Jon says hell sing a song on the next tour!!!
fitting kinda. if we didnt have the Jackson 5, we wouldnt have had New Edition and then we wouldnt have had the NKs
Id also like to point out that Off the Wall is probably the best debut solo album ever AND probably one of the best dance records ever. From start to finish it is PERFECT
Interesting.. though no Eric Erlandson (founding member) and the only person from the last line up is Melissa auf der Maur and shes only doing backing vocals.
Seven years after the band’s break-up, Courtney Love will resurrect the name Hole for her next album. Nobody’s Daughter, due later this year or early in 2010, will be Hole’s first record since 1998, and largely a partnership between Love and English guitarist Micko Larkin.
Although Hole will tour, this is no reunion. Instead, the resurrected band recalls Billy Corgan’s new Smashing Pumpkins – in which he is the only original member. Eric Erlandson, Hole’s co-founder, is nowhere to be seen – and bassist Melissa auf der Maur, though she will play concerts with Love, only provides backing vocals on the new album.
However, Love told NME this week that she had no choice but to revive her rock’n'roll moniker. After binning early sessions with pop songwriter Linda Perry, her planned solo album went “from being an aspiration of [Bob Dylan's] Blood On the Tracks to … [David Bowie's] Diamond Dogs”. “It’s huge,” Love said, “like a big, fist-shaped hole.”
“The rock Courtney didn’t really go away, but I needed a rock partner,” she continued. “I have my rock partner now.” The lucky fellow is Micko Larkin, of defunct London band Larrikin Love. “I am old enough to be his cool auntie,” Love admits.
As previously mentioned, Auf der Maur appears on the album in a modest capacity. So do members of heavy-metal string quartet Apocalyptica. Nobody’s Daughter will be produced by Michael Beinhorn, who also worked on Hole’s 1998 album, Celebrity Skin. No label has been announced – nor is there any word on that tampon sponsorship.
Love has also announced plans to launch a US festival next year, and to “unleash” Florence and the Machine on North America, but for now her focus is on finishing the album originally promised for 1 January, 2009. “[I'm wearing] my first pair of leather pants in 20 years,” Love said. She must be serious.
This will be, interesting.
picture courtesy of twitter user @felicia__nicole
God how hot is he?!?! *drools*
8:31 AM, June 3, 2009
Vuze — the company that’s trying to sell licensed, high-def videos to users of the BitTorrent file-sharing software — has spent much of the past two years trying to persuade Hollywood that its users are customers, not thieves. So far, however, the major studios have entrusted little to Vuze beyond movie trailers and other promotional videos. Now Vuze is trying to prod Hollywood with some eye-opening data about its clientele’s buying habits and purchasing power: in addition to being copyright infringers, they spend a lot of money on movies and movie-watching gear. Said Vuze CEO Gilles BianRosa, “Those users are actually Hollywood’s best customers.”
Yes, that’s a self-serving comment. But BianRosa’s assertion is supported by a survey by media consulting firm Frank N. Magid Associates of about 1,300 Internet users between the ages of 18 and 44, nearly 700 of whom use Vuze. The survey, which Vuze released late Tuesday, included the following insights about the members of the company’s audience:
- They buy 34% more movie tickets, purchase 34% more DVDs and rent 24% more movies than the average Internet user.
- They tend to have more and better equipment for consuming media, including home theaters and expensive computers with large screens.
- They spend less time watching TV, more online, and far more watching downloaded or streaming video.
- They’re not only early adopters, they’re more likely to share their opinions online, and with more people.
BianRosa said he talks frequently with studio executives, and a common attitude is that BitTorrent users are “never going to pay for anything” and “are basically at the heart of Hollywood’s problem right now.” Rather than dismissing them, though, the survey shows that Hollywood should be trying to understand when and why they decide to buy content. The data tells Hollywood that Vuze’s audience is ready for video delivered digitally and willing to spend heavily on programming and the means to consume it. What it doesn’t reveal, at least not explicitly, is why those users buy DVDs but not the downloadable movies sold or rented by authorized outlets such as CinemaNow, iTunes or Amazon.com.
Naturally, BianRosa has a few guesses. First, he said, the price demanded for downloadable movies is about the same as what it costs to buy or rent a physical DVD, yet the downloads don’t deliver as much value. That’s true in part because the DRM used on the downloadable media creates “massive friction” for consumers, making those files less portable and harder to use than discs. And the studios’ demand that online distributors pay anticipated royalties in advance cuts down on the availability of legitimate content by making it hard for many smaller outlets to get into the business, he said.
The studios’ pricing strategy is dictated to some degree by their concern about cannibalizing DVD sales, which have been a critical source of revenue. But BianRosa asked, “How can there be cannibalization if there isn’t distribution?” It’s not a question of trading analog dollars for digital dimes, as NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker famously put it, because the profit margins should be better online than they are in the physical world, BianRosa said. Rather, the issue is whether Hollywood can afford not to be experimenting online with BitTorrent and other distribution platforms that millions of people are using. The studios, he said, are “hoping for a model online that will magically emerge on its own, with all the problems resolved … and then embrace it. That’s just not the way it’s going to happen.”
Of course, it’s not fair to say the major studios are shunning the Internet just because they haven’t been willing to license content to Vuze on BianRosa’s terms. They’re doing some significant experiments online, particularly with television programs and advertiser-supported platforms such as Hulu (which NBC Universal and News Corp. founded). They’ve gradually offered more movies for rent or purchase on the Net, and reduced the time lag between the DVD release and online availability. But they’ve not gone nearly as far as the music industry to enable fully stocked video-on-demand services online or provide the same quality and flexibility in downloadable media as they do in packaged products. And neither the record labels nor the studios has made a credible attempt yet to compete head-to-head with bootlegged goods on the distribution platforms where piracy thrives. Perhaps the Vuze survey will give Hollywood more incentive to court those users, rather than simply wishing they’d go away.
– Jon Healey
Yes we needed this article to tell use things we already know, but maybe if its in print the god damn RIAA and MPAA will read this and it MIGHT (though probably not) get through their thick heads. We’re trying to HELP them and they REFUSE to embrace the way the system has changed and works. Oh wells. Until then well keep on fighting and theyll keep on losing out.
mmm… looks like the jeans have gotten tighter and he just looks awesome. Im thinking this is possibly during popsicle…
not too sure *where* it was taken but its either atlanta or va beach.
WAAAAAIT is that THE topless hat of yesteryear? oh yes it is!!!! £$!$%£$!£”%£$% oh my god!!!!
im trying this out YET again. maybe i can make this work. maybe.
have the blog, youtube and vimeo all loaded into it. i might remove vimeo as its more for personal sharing than nkotb related stuff. who knows. lets see if it works. mikes away so im going to try to be playing around with the blog maybe generating a wee bit more traffic.
Please go to the link and give at least $10 (or about £6.20) for 5 books for some very lucky kids to get and learn the joy of reading! your $10 (or £6.20) will help a kindergärtner learn the joy of reading. Its a great gift and if we help only one kid, that will make all our efforts worth it. reading IS fundamental and so many children go to bed without a night time story. please dont let this happen any more.
how hot is he?