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Site of the Day: Cool Hunting

This is probably one of my favorite blogs. Cool Hunting is a blog that finds cool and interesting things from around the world. Being that I was practicing Architecture in a past life and have a fetish for all design related things, they have a slant to designers. They even have a cool video podcast which you can subscribe through Itunes.

Cool Hunting is a daily update on ideas and products in the intersection of art, design, culture and technology, and features weekly videos that get an inside look at the people who create them. Money can buy you a lot of things, but it can’t buy you coverage on Cool Hunting. All of our content is editorially based using the standard of “stuff we like.” Published since February 2003 as a personal catalog and reference tool, the site today attracts and inspires more than 250,000 regular readers from around the world. The site is edited by Josh Rubin, Evan Orensten and Ami Kealoha.

The Guys becames so popular they created other sites:
Needled: The fine art and culture of Tattoos
Tropolism: A site close to my heart. It deals with everything Architecture and Design related

Cool Hunting

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Site of the Day: Zoho Notebook

Zoho Notebook

Do you want a place to do research and collaborate with other people without emailing files back and forth. Maybe Zoho Notebook is the answer.

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From Techcrunch

Not surprisingly, Notebook follows a notebook metaphor, consisting of books, with pages that you can drop content from services like Zoho Writer and Sheets onto. The pages currently supports adding spreadsheets, word processor, task, planner, contacts, and calendars as pages or embedded widgets on the pages. Other embedded objects consist of text, images, video, HTML, RSS, javascript, Flash embeds and webpages. Images, video, and audio can be drawn from third party services or recorded right from within the program using recorders from Flixn. Notebook will also come with a browser plugin for Firefox and IE you can use to cut and paste web clips into the notebook. If you can’t find what you need on the web they also have some simple drawing tools (text, box, circle, line, comment bubble) to get the job done. Each object on a page can have its z-depth changed.

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Get in the Pool for free Music

Warm and Scratchy

Adult Swim has probably one of the most innovative and ‘out there programming on tv. Yet that is not enough for them. They want to put out innovative and ‘out there’ music, and better yet give it away for free. Their new compilation called ‘Warm and Scratchy’ is no different. Artists such as TV on the Radio, The Rapture, Broken Social Scene and others appears on the album. You can download the full album from here.

Tracklisting:
01. Me-I – TV On The Radio
02. Dead Sound – The Ravenettes
03. The Equestrian – Les Savy Fav
04. Crimson Red – The Rapture
05. Justine – 120 Days
06. Canada Vs. America – Broken Social Scene
07. Color of the love You Have – SOUND Team
08. The Bunting Song (acoustic version) – The Good, The Bad and The Queen
09. Half Century – The Brother Kite
10. Silver (Original Beats) – Jesu
11. Back to Flash – Amusement Parks on Fire
12. Stay Awake – Asobi Seksu
13. Winter – Fennesz
14. Sunset Rodeo – Liars

Video for Me-I from TV on the Radio

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Site of the Day: Create your own Myspace!

Ning

Today’s Site of the Day is very interesting one. With everybody on myspace and facebook, why not have your own social network for your own interests. Think of having your own social network for single moms, Green Bay Packer Fans, or even for your own High school. Ning allows you do this and it is for free.

Here are some of the features

  • Full Customization (make it look how you want to)
  • Photo Sharing
  • Video Sharing (your own personal youtube)
  • Disscusion Forum
  • Member Profiles & Blogs

Here is a screenshot of an example network called Brooklyn Art Project. It is a social network for emerging artists
Brooklyn
Give it a try, and If you create something let me know and I will post the link here on this blog.

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Site of the Day

Starting today, I will be featuring a website I come across that I find interesting and unique. So from Monday through Friday, you will get a new site to check out. These sites will cover all kinds of topics such as music, politics, culture, etc.

The first site is a very moving and emotional site. The Site is Alive in Baghdad.
Alive in Baghdad

Alive in Baghdad is a video blog that takes a different perspective of life in Iraq during the war. It takes it through the eyes of the Iraqis themselves. Each video is different aspect of life in Iraq told through the Iraqis.

From the website:

Alive in Baghdad was formed to counter the sound-bite driven, “Live From” news model. Through the work of a team of Americans and Iraqi correspondents on the ground, Alive in Baghdad shows the occupation through the voices of Iraqis. Alive in Baghdad brings testimonies from individual Iraqis, footage of daily life in Iraq, and short news segments from Iraq to you.

Take a look at it and let me know what you think.

