It’s Friday, it’s almost the weekend, and here’s a delicious Mixcast to wash your cares away. This week’s Mixcast is based around the theme of women’s names. I think most rock stars end up going through break ups or fall desperately in love so women’s names tend to be quite prevalent in music. Not that there are only male singers on this album.
For the album artwork I hunted through my old National Geographic’s and found as many odd images as I could, putting together a diverse collage of woman-ness. The back is my favorite though and I didn’t have to do anything to it, that’s exactly how it was.
Here’s this week’s tracklist: Jolene by Cake Griselda by Yo La Tengo Vanessa From Queens by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Ashley by The Dodos Tila and I by Harlem Dear Jennifer by The Clientele Selfish Jean by Travis Oh Christine by The Cave Singers Pretty Mary K by Elliott Smith Carey by Joni Mitchell Savannah Smiles by Okkervil River Anna by Taken by Trees Shirin by Jens Lekman Ada by The National Goodnight Laura by Spoon
I spotted this little video on Vimeo’s featured videos page and was extremely curious about it. It’s a story about “a girl named Eddie who spends her pocket money obsessively hoarding fireworks and carefully planning for cracker night. When it finally it arrives, Eddie and her family head to the local football oval. In the frosty air Eddie lights the fuse of her first cracker and experiences a pivotal moment, one of the seemingly small experiences of childhood, that affects us for the rest of our lives.”
To say that this short film is beautiful and touching is an understatement. The little girl Eddie, played by Edith Cattell, is absolutely amazing and I believe every second that she is this character. The styling of the film is spot on as well. It’s set in the 1980′s and everything about it feels like the time period without falling into any cliches. The film was brought Cannes in 2003 and won the Palme D’Or – Short Film award, so clearly I’m not alone in my passion for it.
The directors name is Glendyn Ivin, and I really hope that he gets some sort of feature fim some time soon, I think he could make something really special. I’d also like to suggest you check out the short film he made with his six year old son about their three chickens which is called The Brunswick Browns. I smiled and giggled a lot and it should make you happy as well.
My friends over at Ghostly sent me this video for their artist Syntaks, which is made up of Danish duo Jakob Skott and Anna Cecilia. The video was directed by Mr. Skott and features an elaborate mixture of old and new footage all merging together, kind of like a dream. It reminds me a lot of when I work, how I like to mix together images to create something new and original.
Ghostly’s hooked me up with the MP3 of Blue Sunshine as a free download, which you can download here. You can also download their Mistral Moon EP (as you can see to the left) for free as well by clicking here. I love what Ghostly records does, and there really isn’t any label like them, so if you’re not familiar with them you should definitely pay them a visit. Maybe I can start giving away some from MP3s to sample on Fridays along with the Mixcasts?
Could be fun.
The other day for whatever reason I started thinking about the opening credits of the G.I. Joe movie, you know the animated one from 1987? I found it with a little difficulty but it was totally worth it. I remember watching the scene above when I was really young, I mean the movie came out when I was 5, so it must have been some time after that. That opening is what I think of when I think of G.I. Joe.
So I was quite curious to see how horrible the new live-action movie was. I visited my nearest video store (read: Google) and watched the whole damn thing. I really can’t understand how you can screw up a movie so badly. They didn’t shoot blue and red lasers, everyone was related in some way, and Snake Eyes had a face built into his costume.
I don’t even need a complex plot line! Just make it a war movie about people shooting at each other and beating one another up, I would have been happy! I think Quentin Tarantino should have done G.I. Joe instead of Inglourious Basterds. His version could have been a mix between Basterds and Kill Bill, with weird, over the top characters and lots of action. Any other directors out there that would have been good for this movie? Maybe Paul Greengrass’ Bourne-style version?
Sticking with this futuristic vibe today I’ve got a really short but amazing little video from the folks at Bonsajo, a Japanese “visual performance unit”. The video features a bunch of random shapes being blown apart and smashed together, morphing in and out of each other and all kinds of crazy things happening. I could honestly watch something like this for hours. Can someone make a screensaver like this for? You’d be my god.
I also really like that they presented it in a square format, something you don’t always see. I think it’s fun when people play with formatting like that, it changes things up a bit.