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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sufjan Stevens Music Video "Too Much"

After seeing Sufjan last month at the Long Center (which is an incredibly beautiful venue by the way), I was excited to see his new video for the track "Too Much" off the Age of Adz. Most of the video clips were projected behind him when he performed it live. The video is pretty simple; it features geometric computer graphics and shots of Sufjan and his backup band doing techno dance moves. It's like watching a hipster explosion from the viewpoint of a dressing room mirror. If you're a Sufjan fan, you'll most likely love it:

Adorable Interactive Music Video from Au Revoir Simone

Au Revoir Simone's Interactive Coloring Book Music Video is as innovative as it is adorable. This Brooklyn-based trio produced a cute, hypnotic song with catchy keyboards. I am a fan of coloring books, so this was a fun way to spend five minutes:

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Emperor of Ice-Cream: A Poem by Wallace Stevens

I like to read poems on Saturday mornings. "Let be be finale of seem" is a damn good line:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Director Chris Milk Gets Innovative

The Arcade Fire teamed up with Director Chris Milk to make the most innovative and interactive music video I've ever seen, The Wilderness Downtown. The video invites you to type in the address of the place where you grew up. Then Google Earth images of your street are inserted into the video. Although the "pop up" layout is bit annoying, Chris Milk gets mad props for being so cutting edge. Dramatic and nostalgic, the song is a typical Arcade Fire anthem. Hearing the music over images of my old neighborhood actually choked me up a bit.

Chris Milk's past projects have been entertaining--his stunning photo blog features shots of President Obama, U2, and Green Day:

His critically acclaimed short film "Last Day Dream" was a sucker punch of emotion:

And his music video for Gnarls Barkley was gnarly:

In short, Chris Milk is worth watching.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fun Times with Face Paint and Craft Glue

The latest video from Dan Black (British techno-pop cutie) demonstrates what you can do with a little down time in your craft store--glue stuff to your face. Even though I am not totally loving the song, the visuals in this video are enough to keep me entertained:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

It's Time to Open that Sketchbook

This is what happens when you ship a sketchbook back and forth between artists for nine months. You get BOOK, a beautiful piece of collaborative artwork that voyaged over 60,000 miles (from Brooklyn to Belfast again and again). Each of the 4 artists involved created a page at a time. Some works are a response to the previous page --See the "Nature vs. Nurture" series below. Anyone want to share a sketchbook with me?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Kanye West's Epic "Power" Video

Kanye's new video is a work of art, literally. Director Marco Brambilla, the artist best known for his gorgeous video installation that plays in the Standard Hotel's elevators, puts Kanye front and center in this music video. Captivating and evocative, this piece brings into question the meaning of "power." For all of you art history buffs, MTV breaks down the art references from Michaelangelo to Escher. I like it because it's beautiful:

Monday, June 14, 2010

Miike Snow Video Has Dance Moves and Magic

Miike Snow's new video "The Rabbit" has some of the most entertaining dance moves I've seen in awhile. It's wild to think that three guys from Sweden could make you feel like you're in Jamaica. I love the bootyshaking that's an homage to 2 Live Crew (maybe it's tongue in cheek?). Colorful and fun, this is my favorite video of the summer so far:

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Are Teal and Orange Taking Over Hollywood?

We all know that color trends happen every season in fashion. I recently read this entertaining blogpost about how the color pallette teal and orange is quickly taking over the movie industry. Yes, directors have color trends too--and like fashion, some colors can be overused. It's a hilarious read. Check out a prime example of teal and orange on the loose:

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dara Puspita Will Put You in the Mood for Summer

Dara Puspita (Flower Girls) has been called the best girl band of all time. Hailing from Indonesia in the late 1960s, they played solid garage rock with a Beatles/ Beach Boys sound. The ladies played all of the instruments, which was a very big deal in the 60's (and a rarity now). During a time when the Indonesian President labeled Western rock music “a form of mental disease,” the band was interrogated by the government for a month for playing "illegal rock music." These ladies were true rebels. Their music is the perfect soundtrack to let loose, so get a little raucous now.

Here's a listen: "When You Love Somebody" (Beegees cover)

"Believe Me"

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Glitch Art

Glitch Art can occur by accident, as when a computer "glitches" and the malfunction creates a new image. Other artists purposefully create glitches to create a new piece. Some of the most inspiring art can be the result of computer error. See the flickr group for more amazing pieces.

"The Graduation" by Matt Hannon:

"CoGe-Snapshot-2010-03-31-20-49-16" by Luma Beamerz

"vorschauscreenshot" by Claudia Mai, chirasta

"Attrition #30" by Luis Drayton:

Chi'Lantro Korean BBQ Taco Truck=Awesome

I was downtown on Saturday night watching an improv show at the Hideout and playing some serious shuffleboard when it was time for a between-the-bar snack. Normally I'd hit up Roppolo's for a slice, but I decided to be a little more adventurous. Damn good move! Who knew that Korean + Mexican + Vegetarian option was hiding in the Chi'Lantro korean bbq taco truck?!

I tried the spicy marinated tofu taco, and it was amazing. For two bucks a taco, you get a healthy option with some serious flavor. The tofu was very spicy with a lot of sesame and heat. The tacos included lots of cilantro and fresh lettuce. They also serve pork and chicken tacos, for all you meat eaters. And you can add kimchi for free.

Korean tacos are a hit in L.A., so I am pumped to see some trucks in Austin.
Check the twitter feed to find the location of the truck!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Robot Marries Japanese Couple

That's right. A robot friend of the bride and groom performed the service. Read it all here. Or better yet, watch the hilarious video where the robot's eyes flash.

The robot, called I-Fairy, has plastic pigtails.

The last handmotion is the best. You can really feel the love in this room.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Prepare Your Ears for Tired Pony, the Next Supergroup

Take the singer from Snow Patrol, the guitarist from REM, and the drummer from Belle and Sebastian and you get the band called Tired Pony. According to Pitchfork, Tired Pony is infuenced by Smog and Calexico. Awesome!

I was even more pumped to hear that She and Him (the musical collaboration between Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) will be on the Tired Pony record that drops on July 12th. That's right--two supergroups on the same album! This is like a hipster double down sandwich.

Check out the video on Tired Pony's website to hear some initial music. It sounds pretty sweet.

Tired Pony's Album, The Place We Ran From, comes out July 12th.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Nobody Says Happy Mother's Day Like Mr. T.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom! You know I must love you, because I am posting Mr. T. in your honor. In "Treat Your Mother Right" Mr. T. tells everyone to be nice to their moms. The styling on this video is classic, and Mr. T's monotone rapping is incredible.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Music Video from Losers Features Dan Hillier's Drawings

This is one of the best music videos that I've seen this year. The animation seems like a blend of Max Ernst, vintage postcards, and a little steampunk. The drawings are impressive. Dan Hillier, the artist, alters engravings (see the piece called "Mother" below) and his creations are truly imaginative. Finally, the beats on this track are sick, so check it out!

"Mother" by Dan Hilliel, Altered Engraving

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Born Ruffians "What to Say"

This video from the Born Ruffians is like watching a cool version of a visualizer on itunes. I like the old school computer colors, and the song is pretty chill.
Check it out:

Born Ruffians 'What To Say' from the album 'Say It' from Paper Bag Records on Vimeo.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Yelle Teaches Us How to Dance

Yelle, the amazing French group, teaches us how to do some dance moves:

Yelle Teaches Us How to Dance from PAPER Magazine on Vimeo.