Marketing Music Like Jónsi

After hearing just one single from Go—the new album from Sigur Rós frontman, Jónsi—I had a sense he was aiming for a different kind of musical experience—and not just because he was adding more electronics and singing a bit in English:

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Def Jux Is Bigger Than a Label

Jaime Meline, artistic director and founder of hip hop’s most authentic label announced today he’s returning to music and putting the company on pause. Meline (better known as El-P) debuted on the rap scene as a member of Company Flow and has been a major driving force in alternative hip hop for over a decade. The Def Jux roster consists of some of the most talented and innovative artists rap music has ever seen including personal favorites: Aesop Rock, Cage, Cannibal Ox, Mike Ladd, Mr. Lif, MURS, RJD2 and The Perceptionists.

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Other People’s Money

Last week has been pretty insane for me. On top of finalizing my lecture for RGD Ontario, I was considering some contract offers and weighing the pros and cons of relocation—specifically to New York. Calculating the cost of living increase wasn’t that hard, thanks to CoL calculators like this one from CNN Money and helpful references like the AIGA Salary Survey. Ultimately, I settled on Chicago (more on that in another post) but during the process found myself wondering how people in other cities actually spend their money—then I found Everybody’s Money from Bundle.com.

Teaming up with Citi Group, Morningstar Investment Research and MSN Money, Bundle’s still in beta but offers some really great insight into how the U.S. spends (and saves) its dough. Load up your details (age, marital status, income and location) and compare it to others based on the same parameters or figure out your spending type with their spending quiz (apparently I’m a “high roller”). But before you judge me, take the quiz and see how you measure up—you might be surprised!

20 Speaking Tips from Cameron Moll

While preparing for my orientation at RGD Ontario next week, I was search for some help with Keynote and stumbled upon a great post in the Authentic Boredom archives. Cameron Moll’s 20 Tips For Better Conference Speaking has some really great insights and helpful tips, including how to pace yourself (#4) and how to tell if your text is too small (#5). I’ll definitely be using these next Thursday! Thanks, Mr. Moll.

50 Shaping 10

With the Oughts (or Oh-Ohs) behind us, the UK’s Financial Times compiled Fifty Faces That Shaped The Decade. The list, described by FT as a “jumping-off point for debate” includes powerful men and women in politics, business, economics and culture from all over the world. Although I only knew half of them at first glance, I do have some thoughts on the whole thing:

  1. Jay-Z and Beyoncé should not count as one person.
  2. Americans dominate the list because of our innovations and screw-ups.
  3. The happiest person on the list is Hayao Miyazaki
  4. The grouchiest people on the list are all from China.
  5. I want Steve Jobs to live forever.
  6. That picture of Bush is hilarious (and completely on purpose).

Read through the comments and complaining below the list too. Interesting points and counterpoints.