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Music Industry 101: Wallace Collins – Entertainment Attorney





Wallace Collins, an entertainment attorney based in New York, gives a wide-ranging interview on numerous topics of interest to anyone interested in a career in music or music law. He shares his advice on how to become a music lawyer and what a typical day looks like in his office, and begins an extended discussion of the legal side of music as it affects players — why it’s hard to get out of a “bad” contract, when an artist should seek legal advice, what a “work for hire” is and how that term affects musicians signed to a label, how the Controlled Composition Clause can cost you lots of earnings potential, how copyright works, what compulsory licenses are, and much, much more.
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Beats Music Purchasing Topspin


When I left Topspin for Beats just over a year ago, I was inspired by Beats Music’s vision to merge the artist tools with a streaming music service. I wrote then, “This is the next step in the evolution of the way fans find the music they love and connect directly with the artists who make it.”

Beats Music was conceived with a grand and unique vision to unite the world of music listeners and music creators.  In January Beats Music launched with the start of its own Artist Tools features including Topspin integration — allowing artists to update their profile page with custom images and merch offers.  Over the next several months you’ll see our platform reveal many exciting new features, providing new ways to discover music and engage with your friends and the artists that create it.

Today Beats Music is excited to announce a deal to acquire Topspin to help us achieve this unique vision.  The acquisition brings a team of talented people who have spent years working on building and fine-tuning the artist-to-fan connection into the Beats Music experience.  Topspin + Beats Music combines music discovery and direct relationships between artists and fans in a revolutionary way.

Topspin artists, please see Topspin’s blog post and FAQ for specific questions. Topspin partners, please know we’ll be honoring the agreements made by Topspin and assigned to Beats Music.  Since ecommerce isn’t our core business, we’ll be working with the Topspin team to find the best possible partner to handle Topspin’s ecommerce and fulfillment in the coming weeks.

A desire to be of value to artists in all facets of their career is in Beats Music’s DNA. We’re committed to establishing Beats Music as a conduit for the artist-fan relationship, a platform where artists have a voice,  and a provider of useful data and analytics on how fans  interact with artists and their music. This acquisition puts our money where our mouth is.

 

:Songwriting

9 Secrets to Writing a Great Chorus









9 Secrets to Writing a Great Chorus
By Robin Yukiko - Feb 28, 2013

One of the main tools in your songwriting arsenal is the almighty Chorus. Sometimes it comes naturally, sometimes it is elusive. Oftentimes, it gets lost in the other sections and needs a way to stand apart. Here are nine unabashed ways to make a chorus sound more like a chorus.

1. Use your hook at the beginning AND end of the chorus. Bookending it gives the listener a chance to hear it again and makes it clear that it’s important.

2. Place a solid I (one) chord at the beginning. Example: if you are in the key of C, give us a nice big C chord (or A minor) for that sense of arrival that marks a chorus. Bookend it for a classic chorus, or make it the second chord, but the ear wants it in there somewhere, especially at the start of the section. Avoid it, and your song will sound like it’s in a constant state of transition.

3. Write big sweeping melodies (wide intervals, long tones) or short rhythms. Whatever you have in your verse, make it the opposite in the chorus--and make it extreme. These are often the most memorable.

4. Change the feel. It doesn't have to be as dramatic as Alex Clare going into dubstep in “Too Close”. No Doubt did it in Sunday Morning to smokin' effect going from half-time reggae to four-on-the-floor(ish).

5. Keep the chorus's melody in a different range to differentiate it even more. Typically the chorus is higher in pitch, but not always.

6. Get vague. The time for lyrical specifics is usually in your verses. Let your choruses generalize/label, say how you feel, or have a catch phrase that will mesh with your entire song.

7. Add a pre-chorus or transitional bridge. Taking a few bars before the chorus to set up the change can make all the difference in defining your sections. (There are lots of ways to use this section, including making phrases twice as long or twice as short to highlight that something different is coming, especially if your chorus is similar to your verses.)

8. Color. This one is a little trickier but, if you can manage it, adds extra finesse to your lyrics. Create line in your chorus which, when repeated after each verse, takes on a new meaning. This is advanced stuff!

And finally...

9. Know when you need a chorus. Sometimes, when you have a rocking verse, all you need is a refrain (a short hook that gets tacked on like "Come Together right now over me"). Sometimes the song calls for AABA and all you need is a bridge.

Serve the song and she will serve you. Happy writing!



