Wednesday, August 24, 2011

August 24th, 2011 Videos Of The Week

Just got back from Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Very good movie!

LIVE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: "Wolf Like Me" by TV On The Radio on David Letterman

Great song.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK: "God's Away On Buisness" by Tom Waits as made famous by Cookie Monster

OK, maybe one more DIY video. Just to ween myself off.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August 17th, 2011 Videos Of The Week: DIY Edition

A friend got me into Minecraft. My bad. And my mics fucked up right, so I had a song ready to go, but it'll have to wait.

OK, so one video I wanted to do for a long time coming was The Squeeze's "Pulling Mussels (From A Shell)". I couldn't find any decent live videos on YouTube (since the one with the best audio was when they played it slower).

VIDEO OF THE WEEK #1: "Pulling Mussels (From A Shell)"

I liked it because it seems to fit so well, and just has a nostalgic vibe to it that sort of puts me at ease.

Anyways, I was going to do a bit on some crappy homemade music videos made for actual artists, and use that on a "How To" section. However, when I did a search for such, I delved into a world that I did not anticipate. An, Uncharted Zone so to speak.

DON'T make it super obvious you're using green screen.

This guy was parodied in the "Brainpower" music video Mega 64 did for Freezepop, and again was brought up in their Gnomon University commercial.

DO be thematically appropriate.
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK #2- "Hungry Like The Wolf" by Duran Duran

Never seen Lupin The Third, but it looks like it's a show about a pretty slick dude. And this is a very slick cover of a song about a creepy stalker guy. The lips match up when they're singing, and the tone of clips go with the tempo. I can look at this and see something complete.

DON'T just throw shit up there.

Hey! Reel Big Fish again! So what does the song "The Fire" have to do with a line for the bathroom? And why is it just showing me full clips from the show? Oh well, at least I know what the episode is. Good thing this guy didn't bother with video editing!

DO get friends who've been to film school.
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK #3: "Take The Money And Run" by Steve Miller Band

I just want to applaud their effort. The shots here lead me to believe that they knew what they were doing, and everything with that car in it is pure gold. For such a small project, a lot effort was put into it.

Like the other two entries, it captures the spirit of the song, and UNF DAT CAR.

DON'T make a fucking slide show.

I was looking for something pathetic, like stills of Sasuke to Disturbed's "Down With The Sickness", but this is in the same vein of what I was looking for: Screenshot Video.
1. Take some pictures
2. Lengthen to 5 seconds each in Windows Movie Maker
3. Have people hit your video so they can have the song in the background while they do something else.
4. There is no profit. See step 3.

If you're the kind of person who lives off YouTube hits, go ahead, waste your time. At least a Rock Band FC video shows me what the songs looks like or if it's any fun to play, and, you know, took effort to capture.

That's what it boils down to: effort. If you put care into making it, I'll take care to watch it, and not use it as background to whatever I'm doing.


Saturday, August 6, 2011

NEW SONG: Bad Doctors

Bad Doctors by RhythmBastard

This was the song I was trying to make a couple weeks ago, but now I got it all mastered. For everything I'm iffy about, like the bass and flow, there's one thing I'm proud of, like the guitar and how my vocals seem to fit better.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August 3rd, 2011 Videos Of The Week

Here's a band I first heard at the pre-show dance party at Rocky Horror: The Wombats.

LIVE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: "My First Wedding" by The Wombats at The Max in Amsterdam

This was the song I was talking about. It was my first time going, and we were celebrating my friend and his then-GF's joint birthday (born on the same day, how weird is that?). I was going out with a friend of hers, and it was that night me and my friend were de-virginized (to Rocky Horror).

In the few times we've gone since then, this, "American Idiot", and "Here It Goes Again" have always been on regular rotation. The pre-dance parties are a ton of fun, and always full of energy. It's really good for shaking out the "Oh fuck, we gotta leave by 2:30 to catch the 3:19 AM out of Penn or else we're stuck till five in the goddamn morning" out of the system, and getting psyched up to watch a movie.

"My First Wedding" should be required playing at every party.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK: "Kill The Director" by The Wombats

This song was about the movie The Holiday, and everything that you've just experienced is too good for a movie I forgot even came out. I haven't even seen Bridget Jones though, so what do I know?

Oh yeah, The Wombats the kick ass.