Monthly Archives: July 2008

Bad Pitch, Good Cause, Fun Show

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Guinness Book of World Records. What kid hasn’t flipped through the pages documenting the pillars of human achievements and thought, Hey, I could beat some of these records.

Starting August 1, 5 AM PDT / 8 AM EDT, PK Gillock of charity site Isara.org will actually go through with our collective childhood aspirations, in an attempt to unseat the current Karaoke session world record of 39+ hours. Best of all,you can watch 40+ hour test of body, mind and ear drums right here on Ustream.

PK Gillock will be raising funds for Isara.org, a three year old charity responsible for over 60 humanitarian projects in 4 countries, including dozens of scholarships and a free learning center in northeastern Thailand.

PK and Isara.org will be taking YOUR requests in coordination with the fundraising effort. Be a part of the annals of Karaoke’s hallowed history — register for Isara.org or donate $5 for your very own song request.

Get yourself hyped (and a pair of ear plugs):

Shave your head for charity – Viral game captured on Ustream

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Gary Vaynerchuk didn’t become huge on accident, everything was calculated and intelligently planned out. He is the example of a pro social marketer, a person who creates buzz without even spending a dollar on ads. Gary is a genius.

The day before yesterday, Gary woke up and shaved his head live on Ustream. The viewers went nuts. Now, your average Ustreamer would stop there and call it a day, maybe quietly complain that he has a shaved head – Not Gary though, he turned it into a game.

In this video you see Gary challenging Kevin Rose to shave his head. If he does it Gary will donate $300 to a charity of Kevin’s choice. Kevin then has the power to call out the next soon-to-be-bald contestant.Kevin Rose took the challenge…live on Ustream as well.
In front of 1000 people, the god of Digg shaved his head. The recorded video was so ridiculous that it later made the front page of Digg with over 2500 diggs. Ridiculous!


Who’s next?

Weekly Music-on-Ustream Update #1

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Thanks to the ever-growing presence of musicians and artists on Ustream, I’m thinking of creating a weekly update on this here blog of upcoming events, past-event recaps, and all the lines of embeds in between. Task #1 is overhaul this boring title; leave me some suggestions in the comments, please, for the sake of the English language!

On to the updates: We’ve got two great in-radio performances coming up this week:

First up, Sophie’s Lounge has another great acoustic performance set-up from none other than John Mayer. Starting tomorrow, July 29, at 4 pm PDT / 7 pm EDT, John Mayer will play what YOU request. Get your vote on in Radio Sophie’s site here.

Next up, Good Charlotte have a performance lined up this Wednesday, July 30, Noon EDT / 9 AM PDT, over at XL 106.7 in Orlando. The same guys that brought you Red, Hot and Boom – one of the bigger Radio Station summer concerts to stream on Ustream — deliver their first in-studio performance; Good Charlotte fans will not want to miss this!

Finally, did you guys miss Switchfoot? After a week-and-change hiatus to tour, they’re back doing their studio webcam thing! Give them a warm welcome back!

In past news, two very cool artist webchats from last week, that you might have missed:

Nas Live Chat from his Hotel Room, moments after making his Fox News protest that made the Colbert Report (same clothes and everything… made you look!):

Live streaming video by Ustream

Later that day, Ustream pioneer Tori Amos stopped by to chat up her new comic book, Comic Book Tattoos:

Live Video streaming by Ustream

We have some BIG, innovative music projects with major artists lined-up in the pipeline the next few weeks, so keep your eyes and ears pealed for this blog. And all you Ustream poets and linguists, don’t forget to suggest me a new title for this music update series! Link Love promised!

Ustream Pioneer Tori Amos Back Again!

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Tori Amos, an early Ustream broadcaster, returns back to the platform with another live webchat with fans, tomorrow, Wednesday July 23, 4 pm PDT / 7 pm EDT. Be sure to ask her about her innovative new project dropping the same day, “Comic Book Tattoo”, a stunning 480-page graphic art treatment detailing Tori’s catalogue of music, as interpreted by the best and brightest comic book artists.

Ms. Amos appearance is not just another artist webchat for Ustream, because Ms. Amos is not just another artist for Ustream. Tori and her visionary management team hosted her first webchat back in October of ’07, a mere half-year after Ustream launched early beta. Tori was the first recognizable “name” in entertainment that the Ustream team could proudly point to as a testament to what we were doing. At the time, we were the live video platform of choice to the early adopter tech circles, presidential candidates… and Tori Amos. It was one of Ustream’s first major successes, and introduced the live experience to a wholly new group of viewers.

