Sunday, April 11, 2010

Puppets of Israel act like...Israel

"The PA security forces in the West Bank have summoned Layla Saqar for interrogation in a bid to pressure her husband Ahmad Nabhan Saqar who has been languishing in Israeli jails for ten years now, local sources confirmed."

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Brought to you by: the US liberators

"Iraq has also dismissed suggestions that it should reduce the number of crimes for which the death penalty can be imposed. The country told the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday that it also wouldn't commit to investigating abuse against gays or decriminalize homosexuality. Neither would it raise the age of penal responsibility to 18 years. It is currently 9 in most of Iraq and 11 in Kurdistan."

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales

Week Ending 04/26/2008

1) 45rpm - The Combinations "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" / "Goddess Of Love" Kimtone - $4,070.00

2) LP - Abba "Arrival" mother pressing plates - $3,525.00

3) LP - Bruce Springsteen "Born To Run" Acetate - $3,383.00

4) 45rpm - Professionals "That's Why I Love You" / "Did My Baby Call" Groove City - $3,150.00

5) 45rpm - Nirvana "Love Buzz" Sub Pop - $2,600

This Date In Music History-September 30

Birthdays:

Johnny Mathis ("Misty") is 73.

Marilyn McCoo Davis of the 5th Dimension ("Wedding Bell Blues") turns 65.
Drummer Dewey Martin of Buffalo Springfield was born in Chesterville, Ontario in 1942.

Sylvia Peterson - vocalist for The Chiffons (1946).

Born on this day in 1964, Trey Anastasio, American guitarist, and singer with Phish.

Born on this day in 1933, Soul singer Cissy Houston, and mother of Whitney Houston. Member of Sweet Inspirations, The Drinkard Singers, (with Dionne Warwick), back-up singer with Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross.

History:

In 2006, Justin Timberlake started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his second solo album 'FutureSex/Lov! eSounds' which also became the biggest album ever for pre-orders on iTunes.

In 1967, Paul McCartney and John Lennon appeared on The David Frost Show, but all they wanted to talk about was how wonderful the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was.

Tragedy strikes David Crosby in 1969, as the CSN member's girlfriend Christine Gail Hinton died in a car crash north of San Francisco. That same day, Crosby, Stills & Nash goes gold.

New York promoter Sid Bernstein contacted Brian Epstein in 1963 and wanted to know more about these Beatles he keeps hearing about, even though they have yet to score a hit in the U.S. Bernstein would go on to promote the band's famed gigs at Shea Stadium. Meanwhile, the Beatles are recording "Money (That's What I Want)" and "I Wanna Be Your Man."

In 1957, Jimmie Rodgers reached number one on the Billboard chart! with his very first release, "Honeycomb". Over the n! ext year , he would enjoy more success with "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" and "Oh-Oh, I'm Falling in Love Again".

Mary Ford (partner of Les Paul-- "How High The Moon") died of cancer in 1977.

James Dean died at the age of 24 in a 1955 California car crash.

John Lennon was awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1988.

Donovan made his U.S. TV debut on ABC's "Shindig" in 1965.

The late Frankie Lymon ("Why Do Fools Fall In Love") was born in 1942.

On The Simpsons tonight in 1993, George Harrison and David Crosby made guest appearances.

In 1996, in the middle of performing his big hit "Tip-Toe Thru' the Tulips With Me" in Montague, Mass., Tiny Tim suffered a heart attack and had to be taken off stage. He! died two months later.

Bob Dylan releases "Time Out of Mind" in 1997.

T Rex great, the late Marc Bolan was born in 1947 (died September 16, 1977).

The Rolling Stones recorded the video for "Rock And A Hard Place" at Foxboro-Sullivan Stadium in 1989.

In 1987, L.A.'s Coconut Grove played host to an all-star gathering as Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, and Elvis Costello joined Roy Orbison onstage to tape a TV special. The evening's proceedings were eventually released as "A Black and White Night."

"Incense and Peppermints" by the Strawberry Alarm Clock made its debut on the charts in 1967.

Phil Collins joined Genesis in 1970.

In 1971, Yes kicked off their first tour with Rick Wakeman on keyboards.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mystery `Eleanor Rigby' document goes to auction

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press

LONDON – Eleanor Rigby: fact or fiction?

That question, which has bedeviled Beatles' fans for decades, may be answered in part by a 1911 hospital payroll sheet to be auctioned in London on Thursday.

The document, sent by Paul McCartney in 1990 to the director of a music charity who had asked for funding, contains the signature of a scullery maid named "E. Rigby" who worked in a Liverpool hospital.

The director of the company auctioning the document believes the woman who signed the payroll is the same Eleanor Rigby buried in 1939 in a Liverpool graveyard next to the church where McCartney met the young John Lennon.

"I've spoken to the person who lived in the house where she used to live, and they've confirmed that the signature is the same signature of the person in the graveyard," said Tom Owen of the Fame Bureau auction house, adding that the finding may cont! radict McCartney's longtime assertion that the song was based on a made-up character.

"It's intriguing that McCartney owned it because he says he created the song around a fictitious figure," said Owen. "And yet, how did he have this document and why did he have it? When he was asked to donate money, he sent this."

Interest is so high it's estimated the document may fetch $750,000.

Read the rest of this interesting story here:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081125/ap_en_mu/eu_britain_beatles_mystery

Music News & Notes

Reba Studio LP

Reba McEntire has returned to the studio to record her first solo album in over five years.

McEntire explained, "It's not like I ever consciously decided to wait so long between studio albums. We just had these great opportunities along the way-to put out another Greatest Hits, plus the TV show was going on and then we did the Duets project. Before I knew it, six years had gone by."

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Saxophonist Newman Dies

Saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman passed away Tuesday from pancreatic cancer at the age of 75.

Newman not only recorded his own albums and played with a number of jazz greats, but also worked with Dr. John, Aretha Franklin, Aaron Neville and the Ray Charles Band among others.

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Neil Young News

Neil Young's The Archives Volume 1, 1963-197! 2 has been postponed once again until later in the year. He will be releasing the album Fork in the Road on March 31, but early reactions to the new songs have not been positive.


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Haggard Feeling Better

Merle Haggard has told People magazine that he's feeling better everyday and wants to get back to the studio and on the road. "I'm doing real well, a little better every day.....I'm going into the studio to see how my voice sounds.

"Most of the reports were like, 'He's got six months to live!' There was never any indication of that. I lost the upper lobe of my right lung where there was a tumor suspended like a fruit on a tree. But there was no chemo. I feel like I've extended my life. I'm in better shape than when I went in."

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Faces Reunion News

The U.K. paper The Sun reports that the r! eformed Faces have already recorded their first album in over ! thirty y ears. Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan and an unnamed bass player supposedly were inspired after a trip together to Costa Rica, Bermuda and Miami.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror tempers that a bit by saying that Stewart and Wood are done writing the songs for the album, which they completed in three days on that vacation. The Mirror also "confirms" that Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be the bass player.

