Weird Al’s Tacky Music Video Spoofing Pharrell’s Happy Song

Master parody artist Weird Al Yankovic is back, and this time, its Pharrell’s “Happy” song. The Nerdist is the one premiering “Weird Al” Yankovic’s first music video for his #8videos8days project. You can now feast your eyes on the video for “Tacky,” a wonderfully warped and wacky version of Pharrell’s hyper-bubbly mega-hit song.

Featuring guest appearances from comedians Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal and Jack Black, the video was shot on location at the historic Palace Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, the same space that was used as Julianne Moore’s apartment in The Big Lebowski.

Throughout the video, you will see a wonderful deluge of clashing colors, socks-and-sandals, Jack Black’s backwards sequin fanny pack and dance moves. Every aspect of the video is so tastefully tasteless, and the tackiness will be the look of the summer.

All the performers are decked out in some of the brightest, flashiest, clashiest and, well, tackiest clothes imaginable, while lip-synching lyrics like “I Instagram every meal I’ve had” and “Practice my twerking moves in line at the DMV.” Somehow, Yankovic even manages to make singing about YOLO cool again.

Shakira’s World Cup Theme ‘La La La (Brazil 2014)’ ft. Carlinhos Brown

Shakira has been everywhere recently with her stint on “The Voice” and an amazing performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Now she is settling in as a new mom, artist and musician as her life takes another turn. Just recently she released a new song “La La La” ft. Carlinhos Brown as a theme for the 2014 World Cup. The star just recently dropped her 10th studio album and fans can look forward to another amazing Shakira tour.

Soon after leaving “The Voice,” Shakira released a new song for the 2014 World Cup. Although Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez collaborated for a World Cup release, as did Ricky Martin, critics are giving Shakira two thumbs up and hailing “La La La (Brazil 2014)” ft. Carlinhos Brown as the perfect anthem for the World Cup. It’s only fitting that the Columbian songstress release this catchy anthem. This new song also has cameos from Lionel Messi, Radamel Falcaeo, Neymar and Shakira’s husband Gerard Pique. Proceeds from the release will aid the World Food Program.

While there are no current tour dates released, fans can expect an upcoming announcement. Shakira released her tenth studio album in March and said of her exit of “The Voice” that she had to focus on planning a tour. The self titled album has reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts in the United States, Spain and Switzerland. Don’t be surprised of the upcoming tour is international, as Shakira has many fans all over the world.

Apple’s Deal to Buy Dr. Dre’s Beats Headphone

 photo 600_1341332953_dre_beats_zps74164e51.jpegApple is reportedly set to acquire Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion. Forbes estimates the deal will push Dre’s net worth to $800 million. It emerged that Apple was in talks with headphone maker Beats Electronics takeover that would rank as the iPhone giant’s largest ever acquisition.

Dre appeared to confirm the purchase, stating in video that he had just become the “first billionaire in hip-hop”. But the deal has yet to be confirmed either by Beats or by Apple. It is thought that the news will be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference on June.Beats controls 27 per cent of the $1.8 billion headphone market and 57 per cent of the market for “premium” versions, despite its products selling for hundreds of pounds each.

Beyonce Wants Her Music To Have an Empower Impact

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International superstar Beyoncé channels Marilyn Monroe for the newest issue of Out magazine’s Power issue. Having just wrapped up her worldwide, the multi-talented wife and mother gets candid on sexuality, her music and more. Beyonce said she wants her music to have an impact. She posed topless for the front cover of Out magazine’s Power issue in jewellery and blow-dried hair, with her hands protecting her modesty.

Talking about her self-titled album, she said: “While I am definitely conscious of all the different types of people who listen to my music, I really set out to make the most personal, honest, and best album I could make. I needed to free myself from the pressures and expectations of what I thought I should say or be, and just speak from the heart.”

Beyonce, who holidayed in the Dominican Republic with husband Jay Z for their sixth wedding anniversary, wants women to “own their sexuality”. “Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle,” she continued.

“But what I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man. So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority… We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.”

Recording Bass Guitar

Recording bass guitar is very similar to capturing the sound of the electric guitar. Along with the drums, the bass forms the backbone of most songs and productions, so getting your bass sound right is a vital part of producing good music. The bass guitar can give your music productions a solid low-end foundation. Combined with the kick drum, when it’s used the bass guitar creates most of a song’s low-frequency content. 

Bass amps and cabinets will have better low-end response compared to normal guitar amps, to cope with the low notes of the bass guitar and to give the instrument it’s punch. If you’re looking for an amp that you can crank up and record at high volume, a cheap bass guitar are recommended.

Recording bass guitar can be easy when you follow a few simple guidelines. Whether recording directly, through an amp, or a combination of the two, capturing a great bass sound can give you a truly solid foundation for you to build your music and your productions on.

The New Trends of Digital Printing

When speaking of the new trends and new market shifts within the printing industry, the digital printing is in. Digital printing is the process of moving large amounts of information through the internet and then being able to print this information at a desired location with advanced technologies like a digital press. A good example of this would be how the publishing industry is able to send information directly to printers and distributors who can then use large digital presses to print the material.

