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Ninjasonik recently released the party track, “Tight Pants, which hails hip hop kids in tight pants as champions daring to be different. They send a lyrical shout-out to Uniqlo, our favorite Japanese low-cost outfitter and a prominent supplier of the “tight pants movement.”
But the props don’t stop there–Ninjasonik then teamed up with a bunch of Brooklyn cool kids (like my long-lost pal Jake Septimus) to produce a music video almost entirely composed of clips from Uniqlock, Uniqlo’s awesomely weird widget/microsite, which features emotionless scenes of models dancing in formation.
And WAITAMINUTE: Are those little fuzzy characters an homage to Miyazaki’s soot sprites? If so, we love this spot even MORE.
The Office has launched a new 3-part web series featuring Subtle Sexuality, the girl band project of Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling) and Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper). The band’s debut track, as you learn in webisode 1, documents Kapoor’s feelings about colleague Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak): ““You know when you love a guy, but he’s giving you mixed signals, but you know he really likes you, and you’re sleeping together?”–and is (naturally) called “Male Prima Donna.”
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Normally, I scoff when a performer starts spouting bologna like, “What I really want to do is direct.”
But M.I.A. is special, y’know? She’s got vision, identity, real aesthetic. If lady wants to direct, the lady should direct! And she’s done that–the brash singer just unveiled her directorial debut, the music video for Rye Rye’s booty-shakin’, beat-tastic “Bang” (a track that also features M.I.A.’s vocal styling).
The spot is exactly as you might imagine: a glossed lo-fi homage to VHS, heavy with raw energy, physicality and retro neon spirit. It’s a throwback, to be sure, and not just one for the hipsters. Like the lady in the director’s chair, the vid couldn’t be more hot right now.
And so, we dance.
Jen found this Fujiya & Miyagi music video on Buzzfeed last week and I have been obsessed with it ever since. First of all, I love the dope lo-fi synth track, but I’m also enthralled with the animated dice. Maybe it’s because dice remind me of gambling, and gambling reminds me of my aunts, and my aunts remind me of egg rolls, and I love egg rolls. Egg rolls are so delicious.
Just a theory.
Who doesn’t love Natalie Portman? She’s got a face you could stare at for days and that cute mole on her right cheek. As annoying as it is, she even looks great with a shaved head. She’s both the person you want to make out with and the person you want to discuss 700-page novels with over a few bottles of red wine. You wanna hate her, but you just can’t.
That’s why I love this Devendra Banhart video of “Carmensita,” from his latest album Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. Bollywood send-up? Meh. Racial Drag? Yawn. Freak folk? Get me the fuck outta here. Natalie Portman?! Yippeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
What do you get when you set a real Craiglist personal ad to music?
Sweaty, rotund, ball-pinching genius:
Oh yeah, man… I’ll admit that I’m a big fan of drummer jokes. Don’t tell me you aren’t. A selection of my faves:
How many drummers does it take to change a light bulb?
Dude, aren’t there machines that do that now?
What do you call a drummer that just broke up with his girlfriend?
What do you call a guy that hangs out with musicians all day?
and of course…
What’s the last thing a drummer says in a band?
“Hey guys, why don’t we try one of my songs?
But okay guys. Let’s reel the yuks in. I also know to give drummers their due respeck, and not just friends (Hi, Ryland! Hey, Matt!) that might be reading this, or rockin’ dudes like Neil Peart or Jon Bonham or Dave Grohl or Andy Sturmer or Rick Allen (hi!).
Oh, and this guy from K-land, who–between his technique and tux–is basically now my favorite. Drummer. Ever.
Hasbro’s mission to kill the joy of Facebook Scrabulous is an outrasian. Jen and I firmly believe that we, perhaps more than anyone, stand for the movement to keep Facebook Scrabulous free. We’ve joined the online fight, and dare we even mention the weeks we’ve dedicated on the ground level–picketing on our respective street corners, wildposting around our urban landscape, pamphleteering, all of that stuff! We mean business!
We’re not the only ones. People across America are comin’ a-runnin’, all of us trying to light dry grass and begin a movement like wildfire…a movement to save the Agarwalla Brothers’ Scrabulous!
If we haven’t convinced you, let this lady tell you how flossy, flossy Scrabulous is. If you haven’t already, join the fight!
Sure, Senator Obama probably had nothing to do with the making of this super awesome-o video, but I sure do like him in it:
I know what he’s thinking: “God, I miss psychedelics.”
Me too, Barack. Me too.
The NY Times recently mentioned that retro concept-trio The Pipettes were launched in Japan because it seemed their cute polka-dot outfits and sugary harmonies would stick faster, and we’ll admit, we sniffed a little. Ka-Ching Chong, indeed!
But when we watched their video (above) for “Because It’s Not Love (But It’s Still A Feeling), which was partially funded by Panasonic to serve doubly as a commercial, we realized that The Pipettes are simply trying to, as Tim Gunn would say, make it work in a quickly imploding musical industry. It’s pretty Honorasian of them to hop on the techno-consumerism train to make their indie shtick work. And they’re so damn cute that we hope they become big everywhere else, too.
Check The Pipettes out officially here.
I don’t know about you, but when I think of Snow’s 1993 hit, “Informer,” I get all giddy and nostalgic inside. You can’t summon the energy? Would a photo help?
Okay, if you’re not feeling it like me, I can’t force you. But I can offer you an exciting new take on the oh-so-good-even-though-it-feels-so-wrong original:
THE BOLLYWOOD VERSION! Fabulous Arash turns the “Informer” tune into “Chori Chori” (Secretly).
Now mind you, the lyrics and the talent may be new and different, but if you just close your eyes and relax, I swear you’ll kinda believe it’s snowing. Just a little bit.
Occupation: Graphic Designer, Director, Artist
…his artwork that has graced magazine covers/furniture/posters/clothing (his CalArts thesis project Chinatown won a distinctive merit award from I-D Magazine and pieces from his professional career are included in the SFMOMA permanent collection), his skateboard company Solitary Arts, his design studio Champion Graphics, and his extensive motion graphics/directorial work in commercial and music video.
Half-Chinese McFetridge’s latest lauded project, the music video for Whitest Boy Alive’s “Golden Cage,” just won Best Music Video at this month’s Swerve Festival and continues to receive critical acclaim. The entire thing is a masterpiece of his hand-drawn work, and totally rocks our socks off. Check it out!
Full bio here.