The greatest dance lesson on Youtube. Learn to Crab Dance everybody!
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Bird Poops In Mouth rose to the top of our many video charts online throughout the last few days, as a seemingly clueless TV reporter, covering a surge in Finches, looks up into the trees and gets a taste of Finch poo. Alas, it was all a fake, as Gawker so journalistically reported:
"OMG, did you see that video, the one where a television reporter gets bird shit in his mouth on camera? We did too! Because 800 gullible people sent it to us. The clip is a fake. "That's not our guy. That's not our guy at all," a surprised guy named Chuck said when we called up WXYZ, the local Detroit news station identified by the Huffington Post as the video's producer. "That's not even our microphone," he told us. Yeah, we thought we smelled a rat when we heard the crowd of people laughing in the background. Come on, HuffPo, have you ever seen a local news team out in the field with more than like, a camera guy, and if they're lucky, the van driver? Us neither."So now, comedic genius and Super Deluxe resident Bob Odenkirk has hastily created an awesome video, appropriately titled "The Making Of: Bird Poops In Mouth". Enjoy! "Frumondahhhhhh, hey!"
Here's the original video, which as of right now has 983,343 views:
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Brooklyn-based Vampire Weekend's debut, appropriately titled "Vampire Weekend", drops tomorrow. Pitchfork gave a pretty solid review with an 8.8 rating, as did Rolling Stone with 3.5 stars. Rolling Stone puts it nicely here:
"Vampire Weekend come along like Belle & Sebastian and the Strokes each did, sounding refreshingly laidback and uncomplicated, and with simple set-ups that make good songs sound exceedingly easy. (The result being not "this is mind-blowing," or "this is catchy," but "I have listened to this, straight through, four times a day for the past month".)".And, the best quote from Pitchfork's review has to do with the hatred that comes their way b/c of the Ivy League roots:
"Of course, while Vampire Weekend have certainly benefited from our new music world of internet buzz, plenty of people have found reasons to hate Vampire Weekend from the first note, many of them having to do with their prep aesthetic and Ivy League educations-- Oxford shirts, boat shoes, Columbia University. But it just so happens that we're in a moment where such things matter to people: As interest grows in clean-cut, clever indie-pop, plenty of folks would like to hear things get dirtier, riskier, less collegiate-- and in a lot of corners of the indie landscape, they thankfully are. But here's another odd parallel with that first Strokes record: Vampire Weekend have the same knack for grabbing those haters and winning them over. Bring any baggage you want to this record, and it still returns nothing but warm, airy, low-gimmick pop, peppy, clever, and yes, unpretentious-- four guys who listened to some Afro-pop records, picked up a few nice ideas, and then set about making one of the most refreshing and replayable indie records in recent years."PITCHFORK; ROLLINGSTONE
Vampire Weekend - "Oxford Comma" - mp3
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
From the Daily News today, A crazy person in Brooklyn freaked out at his roommate over finances, ordered him to strip naked, and started slashing him with a Freddy Krueger claw. You know, they sell fake plastic one's at Bushwick awesome-spot Vortex, buuut something tells me this Freddy's was home made.
"A Brooklyn man, apparently acting out his violent movie fantasies, attacked a man named Jason with a razor-fingered gloved hand à la Freddy Kruger, authorities said yesterday.
The nightmare on Pacific Street, in Crown Heights, unfolded at 2:45 p.m. Nov. 10, when Joseph Swaby, 22, allegedly accused his roommate, Jason Dixon - whom he met in jail - of stealing from him.
Suddenly, Swaby whipped out a replica of the bladed glove famously worn by the Kruger character in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" flicks.
He ordered Dixon to strip, kicked him out, and began slashing him, police said.
Swaby remained at large until Wednesday, when he was arrested following an attack reminiscent of the classic Quentin Tarantino shoot-'em-up "Reservoir Dogs," authorities said.
This time, he allegedly fired pistols in both fists at Shawn Johnson, 40, on Pacific Street at 5:20 p.m. on Jan. 18. A bystander was grazed."
DAILY NEWS; IMAGE VIA FLICKR
A 16 year old was arrested with intent to hijack a plane and fly it into a Hannah Montana concert in Louisiana scheduled for later tonight. This is just about the craziest thing I've heard since my friend told me that Hanson were all dudes.
