App Show News | idobi http://idobi.com Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:56:38 +0000 en Good Charlotte Share a Dark and Important Message in New “WAR” Music Video http://idobi.com/news/good-charlotte-war-music-video/ Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:30:40 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/news/good-charlotte-war-music-video/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/08/gc-150x150.jpg Good Charlotte have just dropped their most intense music video yet, for fan-favorite “WAR”. [imgfull][/imgfull]


#GCFam, this one’s for you: Good Charlotte have just dropped their most intense music video yet, for fan-favorite “WAR”. The heaviest song off of their recent record Youth Authority, “WAR” has the GC crew getting dark and introspective, and we are here for it. The music video carries a strong and important message about how relationships and reactions affect others, and how sometimes all you need is a helping hand. (P.S. the ending's got us oh so intrigued...let us know your theories about what's next for the Youth Authority!)


The band have just wrapped up a huge bunch of tour dates, but you still have the chance to set sail with 'em to sunnier shores this fall—on Warped Rewind at Sea, that is! 'Til then you’d better make sure you’re 110% prepared to pick up your guitar and start a band the second you hit play on “WAR” below, because it always hits you the hardest when you are not ready…You better get ready, 'cause here it comes (oh-oh, oh-oh)…


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Join The Geeky Gimp’s Birthday Event to Raise Money for the AbleGamers Charity! http://idobi.com/news/join-the-geeky-gimps-birthday-event-to-raise-money-for-the-ablegamers-charity/ Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:30:01 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/news/join-the-geeky-gimps-birthday-event-to-raise-money-for-the-ablegamers-charity/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/08/gg-150x150.jpg To celebrate Geek Girl Rioter Erin’s birthday, she’s going to be fundraising for AbleGamers... [imgfull][/imgfull]


Calling all gamers: To celebrate Geek Girl Rioter Erin’s birthday, she’s going to be fundraising for AbleGamers Charity, by streaming games on her Geeky Gimp Twitch channel! Join the party on August 27th from 2pm to 8pm ET right here to donate and witness some awesome gameplay in action! AbleGamers aims to make sure that video games are accessible and affordable for disabled gamers, offering grants, services, and equipment so everyone can play.


Find out more about Erin’s event below, and make sure to stop by this August 27th from 2pm to wish her a HBD and join in the gaming fun—and donate to a wonderful organization while you’re at it!


Visit her event page for more info! And here's a note from Erin:


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Join me on my birthday for a fundraising event to benefit AbleGamers Charity!


On August 27th, from 2pm to 8pm EST, I’ll stream games on my Twitch channel and collect donations for this wonderful organization. AbleGamers’ goal is to ensure video games are accessible and affordable for a plethora of disabled gamers; they offer grants, services, and equipment so everyone can game.


Make sure to follow my Twitch page to know when I go live, and pop in the chat on the aforementioned date to find the donate link!


I hope you stop by the stream even if you are unable to contribute financially. Shares on social media are also greatly appreciated – just link to this post! The more we get the word out, the more money we can send to AbleGamers – and then, they can help more people live their gaming dream. Being able to do this on my birthday is the best gift I could receive.


I ran a similar event last year, and raised $446. My goal this year is $500. Let’s see if we can go higher this time.


Happy gaming!

 

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Callwood at the Cooler #26 http://idobi.com/editorial/callwood-at-the-cooler-26/ Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:00:36 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/editorial/callwood-at-the-cooler-26/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/08/Lee_Park_Charlottesville_VA-150x150.jpg “Callwood at the Cooler” sees Brett Callwood waxing lyrical about events in the news,... [/imgfull]
Let’s talk about nazis, shall we?

While we don’t want to hand over power by letting worthless and cowardly white supremacists feel that they actually got to us, it’s undeniable that the recent scenes from the rally in Charlottesville, VA were upsetting. Not upsetting in a, “Well, whoda thunkit? Racism isn’t dead” sort of way, but goddamn my naive, privileged white ass genuinely thought that things had been getting better since, y’know, the 1950s. I had been blissfully wandering around with the opinion rattling in my, apparently clueless, head that give it another couple of generations or so and racism would be suffering its final death rattle along with sexism. Another generation or so after that, homophobia would be done-for. And so on, and so forth. Because, as my wife likes to tell me, I like to see the good in people, sometimes to a fault.