The orange-haired screenshots of Tori on the Ustream player became the go-to image for many a Ustream collateral and one-sheets. In the 9 months since Tori’s last session, countless household names in entertainment have passed through the silver screens of Ustream’s Flash video player, including 50 Cent, Hannah Montana, Jessica Simpson, Switchfoot, Johhny Knoxville… and the list goes on.

But Tori was one of the very first. For that, we roll about the red-carpet for her prodigal return. Join us Wednesday, 7/23 in welcoming Tori back!

Thriving Ivory Live Chat

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Thriving Ivory
is a new Wind-Up Records band making waves out of San Francisco. As a VH1 “You Oughta Know” band, you might have caught their music vids on heavy rotation.

Catch them on live rotation on Ustream.TV this Monday. Ask them questions, they will answer… you know the drill!

And if you haven’t caught Thriving Ivory yet, go ahead and get yourself familiar:

Netroots: Clark, Pelosi, Dean To Speak Live

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Over the last few years, the internet has become a widely used tool within the political landscape.  Moreover, the VOICE of the internet has risen as powerful force in shaping the direction of this country.

When Ustream.TV launched in early 2007, we had the opportunity to broadcast live a 3-day event at the time known as the YearlyKos.  This group of “grassroots, hardcore bloggers” met in Chicago to discuss the issues of the day affecting our country and the world.  It’s impact was powerful.  It was such a success that it garnered the attention of the Democratic party’s most influential, culminating in a live presidential debate with all the Democratic Presidential candidates.

Well, its a new year and they have a new name.  Netroots Nation, founded in 2006, will be broadcasting live on Ustream this weekend its 3rd annual conference from Austin TX.  Broadcasts start Thursday and go through Sunday.

The list of speakers is pretty impressive: General Wesley Clark (a member of the Ustream advisory board), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Governor Howard Dean.

We will have wall to wall coverage of the event with 5-6 different feeds of all the breakout sessions.  You can see a full list of the speakers here: http://www.netrootsnation.org/agenda-2008

For all the different feeds, check out the Netroots/Ustream pages below:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/exhibit-hall-4

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ballroom-e

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ballroom-f

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ballroom-g

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/room-12

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/room-19

E3: Presented by 1UP.com

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Back in 2006 nearly 60,000 people were allowed to attend E3, which at the time was the biggest gaming conference in the world. In 2007 the conference was radically reduced – leaving it as an invite only event with a max capacity of 5,000.

Now how do you get a live stream of an invite only gaming conference?

You partner with epic gaming website 1UP.com!

1UP is in the trenches streaming both the Nintendo and Sony conferences at E3. Spore on the Nintendo DS, cookbook on the DS, snowboard for the Wii… These announcements are only going to get crazier! I can’t wait.

If you’re going to stay up to date on the E3 announcements you better be watching the 1UP Ustream.

Video clips hosted by Ustream

iPhone Day!

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I can’t wait to play Monkey Ball! Just talking about it induces visions of tilting my new iPhone 3G around to control that little guy. I can’t wait until Friday.

And neither should you, because Ustream is going to be PACKED with iPhone content. We’ve got iPhone all day! In the morning we have live streams coming from the extremely long iPhone lines… Those crazy people have already started camping out! Following that Ustream will be treated to demos of major iPhone apps. Who will demo them? Some random guy on his iPhone? Nope. The developers themselves will personally be walking you through their app. How awesome is that?

So go get your iPhone 3G and join us on Ustream. It’s iPhone day baby.

Switchfoot and This Providence: Live in Studio!

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Back in the old days of the music business, the album recording stage was usually the time when bands and artists disappeared off the face of the earth. No tours, no press circuit, no parties. Usually by the time they’re recording, all the singles from their previous album would have grown stale and dropped off radio and TV rotation.

Switchfoot and This Providence are using Ustream to make the recording process the most interactive stage of an artist’s development. Both Switchfoot and This Providence have set up webcams from their recording studios. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

Both bands have already created a hang-out spot of sorts for their fans, with plenty of diehard fans making new friendships across the chatroom.

Multi-platinum artists and newly independent Switchfoot turns on their stream just about when they feel like it, which can quite often. Stay tuned for more details for special interactive segments.

Webcast by Ustream.TV

Meanwhile, Fueled By Ramen artists This Providence have been broadcasting the studio session for their second album, from everyday from 4 – 7 pm Pacific.

Web TV provided by Ustream

Both are looking for creative ways to involve their fans through the stream, so be sure to suggest your best ideas in this here entry’s comments section. I promise I will read them and propose the best ones to the bands themselves. So better make ‘em good!