This is simply best new music video that we’ve seen in a long time. It’s also somewhat ironic because the band, Dead Man’s Bones, features two actors – Ryan Gosling (“The Notebook,” “Half Nelson,” “Lars and the Real Girl”) and Zach Shields – but the video doesn’t include even a single actor. Not one real person.
It’s all about the sculpture, “Machine With Wishbone,” by kinetic artist Arthur Ganson. No stranger to Nippertown, Ganson’s thoroughly memerizing works were featured in his one-man exhibition, “Artful Mechanisms” at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass. back in 2002.
So for all of you fans of the Brothers Quay and other beautifully creepy stop-motion animation, here’s “Dead Hearts”:
The song “Dead Hearts” is from Dead Man’s Bones’ new, self-titled album on Anti Records.
If you’re just counting down the days/the hours/the minutes til Dinosaur Jr. cranks it up at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Sunday, October 4, here’s a little something to keep you occupied while you’re waiting.
Here’s the new music video for Lou Barlow’s song “Don’t Apologize” from his upcoming album, “Goodnight Unknown”:
This is an excerpt of the background video created for Wagner’s “Siegfried” by Urano Films, using 14 simultaneous projectors. It was presented at Ciudad de las Ciencias y Artes (City of the Arts and the Sciences) in Valencia, Spain, last summer.
Conservatives may scoff, but opera has always combined all the art forms, so why not video? This is eyepopping stuff and it works spectacularly with the music.
Directed by Joseph Bellacosa, the video follows the daring robbery and attempted escape by the mustachioed Gumball Bandit, dashing past many of Nippertown’s most hallowed landmarks.
See the Albany All-Stars Roller Derby team.
See the Tulip Festival revellers.
See Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned.
See the Empire State Plaza modern art collection.
And, yes, even the beloved, iconic Nipper makes an appearance!
The song “People Love Their Troubles” is featured on Scientific Maps’ new EP, “Galvanic Wizardry” on the B3nson Recording Company label.
My friend Jeff Sampson sent this link – a set of Youtube videos (including a banjo played with an ebow!!) that create infinite permutations of a collaborative musical creation. The results are enchanting, and it’s amazing to me how all of these disparate tracks manage to work together to create these endless soundscapes.
A. I was making a site with embedded YouTube videos (as a complement to this blog post) when I realized that YouTube doesn’t stop the user from running more than one video at a time. I was curious to see if there was a musical way to explore that concept, so I recorded some instrumental videos and eventually came up with In Bb v1.
Q. Who wrote the music of In Bb?
A. Interesting question! I think the traditional concept of authorship doesn’t really apply here. You wrote it, the participants wrote it, I wrote it. For lack of a better idea, if you need to credit the music, it would probably be best to say “by inbflat.net”.
Q. Is In Bb a tribute to Terry Riley?
A. Absolutely. Terry Riley is one of my favorite composers. Songs For The Ten Voices Of The Two Prophets is a desert island disc for me.
Oh but wait there’s more (apologies to the late Billy Mays) Darren Solomon, the creator of in Bb, is also the producer and writer behind Science For Girls, a melange of jazz, electronica and Brazillian that is waaaaaaay cool, well produced, fantastic vocals, catchy…
The French street theatre company Royale de Luxe (whom you may remember as creators of The Little Girl Giant and The Sultan’s Elephant) debuted a new show last week in their hometown of Nantes. I so wish I could see this live:
Activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor tackles a thorny subject – the issues of copyright in the digital information age – with his new film, “RiP! A remix manifesto.”
The feature-length documentary has been making the film festival rounds to considerable acclaim, having been hailed as “about as edgy and fascinating a glimpse as you’ll get into one of the more pressing issues of our Internet Age,” as well as “the sexiest film about copyright infringement I’ve ever seen.”
The film is both smart and funny, focusing much of the debate on sonic-collagist and mass-mash-up master Girl Talk, who was a feature performer at the Mountain Jam fest at Hunter Mountain just two weeks ago.
Whether you’re talking about the one-step-beyond-sampling music of Girl Talk or the Obama image appropriation of artist Shepard Fairey, this is a thought-provoking movie that you’re going to want to see.
How you see it, of course, is up to you.
You can go directly to the movie’s website and download the entire film at a pay-what-you-will rate.
Or you could wait and buy it on DVD (with a whole bunch of extras) when the Disinformation Company releases it on Tuesday, June 30.
Or you can head down to Carrie Haddad Photographs in Hudson, where the gallery will be screening the film at 7pm Friday, June 12. Copyright lawyer, arts advocate, Metroland columnist and all-around bon vivant Paul Rapp will lead what is certain to be a lively discussion following the screening.
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