Well, the events in Charlottesville have seriously damaged that optimistic outlook. Or, to change the perspective, it opened my eyes. I’ve watched the documentaries about the KKK on The History Channel and chuckled when it got to the end and offered a look at the modern Klan—six rednecks eating barbecue outside of a trailer, sharing two teeth.

But this wasn’t that. These were young, organized, angry people, mostly men, who arrived in Charlottesville in large numbers. They weren’t all huck-hucking and sputtering their way through sentences—it would be so easy to dismiss them as  inbred redneck hicks, Kid Rock and Nugent fans, toothless roadkill-eaters. That would be satisfying, and kind of comforting, because we could put them in a box and feel like we know what they look like. But it would be false.

There were people on TV spouting their hate in a variety of American accents. There were people in cargo shorts with hipster-looking beards. People in suits. People in heavy metal and punk shirts, and others in completely innocuous clothing. If most of them were to put down their flags and quit yelling their bullshit, they would look like any other white people I know.

That’s scary to me, but I’m learning that black people and other minorities have always known this. They’ve always known it because it’s been a part of their everyday lives, right under my nose. The guy who gets pulled over for the crime of “driving while black” isn’t pulled over by a man carrying a swastika flag. The boss of the black woman who is passed over for a promotion time and time again in favor of less qualified white people isn’t wearing a “Unite the Right” shirt. Their racism isn’t their uniform.

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False equivalencies…

If you want to know your enemy, really catch a glimpse, read about an event like Charlottesville on a mainstream newspaper’s website and then read the comments. You won’t have to scroll far down the thread before you find some awful (badly-written) rant from Barb in Minnesota (note: If you are or know of a Barb in Minnesota and you aren’t racist then I apologize but this isn’t about that Barb in Minnesota).
“Hey, I see all you libtard snowflakes up in arms about Charlottesville and the people who died and stuff, but I didn’t hear you crying your bleeding-heart tears when Black Lives Matter and Antifa were rioting and fighting in the streets. Hypocritical brain-damaged leftist, communist crap at its finest.”

The above won’t just be Barb. It’ll be Brian in Maine, who didn’t fight in the Middle East to put up with this socialist, un-American bullshit. Or George in Colorado, who says that the Confederate flag and the statue of Robert E. Lee are part of our history and are not, in fact, symbols of hate. “Do you want a safe space, assholes?”

They’re all wrong. The people keen to point out that the KKK was started by Democrats and that “nazi” means “national socialist” are technically correct and they take joy in telling you so, but any intelligent person knows that the Democratic and Republican parties have changed beyond all recognition since then (which is why I don’t think there are many white supremacists voting Dem). We also know that, whatever the word translates to, nazis are fascists, not socialists.

But the biggest turd in that pile of shit, the one that you’ll hear a lot as this battle likely gets worse before it (hopefully) gets better, is that Antifa and BLM are the same as the white supremacists. That they’re all hate groups, just hating different things. Clearly, that isn’t true.

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“When you’re accustomed to privilege,
equality feels like oppression.”

It is true that there are bad apples in both groups, which is inevitable with any large group. There are people who go out spoiling for a fight, looking to cause damage. But it is the ultimate false equivalency to say that they are the same as the white supremacists. The nazis carrying swastikas and spouting hate about really anybody who isn’t like them. It is absolutely not the same thing. Of course Black Lives Matter are angry—they have every reason to be. Maybe those valid emotions boil over and the behavior isn’t becoming of the cause every now and again. But those incidents are minor, and the cause that they stand for is absolutely right.

Antifa stands against fascism, just as the USA has done through war in the past. Who doesn’t think that’s justifiable?

Well, the President certainly thinks that the blame for Charlottesville should be shared. He’s wrong too. But then honestly, if President Trump had gone on air and firmly distanced himself from the nazis, I would have choked on my cornflakes. What he actually said wasn’t surprising at all. That was the President that we’re getting to know.

Are all Trump supporters nazis? Of course not. But I didn’t hear many nazis voicing support for Clinton (either one) or Obama.

Under this administration, they’re only going to get louder. We all need to be ready to be louder still.

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“Callwood at the Cooler” is a bi-weekly column which will see me waxing lyrical about events in the news, pop culture and the etc. Sometimes it’ll be light, other times not-so when the rant/monolog demands. The subject matter will vary dramatically so expect anything and keep coming back.

