Sunday, May 15, 2005

South Bronx Parasite

Updated post is here.

I must admit I'm addicted to the absurdist comedy of Aqua Teens Hunger Force, on the [ a d u l t s w i m] lineup on the Cartoon Network. The ATHF {adult swim hosted site} aren't teens and aren't a force dealing with any hunger but their own. As for aqua, they do hang out by their neighbor Carl's pool a lot, glomming onto his existence as an undateable dork with a Joisey accent {presskit version: "prime, grade A cut of all-American man-meat that lives next door."} Hmmm. A less-charming, less-powerful Tony Soprano? The series makes good writing, hip-hop, and takeoffs on adolescent male behavior all work. I guess it really works because of the interactions between the main characters: Frylock, Master Shake, Meatwad, and Carl. My favorite episode {"Diet" #51} was when Carl goes on the South Bronx Paradise Diet: eating whatever he wants, no exercise, and eating special $8 SBP candy bars. Carl and Meatwad wager a case of beer on who can lose the most weight. Frylock analyzes the bars and looks at the wrapper divulging the true nature of the diet, South Bronx Parasite. "Carl" wins. Well, sort of.


Shake & Meatwad encounter overly-rich media interstitial ads.


Adult Swim ATHF ad, Manhattan-Penn Station. Meatwad, Shake {with chainsaw}, and Frylock, l to r.

South Bronx Parasite


The absurdist comedy of Aqua Teens Hunger Force, on the [ a d u l t s w i m] lineup on the Cartoon Network. The ATHF aren't teens and aren't a force dealing with any hunger but their own. As for aqua, they do hang out by their neighbor Carl's pool a lot, glomming onto his existence as an undateable dork with a Joisey accent {presskit version: "prime, grade A cut of all-American man-meat that lives next door."} Hmmm. A less-charming, less-powerful Tony Soprano? The series makes good writing, hip-hop, and takeoffs on adolescent male behavior all work. I guess it really works because of the interactions between the main characters: Frylock, Master Shake, Meatwad, and Carl. My favorite episode {"Diet" #51} was when Carl goes on the South Bronx Paradise Diet: eating whatever he wants, no exercise, and eating special $8 SBP candy bars. Carl and Meatwad wager a case of beer on who can lose the most weight. Frylock analyzes the bars and looks at the wrapper divulging the true nature of the diet, South Bronx Parasite. "Carl" wins. Well, sort of.









Shake & Meatwad encounter overly-rich media interstitial ads from "Interfection."




Fleur du Mal

say something new


















A new trend is using indie music in ads. a few car companies are doing this and now the new Target ‘design for all’ ads are using a glossy version of the Concrete's ‘Say Something New’. Target is trying to out-Martha Martha, who has faded from the limelight, bringing design back into everyday life {starting w/ the Michael Graves connection}. The Concretes get their name from their native Stockholm's favorite building material. The signature artwork {below} & video for ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ I found interesting on many levels. The band is doing a good job of "branding" themselves as "anti-rock" but not quite so sugary as twee-pop that can get pretty annoying. The video hits on an interesting trope & it's interesting how the band members are presented in the video. I love how the drummer, Lisa Milberg {far left} is addicted to eBay, as I can relate.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Chuck D...Master of the New Media???

Chuck D of Public Enemy fame is giving a talk at the Commonwealth Club (San Francisco): THE FUTURE OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: ARTISTS AND THE NEW MEDIA REVOLUTION. The idea of the "liberatory" power of new media is seductive but how technologies are used and configured are often (un)happy accidents. I'm sort of curious about how the convergence of "rap/hip-hop" and the Internet will play out in the future, as both have become increasingly commercialized.

Flavorpill notes, "it was in 1999 that Public Enemy released There's a Poison Goin' On via the Internet — two years before Wilco was recognized for a similar move."