"Authorities have charged a teenage boy who said he planned to hijack a commercial jetliner in an attempt to commit suicide, an FBI spokesman told CNN late Thursday.CNN
The 16-year-old was taken into custody by airport police without incident on Tuesday evening after flying from Los Angeles, California, to Nashville, Tennessee, on Southwest Airlines Flight 284.
"His stated intent was to hijack the airplane and commit suicide," said George Bolds, an FBI spokesman in Memphis, Tennessee. "He did indicate he intended to die in Louisiana. It appears he had a ticket to Louisiana."
Bolds said the boy indicated he had lived in Louisiana.
The teen wanted to crash the plane into a Hannah Montana concert in Lafayette, Louisiana, two CNN television affiliates in Nashville, WSMV and WTVF, reported, citing unnamed sources. The concert is scheduled for Friday night at the Lafayette Cajundome."
Thursday, January 24, 2008
February 16, 2008 — March 22, 2008
18 Wooster Street, New York
Be Kind Rewind, an exhibition of new work by Michel Gondry, opens at Deitch Projects on February 16, 2008, shortly before his identically titled film is released in theaters.
Be Kind Rewind is a film about two childhood friends living in Pasaic, New Jersey, trying to make ends meet. After one of the characters accidentally gets his brain magnetized by trying to sabotage a local power plant, he visits the video store his friend is taking care of while the owner is away and unknowingly erases all of the video tapes in the store’s inventory. The characters decide to make their own homemade versions of popular films in a junkyard behind the store. These new “sweded” films—recreations using commonly available, everyday materials—prove more popular with the customers than the originals, making the two friends local celebrities.
Oh no! Two of my favorite up and coming new york indie bands, Vampire Weekend and MGMT, are playing sold out shows at the Bowery and the Williamsburg Music Hall in the next few weeks. Vampire Weekend has a two night bill on 1/29 and 1/30, both of which are sold out, and MGMT's show on February 14th is all out of tickets as well. This is great news for both bands, but bad news for the homeboys from Brooklyn trying to check them out before they skip town!
Vampire Weekend's been getting lots of love over the past few months from the blogoshere, and with their homecoming to NYC being sold out, I'm sure they're feeling pretty good with themselves. If you're bummed about missing your chance to see them live before they leave town, they will be playing a midnight show at the Virgin Megastore at Union Square on January 28th in support of their album dropping at midnight. Here's the info:
"Pre-purchase the CD at the Union Square location beginning at 10:30 pm on 1/28 to receive a wristband to attend the performance and signing. Space is limited so please arrive early. Customers who purchase the CD at the Union Square location will receive priority entrance. 11:30 pm - performance 12:00 midnight - autograph signing"VW also posted a link to their "little show" with David Dye on World Cafe yesterday on their Myspace blog, which you can visit here, and give it a listen.
As for the band that Prefix Magazine said "sounds like a college-dorm experiment gone horribly right", MGMT's sold out show with Yeasayer is happening February 14th at the Williamsburg Music Hall. Their song "Electric Feel" is infectious, and they put out a neat little video on Youtube from the distant 70's Atari-esque future. See it for yo'self!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Anyways, I think they're onto something. We need more self-improvement shows led by Zombies on public access TV! Someone puhlease photoshop this picture and show me what I'm imagining.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Next time your friends try and convince you to get all fucked up and mess with the tigers, remember poor Carlos Sousa Jr., who was mauled to death after doing just that at the San Fransisco Zoo last month.
"Toxicology results for Dhaliwal showed that his blood alcohol level was 0.16—twice the legal limit for driving, according to the affidavit. His 24-year-old brother, Kulbir, and Sousa also had alcohol in their blood but within the legal limit, Matthews wrote. All three also had marijuana in their systems, Matthews said. Kulbir Dhaliwal told police that the three had smoked pot and each had "a couple shots of vodka" before leaving San Jose for the zoo on Christmas Day, the affidavit said."As they were making the 911 call, even the dispatcher's could tell something was wrong. Of course, that something being that they were fucking crazy high or something, because in the dispatcher's own words:
"I don't know if they are on drugs or not," the woman is overheard saying on his radio. "They are screaming about an animal that has attacked them and there isn't an animal out. He is talking about a third person, but I don't see a third person."That third person was Carlos, who was already dead after the tiger went straight for the jugular.
So, here are some basic rules when getting high and going to the zoo.
