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Archive for November, 2009

Mexican Art

To celebrate the death of November, here’s some skeletons, calaveras, and other colorful and wacky Mexican art.

Cinematic Music Videos

Ali and I watched a lot of music videos this holiday, and I noticed a trend among many of them. Let’s hope it continues.

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Yeasayer: Ambling Alp – It has to start here. I can’t get this fucking song out of my head. And the video is even better. I’m amazed by the budget and quality of this video from an indie band, but I’m grateful for it. I see this as heralding a new wave in independent music videos. And I wouldn’t be surprised if this song broke Yeasayer to a somewhat more mainstream audience. Ali made an interested observation about the song when she told me she thinks the band members must be heavy metal fans. I think you can hear a lot of those undertones in the drums and vocals of this song (I thought it had a slightly Muse-esque quality to it as well) and I think it makes even more sense when you see the video. This song/video also made me think of Klaxons (where’s that sophomore album?!) but with a bigger budget.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg + Beck: Heaven Can Wait – Here’s another video that a million other blogs have posted about in the past few days. But now I’m doing it so you can finally watch it. This video looks like it was directed by Wes Anderson, or is using clips from some unreleased film of his. Every shot is an entirely different scene and my mind boggles with the time it must have taken to set up each shot. This video is better than most movies I’ve seen this year.

Robot Koch: Hard To Find – The cinematic quality of this video is a little more literal and obvious. And amazing. If you haven’t already taken your vegetables, now would be the time.

Eleven and the Falcons: All The Clocks Around The Town Had Died

Yesterday, my band (Eleven and the Falcons) released their sophomore EP on KillerPOP Records. It’s called All The Clocks Around The Town Had Died and it’s a four-song covers album. It ranges from smoky and somber to an epic a capella and the best part about it: it’s fuckin’ FREE! Just click right here and you can download it (plus our debut EP, Psychic Toothpaste/Ocean Ghost 7″). Consider it our Thanksgiving gift (you give gifts on Thanksgiving, right?) to all of you. Track list and original versions after the jump.
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Addey Road

Happy Turk Day. Here’s a tasty ad for The Beatles’s All Together Now I spotted the other day in the Flat Iron District.

TV On The Radio: Me-I

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Oldiebuddagoodie: An amazing video by Mixtape Club and Daniel Garcia for an amazing song by TV On The Radio from the Adult Swim compilation, Warm & Scratchy. I’ve always loved this song for the way it exemplifies the best of TVOTR and their experimental origins and love for Daniel Johnston.

Mixtape Club

Lovin’ all of Mixtape Club’s videos. Check out their Vimeo page for more visual treats including Yeasayer, My Morning Jacket, and Passion Pit music videos.

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Rainbow Tattoos

I love rainbows and I love tattoos. And since I haven’t gotten my rainbow tattoo(s) yet, I figured I’d share some other rainbowphiles ink with you. Unfortunately, there’s an unspoken rule that all rainbow tattoos have to be extremely gay. Who knew? So here’s some of the funniest tattoos I could find that feature rainbows.

And the pièce de résistance:

Now some folks on some websites will claim that these are bad tattoos, and that the people who got them must have a lifetime of regrets. I know. It’s ridiculous. These people are heroes, they’re artists, they’re examples of what we can all achieve if we only try.

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