Robin Yukiko is a Berklee College of Music grad, singer-songwriter, pianist, and music educator in San Francisco. She performs regularly and hosts the SF Singer-Songwriters’ Workshop at the Musicians Union Local 6. Robin is currently producing her second album and enjoying nerdly pursuits. Learn more at www.robinyukiko.com.







 

Jeff Haden

Ghostwriter, Speaker, Inc. Magazine Columnist

Self Promotion is the Worst Promotion

Acting as your own PR agent is easy: All it takes is a little guts, a little determination, and in extreme cases very little self-awareness.

Maybe that’s why we all try, to some degree, to promote ourselves. And maybe that's why self-promotion is largely ineffective, except possibly on the grandest of scales.

Fortunately there’s a better way. Here's a story from comedian, actor, and author Albert Brooks in Vanity Fair about one of his appearances on The Tonight Show:

There was always that last two minutes where Johnny was asking people, "Thank you for coming – what do you have coming up?" And during the last commercial break Jack Benny leaned over to Johnny Carson and said, "When we get back, ask me where I'm going to be, will you?"

So they came back. Johnny said, "I want to thank Albert. Jack, where are you going to be performing?"

And Jack Benny said, "Never mind about me – this is the funniest kid I've ever seen."

And it was this profound thing. Like, oh, that's how you lead your life. Be generous and you can be the best person who ever lived.

You have the same ability to promote your coworkers, your employees, your customers, your vendors – basically anyone – but it's easy to lose sight of that when your primary focus is on crafting a business image, building a personal brand, or just protecting your professional turf.

Entrepreneurs are of course vulnerable to glory hogging, since early on a small business is a reflection of its owner and its success often depends on the owner's ability to build a reputation for knowledge and expertise. And so is anyone who works for big or small companies; if you don’t toot your own horn it’s unlikely anyone will do it for you… and you will go unseen, unnoticed, and unappreciated.

But there's a better way for you, too. A few examples:

Instead of being the one to share  good news, let others receive the public glory. Sure, maybe you really did do all the work. Yeah, maybe you really did overcome every obstacle. Okay, maybe you really did lead a diverse, cross-departmental, multifunctional, high-performance team.

It doesn’t matter.Give someone else the glory. Pick a key subordinate who played a major role. Pick a person who could use a confidence boost from public acclaim. Everyone already knows you were in charge, so celebrate the accomplishment through others.

Stand back and let your team shine; the fact you lead such awesome people reflects well on you.

(Also do your best to keep someone higher in the company food chain from making the announcement, especially if that person had no direct impact. Otherwise your team’s efforts are devalued in other peoples' eyes and, worse, in their own eyes.)

Instead of blogging about your company's success, talk about a customer's success – but don't make it "salesy." Instead, share how a customer did something smart. Share how a customer took a different approach to an old problem.

Helping others by promoting their expertise or success is reason enough; as an added bonus, the fact that your customers are such smart and savvy people reflects well on you.

Instead of being the one to lead an implementation meeting, turn the session over to the employee who did the real work on the project. And don't be tempted to somehow include yourself in the introduction; just say, "Next week we're rolling out our new scheduling system and Lena is going to walk us through the process." Immediately turn it over to Lena and sit down... and shut up.

Everyone already knows you're in charge; the fact that your employees get things done reflects well on you.

Today, promote someone else.

Then they win – and so do you, because in time you'll be known for consistently recognizing, praising, and supporting others.

And that's the best personal brand you could ever hope to create.





Acting as your own PR agent is easy: All it takes is a little guts, a little determination, and in extreme cases very little self-awareness.

Maybe that’s why we all try, to some degree, to promote ourselves. And maybe that's why self-promotion is largely ineffective, except possibly on the grandest of scales.

Fortunately there’s a better way. Here's a story from comedian, actor, and author Albert Brooks in Vanity Fair about one of his appearances on The Tonight Show:

There was always that last two minutes where Johnny was asking people, "Thank you for coming – what do you have coming up?" And during the last commercial break Jack Benny leaned over to Johnny Carson and said, "When we get back, ask me where I'm going to be, will you?"

So they came back. Johnny said, "I want to thank Albert. Jack, where are you going to be performing?"

And Jack Benny said, "Never mind about me – this is the funniest kid I've ever seen."

And it was this profound thing. Like, oh, that's how you lead your life. Be generous and you can be the best person who ever lived.

