Morning Music Notes – Good Thing Twitter Wasn’t Around for Germany’s 1936 Olympics
London 2012 Twitter Problems
This relates to music (and technology) and not sports – honest! Twitter is 6 years old, meaning it was just a baby 2 year old at the Beijing Summer Olympics. With huge growth in the past four years, we’ve seen a huge increase in the usage by athletes, meaning a huge increase in offensive tweets. A Swiss player has been kicked out of the Summer Olympics due to a racist tweet towards South Koreans (via Digital Trends). After a 2-1 loss, Michel Morganella decided to tweet that South Koreans “can go burn” and called them a “bunch of mongoloids.” Not quite sure what he thought was going to happen after tweets like that. He becomes the second athlete to get banned from the London 2012 Games, following Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou’s comments about African immigrants, which prevented her from even leaving Greece to get to Great Britain.
Olympic Journalist Gets Twitter Account Suspended
It’s not just athletes who are running into trouble with tweets – Twitter suspended the account of a British journalist after he posted the email address of an NBC executive (via Digital Trends). Guy Adams has been tweeted negative comments about NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympic, which culminated in the tweet: “The man responsible for NBC pretending the Olympics haven’t started yet is Gary Zenkel. Tell him what u think! Email: [email protected].”
Twitter’s Terms of Service says that you can’t post “another person’s private and confidential information.” However, the email address is easily found by this “Google” service I’ve heard so much about. In case you don’t know: NBC and Twitter are partners in the Olympics coverage. Let the conspiracy theories begin!
Arctic Monkeys and London’s Subway Bombing Tribute Coverage Cut Off in America
There’s a great Family Guy episode where Lois Griffin is running for mayor, and realizes all she needs to say to win over the crowd at her public debate is “9/11.” Imagine the uproar if the Brits or Canadians or any other nation cut off a September 11 tribute, say during the Super Bowl or something, and cut away to commercials? NBC did the equivalent of this, by not showing Emeli Sande’s version of Abide With Me, which was a tribute to the July 7, 2005 London Tube and bus bombings that happened 1 day after Great Britain won the Olympics (via NME). She wasn’t the only one removed from NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremonies. The Arctic Monkeys’ hit, I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor, was also cut, as was the Sex Pistols punk tribute part, as part of NBC adding 24 commercial breaks. Someone should negatively tweet about this, and include an executive’s email address.
Paul McCartney Sings Hey Jude, Gets Paid £1
I know Paul McCartney doesn’t need the money, but getting paid £1 almost seems insulting to a former Beatle. This is how much Sir Paul was paid to perform this Opening Ceremony ending song, Hey Jude (via Hollywood Reporter). Hell, I’ll pay him £1 and give him some beers if he sings at my BBQ. Oh, he’s a vegetarian? Invite rescinded!
The reasoning behind the £1 fee was because
the Olympics were WAAAAAY over budget they needed to provide a contract, even though the performers were willing to do it for free. I suppose a boost in album sales doesn’t hurt from playing to an audience of a billion people.
What No One Should Be Thinking About: Courtney Love’s Vagina
Hopefully you saw Lana Del Rey’s cute little cover of Nirvana’s hit, Heart Shaped Box. Kurt Cobain’s widow did, and Courtney Love had a few things to say about it. She posted (and then deleted) the following from Twitter: “You do know the song is about my Vagina right? ‘Throw down your umbilical noose so i can climb right back,’ umm… On top of which some of the lyrics about my vagina I contributed. So umm next time you sing it, think about my vagina will you?” AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! My brain has been permanently scarred.
Muse’s The 2nd Law is a Picture of Your Scarred Brain After Thinking About Courtney Love’s Vagina
Under 2 months until the September 17/18 release date of Muse’s latest album, The 2nd Law. Instead of giving us a song, the band have give us their brains. Well, not their brains – a brain, and a colourful one at that. Check out the 2nd Law artwork below, and figure out how that ties into The 2nd Law and dubstep as you await the new album.
Listen! Deadmau5 – There Might Be Coffee
Deadmau5 did something cool for his new song – he decided to live-stream himself making a song (via Consequence of Sound). Now, I didn’t actually watch this (HELLO – Olympics!), but Consequence of Sound notes that he thought his song sounded too much like Swedish Mafia House, and he actually doubted himself. Amazing honesty from a musician. Check out the end product below.