1. Only fuck with the monkeys; they can handle your shit, and are probably high on their own monkey shit anyways.
2. If you do manage to get a Tiger to escape it's cage, don't hide in the friggin food court. There is food there. Either you will find it and remember you're hungry, or the Tiger will smell it and find you.
3. Bring a duck call to freak out the birds. They won't kill you. A duck call sounds like this: mp3
4. Don't get a Turkey Leg to eat from those little stands. You know I hate Turkey Legs.
5. This isn't a rule, it's more of a question...but who gets high and drunk by 4pm and goes to the Zoo on Christmas? Is this something we all should look into for next year?
REFS: BREITBART, ABCNEWS
Thursday, January 17, 2008
They're calling it a "Monster for the Myspace generation". So, tomorrow night when Cloverfield comes out, I'm going to be expecting an emo-14 year old who sends waaaay too many bulletins, does waaaay too many surveys, and eventually grows up and moves on to Facebook.
Here's some "leaked" footage from the movie.
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A recent study compiled by lead generation and sales firm Reardon Smith Whittaker in Cincinnati, noted that nearly 50 percent of client-agency relationships last less than two years. The main reasoning, they found, was that “Respondents said poor creative work, weak strategic thinking, lack of proactivity or fresh ideas, and agency personnel changes were among the top reasons they looked for a new agency.” But looking further down the report, one finds a bullet. It reads: “More than 40 percent said they “look forward to” or “find it exciting” to search for a new agency.”. What this little bullet means, is that it really doesn’t matter what kind of work the agency’s are doing. Sometimes, companies just get bored of each other.
Now, compare this to the divorce rate in America. According to the AP: “The marriage breakup rate — which includes relationships that end in divorce or separation — is between 40% and 45%, according to AP.”. That is strikingly similar to the “divorce” rate of Agency-Client relationships.
Listed below are common reasons given for Human-Human separation, and I’ve bolded the ones that could easily be applied to the Agency-Client relationship…
* Lack of commitment to the marriage
* Lack of communication between spouses
* Alcohol Addiction
* Substance Abuse
* Physical Abuse
* Sexual Abuse
* Emotional Abuse
* Inability to manage or resolve conflict
* Personality Differences or ‘irreconcilable differences’
* Differences in personal and career goals
* Financial problems
* Different expectations about household tasks
* Different expectations about having or rearing children
* Interference from parents or in-laws
* Lack of maturity
* Intellectual Incompatibility
* Sexual Incompatibility
* Insistence of sticking to traditional roles and not allowing room for personal growth
* Falling out of love
* Religious conversion or religious beliefs
* Cultural and lifestyle differences
* Inability to deal with each other’s petty idiosyncrasies
* Mental Instability or Mental Illness
* Criminal behavior and incarceration for crime
So it seems that separations between Agency and Client aren’t necessarily at all related to the actual business side, rather the human inconsistencies that result from a human-run business. Sometimes there can be no real explanation, as many of us probably learned two to three months into college when that long distance high school relationship inexplicably just, fell apart. These separations are literally parallel to society’s fallen relationships - where one person gets bored, changes, or simply falls out of love.
REFS: BUZZLE; BIZJOURNALS
So, Mr. Nick Denton, are you gonna run or play ball? The Church of Scientology has had their legal team send out a threatening letter to Nick Denton at Gawker for posting the Tom Cruise Indoctrination video. They've successfully gotten it removed from YouTube, but now that Gawker's standing up to their threat it will be interesting to see what happens next. Click the image for a larger view.
"Gawker basically told them they aren't breaking any laws and they won't take the video down. Ruh roh. The ball is in your atmosphere, Xenu."And again, here's the video.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Nick Denton claims this will NOT be taken down. I can't embed it, so you'll have to click over to Gawker to view it.
"Several indoctrination videos were available on Google Video, on Sunday, and showcased on Gawker, before being removed by the person who had originally posted them. Yesterday, for a few hours, the clip of Tom Cruise discussing his beliefs as a Scientologist appeared on Youtube, and was republished by Radar and Defamer. That video is no longer available, most likely after the Church of Scientology sent in a copyright infringement notice. Gawker is now hosting a copy of the video; it's newsworthy; and we will not be removing it."As you can see from my post below, YouTube has removed the video for obvious reasons probably relating to death threats from the Church of Scientology. Go Gawker, Go!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO ON GAWKER
Monday, January 14, 2008
Hopefully I won't find myself at the other end of Scientology's spiked baseball bat for embedding this, but here's a leaked video of Tom Cruise speaking to the glamors of Scientology. The whole thing is set to the freaking Mission Impossible theme. It really makes you want to break into some young actors Hollywood home, steal their souls, and seal them to the eternal frying pan of the Scientologist's kitchen.