You have the same ability to promote your coworkers, your employees, your customers, your vendors – basically anyone – but it's easy to lose sight of that when your primary focus is on crafting a business image, building a personal brand, or just protecting your professional turf.

Entrepreneurs are of course vulnerable to glory hogging, since early on a small business is a reflection of its owner and its success often depends on the owner's ability to build a reputation for knowledge and expertise. And so is anyone who works for big or small companies; if you don’t toot your own horn it’s unlikely anyone will do it for you… and you will go unseen, unnoticed, and unappreciated.

But there's a better way for you, too. A few examples:

Instead of being the one to share good news, let others receive the public glory. Sure, maybe you really did do all the work. Yeah, maybe you really did overcome every obstacle. Okay, maybe you really did lead a diverse, cross-departmental, multifunctional, high-performance team.

It doesn’t matter.Give someone else the glory. Pick a key subordinate who played a major role. Pick a person who could use a confidence boost from public acclaim. Everyone already knows you were in charge, so celebrate the accomplishment through others.

Stand back and let your team shine; the fact you lead such awesome people reflects well on you.

(Also do your best to keep someone higher in the company food chain from making the announcement, especially if that person had no direct impact. Otherwise your team’s efforts are devalued in other peoples' eyes and, worse, in their own eyes.)

Instead of blogging about your company's success, talk about a customer's success – but don't make it "salesy." Instead, share how a customer did something smart. Share how a customer took a different approach to an old problem.

Helping others by promoting their expertise or success is reason enough; as an added bonus, the fact that your customers are such smart and savvy people reflects well on you.

Instead of being the one to lead an implementation meeting, turn the session over to the employee who did the real work on the project. And don't be tempted to somehow include yourself in the introduction; just say, "Next week we're rolling out our new scheduling system and Lena is going to walk us through the process." Immediately turn it over to Lena and sit down... and shut up.

Everyone already knows you're in charge; the fact that your employees get things done reflects well on you.

Today, promote someone else.

Then they win – and so do you, because in time you'll be known for consistently recognizing, praising, and supporting others.

And that's the best personal brand you could ever hope to create.

 

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Got a Camera? Want To Be in a Documentary? Calling All DJs [@hitRECordJoe]

Calling all DJ’s….

A message from THE RegularJoe:

regularJoe“My professional name is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
I direct an open collaborative production company called hitRECord.org – writers, filmmakers, musicians, editors, remixers, artists… come work with us! If you please.

So yeah I’m working on this short video for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s TV show about remixing, and how we learn and make new connections from the mixing & repetition of old ideas. And we’re looking for all of y’all to contribute!”

Here’s the request in video form:


EVERYONE W/ A CAMERA: Record yourself on Camera answering these 3 questions:

1) Give an example of a remix in history. Think of something that many people might not think was a remix.

2) When did you remix something that someone else created? What was that experience like? Be specific.

3) When has something you created been remixed? What did it feel like? Be specific.

I’d love to have all the cool creative people here to talk about (or show!) what you’ve learned/discovered from remixing something in one form or another, and what you’ve learned about yourself and your own work from seeing other people play with it.

Re: RegularJOE
Jay Smooth
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The long-running fight over who is responsible for removing copyrighted content on video sites took a new twist as a New York federal judge refused to throw out a case against Vimeo,  a popular site that lets users share clips.

In a ruling this week, US District Judge Ronnie Abrams held that so-called “safe harbor” laws — which can help internet sites avoid liability for the actions of their uses — may not shield Vimeo since its employees may have known that users were uploading infringing works by the likes of the Beatles and Jay-Z.

Vimeo had asked that the judge throw out the copyright case, which was filed by EMI and other major record labels, citing a recent landmark decision that said YouTube was not responsible for thousands of unauthorized videos posted during the site’s early days.

The Vimeo case, like the YouTube one, turns in large part on what content owners have to do to show “red flag” knowledge — a situation where a reasonable person would conclude that a website knew about a case of copyright infringement but chose to ignore it.

In the bigger picture, the Vimeo and YouTube cases are part of a long-running attempt by the entertainment industry to bend copyright law so that websites are required to take an active role in patrolling for piracy. Under the current law, which is intended to protect copyright holders without smothering the internet economy, sites are not responsible for their users so long as they respond to takedown requests — and are not complicit in the infringement.

