The news of Michael Jackson’s untimely death has certainly been the hot topic for the last few days. Most music video television channels (MTV, VH1, etc) have devoted their entire airtime to looping Jackson’s many classic videos. But if you simply can’t get enough of “Thriller” and want to enjoy the full 10-minute version at your leisure, Microsoft has a great solution for you.
Right now, you can download the entire “Thriller” music video via XBox Live onto your XBox 360 console for free. You’ll find it in the XBox Live Marketplace or on the console or you can just queue it up here.
Just hurry, because the free download is available today (Sunday, June 28) only.Tweet
Don’t worry, I haven’t abandoned this blog. I’ve just been too busy this week to get back into the habit of posting.
While you’re waiting for me to start posting again, check out the following things I’ve been busy with in the last week or so:
- Inside the Magic Show 217 – Includes my review of Disney/Pixar’s Up
- American Idol Kris Allen at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- More of American Idol Kris Allen at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Star Wars Weekends 2009 Dance-Off with the Star Wars Stars – Hilarious!
- Face and Body Art International Convention 2009 Photos and Video
Trent Reznor, creator of Nine Inch Nails (one of my favorite bands), has posted a rant on the nin.com forum in response to Apple’s confusing rejection of the latest version of the “nin: access” iPhone application to the iTunes App Store. The program simply allows Nine Inch Nails fans to stay connected with nin.com and other fans.
Here’s Apple’s rejection letter…
Thank you for submitting nin: access to the App Store. We’ve reviewed nin: access and determined that we cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store at this time because it contains objectionable content which is in violation of Section 3.3.12 from the iPhone SDK Agreement which states:
“Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users.”
The objectionable content referenced in this email is “The Downward Spiral”. Since the app is live on the App store, please make the necessary changes to the application as soon as possible, and resubmit your binary to iTunes Connect. Thank you
iPhone Developer Program
Evidently the new version of the app linked to a podcast that featured a song from The Downward Spiral album that contained profanity or something otherwise “objectionable,” though Reznor isn’t quite sure since Apple’s letter is so vague. Ironically, you can purchase The Downward Spiral in the iTunes Music Store, profanity and all, so apparently it’s okay to buy the music, but not buy an app that lets you hear it.
Here is an excerpt from Trent Reznor’s response…
I’ll voice the same issue I had with Wal-Mart years ago, which is a matter of consistency and hypocrisy. Wal-Mart went on a rampage years ago insisting all music they carry be censored of all profanity and “clean” versions be made for them to carry. Bands (including Nirvana) tripped over themselves editing out words, changing album art, etc to meet Wal-Mart’s standards of decency – because Wal-Mart sells a lot of records. NIN refused, and you’ll notice a pretty empty NIN section at any Wal-Mart. My reasoning was this: I can understand if you want the moral posturing of not having any “indecent” material for sale – but you could literally turn around 180 degrees from where the NIN record would be and purchase the film “Scarface” completely uncensored, or buy a copy of Grand Theft Auto where you can be rewarded for beating up prostitutes. How does that make sense?
Reznor hilariously finishes the post with just a few more sentences that I can’t repost here and remain a (mainly) family-friendly blog. If you want to read it, click here… but don’t say I didn’t warn you if you read something “objectionable” by your own standards.Tweet
I’m being slightly lazy at the beginning of this week and combining two daily posts in one. So this week’s Weekend Web and Monday Media post both revolve around the idea of showing off your dancing skills online (or potentially making a complete fool out of yourself)…
MC Hammer Asian Style at DanceJam
DanceJam.com is a site all about dancing. You can upload videos of yourself dancing, learn new dance moves, and even check out a few dance competitions/battles. If you’re into dancing, you’ll love this site. This concludes the Weekend Web portion of this post.
Now onto the best part about DanceJam, which comprises this week’s Monday Media… Asian MC Hammer:
I can’t decide what’s more awesome about that video: the fact that there’s an Asian dude in Hammer pants dancing to “U Can’t Touch This” or the fact that there’s a woman casually sitting behind him knitting, completing ignoring what’s going on in the room. Either way, the video is great.
If only this guy had been there when MC Hammer pulled Universal Studios guests on stage during his recent performance there.Tweet
With many albums released online or packaged in special editions/multiple versions, even an artist’s biggest fans can inadvertently miss out on a song or album’s release. I’ve been a big Nine Inch Nails fan for around 15 years and only recently realized that I was missing out on a fantastic release from just a few years ago…
Nine Inch Nails album Still is a Must-Listen for Fans
The Fragile is my favorite Nine Inch Nails album so it shocked me to find that I had completely missed out on a The Fragile-era Nine Inch Nails release called Still, in which Trent Reznor performs “stripped down” versions of some of NIN’s best songs in addition to a few new ones.
According to wikipedia:
Reznor followed The Fragile with another remix album, Things Falling Apart, released after the 2000 Fragility tour, which itself was recorded and released on CD, DVD, and VHS in 2002 as And All that Could Have Been. A deluxe edition of the live CD came with the companion disc Still, featuring stripped-down versions of songs from the NIN catalog along with several new pieces of music.
I purchased The Fragile the day it came out. In fact, I bought it in a midnight release. I attended one of the concerts in the Fragility tour, which was the first time I had seen NIN live and was easily one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. I also purchased And All that Could Have Been on DVD to relive that concert experience at home. Amongst all of that, I decided that since I owned the live DVD, I didn’t need to buy the live CD as well. Had I realized that Still was packaged with the live CD, I surely would have purchased it then. But only a recent browsing of the Nine Inch Nails web site led me to find out that I had been missing out on Still for several years.
This album is the closest thing around to Nine Inch Nails performing on MTV’s Unplugged. The songs are reduced to Trent Reznor’s vocals and a small assortment of instruments, with only a few digital tracks. It’s rare to hear NIN like this as so many of their songs are music-heavy with vocals taking a backseat.
Here’s the track list:
1. Something I Can Never Have
2. Adrift and At Peace
3. The Fragile
4. The Becoming
5. Gone, Still
6. The Day The World Went Away
7. And All That Could Have Been
8. The Persistence Of Loss
9. Leaving Hope
The end result is a Nine Inch Nails album that can be listened to when you’re in the mood for quiet music. I often put on Ghosts I-IV, their recent free instrumental release, when working on projects and now I will add Still to that rotation.Tweet