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Falling For Obama

It's been reported that James Taylor was taken to the hospital and received fifty stitches after falling at a rehearsal for the Barack Obama concert last Sunday. A spokesperson for the singer said that he fell, cutting his forehead on a guitar, which would explain why he wore the hat and sunglasses when he performed.

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New Bowie Music

David Bowie announ! ced that he was working on new music via a Twitter message. "Cheers from a snowy Berlin! Working on some new material!" Bowie has made three other albums in the German city (Low, Heroes, Lodger).

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Springsteen says music can influence society


Bruce Springsteen would like to think that music played a small part in helping Barack Obama become president.

Springsteen performed during the weekend inaugural festivities, and was a big Obama booster during the campaign.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine he doesn't think rockers have a whole lot of inf! luence, but can create a vision of the world as it should be.
Bob Dylan's classic album "Highway 61 Revisited" did it for him, and Springsteen says he hopes that in some way, his music may have had the same effect.

Springsteen says the world he envisioned for years in his songs was realized when Obama was elected. Says the 59-year-old singer: "It's not just something I dreamed up. It can exist."

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bird & Animal Names In Rock & Roll History- part two

Throughout music history there have been many bands that have adopted an "animal" or "bird" monikers to represent their band and their sound. Some artists even have a last name that fits into this category and in this continuing article series we will explore some of the unique "animal" and "bird" names and the diverse music that has been created by these groups or individuals.

As I prepared for this project, I did not realize the amount of bands and artists who fall into the category. There are so many new bands like Fleet Foxes, Minus The Bear, Weird Owl and Andrew Bird, Animal Collective, just to name a few, to add to the growing list (which is no particular order). If you have a particular band or artist that fits into this article series, please email me and I can add them to the growing and seemingly endless list. Look for this feature every Tuesday and Thursday. This should be a fun series! Here is part two:



In th! e last article, we talked about "animal" band names including the Teddy Bears, the novelty act the Chipmunks and of course led off with the British group The Animals. Let's explore more "animal" group names in music history.

The Turtles first hit the charts in 1965 with a cover of a Bob Dylan tune, "It Ain't Me Babe" on a "fish" record label called White Whale. They followed that Top Ten hit with several more pop rock gems including, "She'd Rather Be With Me" and "Elenore," among others. They also secured a number one hit in the spring of 1967 with a song called "Happy Together." Interestingly, the Turtles had recorded the song "Eve Of Destruction" on their LP "It Ain't Me Babe" in 1965, but did not release it as a single. The P. F. Sloan protest song ultimately went to the number one position after it was released by Barry McGuire.

At the end of the sixties, group members Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman hooked up with Frank Zappa a! nd the Mothers of Invention and also performed on their own as! Flo and Eddie. Kaylan and Volman sang backing vocals on several recordings by T.Rex, including their epic #1 hit "Get it On (Bang A Gong)" and albums by Electric Warrior and The Slider. They also sang backup on Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart", from his album The River. They continue to perform today, both as Flo and Eddie and as the Turtles.


In 1966, an advertisement in the Hollywood Trade paper "Daily Variety" implored "folk and rock musicians-singers for acting roles in a new television series." It is reported that more than 430 people answered the ad including Harry Nilsson, Danny Hutton (later to be with 3 Dog Night), songwriter Paul Williams ! and Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame), among others. Stills was rejected because his teeth and hair weren't perfect, but he had a friend that resembled him. His friend, Peter Tork went into the audition, walked into a wall and the job was his and became part of the "made for TV" group The Monkees.

With songs written by some of the most talented songwriters of the time (including Gerry Goffin-Carole King, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka, Tommy Boyce-Bobby Hart among others), the Monkees achieved major pop rock success with such hits as the catchy rocker "Last Train To Clarksville," the Neil Diamond written number one hit, "I'm A Believer," (which was number one for an incredible seven weeks), the pop gem by Davy Jones called "Daydream Believer" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday" (which was written by the legendary song writing duo of Gerry Goffin and Carole King), among others and members Michael Nesmith, Davey Jones, Peter Tork and ! Mickey Dolenz became international superstars.

The ! televisi on show, appropriately called the Monkees, featured the quartet in inane and slapstick sketches and also showcased their music. Despite the fact that the group was not permitted to play instruments on the records, the public gobbled up "Monkeemania." But, with pressure from that same public and band member Michael Nesmith's urging (and to deflect the growing public criticism), they started to play instruments on their third album "Headquarters."

In one of the rock's most embarrassing moments, in 1967 the Monkees toured with a gentleman named Jimi Hendrix as their opening act. But Monkee fans disliked the legendary guitar player (who was largely unknown here in the states, but had a strong following in Europe) and booed him. Finally, in New York, Hendrix had enough, flipped-off the screaming Monkee fans and quit the tour.

It is said that camera happy band members Davey Jones and Mickey Dolenz didn't care much about the music. In fact, Dolenz was k! nown to slip the cameraman twenty-five dollars to make sure he received the most close-ups. Jones then slipped the cameraman thirty-five dollars and promptly stole the show.

When MTV began re-broadcasting the television series in 1987, a second wave of "Monkeemania" gripped the nation as the group enjoyed a major revival in popularity that even put six of their old albums back onto the charts. A new best of "Then And Now" achieved platinum status and the band (minus Mike Nesmith) scored a Top 40 hit with a new song entitled 'That Was Then, This Is Now"; one of three new cuts recorded by the trio of Jones, Tork and Dolenz. The trio toured in the summer of '87 and went on to record a new album called "Pool It!" the following year. But, Nesmith had no interest in rejoining the group, but did join the band when they were awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 1989. Nesmith relented in 1996 and returned to the band for an album called "Justus" which coinci! ded with Rhino Records' twenty-one volume video set of the pop! ular tel evision show. Another "Greatest Hits" compilation album went gold in 2000.

In the next article of the series, we will continue to explore more "bird" and "animal" group names and artist names in rock and roll history.

Turtle's Tidbits:

The Turtles were (1965–1967)

Howard Kaylan – vocals, Mark Volman - guitar, saxophone, vocals, Al Nichol - guitar Jim Tucker – guitar, Chuck Portz – bass, Don Murray - drums

Various reincarnations of the band have played together with different personnel, but the constant was always having Kaylan and Volman leading the bands.

In 1984, Kaylan and Volman legally regained the use of the Turtles name, and began touring as The Turtles... Featuring Flo and Eddie. Instead of trying to reunite with their earlier band mates, they began featuring all-star sidemen who had played with different groups.

Selected Cuts: Buy Turtles Music

US Top 10 singles:
1965 It Ain't Me Babe #8
1967 Happy Together #1
1967 She'd Rather Be With Me #3
1968 Elenore #6


Monkees' Tidbits

Monkees critics complained that they were just a made-for-TV knockoff of the Beatles, but the Fab Four took it in stride, and welcomed the Monkees when they visited England. John Lennon publicly compared the Monkees' humor to The Marx Brothers, a high compliment indeed. In fact, Nesmith attended the "A Day in the Life" sessions at Abbey Road Studios and he can be seen in the Beatles' home movies, including one scene where he is conversing with Lennon (who called him "Monkee Man").

