Television

All Is Full of Love

Bon Iver is, quite simply, lovely. I think Iceland is a beautiful place and would love to go there someday, so when I saw Bon Iver’s video for “Holocene” all Icelanded up, it was an awesome overload for me. Talk about gorgeous.

 

Matt & Kim sure have been busy! They’ve been touring, playing on Jimmy Fallon, and collaborating with Soulja Boy and  top party guy extraordinaire, Andrew W.K.. The vid for their Converse collab is a zombie dance party in the morgue and looks, as usual, like it was a ton of fun to shoot. It’s a great track and vid, and I bet it was an awesome excuse for Matt & Kim to have a chance to party serious with Andrew W.K..

 

The first track from the latest Red Hot Chili Peppers album was released about a month ago and now it has a video. The boys continue to look good and have a grand ol’ time on the roof à la the Beatles and U2. Love that Anthony Kiedis is sporting an OFF! hat! The new album hits in just over a week on the 29th.

 

The new album from the Rapture, In the Grace of Your Love, comes out on September 5th, and unlike the apocalyptic version, this Rapture will actually deliver. But if you’re all antsy in your pantsy you can listen to it, in full, below.

 

A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to see the Decemberists on their Hazards of Love tour. It still stands as one of the best shows I have seen and they are actually in town again tomorrow night. While I am not fortunate enough to be seeing them this time around, they did release their latest video which completely made my day. Not only is it a new video from the Decemberists, but it is also based on Infinite Jest. It is fantastic and also directed by Michael Schur, who is partially responsible for a television show called Parks and Recreation. You should watch both the video and the show. NPR’s got you covered for the video portion, the rest is up to you.

I am one of the many fans still anxiously awaiting the Arrested Development movie. Not the movie about Mr. Wendal in Tennessee that owes you a watermelon, but the movie about the Bluth family. It seems like every year the rumour gets revived and rekindles my hope. It’s movie blue balls, is what it is. But I know I’m not the only one going through it, though I’m not sure that makes me feel any better.

This somehow helps though! Some lovely fellow named Matt De Lanoy recreated the Bluth universe in Lego for Brickworld this year. (He also previously did New New York from Futurama, which you can see here.) Needless to say, this guy pretty much rules.

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It may be the upcoming the Muppets, (November 23rd; very excited,) but there has been a noticeable increase in Muppet-related videos on the interwebs lately. Here is the latest – Cookie Monster doing Tom Waits’s “God’s Away On Business”.

Okay so the thing is, I friggin’ love the Muppets. As previously mentioned, they really hold a special place in my heart and I am SO excited about this new movie. It feels like the old Muppets again. I mean, it’s the old crew getting back together again, but you know what I mean. The movies have not been the same for a long time now and upon watching the trailer, I got kind of emotional. It just feels… right. I just cannot wait for this!

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Laura’s Australian Dance Party

Beasties as Muppets in the last post, and now Beasties as action figures in this one. The Boys have reunited with Spike Jonze for the 6th(?) time for yet another fun vid. Spike’s real name is Adam, which make their collaborations 75% Adam. Do you think they all pick on on Mike D? “Mike? What kind of stupid name is MIKE?”

Did you enjoy that? Did you say to yourself, “Man, if I had some of those Beastie Boys action figures, I would steal my sister’s Barbie Beach Cruiser and have them act out a buddy flick!”¹ If you had that thought and have $750 on hand, you can own your very own set! Yes, you read that right. Seven-hundred fifty dollars. But before you soil your last pair of clean undies², all proceeds are going to three charities who work with kids who have cancer. Plus they come with a lot of stuff like different outfits, decals and hands. Hands, man. And, as the site states, “these are some real limited edition, explicit, bottle service/ v.i.p. type items“. I have to say, they look pretty awesome. Or dope? Do people still say that?

MTV just turned 30 over the weekend and it’s like the child actor of TV stations. It started out fun and cute and a bit kooky. It did its thing and we loved it. Then once it hit its teens, that’s when the trouble started. It decided to start dabbling in shows that had nothing to do with music – shows of people’s actual lives. And since then it’s all been downhill. MTV needs to be on Intervention, it’s now a crack whore – missing teeth and scabby. I would be one of those weeping loved-ones, reading my letter to MTV and telling it how much I miss the times we had and how I don’t even know it anymore, begging for it to get into treatment and be the channel I loved all those years ago. Remember the day you were born, MTV?

