Grammy Award winning recording engineer Bruce Swedien received his first nomination in 1962 for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry," and Swedien went on to record and mix most of Michael Jackson's albums, including "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time. Swedien also worked with Donna Summer and has been nominated for a total of 13 Grammys.
I know, times being what they are for the music business, it seems like a crazy, even contrarian thing to do. But Rough Trade just opened a 15,000-square-foot record store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in New York. The store only sells new CDs and LPs, no used stuff, along with various music-related merch like books and magazines.
Rough Trade NYC is a big, wide-open, converted warehouse space -- it feels like it's been there for a long, long time. Rough Trade has a similar, but much smaller, shop in London, which opened in 2007, and it's doing fine. … Read more
Photos of golden-crisp cooked turkeys, dark red cranberry sauce, family football, and the lighting of menorahs crowded Instagram on Thursday. In fact, so many people took to the photo-sharing social network that the company announced it was its busiest day ever.
"We saw record usage as Instagrammers shared a heaping helping of holiday cheer," the company wrote in a blog post on Friday. "Your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah-related photos and videos helped make yesterday our busiest so far -- and for that we give thanks to you."
Thanksgiving this year was historic in that for the first … Read more
Anything is possible when you can create professional-looking HD presentations, lessons, manuals, and eGreetings right from your computer. LiteCam HD, possibly the most popular screen capturing software with our users and editors, can help you capture and share your desktop with friends and family.
With LiteCam, you can capture streaming videos that normally cannot be downloaded. Make instructional video tutorials right on the computer. Trim, draw, and add titles and logos to create sharp looking movies. Record important Skype video chats and calls. Save online Web conference video with audio, capturing all presentation contents and annotations. Surprise friends and family … Read more
I'm a big fan of music documentaries, but "The Wrecking Crew: The Untold Story of Rock & Roll Heroes" is easily the best I've seen in years. The band was made up of LA studio pros who would show up for a 3- or 4-hour session, and produce hit after hit. Their biggest successes came in the 1960s and 1970s, and for six consecutive years starting in 1966 the Wrecking Crew played on the Grammy Award-winning "Record of the Year." The band worked all the time, with Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach … Read more
InstaRecord is a fun-to-use video recording app that becomes surprisingly deep as you continue to use it. The video recording is as easy as pressing and holding a button; and because you can combine various bits of video into a single short clip, it allows for quite a bit of freedom in how you compose.
The app opens to the only screen you'll ever see, a recording screen. To record you'll tap and hold the big red button. Release the big red button and the recording stops. Tap again and it starts again, adding new segments to the … Read more
MP3MyMP3 lets you easily record any sound you are able to hear on your PC and export it as MP3 or WAV. If you need to record podcasts, streaming audio from the Web, Skype calls, sound effects, or your own voice, this program can help you out.
During the installation, MP3MyMP3 tries to install a toolbar and change your default search and home page, but you can easily opt out of this bundle if you choose the custom installation. Once installed, the program greets you with an appealing and intuitive interface and a great deal of features and customization options. … Read more
Three US senators with access to confidential NSA information don't see the agency's data-gathering methods as necessary to ensure US security.
On Tuesday, Senators Mark Udall (D-Colorado), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), and Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) filed an amicus brief on behalf of a lawsuit filed by several organizations that claims the National Security Agency's bulk records collection violated their constitutional rights. In the legal brief, the three senators expressed the opinion that the information gathered through the NSA could have been obtained through less-intrusive ways.
"In recent years the balance between protecting our liberties and ensuring … Read more
Alibaba Group, China's largest e-commerce company, broke single-day online sales records during the country's biggest shopping holiday.
Topping $5.75 billion, the site matched last year's online sales in the first 13 hours of the 24-hour shopping day, which was on Sunday, according to Bloomberg. Last year, Alibaba's single-day online sales record totaled $3.14 billion.
China's biggest shopping day is called "Singles' Day;" it's a similar holiday to Valentine's Day in the US. The main difference with Singles' Day is that it's geared toward shopping. The idea is that … Read more
Easy Video Recorder is a stripped-down screen capture tool to record whatever you are doing on your computer's screen, whether for presentation, tutorial, or storage. The result is an easy-to-use tool that will capture the basics on your screen without any advanced editing features -- a perfect companion if you need to make a quick video with no bells and whistles.
After installing Easy Video Recorder, the interface will pop up, showing you a small window with a handful of options. From these options you can choose the size of what you will capture, whether to capture audio with … Read more