Twitter founder Biz Stone launches Jelly
After mentioning last year that he was working on a super-secret project, Twitter founder Biz Stone recently announced the surprise launch of his new app, Jelly. Working with your existing social networks like Facebook and, obviously, Twitter, Jelly lets you search the "group mind" and discover information through the use of pictures to ask questions. This social search is image-based and uses Jelly's beautifully designed interface to let users swipe through pictures and help people in their social network (or among their friends on Facebook) answer questions about what their friends have posted. While some have argued that apps or sites like Quora, Klout's Cinch or other Q&A services already handle some of this functionality, it's Jelly's reliance on images that separates it from other services. Strangely addictive, you can quickly get sucked into flipping through pictures in Jelly's simple, yet intuitive app. While it is too early to tell what kind of traction this will get, it is still interesting to see how Jelly will evolve and if people find enough value in it to really get a lot of use from it.
New videos from JD Edwards and the Lytics
Recognized last October with a Western Canadian Music Award for their stunning video for local singer/songwriter JP Hoe, Procter Bros. Industries have been busy in the last year carefully creating intricate new stop-motion videos for JD Edwards and the Lytics. First up was a video that required 10,000 cutouts of JD Edwards and his band that were used in filming in Jalisco, on the west coast of Mexico. Rather than fly the band to Mexico (which can be an expensive budget proposition for indie musicians on a limited budget), brothers Christian and Sean filmed the group in Winnipeg and then created thousands of cutouts that were manipulated and filmed using stop-motion techniques in various Mexican locations. The result is a bright, vibrant video that uses its setting to its full advantage and re-imagines what a band performing in a video looks like.
For the video for hip-hop group the Lytics, the Procters created dolls to represent the band and built handcrafted props and background sets for the video. Taking over a year in preproduction and filming, you rarely see this kind of painstakingly created music video any more, especially from a group who doesn't have an unlimited budget. Both clips solidify the fact that Procter Bros. Industries are tuning out some of the most unique and engaging videos in the country.
Stream of the Week: Del Barber -- Tell Me Where to Start
You may have caught one of his sets at the folk festival last summer or recognize Del Barber's name from his performances around town. Set to release Prairieography on Feb. 4 through True North Records, Barber will also hit the road to support this new batch of songs. He is previewing the acoustic number, Tell Me Where to Start, online. He'll play two dates in March in Winnipeg, with gigs set for the Park Theatre of March 21 and Radisson Winnipeg Hotel Ballroom on March 27.