There is a reason for this little rant. Lately I have been finding that a lot of videos have been premiering exclusively on MTV.com. I have a couple of issues with this. One – it’s region restricted, so I can never watch the goddamn vids. (Hulu, I’m glaring in your direction too and YouTube, you’re headed down this slippery slope as well.) Two – why give an “exclusive premiere” to a station that barely plays music, despite having “music” in their name? Do people ever watch MTV for videos anymore? How do you find them?

Anyway, the cameo-heavy video for Best Coast‘s “Our Deal” is one of those “exclusive” videos I was referring to. The only place I could find it that didn’t link to the MTV video, constantly deny me, was a site in Chinese, so sorry about that. It’s pretty much Romeo & Juliet with better makeup, hair products and leather jackets. Maeby from Arrested Development is in it, as well as Donald Glover. I only know the actress playing the lead because she played Jack Donaghy’s young nemesis on 30 Rock. Anyway, thank you, China! And as for you, MTV, I hope that one day we can be friends again but I can’t watch you as long as you continue being a whore.
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¹ I refuse to use that term that rhymes with “fromance”.
² I know; I was too late. My apologies. If you don’t have time to do some laundry before work, just wear a bathing suit under your clothes. I won’t judge you. I promise.

Slow Jam ’98

Last week, I re-watched the Kermit vs. Kermit version of “Under Pressure”. That video is so brilliant, I just love it. I mean, Queen, Bowie, and Kermit? What’s not to love? “Under Pressure” is one of those songs that has been one of my all-time favourites without me even realizing it.

Then later in the week I see this Sesame Street mashup of “Sure Shot”. Oscar as MCA, Grover as Ad-Rock, and Cookie Monster as Mike D is pretty great, but it doesn’t beat the Kermits for me. Still good stuff though.

I often wonder if Matt & Kim ever get upset. They’re always smiling and seem like they’re just having so much FUN all the time. It’s pretty infectious, which was apparent when they played Fallon this week. The Roots definitely caught it!

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Kindest Lines is relatively new on my radar, but I am enjoying what I have heard so far. They are out of New Orleans, which seems to have quite a music scene brewing lately, and are dark but dancey. Check out their debut album, Covered In Dust, which has been out for just over a month or so now, and they will soon be touring with Xiu Xiu, so check them out if they turn up in your ‘hood.

Not new on anyone’s radar is LCD Soundsystem, and some fine individual has remade their video for “All My Friends” in Lego. It is pretty great. You can compare it to the original here if you like to do that sort of thing.

It seems as if documentaries on bands are popping up more and more often lately. Beats Rhymes & Life, the doc on A Tribe Called Quest, was directed by Michael Rapaport which seemed like an odd pairing. That one is in limited release around the US, but sadly, I don’t think it has made it north of the border just yet. I would love to see this one and have actually considered road tripping to go see it, but I’m sure the internet will eventually throw me a bone.

In a more logical pairing, there is the Pearl Jam doc from Cameron Crowe that will be premiering at TIFF this year. I was a big-time Pearl Jam fan back in the day. They were the band I most connected with in high school. A friend of mine worked at a surf shop and got to deliver a custom board to Eddie once and they became surfing buddies. Obviously, I thought my friend was the coolest ever.

Watching the trailer brought back a lot of memories. You have to admit, Pearl Jam is pretty amazing. There aren’t many bands of that era that have survived this long that are still making music together; I have a lot of respect for them as a result. Looking forward to checking this one out too.

You wouldn’t think the White House would be up on internet memes, but I guess if that meme involves Rick Astley, they might be. You also wouldn’t think the White House would Rickroll someone via twitter, but that totally happened last week. Good one, sir!

La Danza Rossini

The footage of the damage from the earthquake in Japan is heartbreaking, but if any country can pull it together and rebuild, it’s Japan. I have no doubt they will be back and better than ever sooner than anyone expects. So to showcase the kooky awesomeness that is Japan, I present you with a seriously awesome video from World Order. They are a seven-man group made up of male dancers, including former UFC fighter Genki Sudo. The guy is a modern-day renaissance man. Not only was he an MMA fighter, but he is also an actor, director, artist, writer, choreographer and musician. Way to make me feel lazy, buddy! The sheer precision of these guys in this video puts just about any dance troupe I have seen to shame. Not that I have seen many dance troupes, but just watch and you’ll see what I mean.

