Microsoft Launches Own Version Of YouTube, This Story

So, your friend is in a band. A common occurance these days. My friend-to-band ratio is pretty high, and my acquaintance-to-band ratio is even higher. If I meet your friends, I'll assume they're in bands too because just like stereotypes, assumption saves time. I'm all about saving time. I even invented daylight savings time because I love it so much. So If I can assume your friend is in a band, I can assume the conversation will take on a typical form.

First, intros will be made. We'll talk about classes, maybe some movies we saw and liked, then probably types of music we enjoy. Do you like this band? Yeah, they're okay. I like their earlier stuff better, but the new album is decent. Yeah, what about this band? Sure, I got the album before their newest one. That's a good one... and so on and so forth. We'll eventually and coincidentally get to a band that sounds similar to the band your friend is in. And as a courtesy, or if I'm genuinely interested, I'll ask if they have any recordings on CD.

Well, we don't have any CDs.

How about a website?

We've got a MySpace page. You can stream our stuff and friend us. We've got a show coming up in a small town that is hard to get to, if you're interested.

Hmm... no CDs, not even a lowly mp3 somewhere?

You can hear us on YouTube, some songs from our last show are on there and Tyler skateboarding outside before we went on stage.

Alright, conversation over.

I don't need to go into the vices of these two sites, do I? MySpace is well-known, and YouTube has 34 million viewers in August according to Billboard.biz, all posting dreams of instant recognition and acknowledgement in shitty DV format. YouTube isn't just for music. It's for skateboarding videos, funny accidents, video diaries, and the bottom of the barrel of just about anything you can think of.

Now, thanks to the popularity of the site, imitators are springing up. Microsoft has started Soapbox and Sony recently bought video-sharing site Grouper.com for $65 million. Now we can see bad videos (music or otherwise) on multiple conglomerate-owned servers, ironically talking about the problems of our mass consumerism. Oh, and visit my merch store at Cafe Press.

Soapbox has started up to a limited, invite-only audience, but it'll soon open to everyone. Soapbox's forerunner, Microsoft's MSN Video was once popular, but YouTube and Myspace ecclipsed it long ago, tripling and quadrupling their users respectively. "We're definitely not blind to the fact that YouTube has a big lead right now," said Rob Bennett, general manager of MSN's entertainment and video services. "It's really early days in online video. This is still act one." Please be a one-act play.

FCC Holds Public Hearings on Media Ownership Issues; Practices Its Tomato-Dodging Skills

I don't know about you, but when I discover I've forgotten my iPod/giant binder of CDs/anything that keeps me from listening to Mix 97 in the car, I have the urge to bang my head on the steering wheel. (I've actually done this. Not a great plan. Beeping your horn for no reason at a stoplight does not make new friends.)

Once I've resigned myself to my fate, I stick to one of two freqs: the "oldies" station, in the off chance that they might play "Hang On To Your Ego" by The Beach Boys, and the college radio station, because, damn, the chick who does that Indian music show sounds F-I-N-E.

But if I venture away from those spots on the dial, I suddenly feel the need to drive into a tree (or even better, certain radio transmitters), because let's face it, kids: commercial radio is the worst thing since the dudes from Atreyu were like, "Hey, let's like... uh. Let's. like, be in a band but be all goth and shit but. like, trendy. Do you know how to put on eyeliner?" If the radio actually repped what's been released in this joint for the past 50-odd years, Led Zeppelin's catalog would boast, oh, maybe five songs.

But wait! There's hope (kind of)! Last week, the FCC announced that it will be holding six public hearings on "media ownership issues." Allow me to translate: "Media ownership issues" actually means "yeah, we know we let Clear Channel go all Pac-Man on radio stations and you're forced to hear 'Livin' On A Prayer' 57 times a day, but mannn, we was stooooned."

Chairman Kev Martin sez: "Public input is integral to this process [...] I look forward to hearing from the American people on a variety of subjects at these hearings such as the impact of the Commission's rules on localism, minority ownership, and various types of programming like independent and religious programming and children's and family-friendly programming."

Allow me to clarify: "We actually have no idea where all the independence and localism went in radio. I think it has something to do with that Clear Channel dude. One day we woke up, and it was all gone. Anyone have ideas? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?"

Radiohead Re-Sign with Warner/Chappell; Confusion Abounds!!

It's true: Radiohead have apparently re-signed with Warner/Chappell. In a statement, some douche (yeah, I said it) named Richard Manners from Warner/Chappell said, "This keeps us in the Radiohead business for a substantial time. We are thrilled to have come to an agreement with the band." Hahahaha! The Radiohead Business. Whatever.