On their third album, Headquarters (1967) the four Monkees actually wrote and played much of their own material. The album quickly shot to #1, but was bumped off the top slot when ! the Beatles released "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." ! Interes tingly, the Monkees outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined in 1967.

In the 1990s, the Monkees continued to record new material, their 11th album, Justus, was released in 1996. It was the first since 1968 on which all four original members performed and produced. Justus was produced by the Monkees, all songs were written by one of the four Monkees, and it was recorded using only the four Monkees for all instruments and vocals, which was the inspiration for the album title and spelling (Justus = Just Us).

The Monkees were the first band to use a Moog Synthesizer in a top-10 album (used on "Star Collector", "Daily Nightly" and "Love Is Only Sleeping" from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., released in November of 1967).

The band's success actually compelled another David Jones to change his surname to Bowie, to avoid being confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees.

The Monkees are one of only eight artists ach! ieving number-one hits in the United States and United Kingdom simultaneously

Selected Cuts: Buy Monkees Music

US Top 10 singles:
1966 Last Train to Clarksville #1
1966 I'm a Believer" / I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone #1
1967 A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You #2
1967 Pleasant Valley Sunday #3
1967 Daydream Believer #1
1968 Valleri #3

Music News & Notes

Jesus Lizard Remaster Classic Albums for Late Summer Release

Where were you when Jesus Lizard was releasing seminal releases like Goat and Head and Pure? It doesn't really matter anymore, because if you missed them back in the day, they're all available to you now as remastered versions, starting on September 22nd via Touch and Go Records. All of the tracks were remastered by Bob Weston and Steve Albini.

As full length albums, both Goat and Head will be available on vinyl, CD and MP3 versions, with the vinyl version including a coupon to redeem for an additional MP3 version.

As an EP, Pure is only available in 12" vinyl or MP3 with the same coupon/download approach. It also features "Bloody Mary (Live)" is a bonus track.

This re-issued version of all three include expanded liner notes and new photos.

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Superchunk Return With Super 7"

The fur! ther return of Superchunk! July will see the release of a super-limited edition super 7" single titled "Crossed Wires" on clear vinyl and accompanying download. You can get your digital on and your analog on at the same time.

The record was recorded and produced in Durham, North Carolina by Scott Solter (John Vanderslice, The Mountain Goats). It arrives on July 7th. No word on whether this is actually new material or a raiding of the vaults, but who cares! It's Superchunk!

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Will "Vinyl Saturday" Drag People Back To The Record Stores?

The people behind the one-day indie-music-retail blowout Record Store Day are hoping so; they've declared the third Saturday of every month Vinyl Saturday, on which limited-edition vinyl releases will be available at participating indie shops. The first installment is Saturday, June 20, and there will be four special releases on shelves that day:


• A Wilco seven-inch ("You Never Know" b/w "Unlikely Japan,"! recorde d in 2003);
• A Green Day seven-inch ("Know Your Enemy" b/w "Hearts Collide");
• A Modest Mouse seven-inch ("Autumn Beds" b/w "Whale Song"–this will actually be at all record stores on the 23rd, but Vinyl Saturday participants will allegedly get it in time to sell it Saturday); and
• A Pete Yorn/ScarJo seven-inch (a duet b/w a Yorn demo).

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Costello Album Cover Art


Elvis Costello - Secret, Profane and Sugarcane - Costello's new, predominantly-acoustic release is a collaboration with T-Bone Burnett recorded over a three-day session in Nashville. The album! is currently streaming on http://www.elviscostello.com/










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Pearl Jam On Conan



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Elektra Records

Elektra records is back. The label that signed everyone from Judy Collins to the Doors has been made a freestanding label by the Atlantic Records and Warner Music Groups. The first signings include Cee-Lo (Gnarls Barkley), Justice and Little Boots.

Co-president John Janick said "Elektra Records will mark its 60th Anniversary in 2010 and it feels like the perfect time to recapture and reignite the spirit which made the label a beacon of great music and eclectic artistry. Elektra has always been first and foremost about its artists, supporting their vision and giving them the freedom to do their best work. This is a sacred tru! st that Mike and I take very seriously, and that we will striv! e to uph old in the years ahead. We'd like to especially thank Jac Holzman for his wonderful support as we begin to build on the legacy of the amazing label he started six decades ago."

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Music News & Notes

Rare Beatles LPs


Earlier in the week, I told you about a gent who, for years, during the wee small hours, as an employee at a Capitol Records pressing plant created a series of magnificent one-of-a-kind LPs.

These spectacular, rainbow-coloured records were created by an unnamed former worker at a Capitol plant in Canada. After shifts at the factory, the employee "would amuse himself", according to a pair of Toronto vinyl dealers, "by creating totally unique coloured-vinyl LPs". As an employee of Capitol, this Beatles fan allegedly had access to the "original plates" f! or several albums. Using these, he would press his own special copies – applying coloured dye and artisanal techniques.

These copies include Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on bright baby-blue marble vinyl, the 1967-70 greatest hits compilation on swirled blue-and-white vinyl, and a translucent blue LP with side A of Revolver and side B of John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band album.

However, the most beautiful item in the collection is the Beatles' Love Songs anthology, made with gold vinyl. This is streaked with an abstract expressionist rainbow, like an explosion at a paint factory. Unfortunately, the set's second LP is just plain black vinyl.

In addition to the Beatles records, the vinyl guru also pressed special versions of albums by Helen Reddy, Peter Appleyard and a compilation featuring Anne Murray.

There may be more in the treasure chest, watch here for more updates.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers plan 2010 release

With e nthusiasm again behind them and a self-imposed hiatus scheduled to end this month, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have begun plotting their next move. And as drummer Chad Smith revealed in a recent interview with Clash Music, this next move will include a new studio album in 2010.

"We're gonna write for a while, it usually takes us a while," explained Smith before speculating that the release date would be "Some time next year, maybe this time [next year]."

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Frightened Rabbit Returns With Highly Anticipated Third LP

Having topped myriad "Best Of" lists in 2008 with their widely acclaimed sophomore album, "The Midnight Organ Fight," Glasgow's Frightened Rabbit returns with their anticipated third album, "The Winter Of Mixed Drinks." The follow-up to their breakthrough LP will be released worldwide in March 2010 on FatCat Records. The record's first taste, "Swim Until You Can't See Land," is st! reaming now via FatCat's website and will be digitally released November 17th, followed by a 7-inch b/w "Fun Stuff" on December 8th.

The Rabbit's jangly, anthemic sophomore album earned them critical adoration; among those bestowing it with best-of-the-year laurels were Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Poll, The Onion, Magnet, and Pitchfork, who also designated album opener, "The Modern Leper," one of "The Best Tracks of 2008" as well as one of its "Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s." Upon its unveiling, the foursome's newest offering, "Swim Until You Can't See Land," made instant waves online, with RollingStone.com gushing: "We suggest you find a quiet spot this afternoon, turn your desk speakers up and drink it all in."

