Smashing Pumpkins Drifter Shirts by herche
June 27, 2007, 2:54 pm
Filed under: Contest, Drifter, Smashing Pumpkins

Drifter and Smashing Pumpkins have teamed up to make a special limited edition run of t-shirts to celebrate the return of one of the greatest bands ever.

In honor of the Pumpkins’ return to glory, Drifter has created shirts to commemorate SP’s shows at SF’s Fillmore and NC¹s Orange Peel.

Drifter will be selling these limited shirts in Villians and Union. Purchase of the shirt guarantees entry into contest where the winner will receive tickets to some of the residency dates.

T-shirts are also available for purchase at current Smashing Pumpkins tour dates.

Click Here for more details 

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iPhone: Part V by herche
June 27, 2007, 1:39 pm
Filed under: Apple, Entertainment, iPhone

According to Bob Lefsetz the below are the reasons the iPhone will fail:
1. Apple doesn’t dominate the handset business like it did with iPods.  Not everybody needs data, yet…

2. No smartphone producer can compete with Apple, because of the underlying SOFTWARE!  If you think Windows Mobile is a usable alternative, DO ME A FAVOR AND STICK WITH IT!

3. Steve Jobs becomes the most famous person in America.  A new Charles Lindbergh, but with true cred.

4.  The price of iPhones goes down as volume increases.

5.  Macs blow up!  An iPhone runs the same OS X as you’ve got on a Mac.  Do you really think people are going to use Mac handhelds and want to stick with their Windows computers?  Not gonna happen.

6. Although Apple Stores will continue to do boffo business, the days of going to the mobile store to get a phone and sign up will be GONE!  The most interesting news to come from Apple today is that you activate your iPhone via iTUNES!  And you know that will work…  As for needing to go into a store to select a phone, HOW FUCKING COMPLICATED IS IT?  That’s one thing Steve Jobs did when he came back to Apple, streamline the product line.  And if you NEED handholding, you can go to the GENIUS BAR, as opposed to visiting the mobile store peopled with barely trained employees who barely last.  Otherwise, you’ll just buy your iPhone on the Web.

7. Web-surfing will be de rigueur on handsets.

8. People will come to expect functionality from handsets.  And the word will be spread by iPhone owners, who will demonstrate their prized possession to EVERYBODY!  You could look at a Razr, but no one demonstrated how it worked, after all, it was JUST A PHONE!

9. After dropping the day of release, Apple stock will continue to climb.

10. Mac OS X Leopard will be a huge story in the press, garnering mucho coverage.  Arcane features that only techies would have noticed previously will be trumpeted everywhere, drawing even more Windows users into the Mac fold.

11. More businesses will go Mac.  Their employees will DEMAND IT!

12. A new level of functionality and usability will be expected from smartphones.  It’s akin to the Japanese invading America with their automobiles.  They were better built, and worked better too.  The bar has just been raised.  VERY HIGH!

13. Jimmy Iovine or one of his music biz buddies will clamor to pre-load the iPhone with their company’s music, but Steve Jobs will say no, he doesn’t want to foist anything upon his users, he doesn’t want to sully the user experience.

14. Movie studios will do business with Apple.  This ain’t no iPod screen, this YOU CAN watch a movie on.  They’re afraid of missing this market.

15. Dell won’t recover.  Microsoft will have its cash, but having lost all credibility, purveying a lame OS, its stock will no longer ascend into the stratosphere.

16. You will remember this week, if not quite the same way as you remember Kennedy being shot or the Apollo moon-landing, close.  Because this is a game changing event.  Not like the Mets winning the ’69 World Series, not like the Red Sox breaking the curse, but BIGGER!  This is not momentary, this is FOREVER!  This is like the World Wide Web, this IRREVOCABLY changes the game.

17. You will want one.  Even if you never had a smartphone before.  You will want to play, just like you purchased your first computer to use AOL.

18. Naysayers will exist.  Most losing their credibility, being shown as having an investment in a competitor.

19. The NEXT Jobs speech will be must see TV.  Expect new iMacs and new iPods in the fall.

20.  Cheaper iPhones will arrive when supply catches up with demand.  At the latest, at next year’s January MacWorld conference.

21. iPod growth will start to level off.  People will prefer the iPhone.

22. Mobile music stores will have a hard time getting traction.  You SIDELOAD the iPhone.  To buy music on Verizon?  WHY?  Unless it’s cheap and sans copy protection, so you can load it on your iPhone WHEN YOU GET ONE!

23. The iPhone will function on AT&T’s nascent high speed network by January, at the latest.  AT&T’s stock will go up, it will invest in infrastructure, it will stop hemorrhaging subscribers, its chairman will be seen as a VISIONARY, lauded in “Forbes” and “BusinessWeek” for taking a risk.

24.  The 80s conversion, wherein tech became cooler and more important than music, will be complete.  The oldsters will run the major labels into the ground, new kids will continue to flock to tech startups, where they’ve got a CHANCE!

25. It will be YEARS before everybody is convinced that one device is enough.  Just like those people who carried BlackBerries and cellphones in the past, there will be people carrying iPods and mobile handsets.  Until…

26. It’s unclear whether Jobs will solve the next  big convergence/tech problem, because right now he’s so far ahead of the game, inventing a device most people didn’t even know they needed, that we can’t SEE what the next device IS!

iPhone

6 folks now in line…with them going on sale Friday we’re eager to see how quickly this line grows.



Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival photos by herche

Consequence

Ghostface

Sean P

Big thanks to Prefix Mag for hooking us up with the photos, the entire photo gallery of the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival can be seen at Prefix Magazine



Rate Plans for iPhone by herche
June 26, 2007, 10:28 pm
Filed under: Apple, Entertainment, iPhone

All plans with unlimited data – $59.99 for 450 minutes, $79.99 for 900 minutes and $99.99 for 1350 minutes.

Existing customers can add unlimited data for $20 – $40 with a varying number of text messages.



Chris Brown “Wall To Wall” Video by herche
June 26, 2007, 10:21 pm
Filed under: Chris Brown, Hip Hop, Rap

Michael Jackson, is that you?



iPhone: Part IV by herche
June 26, 2007, 8:36 pm
Filed under: Apple, Entertainment, iPhone

6/26 at 4:36 PM: The line outside the 5th Ave Apple has now grown to 5 folks, however the first 2 are simply now chair holding spots….shady

iPhone



Shiny Toy Guns at Highline Ballroom last night by herche
June 26, 2007, 6:59 pm
Filed under: Concert, Highline Ballroom, Live Shows, Review, Shiny Toy Guns

It was past 11pm by the time the kids of Shiny Toy Guns took the stage at what’s shaping up to be one of NYC’s hottest new music venue’s last night. Well worth the wait, STG go full throttle from load in to load out, creating an energy so strident that most didn’t hear the fire alarms going off all throughout their encore.

Shiny Toy Guns

Their set was just over an hour, which I felt completely appropriate considering they have only released one album. They hit all the key songs off of “We Are Pilots” including Chemistry of a Car Crash, first single Le Disko, Starts with One, and of course closed out the show with crowd favorite and break out track You Are The One. To splice up their set they threw in a little known track from their demo called Rocketship and even covered a little Depeche Mode famously.

The Band member’s raw musical talent is showcased by their constant switch offs: vocals, to guitars, to keyboards and back around. Female lead vocalist Carah Faye is a vision on the keyboards, but her undisputed trademark in the band is her voice which holds a perfect pitch while slicing through its electronic surroundings.

If you hear Shiny Toy Guns are playing at your local music venue, go buy a ticket. Each member on their own is a remarkable talent-it’s pure genius when they join together.

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