Diggnation Live Show in New York

I possibly spent my Wednesday night in the nerdiest way possible–at a taping of popular tech podcast, Diggnation starring hosts Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht.

Long-time listeners of the podcast will know that Diggnation often does live shows in their home state of California, but they have also taken their show on the road to places like Japan, the Netherlands, and the UK. So it’s been a long time waiting for the very first New York Diggnation show, so as soon as I found out about it I knew I had to go.

Little did I know that when I arrived slightly after 6pm (when the flyer said the doors were opening) at Studio B in Williamsburg/Greenpoint, there would be a line that literally wrapped around the block. Apparently more people are interested in two dudes, a couch, and their laptops then say… your old roommate’s crappy noise rock band. Who’d’ve thunk it?

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The fire marshal came to the venue and looked around for quite a while. The venue usually fits around 1200 people, but for some mysterious “sewage problem” reason, they only had room for 600, so literally hundreds of people (and by “people” I mean 592 dudes and me and 7 other girls) were left outside to wait and hope that they would eventually be let in.

Kevin and Alex came out to apologize, as did Digg CEO Jay Adelson. Brian Brushwood of Rev 3’s Scam School came out to perform a few of his tricks, Sarah Meyers from Pop17 got in trouble with the PR list ladies for handing her pass to one of her friends, and Digg Meet-up posters were handed out.

After the fire marshal left, the coast was clear and they let the remaining people into the venue. A little after 8:30pm, the show started and the crowd roared!

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It was a lot of fun watching them tape a show live. I can’t wait to see the results!

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Living la Vida Coldplay es Driving Me Loco

So three days ago, I–along with probably about a billion other people world wide–found out that Coldplay was going to be doing two free shows in anticipation of their upcoming album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. In their press release it was announced that the sites and dates of the two free concerts would be June 23rd at Madison Square Gardent in New York, NY and June 16th at Brixton Academy in London, England.

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“Please check http://www.coldplay.com beginning April 29th for details on how to win tickets. As this is a free show, no tickets will be available for purchase,” sites the release.

One placeholder redesign launch, one release of a free digital download of “Violet Hill”, and days later there is still NO WORD of how folks can win tickets to the shows other than this “come back later” message on their site.

Is anyone else going batshiz crazy/aggravated that there has been no further information for the fans?

What the heck is going on?!? I guess the world may never know…

Trendrr Analysis: Does Vampire Weekend Owe Success to Sweaters?

My friend Mark just started this awesome website called Trendrr.com, which allows you to track and graph all sorts of different data, then slice, dice, and compare your findings at will. Want to track record sales of “Consolers of the Lonely” against the frequency of “internet downloading” on Google News? Just punch in the appropriate keywords and start tracking.

Ever since joining the site I’ve spent hours creating, searching, and viewing my own and other people’s graphs. It sure does make for some fascinating findings. Take for example, my recent comparison of sweater sales on eBay vs blog posts about Vampire Weekend:

Not only is eternally preppy overwear on a greater upswing than Vampire Weekend, it seems like VW might even benefit from the increased awareness of knitted pull-overs in the form of more blog posts. Are the two really related? The world may never know, but it sure is fun finding what other keywords might be tangentially linked to the band.

Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson Has a Case of the On-Camera Giggles

I couldn’t help but be bemused by the most recent commercials for the Amy Adams/Vampire Weekend episode of Saturday Night Live happening this weekend.

NBC are now airing ads featuring the four New York band members standing behind Amy and an SNL cast member, but instead of watching Amy Adams, who is usually the person talking in almost all the promos, my eyes start gravitating toward VW drummer Chris Tomson. It’s not his dashing good looks that are drawing me in, it’s his completely hilarious barely suppressed goofy grin. I DARE YOU TO LOOK AWAY!

I wonder how many times they had to shoot those promos before the director gave up screaming, “SMILE WITH YOUR EYES, NOT WITH YOUR MOUTH!”

The video example above is by FAR the least of Chris’ grinning crimes. The worst offender? The one where Amy Adams explains that she does not endorse vampires, but werewolves are fine.

Hello From the Edge of Earth

Yes I’ve totally fallen off the face of the earth. I got some awful flu-like virus thing and have been off the email and the internet for the past few days. Hope to kinda catch up this weekend and not slip on ice/snow.

I realize the links of the day have been totally CRAPOLA and my RSS seems to be on the fritz. Dear lord, this site is falling apart. If anyone wants to volunteer their services to help this hovel, let me know.

If it makes you feel any better, my kitchen has been pretty clean these days.

This Just In: Jack White Is at the Bowery RIGHT NOW!

Run, don’t walk! If you want to catch a glimpse of Mr. Jack White, who is surely supporting his lady love, Karen Elson and her new band “Birds,” playing at the Bowery Ballroom right now. Who else can you spot? Funny man Paul Rudd and the crew from the STELLA television show. Why are they all there? For the Barack Rock event headlined by Ok Go.

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Word is Jack will not perform, but I’ll be the first to let you know if he does!