In. cred. ible. This is EXACTLY what my childhood was like as a skateboarder doing frontside ollies. They nailed it.
On his 2011 self-titled record and the assorted non-album tracks he’s been dropping left and right since then, anonymous, genre-busting London producer SBTRKT is giving the UK’s art-dubstep trend a poppy, maximalist run for its money – to great effect, judging by the insane number of gushing timed comments on the stream of his latest leaked banger, “Atomic Peace,” which was just released on SBTRKT’s Soundcloud page though it was recorded in 2009.
Happy Monday, everyone.
After a few years of living in the Bay Area, I think I can officially declare that the good vibes have rubbed off on me — I’m going to be at Burning Man 2012. My friends have been telling me to get on this for a while and I just haven’t been committed to the idea at all until last year’s festivities were upon us, and now with plenty of time to plan and a crew of us already signed up for the ticket lottery, it was time for me to nut up and go all-in on this party in the desert. Can’t wait.
Our long-term vision at Summify has always been to connect people with the most relevant news for them, in the most time efficient manner. As hundreds of millions of people worldwide are signing up and consuming Twitter, we realized it’s the best platform to execute our vision at a truly global scale. Since Twitter shared this vision with us, joining the company made perfect sense.
I was turned onto this product because I saw that my old boss at FeedBurner, Steve Olechowski, was one of the investors and advisors in its development. And the problem they’re trying to solve of sorting through Twitter to bring you the most relevant news is one that I’ve been following for a while since I was with Digg a few years back. Good to see the team at Twitter putting resources and money behind this to solve it at a scale that matters for most users. It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of it.
“Because I have so shame or self-awareness.”
“Is that why you’re so sucky and you don’t realize it?”
On Thursday night I’ll be attending the Night of the Shorts III: The Search for Schlock opening party for this year’s SF Sketchfest. I’m bummed because it now looks like John Hodgman is out on this party, but the rest of the lineup is sure to be funny and a trip to Castro Theatre is always a fun time.
Night of the Shorts III: The Search for Schlock
with Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett
and guest riffers David Cross, Bruce McCulloch, Eugene Mirman, Paul F. Tompkins, Cole Stratton, Janet Varney
Due to a TV conflict, John Hodgman will not be appearing in RiffTrax as previously announced, but will still be performing in all his other shows from Jan 20-22. We’re very pleased to announce that Eugene Mirman will be stepping in to take his place in the RiffTrax show.
Here’s the trailer for the full festival:
I went and saw Lotus a few months ago and got a ton of photos that I thought I’d later be able to animate a bit. Love doing this for live music photography now…
Took this one last Friday on a nice bike ride out to Ocean Beach…
This song is my new favorite Frank Zappa jam.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.
It’s a pretty safe bet that anything Wes Anderson does is something I perk up and pay attention to, and this trailer is not to be missed if you’re a fan.
When the news came down that LCD Soundsystem was going to be breaking up, I honestly wasn’t immedaitely floored like I was when reading the news years back about Phish. For some reason I didn’t feel like LCD had the same effect on music or had that mojo that really did indeed put them above and beyond many other bands. Sure, I saw them once at Lollapalooza and it was fun as hell, but in hindsight I wasn’t in the right emotional state to enjoy that show and really take it in like I needed to.
Fast forward to the weeks leading up to this final gig, and I finally got it. And the band recorded it… and now they’re putting out a movie that will debut at Sundance called Shut Up and Play the Hits. Looks entirely compelling…
On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with NEW YORK magazine calling the event “a marvel of pure craft” and TIME magazine lamenting “we may never dance again.” SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS is both a narrative film documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.
For more info on the movie, head over to shutupandplaythehits.com.
That show was hella fun. Thanks to all the mark-ass tricks that came out…
So true. (via Huffington Post)
I took this photo while riding my bike for about 18 miles or so on Christmas Day. I still can’t get over the fact that I live in California.
I liked how this one came out; one of our more patient jams of recent memory…
Two of my new favorite artists put together musical (or video) tributes to Christmas this year, and I’m pleased that someone I find both of these enjoyable for dramatically different reasons.
First, let’s start with the good. The Barr Brothers have brought a new level of musical appreciation into my heart lately; they’re the kind of new band that you know will be good because of their past musical projects, and yet they consistently blow me away with how good they are progressing forward writing new music again and again. They recently recorded a bluesy number called “Dear Mrs. Claus” that was recorded for the Canadian prime-time talk show, and it came out so pitch perfect that it’s part of a Christmas card I sent to someone special…
This next video, though, is not something I’d send to a special person in my life unless I wanted to give them some nightmares. My band mate sent me this video because we chat quite a bit at how Skrillex is basically punishing popular music these days. Like it or not, but you can’t deny that his pop sensibilities for aggressive music is not the new version of Limp Bizkit or Korn or whatever else is being sold to young teen males that gives them something to focus their energy on.
Merry Christmas, everyone! Enjoy your holidays.
I had no idea where or when I would have haeard the original song until Stereogum made it pretty clear in their premier of the video; it was on Tiny Toons.
First it was Weetabix…
…and now Southern Comfort has joined in on the fun.
Up-and-coming social network Google+ will soon be integrated with Google’s blogging platform, Blogger, according to a message now appearing in the “Edit User Profile” section of Blogger’s Settings.
The message reads “Connect Blogger to Google+ : Use your Google profile and get access to upcoming Google+ features on Blogger,” and includes links to “Learn more” and ”Get Started.” Unfortunately, the links are dead-ends right now, so we don’t yet know what type of integration is being planned.
The “Learn More” link is currently dumping to this “page not found” message in Blogger’s Help Center, while the “Get Started” link simply redirects logged-in users to their Blogger Dashboard.
Blogger has always been the obvious “social” play for Google that just never got disrupted in the wrong way. Until recently, it could probably be argued that Blogger was Google’s most successful public-facing acquisition, a product that’s continue to grow and get nurtured slowly into a huge platform publishing a large share of the blogs out there today. I may have to setup another Blogger blog for my “Google” life to see how the two products mingle together.