Monthly Archives: February 2008

James Blunt and Missy Higgins to perform live on Ustream.TV!

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Anyone else in the mood for dreamy, guitar-strumming singer-songwriters? Boy are you in luck!

Ustream.TV is proud to present acoustic performances by not one, but TWO swoon-inducing artists; one ech for the guys AND the gals! The good folks at Sophie’s Lounge in San Diego presents Australian music indie rock luminaries Missy Higgins and James Blunt, this Friday and Saturday respectively, 11:30 AM Pacific / 7:30 PM London. Check them both out on Sophie’s Lounge Ustream channel.


Sophie’s Lounge
, a project of Sophie’s 103.7 in San Diego, regularly puts on intimate, exclusive acoustic performances by some of the best artists in the world. This Friday and Saturday, Sophie’s Lounge is inviting the world to experience the live music magic!

About Missy Higgins

Missy Higgins is an award-winning Australian singer-songwriter, best known for her hit singles “Scar” and “The Special Two” off her debut album The Sound of White. Her second album, On a Clear Night was released in April 2007.

On July 7, 2007, Higgins participated in the Australian leg of Live Earth performing her own set, as well as joining Paul Kelly, Kev Carmody and John Butler on stage for the song “From Little Things Big Things Grow.” The song could have been considered “the event’s anthem” and Rolling Stone cited it as a highlight, stating that the “whole crowd sung along – all eleven verses.”

In 2004, Higgins was nominated in four categories at the ARIA Awards. These included “Best Female Artist” and “Single of the Year”. At the awards ceremony on October 17 she received the award for “Best Pop Release”.

Have a taste of Missy’s music here:

http://profile.imeem.com/Brq8p3/playlist/0dS5ipVv/missy_higgins_music_playlist/

About James Blunt
James Blunt is an English singer-songwriter whose debut album, Back to Bedlam, and single releases — especially the number one hit “You’re Beautiful” — brought him to fame in 2005. His style is a mix of pop, folk and acoustic rock. Along with vocals, James Blunt plays a wide variety of instruments including the piano, guitar, organ, marimba and mellotron. He is signed to Linda Perry’s American label Custard Records. Blunt became the first British artist to top the American singles chart in nearly a decade when his song “You’re Beautiful” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006; the last British artist to do so had been Elton John in 1997 with the song “Candle in the Wind 1997″. Blunt won two BRIT Awards and was nominated for five Grammy Awards in 2006.Have a taste of James Blunt’s music here:

http://frenchypet.imeem.com/playlist/zAC2lGJ4/james_blunt_music_playlist/

Ustreamer Chris Pirillo in BBC News Online

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Chris Pirillo, one of Ustream’s earliest adopters and most prolific broadcasters, was recently covered by none other than the internationally renowned BBC News. Darren Waters, official BBC News tech blogger @ dot.life, pens an entry matter-of-factly entitled “In praise of Pirillo” which it then – matter-of-factly — goes on to do. Thanks to Pirillo, Ustream.TV is now also a BBC News worthy entity – thanks Chris!

The entry ostensibly celebrates Chris’ 1000th YouTube posting as a jumping point to delve into the innovative, multi-point models Chris has employed to self-publish and distribute content online. The Ustream community is lucky enough to follow Chris’ entrepreneurial adventures everyday on both his Ustream channel and his own site, Chris.Pirillo.com

The entry runs through many of the developing hallmarks of successful video content distribution in the new online world, including long-tail sensibilities…

“My model for publishing video on YouTube is not to have seven people watch one video but to have one person watch seven videos.”

… interactivity, especially of the real-time variety…

“During live broadcasts viewers can leave comments that appear live on screen and are later embedded in the YouTube video.”

… multi-point distribution and social networking…

“He has a blog, a Twitter feed, the YouTube channel, a live channel and is one of the most networked people imaginable.

… which all leads to a groundbreaking formula for success in the new media world:

“Audiences for his YouTube videos are in the hundreds and in total more than 668,000 people have watched them. But it’s not about the size of the audience it’s about the strength of the community… Pirillo talks to his audience in a way that mainstream media – the BBC included – is only beginning to understand.”

Chris Pirillo is an instructional example of utilizing Ustream as a critical component of an overall media brand building. Social media platforms like Ustream.TV are lowering the barriers for distribution on many fronts, so you can concentrate on what you do best: producing compelling content.

As the bottlenecks of limited distribution break apart in the new media age, it’s possible for anyone for anyone to become the next Chris Pirillo. That is, content producer as owner and entrepreneur. Marc Andreessen — founder of Netscape, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and overall really smart guy –- intelligently writes at length about the emerging new media entertainment industry as “Hollywood Rebuilt in Silicon Valley’s Image”, and the attendant “producer-as-entrepreneur” filling its ranks. Both entries are great, detailed reads for anyone seeking to become the next Chris Pirillo of (fill in your passion here).

So go ahead and let Ustream.TV do all the heavy lifting for you, so you too can produce the type of content that will find you in the BBC News; the online edition, of course!

Watch the man preach the good word:

The Miracle of Birth: Daemondox Demonstrates Dachshund Delivery Dramatics

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Ustreamer Daemondox yesterday demonstrated the power of live video broadcasting when he streamed his pet dachshund, Magic, giving birth to a litter of puppies. Around 50+ viewers had a chance to experience the thrill and miracle of birth, before 2 year old Magic fell completely exhausted and could not push anymore. The viewers, sharing the worries and concerns of Daemondox, chimed in with invaluable advice and support in the chatrooms. You can just feel the tension of the moment in the chatroom dialogue recorded in the screencaps below (click on image to link to full size image):

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The viewers were then left in breathless suspense as Magic was rushed to the vet for oxygen treatment and c-section.

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Alas, the advice proved invaluable, as Magic returned from the vet alive, well, and a proud mother of a liter of four healthy puppies! Tune into Daemondox’s Ustream channel to keep track of the brand new happy dachshund family!

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