James Brown – Get On Up

I rented this movie yesterday at the Red Box. Got the Blu-Ray edition. They cripple the rental copies these days so you rarely get the DVD extras which are quite substantive on Get On Up. 

I loved this biopic. Chadwick Boseman is a fine actor. His characterizations as Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up have been breathtaking. I also liked him in Draft Day with Kevin Costner.

I was amazed at his transformation into James Brown. He has him down pat. My favorite eras of James Brown are well represented in the combination of history and the interactions he has with Bobby Byrd, Maceo Parker, the audience at The Apollo (probably the best live recording of all time) and Dan Ackroyd as his manager.

You learn how integral James Brown was in forming the Funk for Soul and R&B.  Watch this movie when you can. You will not sit still trust me.


Get On Up, The James Brown Story

This is the movie of the summer I yearn to see. Get On Up, The James Brown Story. Can’t wait to get on the good foot.

The Echo Nest – The Intelligent Music Metabase Architecture

The Echo Nest continues to enhance its leadership role as the open music metabase architecture. The software engineering team is total genius. I urge you to read their latest blog post, The Future of Music Genres Is Here. Everything you thought you understood about genres of music will be blown away as you take the jump to light speed.

I have developed an appreciation for music subgenres (e.g. Main genre:Blues, subgenre: Blues Rock, Country Blues, Rhythm & Blues)  the past couple of years. Now I am able to explore and listen to 800+ music genres.

The Echo Nest approach to genres is trend-aware because their intelligent music metabase listens, analyzes, then delineates the granularity of the genre/subgenre being heard.

This is superior to the static hierarchical metabase that Gracenote supplies. I am very curious to test beatsMUSIC next week to see if they hitched their wagon to Gracenote or The Echo Nest metabase. Gracenote will make their cloud music solution “closed and fixed” vs. “open and dynamic” as The Echo Nest allows.

To get a better “visual interactive” feel for the Open Genre API Methods try playing with this “proof of concept” demonstration. I almost want to call it Mother Popcorn a.l.a. James Brown ;). Try it and you’ll see why I am thinking like that…

1) Music Popcorn

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