Thursday, October 13, 2016

Trebek's On Fire!

I'll take "Insulting A Contestant" for $500, Alex!

Perhaps Alex Trebek has been hosting Jeopardy! for too long...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Video Of The Week: High Dive Heart

Nashville pop act/couple High Dive Heart (comprised of singers/songwriters Nelly Joy and Jason Reeves) is creeping up the pop culture highway, starting independently but climbing a ladder that led them to producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban).

They're still about having a ton of fun, as can be attested by the video for Dirty $$$, directed by  Patrick Tracy, which pokes fun at rap videos, the American political system, corruption, and the current election with humour:

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pen Apple Pineapple Pen

In my last days of subscribing to cable, I used to watch hockey, Comedy Network (The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Nightly Show, @Midnight) and the toddlers' channel, whatever it's called, where it's basically just sounds and colours 24 hours a day. Way too much of that channel, probably, particularly for someone who doesn't smoke weed.

It seemed like something that wasn't saying anything wasn't as stupid as whatever else was on TV.

This would probably not have been out of place on that network:

Monday, September 5, 2016

Photo Of The Day

The G-20 Summit is going on, where Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin no longer seem like allies, regarding the Syrian conflict or anything else, for that matter...
The tall one doesn't seem to pleased, whereas the smaller one - well, I wouldn't drink the water, is all.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Video Of The Week: Banks

With her second full-length album due out in just over a month, Banks (or Jillian Rose Banks, as her birth certificate calls her) seems to have set her sights on a dancier version of dark pop (where Lana Del Rey is more orchestral) - or at least that's what I gather from her latest video, directed by Philippa Price, for the song Gemini Feed:

There's something in the song's sound that I find lacking, but I can't put my finger on it exactly. Perhaps it's the drum programming, or the lack of actual string instruments, but there's a void in the sound that is reminiscent of that of 1980s pop to my ears, the type that makes me nauseous usually - but not in this case, not quite.

I do really like the directing and photography, though; the colours are clear and crisp, the wardrobe design is really nice and makes up for the simplistic set design (and probable lack of budget). And, yes, I did say I liked the clothes she wears in the video, despite not being a fashion enthusiast - at all.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Video Of The Week: Blonde Redhead

New York City indie rock group Blonde Redhead actually has ties to a bunch of cities; singer and multi-instrumentalist Kazu Makino was born in Kyoto, Japan, while twin brothers Simone (drums) and Amedeo Pace (lead guitar/vocals) were born in Italy, raised in Montréal, moved to Boston as adults and studied in NYC, where they met Makino.

They formed the band in 1993 and released their self-titled debut in 1995, but people like me only started knowing of them in 1997 (Fake Can Be Just As Good). My favourite record of theirs is 2004's Misery Is a Butterfly.

Today, I chose to feature the title track from their 2007 record, 23, the first the band self-produced, though sound engineer extraordinaire Mitchell Froom participated in the recording of two songs. The video was directed by Melodie McDaniel, a photographer-turned-director whose past work includes Tori Amos' God, Madonna's Secret, Annie Lennox' Momma, Patti Smith's Don't Smoke In Bed, Porno For Pyros' Cursed Female and Charlotte Gainsbourg's Another Magazine:

Friday, July 29, 2016

Video Of The Week: The Strumbellas

The closest thing to a "song of the year" that I hear everywhere (unlike, say, anything by the Eagles Of Death Metal that mostly plays in my headphones) is probably The Strumbellas' Spirits.

One part Arcade Fire, one part Fun., one part Of Monsters And Men and one part The Lumineers, the Canadian band (hailing from the suburbs of Toronto) made waves with that one song, and the video for it, directed by the Juno-nominated Daniel AM Rosenberg, does nothing to squash comparisons with Arcade Fire, what with the disguises and the roaring chorus leading to masses of people getting together and chanting in the streets:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Video Of The Week: Pixies

Since Paz Lenchantin has announced she is now the Pixies' full-time bassist and violinist, what better time to feature Another Toe In the Ocean from 2013's EP1 and 2014's Indie Cindy compilation of all three of the band's recent EPs:

The animated video was written, directed and animated by Liviu Boar, with an entire team of artisans helping out: Barbu Harsan (art direction, post-production, compositing, animation), Cami Cuibus (line art, color), Vlad Botos (background art), Atilla Nagy (background art, 3D modeling and animation), Vlad Harsan (3D modeling), Hunor Illyes (background art), Melinda Raduly (background art), Andrei Zaitiu (post-production, compositing, animation), and Laszlo Demeter (post-production, animation).

I'm curious to hear what the new record will sound like, after the last few releases were good yet underwhelming.