Posts filed under “Video”

Friday Evening Jazz: Marvin Gaye

Marvin_gaye_in_1973 Last week, while randomly channel surfing, I stumbled across a fantastic PBS documentary in the American Masters series, titled Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On.

It was a terrific review of the wonderful music and troubled life of Marvin Gaye.

Those of you who are less familiar with early Soul and R&B owe it to yourself to learn a bit about Gaye, best known as an artist on the Motown record label in the 1960s and 1970s.

Master_19611984Gaye had a classic R&B voice — described as "edged with grit yet tempered with sweetness." But he was much more than that: He was Motown’s renaissance man: A songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer as well.

AllMusic: "Moving from lean,
powerful R&B to stylish, sophisticated soul to finally arrive at an
intensely political and personal form of artistic self-expression, his
work not only redefined soul music as a creative force but also
expanded its impact as an agent for social change."

You can explore Gaye’s work a couple of ways: The one click method is
either a box set or a Best Of. For the big 4 CD box, go with The Master 1961-1984. A less exhaustive approach is Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye.

Whats_going_on I much prefer the albums over the greatest hits, The self-produced What’s Going On was a landmark effort, described as "a dramatic shift in both content and style that forever altered the face of black music."  A mix of percussion, soul and jazz, it has a remarkably sophisticated and fluid sound. Reviewers have called What’s Going On a conceptual masterpiece.

The long-simmering eroticism implicit in much of Gaye’s work reached its boiling point with 1973′s Let’s Get It On, one of the most sexually charged albums ever recorded; a work of intense lust and longing, it became the most commercially successful effort of his career

 

Top Ten Albums
Lets_get_it_on1971: What’s Going On (#6 U.S.)
1973: Let’s Get It On (#2 U.S.)
1973: Diana & Marvin (#5 UK)
1974: Marvin Gaye Live! (#8 U.S.)
1976: I Want You (#4 U.S.)
1977: Live at the London Palladium (#3 U.S.)
1982: Midnight Love (#7 U.S.; #10 UK)
1994: The Very Best of Marvin Gaye (#3 UK)
2000: Marvin Gaye Love Songs (#8 UK)

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Recommended Albums

What’s Going On
Let’s Get It On
The Master 1961-1984 (Box Set)   

• NPR: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye    

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videos after the jump

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Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Video

Whitney On Citi’s Pandit

I tried embedding a Windows Media version of several recent Bloomberg Videos yesterday, but somehow, we ended up with the autorun feature on, regardless of the setting.

This morning, I will embed it into a page after the jump to prevent that from autorun reoccurring:

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Citigroup Inc. Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit faces an "impossible feat” in turning around the biggest U.S. bank as it faces “seismic” costs to restructure, Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Meredith Whitney said.

Citigroup will be forced to announce the sale of major businesses toward the end of this year or in early 2009, Whitney, who recommends investors sell the shares, said in a Bloomberg TV interview today. One of the units could be Banamex, the company’s Mexican branch, she said.

Whitney, 38, correctly predicted on Oct. 31 that New York- based Citigroup would cut its dividend to shore up capital after mortgage-related writedowns. Pandit on May 9 outlined plans to sell $400 billion in assets at the bank, which has booked more than $40 billion of credit losses and writedowns since the subprime mortgage market collapsed last year.

Source
Citi’s Pandit Faces `Impossible Feat,’ Whitney Says
Margaret Popper and Josh Fineman
Bloomberg, May 12 2008
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aTsLEkAPZJAE

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Category: Credit, Video

T. Boone Pickens on Oil Prices, Trading, Wind Power

On Bloomberg (via Paul), comes this  very good video interview with T. Boone Pickens on Oil, Natural Gas, Trading — and Wind Power.

 

Boone at 2008 Milken Conference
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Good stuff.

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Source:
Boone Pickens Says He Is Ready to Bet on Wind Power
Bloomberg, April 29 2008
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a8Roxzn8p.bI

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Category: Energy, Video

Cognitive Surplus, Part II

A few weeks ago, we discussed the Clay Shirky’s concept of cognitive surplus.

Here’s the original video of that discussion:

Category: Psychology, Video

Stiglitz on the Economy

 

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Sources:
Stiglitz Says Bank Executives Too Optimistic About End to Rout

Mark Deen and Paul George
Bloomberg,  April 30 2008
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a68mzM58.R84

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Category: Economy, Video

Fooling_someEvery now and again, CNBC puts on a superlative show.  Friday morning’s Squawk Box was one of those times when they hit the ball out of the park.

As I was heading out the door to work, I heard David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital begin chatting about shorting stock, soft SEC enforcement, and Allied Capital (ALD). CNBC also announced that William Ackman of Pershing Square Capital was coming on in a while.

