Twitter To Replace Music Critics

June 29, 2009

This video comes via Hypebot and is a clip of freelance music critic Christopher R. Weingarten giving a talk at the 140 Characters Conference (basically a conference about Twitter and its uses/downfalls). It is though a very laidback afair and not some random no-faces in suits talking about Web 2.0 and how hashtags can be used for marketing, most speeches come from people in rather interesting jobs giving their opinion on this internet phenomenon.

In this video Christopher R. Weingarten gives an honest view of how Twitter and the Blogosphere is killing the job of a music critic. He also talks about how people have now become stuck in one way of thinking and aren’t discovering anything new – which to be fair is just sad.

Watch the video here: http://blip.tv/file/2250992/

I would embed the video in to this post, but for some reason BlipTV doesn’t like WordPress.

Christopher R. Weingarten’s 1000 Times Yes Project

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Trent The Twit

June 12, 2009

The often unashamedly vocal Trent Reznor (frontman for Nine Inch Nails) has decided to adopt a vow of silence on Twitter. He had previously been using the ‘microblogging’ website to talk to his fans and have the occasional blast at artists and the music world. But all this has had to stop!

On his forum, Mr. Reznor states that it’s because of the spammers and haters, and “it’s now doing more harm than good in the bigger picture and the experiment seems to have yielded a result” before quoting the Jane’s Addiction (his current touring partner) song “Idiots rule”.

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He’s Behind You, He’s Got Swine Flu

May 5, 2009

Mike Skinner has been giving away free music for a while now via his Twitter account, some of which has been better than others. His latest song though He’s Behind You, He’s Got Swine Flu is by far my favourite yet. The lyrics are both random and amusing simultaneously, as well as corresponding to the rather apt video.

Clips taken from old horror films using gratuitous amounts of gore and blood splattery, really encapsulate what the radical press say could happen if all the information were true – but this isn’t a rant about the press.

Painting an almost apocalyptic outcome of swine flu, Skinner’s lyrics range from symptoms to basically describing what’s happening in the video. The chorus is fairly catchy, but not something you’d want to be seen singing aloud for fear of looking slightly odd.

What’s your opinion?