Beauty and the Best

Mr. Little Jeans - "Pocketknife"

Monica Birkenes
I first took note of Monica Birkenes aka Mr. Little Jeans when I heard the remix of The Rescue Song (not on this CD) in the movie “Celeste & Jesse Forever.” Birkenes has a lilting, wispy voice that is evocative of beautiful things; she sings in a way that reminds you of a modern nursery rhyme (see chorus on “Valentine” ). Her vocals are put to good use on “Pocketknife.” Several of the songs will stick with you long after you get out of the car. But there’s also a superficial element to this music that may limit repeat listens. Want to hear a real guitar or snare drum? Good luck, because it feels to me like most of this album was created on a synthesizer or computer.

Mr. Little Jeans put some of these songs out as singles long before this CD was released, so for those who have been following her only 50% of this album feels truly new. With that said, the songs that caught my attention are as follows: “Good Mistake,” “Haunted,” “Mercy” (reprisal in track 13 is best), “Valentine,” and “Heaven Sent.” Of the songs previously released, I forgot how good “Runaway” is. I’m not crazy about the original release of Rescue Song, but the RAC remix remains my all time favorite Mr. Little Jeans song.

Bottom line: Strong Recommend! There’s a lot of hooky, original sounding music here.

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Social Casino Games are Among the Bestselling Games

Casino games are underrated

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In the latest report by mobile trends analyst Distimo, social casino games on both iOS and Android platforms reign supreme in terms of monthly active users and daily downloads. The company said that the strength of mobile casino games are being downplayed by experts despite the number of players that access those games every day.

According to Distimo AppIQ, the company’s analytics tool, social casino games amount to 20 percent of games downloaded via the iOS App Store and 19 percent from Google Play. Furthermore, the top-ranking casino apps on both platforms were published by some of the biggest names in the mobile gaming industry.

While both platforms enjoy a fair share of huge online casino games, there has been a discrepancy in terms of revenue generated by the two mobile operating systems. The report from Distimo further documented that creators tend to generate more revenue from iOS social casino games as opposed to their Android counterparts.

Mobile gaming providers have taken great lengths to ensure that their services remain at par with their online counterparts. Users who play on"> are promised the same level of security and convenience when playing on the app, with secure deposits and withdrawals completely possible on both platforms. The added convenience of being able to do it all while “waiting for the bus, queuing in the shops, or sitting in the airport on the way to your holidays” is a major reason why mobile games have become so popular..

Growth shows no signs of slowing down

While social casino games are underrated in terms of exposure yet garner more players than other genres of smartphone games, the trends say that they will be here for years to come. In a report by International Casino News, Caesars Interactive Entertainment it was documented that there was a stunning growth of 82 percent in their Q1 revenues as opposed to Q1 last year. The news attributed the growth to the acquisition of social casino game providers Pacific Interactive and Playtika in the course of a year, further boosting the competition in providing more social casino games in the market.

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AGT Gets Invited to YouTube Space LA!

So today my business partner and I went through the orientation process for YouTube Los Angeles studios. Once you have 10,000 subscribers (we have nearly 20,000) and go through the orientation process, you are able to use the YouTube facilities to shoot your videos. This is a very big deal because YouTube Studios Los Angeles has enough professional gear to shoot a high quality theatrical release. They have professional sound editing equipment, Mac Pro towers for editing, professional lighting, software for editing, a screening room, and several sound stages to shoot your productions on. The energy there is very cool. Everyone knows this is groundbreaking - there are only three other YouTube studios across the globe and they are all smaller than LA location, which is their flagship. We could literally shoot three AGT videos at this studio in one day.

But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. In exchange for the top flight facilities, videos shot at the YouTube facilities undergo some pretty exacting review and have more restrictions than a video you’d shoot at your home. For instance, any video shot at the YT studio must first be submitted to Google’s lawyers for legal clearance. So you can’t just grab a remix off Soundcloud for background music now - you need an actual license for the music. You also can’t have any trademark infringements, such as a Coca Cola can sitting in plain view of your camera. Finally, you need insurance to shoot there.

Still, even with these tighter restrictions, I can tell you this is an amazing opportunity. It’s a beautiful, sprawling facility (this is Google money after all) and it is very picturesque. You can easily shoot great looking content there.

Hopefully we’ll have a chance to shoot Olivia Jensen at YouTube Studios Los Angeles soon, and maybe, who knows - Mal Malloy Happy Stay tuned.


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New Carol Seleme Video - Art School Confidential

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