Friday, January 05, 2007

DivX presents CES Nerdcore Extravaganza

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
A press release, that’s... not even remotely in iambic pentameter:

DivX Presents Stage6 Live at CES 2007: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: Press Release Source: DivX, Inc.

DivX Presents Stage6 Live at CES 2007
Thursday January 4, 8:00 am ET
Video Bloggers, Nerd Core Rappers, and Other Geeks to Perform for Live Audience at DivX Booth at CES

LAS VEGAS & SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DivX, Inc. (NASDAQ:DIVX - News) today announced DivX Stage6 Live at CES 2007, a series of live presentations from a select group of video content creators who are members of the DivX Stage6 community. DivX Stage6 Live will take place at the DivX booth (#35301) in South Hall 4 at CES, the annual consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas, from January 8 to January 11, 2007.

Demonstrating the quality and variety of material available on the DivX video community site, Stage6 Live will feature everything from video blog coverage of the hottest gadgets at CES to a live concert by the leading artists of the nascent Nerdcore rap movement. DivX Stage6 is a digital video community that allows content creators to easily upload video content and create custom channels to build and grow communities around their own unique brands. Anyone can distribute their DivX video content through the service, and all DivX content service is interoperable with over 50 million DivX Certified consumer electronics devices, such as DVD players and portable media players, that have been shipped worldwide.

Popular technology journalists from GeekEntertainmentTV, Labrats, Neo-Fight, and InDigital will film their special CES segments from the Stage6 Live stage covering all the announcements, personalities, and gadgets on display at the leading CE trade show in North America. Video bloggers as diverse as Geekdrome, TikibarTV, PurePwnage, and the JetSetShow will also capture the madness that such an event creates by bringing the electronics world together and letting it loose on Las Vegas. And, finally, the Stage6 Live stage will host the first ever summit of Nerdcore, with a concert featuring rappers whose music explores the vicissitudes of the Geeksta' lifestyle.

"We could not be prouder to show the world that despite the unsurpassed technology behind DivX Stage6, what really makes it a compelling viewer experience are the amazingly talented people who actually create the content," said Darrius Thompson, CXO, Community and Internet, at DivX, Inc. "Community building and audience interaction with content creators are at the heart of Stage6 and Stage6 Live at CES will demonstrate that in a uniquely entertaining way."

For a preview of Stage6 Live please visit the following DivX Stage6 channels:

A complete and up to date schedule of performances will be posted on DivX Stage6 prior to the start of CES on January 8.

About DivX, Inc.

DivX creates products and services designed to improve the experience of media. Our first product offering was a video compression-decompression software library, or codec, which has been actively sought out and downloaded over 200 million times in the last four years, including over 60 million times during the last twelve months. We have since built on the success of our codec with other consumer software, including the DivX Player application, which is distributed from our website, We also license our technologies to consumer hardware device manufacturers and certify their products to ensure the interoperable support of DivX-encoded content. In addition to technology licensing to consumer hardware device manufacturers, we currently generate revenue from software licensing, advertising and content distribution.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute "forward-looking statements." Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding DivX's visibility within the investment community. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause DivX's actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the risk that customer use of DivX technology may not grow as anticipated, the risk that anticipated market opportunities may not materialize at expected levels, or at all, the risk that the Company's activities may not result in the growth of profitable revenue, risks and uncertainties related to the maintenance and strength of the DivX brand; DivX's ability to penetrate existing and new markets; the effects of competition; DivX's dependence on its licensees and partners; the effect of intellectual property rights claims; and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of DivX's quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 13, 2006. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. DivX is providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

DivX, Inc.
Bruce Lidl, 858-882-0815

Thursday, January 04, 2007

New Year, New Songs

We’re currently less than a week in, and already 2007 has seen some excellent new nerdcore tracks. Aside from the Router/funky49 track I mentioned previously, I’d also like to shine the light on a handful of others.

The long-awaited Ultraklystron/Nursehella collaboration has finally seen the light of day. Check out “Shoujo n’ Shonen,” the first single off Karl's forthcoming Romance Language. It’s important to note that this side trip to the nerdiest of dancehalls also comes compliments of the Baddd Spellah. Just when you think things can’t get any cooler!

You’ll also want to check out the new offering from Metamystiks, which features Bits of my favorite zombie combo Brainthirst. Not only does it remind you that Metamystiks Inc. is one of the strongest of the (far too few) links between nerdcore and alt-rap, but it also confronts a social issue head-on with the fierce blend of incomparable beats and elastic vocabulary that you've come to expect from the supergroup. Proceed to bob your head to “Jack Was Right,” an ode to Jack Thompson. That is not a typo.

Metamysiks fire-breather extraordinaire Super Dragon X also spits on recent Song Fight! winner “Shelton With Sunspots.” While the beat is provided by the enigmatically named TK (rather than DJ Snyder), the flow is classic SDX; albeit a side of the Dragon you may be unfamiliar with.

The above examples have me both elated and alarmed. If the output of such top-shelf tracks continues at this rate for the rest of the year, I’ll be reduced to a puddle of unsubstantiated goo by mid-March… a tuneful and satisfied puddle of unsubstantiated goo.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Year’s Nerd News in Brief

I’m surely not the first one to say it, but doesn’t this year look suspiciously similar to last year? You know: same people, same problems, same, y’know, everything. I reckon the only thing you can truly do is change yourself. That’s where the New Year’s Resolution comes in.


Oh, I resolve to continue disseminating the nerd love to the utmost of my abilities. Admittedly, it ain’t much, but I do what I can.

With that in mind, let me shine the light on a few recent geeky developments of which you should be aware.

  • The best thing about blogging nerd music happenings is the community itself. It’s a solid group of guys and gals who are, more often than not, the most interesting, courteous, and all-around groovy bunch you’d care to meet. The artists themselves are notoriously approachable, and those of us on the periphery always seem to find ways to express our appreciation and admiration for these creative souls in a similar manner, but without stepping on each other’s toes. Another blogger that’s ably spreading the good word of musical nerdiness is Glenn over at Do yourself a favor and be sure to check it out!
  • Another chronicler of the nerdy goodness (who also happens to be a talented musician to boot), the Doctor of Popularity himself, has recently launched his own podcast. And it is, in a word, fan-fuckin’-tastic. Check out the first episode of Doc’s Drown Pirate Radio podcast, and then immediately flood his inbox with threats of bodily harm should he cease to produce such masterful works.
  • Benjamin Bear has recently brought it to the attention of the community that DivX has launched an exclusive channel for nerdcore video content. Bookmark that shit.
  • In other nerdcore news, funky49 and MC Router have just dropped the Star Trek track I alluded to last month. funk is hyping "Trekkie Pride" as the first nerdcore track of the year. Consequently, I am hyping it as the most shit-hot Trek hit of ’07. Feel free to try and dethrone the reigning monarchs. I’m sure they welcome the challenge.
  • Not sure if it is, in fact, your thang, but I’d like to suggest that all my fellow comic book nerds check out Maintenance, a Massey/Rodriguez book from Oni Press that follows the travails of two janitors that work at “the world’s biggest and best evil science think tank.” Hilarity ensues.
  • Lastly, lets talk gigs. We got a double dose of nerdcore goodness at this month's CES in Vegas, and March sees a Portland gig compliments of The Mediocre Show that’ll feature some more of your favorites. Not quite floor-to-ceiling, nationwide coverage, but it’s a damn fine start for 2007.