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NOT everyone likes to change the way they look at web content, but if you're tired of your web experience and are looking for something different, Nextly provides a new way to interact with content. Drawing links from your Twitter feed and their own collection of pages, Nextly lets you flip through stories with relative ease. It's an easy way to skim through articles and make your daily surf around the web a bit smoother.

If Mad Men took place entirely on Facebook


IF you have ever wondered how AMC's hit series Mad Men would play out on Facebook, this web project has you covered. Brilliantly done, it effortlessly brings the world of Mad Men into today's social media. (Spoiler alerts if you aren't caught up with this season's episodes.)

What's Your Stereotype?


DO we all have a musical stereotype? While we may self-identify as country-and-western lovers or hard rockers, what do our musical tastes really say about us? Can you love both searing punk rock acts like Propagandhi and the gritty hip hop of the Wu Tang clan?

If your taste in music is extremely diverse, what does that mean about your musical choices? What's Your Stereotype? is a new web tool that analyzes your favourite music, either by entering some of the artists you listen to into the online tool or by scanning your Facebook likes or pulling bands from your What's My Jam profile. A fun time-waster that may make you see yourself differently.

Video of the Week: Beastie Boys on Being Stupid


ANYONE who listened to New York hip-hop icons the Beastie Boys knows they had a level of playfulness and humour that was part of the core of their appeal. They were always goofing around and riffing off each other. In an interview recorded in 1985 and recently animated for PBS's digital series, MCA, Ad-Rock and Mike D talk about almost getting arrested in Virginia for swearing, touring with Madonna and whether they are rappers for the suburbs. Other animated interviews in the series include Larry King, Jim Morrison and David Foster Wallace.

Stream of the Week -- Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film The Great Gatsby


If there is a symbol of the power of hip hop in modern society right now, it's Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z. With influence that swings from the boardrooms of corporate America to all aspects of the entertainment and fashion industries and soon professional sports, it sometimes even reaches the Oval Office. Recently the White House press advisor was asked questions about Jay-Z's line in a track called Open Letter and nearly every major news outlet wrote about his trip to Cuba and the song. What other artist has that impact?

Hova's slick lead-off track, 100$ Bill (which can be found on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby), kicks off an ambitious album where Carter brings together acts including The XX, Q-Tip, Beyonc©, Andre 3000, Gotye and Lana Del Rey. While Jay-Z's track is anchored by his money-drenched hip-hop swagger, other cuts on the album work in elements of jazz, rock and pop.

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 9, 2013 c16

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