Regardless, there are now recommendation lists at Amazon
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
The only people in my household who love the works of the PES studio more than I do are my 2-year-old son and my four-year-old daughter. Every time the monitor flickers on, the kids jump up on my lap and shout "bottle train! bottle train!" which is the little tykes' shorthand for a Bacardi commercial. Aimed at pre-schoolers, I guess.
At any rate, PES is embarassingly awesome and there are a couple of enchanting new items on their page (always big news at my house) - including a "making of" for KABOOM!, one of everybody's faves. Fall in love all over again - link
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
Thursday, November 24, 2005
If you read the interview with Henry "Nightmare Before Christmas"/"James and the Giant Peach"/"The Life Aquatic" Selick over at http://www.animated-news.com/archives/00004144.html then you were probably left with the same question I had: how do I get to see this lost piece of Selickiana called Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions? After looking through dozens of false leads (the film used to be online at Selick's Vinton animation site before it got eaten by the Laika site) my answer is: get ahold of the Residents' DVD Icky Flix, and look for the easter eggs. Apparently Slow Bob is a bonus on this DVD.
Anybody out there know more about this?
Another banner day over at Drawn! ... if you somehow missed this, go check out the Little Friends of Printmaking pronto. http://thelittlefriendsofprintmaking.com/ Egads! What a hurricane of niftiness!
The gorgeous colorforms-esque backgrounds for Adult Swim's Squidbillies, which I have mentioned before, are now collected at Ben Prisk's blog.
He is quite a guy. Check out his whole site, but start with:
those Drawn! guys have a whole list of new blogs to check out. I personally am waxing hypnagogic about two Brazilian guys:
Sunday, November 20, 2005
You either love Fanfare Ciocarlia or you haven't heard of them yet. Imagine Earth, Wind, and Fire as a swarm of mustachioed Moldavian horn players, playing so fast that you actually worry about them. Or, y'know, Squarepusher or Aesop Rock as a football marching band. Now imagine this group finally releasing their finest recording to date - and yes I have all of their recordings!!! Yes they did! Go see them live, buy Gili Garabdi, and repent of everything else you thought was tuff enuff. These chaps play for blood! http://www.fanfare-ciocarlia.com/
Saturday, November 19, 2005
I've been trying to remember the name of this guy for a while... since I saw The 2005 Animation Show, actually. Jonathan Nix made the best little flick I saw that particular night, and here is his site: http://www.studionix.com/ - check out Hello. What the heck... while you're there, look at all of his stuff, right?
Thursday, November 17, 2005
I like this photograph.
Now that I think about it, maybe it came from Boing Boing. Sorry.
It is an octopus made from cans, though. See?
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Maybe you don't already know about Channel Frederator? Ok, so here... it's a podcast of cartoons! Funny, itchy, indie sorts of cartoons. It's wicked fun. Cost = zero dollars. If you have iTunes then you can get caught up with the first 4 episodes real easy-like (search for "frederator"), or go to http://www.channelfrederator.com/ Hoorah!
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Tin Hat has also been teaming up with a live foley artist (Zeena Parkins) to accompany the silent insect animations of Ladislaw Starewicz. They have written a series of original scores which are performed live with these groundbreaking films - made in Russia and Paris in the early 20th century, they feature a number of animated insects, frogs and rats, dressed for roles in decidedly surreal tellings of Aesop's fables and Grimm's fairy tales.
OK, let's look at this one piece at a time. (A) Tin Hat (formerly a trio, now a nebulous blob of white-hot musical atmosphericalization) is one of the greatest things going in our Clear Channel-bound little world. (B) Zeena Parkins is a tremendous gift to all of us; witness her work with Butch Morris (whom I had the pleasure to see at the Village Vanguard, with my neighbor who thought he was Buckwheat.. but that's another story) and with Björk, John Zorn, and I'm sure tons of other seminal stuff. (C) Ladislaw Starewicz is my favorite stop-action animator ever. ever. ever. See his stuff today.
So, what happened to this collaboration?? No recordings at all, for those of us not in the Bay Area? Must I write a letter?? Grrrr!
Screaming for Vengeance
and Defenders of the Faith?
I am hoping Doug will come forward to tell the story of these characters... they appear to be glistening monsters made of posterboard, electrical conduit, a host of neon lightbulbs, and some seashells. They give the impression that they fold neatly for storage, or something. I was really enthralled as a kid, now I'm mystified. And still wishing I had a t-shirt.Mercifully, there are hundreds IF NOT THOUSANDS of hairy, unemployed men out there emailing furiously to get Mr Johnson back for ANOTHER JUDAS PRIEST ALBUM COVER so hold on to your hats.