In order to preserve their safe harbors, sites must also show that they don’t “control” the content that appears. In the Vimeo case, the music industry argued that the site’s monitoring system, under which employees sometimes promoted or “liked” pieces of content, meant that Vimeo had an active role in controlling the content.

The judge rejected that concept, and said a monitoring system — even one in which a site’s employees could create a “Staff Picks” list or comment on videos — did not mean the site forfeited its safe harbor.

The judge did, however, say the court was “troubled” by “disconcerting” remarks from Vimeo employees, such as telling a user “don’t ask, don’t tell ;) ” and proposing to write “FUCK EMI” under a video. The key part of the ruling, however, said such remarks did not mean that Vimeo had knowledge about the specific videos that are at issue in the case.

As a result, the case will now look more closely at 55 specific videos in which Vimeo might have had actual or red flag knowledge; the court threw out 144 copyright claims related to other videos on the grounds Vimeo was covered by the safe harbor rules in these cases.

In the bigger picture, the ruling does not do much to shift the existing safe harbor rules which were affirmed in the YouTube case. The court also took care to say that Vimeo was not akin to sites like Grokster, which lost their safe harbor protection because they encourage users to infringe.

You can read the ruling, which contains a soup-to-nuts explanation of safe harbors, for yourself below (I’ve underlined some key passages). And if you can’t get enough of this stuff, a primer on YouTube and safe harbors is here.

Vimeo: refuse SJ

Afropunk Fest 2013: 5 Artists to Not Miss

Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Words by Laina Dawes

The vibrant community that emerged from the 2003 documentary Afropunk has been referred to as an “underground rebellious movement.” With word-of-mouth marketing, grassroots initiatives and social media, the cult film’s loyal supporters inspired global awareness on black alternative music and culture. On August 24 & 25th, Brooklyn, New York will host the 9th annual Afropunk Fest, inspired by the film, which depicts the highs and lows of young African-American fans, musicians and industry workers in expressing their cultural identity within the predominately white and male hardcore and punk scenes.

Since 2004, the festival has evolved from featuring primarily local underground punk, funk, and hardcore acts to showcasing an ethno-culturally diverse, national and international collection of metal, indie rock, alternative hip-hop, and, this year, with the appearance of Big Freedia, New Orleans sissy bounce. The free, 2-day event has become one of the most anticipated North American festivals of the summer, but with two stages and 31 musical artists, there is a lot to see and do so we’ve compiled a short list of must-see artists guaranteed to make your weekend an enjoyable one.


Trash Talk

With every event that has grown exponentially since its inception there is bound to be growing pains. One of the main criticisms about the Afropunk Festival is that as the festival has gained prominence, the amount of “punk” artists, similar to the bands that were featured in the documentary, has shrunk. Despite those complaints, Sacramento CA’s Trash Talk is a fine example of how culturally and musically diverse the contemporary hardcore punk scene presently is. Formed in 2005, the quartet (who are affiliated with the Odd Future hip-hop collective) has garnered critical acclaim and earlier this year added celebrated drummer Thomas Pridgen (ex-Mars Volta, Wicked Wisdom) to the fold. Listen to “Exile on Broadway.”



Big Freedia

Is the term “sissy bounce” an apt descriptor or a politically incorrect slur? According to the fine folks in New Orleans who coined the phrase, which describes fast-paced, Twerk-inducing, call-and-response hip-hop that was first popularized within black LGBT communities, it’s a compliment. NOLA’s Big Freedia (AKA Freddie Ross) is a GLAD award-winning sissy bounce performer and in the past year she has blown up, performing on Last Call for Carson Daly, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the 2013 SXSW Music Festival and most recently, a controversial tour opener for the Postal Service 10th anniversary tour. Apparently twerking and indie electronica do not mix!



Jean Grae

One of the most musically and lyrically prolific women MC’s of all time, Grae has been immersed in New York’s underground hip-hop scene since 1996. Commonly referred to as an inspiration to many other women rappers, her first album, 2002’s The Attack of Attacking Things positioned her as being one of the most innovative lyricists, as the debut from the South African-born MC was widely praised by both independent and mainstream music publications. In addition to releasing additional LP’s, and appearing on a number of albums, compilations and mixtapes with a myriad of artists, including The Herbaliser, Talib Kweli, Masta Ace, Lil B and Wale, Grae recently released Dust Ruffle, a compilation of previously unrecorded tracks.