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An Earth Shattering List

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Mojo Magazine just dropped there newest issue: ‘100 records that has changed the world’.  I was looking over the list and I have to say quite impressive, but there are some blatant overlooks.  Such as Public Enemy’s ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back”,  Nince Inch Nails’ ‘Pretty Hate Machine’, and Massive Attack – ‘Blue Lines’.  So I was thinking. I want to know what album or record(single)  you all think of should have been on this list.  I will post the list below.

100 Gnarls Barkley : Crazy : single
99 The Stone Roses : The Stone Roses : album
98 Iron Maiden : Iron Maiden : album
97 Television : Marquee Moon : album
96 Donna Summer : I Feel Love : single
95 Green Day : Dookie : album
94 The Libertines : Up The Bracket : album
93 Nina Simone : To Be Young Gifted & Black : single
92 The Strokes : Is This It : album
91 Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five : West End Blues : single
90 Phuture : Acid Tracks : single
89 Oasis : Definitely Maybe : album
88 Queen : Sheer Heart Attack : album
87 Radiohead : The Bends : album
86 The Animals : The House Of The Rising Sun : single
85 Sonic Youth : EVOL : album
84 The Shadows : Apache : single
83 The Cure : Pornography : album
82 The Jesus & Mary Chain : Psychocandy : album
81 The Band : Music From The Big Pink : album
80 The Smiths : This Charming Man : single
79 Pixies : Surfer Rosa : album
78 Nick Drake : Five Leaves Left : album
77 Gang Of Four : Entertainment! : album
76 Big Youth : Screaming Target : album
75 R.E.M. : Murmur : album
74 Carole King : Tapestry : album
73 T. Rex : Get It On (Bang A Gong) : single
72 Bruce Springsteen : Born To Run : album
71 Public Image Ltd : Public Image : album
70 The Kingsmen : Louie Louie : single
69 MC5 : Kick Out The Jams : album
68 Brian Eno : Discreet Music : album
67 Billie Holiday : Strange Fruit : single
66 Love : Love : album
65 Joni Mitchell : Blue : album
64 David Bowie : Low : album
63 Marvin Gaye : What’s Going On : album
62 Can : Tago Mago : album
61 N.W.A. : Straight Outta Compton : album
60 John Coltrane : My Favourite Things : album
59 The Upsetters : Blackboard Jungle Dub : album
58 Fairport Convention : Liege & Leif : album
57 The Byrds : Sweetheart Of The Rodeo : album
56 Pink Floyd : Arnold Layne : single
55 John Lennon : John Lennon : Plastic Ono Band : album
54 Chic : Good Times : single
53 Neil Young : Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere : album
52 Buddy Holly : That’ll Be The Day : single
51 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band : Trout Mask Replica : album
50 Stevie Wonder : Innervisions : album
49 The Doors : The Doors : album
48 The Rolling Stones : Sympathy For The Devil : album track
47 Sam Cooke : You Send Me : single
46 Joy Division : Unknown Pleasures : album
45 The Ronettes : Be My Baby : single
44 The Who : My Generation : single
43 Miles Davis : Kind Of Blue : album
42 Various : Nuggets : album
41 Link Wray : Rumble : single
40 The Beatles : Revolver : album
39 New York Dolls : New York Dolls : album
38 Lonnie Donegan : Rock Island Line : single
37 Jeff Buckley : Grace : album
36 The Stooges : Fun House : album
35 Davy Graham With Alexis Korner : 3/4AD : EP
34 Bob Marley & The Wailers : Exodus : album
33 Michael Jackson : Thriller : album
32 Jimmie Rodgers : Blue Yodel #1 (T For Texas) : single
31 David Bowie : The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars : album
30 Hank Williams : Move It On Over : single
29 Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five : The Message : single
28 Patti Smith : Horses : album
27 Nirvana : Smells Like Teen Spirit : single
26 Charlie Parker : Koko : single
25 Black Sabbath : Black Sabbath : album
24 The Clash : London Calling : album
23 Howlin’ Wolf : The Rocking Chair Album : album
22 Ramones : Ramones : album
21 The Beach Boys : Pet Sounds : album
20 Led Zeppelin : IV : album
19 The Rolling Stones : (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction : single
18 Aretha Franklin : I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You : album
17 Bob Dylan : Like A Rolling Stone : single
16 The Beatles : Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band : album
15 James Brown : Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag : single
14 The Jimi Hendrix Experience : Purple Haze : single
13 Woody Guthrie : Dust Bowl Ballads : album
12 Chuck Berry : Johnny B. Goode : single
11 Frank Sinatra : In The Wee Small Hours : album
10 Sex Pistols : God Save The Queen : single
9 Ray Charles : What’d I Say : single
8 Various : Anthology Of American Folk Music : album
7 The Velvet Underground And Nico : The Velvet Underground : album
6 Robert Johnson : King Of The Delta Blues Singers : album
5 Kraftwerk : Autobahn : album
4 Bob Dylan : The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan : album
3 Elvis Presley : Heartbreak Hotel : single
2 The Beatles : I Want To Hold Your Hand : single
1 Little Richard : Tutti Frutti : single

