Posted in Don Was
, Wasmopolitan Cavalcade of Recorded Music
with tags Iran
, Don Was
, Richie Sambora
, Andy Madadian
, Kevin Bacon
, Jon Bon Jovi
, John Shanks
, Stand by Me
, My Damn Channel
on 6/29/2009 3:22:25 PM by Rob Barnett
6/24/09: Don Was, Richie Sambora, Andy Madadian, HIM, Jon Bon Jovi, John Shanks
Most people know us for bringing the laffs. Don Was is the man that brings the music to My Damn Channel.
We've been in awe of the way his latest inspired idea has taken off in the past 48 hours.
"Stand by Me" is spreading like wild. THANK YOU ALL for turning this idea into action. And thank you for getting this inside Iran.
Media coverage is insane. There are soulful responses pouring in from emails, tweets, calls, facebook, video comments, the YouTube community, and every site taking this free video and mp3 and making the music move.
We just watched & stopped the video at 1:12 & found the MYSTERY & well...the funny.
Look who's in the middle! Look how many people are in the photo. Let 'the Kevin Bacon game' begin.
Keep sharing this link:
Don Was is the man behind our music on My Damn Channel.
The Wasmopolitan Cavalcade of Recorded Music is the place where Don brings you music you won't hear anywhere else.
Our Donfather called a few nights ago, with an inspired idea.
The result & the video is on your screen now.
Please share this - post this - email this link.
No money is being made on this & you can get a free mp3 download on Don's channel too.
Posted with tags Peter Kuhn
, Michael Jackson
, Farrah Fawcett
on 6/26/2009 6:55:39 AM by Rob Barnett
Yesterday's news was so sad. Thinking about the price some pay for fame and the toll that takes on the souls of our entertainers.
I just got the news that an amazing friend and fan of this community died late yesterday.
Peter Kuhn was one of the most soulful, loving and fun friends I know. Always there to support and cheer us - in spite of whatever hard times he faced.
He wrote fan letters regularly for our videos. This last volley of emails about WAINY DAYS was so good and funny that I sent them to David Wain and David (a mensch like Peter) responded immediately - asking me to tell him: "I love your friend's POV!"
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Here's an exerpt from Peter's emails this week:
He wrote notes about "....Mr. Wain's extraordinary ability to get so many talented, beautiful women to make out with him on a regular basis regardless of the fact that it virtually always ends in disaster. At this point in my life I would be willing to trade a great deal for that kind of weekly scenario.
In stark contrast, and historically, Woody Allen has had to woo, hire, date, marry and then divorce his women taking many years and much cash to do so. Wain does it in 5-8 minutes every week, amazing!"
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I cried like a baby when I got news of Peter's death this morning. First thoughts were for how sorry I am for the 4 ladies he leaves behind. Their loss is too sad to know. I'm crying for the fact that Peter's friends all don't get to love him back here as much as he loved us.
Then I turned back to thoughts of how fast, immediate and final his last seconds must have been - doing what he loved - body surfing on LBI - surrounded by friends who love him in my family - catching waves one minute -then without warning .... drowned and not revivable a minute later.
Peter went out in style as the answer to "who would be third?" - the same day as Farrah and the King of Pop. I absolutely KNOW he loves this badge of honor bestowed upon him.
I think he's telling us all a lesson learned right now - I imagine he's saying that all the hardship and all the bullshit we all experience - and sadly sometimes create - is meaningless. All that means anything is love and friendship and family and doing as best as we can to work and contribute - and especially this....to make as much fun as we can while we're here.
I'm praying for his family for our pal Peter.
Posted in DAMN, NEWS
with tags My Damn Channel
, Damn News
, Father's Day
, Isla Fisher
, Pilot Season
, David Wain
, Wainy Days
, Amy Miles
, Michelle Federer
, Spinal Tap
, Rob Barnett
on 6/21/2009 5:42:21 AM by Rob Barnett
DAMN, NEWS (letter)
That's David Wain & Amy Miles in the new episode of WAINY DAYS: "Rochelle" is a 2-part, rock opera.
Part 1 premieres today - Part 2 premieres tomorrow.
"Rocky Horror Wainy Show" !!
It's the 30th episode of one of the best comedy series inside your computer. Big thanks to David Wain for always delivering for his fans...and to Jon Stern - the producer of WAINY DAYS & everything else we love like HORRIBLE PEOPLE, CHILDREN's HOSPITAL n' more.
When we started WAINY DAYS, I promised David he could do the exact work he wanted - without any suits or execs in the way. This was the first time we ever even visited the set - as a going away present to Maria Diokno, one of our My Damn Channel originators.
When Maria & I got to the shoot, they cast us as extras seated right behind David & Michelle Federer (from Broadway's "Wicked"). Maria is an actress who's done this before - I'm horrible, but it's a thrill to be 'in' our longest-running series.
Posted in My Damn Channel
with tags My Damn Channel
on 6/14/2009 3:21:38 PM by Rob Barnett
Our 2d anniversary arrives next month. Taking stock tonight. Thinking about the reasons we birthed this baby. Thinking about the point. And honoring every collaborator still passionate enough to rally against bullshit.
Warren Chao & I started our ride because YouTube turned old media upside down and ignited a new democratic digital revolution. Media corporations born in the 1920's don't do rebellion well. It became clear that timing and technology gifted us a chance to launch a new, independent media company.
We set out to serve 3 masters:
- to give talent unprecedented freedom to create for their fans
- to give our community the best original work from artists without all of the usual network interference in the way
- to give brands the benefits of reaching one of the most engaged, mass audiences created since the birth of Rock & Roll.
We saw 3 distinct video doors opening:
Door #1: User-generated, aggregated
Door #2: Repurposed professional
Door #3: Original
YouTube created and won the first game. All who attempt to grab this throne face a heavy slog.
There's clearly a business in repurposing television and other old goodies through new media distribution. But we're not the moguls who control that solid gold.
We create original, episodic comedy, music and sports with artists who are as honest as their fans.
Our staff is ridiculously small. Our goals are extremely large. We're heading into one of the more 'interesting' weeks (long XTC story about that another time) and we're heading into the 2d anniversary zone by honoring U humans responsible for creating, distributing and watching our videos. Thanks for being a part of this.
The lords of rock return. Get their first album in 17 years, Back from the Dead on June 16.
June 25, they embark on a One Night Only World Tour (2nd show June 30).
Get tickets and pre-order the album now at SpinalTap.com
We're the luckiest bastards in the world, because yesterday we launched a Spinal Tap Channel
. See the first videos with plenty more on the way. Sign up for video alerts
and be the first to be rocked.