29 September 2011

MOVE (Commissioned by STA Travel)

3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage...

26 September 2011

Sub City, Paris

"Three years ago in Paris I got out of a "metro" train at La Concorde, and saw suddenly a beautiful face... I could not find any words that seemed to me worthy, or as lovely as that sudden emotion." - Ezra Pound

Na Palm - Two Days Straight [Official Music Video]

Whoa. This sets the gold standard when it comes to independently funded music videos. This is proof that independent artists can get it poppin with NO MAJOR LABEL SUPPORT!!

Although I'm not a huge fan of everything Na Palm puts out, I will admit that this song gets out of control just before the dubstep breakdown at 1:47. Like, if this doesn't make you want to teleport to a sweaty, raunchy club in Ibiza where there's an overabundance of ravecore drugs and tequila, I don't know what will.

23 September 2011

Wiz Khlaifa - Taylor Gang [Official Music Video]

This is one of a handful of Lex Luger beats I can listen to without wanting to hang myself. Actually one of my favorite Wiz songs, in fact. Go figure.

Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations

If this doesn't make you want to party then you have no soul. Come on, come on! Feel it, feel it!

It's Friday people. Go out and have a good time tonight.

22 September 2011

How Does Venice Work?

Vacationed in Venice, Italy a few years ago and I thought it was one of the most wonderful cities I had ever seen in my life. A city built on the water? I had read about it in books and heard about it from those who had previously been, but I couldn't believe the unique layout and beautiful architecture when I saw it for myself. Here's an inside look on how the historical city is maintained.

Short Film: One Step Forward

Stumbled upon this gem. It's an award winning 48 hour film project directed by Ben Crowell and Joel Marsh. Well done. Cheers.

19 September 2011

Calvin Harris Featuring Kelis - Bounce

Can Calvin Harris bring Kelis back from the darkest shadows of irrelevance and obscurity? Will revamping her style bring her career back to life? Does she chuckle everytime she deposits her monthly allomony check from Nas into her bank account? I need the answers to all of these questions!

Avicii - Fade Into Darkness[Official Music Video]

This song was huge this summer.

16 September 2011

C'est à Moi Que Tu Parles?

Great scene from La Haine (dir. by Mathieu Kassovitz). Fell in love with this movie when I watched it for te first time in high school. I strongly recommend it if you can get your hands on a copy with English subtitiles.

15 September 2011

The Dean's List Featuring OnCue - All Systems Go [Official Music Video]

Directed by Elan Alexanberg. Dope.

Daft Punk - One More Time

I remember watching this video when I was in 7th grade and just being so mesmorized. I couldn't grasp the idea of an animated music video. The concept was so new to me for some reason. That was the first time I had truly experienced that particular genre of music, because before Daft the only music I was aware of was Biggie, Puff, Pac, RHCP, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, N'Sync, Britney Spears, Will Smith, Usher, Ricky Martin, and well, you get the drill. Music videos back then were huge label-funded productions that featured the artist prominantly, not some weird, futuristic version of the smurfs on ectasy and shrooms. And the goal was to get these big-budget videos on TRL until they were retired from the countdown. You can't get promo like that nowadays. YouTube was a game changer.

But Daft Punk was different. They didn't have a huge radio buzz or noteworthy mass appeal, probably because the majority of people didn't know what to do with it (e.g. it only reached #61 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts). So, while "One More Time" was a cult classic (#5 on Pitchfork Media's top 500 songs of the 2000s), sadly it was years ahead of its time and consequently was lost in the shuffle of cheesy chart toppers and pop culture gimmicks.

Nevertheless, Daft Punk managed to build an illustirous following despite occupying a subgenre of a niche genre. Their legend lives on and continues to grow despite the constantly evolving landscape of the faltering music industry. Their music is univeral party music. And for that, I owe them a post on my blog.

Star Trak Presents: The Eighth Planet, The Neptunes Documentary (circa 2003)

In Search Of... and Fly or Die were two albums that influenced me during my junior high and underclass years of high school. I saw a little bit of myself in The Neptunes, Pharrell especially, because they were different than what everybody else was doing at the time. They were the nerds who could have been at the cool table, but didn't because they'd jut be selling themselves short. You don't see many artists achieve the level of success and longevity that Pharrell and Chad Hugo have acrued anymore. Sad, but true.

PS Back then, would you believe that a young Pusha T would eventually be rapping on stage in a salmon, European-cut blazer next to a suspiciously braggdocious and flamboyant Kanye West at the MTV VMAs 7 or 8 years after the filming of this documentray?

14 September 2011

Sid Sriram Covers The Weeknd's "High For This"

Must watch video from my good friend Sid Sriram. This is crazy. Live instruments >>

ASAP Rocky - Peso [Official Music Video]

"Raf Simons, Rick Owens usually what I'm dressed in." Fuck swag.

Warm Brew - Doin' It Right [Official Music Video]

Had to post this before summer officially ends. I don't know much about Warm Brew, but I think this is a cool independent video. Really brings the song to life. Enjoy the nice weather while it lasts!

Mac Miller Live in Paris, France

If Sam Adams, MGK,or whichever white rapper du jour thinks they have a buzz (Twitter followers, Facebook fans, iTunes downloads, regional ticket sales, blog support, etc), they should take a look at this and realize that they have a long way to go. This is Paris, France(not his hometown of Pittsburgh), and Mac is rocking a room that is packed to the rafters. Think about it for a moment. European kids, who don't speak a lick of English, singing every lyric to every song. Incredible.

13 September 2011

Kid Cudi - Mr. Rager [Official Music Video]

Mr. Raaaagerr

Mac Miller - Frick Park Market

First visuals off of Mac's debut album, Blue Slide Park. Rex Arrow is at the top of the food chain when it comes to indepently budgeted videos.

Macklemore - Otherside Remix (Featuring Fences)

When music becomes visual art.

The Dean's List - Burn It All [Official Music Video]

I'm in there somewhere with another cameo appearance. Check it out. Look out for The Dean's List & OnCue (with speacial guest Gilbere Forte) on the Pledge to Rage Tour in a city near you! Shouts to GMAD and NUE Agency for hooking it up.

OnCue - Feel Tall [Official Music Video]

My good friend OnCue dropped perhaps one of the best indie music videos of the year. The beat (produced by CJ Luzi) is featured in the Mick Boogie x Terry Urban x Bing commercial. Check it out below.

"Feel Tall" is the lead single off Cuey's newest project Can't Wait. No official word on when it's supposed to drop, but look for it to come out sometime this fall.

Skrilex - First of the Year (Equinox)

The only way to describe this video: Call 9-1-1 now!!!

Porter Robinson - Spitfire [Official Music Video]

This is sick. Music video directors should take notice. This is how you get people's attention if you're trying to enter this space.

Cute Creta

A tilt-shift video by Joerg Daiber.
Locations: Agios Nikolaos, Spinalonga, Kritsa, Katharo, Pitsidia and Matala on Crete, Greece.
Shot with Lumix GH2, Gorillapod, 14-140mm and 7-14mm Lenses.