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Joss Stone Please

Alice Russell
Alice Russell

Sharon Jones
Sharon Jones

First off I not dissing Joss Stone. There are parts of the album that are catchy and interesting and I will admit she has real talent (plus a great producer in Raphael Saadiq). I just wanted to point out that there a lot of artists are doing what she is doing longer, and better than Joss. The only reason Joss is big is basically because she is young and sexy and half naked on her cd. Let’s admit it: SEX SELLS, NOT MUSIC (especially in mainstream America). Joss has released two albums and no one really paid attention until now. Is it the music or is it here “style of dress”. I just want to point two overlooked but talented and amazing singers: Alice Russell and Sharon Jones. Sharon Jones born and raised in Augusta, Georgia (Same birth place as one James Brown). Later in life in New York she hooked up with Dap-Kings and released an amazing album, Dap-Dippin with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Then a follow up called Naturally (equally amazing).

Then there is the soul singer from the UK (like Joss Stone) named Alice Russell. I have known about it for few years now. She has worked with Quantic and the Quantic Soul Orchestra, and she is on this great label called Tru-Thoughts. She has three full length releases out: Under the Munka Moon, My Favorite Letters, and Under the Munka Moon II (remixes).

Here is a mix from Soul-Sides.com that is a primer on the whole retro-soul movment


Download

Alice Russell – Mirror Mirror on the Wolf, Tell the Story Right (Bonobo Mix)

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Fish in the Dish

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Common is Forever Found

Common

Chicago’s Common is about to drop his new album entitled ‘Finding Forever’.

From Hip Hop Galaxy:

Common is about to hit the studio to record a new album, to be entitled “Finding Forever.”
The follow-up to his critically-acclaimed 2005 LP “Be” will feature songs the Chicago rapper hopes will stand the test of time.

Common has started work on his seventh album, “Finding Forever”. “Finding Forever really means to find a place in music where you can exist forever,” Com explained. “Music can be forever if you make it from the heart, if you make it from the soul and it’s good. And I look at music like Bob Marleys or Marvin Gayes or Stevie Wonders or A Tribe Called Quests, that’s forever music. And I’m continuing on the quest to make forever music.”

Common has big plans for the album, “I want to work with Kanye again,” Common said. “And I would love to work with Dr. Dre because it’ll be something fresh for me because I feel like he’s someone who is a classic producer. I like people who can consistently do it throughout time and be great and I feel that Dr. Dre is one of those individuals.”

Common – The People

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Bjork’s Intrusion begins on Tuesday

Bjork

One of my favorite artist is dropping her new album tomorrow. I am like a school girl from the late 80’s who love the Backstreet Boys when it comes to Bjork(I always hated the Backstreet Boys). Bjork’s Volta hits stores tomorrow. The album has production help from Timbaland (who also helped M.I.A.), Konono N°1. The tracks I heard so far are amazing especially ‘Innoncence’. She will be in Chicago on May 12(Good luck finding tickets). There will be a CD release party for Volta at the Red Room in Milwaukee on Tuesday.

NPR Music and WNYC (New York’s Public Radio) will offer a live Web stream of Björk’s sold-out performance from the United Palace in New York City on Saturday, May 5. The concert will be streamed live at www.NPR.org/music. WNYC will offer an encore broadcast on Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. EST both on the radio and via Web stream at www.WNYC.org. Contrary to reports a free mp3 is not on the cards.

Bjork-Innocence

Bjork-Earth Intruders (Spank Rock Remix)

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Daft Punk on the Big Screen

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The legendary french duo known as Daft Punk are set to release a new movie entitled ‘Electroma’. They will be one of the headliners at Lollapalooza this year in Chicago. From Wikipedia:

The plot revolves around the quest of two robots (the band members, played by Peter Hurteau and Michael Reich) in becoming human. The music featured in this film is not by Daft Punk.[1] This is a first for the duo considering their previous film and home video releases, Interstella 5555 and D.A.F.T..

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