Following an exciting but exhausting year, lead Rabbit Scott Hutchison retreated to the harbor town of Crail, along Scotland's Fyfe coastline, and was inspired to pen "Swim," an undeniably catchy song about "losing your mind in order to rest ! the mind and the body." The track, buoyed by chiming guitars a! nd a shu ffling beat, builds and swells as it progresses, bolstered by a sweeping string arrangement courtesy of fellow FatCat artist Hauschka.

According to Hutchison, "Swim" is the natural lead-in to the album: "It's the one that sort of sums up the record for me," he reveals. "I had the song's title in my mind before I even started writing the album; I was becoming more and more interested in the idea of a rejection of the habits and behavior most people see as normal, and in turn embracing a certain madness. This is not necessarily a geographical journey, as the 'swim' can involve any activity in which you can lose yourself. It's a good introduction to the record as the theme unravels therein."

Nautical references continue throughout the album, interwoven among recurring themes of wearied endurance, recaptured freedom, and redemption. "Thematically, this record had to be different from the last," explains Hutchison. "Nobody wanted to hear more break-up songs,! and thankfully, I no longer had any in me."

While a failed relationship may not be the centerpiece of this new collection, the songs retain some of the solemnity of previous efforts. "I think even the most upbeat moments on the record are conveyed in somewhat dark language," Hutchison admits.

Frightened Rabbit will be touring the UK through the end of the year, with a string of headlining gigs followed by a weeklong run in Ireland and England with Modest Mouse.

A full North American tour is planned for the album's release.

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The Band Of Heathens Appear On PBS' Austin City Limits

The Band of Heathens, whose new album One Foot in the Ether the web 'zine AmericanaRoots.com ponders as "the best record of 2009," will appear on PBS' Austin City Limits on November 7 on a bill headlined by Elvis Costello. On the program, the band performs five songs: "Jackson Station," "L! .A. County Blues," "Shine a Light," "Golden Calf" and "You're ! Gonna Mi ss Me When I'm Gone."

Austin City Limits celebrates its 35th season this year and is the longest running music series in American TV history - the show was recently named a landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Other artists on tap this season include Kenny Chesney, Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam, Ben Harper, M. Ward, Asleep at the Wheel, Andrew Bird and Steve Earle.

Although both the Band of Heathens and the producers of Austin City Limits are based in Austin, ACL executive producer Terry Lickona first saw the band while in Nashville for the 2008 Americana Music Festival and Conference.

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RJD2 giving away lots of free stuff ahead of new album

"Every Monday, from now until the release of "The Colossus", I'm gonna give something away, right here at RJEC.COM. Some weeks it might be a singular physical item, some weeks it might be an unreleased song in mp3 format, I rea! lly have no idea exactly what, but it's not gonna be pocket lint-caliber, that's for sure. Some weeks it will require participation, some weeks it won't. Each week I will announce the winner, and the new item."

Per RJD2 on his plans to give lots of stuff away ahead of the January 19th release of his forthcoming full length, The Colossus.

First up is a super rare vinyl test pressing of The Horror EP, originally released in 2003 on Definitive Jux records and in line to be reissued on November 17th via RJ's newly formed label, RJ's Electrical Connections, now home to nearly all things RJD2 past and present. To win? Answer the follow question correctly:

WHAT'S THE BIGGEST NEWS THAT'S GONNA DROP ON MAD MEN THIS SUNDAY?

Email giveaway@rjselectricalconnections.com if you think you know.

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www.vinylcollective.com Restocks:

AGAINST ME! "Disco Before the Breakdown" 7? gold/orang! e vinyl< br />NORTH LINCOLN "S/T" 7?
GET BENT "Dead It" 7?
FESTIPALS "Gold Magic" 7?
THE LEGENDARY SAN DIEGO CHARGERS/ SUNNYSIDE "Give 'em Enough Booze" 7?
THE CRUMBS/ THE RIDICULES split 7?
FELLOW PROJECT/ JONESINí split 7?
GHOST MICE/ TACO CAT split 7?
NO FRIENDS "No Friends" LP
USED KIDS "Yeah No" LP
BANNER PILOT "Pass the Poison" one-sided LP

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Jesse Malin finds new label, readies new album

Jesse Malin, aka the former frontman of legendary punk outfits Heart Attack and D Generation who is now an acclaimed singer/songwriter as well as a friend of Bruce Springsteen and Ryan Adams, has been signed by Side One Dummy Records. This is particularly big news because Malin has already begun work on his first release for the label and is currently held up at at Sonic Youth's Think Tank Studio in Hoboken, NJ with producer Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Flogging ! Molly).

According to an issued press release, the yet-to-be-titled effort was written after a personality crisis and brief hiatus during which Malin attempted-among other things-stints as a charity auctioneer; a Las Vegas wedding DJ; and a documentarian of Rastafarian culture. But none of that, as Malin explains, has taken away from his one-of-a-kind intensity: "I wanted to mix the raw, loose energy that I got from playing in my early hardcore bands and the lonely feeling I get from traveling with an acoustic guitar."

Expect to hear the album in early 2010, with many tour dates to follow.

Obama and Sun Ra (the Connection), JR at the Dry Cleaners, Puked on at Someday

While listening to some singles done by Sun Ra when he was in Chicago…and thinking about what Deval Patrick, the Governor of Massachusetts (and buddy to President Obama) brought with him to his office, having been the son of saxophonist Pat Patrick, a life-long member of Ra's band….

Yeah, think about that one.

After staying up all Monday night, watching the inauguration all day, I didn't have much left to party with but I went to one at the "dry cleaners" at the Ace Hotel where I found March Fourth at the end of a set playing one of my favorite March Fourth tunes. Didn't get a chance to talk to any of them but waved a lot.

JR Pella took over as DJ. I was hoping he would be singing. I always hope he is singing. He should never stop.

P! retty good day, huh?

I know nothing about Sonny Smith or the Evolutionary Jass Band, but if you haven't been to Disjecta's latest space, Friday might be a good time to discover all three. They say Smith…

is like a reincarnation of the old musical apparition called a troubadour. His songs are radically straightforward yet endlessly lyrical and poetic. He captures the movements and intonations of his surroundings like a playwright (and he is) daring the audience to see themselves in the show. And it's all still brilliantly melodic.


He'll be in residence for a few days to record songs for a new album, too.

Composer/pianist….he plays a lot of other instruments too…Andrew Oliver is playing an interesting gig. He! writes:

Saturday, Jan. 25, Sarah P! hillips, a great improviser and ianist (who plays with me in Sound for the Organization of Society) will be in town from Los Angeles. We'll be playing with Tom Garcia (another recent Portland transplant!) on saxophones, Chris Mosley on guitar, and Jonathan Sielaff on clarinets at the Tugboat (711 SW Ankeny) from 9-12. The music will feature Sarah's compositions and improvisational frameworks as well as some free improvisation for the stylistically open minded among you. Also no cover for this


Rachel Taylor Brown has finished recording a new album called Susan Storm's Ugly Sister & Other Saints & Superheroes.. She says, I think--I hope--it's interesting, and also fun! Even though it's about vengeance and killing, it is also about love!

