By Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, January 31, 2009
Antony and the Johnsons, banned in Boston
Yesterday I wrote about a cool new group and their video Epilepsy is Dancing. When I checked my stories at 4:30 PM, my computer locked up. Apparently, YouTube had taken the video down “because it is supposedly indecent!” Although stunning and provocative, the video is hardly indecent, more of cross between Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Debussy’s painter. There is quite a bit of indecent material on YouTube and this video is art not indecent. What is startling is the combination of disability and sexuality, one of the taboos yet in our society.
The video is so well done, with the lyrics, music, dancing and cinematography I recommend it for viewing by adults and children, pre-teens and older, to teach them about epilepsy. It will allay fears about disability and help us to understand another state of human existence. Most children have already seen more sexuality on daytime soaps and rock videos. Of course, nothing is more immoral and disrespectful to life than the brutal violence shown in movies and TV.
Here is the video on PitchFork TV.
By Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, January 29, 2009
So you’re a struggling musician trying to find a way in the world, living on grants and small club jobs. Don’t burn your resume because Microsoft Songsmith will make a singer composer out of everyone who can’t carry a tune. Look out Karaoke. After you watch the Microsoft promo, search YouTube for Microsoft Songsmith parodies.
After that see how fast your mishap can be famous with the Vail Skier, some poor guy who got caught pantless on the ski lift. Nothing a little video software can’t enhance. The world is changing faster than we think and it comes right to your desk.
File under: giving customers what they want makes sales go up
As quite a few folks have sent in, it appears that the always funny team of folks who made up Monty Python actually seem to get the concept of giving away infinite goods to increase the value of scarce goods. They’ve set up a Monty Python channel on YouTube, where they’ll be putting up pretty much all of their videos in high quality. The video announcing this is quite amusing, and a good contrast to all those content providers who decided to sue YouTube, rather than learn to embrace it. Monty Pyton’s DVD sales jumped an astounding 23,000% and are now the number 2 best selling item in the Movies & TV category on Amazon.com. Who was it that said “you can’t compete with free” again?
By Georges Arseanult, Charlottetown – CBC Radio – Maritime Magazine (Sunday 8:30 a.m.) will be airing this Sunday (Jan 25) a 30-minute documentary on Noël Doiron and the sinking of the Duke William during the Deportation of the Prince Edward Island Acadians in 1758. Noël Doiron from Pointe-Prime (today’s Eldon) and some 120 members of his family drowned during that tragedy. The community of Noel in Hants County was named for Noël Doiron. In fact that is where he was living before he moved to the Island with his family in 1750. Tod and Shawn Scott from the Heroes of Hants County Association who did a very impressive research on the life of Noël Doiron were interviewed for the documentary as well as genealogist Stephen White and myself. May I remind you that you can listen to CBC Radio Maritime on line .
Par Georges Arsenault, Charlottetown, Janury 21, 2009 L’émission Maritime Magazine de la radio CBC, à l’antenne le dimanche matin à 8 h 30, diffusera ce dimanche (25 janvier) un documentaire de 30 minutes sur Noël Doiron et le naufrage du Duke William durant la Déportation des Acadiens de l’Île en 1758. Noël Doiron vivait à Pointe-Prime (aujourd’hui la région de Eldon). Lui et quelque 120 membres de sa famille ont péri dans le naufrage. Le village de Noel dans le comté de Hants en Nouvelle-Écosse porte son nom. En fait, c’est dans cette région qu’il demeurait avant d’émigrer à l’Île en 1750.
Music PEI is getting ready for its big Awards week January 14 – 17, 2009
Didn’t anyone tell them that beauty contests are out, passé , finito, dumb and insulting to all?
I don’t believe in beauty contests because they demean all of the contestants who didn’t get the big phony award which can be manipulated in any event. There is room on the earth for everyone, not just # 1.
There is room in the music business for everyone not just this year’s “Music PEI Roots Artist of the Year”? What is the purpose of the award?
They tell us to advance the careers of musicians. Well giving phoney prominence to one musician/group over all the others doesn’t do it. If anyone with a brain believed them, all the non-winning musicians should go home with their tails between their legs and cry until next year. Music sales and gigs would be only for the winners. Continue reading