B.P.M.: The magic of Twitter in the music world
By BY JOE FRIAR - SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE
Sept. 1, 2010 at 4:01 a.m.
Updated Sept. 2, 2010 at 4:02 a.m.
BY JOE FRIARIt started off as simple "tweets" between two artists, Kanye West and Justin Bieber, and now, I'm not sure if this is one of the signs of the apocalypse, but Bieber, West and Raekwon, of Wu Tang Clan, are all featured on the same song: Justin Bieber's "Runaway Love" remix. Hip-hop purists may find this odd collaboration sacrilegious, and, well, it may be, but let's look at the big picture people. This is what happens when we use Twitter: Unity. Bringing people together "one tweet at time." If only more people would twitter, we could all just get along.
Now, if the apocalypse does not happen anytime soon, I have decided when my time does come, I would like to be cremated and my ashes pressed into a Vinyl Record with the song "Just Like Heaven" by The Cure. And wouldn't you know, there's a company in the U.K. that can do it: www.andvinyly.com
Kid Rock's new album, "Born Free," is due out Nov. 16 and features collaborations with Bob Seger, Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown, Trace Adkins, and the surprising team-up of T.I. and Martina McBride on the song "Care." I'll bet they were "twittering."
Lil Wayne is planning to release a new album, "Tha Carter IV" on Nov. 5, the same day he gets out of prison. Wayne has already selected tracks for the album, and the first single could be released as early as October. On Sept. 27, to coincide with his birthday, Lil Wayne will release an EP called "I'm Not A Human Being." Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Twist will be featured on the 10-track EP that will only be released to iTunes and other digital platforms.
Arcade Fire has unveiled an interactive film/experience entitled "The Wilderness Downtown." The project utilizes Google Street View, multiple browser windows, and a 3-D canvas to let the viewer revisit their childhood home and write a note to their "younger selves." The interactive experience is set to the song "We Used To Wait" from their latest album "The Suburbs."
Lady Gaga, Eminem and Rihanna are some of the artists featured on the activision game "DJ Hero 2" when it hits stores on Oct. 19. More than 105 songs have been remixed for DJH2, including some of my favorites: New Order's "Blue Monday" and Salt N Pepa's "Push It." Go see David at Gamestop North and reserve your copy today.
Joe Friar is the Program Director at radio station 95 KVIC and the host of the Breakfast Buzz morning show. Weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. on 95.1 FM in Victoria. For feedback, go to Twitter.com/joefriar.