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Review: Mountain Goats @ Bowery Ballroom

April 12th, 2011 Comments off

The Mountain Goats are fronted by singer/songwriter John Darnielle.

So I ventured downtown a couple of weeks ago for a concert by an indie rock band I really hadn’t heard much about before. That’s partly because I just don’t do enough indie tunes or live concerts to get around. On a friend’s enthusiastic recommendation, I got tickets to see the Mountain Goats.

The Mountain Goats are fronted by John Darnielle, who in the past actually performed as a literally-solo act, acoustically and still under the plural Mountain Goats name. He did play solo for a few songs in the middle of the concert. He’s known as one of the truly great indie songwriters and I can say that, going in with no background of listening to the band, I was impressed with the concise, interesting story-telling accomplished by the songs.

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This City, A Timelapse by James Ogle

April 9th, 2011 2 comments

A few months ago, I posted a timelapse piece produced by Mindrelic that featured fantastic still photo compilation and City-suitable scoring.  Well, that piece may have been one upped by this one.

 

new york city. from James Ogle on Vimeo.

This City, A Timelapse by Mindrelic

January 17th, 2011 Comments off

NYC – Mindrelic Timelapse from Mindrelic on Vimeo.

Really nothing to say, other than stunning.

Video: Battlestar Galactica, What the Frak Tribute

December 27th, 2010 Comments off

As the first decade of the new millennium formally comes to a close, I thought I’d post this tribute video I came across of what I thought was a top five TV series of the decade.  Alongside The Wire, LOSTThe West Wing and Mad Men, Battlestar Galactica played a huge role in defining my small screen viewing experience for the decade.

There was also reasonably big news in that SyFy has announced early plans and art for a proposed new Battlestar Galactica-themed series entitled BSG: Blood and Chrome, following a young William Adama in the first Cylon war. The first prequel series, Caprica, was well received critically, but was somewhat of a bore, in my opinion.

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Review: Fitz & the Tantrums @ Mercury Lounge

September 29th, 2010 Comments off

If you have a chance to see them, definitely take it.

This past Saturday some friends and I dropped on down to Mercury Lounge on East Houston in Manhattan for an early show by Fitz & the Tantrums.  The band, fronted by Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs has been burning up my iPod of late and was featured in a player post linked here.

Needless to say, I knew I was going to love the music, but I was bringing along two newbies as well.  The sound is relatively unique and hasn’t gone mainstream yet.  It is somewhat of a revisit to 50s soul music, but with a decidedly modern hipster vibe.  While I normally want to punch most things hipster, that’s not the case for Fitz & the Tantrums.

The show was sold out, but the venue was not so crowded as to make the concert uncomfortable or getting drinks impossible.  In fact, the only complaint could be some issues with the bass levels and our choosing to stand too close a bank of speakers.  It took a good day for my right ear to clear up fully.

All in all, the show was outstanding and the crowd was lively.  The band played near studio quality tunes, true to the CD and the only real hiccup is when Scaggs fell off the stage into the crowd.  After getting up with little more than her pride hurt, she claimed her tussle with gravity was a failed stage dive with nobody catching.  As a note, I’m not sure being found unworthy in a trust fall is any less embarrassing than catching an edge of the stage.

All in all, I could not recommend the show more highly.  This is an opportunity to catch a rising artist before they hit it big.

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LOST: “The New Man in Charge”

August 6th, 2010 2 comments

I’ve still yet to finish my finale recap for LOST, so I’m not actually going to watch this yet, myself.  That said, it is the 12 minute epilogue to the series that will appear on the LOST: The Complete Collection Blu Ray Box Set (click the link to order).

[EDIT: Disney cease and desisted the online video of it]

Following Up TED Tuesday with NdGT on Colbert

July 21st, 2010 Comments off

Yesterday I posted some of the best legitimate Neil de Grasse Tyson videos from the interwebs.  Today, we’re going with pure fun, as in Colbert Report fun.  Linked after the jump are the entirety of NdGT’s world record six appearances on the Colbert Report.

NdGT was the first Threepeat, Fourpeat, Fivepeat and Sixpeat guest on the Report.

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TEDTuesday: Ideas Worth Spreading for the Week of 7/19

July 20th, 2010 1 comment

Any time you get a chance to see NdGT work, you're constantly drawn to make plans to visit the Rose Center.

While most of the time I’m going to embed videos from TED lectures, sometimes I’ll go with non-TED videos that drive home a similar concept of pressing forth knowledge while providing entertainment.  In the field of science and astrophysics, in particular, there’s simply no one better than Neil de Grasse Tyson.

Tyson is the revered host of PBS’s NOVA magazine show and is the director of the Rose Center and Hayden Planetarium at New York’s Museum of Natural History.  He’s also one of the most engaging folks when it comes to conveying enthusiasm for the sciences.  Oh yeah, there’s also the whole Pluto thing (The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet).

I’ve linked a few videos for a reason, appearing after the jump.

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Graffiti as Art, Part Deux

July 7th, 2010 Comments off

A while back, I linked a video from stop-animation graffiti artist BLU.  Well, for as amazing as BLU’s “Muto” was, he’s really outdone himself with Big Bang Big Bomb.  The man is single handedly challenging my predisposition to not take graffiti seriously as an art form (in the public sphere, at least).  Of course, it’s quite clear that BLU is not a “street artist”, if you will.  His projects are so grand that he clearly has permits to undertake the endeavors.  To you, BLU, I say bravo!

BIG BANG BIG BOOM – the new wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

TED Tuesday: Ideas worth spreading for the week of 6/29

June 29th, 2010 Comments off

A while back when I was a little more gung ho about updating, I posted Michael Shermer’s last TED lecture on strange beliefs.  This time, we’ve got a bit more from the editor of Skeptic Magazine as he discusses the patterns behind self deception.  Filmed at TED2010 in February 2010, Long Beach, CA.

Shermer’s works irks some new atheists in that he accepts the reality of and makes an effort to understand of religious beliefs (being squarely in the skeptic/agnostic column).  I’m not sure I jive with the criticisms, as I feel Shermer’s supposed ambivalence as permitting him the characteristic of empathy.  He tries to not only learn, but also understand why people believe what they experience.

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