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:

[Via Hal­fAlien]

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.

Pur­chase & Down­load Fever Ray »

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.

Con­tinue read­ing ‘Bruce McCall on Letterman’

Ready for David Pogue

Shadows

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.

Con­tinue read­ing ‘Bye Bye, Soupy’

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”:

Con­tinue read­ing ‘On Video’

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.

Con­tinue read­ing ‘Roast & Toast NYE

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.

[via]

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.

Con­tinue read­ing ‘The Go! Team’

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.

Con­tinue read­ing ‘Anniver­sary with the Sabres’