Today we begin a new weekly feature here on the Ghost, which will feature musicians and music industry people picking their two favorite videos on YouTube. This inaugural edition highlights the exquisite tastes of Skychief, guitarist for electro-popsters Walter Meego .
Escort: All Through the Night: Fucking awesome. Escort's been killing it music-wise for a little while now...who'd have thought they'd be so darn good at videos too. [Editor's note: yes, Skychief did just use the words "fucking" and "darn" in adjoining sentences.]
Steely Dan: The Making of Peg: Second to stealing music, the best thing about the music internet is watching your favorite bands. It's even better when you get to watch those bands in non music-video format.
Once in a while Ghost gets lured into the savage world that exists outside of music and something just screams for a post.
If you're ever wondering how slanted journalism takes place by staying just barely withing the lines of ethical conduct, note today's righty standby Drudge Report. All day today there has been a large type headline screaming: "OBAMA WIFE SWIPES HILLARY?" with subheadlines quoting Michelle Obama as saying "If you can't run your own house, you can't run the White House." What a cold slap at Hillary Clinton, right?
Uh.....no. Fortunately someone took the time to dig up the whole transcript, which clearly indicates that she was talking about making sure to spend time with her kids despite a busy campaign. Here's the full text:
"One of the most important things that we need to know about the next
president of the United States is, is he somebody that shares our
values? Is he somebody that respects family? Is a good and decent
person? So our view was that, if you can't run your own house, you
certainly can't run the White House. So, so we've adjusted our
schedules to make sure that our girls are first, so while he's
traveling around, I do day trips. That means I get up in the morning, I
get the girls ready, I get them off, I go and do trips, I'm home before
bedtime. So the girls know that I was gone somewhere, but they don't
care. They just know that I was at home to tuck them in at night, and
it keeps them grounded, and, and children, the children in our country
have to know that they come first. And our girls do and that's why
we're doing this. We're in this race for not just our children, but all
of our children."
And that, folks, is shady journalism at it's finest.
I thought about posting this fantastic mp3 from the new Justice
album, but then I thought "I already posted about Justice". Fuck it. I
was listening to Los Angeles' fantastic music show Morning Becomes Eclectic and they played the track, so, after being confirmed, more funk for you to dance in your cube to.
Anyone who saw Daft Punk's climactic set at Lollapalooza was left with the same question......something along the lines of "What the fuck??". The band unleashed their hypnotizing set from atop one of the most insane looking (er.....only?) futuristic pyramids on the planet. So now, courtesty of Mixmag (via Pitchfork via Daliy Swarm, via my aunt who lives in Tulsa, blah blah blah) take a peek inside the control center, and read about the tools they used to get Grant Park moving.
1. ABLETON "The show revolves around Ableton Live software on
custom made super-computers, which we remotely access and control with
Behringer BCR2000 midi controllers."
"Next to the ethernet remote computer screens there are four Minimoog
Voyagers, the classic analog synthesizers. They're a 30-year old
"We can mix, shuffle, trigger loops, filter, distort samples, EQ in and
out, transpose or destroy and deconstruct synth lines. We keep some
surprises on the side too!"
"There's a direct connection between our rig and the lights and visuals
of the show. The light and video engineers can also add or control
layers during the show."
"Inside the pyramid are synthesizers and remote controls connected to
the rest of the music equipment and computers, which are in
rack-mounted towers off stage."
"Working the music equipment, lighting and video equipment, and
building the pyramid for each show takes around 10 people, including
both of us."
Entertainer and businessman Merv Griffin, who just died at age 82, knew how to make a buck. When he created the massively popular game show Jeopardy, he was smart enough to compose the theme song and ever-popular "thinking music" himself. He estimated that the task took him about 30 minutes. What's so genius about that? The songs have earned him approximately 80 million dollars in royalties.
Could it be? The music business blog Hypebot
is reporting that Chinese firm China Mobile Ltd. is to become the
majority stakeholder in EMI as a part of the deal involving the buyout
of EMI by Terra Firma Capital Partners (Read the Forbes story here ).
I briefly researched China Mobile Ltd. on Yahoo Finance
trying to find out if it was a government owned company and couldn't
find out. One way or the other, it does make me sad to see the crown
jewel of the publishing world and of English music transferring in to
the hands of a Chinese company. Anyone got a few billion laying around
to keep John Lennon's legacy in the hands of the western world?