G’Day World #348 – Everett True, “The Man Who Invented Grunge”

Meeting Everett True isn’t what you’d expect.

When I went to his house a few weeks ago, I expected to be confronted by Spider Jerusalem in the flesh. Instead I was greeted by someone looking like a middle-aged accountant. Quite the anti-climax.

But the man is still the man. Who is Everett True, I hear you ask? Is he:

a. the man who introduced Kurt Cobain to Courtney Love?
b. the first music critic outside of Seattle to do a story on Nirvana?
c. the man who outraged the Australian music industry by denouncing some top Aussie bands as
“abominations against nature” and suggesting the local music press are all sycophants
?
d. the man who wrote the definitive biography on The White Stripes?
e. the man who writes a regular column for VillageVoice.com and The Guardian?
f. the publisher of PLAN B magazine?

If you answered “all of the above”, then you’re a complete smart-ass as it wasn’t even one of the options. But yeah you’d be right.

Listen in as we discuss the future of the music business, why Nirvana was “the most overrated band of all time” and The White Stripes would be nothing without Meg.

This is what he looked like back then:

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Colbert KILLS Me

Funniest line from a very insightful EW interview with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert:

STEPHEN COLBERT: One of the things I love about my character is I can make vast declarations and it doesn’t matter if I’m wrong. I love being wrong. So my character can tell you exactly what’s going to happen: The Democrats are going to change everything. We’re going to have gay parents marrying their own gay babies. Obama’s gonna be sworn in on a gay baby. The oath is gonna end ”So help me, gay baby.”

I also love this line from Stewart, which goes to show that it doesn’t matter a damn which party wins the election:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do you think anything will change if the Democrats control the White House and both houses of Congress?
JON STEWART: Look at what they promised when they took over Congress. I’ve never heard such hardcore rhetoric. ”The era of the blank check is over! And we will send a sternly worded memorandum — nonbinding — to somebody at the White House. Not necessarily the inner executive circle, we certainly don’t want to offend, but…” And then they got in and were like, ”Really, you want to eavesdrop? Okay, we’ll let this one go. But this is the last blank check! Unless you want another. But let me say this: The next one will not be blank, because we’ll just write in the memo line. Can we write in memo? Would you be bothered by that?”

G’Day World #347 – Microsoft TechEd 2008

Ahh…. Microsoft. I love ya. Where do they get so many folks who can’t cope once they lose their powerpoint cheat sheet?

In the first of a series of interviews with Microsoft folks from the last couple of weeks, today I present a few interviews I did at their TechEd 2008 event in Sydney.

In order of appearance, I chat with:

Gary Gross, Director of Customer Partner Connection Mobile Information Worker Division;
Michael Kordahi and Shane Morris, Evangelists for Silverlight (and other stuff);
Reed Schaffner, Product Manager, Microsoft Office

We talk about why Apple is kicking Microsoft’s ass on the mobile front; why the porn industry isn’t using Silverlight; and why Microsoft Office is (or isn’t) boring.

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The G’Day World theme music:

End of DaysConquest
“Secrets of Life” (mp3)
from “End of Days”
(Dark Star Records)

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Impossibible

In my ongoing attempts to coin at least ONE WORD which makes it into the dictionary, I tonight stumbled upon “impossibible” which I define as “any claim found in a religious book which is obviously impossible”. Here’s how you use it:

“Jesus rising from the dead is obviously impossibible.”

Drunk History rocks!

Just when I was congratulating myself that my Napoleon podcast was the greatest thing to happen to teaching history since the Christians realized that if they killed their enemies and burned all their books then they had total control over “the truth”… Bron introduces me to DRUNK HISTORY. Totally brilliant. I’m sick with jealousy.

Best Birthday Gifts… so far…

This being week three of “The Season Of Cam” – which, as you all know, runs from Sept 10 through my birthday on Oct 10 (a public holiday in many countries) through to Nov 10 – the presents are coming thick and fast from Camalista’s all over the world.

Best gifts so far received:

Magnetic Finger Puppets of Napoleon and Che from Bron:

Lunch at Belle Epoque with Tim O’Dwyer (note the absinthe fountain):

A dvd full of 51 genuine revolutionary songs from Marcelo Castro:

And the Season of Cam is still young! This year, instead of pointing you to a list of gift suggestions, I expect you all to demonstrate your intimate knowledge of me by picking gifts you know I’ll love. Can you out-do the current winners?

G’Day World #346 – MusicStation Launches in Australia

Today I’m chatting with Karen Paterson, Head of live! Services at Vodafone Australia and David Loiterton, Managing Director, Australia, Omnifone, about the new service just launched in Australia called MusicStation.

Here’s the blurb from the press release:

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Vodafone Australia today launched MusicStation, Australia’s first unlimited mobile music download service, available exclusively to Vodafone customers.

Vodafone MusicStation provides unlimited access to a catalogue of over one million tracks, from Amy Winehouse to the Zutons, for a flat fee of $2.75 per week, with no download fees. Major record labels
including Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, EMI Music and Warner Music Group,
along with a range of local and independent artists including Shock, Liberation Music, All Killer, Blue Pie,
Destra and MGM, contribute to the MusicStation catalogue.

At launch, MusicStation is available to download on nine handsets: LG KU990 Viewty, Nokia 6121 classic, Nokia E65, Nokia N73, Nokia N95 8GB, Sony Ericsson C902, Sony Ericsson W880i, Sony Ericsson W890i, and the Nokia 6210 Navigator. The Nokia 6210 comes with the MusicStation application preloaded.

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Disclaimer (or lack of one) – Because I know you’re a cynical bunch, I always disclose financial deals or whatever when I do these kinds of PR shows. In this case I wasn’t paid to do the interview but they are sending me a handset to test the service. I don’t have it yet though, so my questions are based on the press kit. I agreed to have them on the show because I like the idea of all-you-can-eat music download services although I have a few concerns about how they are bringing this particular one to market.

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End of DaysConquest
“Secrets of Life” (mp3)
from “End of Days”
(Dark Star Records)

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