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June 27, 2011

#Musicmonday – Welcome Home by Radical Face

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Tod @ 10:00 am

This song came up as a deep track on my XX Pandora station and put me on my ass in the middle of my work day. Great builds and earnest emotions.

Welcome Home by Radical Face lyrics
Sleep don’t visit, so I choke on sun
And the days blur into one
And the backs of my eyes hum with things I’ve never done

Sheets are swaying from an old clothesline
Like a row of captured ghosts over old dead grass
Was never much but we made the most
Welcome home

Ships are launching from my chest
Some have names but most do not
If you find one, please let me know what piece I’ve lost

Peel the scars from off my back

I don’t need them anymore
You can throw them out or keep them in your mason jars
I’ve come home

All my nightmares escaped my head
Bar the door, please don’t let them in
You were never supposed to leave
Now my head’s splitting at the seams
And I don’t know if I can

Here, beneath my lungs, I feel your thumbs press into my skin again

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June 24, 2011

Friday Five: 6/24/11

Dr. Whooves

Doctor Whooves from NQN on Vimeo.

Pool playing robot

Robots are supposed to take our jorbs… not our recreation! Step back robots… this time you’ve gone too far!

Atari Glitches

Atari Glitch [Part 3] from Ian Stirewalt on Vimeo.

This is beautiful. I used to do this to my Atari all the time. I always wanted to do a music project with the sounds and images.

Killer Queen sung by clones

I’m not usually a fan of a capella singing but this guy does a great job with the editing and can sing his ass off. I guess it’s not really TRUE a capella because he breaks out the instruments halfway through and that’s when it gives me chills. At least he didn’t pick Bohemian Rhapsody!

Crazy motion capture dance off

Pretty impressive with very little lag. I think the Gorillaz should look into projecting animations like this live on stage.

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June 20, 2011

#Musicmonday – Ween: Spinal Meningitis

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Tod @ 10:35 am

Ween – Spinal Meningitis

Yesterday Corey and Jonah and I went to a record swap. I saw a lot that I wanted to buy, but this album blew my budget. It was totally worth it though. This was the not the first ween album I owned, but it was the one that hooked me. I wasn’t quite ready to “get” the joke when I purchased God Ween Satan on cassette, but when I heard Spinal Meningitis off Chocolate and Cheese at an Xmas party in ’94 I rushed right out to Plan 9 the next day to pick it up.

photo by coreymarie

This whole album is golden and I have significant stories/memories attached to almost every song. It is a welcome addition to our ever increasing vinyl collection.

Spinal Meningitis Lyrics:
Why they wanna see my spine mommy?
Why they wanna see my spine?
It’s gonna hurt again mommy
Much worse than last time
Am I gonna see God, mommy?
Am I gonna die?
It really hurts mommy!
Am I gonna die?
Smile on mighty Jesus
Spinal Meningitis got me down

I’m feelin’ greasy mommy
Please don’t let me die
Stinky vaseline mommy!
Please don’t let me die
Am I gonna see God, mommy?
Am I gonna die?
It really hurts mommy!
Am I gonna die?
Smile on mighty Jesus
Spinal Meningitis got me down

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June 17, 2011

Friday Five: 6/17/11

Bio Station Alpha – Mars

700′ long structure? Natural formation? Computer glitch? All theories welcome!

Instant motion sickness… a skate video

Extremities from Eli Stonberg on Vimeo.

Strap a camera to your head, your board, both arms and both legs and get skating. I particularly like the under the board cam during the kick flips.
Music – Blackbird Blackbird “Pure” // blackbirdblackbird.bandcamp.com
Skateboarding – Aryeh Kraus
Director: Eli Stonberg // elistonberg.com

Insane free climbing
This gave me instant sweaty hands, but I draw inspiration from the fact that this guy can just turn off his brain and do what he wants without fear.

