Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday Night Video on Saturday Morning:: Andrew Bird



Last night, I saw Andrew Bird at the Tarrytown Music Hall. He mentioned he was there 3 years ago and found the above video of "Self Torture." I'm really busy in the next few days, but I'll try to post a review. He has a song, "Hospital" available for download on his site, from the film, Norman. The trailer::


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Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Night Video/Music & the Ad:: M. Ward's "Here Comes the Sun Again"


Above is M. Ward performing "Here Comes the Sun Again" last month at the End of the Road Festival, Dorset UK, Sept. 3, 2011. I was reminded of him when I saw the song in the Subaru "Honeymoon" spot from last year during last night's airing of The Office on NBC.



The hipster honeymoon commercial uses M. Ward's song well. Known for being half of She & Him, the M. Ward song speaks to the hipster psychographic. The spot serves as a touchstone for aging hipsters that are turning in their Metrocards and taking over red county towns with kids, quinoa, and Converse—and need a vehicle now.

Twitterversion:: [videos] #FridayNightVideos M. Ward {of She & Him} at End of the Road festival & Subaru's 2010 'Hipster Honeymoon' spot @Prof_K

Thoughts on Beavis & Butthead Redux



The Twittersphere was buzzing with talk of Mike Judge's Beavis and Butthead 2011 redux. I always thought the brilliance of the show was in the commentary on the music videos, which, unfortunately weren't included in the tapes. It appears that reality TV is the new comedic fodder. New episodes are slated for 27 October on MTV.

Personally, I'd like to see Mike Judge and the boys get more political. Sure, there's low hanging fruit like Julian ASSange, but Occupy Wall Street, Obama, the Tea Partiers, etc., could be hilarious and subversive in the hands of deft writers. The format is perfect for sharp cultural critique and its intertextuality can go further than other animated shows that hold up a societal mirror, such as Family Guy and South Park, as well as the character satire of Stephen Colbert. Airing on MTV may preclude an overly political bent, but it would be interesting to see the show land some blows in a way that's more subtle than the all-too-common shock and awe approach to comedy. Seeing the world through the lens of "idiots" offers more subtle humor than characters that derive comedy from pushing the envelope like so much Sarah Silverman.

Twitterversion:: [blog+video] Thoughts on the Beavis and Butthead redux set for 27 Oct. 

Friday, October 07, 2011

The Joy Formidable on Letterman



It's nice to see bands I've blogged about begin to break out. The Joy Formidable was featured on newmusicmonday #32. The Welsh band was in good form with "Whirring".

Twitterversion:: [video] The Joy Formidable on Letterman {6 October show} @Prof_K