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Frank Zappa: Will That Be An Aisle Or A Window? (Cartoon)

14th Aug 11 (Sun) Leave a comment

A business lesson from the late, great Frank Zappa

A Business Lesson with Frank Zappa. Animated by Carl King. Original Score by Stephen Cox. Special Thanks to Anthony White. Original FZ audio interview recorded in September 1984. Source unknown. This cartoon was manufactured with the non-commercial / educational purpose of paying tribute to the wisdom of Frank Zappa.

~Dan – np: Sunny Day Real EstateDiary

Beats Antique “Revival” video

3rd Aug 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

Splendidly interesting animation and sexiness from Zoe Jakes in the new Beats Antique music video for “Revival” from their latest album, Blind Threshold:

~Dan – np: Sufjan Stevens invites you to Come On Feel the Illinoise!

dredg “Upon Returning” video

12th Jun 11 (Sun) 2 comments

The official video for “Upon Returning” from dredg:

Directed & edited by merkley???
Produced by merkley??? & Tyler Gourley
Water FX: James Dirschberger & Ken Fisk
End FX: merkley???

Elder Derelict: Ron Turner
Teen Derelict: Lars Gourley
Younger Derelict: Liam Bridges
Youngest Derelict: Jett Bridges
Life Guard: Dexter Simmons
Koolaid Fairy: Athena Rose Djurkovic

Koolaid Fairy Assistant: Mila Lilith Djurkovic

Cute, colorful and clever – nice work from merkley???.  They had me until… the second part of the “watersports.”  The watersports set aside, the video and album are both quite great.  It’s still building on me, but I dig it.  Chuckles and Mr Squeezy, silly name, solid tunes.  My favorite track is probably “The Tent,” highlighted in this trailer by Jorge Feres

~Dan – np: Les RhinocérosLes Rhinocéros

Austrian Death Machine “Get to the Choppa”

26th May 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

With Arnold Schwarzenegger being all over the news lately… well, here’s a video of a death metal band with robot guitar solos in an homage to the Austrian former-bodybuilder’s role in Predator!

Seriously… robot guitar solos!!!!!

It’s from Austrian Death Machine’s 2007 album Total Brutal (on Metal Blade).

~Dan – np: RadioheadIn Rainbows

REVIEW: Bill Frisell Trio @ the Shedd (Eugene, OR – 1/23/10)

24th Jan 10 (Sun) 1 comment

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

I saw Bill Frisell about a year and a half ago with Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston… fantastic show, but more on the experimental, avant-garde edge (my review of that June 2008 show).  Last night’s show was a trio of guitarist Bill Frisell with bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen (Sex Mob, Electric Masada, etc):

They hit the Shedd stage around 7:30pm.  Differing from the retro live photo above, Tony Scherr was on electric bass.  Kenny Wollesen played a standard kit, and Bill Frisell had a few guitars, pedals, gear to loop his sounds… and a big screen above them to show the congruous films as they played.

At the beginning of the show, Bill explained the accompanying film pieces: four by Seattle animator Jim Woodring, one by Bill Morrison, and two Buster Keaton classics.  The band started out with a Jim Woodring computer animation – all black and white, but with many interesting, morphing shapes.  The music started off slow, had some interesting wandering scales with a nice build and finish.  The animation was quite enveloping, and the 10 minute piece seemed to fly by…

I was only allowed to take photos for the initial fifteen minutes, but the rest of the Woodring cartoons were somewhat related to the initial computer animations – many of the same morphing shapes show up, whether in a character, a beer tap, or a lamp.  The primary character in the animations was “Frank.”  We follow him around in his travels that either end in a big mess, a violent picnic, or death.

The second Woodring piece introduced us to the aforementioned “Frank.”  He tooled around his house and then went up into the hills to some odd looking palace, and when he returned, his house had been ransacked by some fat, troll-like human character.  The animation appeared to be paper-based stop-motion animation.  The music had a Floratone or possibly Disfarmer feel… I actually recognized the melody that Bill played midway through, but can’t place it now.

