Posts Tagged ‘video’

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Watch: City Sonic

June 22, 2009

The City Sonic video project is a series of short films that focus on the relationship between a band and a venue. They premiered a half-dozen or so of the films at NXNE last week, and there’s several up on YouTube. One is an interview with Barenaked Ladies drummer Tyler Stewart about the now-defunct Ultrasound on Queen Street W and their residency there.* And z=z fave director Bruce McDonald did one on punk band Cancer Bats at the Adrift Clubhouse. Check their YouTube channel for more videos.

If you happen to be an aspiring filmmaker (or know one), I would love, love, love to see something like this for all the great bands and venues in Boston or Seattle.

MP3: Barenaked Ladies – The Flag [buy]

*Outing myself as a total dork: When I was a young, geeky, music-loving engineering student (as opposed an old, geeky, music-loving prof), I saw BNL many times at the Ultrasound, frequently bringing my calculus problem sets with me to work on before or between sets. Incidentally, if you think of them as just a novelty band, check out this early and emotionally powerful track.

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Videos: Jeffrey Lewis and the News

June 11, 2009

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Musician and illustrator Jeffrey Lewis, who did the great cartoon, “My 2008 in a Nutshell,”  has a new video project, Jeffrey Lewis and the News (if you are under 25, the allusion is to this). The first segment of each video is a short, illustrated recap of the news, and the second is a musical performance with Jeffrey Lewis and musical guests. Of the three episodes up so far, my favourite is the  second episode, which features what I can only describe as an acoustic mashup of “Louie, Louie” and Pavement’s “Cut Your Hair.” You can check out all the videos so far, and subscribe to them as a podcast, here.

MP3: Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard – Whistle Past the Graveyard [buy]

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Watch: Passion Pit, “Sleepyhead”

May 6, 2009

I have a deep weakness for stop-motion animation, and this unofficial video for Cambridge, MA’s Passion Pit far surpasses the original.

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New Depeche Mode video, but not song

February 28, 2009

The dark and disturbing video for Depeche Mode‘s new single, “Wrong,” for the album Sounds of the Universe, scheduled for release on April 21 in North America. I’m not much of a video person, but this one grabbed me through to the end and then I watched it again – it hits the right balance between narrative and obliquity.

Depeche Mode’s label, EMI, seems to be aggressively policing people posting the MP3—Hype Machine leads you to a trail of dead links and deleted Blogger posts—so I decided against joining their ranks. You can purchase the single at iTunes.

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$99 Music Videos

February 25, 2009

$99 Music Videos hopes to occupy the space between fan-created videos and traditional music videos. The brainchild of Next New Networks, the rules are simple: the video has to be made for less than $99, it has to be shot in one day, it has to be edited in one day and—this is where it’s really differentiated from fan videos—it has to be made with the collaboration of the band. The idea is to bring together emerging bands with enthusiastic filmmakers: the band gets a video, the filmmaker gets exposure, and Next New Networks gets its cut via the (occasionally intrusive) advertising. Every video has a companion making-of video, in which the creators get to document how they worked within the constraints (here’s the one for La Strada’s “The Sun Song” video, above); for someone who’s interested in how things tick, they might be more interesting than the videos themselves.

Want to make your own? Go find a band you like, or a fan who’s up for shooting a video, get five twenties out of an ATM, and submit your own video here.

Wired has a longer interview with the site creators here.

MP3: La Strada – The Sun Song

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Video interview: Freezepop

December 12, 2008


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Speaking of Freezepop, the above is a short interview they did for WePC.com (it’s an Asus/Intel vaguely astroturf-y ‘community-building’ site). The video is pretty much worth watching just for the Duke’s barely-restrained sarcastic understatement as he explains the relationship between the band and music videogames and what being a musician was like in the bad old days.

For a different facet of Freezepop, check out this webcomic.

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Video: Kermit the Frog, “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”

December 4, 2008

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This one’s for Scott. Make sure you watch through the end for a surprise.

EDIT: YouTube pulled the video at EMI’s request; you can see the video here. Thanks to Scott for pointing this out in the comments.

[via Brooklyn Vegan]