The hottest viral vid this week is Beyonce falling forward on the stairs while headbanging to "Ring the Alarm" in Orlando. Oops!
And because I'm really mean, I also created a Beyonce falling animated gif. A new animated avatar for your forums. ROXORZ!!111
Beyonce Falls On Stairs In Concert In Orlando (video)
Quite the trooper though, she gets right back up from the fall as if nothing happened. If the link no worky, try this search.
- Ingmar Bergman dead at 89
- New York Times Obituary
- Washington Post Obituary
- BBC Obituary
- The Guardian Obituary
- The Local Obituary (Sweden)
Really sad news today. Bergman was probably my favorite director. It was his films "Persona", "Wild Strawberries", and "Cries and Whispers" and the French New Wave films of Godard that really got me into foreign film. This is a tremendous loss for world cinema.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
- Wow, what a great deal. The Wicker Park and Bucktown Chamber of Commerce sponsored the annual Wicker Park Fest. For an optional $5 donation, I got to see Man Man, The Thermals, and Prefuse 73. And if I had come earlier, I could have caught Maritime and Centro-Matic too. Oh well.
Man Man was fantastic. They played a frenetic and energetic set tonight. I came late, but they played several selections from 'Six Demon Bag'. "Black Mission Goggles" was a highlight.
The Thermals - Here's Your Future (live at Wicker Park Fest 2007)(video)
I hadn't heard The Thermals before in concert. "Here's Your Future" and "Pillar of Salt" really rocked!
Unfortunately, they scheduled Prefuse 73 simultaneously on the South Stage while The Thermals were playing on the North Stage. Luckily, I was able to catch the end of their set, which was a very chill way to close out the early part of my Saturday night.
Maritime - Guns of Navarone
Centro-Matic - For New Starts
Man Man - Black Mission Goggles
The Thermals - A Pillar of Salt
Prefuse 73 - Nuno
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew Backed Out On The... (video), Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew - TBTF (MP3)
- Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew - "Backed Out On The..." (video)
This amazing video features Joules Scott Key of Metric, Bang Lime on drums, and J Mascis and Kevin Drew on guitar and vocals. The song is "Backed Out On The..." off of their forthcoming LP: Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew "Spirit If..."
- Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew - TBTF (MP3)
In case you missed the first song released off this album, here it is.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Chromeo - Tenderoni (video), Lindsay Lohan arrested again, Ja Rule and Lil Wayne - Uh Oh (video), Lollapalooza After Party?
- Chromeo's video for Tenderoni is up. Yummy electro delivery service.
- Lindsay Lohan arrested again
Oh Lindsay, you really done did it this time. Is that three strikes yet?
- More free publicity: Lil Wayne and Ja Rule arrested in NYC, just as they release the video for Ja's new single, "Uh Oh"...
The timing was not the least bit suspicious.
- This Lollapalooza After Party was billed in an e-mail as a "Daft Punk and The Rapture After Party". Kinda misleading, although there are "special guests" that are supposed to be there. One can always hope. Hopefully Justice and Uffie decide to make the trip over here. Busy P, Kavinsky (" Testarossa Overdrive") and SebastiAn ("Ross Ross Ross") will be there so it should still be a sweet party. You can apparently RSVP at the aforementioned link to avoid the $15 cover the day of. Speaking of the Ed Banger crew, if you haven't seen the video for Justice's D.A.N.C.E.:
Monday, July 23, 2007
I'm hosting an Editors giveaway! You can win a copy of their LP, "An End Has A Start" and a poster too.
All you have to do is e-mail me your full name and I will hold a random drawing to determine the winner. I will notify the winner when the contest is over to get your address. Then, you'll be all set. The deadline is 7/30/07 so get your requests in as soon as possible.
Check out their video for "Smokers Outside the Hospitals Doors" and the live version on Jools Holland.
The Editors - Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors (video)
The Editors - Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors (video)
The Editors - Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors on Jools Holland (video)
Thursday, July 19, 2007
The Decemberists with the Grant Park Orchestra Live at Millennium Park, Chicago, 7/18/07 (pics and video)...or how I got to touch Colin Meloy.
The Grant Park Music Festival kicked off with The Decemberists featuring the 82-member Grant Park Orchestra conducted by Sean O'Loughlin. Why does Chicago rule? The Grant Park Music Festival is apparently the nation’s only free, municipally-supported, outdoor summer classical music series.
