We found this amazing video by Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli. A tilt shift of the Carnaval party in Rio de Janeiro, captured on the summer of 2011. Incredible soundtrack by Jarbas Agnelli. It worth checking out!

The City of Samba from Jarbas Agnelli on Vimeo.

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Have you ever wondered how it would be like to walk in someone elses shoes? Well, these people literally did it!
The Canadian photographer Hana Pesut made a series of photos of couples and friends who are photographed in front of the same background but with an exchange of their clothes. The result is a super clever series of good humoured pictures. This sweet work is called Switcheroo. Check it out!




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Lots of folks take sight-seeing helicopters over New York City but people floating over the city isn’t so common.
Residents were treated to that sight recently, as a crew flew human-shaped RC planes around the city, then posted video of the experiment on YouTube.
The video that features “Unstoppable” song by Tom Quick, promotes the sci-fi movie “Chronicle” which received more than 4.5 million views in the past two days. The clip shows the RC planes taking flight, dancing along the skyline, floating over the Hudson River, sidling along bridges and zipping past the Statue of Liberty.
The filming sparked local interest and is now garnering attention from around the world.
Intrigued? Check out the video:

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From Spotify to Google, powerful new players battle for the future of music. This year, the digital-music revolution took its biggest step since iTunes launched in 2003. Over the past 12 months, Spotify made its U.S. debut; Apple released its iTunes Match cloud service; Facebook partnered with everyone from Spotify to MOG; and Google and Amazon each launched its own cloud-based music services. “We’ve seen a bit of a perfect storm this year,” Daniel Ek, Spotify’s founder and CEO, tells Rolling Stone. “The world is getting more connected, and it’s becoming more and more obvious that music belongs in the cloud.”

The new cloud-music services are split into two categories: “digital lockers” like iTunes Match, Google Music and Amazon Cloud, which allow fans to store their digital collections online and stream them to any computer or device; and subscription services, from Spotify to long-running Rhapsody, which provide unlimited streaming for just about any song ever made.

Until this year, subscription services made up a tiny slice of the music business, but since Spotify’s launch, premium customers have jumped to 2.5 million. (Google, Amazon and Apple won’t divulge user numbers.) “We see most of the growth in the digital space in the next few years coming from service models based in the cloud,” says Stephen Bryan, Warner Music’s executive vice president for digital strategy. “We’re really excited about that.” Another major-label source goes a step further: “This is the year that we will point to in the future that was the beginning of the end for ownership as a model.”

According to sources, Sony Music’s purchase of EMI’s music-publishing business (which owns the rights to 1.4 million songs, from Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” to Queen’s “We Are the Champions”) for $2.2 billion in early November was driven at least in part by the cloud revolution. The reason? Streaming services typically pay a royalty of a fraction of a penny per listen – which could add up to serious money for companies that control a huge catalog of songs. “It’s much easier to go deep [into catalogs] than in an experience where you’re purchasing music,” says Steve Greenberg, head of S-Curve Records and a former Sony and Warner executive. “The larger my catalog is, the more likely you’ll be listening to something of mine.”

So far, artist managers and lawyers say, Spotify’s royalty payments are small – according to one source, if a song gets streamed 60 times, the songwriter receives roughly 9.1 cents and the artist gets 38 cents. As a result, more than 200 indie labels – as well as the Beatles’, Led Zeppelin’s and Bob Dylan’s catalogs – aren’t available on the service. “We put a lot of money into our artists, and a lot of time and development,” says Scott Borchetta, president of Taylor Swift’s label, Big Machine, which doesn’t release albums to Spotify until they’ve been out for a certain period of time. “I don’t have that many titles, so fractions of pennies don’t work for me.”
But the formula for artist payments for Spotify, MOG and others varies widely, depending on contracts – and some say it could easily generate serious revenues as more users (and advertisers) pay for the services.

“Music has driven companies like Apple to the zillions of dollars of worth, so I understand people’s frustration that the owners of those companies are reaping business that possibly belongs to rightsholders,” says Irving Azoff, manager of the Eagles and dozens of other bands, as well as executive chairman of Live Nation Entertainment. “But I was very pro-Spotify. I’m pro all that stuff. Just the fact that you can’t monetize it as much as you once could, that artists don’t make as much off it, doesn’t mean that [they can't make money] elsewhere in their careers – branding, live-touring revenue.”

The iTunes Match and Amazon Cloud “locker” model is especially intriguing for artists and labels, because a royalty is paid every time you stream a song in your collection, whether you originally ripped it from a CD or downloaded it illegally. “It is one way to make someone pay for music they’ve already bought,” says Syd Schwartz, a former EMI exec who is now a consultant to managers and labels. “It’s pretty ingenious. I’m sure someone in an executive office at a major label is going, ‘At least that’s one way we can monetize the stuff people stole from Napster over the years.’ ”

“This year is the starting point,” says Spotify’s Ek. “We don’t believe ownership is completely dead – people buy things that they like. But the great opportunity with Spotify is it’s so social. People share what they’re listening to.”
Adds Zahavah Levine, director of content partnerships for Google’s Android: “There’s a bright future ahead.”

