• Louis CK's DRM-free direct-sales video experiment pays off

    18 Dec 2011, 05:46 by Milkshake8

    Comedian Louis CK has weighed in with a status report on the first four days of his experiment with Independent, DRM-free video distribution. CK spent $170,000 recording Live Performances consisting of previously unaired material ("every new generation of material I create is my income, it's like a farmer's annual crop") and made it available online direct from a site that he spent a further $32,000 on for $5, without any Drm. In four days, CK recouped the $200,000 outlay and made an additional $200,000, and sales are still holding strong (I just bought a copy).

    The show went on sale at noon on Saturday, December 10th. 12 hours later, we had over 50,000 purchases and had earned $250,000, Breaking Even on the cost of production and website. As Of Today, we've sold over 110,000 copies for a total of over $500,000. Minus some money for Paypal charges etc, I have a profit around $200,000 (After Taxes $75. …
  • Live Show: Zion I - April 2, 2010

    4 Apr 2010, 05:15 by Syn_Zero

    Fri 2 Apr – Zion I

    It felt like forever since I'd been to a show, so last night was definitely a refreshing change of pace for me, especially considering I'm not exactly a fan of Zion I -- or at least, I wasn't before last night. Like with the Del show back in November, I happened to catch an e-mail post advertising the show, told my friend Johnny, and from there it turned into a nice group outing.

    Honestly, I love The Independent. Being a 21+ venue, they seem way more laid back than even the Great American Music Hall. No frisking or bag checking, you can go in and out as much as you want, and they don't seem to care that practically everyone inside pulls out a blunt or cigar. The only thing that sucks is the parking; with only two cars it took us about an hour to find parking around the neighborhood. Seriously, I think one of the nearby buildings needs to go in order to make room for a parking garage or something. There are enough bars and restaurants around Divisadero to warrant it.