Anyway, a bunch of fansites, blogs, and online magazines seem to think this means an end to the possibility of Radiohead signing to an independent label. Well, they're absolutely wrong. Warner/Chappell is DEFINITELY not the same thing as the record label division of Warner. As of today, Radiohead are not currently signed with any label to release their next album (due out in 2007). And besides, Radiohead were never even signed to a Warner record label in the first place; they were signed to EMI (and Capitol in the U.S., which is owned by EMI).

At least now you know, and knowing's half the something-something. Check this site out to see which songs Warner/Chappell has on list for Radiohead: :)

In other news, I've decided to start writing again for TMT. I got a sweet beej last night.

Decemberists Further Their Work In Decemberology, Tour

Can I assume everyone knows who The Decemberists are? I think it's pretty obvious. Well, okay, I don't want to alienate our fragile readership, so let's all go back to high school. A Decemberist is someone who is an expert in Decembers, making a living in Decemberology, an overlooked, albeit necessary, field.

For instance, without them, we would know nothing of Christmas, Hanukkah, or Chanukah. I know, you're wishing you were a Decemberist. Too bad you had to be a communication major, hmm? Here's another twelfth month tidbit: December was named as the tenth month of the early Roman year, which means ten. And, for those who didn't do any Decemberific experiments in school, Pearl Jam's album Ten was named for December, and all the songs take place in that month. Wild!

The Decemberists in this country are the finest in the world. To attest to that, they have created the atomic December, a cloned December (November), and perfected space travel during our month of conversation. But they have really outdone themselves as of late. Not only are they world-renowned in Decemberology, they also are world-class musicians. Who knew? I did.

Their new collection of singles, that is, formerly known as an 'album,' The Crane Wife on Capitol Records, will be out on October 3, an ironic date. You see, Decemberists have a sense of humor, and they aren't going to get pigeonholed in one time period.

Of course, now you're imagining The Decemberists in some laboratory, turning bunsen burners on and off. Now, you'd be right about that, but sometimes they leave. Where do they go? I'm glad you asked.

Every tourdate is hilariously and ironically in December:

10.17.06 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom*
10.18.06 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom*
10.19.06 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre*
10.21.06 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern*
10.22.06 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater*
10.24.06 - Austin, TX - Stubb's*
10.25.06 - Dallas, TX - Gypsy Ballroom*
10.26.06 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues*
10.27.06 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle*
10.29.06 - Washington D.C. - 9:30 Club*
10.30.06 - Washington D.C. - 9:30 Club*
10.31.06 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre*
11.01.06 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory*
11.03.06 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom^
11.04.06 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre^
11.05.06 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis^
11.06.06 - Toronto, Ontario - Kool Haus^
11.07.06 - Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargo^
11.09.06 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre^
11.10.06 - Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion^
11.11.06 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre^
11.12.06 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue^
11.14.06 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre^
11.16.06 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theatre^
11.17.06 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre^
11.18.06 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom^
11.19.06 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom^

* with Lavender Diamond, ^with Alasdair Roberts

Chevy Trucks Change From Being Like A Rock To Being Like Little Pink Houses For You And Me; John “Cougar” Mellencamp Makes TMT News!

Oh, but ain't that America for you and me? Ain't that America? Chevy Trucks are something to see, baby! Ain't that America, home of Chevy! And I mean, who really gives a crap about rocks, anyways? It's not like when you see a rock on the ground, you think, "Hey, I want to buy that," or, "Gosh, I have this sudden urge to go over to my local Chevrolet dealership and buy a solid, dependable, four-wheel drive truck."

So take that, Seger! No longer will your kitsch ballad "Like A Rock" be plastered all over advertisements for the American automobile company. According to Automotive News, the marketing team for the corporation at General Motors has enlisted none other than John "Cougar" Mellencamp to assist them with their next ad campaign.

Apparently, the budget for said campaign will run at around $400 million; chump change considering the types of revenues that the Cougar could bring them with his sweet, sweet-loving, adult-contemporary MOR. But wouldn't someone like Don Henley be better? He could sing "Silverado" and maybe even do a Beatles' "Free As A Bird"-esque duet with Johnny Cash (or Jamie Foxx impersonating Cash) on it. Now THAT would sell.

You know what they say: Mellencamp fights authority, but authority always wins. Walk tall, Johnny. Walk tall.

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