 

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Premiere: Moral Support Drops New Video for “Complexity” http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/premiere-moral-support-drops-new-video-for-complexity/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:00:50 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/premiere-moral-support-drops-new-video-for-complexity/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/08/20861744_1899571873639615_1579029434071644046_o-150x150.jpg Everyone could use a little Moral Support... as in, the band from Philadelphia, PA.... [/imgfull]

Everyone could use a little Moral Support... as in, the band from Philadelphia, PA. A post hardcore outfit with an affinity for unapologetic music and pastel promotional pictures, the group is dropping the video for their new track, "Complexity", with idobi.com.

"'Complexity' was the first song we fully figured out, and it set the tone for the rest of the EP. The other songs were written, but we didn't know the direction we wanted to go until we finished recording 'Complexity'. We went for a sort of angry, raw energy with the tone, which pretty much exactly matches the lyrics. I want people to hear this song and feel that same energy- whatever they have to be pissed about, let this song fuel that aggression." -Tyler Lewandowski (Vocalist)

Moral Support, which started in March of 2017, has already proved they have the energy and the sound to take them to stages with well established acts like Secrets, and Slaves, in just a few months. Check 'em out for yourself with "Complexity" below, then grab your copy of the track here!

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"The video for 'Complexity' is about a guy that constantly drinks too much at parties, acts like a jackass, and pisses his friends off. It's an ongoing problem that he can't stop, but he still feels bad about it. In one word, it's about regret. For the shoot, we had about 20 people in a garage on a 90 degree day, so it was sweltering and we were all drenched in sweat. I'm sure you can probably tell in the video if you look hard enough. We had an awesome group of people that made it possible, and we really hope you enjoy it as much as we do." -Tyler Lewandowski (Vocalist)

 

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Fresh Pressed [new music friday] – 027 http://idobi.com/editorial/fresh-pressed-new-music-friday-027/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:20:52 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/editorial/fresh-pressed-new-music-friday-027/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/08/stock-841436_1920-150x150.jpg What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Featuring new... [/imgfull]

What better way to kick off a weekend than with new music? Fridays are always chock full of the latest songs and albums ready to be the soundtrack to everyone’s antics, and here you’ll find some of the week’s standout releases. Whether you’re ready to spin an anticipated song from a favorite artist or just taking a look at what’s out there, there’s a whole lot of tunes to dive right into. Who knows—maybe you’ll find your next obsession.

Brand New - Science Fiction


No, your eyes (and ears) aren’t deceiving you: There really is a brand new Brand New album out right at this very moment. After a nearly eight-year long wait, Science Fiction finally arrives via complete surprise—even though a surprise Brand New album also happens to be the most Brand New thing ever. Clocking in at over an hour, the record is a hearty 12 tracks in length as the band makes the wait worth it—“Lit Me Up” is a haunting opener, and the production overall is simply fantastic. We won’t spoil too much, but if this really does end up being the final album of their career, it’s a hell of a way to go out.

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Justin Bieber - “Friends” (with BloodPop)


Summer is starting to wind down, but that won’t stop Justin Bieber from attempting to deliver one last parting smash in “Friends.” Linking up with rising producer BloodPop (Lady Gaga, Fifth Harmony), the duo craft a club-ready anthem that’ll be gunning for the top spot on the Billboard charts. Bieber and BloodPop aren’t strangers to one another either: They also collaborated on Bieber’s previous number one, “Sorry,” so they know a thing or two on how to heat up the dancefloor.


Neck Deep - The Peace and The Panic


Having emerged as one of the best pop-punk bands in the game, Neck Deep up the ante on their new full-length, The Peace and The Panic, easily making it the best work of their career. Instead of recreating what made their debut so great, they fine-tune their songwriting in a way that freshens up the pop-punk formula as we know it. “In Bloom” shows their maturity, while standout “Critical Mistake” is heavy on its pop sensibilities.


Weezer - “Mexican Fender”


“Mexican Fender” unveils a new era for Weezer, but really, it’s just more of a continuation of the quality we’ve seen from the band throughout the years. Featured on their upcoming eleventh full-length album, Pacific Daydream, the lead single is packed with feel-good vibes and a textbook Weezer chorus. It’ll be their first LP to drop since 2016’s White Album, but somehow new music from them never seems to come too soon.


Rachel Platten - “Broken Glass”


Rachel Platten, queen of inspirational jams, is back with the first single off her forthcoming full-length, and everyone will naturally wonder how “Broken Glass” compares to her breakout hit, “Fight Song.” Whether it’ll have the same commercial success or not remains to be seen, but the good news is that the song is definitely strong enough to follow suit. Boasting massive vocals and an even bigger, Sia-esque hook, Platten is picking up right where she left off.


