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You are about to see something pretty frigin’ amazing. I mean, if I were to you show you videos of cats playing Schoenberg on the piano, that would be amazing right?

Well voila!

So there you have it, cats playing the second movement of Schoenberg’s Opus 11. Here’s the first and the third. Who ever said doggy’s weren’t tolerant?

Well yeah, you probably guessed it, a certain someone, who goes by the name of Cory Arcangel, mixed up videos of cats playing the piano and re-created one of contemporary music’s greatest masterpieces. Somehow this impresses me even more then Kutiman’s Thru You project. Truly mind-boggling work. On his website Cory gives full explanations on how he made the videos. Check it out here. And here’s his youtube channel.

Meow.

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porter mason book

Porter Mason is the guy who drew gigdoggy’s main splash-page cartoon, and a very smart and talented individual at that. I follow him on twitter (@portermason) and the guy’s got a real sense of humor. Not only that, but he’s the embodiment of a DIY artist: he publishes his own books, is on top of the social media game, uses all the tools out there to get his brand out etc..
I received this email this morning, and I just thought I would share it with you doggy-readers as an example of GOOD marketing practice (simple, personal, and funny – i loved the Micheal Bay bit :)

please note that this is the first email of this kind that I ever received from Porter – so I’m not preaching spammy practices to you lot out there – and no, we aren’t paid to write this post :-)

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Summer is here, and prices at PorterMason.com are dropping. Dropping like my rent when I move to Los Angeles in September!

Yes, in September I’m leaving New York to move to Los Angeles.

And you know what I don’t want to move across the country? Unsold piles of my book of comic strips, All Local Bands Suck (Except Ours)!

So help me out: buy my book of comic strips now from PorterMason.com

We all know you want to buy the book, but you just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Well friends, this is your moment.

I’ve even dropped the price to $11.99 for a limited time.

Only $11.99!! That’s less than a single ticket to Transformers 2! For 92 beautiful pages of comic strips from my hit cartoon, Bassist Wanted! And none of that $11.99 will go to support director Michael Bay. I guarantee it.

I think we can all agree my book is this summer’s alternative to Transformers 2.

So again, if you’ve thought about buying the book, I’d really appreciate it if you’d pull the trigger now.

Buy it online right now at: http://PorterMason.com/store

You can use your PayPal account to pay for it, but if that annoys you, PayPal also lets you just use a credit card.

Now if you ever see me in person, I will always have copies of my book on me, and will be happy to sell you one right then. Believe me. Just ask.

But don’t wait to see me! Who ever sees me? No one! And you won’t have cash! Or I won’t be able to make change! Bah! What a hassle! Just buy it now online instead.

And if you wouldn’t mind, please pass on the word about the book.

Email friends. Blog about it. Put stuff on Facebook. Twitter some tweets. Every little bit helps.

Remember, this is a one-man operation.

I have no company backing me and my comics. It’s just me and you, friends. It’s me and you (and my book) against AIG and Halliburton! So let’s really give those corporate jerkfaces a run for their money, huh? Yeah!

OK, that’s it.

Love,
Porter

P.S. I promise I’ll only send these emails once or twice a year.

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Porter is right, i WAS meaning to buy the book and just hadn’t gotten around to it, and I can totally relate to his situation, having moved around myself quite a bit.

Congrats Porter, you just got my $11.99, and we wish you good luck in LA!!

Greg

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It Might Get Loud is hitting the theaters the 14th of August! The trailer looks awesome. Check it out:

I remember being kind of set aback by the fact that the production or whatever chose The Edge (U2’s guitarist) as one of the three featured rock legends to illustrate the history of the electric guitar, but the trailer reconciles me with the decision. He’s clearly not the most iconic guitarist out there, but he represents a pivoting point between the two others (Jack White and Jimmy Page) who belong to the realm of pure rock, and not of the flangy over-reverberised world of pop-rock :). Now, I’m sure this documentary will kick ass.

Woof.

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Hey people.

Because I have no inspiration, and because I have yet to encounter some real news worthy stories to write about, I have decided to give you 5 links to articles, rants and whatnot I fell upon today and found particularly interesting. I’ll kick start with the myspace of an awesome band I just discovered so you can check it out while reading the articles.

