Monthly Archives: February 2009

Brandi Carlile Talks About Her New Record And Preps For Spring Tour

After helping children reconnect with nature by collaborating in the Ask the Planet project, Brandi Carlile is ready to hit the road and debut new songs from her upcoming third album, the follow-up to 2007′s The Story. Trading e-mails with Paste editor-in-chief Josh Jackson, Carlile reported that the new album has been a little arduous but that it’s moving along nicely. “The recording process has been a long one…and by process, I mean, the preliminary process,” she writes. “The actual recording goes really quickly for us and is always pretty spontaneous and fun. After making demos on the road for a year, we spent some time at Rick Rubin’s house playing our songs acoustically in the living room and coming up with arrangements. Then we went into the studio with this really talented guy, Jason Lader, who is an amazing producer/engineer, and two incredible drummers, Victor Indrizzo and Chad Smith. We even cut a track with Pete Thomas! We were even more extreme this time about playing live to tape and really took playing live and overdubbing seriously so that we weren’t having to use Pro Tools at all throughout the recording process. We’re also not totally done yet.” Carlile says that despite the fact it’s a record of new material, fans of her work will likely recognize some of the tracks. “Like The Story, some of the songs have been around,” she says. “I tend to feel really protective of songs, and if they aren’t sitting well in a record, I’ll pull them tight to my chest until I feel it’s a better time. Some of the songs we have been playing on the road for a couple of years as we tend to cultivate our songs on stage.” Fittingly enough, Carlile and her band will be playing all over the U.S. and a little bit abroad. After her performance in Kentucky, Carlile will join Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and Buddy Miller aboard the Cayamo, a 7-day music cruise from Feb. 28 through Mar. 7, before completing the rest of her tour. Carlile warns listeners that they should be prepared for something new and perhaps more than a little epic with the new record. “This record sounds much more reckless than The Story,” she says. “Some songs are so stripped down and intimate you should feel uncomfortable listening to them and some are so giant that Freddie Mercury wouldn’t have put them on A Night at the Opera.” The still-untitled third album will be released sometime this summer or fall and will include at least one high-profile guest. “Amy Ray (of the Indigo Girls) sings on ‘Looking Out,’” Carlile reveals. “She is a real muse for me and I love her voice. She has a voice that isn’t male or female. She can sing with me on a song and it doesn’t matter if it’s a power ballad or a folk song; its gonna sound heavy. I’m also in the process of begging Elton John to play a song with me.”

In the meantime, here are those dates:


February
21 – Louisville, Ky. @ Whitney Hall

March
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– Philadelphia, Penn. @ World Cafe Live
25 – Annapolis, Md. @ Rams Head On Stage
26 – Alexandria, Va. @ Birchmere Music Hall
28 – Westhampton Beach, N.Y. @ Westhampton Beach PAC
31 – Tarrytown, N.Y. @ Tarrytown Music Hall

April
1 - Portsmouth, N.H. @ Music Hall
2 – Northampton, Mass. @ Iron Horse
3 – South Portland, Maine @ South Portland Auditorium
4 – New York, N.Y. @ Ethical Center for the Arts
6 – Kent, Ohio @ Kent Stage
8 - Chicago, Ill. @ Lakeshore Theater
9 – Milwaukee, Wisc. @ Pabst Theater
10 – Mankato, Minn. @ Alltel Center
11 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Hoyt Sherman Theatre
14 – Aspen, Colo. @ Wheeler Opera House
16 – Denver, Colo. @ Swallow Hill
17 – Ft. Collins, Colo. @ Aggie Theatre
18 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The State Room
20 – Boise, Idaho @ Knitting Factory
21 – Missoula, Mont. @ The Wilma Theatre
23 – Spokane, Wash. @ Martin Woldson Theatre @ Fox
28 – Bergen, Norway @ Bergen Festival
29 – Oslo, Norway @ John Dee

 

(Reprinted from Paste Magazine)

 

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New Favorite iPhone App…Blocked

This fun puzzle app costs only .99 cents and is highly addictive.  Download it HERE and let the madness set in. Beware of level 64. (Thanks Meredith for the tip!)

 

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Pimp My iPhone For $2.4M

It seems like the current financial crisis has not affected the Austrian jeweler Peter Aloisson as he has created the world’s most expensive phone known as “The Apple iPhone 3G Kings Button”.

The Apple iPhone 3G Kings Button’s main operating button is integrated with high quality 6.6 carat diamond. The phone’s body is made of solid 18-carat yellow gold, white gold and rose gold. It s perimeter is surrounded with a white gold line encrusted with a total of 138 brilliant cut diamonds.

The new Apple iPhone 3G‘Kings Button is the most luxurious phone to date. The asking price is a mere $2.41 million. 

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3 More Finalists Added To American Idol’s Top 12

25 million people voted Wednesday night, and three more American Idol finalists were announced. 16-year-old Allison Iraheta was the first contestant to be swept into the “Idol” top 12 on Thursday night’s results show. She was followed by surprise pick Kris Allen and self-styled Broadway rocker Adam Lambert.