Saul Williams

The veteran singer, spoken word artist, author, and actor is a true representation of an Afro-punk: Eschewing the stereotypes of what he should be as an African-American artist, he has always danced to the beat of his own drum. Out of all of the performers on this year’s bill, Williams has the closest relationship to the Festival, as in 2009, he was the headliner for their inaugural national tour, supporting his critically acclaimed album (and collaboration with Nine Inch Nails’s Trent Reznor) 2007’s industrial/electro masterpiece The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! Not afraid to experiment with a myriad of different musical styles, his performance promises to be electric.


The White Mandingos

What is conscious hip-hop? Music with lyrics that aren’t filled with misogyny and the boasting of habits, mannerisms and lifestyles that make poverty-stricken communities implode? Call it what you will, but this venerable super group consisting of journalist Sacha Jenkins (Ego Trip magazine), Bad Brains’ bassist Darryl Jenifer and MC Murs have created some serious socially conscious and borderline humorous music that ranges from straight up hip-hop to hard rock.  Their debut, 2013’s The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me is based on the story of a fictional character, Tyrone, who chronicles his life in the inner-city projects. With the addition of Jenifer, their presence at Afropunk promises to be not only thought provoking, but immensely rocking.


The 9th Annual Afropunk Fest runs from August 24-25th at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, New York. The event is free but RSVP is highly encouraged. Visit the site for the full line-up. 

Laina Dawes is a music journalist and the author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal (Bazillion Points). Follow her on Twitter @Lainad and at writingisfighting.com







 

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Carry On Baggae
New York, NY -  August 5, 2013 - Griffin Scott Press announced a late September release date for Cynthia-Bailey-Thomas and Peter Thomas's urban memoir.  The book chronicles the couple's journey of courtship, marriage, financial comebacks and blending a family of six children. 
  
Bailey Thomas shares, "Peter and I did not write a book to give other couples relationship advise.  Our story is biographical and we hope it will serve as an inspiration to other couples finding love in the second quarter of their lives.  We share the nitty-gritty of what it looks like to maintain passion in a mature relationship while balancing children, business and finances."
  
The book's title is a playful euphemism that defines all the moving pieces that come along with mid life marriage.  The chapters delve into everything from Cynthia's and Peter's first date that was fifteen years in the making to their formula for successfully managing six children and five co-parents.  Readers will be stunned to learn how the ex supermodel and restaurateur /entrepreneur shot to fame and joined the ensemble cast of Bravo's hit reality show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta.  Carry-On-Baggage will inspire, provoke and make the reader laugh out loud as they take Cynthia and Peter's nonstop flight to finding marital bliss.



 

Music Tour now booking artist and sponsors

This year has seen an increase in veteran unemployment rise, children school budget cuts, and many world distractions that is preventing peace. Music is the great equalizer and it will be exactly what brings music lovers, New York, and the internet world together.

Themicbooth.com is currently producing a tour known as "The A Train Music Tour". This is the first year of inception and already has major venues on the bill. We have put together a fan engagement tour that will certainly increase artist visibility, raise money to support Veteran employment and children activities, and put in perspective how many people really do in fact get along.

The Veteran Employment and youth initiative will be implemented by Daughters of Zion Int'l Ministries INC,. a 501 (c) non-profit organization, founded by Rev. Caprice Nesbit MSW. Her dedication to spiritual healing, and first hand account of veteran unemployment through her son and his buddies, has propelled Rev. Nesbit to help make a difference. She understands the struggles enlisted vets go through upon transition from the military. She understands service members who chose an enlisted path have a harder time securing employment due to their commissioned competitors for the same job although possessing more work experience in a particular field.

Currently in the early stages of production we are currently looking for artist who would like to open up for our major recording artist that are currently apart of the tour. Without releasing of the names, headlining acts are currently signed to major labels such as Sony, Universal, and more.

Please send EPK to music@themicbooth.com for consideration. If you would like to be a sponsor, please request a sponsorship packet at info@themicbooth.com. Music responses will be all in by July 1, 2013. Sponsorship request will be ongoing until August 1, 2013.

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Knowing Track Records Is Crucial – Why?

Let's face it, most industry people don't have a clue. Only a few have the power to break new artists and the knowledge, finances and contacts to support, develop and nurture them to success.

You know that the music business is very attractive. This makes it competitive and progressive but also a jungle full of traps. Luckily, somewhere within this chaos are a few people who dig out hit after hit. And somewhere are the people who will understand your music; love it; support it and finance it.