Miley Cyrus - “Younger Now”


Miley Cyrus’ new material feels like a return-to-form for a genre she’s never even fully immersed herself in until now—and perhaps that’s the most impressive part about it. Her recent tracks, “Malibu” and “Inspired”, were a far cry away from her dance-driven album Bangerz, and while that was solid in its own right, this foray into a country-tinged adult pop sound just suits her for the better. Her latest, the title track from her forthcoming full-length, is a slow-burn, optimistic pop number with a commanding beat behind it. Younger Now is out on September 29th, and Cyrus is batting a perfect 3 for 3 with its songs released thus far.


Ryan Follese - Ryan Follese


For those expecting something new from Hot Chelle Rae, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath. The guys are all up to different things, but what Ryan Follese is doing is the most exciting. With his debut solo album, he puts a total Nashville spin on his signature brand of pop that we grew accustomed to during the Hot Chelle days, so fans should have no problem warming up to this one. His vocals sound better than ever and his songs are undeniably catchy—with “Summer Like You,” Follese is sure to become one of the next big things in country music.


Converge - “Under Duress”


Converge return with a bang on “Under Duress,” the first taste we get from The Dusk In Us, the band’s first record in five years. Out on November 3rd, the single gives us a decent idea of what to expect from the record. Breakneck riffs wreak havoc throughout, while vocalist Jacob Bannon has no problem one-upping their intensity. Like 2012’s All We Love We Leave Behind, “Under Duress” grabs a hold and refuses to let go.



Other new releases:
LCD Soundsystem - “Tonite”
Echosmith - “Future Me”
We the Kings - “Check Yes Juliet (10th Anniversary Edition)”
Julien Baker - “Appointments”
Sammy Adams - “Shining”

 

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Premiere: We’re “Gold Coast Dreaming” with Pet Fangs’ Debut Track http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/premiere-were-gold-coast-dreaming-with-pet-fangs-debut-track/ Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:00:34 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/exclusives/premiere/premiere-were-gold-coast-dreaming-with-pet-fangs-debut-track/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/08/1-Pet-Fangs-by-Steven-Taylor-150x150.jpg We love new bands, and we know you do too, so allow us to... Photo: Steven Taylor[/caption]

We love new bands, and we know you do too, so allow us to introduce you to Pet Fangs. On top of having a cool name, the four piece group has experience playing for acts like Baby Bee and Ryan Adams—and they're bringing it all to their new project.

With their debut single, "Gold Coast Dreaming", they show off their adventurous and timeless sound that'll become an instant classic. We have the exclusive first listen of the song below, for idobi.com listeners. Check it out, and let us know what you think on Twitter!



"The process of writing the song started with us playing darts at our studio, listening to a Charlotte Gainsbourg record and writing down any little phrases that came to our minds. We eventually picked up instruments and I locked in on a few words that Jory had written down. By the time we left that night we had the first verse and chorus worked out. Jory and Dave got together one night and came up with the 'no more dancing' part. I wrote the other verses and then we all went up to our favorite studio in Louisiana called Dockside Studio - there we overdubbed drums and went crazy with the keys and guitar parts.” - Joe Stark of Pet Fangs

 

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(Un)Covered: Bulletproof http://idobi.com/editorial/uncovered-bulletproof/ Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:00:06 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/editorial/uncovered-bulletproof/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/08/august-16-bulletproof-150x150.jpg Family Force 5 mashes up all sorts of genres while still making you dance,... Bulletproof”
Writers: Elly Jackson, Ben Langmaid
Original Release Date: June 21, 2009

It’s been several years since “Bulletproof” came out, but I’m having fun jamming to this song and I need to remind everyone about it.

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English synthpop duo LaRoux burst onto the scene in 2009 with this banger of a song. It’s actually ridiculous how catchy “Bulletproof” is—the chorus, the verses, even the electronics all come together brilliantly and you won’t be able to stop your shoulders from shimmying along. The lyrics, “I won't let you turn around / And tell me now I'm much too proud / To walk away from something when it's dead” indicate that the song is about the end of a relationship, but it still manages to deliver a positive message: Moving on and staying strong in the face of unhappiness. “Bulletproof” is like wearing sparkly nail polish in the summer—it’s bright and makes you happy, and it’s incredibly hard to remove.