Sidewalk Illusion

Waterphone

Instant horror soundtrack. My friend Stevo brought one of these over one day and it was super cool!

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June 13, 2011

#MusicMonday: Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads

Filed under: music monday — Tags: , — Tod @ 7:59 pm

Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere

This was my favorite off the first Talking Heads album I ever owned (well, this and Television Man). I didn’t delve much deeper into the Talking Heads discography until years later thanks to BMG offering Sand in the Vaseline for a penny! Now they’re one of my favorite bands. I hadn’t really thought about this song in a while until it popped up on Pandora and I realized I still knew all the words.

Road to Nowhere Lyrics
Well
we know where we’re goin’
but we don’t know where we’ve been.
And we know what we’re knowing’
but we can’t say what we’ve seen.
And we’re not little children
and we know what we want.
And the future is certain
give us time to work it out.

We’re on a road to nowhere
come on inside.
Takin’ that ride to nowhere
we’ll take that ride.
I’m feelin’ okay this mornin’
and you know.
We’re on the road to paradise
here we go
here we go.

We’re on a road to nowhere
come on inside.
Takin’ that ride to nowhere
we’ll take that ride.
Maybe you wonder where you are
I don’t care.
Here is where times is on our side
take you there
take you there.
We’re on a road to nowhere -
We’re on a road to nowhere -
We’re on a road to nowhere -

There’s a city in my mind
come along and take that ride

and it’s all right
baby
it’s all right.
And it’s very far away
but it’s growing day by day

and it’s all right
baby
it’s all right.
Would you like to come along
you can help me sing this song

and it’s all right
baby
it’s all right.
They can tell you what to do
but they’ll make a foo lof you

and it’s all right
baby
it’s all right.

There’s a city in my mind
come along and take that ride

We’re on a road to nowhere – We’re on a road to nowhere -
We’re on a road to nowhere – We’re on a road to nowhere.

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June 10, 2011

Mark and Me: Social Fools!

Filed under: blog,cool art,punk,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — Tod @ 10:30 am


Rare Uptempo unreleased version of Social Fools

Like many other bands that I’m a fan of, I learned about Devo through Weird Al. There was a snippet of Jocko Homo in the Polka on 45 mix on the Weird Al in 3-D album. I didn’t really know who Devo was when I first heard it, but when Weird Al released the Dare to Be Stupid pastiche a few years later, I knew I had to seek them out.

I bought my first Devo cassette (Q and A) at Happy’s flea Market in Roanoke VA when I was in high school and it rocketed to the top of my play list. I then bought all the Devo I could find, first on cassette, then on vinyl, then on CD and beyond.

How would I have been able to tell my high school fanboy self that in 20 years, I’d be shaking hands and shooting the shit with one of my musical and creative heroes at an art show in LA? It’s inconceivable and yet here is the photo proof!

Mark was super cool to talk to and even though we only chatted for a couple of minutes, there was no sense of pretense. We were just a couple of guys with pieces in the same art show.

Here’s a blurry shot of mine:

and his:

:)

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Friday Five: 6/10/11

Arcade Dominator

This guy pwns the arcade like WHOA!

SMACKA SPIDEY (sNSFW?)

Dick smackin’ to the spider-man theme.

50 State stereotypes in 2 minutes

Fun and offensive and so so true!

Robot juggler

Robots make another job obsolete.

Physics presentation involving PONIES!

For all you Bronies out there. If you want to get an A+ on your physics presentation then it’s a good idea to involve ponies! ponies ponies ponies!

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June 8, 2011

Transitions…

Filed under: blog — Tags: , , — Tod @ 11:59 am

Before our trip to LA, I bought a new shoulder bag to replace the one I got from the paper a few years ago. It was starting to fall apart and was not going to hold up through the trip. I spent a little more on the new bag than I wanted, but figured it would look nicer when I went to meet potential clients than a ratty old bag with the newspapers masthead on it.

