If you remember back in July when Posner signed, I got him a custom varsity jacket from Old 2 New Designs in Boise, Idaho. Well thanks to my friend Bo who is an Idaho-native, he made me aware of this documentary that stars Eric, the guy who helped me put together the jacket. How cool does this look?
This might have aired during the superbowl. Unclear if this aired more than a couple of times on television, hence the NOT FOR AIR chyron on the tape. What an amazing piece of branding. Not sure a company could ever get away with something as blatant as this, unless done tongue-in-cheek, in 2009 without being heralded as corny. From my memory of Miami Vice and the way something like this would impact in 1985 though? Wow. Pre-internet, something like this was very powerful. Pepsi has a history of epic commercials, including extended spots with Michael Jackson (from 1984-1990), and Michael J. Fox. For a period of time in the 70s and 80s, Pepsi outsold Coke in the US. This was due in large part to their Pepsi Challenge which, because of the sweeter Pepsi formula, more often than not found blind taste testers choosing Pepsi over Coke, as well as their high profile endorsement deals. To put things in perspective, Pepsi had Michael Jackson, Madonna, Ray Charles, Spice Girls and Coke had Paula Abdul, Weird Al Yankovic, George Michael and Elton John. This is another incredible commercial. A two minute long Pepsi branded Miami Vice episode slash music video starring Don Johnson and Glenn Frey (of The Eagles) who composed the Miami Vice theme song “You Belong To The City”
which Jay Z sampled for Teddy Riley and Neptunes-produced “The City Is Mine” f. Blackstreet off In My Lifetime Vol. 1
not to be confused with the opening credits theme composed by famed producer/composer Jan Hammer
Album review for SSSC — led by Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and The Coup’s Boots Riley — were not favorable, but this show would have you thinking otherwise. Dudes put on one hell of a show yesterday in Golden Gate Park, although I’d advise against wearing your own band’s t-shirt — what is this, Can’t Hardly Wait?
Bad ’90s jokes aside, Outside Lands put on another great fest. I wasn’t able to catch Saadiq (his set was same time as SSSC’s), but looks like Raph kept it 100 for his hometown crowd. Q-Tip killed it on Friday as well.
Plan to be at the fest today (Atmosphere, M.I.A., The Dead Weather, Tenacious D)? Holler @ your boy.
Who better to educate you on blunt-rolling than Devin?
Warner Bros. helped to pay for the recording studio built in Chanhassen, a $10 million world-class recording facility that also was a soundstage. When Prince fell out with Warner Bros., Warner executives insisted on a return on their investment, which resulted in several major artists recording their albums at Paisley Park Studios, at times even against Prince’s wishes.
Click HERE for a virtual tour
Him recording for the BATMAN Soundtrack at Paisley Park. “Slappin dee bass mahn!”
The Shynola-directed video to ‘Strawberry Swing’ sees Chris Martin play an animated superhero in a larger than life world drawn entirely in chalk. The single will be released on Parlophone as a digital download on September 14th
Click HERE to peep on Romanelli’s blog
Felt like I needed to post this. 4 seconds. That’s how long it took for him to moonwalk across the stage. That’s how long it took for him to reach the stratosphere. And he’s lip synching. And nobody cares. Amazing.