Digital presses have the ability to print large format based copy for the advertising industry and other promotional needs. What was once performed by traditional, offset lithography, is now performed by technologically advanced machines capable of churning out over a hundred pages a minute. So if you are in the business of producing a massive quantity of pages for books, brochures, envelope printing and other needs, you may be wondering about the benefits of a digital press or digital printing in general.

Maximize The Benefit To Your Band By Using These Tips For Every Gig

It’s time for that gig, the one you booked months ago. The day is here and you are ready to rock. Don’t make the mistake of not making the most out of this big gig. You don’t want to just focus on playing a good show, which is of course the most important thing at the end of the day.But it’s not that important if people aren’t there or if people don’t have a way of staying in touch with you after. So if you really want to maximize the benefit to your band for this big gig, there is a lot of preparation you need to do to make sure you don’t waste the opportunity.

1. Promotion and more Promotion

 photo AvonRents-10-1_zps4c8a1e15.jpgA lot of bands these days waste gigs by not properly promoting. A lot will now just make a Facebook event page and then invite all their friends and be done with it. Unfortunately, many people ignore Facebook invites, or will get the invitation too far in advance and won’t think to make a note of the date. You have to make the event page, but you also have to contact all local media. You still also have to put fliers up around town. It’s the most important thing and people and bands are starting to let that simple and cheap way to promote fall by the wayside.

2. Arrive as a Band

 photo AvonRents-10-2_zps65a219cb.jpgSo you’re a local band not on tour, and you all are going to drive to the gig separately. That’s no way to make a cool impression. You’ll look like a bunch of hacks who are just doing music as a hobby while working at the local record shop. Don’t do that. Image is important. Go to a place like www.avonrents.com and rent yourself a bad ol’ van, and show up to the gig in style, like you mean it. That site, http://www.avonrents.com, is cheap and good, and will get you that van that you’ve always wanted. Nothing beats rolling up to the club and unloading your band and gear as one. Shows you mean business and people will notice. Oh, the band is here, will say the ladies.

3. Allow the new Fans to Find You

 photo AvonRents-10-3_zps22e64118.jpgYou need to able to be found online after the gig. If someone sees your show, loves it, but has no idea how to find you, you will miss out on attaining these fans. One great move is to make sure your band’s name is on the bass drum – not only is it cool at the time, but people are always taking photos of the band and uploading them and when you see the name in the picture it’ll be easy to remember who you saw. This is a small move that is super easy to do – people will see the photo and be easily able to tell who is in the picture, and friends who weren’t even there can find you because your band’s name is right there, for all eyes to see.

Using Digital Audio Consoles

Perhaps the main advantage of going digital is that you can keep your signal path totally in the digital domain all the way to the computer. Is this True? Well yes. That is, if most of your studio is digital. If you like to use global inserts on the mix bus, that is, route the master out through a compressor, finalizer and equalizer, you better make sure it’s digital too, or you will be doing extra conversions. Read up on the quality of analog to digital converters, this is a picky point with the pros. Also double check on the number of analog inputs you get.

Digital audio consoles such as reason 7 upgrade do offer major advantages over analog and their eventual dominance in the field is assured. No matter what, let’s make sure that our desire for new toys doesn’t cause us to miss the point. A sound mixer’s job is to creatively blend the music and vocals and to listen rather than getting bogged down in the operational details of a console, be it analog or digital.

Stage Lighting Design

Whatever the scale of a production, an amateur or professional, lighting like other design processes is based on a sequence of logical decisions plus a good measure of creative inspiration. You can find an audio, lighting and staging production company nowadays that provides equipment and services for concerts, conventions, special events, theatre and trade shows. They design, engineer and provide all of the state-of-the-art equipment to produce a truly unforgettable show.

If you haven’t noticed stage lighting before, you may have taken the emotion it brings for granted. But once you notice it, you’ll noticed it’s a beautiful and often subtle and nuanced entrance into the world of stagecraft and design.

Today’s stage lighting tools are a heady combination of technology and creativity, and truly allow designers to let their imaginations take flight. Requiring their own vocabulary of sorts, the tools of today’s lighting designers are high-tech marvels that are a far cry from the rudimentary candles and torches of old, but all accomplish the same goal, that of beautiful illumination for the action onstage. In the performing arts, the light such as cool slimpar is a part of the performance, and the work of the lightboard operator can often feel very much like an interactive dance of sorts.

The Chic Lady Bassist

 photo 941916_643467645670660_1753136617_n_zps32a6bf82.jpgWho says women can’t play the base guitar? Just take a look at my gorgeous friend Siobel who enjoys playing on her base guitar. As a musician myself, its quite rare to find women who has the passion in playing this kind of music instrument. I’m glad my friend did!

Being taken seriously as a rock musician when you’re a chick is tough work. According to my friend, if you like to learn how to play the base, there is never such a thing as too much practice when it comes to an instrument. She practice with her band two days a week for two hours, and an hour on non-band days. She also added that being in a band is selling an image as well as a sound. Girls in country bands always look really hot.

Being a girl is tough enough, but trying to be a girl in a man’s world like music, gadgets, sports, computers etc is even harder. Men by all means have an advantage when playing music since they’re typically stronger and have bigger hands, which are incredibly helpful attributes when playing an instrument. However, if you have the guts and you love to play this instrument, why not try the bass guitars and see for yourself that you can play it too!