The third piece was another Woodring “Frank” animation, but this time with either colored paper or possibly fabric animation.  The setting was a picnic and got fairly violent near the end.  The piece was shorter (maybe 5 minutes), which led into the fourth and final Woodring piece… a claymation “Frank” with a devil-type character.  The music had a nice groove, and the animation ended with the beer tap looking piece of furniture tipping over to expose the phrase “And You Call Yourself a Gentleman.”

Up next were three silent films… and quite frankly, I lost the music in the viewing.  I think the music worked really well and enhanced the pieces, but it definitely fell to the background of what I was paying attention to …

The first was a short film called The Mesmerist by Bill Morrison featuring a re-worked 1926’s film The Bells which featured Boris Karloff.  It had been altered from the original, and I’m not sure what was part of the original and what was part of the re-imagining.  It started with a very old, sepia & scratchy feel and grew into more animated splotches.  The storyline is of an innkeeper who murders a rich visitor and is haunted by the murder he committed.

Up next were two Buster Keaton films… The High Sign (1921) and One Week (1920)…

Each film was in the 15-20 minute range.  I was quite amazed at Buster’s utterly ingenious physical comedy.  I was familiar with his work a little bit (trumpeter Dave Douglas and his Keystone band has used Buster Keaton in the past).  The first one was a gangster caper with a really basic (but stupendous) cross-section of a house with tons of trap doors and moving walls.  The second one was of a cheap home that was hurriedly built after a wedding with hilarity ensuing.  For the video (with non-Frisell music) check out YouTube of The High Sign and of One Week.

Seven songs, 90 minutes… the Trio took a bow and left the stage.  They hit the stage one last time for a short animation of Woodring’s Frank called Whim Grinder:

I enjoyed the film and animation accompanying Frisell’s music; though, I’ll say again that the music really dropped to the background on some of the wild imagery of the Frank cartoons and storylines & physical comedy going on in the films.  Upcoming tour dates of Frisell’s include Eyvind Kang/Rudy Royston dates, some Ron Carter/Paul Motion dates, some 858 Quartet dates, and these Scherr/Wollesen dates (which would presumably feature the films/animations as well)…

  • 1/24/2010 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door
  • 4/2/2010 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Music Festival at Charles Morris Center
  • 4/3/2010 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Music Festival at Charles Morris Center

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~Dan – np: Flyleaf – Flyleaf

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Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks (by Gabe Askew)

23rd Aug 09 (Sun) Leave a comment

Someone should have a job at Pixar really soon… here is Gabe Askew‘s fan-made video for Grizzly Bear‘s “Two Weeks.”  It’s very Michel Gondry-esque, but I think all done in the computer… it’s pretty damn amazing…

http://vimeo.com/5904993

~Dan – np: Trevor Dunn’s Trio-ConvulsantSister Phantom Owl Fish

a new John Zorn book & more MBD

3rd Nov 08 (Mon) Leave a comment

A biography John Zorn by John Brackett is available by Indiana University Press.  John Brackett is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Utah.  This is the full-length study of avant-garde American composer John Zorn.

http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=84773 (paperback)
http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=84699 (hardback)

Brackett’s groundbreaking book . . . confronts Zorn’s contradictory modes of expression that couple the aesthetics of Stravinsky, Boulez, Duchamp and Godard with the transgressive sexuality and violence of Bataille, Genet and Maruo, brilliantly demonstrating how these powerful dualities of thought-real yet fantastic, pleasing yet horrifying-synergize to make Zorn’s compositional voice unique and seminal in the 21st century.” -Severine Neff, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Check out the Table of Contents

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And to be totally nonsequitur, here’s a cute new animated video for My Brightest Diamond‘s song “Inside a Boy“:

Oh, and by cute, obviously that is to mean killing aliens with marbles slung from a slingshot…

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Oh, and go vote.  Tomorrow is D-Day…

~Dan – np: Piano MagicDark Horses -EP-

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