09.12.08 by Jeff

Sia / Soon We’ll Be Found

After seeing Sia’s Letterman performance of Soon We’ll Be Found I had to find out more about her. The Australian pop singer released an album earlier this year and I believe Beck is featured on it. This is the quirky official video, directed by Claire Carré.

Watch the Letterman performance after the jump!

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08.12.08 by Jeff

Victor Borge

I was flipping through the channels yesterday and I ended up watching a fascinating documentary about Danish pianist (and comedian) Victor Borge. I realised that I had seen many of his routines on television over the years, but it really hit me yesterday just how insanely talented he was.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvUbrbFdJ8g[/youtube]

This is footage of Victor Borge and violinist Anton Kontra improvising during a spontaneous encore. The music suggested for the encore is a selection that Borge had heard but never played before. Incredible! They are like two jazz musicians conversing with their instruments.

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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. 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 Picture The Roots, but Black Thought has been replaced by an ITF world champion DJ.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.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asBNH6SgARM[/youtube]

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.

The band is on myspace as well:

http://www.myspace.com/jemapur

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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