Archive for February, 2008

HARRY SHEARER ON BILL MAHER/HBO TONIGHT — COOLIO ON CRAIG FERGUSON/CBS TONIGHT

Posted in Coolio, Harry Shearer, My Damn Channel with tags , , , , , , on February 29, 2008 by Rob Barnett

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DICK GREGORY

Posted in THE NOD with tags on February 29, 2008 by Rob Barnett

We put “THE NOD” on our homepage to be able to put one video per day in a place that deserves special attention.

If you’ve run into a few too many ego maniacs, wrong-headed people and power trippers lately, then I hope you spend 4 minutes watching our video of the day by clicking on the image below…and spend more minutes digging deeper into DICK GREGORY

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THURSDAYS (NOT THURSDAYS)

Posted in Animation, Don Was, Steve Kerper, Wasmopolitan Cavalcade of Recorded Music with tags , , , , , , , on February 28, 2008 by Rob Barnett

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(Averitt/Barnett/Was)

You can tell by the title I’m just not getting enough 07/08 sleep. Pathetic. But heading to ‘church’ tonight for kickoff of the next leg of the Springsteen tour. That & today’s 2 new videos will keep me vertical.

Every Thursday Don Was presents NEW music recorded & produced for you free of charge. Grab the MP3’s & steal the music videos with thanks to a generous grant from our friends at LINCOLN.

Today’s new music premiere is just what the doctor ordered – reggae rock from the band COMMON SENSE. Their first My Damn Channel video is called “STRANGE ONE.”

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The band is based in a very important town for our new media mission – LAGUNA BEACH, CA. It’s homebase for Okapi Ventures where Marc Averitt is a lead backer & board member at My Damn Channel. Surf’s most definitely UP. 

If comedy’s your Thursday calling – head to one of newest channels: CARNIVAL of STUFF. Steve Kerper & the mighty men at Asterisk present our first animated series: “INVASION” – episode 3 – SQUIRRELS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN:

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MY DAMN CHANNEL STRIKES AGAIN

Posted in Found Objects, Harry Shearer with tags , , , , , on February 26, 2008 by Rob Barnett

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Pictures worth a thousand words.

“Nicorette: It’s not just for liberals any more!” (thanks Al)

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – Who’s O’Reilly After All?

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(we still love Katie)

MILK AWAY

Posted in My Damn Channel, New Media, Old Media with tags on February 26, 2008 by Rob Barnett

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The blog is called “THE NIGHT FEED” – usually written in the middle of the night – at home – after feeding twin babies.

“MILK AWAY” is the name of today’s tribute to anyone who’s used a meeting with My Damn Channel to fake support for a suck. 

When you build a small business with a big idea – beware of spending too much time talking with people about building the business. Max time every waking hour has to go to creating the work and serving the audience. Talk is anything but cheap when you’re carefully spending every dollar you’ve got. Talk sometimes means too many plane tickets to visit plush boardrooms where hosts serve bottled water and then feign true interest as a tactic to do a little more ‘research.’ Entrepreneurs lift back the veil – spill the beans – tell their story – sell their wares.

The process is flawed but all this chess taught us a few lessons. In a world with an unending number of new media choices, there are no secrets. Someone spending too much time thinking and waiting is someone left in the back of the line when a fast-moving train leaves the station.

My Damn Channel is built on speed – founded as an alternative to corporate interference – tested and vetted every minute by hungry fans armed with the best, badass bullshit detectors.

We’re in debt to the people who’ve put their time and treasure into this mission to reboot OLD MEDIA. We stand in service to our small staff, our stellar stable of artists, our fellow media missionaries helping spread the news, and our audience keeping us honest.

Next train is leaving the station. 

OSCAR WINNER

Posted in Alex Gibney with tags , , on February 25, 2008 by Rob Barnett

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Alex Gibney is an Oscar winner!  The man is a friend, an inspiration, and a soulful warrior. His films are completely dedicated to telling the truth.

TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

Here’s the LA Times:

‘Taxi to the Dark Side’: A look at torture

“Taxi to the Dark Side” provides the night’s most overtly political commentary.
By Mark Olsen
February 25, 2008Winner for outstanding documentary feature, “Taxi to the Dark Side,” a painfully clear-eyed look at the United States policy on torture in Afghanistan and Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, provided the night’s most overtly political commentary — Jon Stewart’s monologue notwithstanding.Directed by Alex Gibney and produced by Gibney and Eva Orner, the film features photographs and video footage from Abu Ghraib prison, as well as interviews with military personnel.In accepting the award, Gibney said, “Here’s to all doc filmmakers,” and then went on to dedicate the award to Dilawar, the Afghan cab driver whose death provides the film with its throughline and title, and to his own late father, a former Navy interrogator, noting “his fury about what was being done to the rule of law.”

“Taxi to the Dark Side” was one of three nominees that touched on the war in Iraq, but Gibney’s feature was the one that beat out the sizable cult of celebrity around filmmaker Michael Moore, a nominee for his look at the American healthcare system, “Sicko.”Gibney was also an executive producer of the nominated feature-length documentary “No End in Sight.”

“Taxi to the Dark Side” was originally scheduled to be broadcast on television by the Discovery Channel, but was recently picked up by HBO when Discovery made it clear they would not show the film this year. Gibney very much wanted the film on television prior to the November elections.

Gibney concluded his acceptance speech by saying, “Let’s hope we can turn this country around, move away from the dark side and back to the light.”

ALEX GIBNEY:  http://www.jigsawprods.com/

Anne DeBevoise & husband Alex at the big show:

  

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VIDEO PREMIERES WEEK OF 2/25

Posted in Andy Milonakis, Big Fat Brain, Coolio, Don Was, Donnie Hoyle, Found Objects, Harry Shearer, Horrible People, Katie Couric, My Damn Channel, New Series, Steve Kerper, Wasmopolitan Cavalcade of Recorded Music, You Suck at Photoshop with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2008 by Rob Barnett

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Monday 2/25:  

HORRIBLE PEOPLE – episode 3 – the evil soap opera continues

Tuesday 2/26: 

HARRY SHEARER’s FOUND OBJECTS – BILL O’REILLY  /  ANN COULTER  / KATIE COURIC.

(O’Reilly is too beautiful for words. Coulter has an ugly addiction.  We still love Katie.)

Wednesday 2/27:  COOKIN’ with COOLIO – episode 3

ANDY MILONAKIS presents ANDY MILONAKIS

Thursday 2/28: 

CARNIVAL of STUFF presents INVASION – episode 3

DON WAS presents NEW MUSIC from the LA SKA BAND, COMMON SENSE

Friday 2/29: 

BIG FAT BRAIN presents “YOU SUCK AT PHOTOSHOP” – episode 8  (it’s comin – it’s comin)