But Rachel, is it about Susan Storm Large? I mean, those are her first two names? And how soon do I! have to wait to play it on the radio? Huh? Her Trio Aorta is playing the Press Club on Saturday. The other two of three are Ben Landsverk and Chris Robley. It's free. I'll be on the radio, missing it as usual.

She'll show up with Ben and Chris at Doug Fir the next night with Roxy Consort and members of the Portland Cello Project for a fascinating classical/folk/pop crossover show, "Cellos & Choirs, she says.

I'd make this longer, but I have two deadlines and it's already 10:30 at night.

I'll have stuff to tell you about Ed Forman next time…..well maybe a time after that, after the story runs in the O.

BTW…..Oracle with Keith Schreiner turned Keith Sch! reiner
Someday into a winter oasis last night. The cr! owd was dreary and some young drunk puked nearly on my shoes, but other than the vomit, the band kept my attention on the poorly lit stage. Could use a little work on presentation at Someday…other than the puke I mean.

UPDATE! This just in from Rachel Taylor Brown:
....nooooooo, not our susan storm (large), but the invisible woman from the fantastic four (marvel comics)! well, not her, but her fictitious ugly sister. i also violate galactus (the world eater, also marvel and part of the fantastic four/silver surfer series), bruce wayne, and ambush bug/reduviidae (d.c. comics, the two latter). oh, yeah--and some saints. i'll get you a copy soon as i have one!


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You can hear my political talk show, "D'Antoni & Levine" with DC-based reporter Art Levine live on Thursdays at 2:30pm PT ! and then archived thereafter. Listen here.

A Report from the Chronic Care & Prevention Congress

What a day. The Disease Management Care Blog got to moderate an afternoon session at the World Health Care Congress' 3rd Annual Chronic Care & Prevention Congress. The speakers were David Nash, MD, MBA and Dean of the Jefferson School of Popualtion Health, Chris Selecky, the President and CEO of LifeMasters and Charles Wilhelm, MD, the Chief Medical Officer of Health System One. The theme of the session was "modern approaches to to chronic care design.! "

Dave led things off by describing the founding of the school and the creation of the first ever Masters program in 'Chronic Care Management.' That's right, population-based chronic care has evolved to the point where the science warrants its own higher degree track. Disease management is growing up.

Chris described several care programs being run by LifeMasters that clearly demonstrate how much disease management has grown up. No longer relying on a simple 'call center' model, this disease management organization is using a variety of interlocking approaches, outreach and incentives that are designed to help the patient and the doctor do the right thing. Given numbers like an 85% physician action rate in response to 'health alerts,' LifeMasters may be closing in on the secret sauce.

Yet, Charles described a population-based initiative that was remarkably minimalist when it came to any external support. Rather, assigned patients in! a full-risk population were stratified, their needs and gaps ! in care were communicated to the physicians, a risk adjusted fee was provided and then Health System One got out of the way. And the docs responded.

While much of the Congress focused on that Chosen Favorite Darling of the beltway policy makers, the patient centered medical home (more on that in a later post), the DMCB's session was instructive on the growing maturity and diversity of population-based programs in general. The 'take-aways' for the DMCB were a) this care management science is really growing in sophistication and 2) there is a 'suite' of options out there when it comes to chronic illness care; the best fit may be less a matter of dogma and more a function of what best meets the needs of the population and the perspective of the sponsoring organization.

Some good quotes:

"We are moving away from Dr. Marcus Welby to Dr. Marcia Wellbyte."

"Some would have you think transparency means placing that black box inside a lucite contai! ner."

"The plural of data is not information."

Thursday, March 25, 2010

QA Podcast with Kent Beck

Nothing earth-shattering, but it's always nice to hear Kent Beck's perspective on XP and testing.

NetApp SNMP monitoring with Nagios

Here are some tips regarding the monitoring of NetApp filers with Nagios. First off, the Nagios Exchange includes many NetApp-specific monitoring scripts, all based on SNMP. I ended up using check_netapp3.pl, but I hit some roadblocks when it came to checking disk space on NetApp volumes (the SNMP queries were timing out in that case).

The check_netapp3.pl script works fine for things such as CPU load. For example, I created a new command called check_netapp_cpu in /usr/local/nagios/etc/objects/commands.cfg on my Nagios server:

define command {
command_name check_netapp_cpu
command_line $USER1$/check_netapp3.pl -H $HOSTADDRESS$ -C mycommunity -v CPULOAD -w 50 -c 80
}

However, for things such as percent of disk us! ed for a given NetApp volume, I had to use good old SNMP checks directly against the NetApp. Any time you use SNMP, you need to know which OIDs to hit. In this case, the task is a bit easier because you can look inside the check_netapp3.pl script to see some example of NetApp-specific OIDs. But let's assume you have no clue where to start. Here's a step-by-step procedure:

1) Find the NetApp MIB -- I found one online here.

2) Do an snmpwalk against the top-level OID, which in this case is 1.3.6.1.4.1.789. Save the output in a file.
Example: snmpwalk -v 1 -c mycommunity IP_OF_NETAPP_FILER 1.3.6.1.4.1.789 > myfiler.out

3) Search for a volume name that you know about in myfiler.out. I searched for /vol/vol0 and found this line:
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.789.1.5.4.1.2.5 = STRING: "/vol/vol0/"
This will give you a clue as to the OID range that corresponds to! volume information. If you search for "1.5.4.1.2" in the NetA! pp MIB, you'll see that it corresponds to dfTable.dfEntry.dfFileSys. So the entries
1.5.4.1.2.1 through 1.5.4.1.2.N will show the N file systems available on that particular filer.

4) I was interested in percentage of disk used on those volumes, so I found the variable dfPerCentKBytesCapacity in the MIB, corresponding to the OID 1.3.6.1.4.1.789.1.5.4.1.6. This means that for /vol/vol0 (which is the 5th entry in my file system table), I need to use 1.3.6.1.4.1.789.1.5.4.1.6.5 to get the percentage of disk used.

So, to put all this detective work together, it's easy to create specific commands that query a particular filer for the percentage disk used for a particular volume. Here's an example that uses the check_snmp Nagios plugin:

define command {
  command_name check_netapp_percent_diskused_myfiler_vol0
  command_line $USER1$/check_snmp -H $HOSTADDRESS$ -C mycommunity -o .1.3.6.1.4.1.789.1.5.4.1.6.3 -w 75 -! c 90
}

Then I defined a service corresponding to that filer, similar to this:

define service{
use active-service
host_name myfiler
check_command check_netapp_percent_diskused_myfiler_vol0
service_description PERCENT DISK USED VOL0
is_volatile 0
check_period 24x7
max_check_attempts 3
normal_check_interval 5
retry_check_interval 1
contact_groups admins
notification_interval 1440
notification_period 24x7
notification_options w,c,r
}

Hope this helps somebody out there!

