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    Coldplay’s Kinda Clever Marketing

    October 19, 2011

    Coldplay has a new album coming out next week, Mylo Xyloto, which I’ve learned should be pronounced MY-lo ZY-luh-to. The album artwork is pretty interesting (no clue if the music will be) and they’re doing something pretty clever to get fans to talk about the album and help promote: a simple online tool that creates Mylo Xyloto-like album artwork with your initials.

    The tool encourages fans to make their own personalized artwork then use it as their Facebook or Twitter profile pic. I’m betting a lot of Coldplay fans are doing that already.

    Here’s the original album cover:

    coldplay mylo xyloto

    And here’s what my custom artwork looks like:


    I’d have preferred to use “M2” rather than “MM,” but they only let you use letters. Oh, well. Still kinda interesting to me. Always curious to see how bands are marketing themselves these days. Lord knows that U2 has had all kinds of trouble in this area in the last few years.


    My New Addiction:

    June 24, 2011


    That’s me on the DJ table spinning Don Henley’s “The Boys Of Summer” to a room full of happy music lovers. I’m in a room dedicated to 80s songs on, and I’m completely addicted to this site.

    If you love music and social networking, you’ll probably love The DJs take turns playing one song. The crowd votes each song as either “lame” or “awesome” and the DJ gains a point for each “awesome” vote. As you gain points, the DJ gets to change his/her avatar and gains status/reputation amongst other users. (It’s still a very early/limited beta, and additional point-related rewards are sure to be added later.)

    In that photo, I have 577 points and an “evil green cat” avatar; as I type this, I’m closing in on 1,000 points and will upgrade to a gorilla avatar, or maybe the Deadmau5-inspired mouse.

    There’s a big database of songs to choose from and add to your playlist, and you can also upload your own songs if your favorites are missing. (Like, oddly, Def Leppard is missing from the database.) I’ve heard songs on that I loved 25 years ago and haven’t heard since. (Anyone remember “The Promise” by When In Rome?)

    While the songs are playing, there’s also a chat window where you can have fun and talk with anyone else in the room. I’ve actually made friends via this thing — a group of folks that likes to hang out in one of the various 80s rooms that’s open at any given time.

    Crazy, this Internet thing.


    Collective Soul: So Much Better the Second Time

    September 30, 2010

    I saw Collective Soul in Idaho a little more than a year ago. It was a good show, but I was fighting my first bout of vertigo and probably shouldn’t have made the six-hour round trip to see them. I couldn’t make it through the whole show; wasn’t feeling well and got a little dizzy.

    Round two with Collective Soul happened tonight, much closer to home. They played at the Central Washington State Fair in Yakima — a little more than an hour away. And my vertigo hasn’t been bothering me lately. Sean and I went and it was a blast! They played just about every song I could’ve hoped for (aside from a few more obscure tracks that I love) and, even though the show only ran about 90 minutes, it was pretty much perfect.

    Aside from that stuff, I also used the show to test my iPhone 4 and how well it handles live audio, video, etc. The main thing to use my Ustream account for the first time — to see how it looks and sounds, how it connects with Twitter, etc. Here’s an awesome live version of “December,” which — despite my dancing with the camera in my hand — came out really well.

    There are a couple other videos on my Ustream channel if you’re interested.

    All in all, the live audio/video stuff was pretty easy. Which is good, since I’m hoping to do more next year when U2 comes to the U.S.


    My Workout Songs Playlist

    July 22, 2010


    I tweeted that a couple hours ago, right after hearing “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon, “Tom Sawyer” by Rush, and two Who songs in a row — “Eminence Front” and “Baba O’Riley.” Awesome.

    It led to some fun conversations with others on Twitter about workout songs; Blake Thompson asked me to post my playlist, so now that I’ve figured out how to export from iTunes, why not? Earlier this year, I posted 8 Great Workout Songs, but here’s the full list of 50+ songs that accompany me to the gym, in alphabetical order by artist.

