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Camera Obscura & DJ Victoria Bergsman, at the Bell House

Victoria Bergsman
Victoria Bergsman, DJing at The Bell House in Brooklyn.

Ned­ward: Vic­to­ria Bergs­man (for­mer­ly of The Con­cretes) is DJing at The Bell House, much to my delight. Wait­ing for Cam­era Obscura!

As big a fan of Cam­era Obscu­ra as I am, the more inter­est­ing bit Tues­day night was a spe­cial guest DJ, Vic­to­ria Bergs­man. A lot of peo­ple know her voice as the female coun­ter­point in Young Folks, the Peter Bjorn and John sing-along hit from a cou­ple of years ago. But she was also the singer in one of my favorite bands, The Con­cretes. (Cam­era Obscu­ra fans should check out their epony­mous debut album.) She has since left the band, and formed a solo project under the name Tak­en By Trees, (also a great debut).

Any­how, I might have been the only per­son in the crowd that had any idea who she was – or cared – so Lisa encour­aged me to say hel­lo. But, I’m just not one of those peo­ple who walks up to a famous per­son, and just gush­es in their face. Call it shy­ness, call it fear of dis­ap­point­ment… the bot­tom line is that I chick­ened out.

To make mat­ters worse, Lisa went over to the DJ booth with­out me, and told Ms. Bergs­man that “her friend was a big fan,” but that he “didn’t want to both­er her.” Nice. So now I’m shy, and embarrassed. 

I don’t real­ly regret it that much, but I would’ve liked to show off some dance moves from The Con­cretes’ On The Radio video. I’d like to think that she would’ve laughed.

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Gondry’s Flight of the Conchords

The first four episodes of sea­son two of Flight of the Con­chords were unin­spired and for­get­table, but that all changed with episode five. Direct­ed by Michel Gondry, the Con­chords return to the top with two great songs – the Sausage­fest anthem Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor, and an ode to Jemaine’s ex-girl­friends titled Car­ol Brown.

I’m just catch­ing up on this sea­son now, but episode six has Kris­ten Wiig from SNL… omgz!

When I Grow Up” Video by Fever Ray

When I Grow Up video from Karin Dreijer Andersson’s solo project, Fever Ray.
Karin Dreijer Andersson
Publicity shot of Karin Dreijer Andersson.

Karin Drei­jer Ander­s­son has a solo album out now, under the name Fever Ray. She is one-half of the sib­ling pair that is The Knife, and the solo album is very much a con­tin­u­a­tion of their moody work on Silent Shout.

This is the sec­ond Fever Ray video, and it’s a nice com­pli­ment to the gothy/creepy visu­als in the first video, If I Had a Heart, which was direct­ed by fre­quent Knife col­lab­o­ra­tor Andreas Nils­son. (See the video for Silent Shout, and his visu­als for their last tour.)

And no, that’s not Karin in the video – she hasn’t appeared reg­u­lar­ly in her videos since her days in the Swedish indie band Hon­ey is Cool, in the 90s. (A few notable excep­tions include You Take My Breath Away, a chip­per duet with for­mer First Floor Pow­er front-woman Jen­ny Wil­son, and her guest vocals on Röyksopp’s club hit What Else is There? No, she’s not the float­ing chick, but the one sit­ting at the table, mid-way through.)

Speak­ing of that Röyk­sopp song, this video is direct­ed by the same direc­tor, Mar­tin de Thu­rah, a Dan­ish film­mak­er that seems to have a thing for effects and screw­ing around with the laws of physics – beau­ti­ful work.

I warmed to the album almost instant­ly, but see­ing the songs come to life in these videos, they’ve start­ed to take on a cin­e­mat­ic qual­i­ty inside my head. Like all of Karin’s work, some peo­ple might be turned off by her singing style or be too quick to dis­miss her as Björk-lite. I like this album, and I like it more and more after each listen.