The only reliable method of sorting out the 1% geniuses and matches from the 99% wannabes and mismatches is by studying their track records.


Look at their previous successes and failures. Take references. Don't gamble and let years worth of effort go to waste due to someone else's mismanagement, bad politics, lack of motivation and poor marketing power.

Remember that this industry is extremely personified. So - Get Educated! YOU need to know that THEY know what the hell they are doing! Your dream of making music your livelihood depends on it!


HitQuarters presents the only service (HitTracker) that will provide you with contact information and personal track records for A&Rs, managers, producers, publishers and songwriters worldwide.



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WIP the Runway Christian Fashion Show Tour (Love God--NOT religion.)

WIPTheRunway The WIP the Runway Christian Fashion Experience series is an evangelical alternative to mainstream fashion and entertainment. This is ministry! We love God--NOT religion, and through fashion, lost generations will turn from death to life and fear nothing at the cost of winning a
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by Will "Deshair" Foskey (@Deshair)

Pass the ROC Already!

Jay Electronica

We’re living in “The Detox Era”. We want what we seemingly can’t have, when we should focus on what’s right in front of us. Sounds like my love life, but that’s a different story. The Hip-Hop culture forces upon us the notion that the next big thing is the only thing. So once this “Big Thing” arrives, we drop what we’re doing, plug in our high-end headphones and place our entire internal history of Rap music on the shoulders of a newbie.

Feels like forever since we’ve first heard about Detox. And in that time, we, as fans of the craft went from pandemonium to wanting to forget about Dre altogether. You don’t know how many times I’ve heard publicists close to his camp say, “Deshair, you can’t speak of this to no one but, Detox is dropping this fall.” That was back in 2009. After a while, I felt the album was nothing more than bait to talk about his headphones. I finally met Dr. Dre when the Diddybeats were released. Guess what we talked about…

Speaking of Diddy, around that time became a co-sign standout for the underground talent by the name of Jay Electronica. “As we proceed, to give you what you need,” screamed at the beginning of ‘Exhibit C’. Diddy’s calling card had it right. Jay Electronica was exactly what Hip-Hop needed. He embodied everything Rap enthusiasts required from a new artist:

  1. Cadence (full vocals which made the beat better)
  2. Sharp delivery
  3. Heartfelt storytelling
  4. Religious references to galvanize a larger base

Jay Electronica wasn’t new to the game. Every name dropped on that record was accurate to his story. On a mainstream Hip-Hop level, Diddy’s co-sign launched him above ground, presenting a sound reminiscent to his most successful artist. Analyze it as you may, but “Exhibit C” was “Juicy” reincarnated. Rap fans gravitated at first listen. Unauthorized remakes of “Exhibit C” flooded the market. But none of them held a candle to the original. We had the next big thing on our hands.

“Juicy”:


Jay Electronica continued on Diddy’s sunken path with ‘The Ghost of Christopher Wallace’. But we didn’t need another Biggie. And maybe that factored into Jay Electronica’s decision to sign with Jay-Z at Roc Nation (wait, nevermind). Diddy took his disappointment and failure to Twitter where Hip-Hop heads slandered the executive without prejudice. Overall, Hip-Hop was pleased with the results. Jay Electronica, a lyricist in every sense of the word, signed with one of the best to ever do it. While Diddy acquired a mild case of bronchitis. That was two years ago.

Since then, we’ve seen Jay Electronica everywhere except on the shelves. We’ve seen him in the studio, on a camel, in a Mountain Dew commercial, an alledged love triangle, everywhere except on the shelves. The tracklisting for his debut studio album, Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn), was released earlier this year. And the hopeful release for the album came and went. So what’s the hold up?

If you’re over the age of 28, pull up a chair for this one. Let’s be absolute here… if Jay Electronica signed to Bad Boy Entertainment, not only would he have a signature pair of headphones by now, you’d be on Twitter harassing Diddy about this. You’d swear Diddy was holding him hostage for tax purposes. But what about Jay-Z? *opens up the Book of Hovito*

Jay-Z was busy in Paris with his ‘upstanding brethren’. He came back to America and put on a successful festival. He’s campaigning for the President and recently christened the Barclays Center with gold bottles. On Tuesday, his wife, Beyonce was named the Halftime performer for the Superbowl. So yes, Shawn Carter’s plate is full. But does he owe Jay Electronica a release date before the end of the year?