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CBS Launches TV.com Streaming Video App For iPhone

CBS has launched its new TV.com application for the iPhone and iPod touch. The new application gives users mobile access to TV.com content, including full episodes of CBS TV shows such as CSI and Star Trek, and also features programming from other CBS-owned networks such as Showtime and the CW, as well as videos from Internet properties CNet and GameSpot. The app also lets users add keywords to create their own feed—a custom list of video based on favorite programs, channels, or topics—and will operate on both Wi-Fi and cellular networks. CBS’ TV.com application is available now as a free download from the App Store.

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House Prices Compared: What $500,000 Buys Worldwide

The international housing market has practically stalled over the past year and in some countries prices have fallen through the floor. With a considerable drop in prices, now is the ideal time to buy that new home or holiday house. Let’s imagine you are upwardly mobile and have around US$500,000 to invest. It may not stretch as far as it used to, but you can still get some stunning properties in exotic locations. Take a look at THESE gorgeous properties across the globe and see just what you can get for your money.

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Eddie Murphy to Play Richard Pryor

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Eddie Murphy will play legendary comedian Richard Pryor in a new drama called “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?” for director Bill Condon, who’s reuniting with Murphy following their 2006 hit Dreamgirls. Fox Searchlight nabbed the film once The Weinstein Co. put it into turnaround, and Condon is eying a summer 2010 release. The script is said to also feature roles for Pryor’s four ex-wives, as well as Red Foxx.

 

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3D Eyetracking Cellphone

The design firm, TAT showcased this amazing prototype cell phone with a 3 dimensional interface.  Its unique screen design creates the illusion of a multi-layered environment in which icons and pop-ups seem to float.  No word on any production models yet.

 

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Secret Lives of Comic Store Employees

Superman has Clark Kent. Spider-Man has Peter Parker. But it’s not just superheroes who have secret identities. Wired.com’s new “Secret Lives” series looks at individuals you encounter every day and reveals a side of them you normally wouldn’t see. What better profession to begin with than the comic store employee?  Click HERE to read the article.

 

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Intel’s Programmable Matter

In the final keynote of the Intel Developer Forum recently, Justin Rattner, Intel’s chief technology officer, shed some light on work around programmable matter, as he teased the audience with what Intel believes would apply as technology in the next four decades. The idea of programmable matter, he explained, revolves around tiny glass spheres with processing power and photovoltaic for generating electricity to run the tiny circuitry. These particles called catoms would move relative to one another via electrostatic.  The concept of programmable matter can be thought of as “the ultimate form of digital printing”, Rattner said. “You literally could make an object of any imaginable shape, or design an object of any imaginable shape, and simply ‘hit the print command’ and the matter would take that shape.   Read more HERE.

 

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Jerry Seinfeld Makes ‘Marriage’ Plans with NBC

Jerry Seinfeld and NBC are reuniting for a new series, this one coming with a little more fanfare than his last show at the network.

The new show is also not a sitcom. It’s an unscripted show called “The Marriage Ref,” in which comics and other celebrities will listen to couples lay out their marital issues and make judgments about who’s right on the spot. Seinfeld and long-time “Oprah Winfrey Show” producer Ellen Rakieten will executive produce.

“This is not a therapy show, it’s a comedy show,” Seinfeld says. “After nine years of marriage, I have discovered that the comedic potential of this subject is quite rich.”

“While ‘Seinfeld’ was a hilarious look at single life, this new show will focus on the humor of relationships and marriage,” says Paul Telegdy, NBC’s head of alternative programming. “It’s a great fit with the slate of alternative comedy we are building at NBC.”

NBC has asked for six episodes of “The Marriage Ref.” There’s no word yet on a premiere date.

 

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FreeRice

Give free rice to hungry people by playing a simple game that increases your knowledge. (Thanks for the tip Don)

 

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Office Installs Giant 3-Floor Slide

A British office building has installed a giant slide to shoot employees from the third floor down to the first in just seven seconds. Read more HERE.

 

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Judson Beaumont’s Wild And Whimsical Children’s Furniture

After successfully designing furniture with a straightforward approach for years, Canadian designer Judson Beaumont set out to create something unique for friends who were expecting their first child.

He wanted his creation to capture the baby’s imagination for years to come. Today, Judson designs some of the most offbeat, whimsical furnishings in the world. Check out his site HERE.

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AOL Prepares Free And Paid AIM iPhone Apps With SMS support

AOL is splitting its AIM app for the iPhone and iPod touch into two versions, and both add location services and SMS integration. The free version of AIM, now known as AIM Free, is currently available in the App Store and is now supported by ads, while the paid version will remove the advertisements; both will include the same features. The new features include the ability to access Contacts directly from the app to send an IM to a saved screen name or SMS to a phone number, the ability to stay logged in for up to 24 hours after the app has been closed and optionally receive notifications via SMS when a new IM arrives, support for multiple accounts, and the ability to share location information with buddies and access a new Buddies Near Me smart group. According to the free version’s description, AIM Paid is currently going through the App Store approval cycle and will be available soon; pricing has not yet been revealed.

