04.12.08 by Jeff

Special Problems

More creative work outta Auckland, New Zealand – this time from a creative studio known as Special Problems. They created this great little video for Tame Impala’s song, Half Full Glass of Wine.

booooooom tame impala special problems music video

View the video here (quicktime). Gave me lots of great ideas for shooting a video on a budget. More fantastic stills below (and yes they are all from the same video)!

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28.11.08 by Jeff

Yellow Bird Project

Casey sent me an email to let me know about her great little non-profit initiative, Yellow Bird Project. The project is a collaboration with musicians to raise money for various charities. Bands are asked to contribute original artwork which are turned into t-shirts as a way of raising money for their charity of choice.

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15.11.08 by Jeff

Keys n Krates

Some music for your weekend! Keys N Krates, if you don’t already know you better get familiar! Picture The Roots, but Black Thought has been replaced by an ITF world champion DJ. Here they are absolutely killing Toronto earlier this year.

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Jr Flo (the krates) and Matisse (the keys) are rockin parties the way they were meant to be rocked! Remixes with live drums, bass, and keys! It doesn’t get any better than this. They blew several thousand minds at the Livestock BBQ here in Vancouver in September.

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24.10.08 by Jeff

Daito Manabe

Daito Manabe is onto something genius here – this is crazy! The muscles in Daito’s face move in sync to music via some sort of device that sends out an electric pulse. I could see a music video treatment where the entire thing is a close up of a face, kinda like that Bjork video for Hidden Place.

Now Daito just needs to design me a jumpsuit so I can fullfill my dream of winning So You Think You Can Dance. Another video of Daito after the jump!

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22.10.08 by Jeff

Jemapur – Maledict Car

Japan’s Jemapur have a fantastic video for their song Maledict Car, directed by Kosai Sekine. To say this music video is a stunning exploitation of the kaleidoscope effect would be an understatement.

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30.09.08 by Jeff

Omodaka – Kyoteizinc

New video for Omodaka’s Kyoteizinc is incredible! Directed by Hiroshi Kizu and featuring the beautiful dancing of Masako Yasumoto. Serious props to Mr. Kizu, although this proves to me once again: The editor > The director.

I see some similarities between what’s happening in Asia and what’s happening in France. Glitchy-pop techno and this editing style seem to be the craze right now! Like the new windrunner ad by Nike, so obviously influenced by Justice et al. (video after the jump)
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26.09.08 by Jeff

Radiohead – Reckoner Diplo Remix

Diplo remixed Reckoner, you can too. After the smashing success of all the fan remixes of Nude, Radiohead has made all the instrumental elements of Reckoner available for download. To kick things off Radiohead got Diplo (genius behind M.I.A’s album, Arular) to officially remix the track.

If you’ve been to Radiohead Remix then you already know the drill – make a remix, upload, vote. Listen to Diplo’s handiwork here: Reckoner (DIPLO remix)

25.09.08 by Jeff

Paul’s Boutique Demos!

“People ask me when my tape is comin’ out yall well here it is yall and its clout!” I was gonna continue the Beastie Boys Live series and then I decided to switch things up this week and share some demo songs with you! Specifically demos from Paul’s Boutique! 12 tracks including Full Clout which is an early version of Shake Your Rump.

This album is widely regarded as Beastie Boys best work to date, and one of the greatest albums of all time. I agree with half of that statement. It is one of the greatest albums of all time, but I don’t feel like it can be considered their best work. They are simply rapping over other people’s work (in this case brilliant production from the Dust Brothers) so in that sense it’s no different than License to Ill. To me, their next three albums (Check Your Head, Ill Communication, and Hello Nasty) have to be their best work as they most accurately describe their talent as actual musicians. I personally like Ill Communication the best, feel free to disagree (just know that you are wrong).

Let’s just get to the music shall we? You probably skipped that entire paragraph anyways…

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