Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Glastonbury - Michael Jackson tributes

Glastonbury is one of the biggest music festivals around the world, and this year saw a lineup including Blur, Nick Cave, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Lily Allen, Fleet Foxes, N.E.R.D, Regina Spektor, Eagles of Death Metal, Rye Rye, Peaches, Calvin Harris, 2ManyDJs, Bon Iver, M Ward, Cold War Kids, Animal Collective, Doves, Little Boots, The Wombats, and loads loads more. If only we could get that many huge names to Australia for a weekend summer festival!

But the person who stole the show (and the majority of stories that came out of Glastonbury) was Michael Jackson.

A number of Glasto artists paid tributes to the King of Pop at the festival. Mike Skinner and Soulwax did their own versions of Billie Jean, Little Boots covered Earth Song, Dizzee Rascal's DJ did a Jackson medley and Spinal tap claimed that "without Jackson there would be not tap"!

Check out Little Boots below. I had forgotten just how beautiful Earth Song is.

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CRINGEWORTHY CLIP: Taco Bell - Roosevelts

It's a little bit like 'The Lonely Island', it features a nod to Rihanna's Umbrella, and it makes me cringe!

This new campaign from Taco Bell in the US, It's All About The Roosevelts, features an attempt to 'connect' with youth through music. The only positive is that they've finally found a different and interesting way to communicate a value proposition using high production values. This looks like an expensive TVC!

I have to give Taco Bell props however for not going down the route of Burger King to push their products:

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Monday, 29 June 2009

Jack - the 4 year old DJ

I love seeing new sound equipment – such as the Reactable used by Bjork, and the Tenori-On used by Little Boots. Now, there’s the APC40 from Ableton…. As used by 4 year old DJ Jack.

Nothing says “this is easy to use” like a user generated video of a toddler playing with your products!
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