Tag Archive for 'video'

Mother’s History of Birds

My colleague and friend Elliott Malkin just finished his short subject documentary, Mother’s History of Birds, the third film in his family trilogy. In it, he tells the story of his mother through her pet birds. (I love Roberta’s taste in eyewear.)

Also, if you haven’t seen it, check out his home movie reconstructions.

Reunited Blur Perform First Gig in Nearly 10 Years

Oh man, I’m so excited for the Blur reunion this summer, even though it seems limited to the UK for now. The first of these new gigs happened on June 13th at the site of their first gig, and from the looks of a few YouTube videos, they sound fantastic.

From NY Mag’s Vulture Blog:

On Saturday, before an audience of 150, Blur played its first concert as a four-piece in a decade, at Essex, England’s East Anglian Railway Museum (it’s where they performed one of their earliest gigs) — and some wonderful person has uploaded video of practically the entire show.

Video of Blur performing ‘There’s no Other Way’ on June 13th.

More Coverage:

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U2 on Letterman, $4 Album Download

U2 kicked-off their historic 5-night residency on David Letterman’s Late Show last night, with a performance of Breathe. They even participated in a little sketch, where Dave had them outside on 53rd Street, shoveling snow.

The residency is to celebrate the release this week of their twelfth studio record, No Line On The Horizon. And it just so happens that you can grab a copy of it in non-DRM MP3 format for $4 from Amazon. I don’t regularly listen to U2 much any more, but this is a great thing for a major-label artist to do, and I’m more than happy to give it a few listens for that price and format.

UPDATE 3/5: Night two, the boys played Magnificent, which sounds like a classic U2 song. Bono needs to treat his voice with more care, though.

“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]

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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Ready for David Pogue

Me, standing in, as lighting is set for a David Pogue shoot.

Today, myself and a few colleagues helped Zach Wise set up and shoot some green screen video of New York Times Technology Columnist and near-Broadway performer David Pogue. The video will be integrated into a multimedia piece that Zach and I are working on, which should be done before Thanksgiving.

This is the first real video shoot that I’ve worked on, (having in the past done a lot of voice-over work with sound engineers). What’s scary is that we did this largely by ourselves – Zach found a studio at the nearby CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, we hung the green fabric, and we set up the lighting with a little help from their engineer.

David Pogue came in a short while later, I grabbed a boom mic, and we were off to the races. It was a lot of fun, and Pogue nailed the takes – I have no idea how he did it without a teleprompter, but he had us all laughing several times. And he was very patient and friendly throughout the shoot, even when we had to embarrassingly scramble back to the office for more P2 cards.

So, that was the hard part – now we have to design and build this thing.

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.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog is a fantastic three-part web-only musical, starring Neil Patrick Harris. I can’t underline enough how good this is. Available online for free until July 20th, and then available in iTunes for $3.99.

Jessica Lynch Lightening Video

Crazy video of Jessica Lynch getting struck by lightening, while taking a video of a storm. She’s okay, don’t worry. [Flickr Blog]

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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Radiohead covers… ::yawn::

I don’t understand why Radiohead is considered by many to be one of the best rock bands of all time. Since The Bends, I’ve been bored.

Radiohead cover of Joy Division/New Order’s “Ceremony”
Sounds exciting, but 30 seconds of this made me want to hear the original instead. One doesn’t think of Bernard Sumner’s voice as in the same league as Thom Yorke, but he wins.

Radiohead covers the Smiths’ “The Headmaster Ritual”
Here again, a lifeless, listless cover. Thom does an unconvincing ape of Moz’s mock-tortured cadence that just ends up torturing us all.

Go ahead and try to convince me otherwise…

U2’s “Wave of Sorrow”

If you look in my iTunes library right now, you won’t find any U2. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have the entire back catalogue. The Joshua Tree was my first CD when I was a kid, I even have Under a Blood Red Sky on vinyl.

But, just because I don’t really listen to them anymore, doesn’t mean that I don’t get a little excited when something new U2 comes out. In advance of the re-release and remastered special edition of The Joshua Tree, the band has released a video on iLike’s Facebook app where Bono discusses an unreleased track included on the compilation.

U2 – “Wave of Sorrow”

The sentiment is moving, but man, I can’t believe the guy sings along to his own recording… as ever, Bono straddles the line between egomaniac and saint.


The Go! Team

It’s friday – time to get ready for the weekend. I finally got around to getting the new The Go! Team album Proof of Youth, and it’s great. I’m loving the juxtaposition of hiphop, noisy guitars, and the multiculti lineup.

Here is a live video:

A short documentary on the band is below the fold.

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Puppy vs. Kitty

We had our moving sale this weekend, on our front stoop – and we even put Katya (our five-year old kitty) in her harness and leash, to walk around the yard.

So, today is cat day! May I present, “Puppy vs. Kitty”:

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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