Them Crooked Vultures at Fox Theater

Them Crooked Vultures is a rock supergroup made up of drummer Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), vocalist and guitarist Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Eagles of Death Metal) and bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).

They played the entire album plus "Highway 1". Josh Homme even dealed some vodka during "Interlude With Ludes". Dave Grohl was blasting so hard that his drum kit was moving on stage, even if it was stucked with multiple sandbags. They leaved without any encore, but who cares? It was perfect.
What a great high quality performance. One of the best 2009 shows.

Photos by Laura Musselman.

Spotify rocks with precursor mobile music experience

Spotify is a great music streaming service that allows instant listening to more than 6 millions songs. The application is available on Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone and Android phones.

I was using the free version for a couple of months. It stands to reason that yes, advertising sucks. But the Symbian version has just been released which allows me to use Spotify on my Nokia N95.

As a music nerd, I quite immediately upgraded my account to 9,99€/month prenium version which provides:
- Mobile music with streaming over 3G/2.5G/Wifi in high quality
- Playlists are even available offline
- Access music anywhere in the world and of course no ads

After 24H of use I must admit that I totally love it. This is real innovation in the music industry.
And Deezer is now also into the prenium game. Sorry, but Spotify won this time with Nokia support.

Reality Check

I finally finished this 496 pages great book. A must read for anyone willing to deal with the reality of startups doing business.

A quote from the front flap:

"I wanted to provide hardcore information to hardcore people who want to kick ass, and I wanted it in something you can hold in your hands - a book. Why? Because a book boots up faster than a blog and is not dependant on Internet connectivity, battery life, or the ineptness of HTML printing."

3 Google Voice invites giveaway

Google Voice is a great new phone service that is really innovative. I'm using Google Voice daily since two months and I love it.

Here is some of the nicest features it provides:
  • One number: a single phone number that rings all your phones
  • Free SMS: send, receive & store text messages online
  • Block calls: send unwanted callers straight to voicemail
  • Record calls: record phone calls and store them online
  • Conference calls: join several people into a single call
  • Screen callers: hear who is calling before you pick up

And yes, I'm giving away 3 invites. To get one, just craft a comment below with your email address, you need to be in the US. I will send invites to 3 people of you in a few days.

Wax Tailor makes his own game

Known as French trip hop visionary producer, Wax Tailor is back on tour in US. I must admit he completely has kicked ass yesterday in San Francisco.

What makes of Wax Tailor a visionary? Well, he created something new in trip hop music. While he's a DJ, his shows include also a cellist, flutist, MC and singer. This diversity creates a new and great move in music. There is also a complete visual support. It's like watching a movie with full soundtrack playing live and both are by the same artist. All of these elements make the show really entertaining from beginning to the end. The result is beautiful.

I have also had the privilege to meet him in person after the show. Ok, that kind of small and intimist venue helps to get in touch easier with performers.

Wax Tailor is one of those artist that you are going to kick your self for not knowing about before he starts breaking into the mainstream. Also you must listen to the last album available in streaming for free on http://waxtailor.com.

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Trust Agents

Today everyone can be a source of true and useful information thanks to the web. TV does not longer rule because of Web 2.0 where the user can publish everything to the entire world in real time.

But most of user generated content is crap, everyone knows. That's why this book is about using the web and his useful tools to build reputation and become a trusted source of information. That applies to the web and real life.

A must read for everyone willing to make business online. My point is this book contains a lot of common sense facts but we don't really think about these actually. The book especially teaches how to masterize the one-to-many communication.