I’m pumped to announce availability of Rock Show 2.0. This is the first version of Rock Show that works on the iPad and both the iPhone and iPod Touch. A lot of fixes and tweaks are in this version of the application, along with some new posters as well!
Aaron Fechter the President of Creative Engineering, Inc has been reprogramming a working animatronic bear-band set up. It looks like the company created it for a line of restraunts similar to Chuck E. Cheese. He’s currently taking cash bids to do syncing or “choreography” for the band members.
The way the performance is filmed and presented are awesome. Shakey prolonged shots, quick pulls outward. The overall video quality is low and the colors look a bit washed out. Everything is blurry and the bear with the guitar has a spooky shadow. Great media.
My old friend David Peixotto was visiting Portland for the holidays and this morning we snagged breakfast at Stepping Stone. Dave and I have been working hard on a stealth iPhone application to be published by our company, Neutrinos. Backspace in northwest and Urban Grind in northeast have been some of my favorite haunts so I showed them off to him and took the opportunity to extol on him the freshest virtues of the city I hope he’ll return to.
I showed Dave a print of an owl in a suit I bought at Crafty Wonderland barely touching on variety in the vendors and size of the crowds out that day to explore the local fare. I remember walking among the booths, looking at a velvet painting of Michael Jackson and hearing The Thermals playing overhead. It was Portland art celebrating Portland art.
Something I’ve noticed through an array of networking and business meetings I’ve set up is that Portland has attracted a powerhouse of technological and artistic talent. There aren’t a lot of jobs, but there is a creative class of people ambitious to combine creativity with entrepreneurial behavior to produce amazing things. This is starting to attract publicity.
James Mercer, The Shins and Broken Bells
What does all this have to do with Broken Bells? Let’s take a look at the context around the release. James Mercer, frontman for The Shins, decided to move to Portland a few years back. Recently keyboardist Marty Crandall and Drummer Jesse Sandoval were replaced by by Fruit Bats’ bassist Ron Lewis and Modest Mouse’s Joe Plummer.
Mercer suggested in May that a new Shins album could come in early 2010, but then in September announced a collaborative project with Brian Joseph Burton aka Dangermouse titled Broken Bells. The release of the first single off Broken Bells, “The High Road” on the 21st of this month was quickly overshadowed by what some are calling the “best Christmas present ever,” the complete leak of the album.
One listen and it is clear that Mercer aimed for and delivered a dashing mix of phonics and verse, doing well to combine his creative style with a bang up set of instrumentation from Burton. When the album makes its official debut it is certain to be a hit.
In light of this new work it seems hard to believe a new Shins album will be dropping any time soon. And to celebrate Broken Bells as a Portland achievement hold less water than to simply say it is heavily in association with the city. The idea that Portland would influence the creation of an effort like Broken Bells seems to jive with what I’m seeing on the ground. There are no doubt wonderful things yet to come from this city and I’m excited to see what else shakes out.
I’ve begun work developing a guitar tab of the Britney Spears song, “Out From Under,” but before getting to that, we have some ground to cover.
Some friends on Facebook noticed that for a few days this past week Britney Spears was on my list of ‘favorite music.’ The music section of the Info Tab on my profile is usually limited to a select group of artists I would feel comfortable having a clear argument for recommending them to a stranger.
Example artists include: Beirut, Cat Power, David Byrne, Jandek, Kraftwerk, Thom Yorke, Wilco, Joanna Newsom, and Lupe Fiasco. Each of those artists makes list through a combination of the following:
- Influence on their genre or music in general
- Personal character and mystique Continue reading