Posts Tagged "melinda lee"

SXSW: Maybe next year?

I have been hearing about SXSW for years…and never really considered going. My good friends Marisa Bangash & Melinda Lee ( first turned me onto it a few years ago and while it initially appeared like a new music conference 2010 was the beginning of the shift. CBS Interactive, Leo LaPorte (, NPR, BBC and others have been covering it like its the next CES or NAB…but for the insiders and from what I have read and heard it was very cool. Our friend Gary Vaynerchuk gave a keynote as an example…and the list includes the “who’s who” in the world of interactive. The bad news…I didn’t go…the good news…there was folks twitting, blogging and live feeds all over the place and it was fun to get the overview. But being there is what its all about…so look for me in Austin next year.

As I said, there were a boatload of stuff…including the following from my friend and colleague Brian Reich.

I presented at SXSW in Austin, TX this morning as a part of the technology in government Future15 series. My talk was called ‘blamestorm.’

The basic premise of the talk was this: “Technology and the internet can help drive change in the world. We can solve real problems.  Address complex issues. But its not happening. Not enough is getting done. Why not? Because most people don’t understand… and they are holding us back.”


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Floating Brothel: November 16th In DUMBO

floatIn the world of Bill Sobel it’s all about friends and helping each other. My friend, Melinda Lee, co-founder of Uncensored Interview emailed me recently about an exciting new performance she is supporting called Floating Brothel and asked if I’d help support it…

In a few short weeks, the cast and crew of Floating Brothel will be heading to Shanghai to perform at the Asia Contemporary Theatre Festival. Based on historical accounts and performed entirely on a 3’x6′ platform, Floating Brothel tells the story of the first shipload of women convicts sent by the British crown to the penal colony in New South Wales (aka Australia). To help raise funds for the trip to Shanghai, the company is hosting a special benefit performance on Monday, November 16th at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO (16 Main Street, F to York St., A to High St., 2/3 to Clark St). The event will feature complimentary pre-show cocktails provided by Prohibition Distillery and food provided by Dumbo General Store. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $25 ($15 for starving artists) and are available at Smarttix. For more information, please visit

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“Music Meets Fashion” at The Samsung Experience

(photo courtesy of Marshall Sponder)

Thank You to EVERYONE who attended our “Music Meets Fashion” event at The Samsung Experience at Time Warner Center last night…it was another NY:MIEG packed house!

Thanks to our Panel: Ranjit Grewal/Jamstar Media, Scott Lipps/One Management, Melinda Lee/Uncensored Interview, Rob Czar/Threadbanger, Jackie Atkins/Plum & Pear…and a very special thanks to our “moderator in a pinch” Juliette Powell who so graciously filled in for an ailing Jennifer Vineyard.


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Great news from our good friends at Uncensored Interview!
Premium Content producer and Alternative Copyright License Organization allow thousands of downloads under Permissive Attribution license

Eric Steuer, March 5, 2009

New York City, New York

Today, Uncensored Interview, a video producer and licensor of musician interviews, announced a collaboration with Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization focused on building a body of openly shareable and reusable creative work, by releasing thousands of videos from its interview footage archive under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC-BY) license. Previously, Uncensored Interview’s library consisted of premium content available for commercial licensing, but now includes videos available via download in Ogg Theora, a free and open video compression format. Under CC-BY, users of the content are only required to give attribution to Uncensored Interview as the content source.

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A Happy Holiday Check-In from Uncensored Interview

Marisa Bangash, Bill Sobel, Melinda Lee and Charlie Kadau (of Mad Magazine)

Marisa Bangash, Bill Sobel, Melinda Lee and Charlie Kadau (of Mad Magazine)

Marisa Bangash and Melinda Lee, co-founders of Uncensored Interview are two of my favorite people and I am a huge fan.

According to Marisa and Melinda “We nurture an environment that allows you, the passionate music fan, to forge a meaningful connection with the people whose work inspires you, or just plain makes you shake your ass.”

I received a nice holiday email from them and wanted to share it with you.

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