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It has been previously established that I love me some Seinfeld. Seems that some not-so-clever young man took things a bit too seriously and tried to pull off some real-life Frogger, a la George, and got himself killed. I’m no genius but come on, world – let’s use our brains.

Speaking of Frogger, remember this video? When I first saw it, it reminded me of Frogger. The director of that video, Cyriak Harris, put together Eskmo‘s video for “We Got More”. The beat of the song coupled with the way the video is cut gives me a real “Sledgehammer” feel. Seems like he’s got reminding me of something classic down.

I really enjoy this video from Amsterdam’s Monokino. It looks like it was fun to film and has some pretty great costumes to boot. I particularly like the drum set and guitar guys. I’m also very curious about what’s in that ball/fruit/egg thing with the singer… and where are they all going, anyway?

Here’s a little New Year’s gift for the world from Rivers Cuomo. He covers the classic, “God Only Knows”, solo and homemade-video style. It’s pretty sweet. (That’s sweet in a touching way, not in a Dude Where’s My Car way.)

An old friend of mine once wrote a movie review for his zine. I think it was for Die Hard, and this was 1996-97 so the movie was already nearing its tenth anniversary at that point, which made it all the better. My friend enjoyed Die Hard, so after a brief write-up he rated it, “One thumb up from the Def Leppard drummer”. That is still my favourite movie review to date and I thought of it immediately when I read about this:

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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?

Better Get Hit In Yo’ Soul

The A.V. Club continues, and this week featured Superchunk covering “In Between Days“, which might be my all-time favourite Cure song. Superchunk has a new album coming out in September and is touring in support. They’ll be in town here in Vancouver on October 13. It’s their first album in nearly a decade, and they ARE Superchunk, so it’s kind of a big deal.

Chromeo + eyeballs = new video.

The new vid from Holy Ghost! is nothing to get excited about, but I do really enjoy this track. I feel like it should have some footage of 80’s cop-dramas cut together to go along with it, but that’s just me.

Robyn has been blowing up for a while now, however, like Journey before her, life on the road is lonely.

Dinner for Schmucks opens this weekend and has a pretty outstanding cast, including Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords. It looks like it could go either way and be a complete train wreck, or complete genius, but Jemaine is lookin’ good either way.

And as if that wasn’t good enough, here’s a nice way to end a Saturday post…

C Is The Heavenly Option

Did you hear the one about the Australian ninjas who kicked the 3 muggers’ asses?

Representing the  WTF category, this video is NSFW, but I can’t stop laughing!

Great Scott! We are one step closer to the comeback of the Delorean. Thank you, MIT.

Here’s one from Mystery Jets I missed in my internet absence. A fun vid for “Dreaming Of Another World” that features some sweet wardrobe and hair.

On the complete opposite end of the mood-spectrum, we have David Bazan knocking it out of the park with an acoustic cover of “Flirted With You All My Life” by Vic Chesnutt. Hauntingly sad, especially given the lyrical content and Vic’s recent passing on Christmas Day last year.

Despite the very British look of this vid, The Drums actually hail from, surprise, Brooklyn. I have to say, I am really enjoying these boys.

*note: This might be the best set of tags for a post EVER.

Help Me (She’s Out Of Her Mind)

Saratoga Springs, NY brings us Phantogram. They’re a 2-piece and this one makes me want to drive at night on a dark, but not scary, road.

Band of Horses released their latest album, Infinite Arms, a few weeks ago. The sound on this one is fuller, but it’s still BOH. They’ll be on the Twilight: Eclipse Soundtrack, which comes out on Tuesday.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Ducks are FUCKED. I don’t want to go into detail, but if you’re wondering why I’m making this face right now, having just read this is why.

To end on a much lighter note, have a look into a year in the life of a couple of Stormtroopers. They’re just like us! Kind of.

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Let’s do some math. Wes Anderson + stop motion + Roald Dahl + Owen Wilson + George Clooney + Meryl Streep + Bill Murray + Jason Schwartzman = Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Passion Pit was on Jimmy Fallon this past week. Of course, I can’t link to it since it’s on that dipshit Hulu,(lucky you, if you’re in the land of America,) but here’s their video for “To Kingdom Come”.

You’ve probably heard by now, but MCA from Beastie Boys has cancer. Hot Sauce Committee Part 1, which was supposed to be released on September 15th, is being pushed back and they’ve cancelled shows while he has surgery and starts treatment. He says it’s very treatable, but scary shit, man. Hear it direct.

8-bit Weezer of varying eras. I am glad to see Tugboat doing “El Scorcho”.

Yes, Bobby McFerrin did a song that was so catchy you hate it, (with a video starring Robin Williams and Bill Irwin). BUT, he’s a pretty cool and clever guy.

What do you get when you put together an 80’s compilation and a silent film? Well, this:

This lovely couple from Idaho had a Katamari Damacy wedding. Nerdy, but pretty darn cute.

The second Flight of the Conchords album, titled “I Told You I Was Freaky”, will be released on October 20th. That song about balls is going to be on it.

If Andrew W.K. was my local weatherman, I would actually watch the news. REGULARLY.

Strangely, I really love the Octopus Project, yet really don’t like actual octopuses. Either way, here’s their new vid for “Wet Gold”.

Eee! New Echo & the Bunnymen!

People who are knocked up or have gotten someone knocked up and don’t plan on fleeing like a pansy-ass, read up and learn a lesson or two from W.N. Kellogg. Do NOT raise an ape alongside your baby!

This would not work on trash cans in Hawai’i, since they say “Mahalo”, but at least there’s always Bachelor Party to help up cope! Mahalo for that!