The new Trump Soho building that's been under construction on Spring St. suffered a major setback today, when the upper floors of the building collapsed and killed a worker. [read: GAWKER, CURBED stories]. A few weeks back I snapped this photo of someone's sidewalk grafitti demonizing Mr. Trump. Now, it's eerily more relevant. Although it's not really Trump's fault that the construction fell apart, he'll still provide the perfect scapegoat in the media throughout the upcoming days.
I hope my leftover Chinese food will support me for a few days...
Friday, January 11, 2008
Peep this, homey's. CBS has created a tight little informative video for Pols explaining what the hell we're saying these days. If this still was a shirt, I'd pay a lot of bling for it. Like seriously. A bumper sticker? I pimp it on my ride, and shit.
The video explains that to speak our language, candidates have to learn mad fast. And that the number one rule in talking to us, is to be cool. And wait, contacting us via text message works? Really? Even if it means some bad editing with a lame-ass smiling talking head on my phone screen? Shit, CBS, this video is off the hook! Now, go, watch this video and learn how to connect with us. And remember, Tight - it means good.
A bunch of lolnerds with way too much time on their hands have undertaken an open project in translating the entire bible into lolcat speak, called the Lolcatbible. In case you're unfamiliar with what that looks like, here's a portion of the book of Genesis, when God (Ceiling Cat) created the Earth.
"Oh hai. In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat maded teh skiez An da Urfs, but he did not eated dem.Of course, there are always people with more free time and motivation than you'd think are out there, so, somebody named "Von Kempelen" decided to provide the world with an audio version of the above. Here: Audio Version (courtesy Von Kempelen).
Da Urfs no had shapez An haded dark face, An Ceiling Cat rode invisible bike over teh waterz.
At start, no has lyte. An Ceiling Cat sayz, i can haz lite? An lite wuz.
An Ceiling Cat sawed teh lite, to seez stuffs, An splitted teh lite from dark but taht wuz ok cuz kittehs can see in teh dark An not tripz over nethin.
An Ceiling Cat sayed light Day An dark no Day. It were FURST!!!
An Ceiling Cat sayed, im in ur waterz makin a ceiling. But he no yet make a ur.
An he maded a hole in teh Ceiling.
An Ceiling Cat doed teh skiez with waterz down An waterz up. It happen.
An Ceiling Cat sayed, i can has teh firmmint wich iz funny bibel naim 4 ceiling, so wuz teh twoth day."
Enjoi learnin bout the Ceiling Cat in teh skiez lol! An ef ur feelin it, halp out!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
If, like me, you have little to relate to in a bunch of snobby high schoolers running around the Upper East Side sneaking Martini's from their second step-dad's liquor shelf. Well, then you probably missed Brooklyn's own Kevin Fey being featured on CW's hit Gossip Girl last night. From Nylon Mag:
"We know you watch Gossip Girl for the clothes, but how about some of the scenery? Tonight's season finale features clothes from 3.1 Phillip Lim, and art by Brooklyn-based artist Kevin Fey. The Cooper Union undergrad may be younger than some of the Gossip Girl heartthrobs (ahem), but his very grown-up paintings will be featured in a gallery scene on tonight's show. Visit his website (www.kevinfey.com) if you're going through Gossip Girl withdrawal next week, since thanks to the Writer's Strike, this will be the last new episode you'll see in a looong time. Sigh."In his artist statement on ARTINFO, Kevin explains that his work is grounded in "but not limited by, the investigation of techniques and pursuit of various surfaces, marks and desires." Ah, how thematically ironic then that his work was featured on Gossip Girl, as these soul-less rich girls strive to fulfill their desires of popularity, unsustainable beauty, and the perfect :-*. Like the girls, Kevin says his paintings "are in a constant state of adapting to themselves."
To wrap up this nonsense, Kevin creates awesome paintings rooted in expressionism, and Gossip Girl was lucky enough to have paintings as awesome as his on their show. He goes to Cooper Union and in about a year, you'll be offering a two year salary for one of his pieces.
View a gallery of Kevin Fey's artwork. If you like, visit his website, and offer thousands for what you see. Then tell him to give me 10% or buy me a Sparks.