Google Admits To Spreading Viruses

Mountain View (CA) - Due to posts on Google's official Google Video blog group that contained a link to a computer worm, the Internet search giant is now apologizing, with reports that some 50,000 viewers and subscribers to the group were potentially affected.

According to a post from Google on the group discussion board, three postings to the group contained the virus. Google says the messages were removed, but not until after they had gone live, and in some cases, been e-mailed to users. "Some of these posts may have contained a virus called W32/Kapser.A@mm -- a mass mailing worm. If you think you have downloaded this virus from the group or an email message, we recommend you run your antivirus program to remove it," said Google in its message.

The virus is more well known by its street name, Kama Sutra. If downloaded on a computer, it systematically attempts to remove antivirus and firewall protections, which then makes the system more vulnerable! to additional attacks. It also corrupts files stored on an infected computer, including Microsoft Word and Excel files.

According to Google spokesperson Gabriel Stricker, protocols have been put into place to ensure that such a breach won't happen again. The company did not comment on how or why the worm showed up in the Google postings in the first place.

How To Make Money With Tasty Golf Tees

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Compare New Honda Accord, Toyota Cramy and Hyundai Sonata

List price Rs 19.62 lakh*
Top speed 191kph
0-60kph 4.8 sec
! 0-100kph 10.98 sec
Average kpl 7.7
For Space, comfort
Against Price

HYUNDAI SONATA 2.7 V6
List price Rs 14.72 lakh*
Top speed 206kph
0-60kph 4.7 sec
0-100kph 10.84 sec
Average kpl 7.6kpl
For Price, smooth engine
Against Not as capable as rivals

HONDA ACCORD 3.0 V6
List price Rs 17.53 lakh*
Top speed 212kph
0-60kph 4.62 sec
0-100kph 9.4 sec
! Average kpl 7.2
For Performance, gearbox, value
Against Lacks solid feel
· Ex-showroom, Mumbai

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

OwnerSense

One of the best ways to spot new, early stage startups is when they begin to search for their first outside hires and post advertisements on job boards. A company called OwnerSense, based in Devon, is advertising for a developer who can do, well, just about everything. OwnerSense describes itself as a "web service that helps families make better household purchasing decisions, by saving them time, money and inconvenience". They say they closed a seed round in January and are actively building their team. The site appears to allow people to sign up to participate in a private beta.

Philly Tech Events Calendar


This is really odd, more than odd!


Monday, March 22, 2010

2009 Derby


Nintendo Faces Patent Ban on Game Controllers

Nintendo Co., the world's biggest maker of handheld game machines, is facing a ban on U.S. sales of some controllers for its Wii and GameCube systems after it lost a bid to overturn a $21 million patent-infringement verdict. U.S. District Judge Ron Clark in Lufkin, Texas, rejected Nintendo's request for a new trial in the case won by closely held Anascape Ltd. of Tyler, Texas.
  • Read the article: Bloomberg
  • Sunday, March 21, 2010

    Justice Department Hoax Tests Employees' Security

    The Justice Department doesn't have to look far to find a scam that preys on people whose retirement plans have been crippled by the global financial meltdown. It designed one of its own. And e-mailed it to agency employees.
  • Read the article: North County Times
  • Three Swedish ISPs to Erase Users' Traffic Data

    Having apparently been scared off illegal file sharing in large numbers by a new Swedish law that went into effect April 1, pirates in that country now have a new safe harbor to escape law enforcement. Three Swedish Internet service providers, among them Tele2, one of the country's three major broadband operators, have stated that they will erase traffic data to protect their customers' privacy.
  • Read the article: CNET News
  • Saturday, March 20, 2010

    White House Clarifies How Staff Accesses Twitter

    Bloggers were all aflutter earlier this month when White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told C-SPAN that, for some reason, Twitter usage was blocked at the White House. Now, White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said Twitter access is enabled on White House computers for the new media team, but it is blocked on the remainder of White House computers for security purposes–though they're working on getting those restrictions relaxed.
  • Read the article: The Wall Street Journal
  • Friday, March 19, 2010

    EBay Settles Litigation with Founders of Skype

    EBay has formally settled the litigation around its sale of the Skype online calling service. The founders of Skype, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, will drop their lawsuits against the company and a consortium of buyers whose bid to purchase 65 percent of Skype was announced last month, according to an announcement released by eBay.
  • Read the article: The New York Times
  • The Power Of Context

    Consumers want more music than ever, yet monetizing that appetite has never been more difficult. The typical music fan carries hundreds or thousands of songs on an iPod, iPhone, or other portable. Online, the same fan frequently gorges on a buffet of free singles, and offline, purchases far fewer CDs than before. That is great for hardware companies like Apple and broadband providers like Verizon, though major labels are facing dire financial difficulties.

    The greatest carnage has been focused on the recording, though even publishers are feeling the pinch. Major label group balance sheets frequently reveal flat or slightly declining publishing revenues, thanks partly to decreased mechanical royalties on CDs. Meanwhile, the quest to monetize online has been brutal, and most operations either lose money, or barely shave a profit.

    The iTunes Store has sold more than five billion downloads since 2003, but the real money for Apple has always been in ha! rdware. Meanwhile, almost every other online store has been marginalized and punished with weak volume. On mobile decks, the story on ringtones continues to ebb - at least outside hyper-markets like Asia. On an aggregated level, digital has failed to cover the monstrous void left by sinking CDs.

    So, why won't they buy, at least in the quantities required to sustain a meaningful recording industry? One analysis relies on simple economics - alongside free, a slightly-better product is positioned for 99-cents, $14.95 a month, or something in-between. That makes it difficult to sell more straight-ahead music experiences, though shift contexts, and the story changes for assets like ringtones and in-game downloads.

    Outside of the obvious pricing issues, a 99-cent download or monthly subscription may simply be a dull purchase. "What we've seen with all these different models is that music by itself doesn't quite hold water," said KamranV, head of CyK! iK, during a Digital Hollywood panel in Santa Monica on Thursd! ay.

    That echoes sentiments from other executives, including VCs. In a discussion several months ago at the SanFran MusicTech Summit, Tim Chang of Norwest Venture Partners noted that more attractive startups frequently wrap some "bling" around their music content. "A ringtone is worth money because it expresses who you are," Chang said. "An MP3 is worth nothing because it's a static piece of content."

    Of course, it all starts with a song, though other industries may have some lessons for music. According to Bill Crandall, music vice president at AOL, the music industry is often hyper-focused on massive song catalogs and direct listening experiences, an approach that only addresses a narrow usage scenario. "It's not just about putting headphones on, leaning back in your chair, and listening to Dark Side of the Moon," Crandall said. "Look at ESPN, how they built an industry. It's not just about watching games, it's people talking about sports and creating ! this bigger relationship."