Enjoy! (click on titles to access links)

Bark

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Who here hasn’t heard of, or hasn’t used Craigslist before? Well, apart from being the most important and active classified ad website out there, it’s also a place where you can find fairly hilarious stuff. They have a section called “The Best Of Craigslist” where you can encounter the most crazy / unusual ads posted by the most crazy / unusual people. The story I’m about to share with you was not found in the best-of page, but I’ll submit it shortly after I finish this post. It goes like this:


backpack (to the guy who broke into my car and stole my backpack) (duluth and clark) (title of the ad)

First of all, thanks for not stealing anything else. I also respect that you got what you wanted without inflicting too much collateral damage. If you were drunk and doing it just for kicks, I rescind my expressions of respect.

There are cards in the pockets on which you’ll find my address. Please get in touch, or send me back my stuff. I’ll compensate you generously, you’ll be able to buy the same bag at least three times. All I really want back is my moleskine notebook, and my CD case and walkman. You can keep the rest. I don’t know if my bathing suit will fit you, but it’s brand-spanking new so you should go for a swim and break it in. The clothes and toiletry stuff is all yours too – who doesn’t need deodorant, toothbrush, etc? If you’re homeless you probably aren’t reading this but you needed my bag more than me, and you can gladly have it.

But! The Roots bag is pretty nice and all (it’s been to Jamaica and Turkey, it’s a pretty durable thing that’ll last you a long time) – but PLEASE DON’T just mindlessly discard everything in it. CD CASE especially, you’ll regret it hardcore. There’s a walkman and headphones; use them! I cherrypicked all of my all time FAVOURITES for the road home… and a lot of new shit that I have recently acquired/giving a shot. A preview

DYLAN – BLONDE ON BLONDE, HIGHWAY 61
I got this duo because it’s the ultimate roadtrip Dylan. A lot of people will argue that it’s the ultimate Dylan period. Some of the greatest lyrics, edit that, poetry I’ve ever encountered; the energy of Dylan fucking everybody over and doing his thing and doing it electric reaches it’s peak on these two albums. Has there ever been any side one track one that supersedes” like a rolling stone”? 11 min more heartbreakingly beautiful than “sad eyed lady of the lowlands”? I really don’t think so.

WILCO – YANKEE HOTEL FOXTROT
It’s black. Listen to it.

VAN MORRISON – ASTRAL WEEKS
Van doesn’t simply have climaxes to his songs. He scales mountains and then teeters and sways from on high; he’s poured his heart and so much work into every song and you can tell, he was doing majestic orchestral “pop” long before arcade fire; brian wilson might have done it too but he ain’t got nothing on this irish poet

GZA – LIQUID SWORDS
Speaking of poetry – mah FIRST RAP ALBUM EVER. Bought it in Toronto and I’ve never looked back. Liquid GOLD. If you like, there’s some Jeru, and Ghostface, and Doom, and a bunch of other goodies too (Lil Wayne if you’re looking for some solid entertainment). Madlib also makes sweet beats, he takes you to bollywood as the beat konducta.

k there’s so much more that i’m forgetting (shit the original classics like the SMITHS, BAUHAUS, ELLIOTT SMITH),……….um enjoy, I’m gonna miss the hell out of it all


This story brought back hardcore memories – the same happened to me a couple of years back. Someone broke into my car and stole a whole case full of CDs of my best collection. I was very, very sad. More so that most of my CDs were rare jazz releases that I have yet to download illegally. The culprit probably frisbied them against a wall or something…

Sniff.

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“Derek Paravicini is completely blind and is severely learning impaired. He is 26, doesn’t know his left from right, and can barely count to ten.” Yet Derek is a complete musical genius. this is his story:

part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5

This documentary really got me hooked – do check it out.

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Once again some beautiful cassette tape art by Erika Iris Simmons (aka Iri5). Paul Simonon would be proud.

the clash cassete tape artFrom Wikipedia, here’s the anecdote concerning this monster of an album cover: The album’s cover features a photograph of Simonon smashing his Fender Precision Bass (on display at the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as of May 2009) against the stage at The Palladium in New York City on 21 September 1979 during the “Clash Take the Fifth” US tour. Pennie Smith, who photographed the band for the album, originally did not want the photograph to be used. She thought that it was too out of focus, but Strummer and graphic designer Ray Lowry thought it would make a good album cover. In 2002, Smith’s photograph was named the best rock and roll photograph of all time by Q magazine, commenting that “it captures the ultimate rock’n’roll moment – total loss of control”.

The cover artwork was designed by Lowry and was a homage to the design of Elvis Presley’s debut album. The cover was named the ninth best album cover of all time by Q magazine in 2001.

I vigorously encourage you to check out Iri5’s website at http://www.iri5.com.

Woof!

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