Month: August 2010

Long Way Home

That mention of Spike Jonze in my last-last post made me realize that I hadn’t given any props for I’m Here. It was a short-film he wrote and directed about two robots in love. It’s really fantastic and touching and I highly recommend you see it. You can view all 29 minutes of it at the site, which is pretty rad on it’s own.

I have also neglected to post the official vid for “Generator ^ Second Floor” from Freelance Whales, a band I have been enjoying since seeing them open for Cymbals Eat Guitars earlier this year.

Be Good

I LOVE this. Some beautiful vintage photos by Philippe Halsman of celebrities jumping. Marilyn Monroe, as always, looks fun and gorgeous. View the slideshow to see all the jumping shots, and the video to see those mixed in with some of his other work. Amazing either way.

The Morning Benders hail from San Francisco, a city which I will be visiting soon. The mere sight of the cat at the beginning of this video makes my eyes puff and water and my nose itch. But it’s still a good song.

4’33”

As if by some psychic, magical, Icelandic connection, a new video from Jónsi.

An Horse is from Brisbane and their video for “Postcards” is cute and neat and great.

“Drunk Girls” is the party hit of the summer and the vid is directed by Spike Jonze and features some panda anarchy.

I have loved Spike Jonze’s work since back when he was doing skate vids, (on video tape!), and he is the director of one of the only Nic Cage movies I actually can sit through and enjoy – Adaptation. According to IMDB, his instruction to Nic Cage was, “to ignore all of his acting instincts”. To me this translates to, “good acting is the opposite of Nic Cage”, which is something I have been saying for a long time. It’s a real George Costanza situation.

There is this 12-track, 8-bit album of covers, and it’s pretty fun. You can listen to it in full here, and if you like what you hear, you can download it for a fee of your choosing, (minimum 50¢ per track or $5 for the whole album). So far, I really enjoyed the covers of “The Safety Dance”, “New Year’s Day”, and “Say It Ain’t So”.

Matej Kren has built a tunnel out of books and it is freaking beautiful. It’s on display at the Museum of Modern Art in Bologna and looks like something out of a Mark Romanek video. Check out the amazingness here. It’s worth the click, I promise.

Don’t you love it when you have a bunch of drinks, go home and pass out, only to wake up to find your dog has eaten your rotting, infected toe? Wait, what?

Fernando

This vid showing a series of things being destroyed in slow-motion is pretty fantastic. I have been watching it muted and playing my own soundtrack to it, because it seems so much like a music video to me. Give ‘er a go and let me know your favourite tunes to watch it to. (The karate chop at 2:03 is brutal!)

Being a knitter, I find this knitting clock pretty freaking awesome. It knits a 2 meter scarf a year, though I suppose you’d have to clean it throughout the year or else you’d end up with a pretty dusty scarf at the end of the year.

Broken Social Scene has a pretty rad new video using 3D rendering. Whatever that means.

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart seems appropriate on a sunny, holiday Monday. All those drunken party animals are just so… right.

A lovely 8-bit vid from Mark Ronson & the Business Intl, paying homage to Zelda.

I have to admit that I haven’t really given Craig Ferguson much of a chance. I used to watch the Late Late Show back when it was still hosted by Kilby, but not much since then. Then one night while I was waiting for Jimmy Fallon to come on, (refusing to watch even one second of that whore, Leno,) I happened to catch Sid, the profanity-laden, fluffy, white bunny, during one of the opening segments. And that was it. I was down with the Ferg.

The Ferg also happens to have some excellent musical guests like Jónsi, too…