    Name Artist
    Der Kommissar After the Fire
    Deep and Wide and Tall Aztec Camera
    Long Lost Better Than Ezra
    Speeding Up To Slow Down Better Than Ezra
    In A Big Country Big Country
    Dancing With Myself Billy Idol
    Nothing Man Bruce Springsteen
    The Rising Bruce Springsteen
    Politik Coldplay
    Clocks Coldplay
    Welcome Collective Soul
    Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby Counting Crows
    Heroes David Cook
    Animal Def Leppard
    Pour Some Sugar On Me Def Leppard
    Learn To Fly Foo Fighters
    Two Tribes Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    Paradise City Guns N’ Roses
    Sweet Child o’ Mine Guns N’ Roses
    At Last Hothouse Flowers
    Ruby Kaiser Chiefs
    Can’t Stop Now Keane
    Use Somebody Kings of Leon
    First Time Lifehouse
    Time Is Running Out Muse
    Hysteria Muse
    Starlight Muse
    Uprising Muse
    Kill Your Television Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
    Wishlist Pearl Jam
    Under Pressure Queen & David Bowie
    Beat A Drum R.E.M.
    Beautiful Sky Reamonn
    Angels Fly Reamonn
    Tom Sawyer Rush
    Four Corners The Sea And Cake
    Chocolate Snow Patrol
    Wild Wild Life Talking Heads
    All That’s Left Thrice
    Out Of Control U2
    The Electric Co. U2
    Vertigo U2
    Original of the Species U2
    Magnificent (Fred Falke Remix – Edit) U2
    Mofo U2
    Bad (live) U2
    Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love Van Halen
    The Secret Vib Gyor
    When We Were Young Whipping Boy
    Eminence Front The Who
    Baba O’Riley The Who

    So yeah. A mix of ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and more current songs. Mostly rock, but a few slower songs too (Hothouse Flowers, REM, the Pearl Jam song, etc. Good times. Sure makes 45 minutes on a treadmill much more enjoyable.


    How old does a song have to be to be called “classic rock”?

    April 4, 2010

    u2-bdayWhen I was at the gym this afternoon, before I had put in my iPod earbuds, I heard U2’s “Beautiful Day” on one of the local classic rock radio stations. No complaints from me, of course, but really … how old does a song have to be to be called “classic rock”?

    “Beautiful Day” was released less than 10 years ago — September 2000. Partly because U2 has really slowed down its pace of album releases, that song was the lead single just two albums before the current one. Just doesn’t seem like it belongs next to 25-year-old Van Halen songs, 35-year-old Zeppelin songs, and things like “Freebird” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

    Is it just me? Shouldn’t “classic rock” have to be, like, at least 15-20 years old?


    8 Great Workout Songs

    February 13, 2010

    I’ve been working out pretty consistently for the past six weeks or so. And by that, I mean I’m going to the gym about 4-5 times per week. My workout usually consists of a little weightlifting, some situps, and I’m now up to 45 minutes on the treadmill. That’s where the music comes in.

    I’ve got a workout playlist on my iPod with 24 songs. Here are the best workout songs I’ve found so far:

    “Chocolate” by Snow Patrol

    Such an ironic title for a workout song, but this one has the perfect drum beat and rhythm. I’ll let me treadmill time go a little long when this song comes on at the end. It’s too perfect. Unquestionably, the greatest workout song ever.

    “Politik” by Coldplay

    Another one that’s great because, depending on how fast you’re walking, each step hits at the same time as each drum beat. There are some slow parts in this song, so it’s pretty good at the beginning when I’m just starting the treadmill session.

    “When We Were Young” by Whipping Boy

    Great, short song from an Irish band you’ve never heard of. I’ve never seen this video until just now when I went searching on YouTube (since LaLa doesn’t have it).

    “Hysteria” by Muse

    Perfect song for the middle of a long treadmill session. “Uprising” is another great Muse workout song, but I like this one better.

    “First Time” by Lifehouse

    Remember this song from the Dodge TV commercials a couple years ago? It was good then, but even better for a workout. Again with the consistent drumbeat that you can walk to super easily.

    “The Secret” by Vib Gyor

    Another one I couldn’t find on LaLa, so here’s the video. If everyone listed to this song first thing every morning, there’d be no need for coffee runs. Wait ’til the drums kick in at the 15-second mark, and then you’re off.

    “Bad” by U2

    You knew there’d be U2 somewhere on my workout playlist, didn’t you? I’m still searching for good U2 songs to include, but the live version of “Bad” is winning so far. It’s kinda slow in the beginning, but builds up over the second half of the song. It’s good at the beginning of a walk, and also at the end for winding down.

    “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby” by Counting Crows

    One of my all-time favorite songs. It’s a great, great driving song and also works in a workout. Pretty good wind-down song since it’s not super fast.

    Okay, enough of my workout song list. If anyone has their own favorite workout songs, drop a comment so I can build my playlist!