When DFA records founder, James Murphy dropped his debut LCD Soundsystem full-length, it’s lead off track was “Daft Punk is Playing at my House“. Now it’s 5 years later and the electro-dance maestro is continuing to demonstrate his affinity for cybernetic organisms and house parties. The latest LCD release, This is Happening is a really solid album (especially, the opener “Dance Yrself Clean”), but I wasn’t immediately sold from the first single, “Drunk Girls“. The song “Home“, on the other hand, is much more representative of the overall sound on the new release. What makes it even better is the crazy new video for “Home” that has just hit the interweb like a busted computer monitor . As you’ll see for yourself, it’s part Pinnochio, part Iron Man, and entirely pretty awesome. It’s got everything: cocaine, robots, lite brite pegs, foil, orgies… everything. Read the rest of this entry →
Thank you and hello again, everybody. This week our pop-spotlight song of the week comes from a young Los Angeles, California trio calling themselves WAVVES. Essentially a project of San Deigo native, Nathan Williams, the first two releases from the lo-fi punk outfit were recorded behind the home of Williams‘ parents, launching the young man into the forefront of America‘s burgeoning Garage Rock resurrection. For the current incarnation, Williams has recruited the late-Jay Reatard‘s former rhythm section, Stephen Pope (bass) and Billy Hayes (drums). Together they have released the high-energy 12-track gem, King of the Beach, that all the kids are bopping their heads and tapping their toes along to. Today our spotlight shines on one particular song from this release and it’s corresponding video, which focuses on extra-terrestrials and skateboarding. Ladies and gentleman, please enjoy “Post Acid“. Read the rest of this entry →
About 4 years ago, I spent a lot of time on Threadless.com. In fact, one of the only reasons that I visit the site so rarely, at this point, is because I’m always so busy with this one. I had been working the graveyard shift as a night auditor at a shit-hole of a hotel across the street from a public park full of crackheads and the one thing that I had to occupy myself during the long nights was a computer screen and the internet. A lot has changed, both with my life and with Threadless, but every once in a while, they produce something so crazy and awesome that I remember what drew me to them in the first place. Read the rest of this entry →
Alright you nerdy bastards, we’re giving away some more free shit and this time it’s targeted just for you computer users and Star Wars fans (So… basically, almost everybody everybody these days). Just by the image above, you may have already assumed that the giveaway involves designer USB flash drives… and you’d be right. We are picking 2 separate winners to receive a 2 gig model of the Star Wars series 5 Mimobots, but there are few more slight details to it.
Here, watch this video and then read on to find out more about the products and how to win one for yourself.
Think back to the year 1999. There was no war on terror, hope for Al Gore becoming president still existed, and the mp3 revolution was just dawning through Napster (on dial up internet speeds!). It was this year that James Cameron announced that he was to begin working on his next project after Titanic, called Avatar.
A year went by, an election was stolen, countless countdowns were rebroadcasted to death, and all that was released about Avatar was the simple plot synopsis :“In the future, Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, is brought to another planet, Pandora, which is inhabited by the Na’vi, a humanoid race with their own language and culture. Those from Earth find themselves at odds with each other and the local culture.”
Cameron decided to wait until the technology to bring his vision to total fruition existed; I am pretty sure that if he attempted to create the movie using what was available back then, it would have ended up looking like this:
It wasn’t until 2002 when Cameron saw Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, that he felt that the technology was ready to bring his vision to life. Cameron contacted Vincent Pace who he worked with in The Abyss, Titanic, and Aliens of the Deep to develop a new system of recording stereoscopic images (3D for us normal folk), which lead to the development of a system called Fusion 3D which uses a lens that closely resembles the human eye to record information. This technology combined with state of the art Motion Capture technology and a magical array of cameras that allowed James Cameron to manipulate the camera movements live while shooting a scene (when this information gets released in detail in American Cinematographer Magazine I will be sure to break it down for you); which is being hailed as the next big thing since technicolor.