This concert culminated a limited five-stop orchestral tour for the Decemberists, which started off at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic on July 7. It also is part of the 25th anniversary celebration of Metro, one of Chicago's most beloved music venues.
First, here's a pic of the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavillion at Millenium Park.
It's hard to tell, but the place was crowded and definitely at capacity, which is 11,000 if you add up the main seating area plus lawn area behind me.
This was the view from the nosebleed center section, last row. The sound was amazing though, thanks to the mindblowing 113-speaker EV sound system.
The Decemberists performed selections from all of their LPs: 'The Crane Wife' ("The Crane Wife 1 and 2", "O Valencia"), 'Picaresque' ("The Infanta", "We Both Go Down Together", and more...see below), 'Castaways and Cutouts' ("Odalisque"), and 'Her Majesty the Decemberists' ("I Was Meant For The Stage", the last song performed with the orchestra). They also performed 'The Tain (I-V)', which was a sublime slice of heaven with the orchestra! I'll get into the encore performance later, when I got a major seat upgrade. =)
The Decemberists w/ the Grant Park Orchestra Live at Millennium Park - We Both Go Down Together
After the terrific set with the orchestra, the night went from simply amazing to otherworldly surreal. After the band and orchestra finished playing "I Was Meant for the Stage", they both made their way to the exits. I slipped into the VIP front section. I knew they weren't gonna leave without doing "16 Military Wives". Sure enough, they came back on stage. Security was telling people to find seats or leave the stage area, but that was essentially a moot point as Colin Meloy called for everyone to come right up to the stage. Thanks for nullifying security's crowd control efforts. =) I was basically right in front of Colin as the Decemberists did their encore performances: "16 Military Wives" and "The Mariner's Revenge Song".
The Decemberists - 16 Military Wives (Live at Millennium Park)
This was an energetic and rousing rendition that really got the crowd going. I will never forget the fun "LaDeDa" call and response with the audience.
The Decemberists - The Mariner's Revenge Song (Live at Millennium Park) part 1
For this song, Colin also enlisted audience participation by asking us to scream as if being eaten by a whale on the proper cue. Great moments: Jenny Conlee's cute-ish vocals and role playing, Colin and John getting interactive around the floor tom, the swaying part of the song, and Chris Funk running around like a madman cuing for us to scream. The highlight, however, was Colin leaning over from the stage allowing people (including myself) to touch his guitar and suit.
The Decemberists - The Mariner's Revenge Song (Live at Millennium Park) part 2
Oops, they weren't done. Here's the outro. Afterwards, things got a bit rowdy as he threw guitar picks into the crowd. I didn't snag any paraphernalia, but I left feeling all warm and fuzzy in a way that only great music can do to you (despite the rain and humidity).
- Common feat. Lily Allen - Drivin' Me Wild (MP3)
This is off Common's much anticipated album 'Finding Forever'. I don't know why I'm surprised that it works so well. It's a terrific blend of Common's creative lyrical flow, Lily Allen's playful, wistful vocals, and Kanye's keen production skills. "Love is not a mystery; it's everything." [thanks nah right]
- Armand Van Helden - I Want Your Soul (video)
Great video with a late-80s/early-90s feel that kinda reminds me of the House Party dance off.
Note: Uploading soon...pics and YouTube video footage of The Decemberists with the Grant Park Orchestra live at Millennium Park!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Lebron James performs "My Prerogative" at ESPYs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Down Boy (MP3 and video), White Stripes one-note show, more
- Lebron James impersonates Bobby Brown, performing "My Prerogative" at the 2007 ESPYs
Ok, I missed the ESPYs but I kept hearing about this ridiculous performance by Lebron. I'm sure it's been virally shared to death, but here it is in case you haven't seen it. The MC Hammer circus pants are a riot.
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Down Boy (MP3)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Down Boy (video)
This is a song off their forthcoming Is Is EP. I'm not sure why it didn't make the cut for the 'Show Your Bones' LP, because Karen O plays the hard-to-get role to perfection, making for an all-around great track.
- White Stripes play a secret one-note show
This was in St. John's, Newfoundland, thus completing their tour of each Canadian province. Come on Jack and Meg; that's awfully stingy. I guess free secret shows aren't what they once used to be.
- How to Attend An Outdoor Concert DOs and DONTs
- KT Tunstall - I Want You Back (live) (MP3)
I'm not sure if I'm a huge fan of KT Tunstall. Her songs are catchy and her talent is undeniable, but the songwriting needs some work. That said, I really dig this Jackson 5 cover.