This is one of the creepiest/most intriguing videos I’ve seen in a long while now. It’s a live performance of Tiny Tim singing the song The Other Side to a bunch of little girls. The song is about the ice caps melting and all the strange things you find under the rising water. While he’s totally a huge weirdo I have to say that I think his performance of the song is kind of amazing. But just be warned, once you see this you can’t unsee it, and further more you may get this creepy song stuck in your head.
Ugh. When the hell is U.S. Treasury going to start hiring actual designers to start dictating the look of our money? In the video above you get an interactive tour of the shit-tastic new $100 bill which features a quite fluid, rubbery bill and a background filled with all kinds of horrific lens flares.
I don’t give a damn about a security ribbon or a bell in an inkwell that makes the money harder to counterfeit, nor do I think any other normal person does. I think what we need it something that looks good, seeing as how for the time being it’s a global currency. I think the design should also help those with vision problems be able to tell which bill is which easier. I think it’s even less about aesthetics and more about usability.
It’s kind of like when you have a website designed by a developer. Sure you need the developer to build it, but 99% of the time they have no idea about aesthetics or how to make it more user-friendly. Massive fail U.S. government.
I think we’re all aware that Japanese culture is quite different from anywhere else in the world, but I think it’s these quirks that also make them so interesting. Take for example their obsession with insects. A new movie coming out called Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo is about the fascination some Japanese have with insects, and I guess beetles specifically. The documentary actually looks pretty rad if it’s anything like the trailer above.
From a Western point of view it seems kind of weird fascination but it’s a topic that I’m excited to see being explored. Kind of like spelling bees (no pun intended) there’s something so mundane but interesting about these hobbies. Also, is the song a reworking of the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army? It’s pretty rad. They also have one of the best film posters I’ve seen in a while…
Depending on how you look at it, I have a rather charming/unfortunate habit of spontaneously dancing when I hear a song that appeals to my rhythmic sensibilities. Now, I don’t start crumping and thrashing around as though I am auditioning for So You Think You Can Dance, but there is more than a little bit of toe-tapping involved.
Anyway, when reading through the archives of blog Neon Enlightenment I discovered a fascinating interview with British electro-pop outfit, We Have Band. As I had not heard of them I did a quick search and happened upon the video for “Divisive.” With colourful pops of yellow, wriggling human bodies shaped into the words of the lyrics and an infectious beat, it is one of those songs that immediately made me want to break into jumps and expressive hand movements.
Thankfully, I was in the privacy of my home at the time.
I feel like miniatures are making quite a comeback these days with ideas like tilt shift videos or Christoph Niemann’s New York in Legos. Big ideas are made of small things? Anyhow, this video for Christopher Smith’sGently Gently is about a little adventurer travelling through a snow globe world where he’s chased by a mysterious creature.
The video was directed by SALAZAR, the director of photography was Todd Duym, art direction by Hitoshi Okamoto and the assistant set decorator was Robin Hunt. You might remember SALAZAR as the creative team behind that weirdo Babe Rainbow video I posted about a month ago. If you’d like to see some of their behind the scenes photos you should click here.
Also, I’m guessing this video was inspired by Martin & Muñoz, the duo who make those disturbing snow globes. I think this is sort of evolution of their work, but it should definitely be pointed out that M&M did it first.