What would you get if you mixed American Psycho with Donnie Darko? I’m not sure it would be a blockbuster, but director Daniel Wolfe gave it a shot with the music video for The Shoes’ “Time to Dance.” Filmed in France, it is cinematic in scope, if cut more as a trailer. Altogether pretty awesome.
Not really sure how best to describe this elegant, at times almost fractal animation. The story seems a bit rushed at times, but you can pretty easily make it out. With limited emoting from the protagonists, this is an impressive feat of storytelling. The video is clearly an exhibition of both the scoring and the animation (it is actually a music video of sorts), but the storytelling is rather pithy and well done.
A story about growing up in the universe.
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How to start a good weekend? How bout by repping Vanderbilt. Nick Wells is a student down on campus and with the help of some folks he put together what is a pretty dang awesome song and video. He even gets in a shout to Jeff Taylor, Kyle Fuller and Coach Stallings. No love for Stevie Thunder, though?
The song is a remix of a pretty tight song by Wiz Khalifa called Black and Yellow, embedded after the jump.
Just downloaded my tickets for two upcoming concerts that should rock it all out.
First, on January 19, I’m going to see a redux of the Fitz and the Tantrums concert that blew me away last year (review here). This time they’re playing the Bowery Ballroom for the steal price of $18 a seat, general admission. Tickets here.
Just a week later, I’ve bought my seats for White Lies on the secondary market. The show has been sold out for a bit, so it remains to be seen what price the seats will bear, but I got them for about $30 a pop, general admission. They’re playing the Highline Ballroom on January 27. Tickets here.
If you don’t yet own them, I highly recommend Fitz‘ album Pickin’ Up The Pieces and White Lies‘ To Lose My Life …. Additionally, White Lies‘ new album Ritual is set to release in three weeks, with the first single available for free download here.
This Sunday, AMC will debut their brand new series The Walking Dead, based on the Robert Kirkman comic book series of the same name. I don’t actually know if you’re supposed to call them graphic novels or comics. It is more sophisticated that the cartoon books of my youth and it is easily closer to literature than one would associate with an Archie or X-Men book, so I’ll go with graphic novels.
I don’t quite recall what drove me to pick up TWD for the first time. It may have been on a recommendation from G4TV’s Blair Butler or some interweb publicity, but I’m darn glad I did. I’ve had a long-time fascination with the zombie genre of film-making that has extended beyond the George Romero staple to be highlighted by recent movies (be they comedies such as Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland, or action thrillers such as 28 Days Later) and even the under-exposed Max Brooks tome World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.
The Walking Dead is a tale that starts off a bit like your typical zombie fare, but it evolving rather quickly into something more akin to literature. That is not a knock on any of the movies in the genre (particularly 28 Days Later, which film’s beginning is quite aped by Kirkman in Book 1), nor is it a hack at World War Z, which very much so is a piece of unique literature, trading the oral history motif from the documentary to the sci fi. The key, distinguishing element of TWD is that it doesn’t focus on the zombies. The story is, instead, about the humans in their endeavor to survive.
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I’ve been jamming of late to a new band that a buddy turned me on to. The sound is just epic, with an older, soulful vibe to it. To put it best, it’s the type of tunes that makes you feel happy and somewhat inspired to listen to.
Sometimes music videos can, in fact, be too good. A few weeks ago, the Insane Clown Posse, a ridiculous duo from inner city Detroit trailer parks who dress up like clowns while screaming their horrorcore raps [ed. note: I may have to close down this site after realizing I just typed those words], released a touching, pondering video that grasps at one’s heart as you try to fathom just how bad our education system is.
The duo strayed from their normal talks about violence to pen a fitting song about just how little they know about the world. They even have a line warning scientists and their empirical explanations to stay away because the ICP thinks scientists lie (the ICP also are apparently against climate change scientists). They actually name a variety of natural phenomena a no things that could even remotely be classified as “miracles.” It’s almost as ironic as Alanis Morrisette writing a song called “Isn’t it ironic” about a series of coincidences.
The song has taken on minor viral status with features throughout the interwebs, on Attack of the Show and now on Saturday Night Live. After the jump, I’ve linked the video for those who have been uninitiated. Also linked are the hilarious Saturday Night Live sketch and a series of my favorite animated GIFs from the interwebs.
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I’ve popped The Editors to the top of my iPod playlists again this past week after burying them for a while. Their sound is, not surprisingly, UK indie rock. The below songs, and the album as a whole (The Back Room, from which Munich and All Sparks come), are awesome. Give a listen.
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Just stumbled upon these guys this Monday. Been listening to it quite a bit and I like. First up is “Beaches and Friends”, a collaboration with Database (there are a ton of remixes of this out there, I picked the Hey Champ one to link). After the jump are the Sniper Twins produced videos for “Up All Night” and “Broken Heart”.
Beaches and Friends (Hey Champ Remix)
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Jay-Z and Alicia Keyes had a huge hit with their Empire State of Mind song and accompanying video. In proper form, it’s been reappropriated and adjusted by numerous interwebians as new videos, often uploaded to YouTube. Below you’ll find one that I think is both well done and quite clever. Congrats to GrassHopper.com for New Dork – Entrepreneur State of Mind.
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