar Faces" is in stores and online today. Go buy it.
iTunes
Amazon MP3
Amazon
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Monday, January 21, 2008

Rogue Wave

the band just rocked "Chicago X 12" amazing song live!

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Midnight Movies

Hanging out at the Rogue Wave show at the Glasshouse. Midnight Movies just went on stage - love the female lead singer.

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The honey brothers

Are on and rocking the club. We found some drum sticks and the boys are ready to play!
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Shut the fuck up

Mr. Entourage himself. Adrian and the honey bears are setting up as jon continues to rock the crowd!
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So what's the scenario?

Here we go yo! This is the biggest, best party in the world tonight. If you are not here, you are nowhere.
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Will I am @ the dance

Here comes will I am with the ol skool. Can I kick it? Yes I can!
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Jon

Ye
Aghhhhhhh.

Lil Jon on stage now yall!
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Dot dot dot

Hollywood's favorite cover band is taking this capacity crowd. Save A horse ride a cowboy!
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Denny

Just wanted to let you know Dennis quade is puking his guts out in the restroom right now. This shut us getting crazy yall.
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Really?

Just had a smoke with the next DJ here. Will I am is next! After my boy. Park city is gettin crazy here all. I love you, mj!
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Sunday, January 20, 2008

What?

What do luke robatai, tom Arnold, bob Redford, the mayor of park city, Gary bettman, the miz, and me have in common? We are all getting fucked up at the Lexus sponsored party on main street. Lots of open bottles around and people are worried about getting roofied-- I'm hoping to get roofied. The miz says, "just smell it.". I said, " no miz, waft it, waft it."
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ESPN

@ the ESPN NFL nhl afterparty. Standin in line behind tom Arnold and a Baldwin waiting for some free shoes and glasses. I love dancing!
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Rex lee speaking at GLAAD Award announcement party

Rex lee, from Entourage is speaking right now!
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Be Kind Rewind World Premiere!

I'm just walking out of the world premiere of Michelle gandri's (sp?) latest film starring Jack black, Mos def, Danny Glover, and a wonderful cast. All were in attendance and taking questions about the film. Mr. Black, who was hanging on Main Street yesterday, was cracking jokes and causing a stir as always. Dave Matthews was one of many celebs at the screening. Now I'm off to the GLAAD awards--should be fabulous!
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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sundance 2008


Ol' MJ has been going through major depression after the end of the music festival season, but he is back. That's right, your festival czar has returned to his favorite non-music festival in the world -- Sundance. I've already lost my photographer (damn you, Collin Ferrel's entourage), though I will upload my photos just as soon as possible. We are into Day 3 and I will have reviews from Akon's party at Tao (Night 1) and the infamous Seattle Party at the Star Bar (last night). I just ran into Method Man at Albertson's, I was picking up a freezer pizza (like you care) and The Wackness star was maneuvering a grocery cart JUST LIKE A NORMAL PERRSON. Keep checking in and MJ will keep you abreast of all pertinent music information... Tonight is Adrian Grenier's performance with his band, the Honey Brothers, and E! is reporting that Lindsay Lohan is on her way to meet him for the show. The concert is a benefit for a wonderful organization called imawake.com, their mission is to plant 100 Million trees by 2020...Oh ya, and Paris will be there...I'll have photos and info for you ASAP! . And here is the rest of it. Gander On!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Rogue Wave - Live from Spinner.com

Check out this video from spinner.com



Don't miss Rogue Wave on their latest set of tour dates:

Jan 8 @ 8:00pm Walt Diseney Concert Hall Los Angeles, CA
Jan 21 @ 8:00pm The Glass House Pomona, CA
Jan 22 @ 8:00pm Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
Jan 25 @ 8:00pm The Parish Austin, TX
Jan 26 @ 8:00pm Hailey's Denton, TX
Jan 27 @ 8:00pm Opolis Norman, OK
Jan 30 @ 8:00pm Plush Tucson, AZ
Jan 31 @ 8:00pm Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA Gander On!

Friday, January 4, 2008

New Matt Costa Video - Mr. Pitiful

Check out the new Matt Costa video for "Mr. Pitiful" His new album "Unfamiliar Faces" is available everywhere on January 22nd.


And here's an acoustic guitar version of Matt playing "Mr. Pitiful"



more videos can be found HERE Gander On!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Mars Volta: Play Goliath The Soothsayer

Omar Rodriguez Lopez (guitar, producer) was in a curio shop in Jerusalem when he found the Soothsayer, an archaic Ouija-style "talking board." Had he known at that moment that the board's history stretched far beyond its novelty appearance, that its very fibers were soaked through with something terribly other, that the choral death and desire of a multi-headed Goliath was waiting behind its gates...well, he might have left it at rest there on the dusty shelves.
Play Goliath The Soothsayer to uncover the dark story that inspired the Mars Volta to produce their latest album, The Bedlam in Goliath.

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