 

Speaking of awesome, ANR, (formerly Awesome New Replublic,) made a short slasher film and have used footage from it for this “Big Problem” video. I don’t know why movies don’t feature slasher music with that creepy synth anymore.

Fleet Foxes are playing two shows in Vancouver at the end of this month and they sold out with a quickness. No surprise though since all the tracks I’ve heard so far from their upcoming album, “Helplessness Blues”, are sounding damn good. It doesn’t come out until May 3rd, but I’m pretty stoked to hear it. In the meantime, here is a video for “Grown Ocean” from that much anticipated album.

No one seems to know very much about WU LYF. Their name is an acronym for World Unite/Lucifer Youth Foundation. They are mysterious. They seem like a bit of a cult. They are from Manchester. They put out some pretty great tunes. That’s about it.

In case you missed it, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots did the impossible last night – they made that godawful Rebecca Black song tolerable. They also raised $26,000 for charity DonorsChoose, which is a nice bonus.

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Breeze

My brief review of the Golden Globes.

  • Comedians are way funnier if they don’t laugh at their own jokes. It makes me hate Leno (more), and it makes me dislike Ricky Gervais.
  • There are a lot of women who need to practice walking in a full-length gown without flashing their Spanx.
  • Jenny Lewis and Jake Gyllenhaal – back together? Just old “friends”? Either way, I am liking him less and less with his lady choices. When it comes to Jenny Lewis, I have to split her into two entities – Jenny Lewis the singer (97.5% awesome), and Jenny Lewis the frequent hipster arm-candy (ugh). She has amassed quite a track record, which some might find impressive, however it just makes me roll my eyes.
  • Johnny Depp’s head appears to be a completely different colour than the rest of him. Careful there, Johnny – you’re leaning more Oompa Loompa than Wonka. But then again, you weren’t the only one.
  • The cut-aways to various celebs were really unfortunate. I don’t care to see Angelina Jolie ever, nevermind applying her lip gloss. People were making odd faces, they cut to people shuffling between seats in the overcrowded room… it made it seem very un-Hollywood, which is not what you want to see when you are watching a Hollywood awards show.

Okay, so that wasn’t so short. I wasn’t very impressed with ze Globes. It seemed kind of bush league as far as awards shows go.

Onward then. I have generally liked couple bands. Mates of State, Matt & Kim, ABBA, despite the earlier reference, the Postal Service… So here comes another – Rainbow Arabia. They hail from Los Angeles and here’s a sample from their upcoming release, “Boys and Diamonds”. Sounds quite promising!

Sweet Adeline

I love Jónsi. I think he is absolutely brilliant. Imagine my shock as I was sitting on my couch over the holidays and saw a Ford commercial pumping “Go Do” as a bed. My first thought was, “Oh here’s another commercial where they blatantly ripped off a song because the artist had too much integrity and declined their buckets of money.” But then as the commercial went on, it wasn’t a blatant rip-off; it was the real thing. Then as it came to a close, the words flashed across the screen – Go. Do. What?! It’s not only the song in the commercial, but it’s the tagline??? And of all companies, Ford? Everyone has to get the bills paid and all, but this was highly unexpected. I’m still kind of dumbfounded over the whole thing. Jónsi makes me think of beautiful things and art, not American-made SUVs.

Sometimes it’s hard to have faith in humanity. *cough*SarahPalin*cough* We all encounter jerks and complete idiots on a daily basis, but hopefully we are lucky enough to surround ourselves with some really awesome people to help balance it out. Every once in a while I hear or read about something that really refills my faith-in-humanity tank, and today it was a a story about Southwest airlines. If you don’t feel like clicking through and reading the full story, essentially the Southwest pilot held his flight for one passenger. The man was was on his way to be with his daughter as they took his 3 year-old grandson, (who was murdered by his daughter’s boyfriend,) off of life support. It’s a pretty amazing story considering the state of travel these days. The TSA wouldn’t help this poor guy – they were too busy being heartless groping/porno-scanning robots to care. But this one pilot got it. He knew how important it was for the man to get where he was going and did what he could to make sure he got there. Pretty awesome, pilot guy.

That story made me remember another airline-related, heartwarming tale I read about over the holidays.

Wasn’t that nice? Are your cockles warmed? So there you go – awesome happens, sometimes where you least expect it.

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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…