    Article first published by Digital Music News. Subscribe to the Kerascene Digital Music News Blog to be kept informed of the latest news. Services offered by Kerascene Music include: Easy Digital Distribution, MySpace Marketing, Music Business Email Lists, Music Contracts... and more: www.kerascene.com.

    Fan Management Lessons From The Grateful Dead

    On the eve of the band's archives going public at the University of Calitfornia at Santa Cruz, The Atlantic looks at the business practices of the Grateful Dead and the lessons they can teach any artist or label struggling to connect with and monetize their relationship with an audience.

    In many ways The Dead were visionaries who created customer value, promoted social networking, and did strategic planning. Along the way, there are more than one lesson that could have changed everything if the music industry had payed attention on the day that Sean Fanning started work on Napster in his dorm room.

    "The Dead's influence on the business world may turn out to be a significant part of its legacy. Without intending to... the band pioneered ideas and practices that were subsequently embraced by corporate America. One was to focus intensely on its most loyal fans. It established a telephone hotline to alert them to its touring schedule...They incorporated e! arly on, and established a board of directors...They founded a profitable merchandising division."

    ...But they weren't greedy, and they adapted well. They famously permitted fans to tape their shows, ceding a major revenue source in potential record sales...the decision was not entirely selfless: it reflected a shrewd assessment that...

    tape sharing would widen their audience, a ban would be unenforceable, and anyone inclined to tape a show would probably spend money elsewhere, such as on merchandise or tickets. The Dead became one of the most profitable bands of all time.

    ...the connection between the Internet and the Dead's business model was made 15 years ago by the band's lyricist, John Perry Barlow, who became an Internet guru. Writing in Wired in 1994, Barlow posited that in the information economy, "the best way to raise demand for your product is to give it away." ...we couldn't regulate [taping at] our shows, and you can't online. ! The Internet doesn't behave that way. But here's the thing: if! I give my song away to 20 people, and they give it to 20 people, pretty soon everybody knows me, and my value as a creator is dramatically enhanced. That was the value proposition with the Dead."

    Article first published by Hypebot. Subscribe to the Kerascene Digital Music News Blog to be kept informed of the latest news. Services offered by Kerascene Music include: Easy Digital Distribution, Music Business Email Lists, Music Contracts, Kerascene Recordings... and more: www.kerascene.com! .

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    Spokane Journal of Business - The Business Newspaper For The Inland Northwest

    Spokane Journal of Business - The Business Newspaper For The Inland Northwest


    Bombay Stock Exchange Starts Realty Index; DLF Tops in Value

    Bombay Stock Exchange, Asia's oldest, started a real estate index, seeking to reflect the appetite for shares of property developers that last month helped DLF Ltd. raise $2.4 billion in the country's biggest initial stock sale. DLF has a market value of $24 billion and will account for 36 percent of the 11-member BSE Realty index....Bloomberg.com: India



    Monday, March 15, 2010

    Good news for Pune real estate market! Gaming industry looks set for at least another year or two of strong growth!!

    Pune real estate slowdown:

    In the comments, most of you express your concerns about sluggish US economy, future of an IT industry and job cuts.

    'Are Pune real estate developers living in a fools' paradise?' you wonder, when new township projects are launched in Pune real estate market.

    Most of us are convinced that builders in Pune are not aware about the imminent danger we all are facing. Some of us are even very sure about the crash of Pune real estate which is mainly driven by the growth of an IT industry in Pune.

    Because we all are so overwhelmed, though we are aware about Indian IT industry's efforts to develop IT products and new markets like Japan to overcome this situation, we do not give much importance to these devel! opments, including initiatives to develop "animation and gaming industry" in Pune.

    "Hi Tech Pune-Maharashtra 2008 conference" organized by MP Suresh Kalmadi's Pune Vyaspeeth, 40 acre Animation and Gaming Park in Nanded City Pune, DS Kulkarni Developers' joint venture for the training institute in it's upcoming Fursungi SEZ are some of the recent initiatives to promote animation and gaming industry in Pune. Which is supposed to be the 'next big thing' happening after Information Technology, Bio-technology and Auto-hub.

    Recession-proof solution?:


    As per the Reuters' analysis "Growth ahead for more diversified game industry" by Kiyoshi Takenaka is, for sure, a good news for Pune real estate market. He writes:
    "The video game industry looks set for at least another year or two of strong growth, driven by geographical expansion, a strong hardware lineup and growing pool of casual gamers.

    Slowdown in the global economy and its chilling effect on personal consumption, which cast a long shadow over other industrial sectors, have not become a major source of concern, at least not yet"
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    Pune real estate market news Suresh Kalmadi

    Pune real estate market report:

    Real estate sales stagnate:

    According to the report, released by realty research and advisory firm Xxxxx Xxxx XxXxxxx Xxxxxxx on Monday, the field is now open for genuine buyers to exploit the rationalized rates.

    Under construction properties are only selling if they are under the banner of a reputed and credible developer, for the rest, only ready-to-move-in options count, the report elaborated. Read More

    Real estate sector looking up!

    Citing the recent experience of a host of developers in the city, X X X X has said that the real estate sector in Pune is beginning to look up.

    Mr. Xxxxx Xxxx says that the first signs of the turnaround that are visible now can be attributed to factors like low interest rates on loans, reduction in real estate prices and most! importantly a change in the sentiments of the people, which was also a major reason for the downturn in the first place. Read More

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    However, if you insist, please, write in the comments: (Comments Policy),
    1) name of the realty research firm who reports "stagnation" and
    2) Who says "Looking Up"!

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    Residents of Raheja Gardens, Wanavdi Pune, take builder, K Raheja Constructions, to court

    Promised amenities, such as gymnasium, tennis court and the swimming pool, not delivered even after 15 years!


    Residents of Raheja Gardens, a premium housing society in Wanavdi, are locked in a legal battle with the builder over the issue of unfulfilled promises of providing amenities besides starting new construction on the premises.
    To read more, please, visit Ritu Goyal Harish - DNA

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    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    Brown-nosing 101: Mn/DOT Commish Sorel on Innovation and Jamming, Collaboration - uses forbidden government word "marketing" - yet not struck by lightning

    Thought I'd share an excerpt from an FHWA Innovator newsletter article featuring our Mn/DOT boss, Commissioner Tom Sorel.

    The interview mentions my office at Mn/DOT: Policy Analysis, Research and Innovation, which is headed up by Nick Thompson (of UPA and MnPass project management fame) and Phil Barnes (the new-ish Mn/DOT Risk Management guy), and employs a whole bunch of really good, smart people and interesting, important functions within it, such as research and market research, risk management, library, eWorkPlace, ADA, and other stuff like flying cars and friendly but emotionally unstable robots.

    While I don't know Tom that well personally, I have met him a few times, and I do get the impression that he genuinely cares about two things that I'm very passionate about: innovation and marketing.

