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  • Thu, 2014-04-17 17:40

    To continue the Portlandia theme of the last post, I want to share a video with you all that I recently made for Perka, my current awesome possum employer. Starring the Supportlandia head of win-backs, Dave Streckert.

    Supportlandia from Perka on Vimeo. You all probably know we do mobile marketing really well. Another thing we want to be known for is outstanding customer service and office safety. Supportlandia team member, Dave, takes you through our current Portland office and introduces you to the voices of Perka Supportlandia.

  • Wed, 2014-04-09 17:58

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  • Thu, 2014-03-13 09:44

    This dude has the passion for his trade. Perfecting the taste of his coffee every morning.

    Life Is Bear Pond Espresso from Jake Davis on Vimeo.

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    Full length feature coming April 2014... Get excited.

    THE HIP-HOP FELLOW TRAILER from Pricefilms on Vimeo.

  • Sat, 2013-11-02 13:11

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  • Sat, 2013-11-02 13:11

    Albums are dead.And yet i'm making an album.Why?No. Really.Im asking you. Why am I doing this to myself?16 Songs?Who has time to listen to 16 songs by the same artist anymore?Thats over an hour of life that I could spend watching Breaking Bad (or any other TV show/movie/form of entertainment) for free!In this day and age, our entertainment is all instantly available, and mostly free. We get what we want when we want it.And it's killed the album.Its also killing the film industry, but thats another story.I guess the question is, what do you do as an artist when the only things with the funding to stand out are the blockbusters? (In movies and music). More entertainment is being made by more people for less money all around the world, and the result is an over saturation of content. Where do you find new artists when everyone is a new artist? Where do you sell music when music isnt something that people pay for anymore?But closest to my heart is the loss of the album.Albums dont sell. They dont. I could give you the numbers but that would take more research, and im much too lazy for that (jeez, this is just a blog! Get off my back!)Okay, I felt bad for that last sentence so I did some research.Via Bob Lefsetz:The album is dying in front of our very eyes.In other words, what kind of crazy fucked up world do we live in where Katy Perry's new album "Prism" only sells 287,000 copies in its debut?One in which everybody's interested in the single, and no one's got time to sit and hear your hour plus statement.This is not emotion, this is statistics. The shelf life of news is shorter than ever. The shelf life of art... You blink and it's done.I'm fine with you preaching to the choir, making an album for your fans. You gotta go where you wanna go, do what you wanna do, with whomever...But if your plan is to increase your audience, spread the word and make money, suddenly the album just isn't working. The youngsters are streaming singles and the oldsters are staying home. How do I know? Elton's album isn't even in the Top Fifty and McCartney's album barely broke 20,000 this week, and there wasn't a better oldster hype than for these two projects. People just don't want 'em.So what's the industry to do?Have a rethink.In other words, hype doesn't work.No one had more hype than Miley Cyrus, but "Bangerz" didn't even sell 45,000 copies this week. She can go on SNL, tweet her life away, but it's not moving the needle. Lorde is selling as much as her without the benefit of scorched earth, proving that quality music is as good as hype, but...she's not burning up the chart either.We've turned into a nation of grazers. And the artist's job is to constantly be at the smorgasbord. Not to deliver one big meal that is picked at and thrown away, but a constant presence in the public's face.The newsletter goes on, and if you are interested in this kind of stuff I suggest you go to his website and sign up for it... some great music business related stuff. Of course, none of this changes the fact that I'm coming out with the album. And I know its not a great idea.But I fucking love albums. The end. 