I took a moment to appreciate the relevance of swapping all my belongings from the old bag to the new one and took a few photos of everything I lug around in my bag on a daily basis.

STUFF IN MY BAG:

A. pencils
B. ball point pens
C. sharpies
D. broken pen
E. Rant by Chuck Palahniuk
F. spare toothbrush
G. coffee stirs
H. unused ear buds from ipod
I. ricola
J. flash drive
K. a lint
L. an old Life’s So Rad patch
M. a fuzz
N. dental wax
O. sketch book
P. photo booth pic from Corey
Q. receipts
R. Dragon Quest XI game notes
S. notebook
T. 1” buttons
U. $3.75 in quarters
V. thank you note from a caricature gig
W. a bill
X. microns
Y. Nintendo DSXL
Z. art journal (with tumblr meet up sticker on it)
AA. deodorant

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June 6, 2011

#musicmonday: Handsome Boy Modeling School – I’ve Been Thinking

Handsome Boy Modeling School – I’ve Been Thinking (Feat. Cat Power)

This song was playing on Joey’s car stereo while we drove down Sunset Boulevard to the Meltdown comics and the Gabba art show. It was totally chill and perfect. Here’s a video of someone driving down Sunset (not us) so you can get a feel for how awesome it was :) .


(there’s no music on this one, but you can mute it if you don’t want the auto ambiance)

I’ve been thinking Lyrics:
Be my boy, be my boy
Be my boy, be my boy

Be my boy, be my boy
Be my boy, be my boy

I’ve been thinking about those things you said
I’ve been thinking about those things we did
I’ve been thinking about those things you do
I’ve been thinking about those things you made me do too

Be my boy, be my boy
Be my boy, be my boy

I was hypnotized
By your fairy eyes
Like a tiger in the dark
You were hungry from the start

Be my boy, be my boy
Be my boy, be my boy

Diamonds, candy pills
One million dollar bills
You can try
But you can’t buy me, buy me

Diamonds, candy pills
One million dollar bills
You can try
But you can’t buy me

You can slide slide
Slippity slide
Hip hop
And don’t stop
I’ll never be
On my knees

You can slide slide
Slippity slide
You can hip hop
And don’t stop
‘Cause I’ll never be
On my knees

When I saw you on the street
I just had to look away
You were so sweet
Sexy Steez
Lay back relax
Street boy please
Wait a second it’s gonna take awhile

Slide slide
Slippity slide
You can hip hop
And don’t stop
I’ll never be
On my knees

You can slide slide
Slippity slide
You can hip hop
And don’t stop
I’ll never be
On my knees

I’ve been thinking ’bout
Why you act so proud
I’ve been thinking ’bout
What’s this shit about
Am I losin’ control
Am I losin’ my soul
Just tell me am I losin’ you

Be my boy, be my boy
Be my boy, be my boy

Be my boy, be my boy
Be my boy, be my boy

Diamonds, candy pills
One million dollar bills
You can try
But you can’t buy me

You can slide slide
Slippity slide
You can hip hop
And don’t stop
‘Cause I’ll never be
On my knees

You can slide slide
Slippity slide
You can hip hop
And don’t stop
‘Cause I’ll never be
On my knees

I’ve been thinking ’bout
I’ve been thinking about
I’ve been thinking ’bout
I’ve been thinking about
Losing you

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June 3, 2011

Friday Five: 6/3/11

Face morphing optical illusion

Stare at the red dot. While it’s moving, the changes in the face are hardly perceptible. When it stops, you can see a whole range of changes taking place.

Well excuse me princess

why was link’s catch phrase “Well, excuuuuse ME, princess!”

Extreme sheep herding

I wanted to write this off as bad CGI, but watching the process throughout the video makes me believe they actually did this. Is this what androids dream of?

The cultural policy of piracy

The Baby Bullet

infomercial gone wrong with this horrifying re-edit. it’s a bit long, but it’s so scary you won’t be able to turn away.

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