In this video, a Mexican actress attempts a magic stunt involving a locked box full of fireworks. As she fiddles with the lock, you realize the clock's getting closer to zero. Suddenly, just as she's opening the trunk, the fireworks go off with Maga Anadela halfway out of the box. Inappropriately yet cleverly titled "Hot Burned Chick", this video's a lesson in PR stunts gone wrong.
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Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Great Gawker, go start a war. I've always felt nothing but neighborly love from our neighbors in the 248. I drink their Potion, we bomb honking taxi's with eggs, trash, and bottles in unison, and we stare in each other's windows while unnamed sex acts go down every Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday night.
So why, Gawker, must you take a tiny flyer as an act of warfare? Sure, the basement parties in 255 are full of dancing dudes and PBR-soaked floors. But, have you tried the roof on New Years? Have you party-hopped from floor to bouncing floor on any Saturday night in our lovely building? It's a fun, safe, and god-damned awesome building to live in.
So what if our parties aren't creative enough. So what if the DJ's suck. We know what we like and we know what we want, and that is late nights fueled by PBR and Sparks. Don't you ever compare our neighborhood to the glitzy LES or the ass-sucking nether-regions of LA.
From the post:
New 255 Flyer: "Sausage Fest testosterone and PBR fueled nights on the town with lukewarm passion and a taste for the tepid. Come to 255!"255 is awesome, and truthfully, much better than 248 for one reason and one reason only. Our Wikipedia page is the bomb-diggity.
What happenned to this scene where things are held to a high standard? Why do we consistently reward mediocracy? Shouldn't you just move to Los Angeles?? Is it that the good DJS and party promoters have all run off to places like the Cook St. Lofts, or even worse, the Lower East Side? *shudder*"
Let's bring Brooklyn back, huh? Come on, you can do better than that 255. I know you're emotionally vulnerable right now and running out of money from your trust, but come on already!"
See Related: McKibbin Lofts finally Get Their Day In The Spotlight (May 7 2008)
"Now if you're playing the movie on a telephone, you will never in a trillion years experience the film. You'll think you have experienced it but you'll be cheated. It's such a sadness, that you think you've seen a phone on your fucking telephone. Get real." - David Lynch on iPhone
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Over a year ago, Brooklyn Photographer Noah Kalina posted his video self-portrait on YouTube and named it "Noah Takes A Photo Of Himself Everyday For Eight Years". As of today, that video has been viewed almost 8 million times and has spawned a number of imitations, references, and a whole bunch of "everyday style" commercials. Like this one for Dunkin Donuts, and this one for the LA Dodgers.
The video was compiled of over 2,300 melancholy self-portraits, which Noah took daily for six years. Somewhere along the line Noah had a girlfriend who made music. So, she recorded a tune for the video, and once the video was posted it went viral within two weeks.
Then, fame happened. In this case, Internet fame, and it got to their heads. Noah toured the globe meeting with reporters, screening in museums, and living the life of a Welebrity while his girlfriend Carly Commando stayed at home, getting e-mails about the music and the video and all the time wondering when her credit would come.
"At first, we would argue about whose contribution was more important," Comando said. "In the beginning, it was all in good fun. I'd get all these e-mails about how great the video was, and Noah would get e-mails asking about the music." Early last year, VH1 asked Kalina to appear on its awards show in March, and Comando asked to be included. "I really wanted to go," she said. "I asked him to at least take some of my CDs and give them to the VH1 people - just leave them in the bathroom, even. That's where the relationship started to go wrong."Eventually, she cashed in.
"Then I got an e-mail from a German bank," she said. "The woman wanted to pay like $20,000 for my music, so I started talking to lawyers," she said. Comando licensed her song for commercials. Movie directors have called. She sells her song on iTunes and the sheet music on MySpace. Her big moment came Dec. 17 when "The Simpsons" used it in a Homer Simpson parody of the video.In the end, the Internet fame proved too much. The pair are still riding the coat-tails of the phenomenon they created, but are no longer riding each other. They've since broken up, and while Noah's back to a twenty-something photographer in Brooklyn, Comando's tasted the big money, and she wants more. Her parents, of course, are a little more supportive these days.
"When they saw the kind of money people were offering me for my song, they became way more tolerant," Comando said with a satisfied laugh.Here's the video which started it all:
The quotes are from this NY Daily News article from today's paper.