Here is my Absolute Reason:

Let’s get this over with. Jay Electronica deserves a release date and Super Tuesday would do just fine. And furthermore, I’m growing tired of Strip-Hop. All day, every song sounds like ‘Peaches McGee’ is about to hit the pole. I could go for some modern, backpack influenced raps right about now. So I ask of Michael Jordan to please pass the damn ROC to “Afro” Kobe. Thanks.

Oh, before I forget. Did anybody else notice the influences “Exhibit C” had on “Otis”? Or is it just me? Again.

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Brad Pitt introduces 'War on Drugs' documentary 

'The House I Live In' 

 jokes about past drug use

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A-list celebrities and cause-related documentaries go together like bread and peanut butter, from Johnny Depp supporting the film West of Memphis at the Toronto International Film Festival to now Brad Pitt throwing his weight behind the newly released documentary The House I Live In, examining the sad complexities of America’s “War on Drugs.”

Pitt made a surprise appearance on Friday night at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood to introduce the film, directed by Eugene Jarecki.

His opening line? A zinger.

“I’m Brad Pitt and I’m a drug addict,” the star jokingly told the audience. “My drug days have long since passed, but I could probably land in any American city and within 24 hours find whatever you want. But we still support this charade called the drug war. We spent a trillion dollars over 40 years and a lot of people have lost their lives over it.”

Pitt has signed on as the emotional, intensive documentary’s executive producer. Other co-producers include a bevy of names, from Russell Simmons to John Legend and Danny Glover. The movie snagged the documentary grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

“Drugs are more than just ‘immoral,’ they keep people down. This movie humanizes this ‘war,” continued Pitt during his intro of the film, which looks at a broad stretch of the criminal justice system, from inmates to judges.

In September, Depp passionately made a plea for the documentary West of Memphis, about the West Memphis Three: three teens arrested, convicted, and sent to prison for allegedly killing three boys in Arkansas and who served 18 years in prison before getting released.

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Release Date: Oct 26, 2012; Rated: R; Length: 164 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Tom Hanks; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Release Date: Oct 26, 2012; Rated: R; Length: 164 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Tom Hanks; Distributor: Warner Bros. Wrapping your head around Cloud Atlas, the first film from the elusive Wachowski siblings since 2008's Speed Racer, is no easy task. Based on the six interwoven tales in David Mitchell's 2004 novel, the movie presents a single, unified story line exploring the consequences of courage and betrayal across continents, time periods, and even genres. Co-written and codirected by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), the film features a starry cast of actors — including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant — portraying up to six different roles apiece to echo the novel's theme of interconnectedness. Hanks, for example, plays a 19th-century doctor, a 1970s scientist, and a tribesman in a postapocalyptic future, among others. Puzzled? You're in good company. ''I read the screenplay and was nearly hopelessly confused...but I was intrigued,'' says Hanks, who used color-coded highlighters and sticky notes to sort out all the plot threads. ''The way they tell the story is the most unique form of narrative that has ever come across my desk.'' Needless to say, the film was a hard sell. ''Even with the incredible cast we had, every single studio passed multiple times or wouldn't take our calls,'' says Lana Wachowski, who was formerly known as Larry and now identifies as female. Despite the independently financed project's lofty ambitions, the Wachowskis insist they haven't forsaken their action-loving fans. ''Some people are just going to take this as a great ride. And hopefully some people will be more profoundly affected by it,'' says Andy Wachowski. ''We like to make movies that you can enjoy on many different levels.'' Highlighters are optional. Release Date: Oct 26, 2012; Rated: R; Length: 164 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Tom Hanks; Distributor: Warner Bros. Wrapping your head around Cloud Atlas, the first film from the elusive Wachowski siblings since 2008's Speed Racer, is no easy task. Based on the six interwoven tales in David Mitchell's 2004 novel, the movie presents a single, unified story line exploring the consequences of courage and betrayal across continents, time periods, and even genres. Co-written and codirected by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), the film features a starry cast of actors — including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant — portraying up to six different roles apiece to echo the novel's theme of interconnectedness. Hanks, for example, plays a 19th-century doctor, a 1970s scientist, and a tribesman in a postapocalyptic future, among others. Puzzled? You're in good company. ''I read the screenplay and was nearly hopelessly confused...but I was intrigued,'' says Hanks, who used color-coded highlighters and sticky notes to sort out all the plot threads. ''The way they tell the story is the most unique form of narrative that has ever come across my desk.'' Needless to say, the film was a hard sell. ''Even with the incredible cast we had, every single studio passed multiple times or wouldn't take our calls,'' says Lana Wachowski, who was formerly known as Larry and now identifies as female. Despite the independently financed project's lofty ambitions, the Wachowskis insist they haven't forsaken their action-loving fans. ''Some people are just going to take this as a great ride. And hopefully some people will be more profoundly affected by it,'' says Andy Wachowski. ''We like to make movies that you can enjoy on many different levels.'' Highlighters are optional.