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    Note: It is 5:30 AM. There is a fucking rooster. That wont shut the fuck up. So I am writing this, in order to distract myself from my need to kill that rooster.I've seen and heard way too many opinions about this whole shebang recently, most of them seemingly idiotic, or at the least sadly uninformed. If your not in the know (Congrats! You probably have more important things to think about!), Robin Thicke had a song come out (Blurred Lines) that sounds somewhat like Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up". The big question is, is it stealing?DID HE STEAL FROM MARVIN GAYE!?!?I'll give you the quick answer... no.But now I have to explain. Because some of you think that one element of a song, when taken from a song, is stealing. Because that IS what happened.Robin Thicke did, intentionally, "take" the GROOVE from got to give it up.For those of you unfimiliar with a "groove", it is basically the overall feel usually created by the tempo, swing of the drums, and placement of the instruments.In this type of funk, you play the chords on the off beats. You do the same for multiple genres, including reggae, dub, (dubstep too, but not brostep) etc.Yes... Robin Thicke did use a 70's funk groove.So did Marvin Gaye.Not a Marvin Gaye Groove. A 70's funk groove.Now onto my point.What do you listen to?I bet its not 70's funk.Because if you did, you wouldn't be saying "this is a ripoff!"You'd be saying "this is good 70's funk, recorded in modern day" (somewhat like the daft record).And what is the difference?GENRE.How many hip hop songs have the same groove?How many house?How about Pop?Fuck... even classical?The answer is all of them. While there ARE more then one per, there are VERY FEW "grooves" to each of these genres, and if you are not in one of them, you are not in the genre.So what is this? Am I saying that the people who are calling it a blatent rip off probably don't know the first fucking thing about what they're talking about musically?Yes.Thats exactly what i'm saying.They wanted to make a song in the same style. In the same Genre. They stated that before they started the track. For those of you who don't make music professionally (or at least a shit ton), this is an important lesson:THAT IS HOW YOU MAKE MUSIC.You decide what you are doing before you do it. You have a plan, a creative strategy. You are not just playing random shit and seeing what you come up with, you KNOW WHAT YOU WANT.If you don't, your use as a musician is questionable, and you will waste hours on hours on hours doing random shit that will only maybe get you anywhere.They wanted 70's funk, and they did a masterful job at it.Great video too. (side note)Now, lets get down to the itty gritty details about what makes this so much not a rip off, in the legal sense, by breaking the track down to its key components.COMPOSITION: (In Chords)Marvin Gaye:  I, IV, V, IRobin Thicke: I, I, I, I, V,V,V,IV, III, IIFor those of you that don't understand that... they're playing different shit. And they are, of course, in different keys. Which means while they both contain a I and a V, they are different keys. (They are a full tone away in key) So, to sum up the composition...Chords: Fucking differentBPM: Similar, but fucking different.Drums: They're different sounds, hitting at different times. I've got other shit to do then prove it, look it up. The similarity is they both work within the genre and mix the high hats pretty high.Lyrics: Totally fucking differentVocal Melody: Fucking DIFFERENTPlacement of A chord on the off beat: SameSo, all in all, we have two songs around the same tempo, that only play chords on offbeats. Aka...THEYRE THE SAME FUCKING GENRE.GODDAMMIT THIS IS ANNOYING.People are saying, "then why are they offering a settlement? Why are they suing? Isn't that proof of guilt?"Nope. They started the lawsuit after THE SONG HAD BEEN NUMBER ONE FOR 2 MONTHS WITHOUT STOP.Not before.And what did Robin Thicke's team sue for?So that Marvin Gaye's family could not own AN ENTIRE GENREBecause thats what this is about.Genre. And the fact that Robin Thicke  ADMITTED TO WANTING TO MAKE THE SAME GROOVE as Marvin Gaye. Which is why the Gaye family thinks they have a lawsuit. Because Robin Thicke admitted to wanting to make a song. With that groove. In that genre.Fuck I could demonstrate my point better on video. But imagine this:I sit down to make a song. I set the tempo to around 120 (around these songs tempo).I play my electric piano on the offbeats, with whatever chords I want, and add in some hi-hats.Got that sound in your mind? Because its the sound that people are saying robin thicke "stole".Have I now stolen from both of these songs?Should I be sued?IMHO, people like to think of Robin Thicke as a no-talent because he has the best fkn life ever. He was born into money (father is Allan Thicke) and is now a superstar married to Paula Patton (GOD DAMN!). To most people, he came out of nowhere, and got famous for making a video with abunch of naked models.Thats not who he is to me. I back him up in part because i've been a Robin Thicke fan since early high school (shiiit... almost ten years now), and the dude is fucking talented. And when you get all this negative attention for making something great?Fuck that.We love tearing down our idols. We love seeing them fail, thinking of them as cheaters, because then some part of ourselves says "thats why I couldn't do it", and that helps us accept the lack of success we've achieved in comparison.What i'm saying people, is that we are assholes.Im also saying Robin Thicke didn't steal shit.But more that people are assholes.And if that goddamn rooster outside of this place wakes me up at 530 AM again tomorrow, I will be strangling it with my bare hands.

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    Really... respect for this speech. He not only quotes my FAVORITE FUCKING Steve Jobs quote, he makes 3 great points. R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

  • Wed, 2013-08-07 16:01

    This clip makes a wonderful point about race if you watch it to the end. If you don't watch it to the end, be warned: they are mocking Bill O'Reily for his comments on African American culture. They are not being serious, they are making a very important point.

  • Wed, 2013-08-07 09:36

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