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If LaRoux’s original is sparkly nail polish, Family Force 5’s cover is straight-up glitter: A little edgier, and almost impossible to wash off. Just when you think you’ve wiped the last of it away, the electronic opening worms its way back into your head when you least expect it. As far as covers go, this was the perfect choice for FF5 to tackle: The electropop original is close enough to the crunk rock they are known for, so it was easy to adapt it to fit their sound. Former vocalist Solomon “Soul Glow Activatur” Olds obviously has a deeper voice than LaRoux’s Ellie Jackson, but he carries the song well and gives it a robotic feel that works with their heavy instrumentals.

Personally, I’ve always loved how Family Force 5 mash up all sorts of genres while still making you dance, and their cover of “Bulletproof” is no exception.

 

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VANDALS – Episode 5 “The Break-Up” http://idobi.com/advertisement/vandals-episode-5-the-break-up/ Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/advertisement/vandals-episode-5-the-break-up/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/08/Vandals_Promo_ADBOX-ep05-150x150.jpg Wait... Beach Boys is already the name of a band?? #%!*. What do you get when you mix 2 pop punkers, 1 tour van, and 0 fucks given? VANDALS. It's time to offend pop punk...

NEW EPISODES  - Every Tues @ 1pm ET - Watch Episodes 1–5 NOW!

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VANDALS Ep.5 - The Break-Up
Wait... Beach Boys is already the name of a band?? #%!*.

Starring:
Jeremy Culhane
Nick Major

Crew:
Writer / Director: Tommy Wooldridge
Producer: Tom Cheney
Sound / Music: Bruce Wiegner

SUBSCRIBE for more #idobiVANDALS

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VANDALS Ep.4 - Straight Edge
Jeremy decides to become straight edge. But he tells Nick it's not gonna stop him from drinking beer and smoking pot...




Starring:
Jeremy Culhane
Nick Major

Crew:
Writer / Director: Tommy Wooldridge
Producer: Tom Cheney
Sound / Music: Bruce Wiegner



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VANDALS Ep.3 - On The Roadie
The bros brainstorm ways to find themselves a roadie. When they stop to ask a hitchhiker for a hand, things don't go as planned...

Starring:
Jeremy Culhane
Nick Major
Andrew Siwicki

Crew:
Writer / Director: Tommy Wooldridge
Producer: Tom Cheney
Sound / Music: Bruce Wiegner

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VANDALS Ep.2 - Would You Rather
Would you rather have sex while your parents watch or watch your parents have sex? The age old question is finally answered by your 2 favorite pop punkers...



Starring:
Jeremy Culhane
Nick Major

Crew:
Writer / Director: Tommy Wooldridge
Producer: Tom Cheney
Sound / Music: Bruce Wiegner



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VANDALS Ep.1 - Meet the Band

Starring:
Jeremy Culhane
Nick Major

Crew:
Writer / Director: Tommy Wooldridge
Producer: Tom Cheney
Sound / Music: Bruce Wiegner

 

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Shondaland is Coming to Netflix! http://idobi.com/news/shondaland-is-coming-to-netflix/ Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:50:56 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/news/shondaland-is-coming-to-netflix/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/08/shondaland-150x150.png Y'all, Shonda Rhimes just signed a deal with Netflix and we're stoked! [/imgfull]

If you're one of the few people in North America who doesn't have a Netflix subscription, you're gonna want to sign up: Shonda Rhimes just signed a deal to bring her Shondaland production company to the streaming network!

In a multi-year deal, Rhimes and Betsy Beers, her longtime producing partner, joined forces with Netflix to launch a new era of Shondaland. Existing shows like How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal will continue to air on ABC, but the new deal will allow Rhimes and co “the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach”.

We can’t wait to see where Rhimes takes Shondaland next with Netflix’s massive backing power. Let us know what you think of this exciting news!

“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television. Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best...We’re so excited to welcome her to Netflix.” - Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix.

 

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Photos: The Rocket Summer in Boston http://idobi.com/photos/the-rocket-summer-in-boston/ Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:46:54 +0000 Tom http://idobi.com/photos/the-rocket-summer-in-boston/ http://i.ido.bi/assets/post/2017/08/DSC_9475-150x150.jpg idobi photographer Audrey Lew covered The Rocket Summer show at Brighton Music Hall in...

The Rocket Summer


Active Bird Community

 

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