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SOUNDTRACK: OK Go-Tiny Desk Concert #278 (June 3, 2013).
I love OK Go’s music videos. They are stupendous. I have watched all of them several times. And yet I can’t remember a single song. But that doesn’t diminish my appreciation for them.
When NPR was moving offices, they made a “Tiny Desk Concert” of the band proceeding from their old location to the new one. And in OK Go fashion, they made a great video to go with it. The music is live (I believe), even though they must have shot the footage hundreds of times. It’s sort of a stop motion video, except that it’s not single frames but short 2 second clips spliced together.
You can watch as the old office is dismantled, as they walk through the halls to the moving truck. As they play on the truck in the streets of D.C. and then as they enter the new building. There are cameos from NPR colleagues: Ari Shapiro, Audie Cornish, David Greene, Guy Raz, Scott Simon, Alix Spiegel, Susan Stamberg and more. There’s a hilarious moment with Karl Kassel who gives them a dirty look. And then they march through the offices, the news room and into the new Tiny Desk location where they finish the song.
The song is fun and catchy and even has new lyrics that reference the NPR move. It has to be seen to be appreciated.
And if you like figures here are some details from the shoot:
- Number of video takes: 223
- Number of seconds Carl Kasell spent in the elevator with OK Go: 98
- Number of times Ari Shapiro played the tubular bells: 15
- Number of days it took to shoot: 2
- Number of cameras: 1
Incidentally, NPR and I are out of sync with our counting of Tiny Desk Concerts. I can’t figure out what happened. The reason mine is correct is because I have written down every concert and numbered them. So I feel that for them one doesn’t count? They say this was number 277. Someday they’ll read this and we’ll get to the bottom of everything.
[READ: April 1, 2016] No Mercy Vol. 1
Because of the way books are being handled at my work now, I don’t get to see as many books as I used to. So i was pretty delighted to get this graphic novel on my desk. Even if I didn’t quite know what it was about, I wanted to read it. And boy did I enjoy it.
I had no idea that the cast was a group of aspiring Princeton University students on a per-freshman trip to an underprivileged county (I like the t-shirts that say Building Bridges Helping Hands with a kinda Princeton P on the front.
We meet the cast in a cool way–each one steeping forward a bit in the crowd and giving a bit of information about themselves…mostly through text messages. Oh and I loved the way the opening colophon pages looked just like Facebook (or whatever) with a timeline photo and then on the right side–sponsored images with drawings of the author and the illustrators and an ad for an other Image comic by Alex de Campi called Valentine–genius layout idea.
There’s also a comment under the photo which says “OMG how sad, they were also young.” So you know something bad is going to happen these poor kids. (more…)
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SOUNDTRACK: THE MINIONS-“Banana” (2014).
I really enjoyed both Despicable Me movies, and the minions crack me up. So how did I not know that bananas are a big deal for them? At Universal Studios, bananas are a huge part of the Minion gear that they sell, but I had no idea why. When we watched Despicable Me recently, I saw them fighting over a banana, but it seemed like a minor thing.
Well, anyhow, the minions have done a cover of “Barbara Ann” as… well, you get the point.
And man, is it irritating, especially in the two hour version I present you with below.
I honestly can’t wait for the next movie though.
[READ: November 9, 2014] Write This Book
I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while. I didn’t want to read it until I finished the Secret series. And since I did, I decided to read this right away. (You don’t need to read the Secret series to enjoy this book–especially for the h ow-to elements which are outstanding whether you know his work or not)
I wasn’t really sure how this would work–there was an excerpt at the back of the You Have to Stop This paperback. He sets up the story for us and has us finish it, was it just going to be blank pages? No, it is not.
Indeed, it is a very clever book because it accomplishes two things very well.
1) It creates a simple yet compelling mystery (with Bosch’s typical flair for twisting things around on their heads) and
2) It teaches young writers a ton about how to write. In fact, I hope Clark reads this soon, because I think it will really help him with his storytelling. (more…)
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SOUNDTRACK: DIARRHEA PLANET-“Lite Dream” Live on KEXP (2014).
How to pass up a band with a name like this? Well, it’s pretty easy, actually. Who would even want to say their name?
The name conjures images, no, let’s not go there. The name conjures music that is just abrasive and rude–ten second punks songs. But in reality, their music is pretty traditional old school heavy metal. They have 4 lead guitarists after all! (There’s 6 guys in the band altogether, surprisingly, there’s no women). One of the lead guitarists even plays with his teeth (for a few seconds).
This song is about heavy metal, although I’m not sure what about it. There’s some big riffs, solos galore. There’s even a classic 80s style dual lead guitar solo. There’s big loud drums. There’s feedback. It’s everything you think of as heavy metal, with a seeming wink and nod thrown in.
This is basically a goofy feel good band, playing fast heavy metal. Shame about the band name, though, really.
Watch it all here.
[READ: spring and summer 2014] This is How You Die
It is quite disconcerting to open a Christmas present from your wife and have the first thing you see be the words “This is How You Die.” To then look at her confusedly and try to interpret the look of excited delight on her face as she wonders why you’re not excited. Then she explains that it is a sequel to the interesting collection Machine of Death that you both had read several years ago (but which I evidently never posted about). Sighs of relief and then Christmas can proceed with more merriment.
So over the course of the new year I read these stories and I enjoyed most of them quite a lot.
The premise of the book is that there is a Machine of Death. This machine states how you will die, but it does not give you a time, place or real definition of what it means by hope you will die. Statements seem obvious but may in fact be different in some twisted way. As it says on the back of the book, OLD AGE could mean either dying of natural causes or being shot by an elderly bedridden man in a botched home invasion. The book revels in the irony that you can know how it’s going to happen , but you’ll still be surprised when it does.
The way the machine works is that you insert your finger, it takes a blood sample and gives you a card with the way you die printed on it. No matter how many times you do it you will get the same result. These are the guidelines, and each author made a story with just that set up.
Pretty cool right? The first collection was really great. And so is this collection, done by writers and cartoonists that I had never heard of before. There are 34 stories and 12 comic strips (it’s a hefty collection). Because each story is basically about how a person dies, I had to think about how best to review the book–without giving away any twists. So I think the title and a very brief plot will have to suffice.
There’s even a funny promo video for the book (at the end of the post). (more…)
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