Einhorn discussed his presentation at Jim Grant’s conference Private Profits, Socialized Risk as well as his book, Fooling Some of the People All of the Time: A Long Short Story.
   

So before leaving the house, I TiVo’d Squawk, and then headed off to work. I watched the show Friday evening, and it was fantastic.  Watch the videos below and see if you agree.

• The Short & Short of It
Short selling can be good for the markets, with Owen Lamont, DKR
Fusion, David Einhorn, Greenlight Capital and CNBC’s Steve Liesman

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• Whistle-Blowing pt. 1

Activist investors face challenges convinsing regulators to face the facts, with William Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management and David Einhorn, Greenlight Capital Management

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• Whistle-Blowing, 2

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• Hedging Your Bets

Discussing fraud on Wall St., with David Einhorn, Greenlight Capital Management president

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Related

Fooling Some People site
http://foolingsomepeople.com/main/

The Speech
http://foolingsomepeople.com/main/speeches.html

Book:  Fooling Some of the People All of the Time: A Long Short Story

Jim Grant’s conference presentation Private Profits, Socialized Risk

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Financial Press, Video

Trichet Warns of `Protracted’ High Inflation

Unlike the Federal Reserve, Trichet and the EC are very concerned with high Inflation:

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Remember, the EC has a single charge — maintaining price stability — and is not concerned with maximizing growth . . .

Source:
Trichet Sees `Rather Protracted’ High Inflation
Gabi Thesing and Christian Vits
Bloomberg, May 8 2008
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aZrZpAw8DbmI&

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Category: Federal Reserve, Inflation, Video

Bernanke Urges Action to Avert Further Foreclosures

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Bernanke Urges Action to Avert Further Foreclosures

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S.
Bernanke
, seeking to end the worst housing slump in 25 years,
urged the government and mortgage lenders to intensify their
efforts to avoid home foreclosures.    
      

Bernanke, in a speech in New York today, also reiterated his
call for lenders to forgive portions of mortgages for some
struggling homeowners. He said proposals should be “tightly
targeted” at borrowers at greatest risk of losing their
properties, and avoid providing an incentive for defaults.    

The Fed chief also backed the idea of having the Federal
Housing Administration refinance troubled mortgages, a concept
included in Democratic legislation in Congress, without
explicitly endorsing the bill. His remarks indicate a gap with
the Bush administration, which has preferred to rely on industry-
led efforts.    

"Realistic public- and private-sector policies must take
into account the fact that traditional foreclosure-avoidance
strategies may not always work well in the current environment,”
Bernanke said in remarks to a Columbia Business School dinner.    

Source:
Bernanke Urges Action to Avert Further Foreclosures
Scott Lanman and Alison Vekshin
Bloomberg, May 5  2008
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a8EpYTgVyvcQ

Category: Economy, Real Estate, Video

Feldstein: U.S. ‘Sliding’ Into Recession

Great piece by Martin Feldstein in the FT: Misleading growth statistics give false comfort 

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Bloomberg:

"Harvard University economist Martin Feldstein, a member of the committee that charts the American business cycle, said the U.S. economy is “sliding into a recession.”

"This is a weakening economy,” Feldstein, president of the National Bureau of Economic Research, said in a Bloomberg Television interview in New York. “If you compare where the economy is now, with where it began at the beginning of the year, just about every indicator is down.”

The comments by Feldstein, a Republican, go farther than anyone in the Bush administration has gone in publicly characterizing the severity of the U.S. slowdown. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in an interview last week said the economy is “still growing, albeit modestly.”

Sources:

Misleading growth statistics give false comfort   
Martin Feldstein
FT, May 7 2008 18:54
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4ae9ee60-1c36-11dd-8bfc-000077b07658.html

Feldstein Says U.S. Economy `Sliding’ Into Recession
Anthony Massucci and Kathleen Hays
Bloomberg, May 6 2008
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aLkqZ.fSIOdY&

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Video

Roach Sees Negative Growth in U.S. for Q2

– Stephen Roach, chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Asia division, talks with Bloomberg’s Deirdre Bolton about today’s report on U.S. economic growth, the implications of a weaker U.S. dollar and the outlook for economies in Asia and a recovery in the U.S. The Commerce Department said the U.S. economy expanded at a 0.6 percent annual pace in the first quarter, reflecting an increase in inventories as consumers retrenched and companies cut investment. (Source: Bloomberg)

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Source:
Roach Sees Negative Growth in U.S. for Second Quarter
Shobhana Chandra
Bloomberg, April 30 2008
http://tinyurl.com/4s7vjn

Category: Economy, Video