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Inter­view mag­a­zine inter­view with Karin »

The Weekender

This is a pret­ty good par­o­dy of the New York Times Week­ender com­mer­cials, that play on basic cable sta­tions through­out the Tri-State area and New Eng­land. Appear­ances by Paul Rudd, Eugene Mir­man, and The State/Stel­la alum­ni Michael Ian Black, Michael Showal­ter and David Wain. It makes me want to go see some com­e­dy at 92YTribeca.

Also, I must find some­thing besides the Times to blog about.

[via NYMag]

Icon-maker Shepard Fairey — Person of the Year 2008 — TIME

TIME Person of The Year 2008 Cover
Shepard Fairey’s cover for TIME.

Time.com has a nice video inter­view with Shep­ard Fairey, design­er of the HOPE and PROGRESS posters of Barack Oba­ma that were near­ly ubiq­ui­tous dur­ing the ’08 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. Time Mag­a­zine named the Pres­i­dent-Elect Per­son of the Year 2008, so it seemed only nat­ur­al to hire Fairey to do the cover.

In the video, he shows the process used to cre­ate the piece – tech­niques learned from his days as a screen printer.

Via Sean

Bruce McCall on Letterman

I TiVo most of the late-night talk shows each night, in the hopes that some band or author that I love is fea­tured – some­how, that’s eas­i­er than pre­emp­tive­ly scan­ning TV Guide. But, I was gen­uine­ly sur­prised and thrilled to see the illus­tra­tor and writer Bruce McCall as a guest on David Letterman’s show, the oth­er night.

I’m far too young to know his work from the Nation­al Lam­poon, but McCall’s New York­er cov­ers are ingrained in my memory:

Bruce McCall New Yorker Covers

Some of Bruce McCall’s New Yorker covers, from 1995–2008.

Letterman’s show might not have the cul­tur­al rel­e­vance that it once did, but you get the sense by watch­ing the seg­ment that he’d rather be sit­ting there talk­ing to McCall, than Mary-Kate or that chick from Twi­light. It’s just one of the many things that make Dave tick, and why I have a TiVo sea­son pass for the Late Show.

In the clip below, Let­ter­man and McCall look at and dis­cuss some of the work in McCall’s new children’s book, Mar­vel­town.

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MSM Ahead of Curve on V.P. Debate

Did you know that NYTimes.com streamed live video of last night’s debate, right on the top of its home page? There was a full-screen option, too. Pret­ty cool stuff – even Gawk­er was impressed.

Also, check out our V.P. Debati­na­tor – a mashup of video, tran­script, and time­line from the debate.

Sacha Baron Cohen Crashes the Catwalk at Milan Fashion Week

Ali G and Borat might have been put to rest, but come­di­an Sacha Baron Cohen seems to now be work­ing on a Brüno movie, based on his gay Aus­tri­an mod­el character. 

Ear­li­er today, he caused a ruckus when he crashed the cat­walk at Milan Fash­ion Week, dressed in a ridicu­lous­ly fun­ny cos­tume. The pho­tos and video look hilarious.

Waffle House Wedding

Some tru­ly excel­lent jour­nal­ism, from The Gwin­nett Dai­ly Post: Waf­fle House Wed­ding. I love that you can order any of the photos.

Font Conference

What if fonts were peo­ple? A fun­ny video from the gang at CollegeHumor.com.

Bye Bye, Soupy

It’s tough being a small-mar­ket sports fan, espe­cial­ly when the sport in ques­tion is hock­ey. For all the talk of par­i­ty in the NHL, it’s clear that there are two class­es of teams – those will­ing to spend mon­ey to acquire and retain top tal­ent, and the Buf­fa­lo Sabres.

The Sabres suf­fered los­ing their two top cen­ter­men to free agency last off-sea­son, after post­ing the best record in the NHL and their sec­ond East­ern Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onship loss in a row. One can argue about front office mis­takes in not sign­ing Briere and Drury, but in the end, it was their turn to cash in on a big con­tract, and Buf­fa­lo was unwill­ing or could not afford to pay. (Let us not for­get also that the Sabres were up against the salary cap all of last season.)

bye bye, Soupy.And now we have a home-grown NHL super­star in Bri­an Camp­bell – two-time All Star, spin-o-rama skater, and open-ice hit­ter of R.J. Umberg­er – now due his big pay day at the end of this sea­son, as he becomes eli­gi­ble for free agency. What are the Sabres to do?