Wrapping your head around Cloud Atlas, the first film from the elusive Wachowski siblings since 2008's Speed Racer, is no easy task. Based on the six interwoven tales in David Mitchell's 2004 novel, the movie presents a single, unified story line exploring the consequences of courage and betrayal across continents, time periods, and even genres. Co-written and codirected by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), the film features a starry cast of actors — including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant — portraying up to six different roles apiece to echo the novel's theme of interconnectedness.

Hanks, for example, plays a 19th-century doctor, a 1970s scientist, and a tribesman in a postapocalyptic future, among others. Puzzled? You're in good company. ''I read the screenplay and was nearly hopelessly confused...but I was intrigued,'' says Hanks, who used color-coded highlighters and sticky notes to sort out all the plot threads. ''The way they tell the story is the most unique form of narrative that has ever come across my desk.''

Needless to say, the film was a hard sell. ''Even with the incredible cast we had, every single studio passed multiple times or wouldn't take our calls,'' says Lana Wachowski, who was formerly known as Larry and now identifies as female. Despite the independently financed project's lofty ambitions, the Wachowskis insist they haven't forsaken their action-loving fans. ''Some people are just going to take this as a great ride. And hopefully some people will be more profoundly affected by it,'' says Andy Wachowski. ''We like to make movies that you can enjoy on many different levels.'' Highlighters are optional.


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Cloud Atlas
The Matrix directing duo Lana and Andy Wachowski — formerly known as the Wachowski brothers (Larry became Lana) — plus co-director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) premiere their decade-hopping, world-leaping sci-fi fantasy opus Cloud Atlas at the fest. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, and Jim Broadbent star in the movie, with an against-type appearance by Hugh Grant, based on David Mitchell’s epic book of the same name. Woven, dense narratives circle through the 1800s, 1930s, 1970s, present-day England, and beyond, into apocalyptic Korea and Hawaii. Visuals, violence, and Hanks as a futuristic tribesman. Sounds heady beyond belief.


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Stop Motion Handbook

Stop Motion Handbook – Using Garageband and iStopMotion

by Craig Lauridsen
Now updated for iStopMotion 3 and available as an ePub (US $15.99*) or Print version (US $30.99*) – the book guides readers through simple and robust processes helping both beginner and amateur animators create good stop motion movies. You'll also learn how to avoid numerous common mistakes and gain a wealth of helpful tips so that your stop motion movies will have the quality of a seasoned movie maker. The book also contains 13 lesson plans for teachers to use in the classroom. Craig hosts movie making workshops in Wellington, New Zealand.

iPhone 5 and iOS 6

A quick note about Apple's recent releases: All our iOS apps are compatible with the latest iOS release, and future updates will start to make use of iOS 6 features as appropriate. We are also testing the iPhone 5. It looks as if the increased WiFi bandwidth will be especially beneficial for the iStopMotion Remote Camera capture speed. More in the next newsletter.

Upcoming Events

We will be attending two great events in October:

Stop Motion Handbook
Mac Computer Expo is held in Petaluma, CA, on Saturday Oct. 6th, 2012.
We will have a booth, so please bring your questions!
  MacTech Conference happens October 17th - 19th, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA.
Boinx Software will be recording the MacTech talks using BoinxTV.

I am looking forward to seeing you there!

 





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On MArch 15 in Newark NJ, we launch an experience that no artists, musician, or producer has experienced before! Once again we bring you another great networking platform, where R&B artists, Rappers, Pop artists, and now just added (PRODUCERS) can be under 1 building and exhibit their skills in front of real Music industry professionals!

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When we go out to make images, we have to understand our surroundings, interpret them and make the most of what is presented to us.

More an essay on attitude rather than the technical, I cover my thought processes and the decisions I made whilst shooting the Taj Mahal.

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