I agree! Airbrush art rules!
In this kind of art, you can see different
artists, real talented people.
In computer graphics, everybody looks like everybody!
And honestly speaking I was very disappointed
with the cover of
It's too cheap for a Priest album!
The same is valid for Live Meltdown 98,
another cheap cover.
I think they should call Doug Johnson back and do a decent cover,
in the style of SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE!
That would rock!
ROCK HARD RIDE FREE in 2005!!!!!!
I will keep you posted.
I have always enjoyed the rambling pointless improv of all these rock-n-roll con artists (Miguel Sandoval, Sy Richardson, the Pogues, Courtney Love, Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer, etc etc) wandering around the desert and not cursing. Jim Jarmusch, when confronted with Mexican police trying to deputize his gun during a shootout, gets to bleat "You cops can throw rocks."
Still, one wonders, how did such a film, whose point seems to be to provide a great time for the director and all his friends, ever get funded? The question has bothered me since high school. Here, friends, is the very satisfying answer - http://www.alexcox.com/dir_straighttohell.htm - straight from Mr Cox's own blog. Doesn't that feel better?
You may be putting off your Christmas shopping because you hate the long lines at the solar-powered spider store, and the jammed parking lot outside the handmade childbirth automaton shop. Well, I have a time-saving hint for you!! Pack you credit cards and get all your holiday shopping done in one easy stop at Dug North's!! http://www.dugnorth.com/index.aspx
Tell him I said Ho ho ho!
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Michel Gondry update: "The Denial Twist" by the White Stripes is now available for repeated viewing. The man cannot make a video without having the time of his life, can he? http://www.video-c.co.uk/micrositedisplayfull.asp?vidref=thew010&page=watch&FileType=ADSLProg
I was already prepared to trade my Queen-size Family Truckster for the BMW C1, and then I seen this camping model. O heavens. Camping in my C1. A Cylon Raider with wheels and a backpack. To live in Italy!!!
http://www.c1.bmw.it/ (you'll need to allow pop-ups for this to work)...
... which I will attach to my VW Syncro. Fully pimped with sink and couch. Which I wanted more than tix to go see Ozzy, when I was 14. And now I discover that the Brits have a club for people like me... http://www.club80-90syncro.co.uk/
Which sounds better than a "vanagon-liker."
I am probly showing my demographic here... or mebbe being up at 3:30am has made me a little soft... but it really does seem like the Go! Team record is as much fun as it is cracked up to be. I will go out on a limb here and say that if you swooned at life in Idaho after seeing Napoleon Dynamite, and/or you still wear the early B-52's in spite of later B-52's, then you'll get frothy about the Go! Team. I am frothy right now.
http://www.thegoteam.co.uk/flash/GoKids.html will answer many questions you may have.
...in fairness, though, those Go! people owe a big vibe royalty to your friends in STEREO TOTAL, the best thing to come out of Germany since movable type.
...and I will also plug the sterling producer of some Stereo Total musics,
who is very rockin on his own.
Anybody with a copy of Drive to Heaven, Welcome to Chaos will please contact me stat. I sold my copy at ZIA records in Tempe, Arizona for 3 weeks of mac and cheese money.
Bad move. Sorry.
Friday, November 11, 2005
http://www.goopymart.com/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/goopymart/sets/1343585/
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
I am having trouble listening to anyone else these days.
You will want to start your own band. Guaranteed!
Why was Google invented? To provide happiness. How else would I have found out that (a) some of my favorite Hot Wheels cars as a kid were real size cars??? (b) the same guy who made the giant Hot Wheels also made the Munsters car??? and (c) HE ALSO MADE THE BATMOBILE.
I am suddenly, blissfully, nine years old again. God bless George Barris. http://www.barris.com/gallery.html
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Looking for that special someone to spend an evening with? Make a date with Georges Méliès. He has a pile of crazed silent films to choose from, and there is scarcely a dull moment in the whole lot. He invents and invents and reinvents, frame after frame. You will be inspired, I guarantee... no matter what field you work in!
The DVD collection Méliès the Magician comes highly recommended, but if there's a moviehouse cool enough to show his stuff near you, get thee there! http://frenchfilms.topcities.com/index3.html#http://frenchfilms.topcities.com/nf_gmelies.html