 

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Garrett Wade Workbench

The Garrett Wade Full-Size Storage Workbench ($1,195) will help you turn your garage into something modernly useful. The woodworker’s bench is seriously stable, weighing in at 260 lbs., and is made from solid European Red Beechwood. The base features a large, lockable storage cabinet and shelves, while the top offers a total of 12.5 sq ft of working space, a 20″ wide shoulder vise as well as a solid tail vise. (From Uncrate)

 

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The NeverEnding Story Isn’t Ending

Warner Bros. and a pair of top-tier production banners are in the early stages of a reboot of the 1980s children’s fantasy classic, reports the trades.

The Kennedy/Marshall Co. (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and Leonard DiCaprio’s shingle Appian Way are in discussions with Warners about reviving the 25-year-old franchise with a modern spin. The studio recently acquired rights to the property, clearing the way for a potential remake.

Born out of a German-language novel by Michael Ende, the film centers on a boy named Bastian Balthazar Bux who discovers a parallel world in a book titled “The NeverEnding Story.” As the boy, a loner, delves deeper into the book, he increasingly finds his life intertwined with the plot of the novel, in which a hero in the land of Fantasia must save the universe on behalf of an empress.

The new film which original producer Dieter Geissler also will produce and Sarah Schechter and Jesse Ehrman will oversee for Warners — will examine the more nuanced details of the book that were glossed over in the first pic.

Wolfgang Petersen directed and Neue Constantin produced the original for Warners, which earned a respectable $20 million when it was released in 1984. The film has had a long life on home video and an even larger influence on popular culture, prefiguring Harry Potter and other present-day children’s fantasies.

A sequel directed by George Miller came out in 1990 and earned $17 million; a third movie followed in the U.S. in 1996 but quickly went to video.

 

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Suicide Squad Coming To The Big Screen

Warner Bros. is going on a suicide mission, setting up the DC Comics property “Suicide Squad” for Dan Lin (“Sherlock Holmes”) to produce as a potential franchise, reports the trades.

According to the trades this is going to be a departure from normal comic-based fare, “Suicide Squad” concentrates on a group of incarcerated supervillains rather than the usual focus on superheroes. The first version of the squad debuted in a 1959 DC Comic, and a series was launched in 1987.

Stephen Gilchrist from Lin Pictures will co-produce. Justin Marks (“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” “Hack/Slash,” “Street Fighter”) is penning the screenplay.

“Suicide Squad” will feature a mix of well-known and unknown villains recruited by the government to accomplish a task deemed too dangerous for superheroes. The historically independent operators must bury their own interpersonal conflicts and agendas to form a cohesive unit to take on a singular task.

 

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Samuel L. Jackson Is Nick Fury

Samuel L. Jackson is Marvel’s man. The actor has signed an unprecedented nine-picture deal to play the Nick Fury character in a series of Marvel movies. The movies include “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America,” “The Avengers” and its sequels. Also on the table is the possibility of toplining a “S.H.I.E.L.D.” movie, which is in development. The actor made a surprise appearance as Fury at the end of the first “Iron Man,” throwing fans into a tizzy and showing the first glimpse of Marvel’s plan to link all their slate of movies into one universe.

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New Pixar UP Posters

From Disney Pixar comes UP, a comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 9-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. From the Academy Award-nominated director Pete Docter, UP invites you on a hilarious journey into a lost world, with the least likely duo on Earth. Up opens on May 29 and will be available in select theaters in Disney Digital 3D.

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Publish Your Own Magazine With Magcloud

MagCloud enables you to publish your own magazines. All you have to do is upload a PDF and they will take care of the rest: printing, mailing, subscription management, and more. It costs you nothing to publish a magazine on MagCloud. To buy a magazine costs 20¢ per page, plus shipping. For example, a 20-page magazine would be four bucks plus shipping. And you can make money! You set your issue price and all proceeds above the base price go to you. Shipping is a flat $1.40/copy (USPS first class mail) for quantities 1-9, or a flat $13 for quantities from 10-100 (per box of 10-100). MagCloud uses HP Indigo technology, so every issue is custom-printed when it’s ordered. Printing on demand means no big print runs, which means no pre-publishing expense. Magazines are brilliant full color on 80lb paper with saddle-stitched covers. 
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Christian Faur’s Crayon Art

We all colored with crayons as children, but Christian Faur is taking a different approach to the medium. He uses hundreds of thousands of individual crayons to produce a single, pixelated image. Faur has assembled over one hundred thousand hand cast crayons of differing colors and shades to produce a unique pixelated expression that the artist hopes balances the qualities of both photography and sculpture.

 

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Elton Vs. Billy Quiz

Billy Joel and Elton John were born and raised on different sides of the Atlantic, but have had eerily similar careers. Both broke onto the scene around 1970 as piano balladeers and both became huge stars after expanding their sound for rock radio.

 

Can you identify which of these clips of hit songs are Billy’s, and which belong to Elton?

 

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Then And Now: A History of Gadgets

Astonishing breakthrough. Necessary object. Forgotten in a drawer. Such is the journey that nearly every great gadget travels. And then it happens all over again with whatever hot new gizmo rendered the old one obsolete.

HERE is a comparison of significant devices from the past and their modern-day counterparts.

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