Well, the only move is to trade him. The Sabres could not risk los­ing him for noth­ing, and Camp­bell and his agent seemed luke warm about sign­ing some­thing before the trade dead­line. I cer­tain­ly can’t blame either party.

But, I can feel sad. Being a fan of a small-mar­ket team is tough, and I’d be lying if I weren’t a lit­tle jeal­ous that the Rangers or Ducks can just go buy whomev­er they want every year. In Buf­fa­lo, we have to make our own stars.

After the jump, some high­lights from Soupy’s career in Buf­fa­lo, includ­ing some of his hilar­i­ous­ly hor­ri­ble local tele­vi­sion commercials.

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Barackula: The Musical

Now that Barack Oba­ma is the front-run­ner for the Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­na­tion, there seems to be a lot of fun­ny web­sites pop­ping up. None is more ridicu­lous (and took more work to pro­duce) than this:

On Video

I did­n’t make any excit­ing res­o­lu­tions this New Year, except to get back to my fight­ing weight, and land a more per­ma­nent design job. Look­ing back on 2007, one thing that stands out is that my Flickr pho­to­stream final­ly became a more real-time pho­to reflec­tion of my life, with the con­ve­nience of my iPhone and its unlim­it­ed data plan. Sure, the qual­i­ty of my pho­tog­ra­phy might have dete­ri­o­rat­ed, but I’ve always pre­ferred to shoot from the hip any­way. The iPhone suits what I want to do with Flickr.

But for 2008, I’d like to make one small res­o­lu­tion: do more with video. I bought a new point-and-shoot cam­era that does OK VGA video, (Canon Dig­i­tal Elph SD750), so I want to put it to use. It’s out­put is a lit­tle grainy, espe­cial­ly in low light, but I think it suits what I want to do with it.

Here is a lit­tle idea that I got while walk­ing around the Meat­pack­ing dis­trict this past week­end: the The­o­ry store on Gan­sevoort street has these amaz­ing pul­sat­ing col­ored lights in the win­dow – so I shot them, and then looped them in iMovie, set to The Knife’s live arrange­ment of “Heart­beats”:

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Roast & Toast NYE

We spent New Year’s Eve this year co-host­ing a potluck din­ner at Jason and Liz’s place in Park Slope. Here is a lit­tle video that I put together:

We served roast beef to twen­ty peo­ple, drank cham­pale, and made some res­o­lu­tions that we prob­a­bly won’t keep. More below the fold, includ­ing some of my and Lisa’s photos.

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Beach

Mar­ci was in town for a job inter­view at Har­vard, so we took wednes­day off from work, and head­ed for the beach in Gloucester.

not crowded
So much less crowded on weekdays…

Blink

Having just finished Tipping Point, I dug into a couple
hundred pages of Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, Blink

sangria

…and, we enjoyed a big jug of homemade Sangria.

Anniversary with the Sabres

romantic night

A romantic night wouldn’t be complete without Canadian beer

On Jan­u­ary 23, Pres­ley and I marked our 7th anniver­sary, and I couldn’t think of a bet­ter way to spend it than at the Sabres-Bru­ins hock­ey game. Am I right?

Just so you don’t think I’m weird, our first “date” was a Sabres game (in Buf­fa­lo) in Decem­ber of 1996. So, it was a nice reminder for us, and it was cool. Thanks to Craigslist, we got first-row, on-the-glass seats. Amazing.

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First (real) Snow

Hastings Square, Cambridge

We in the northeast are getting our first snow storm of the year.

After ven­tur­ing down to Quin­cy tonight, it was nice to find out that my Saab is actu­al­ly quite good in the snow. We were back in Cam­bridge in one piece before the snow real­ly start­ed pil­ing up.

It’ll be a nice week­end to curl up with a bot­tle of wine, a good book, & some­one you love.

UPDATE: Snow­ste­ria! (requires Quicktime)