We put the services to a head-to-head test. Which is the one for you?
Spotify:
Free (with ads), $5 a month (no ads), $10 a month (mobile)
PROS: Simple as iTunes and gets you unlimited spins of millions of songs. Free!
CONS: Catalog doesn’t include the Beatles, Led Zeppelin or key tracks by Bob Dylan.
The Bottom Line: Music’s best (legal) deal ever? Basically. Total game changer.
iTunes Match:
$25 a year for cloud storage of 25,000 songs
PROS: You stream from tunes already stored on Apple’s servers, so you don’t have to upload your collection. Upgrades ancient MP3s on your hard drive to high-quality files.
CONS: Not free.
The Bottom Line: You probably already use iTunes – this is a serious bonus.
Google Music:
Free for cloud storage of 20,000 songs
PROS: Upload your songs and they sync to all your devices instantly. Super-smooth Android integration.
CONS: Uploading takes ages. Warner artists not available.
The Bottom Line: Must-try for Android users who want their tunes everywhere.
Amazon Cloud:
Free for cloud storage of 1,000 songs, $20 (per year) and up for more space
PROS: An easy-to-use online locker with no storage limit – as long as you’re willing to pay.
CONS: Can get expensive – a one-terabyte collection would cost $1,000 a year.
The Bottom Line: Worth checking out for casual fans.
MOG:
Free (with ads), $5 a month (no ads), $10 a month (mobile)
PROS: Has most of the same features as Spotify, but better music discovery tools and a smart, curated home page.
CONS: Web-based app isn’t as slick as Spotify’s software.
The Bottom Line: With Spotify exploding, its less buzzy competitor is losing ground fast.

Published on December, 14 2011 – by Rolling Stone

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The Australian radio station Tripple J published an awesome countdown of the 100 hottest tracks that are going on at the moment. The radio top lists has been going since 1989, back in the days of postal voting. The Hottest 100 was first won by Joy Division with the classic “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. The seminal group remained on top until Nirvana released “Smells like Teen Spirit” in ’91! Their site is great and it worth checking their content out!


#100: Mr Little Jeans – The Suburbs
#99: The Beards – You Should Consider Having Sex With A Bearded Man {triple j recording}
#98: Jay-Z & Kanye West – Niggas in Paris
#97: Foo Fighters – Arlandria
#96: The Strokes – Machu Picchu
#95: Grouplove – Naked Kids
#94: The Wombats – Our Perfect Disease
#93: Kimbra – Two Way Street
#92: James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream
#91: City And Colour – Fragile Bird
#90: Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise
#89: Beirut – Santa Fe
#88: Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
#87: Gotye – In Your Light
#86: Seeker Lover Keeper – Light All My Lights
#85: Cosmo Jarvis – Gay Pirates
#84: 360 – Throw It Away {Ft. Josh Pyke}
#83: The Kills – Future Starts Slow
#82: Little Dragon – Ritual Union
#81: Busby Marou – Biding My Time
#80: Pnau – The Truth
#79: SBTRKT – Wildfire {Ft. Little Dragon}
#78: Husky – History’s Door
#77: Metronomy – The Look
#76: Redcoats – Dreamshaker
#75: Skream & Example – Shot Yourself In The Foot Again
#74: Drapht – Bali Party {Ft. Nfa}
#73: Skrillex – First Of The Year (Equinox)
#72: Flight Facilities – Foreign Language
#71: Luke Million – Arnold
#70: Jebediah – She’s Like A Comet
#69: Bon Iver – Calgary
#68: Arctic Monkeys – Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
#67: New Navy – Zimbabwe
#66: Bon Iver – Perth
#65: Kasabian – Re-Wired
#64: Owl Eyes – Raiders
#63: Foo Fighters – Rope
#62: Stonefield – Black Water Rising
#61: Radiohead – Lotus Flower
#60: Joe Goddard – Gabriel
#59: Washington – Holy Moses
#58: Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers
#57: The Rubens – Lay It Down
#56: Sparkadia – China
#55: Architecture In Helsinki – Escapee
#54: The Grates – Turn Me On
#53: Bon Iver – Holocene
#52: Kimbra – Good Intent
#51: The Drums – Money
#50: Boy & Bear – Part Time Believer
#49: Boy & Bear – Milk & Sticks
#48: Art Vs Science – A.I.M. Fire!
#47: Sparkadia – Mary
#46: Active Child – Hanging On
#45: The Kooks – Junk Of The Heart (Happy)
#44: Hermitude – Speak Of The Devil
#43: Grouplove – Itchin’ On A Photograph
#42: Florence + The Machine – What The Water Gave Me
#41: The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness
#40: Foster The People – Houdini
#39: Benny Benassi – Cinema {Skrillex Remix}
#38: Ball Park Music – All I Want Is You
#37: 360 – Killer
#36: Florence + The Machine – No Light, No Light
#35: Illy – Cigarettes
#34: Gotye – I Feel Better
#33: Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis {Ft. Otis Redding}
#32: Noah And The Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N
#31: Ball Park Music – It’s Nice To Be Alive
#30: Calvin Harris – Bounce {Ft. Kelis}
#29: Drapht – Sing It (The Life Of Riley)
#28: Owl Eyes – Pumped Up Kicks {Like A Version}
#27: Example – Changed The Way You Kiss Me
#26: The Wombats – Techno Fan
#25: Kimbra – Cameo Lover
#24: The Wombats – 1996
#23: Emma Louise – Jungle
#22: Snakadaktal – Air
#21: Skrillex – Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites
#20: Bluejuice – Act Yr Age
#19: Nero – Promises
#18: The Wombats – Jump Into The Fog
#17: Seeker Lover Keeper – Even Though I’m A Woman
#16: Grouplove – Tongue Tied
#15: Foster The People – Helena Beat
#14: Foster The People – Call It What You Want
#13: Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
#12: Architecture In Helsinki – Contact High
#11: Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
#10: Hilltop Hoods – I Love It {Ft. Sia}
#9: The Jezabels – Endless Summer
#8: 360 – Boys Like You {Ft. Gossling}
#7: San Cisco – Awkward
#6: Lana Del Rey – Video Games
#5: M83 – Midnight City
#4: Boy & Bear – Feeding Line
#3: Matt Corby – Brother
#2: The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
#1: Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know {Ft. Kimbra}

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