    On the flip side, he did bump me off one of the state airplanes back in October, forcing me to drive to Duluth – and, as we all know, Duluth is one of the places where everywhere you go is, quite literally, uphill, both ways, in the snow.  I doubt I'll ever be powerful enough to give him any kind of payback for that one.

    Sidenote: Before you get all wound up about the expense of flying to Duluth, it can be cheaper than driving if we fill up the plane – we even have people and a program to calculate the savings and everything, so relax.

    I find it interesting that Tom calls marketing "marketing", as it seems to be an unwritten rule that, in government, we don't call it marketing.  We call it communication(s), or public relations, or outreach, or technology transfer.

    I don't agree with that approach, however, as I believe that we in government need to be driven by the same forces that drive private industry: money and (ideally) customer service.  We may not be making money, but we can save it and spend it wisely.  We can focus on providing better customer service and servant leadership.  We can market our services and value.  To me, that's what marketing is: trying to show that a good or service you provide has intrinsic and/or monetary value (hopefully both).

    One note about Tom's interview:

    Tom mentions a project we did based on the IBM Innovation Jam model, which we ended up calling an E-Magination Jam, or E-Jam.  I was lucky enough to be part of the cross-departmental team that helped execute the project.

    We ended up using an online service called Uservoice.  If you email or call Daniel Kan at Uservoice, they were offering a government discount of 100% (read FREE) for the first 12 months if you use it for gathering public input (like Seattle, WA, and Austin, TX), and a 50% discount for whatever else you might use it for.

    And, if you tell Daniel I sent you, I get…badadadadadadada…nothing!  That's right, zilch!  Since I work for the government, I can't accept any kickbacks.  The upside for you is that I really must like it if I'm endorsing it for free – the downside for you is that you and some guy Googling "forbidden brown jam" are probably the only ones who will ever read this post.

    Since the E-Jam I have used Uservoice for one other internal project designed to increase transparency and collaboration during our annual research project selection and funding process.  While Uservoice isn't perfect, and isn't as customizable as I would like, it is a very good introduction to the world of online transparency, jamming, collaboration, customer feedback, or whatever you care to call it.

    - Jake

    Read the full interview here: Q&A With Tom Sorel: Tapping the Power of Innovation

    Why is now such a critical time for the highway community to innovate?

    If there ever was a time to look at innovation, now is that time. We just published our transportation plan, and we identified a $50 billion funding gap over a 20–year period. I'm asked all the time how we're going to close that gap. Recently, I did a media event at which I was asked that very question. I said we've got to look at different kinds of funding mechanisms, and innovation goes hand in hand with that. If we can be innovative in areas like contracting, financing, new materials and congestion mitigation techniques, I think we can close that gap.

    What progress do you see the highway community making in becoming more innovative?

    For many years we didn't have the funding challenges we have today, so there wasn't strong motivation to look at innovative practices. But that's changing. When you look at transportation organizations today, you see that organizational structures and skill sets are changing to reflect an innovative approach. But it's not something that can happen overnight. Because they have been around for a long time, many transportation organizations are big ships to move. It's just the nature of our business.

    I think the key to moving forward is respecting the past. I say that over and over again here in Minnesota. If we can respect the past and the people who have done a great job getting us to where we are today, then change and innovation become more acceptable. You don't want to discount the past because a lot of creative and innovative people preceded us.

    Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel. Photo credit: Minnesota DOT

    Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel. Photo credit: Minnesota DOT

    Why did you launch a new Minnesota DOT office—Policy Analysis, Research and Innovation—with innovation as a key responsibility?

    Shortly after I got here, I decided we needed a strategic vision that reflects the future. A key element of that vision is innovation. We've identified it as one of the strategic directions of the department. I felt we needed some element of the organization that could support that, so we created this office as the focal point for jump-starting innovation. That doesn't mean innovation is not occurring throughout the department, but this office helps us create an innovative culture.

    The other thing we did within that office was create an external partnering group to work on relationships with the stakeholders Mn/DOT deals with, such as city and county officials, contractors and consultants. Within that group we established a marketing component that serves as a focal point for external marketing for the department.

    How important is marketing to your agency's success?

    I am a big believer in marketing and always have been, so when I came to Mn/DOT I wanted to see that we had the marketing element the organization needs. We've always had marketing research activities and good marketing in certain areas, such as our snow and ice control area. I wanted to expand that.

    We have since been using marketing and market research for other things, such as our urban partnership agreements. We've been using marketing techniques in discussions we're having on rail and on our TIGER [Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery] grant applications.I see a big role for marketing in gaining an understanding of public values and being responsive to public needs. We're now developing a marketing plan for the entire department. We're ratcheting up what we've done in the past and trying to develop a mindset of thinking like marketers. It's something I talk about to employees all the time. It's not just the marketing staff who's responsible. We're all responsible. We need to understand what our customers value and what kinds of services they're looking for.

    What else are you doing to jump–start innovation?

    There is one thing we're in the middle of now that I'm pretty excited about. Several years ago, I was looking at how private sector organizations stimulate innovation. I came across an IBM program called Innovation Jam. They pick a topic, and for several days people get online and throw out ideas. Other people join the conversation, and they just keep building on it. In the end, they have some new and innovative ideas for products and services.

    When I came to Mn/DOT, I thought, "Why can't we do something like that?" So as we speak we're in the middle of an E-magination Jam. It's going on online for this entire week. Employees are throwing out ideas and then jamming on these ideas. If you don't have an idea, you go online and vote for other people's ideas.

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    Read the full interview here: Q&A With Tom Sorel: Tapping the Power of Innovation

    Hey Minnesota, how about hosting a Minnesota x.0 Live Innovation Jam like Vermont 3.0?  At least it's not Delaware 3.0…

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    Tuesday, March 9, 2010

    A day in the Life part II


    Kool homeschooled kid: Stephen Stafford


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    Moving Info Box anywhere.(v4.12)
    Input past end of file(62) bug fixed.(v4.11)
    Info Box font type and size changed.(v4.10)
    Info box background is darker now.(v4.10)
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    Selecting RS.com server bug fixed.(v4.10)
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    Editing URLs setting added.(v4.9)
    Asking before exiting added.(v4.9)
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    "Save List" bug fixed.(v4.8.1)
    New Section: Search on RapidShare.com files.(v4.8)
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    New version informations on Info label.(v4.6)
    Moving selected links to the top and to the bottom.(v4.6)
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    "Continue as Free User" button bug fixed.(v4.5)
    Removable disk bug fixed.(v4.5)
    Button informations added.(v4.5)
    New language option: Spanish.(v4.4)
    Choosing download server.(v4.4)
    Moving and deleting multiple links.(v4.4)
    Checking internet connection status.(v4.4)
    Premium Login bugs fixed.(v4.3)
    Old template changed totally.(v4.3)
    "Recommended Files" part added.(v4.3)
    Restart bug fixed.(v4.2)
    "Object variable or With block variable not set" bug fixed.(v4.1)
    New setting: Shutdown the computer when all downloads finished.(v4.1)


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