Jason Sivers imagines a world where it’s not our computers & cell phones that unite and achieve sentience, but rather our boxes of tapes, Ataris and alarm clocks that we forgot to clear out from our parents’ attics.
As I said the other day about the marching band version of this song, OK Go have been so generous to pour themselves into these videos to remind us that anything is possible, even a two-story Rube Goldberg machine synced to a pop song.
I have to say this every time I mention Harper Simon, but I didn’t discover his 2009 debut album until a year after it had been released. It wasn’t for lack of paying attention, it simply had barely been reported on in the indie music press. Which is criminal, because not only is Harper the son of Paul Simon, but the album is completely amazing. So, quit jumping the shark with this Wavves and Sleigh Bells crap and start doing your jobs again in 2011, ok guys?
Jena Malone stars as the girl Harper loved and lost (except for as a friend).
If you’re not a parent, you may feel some bafflement as to how parents can feel such deep love for these tiny creatures who can barely eat by themselves, usually smell like food and/or poop and have ruined their sleep, social and sex lives. But I can tell you, something, like an embedded microchip you didn’t know was there, switches on when you have a child, and the love you feel for them transcends any feelings you’ve had for anyone, ever.
So, to lose a child is probably the most heartbreaking thing that could ever happen to a person. Portland’s Black Prairie tell this story with grace, using only a few instruments, words and scenes.
As we close in on the final, more specific categories of the year’s best videos, the number of videos that fit into those categories is getting smaller and smaller. Despite the fact that the dream that you’re back in high school and are completely unprepared for your finals because you’ve forgotten to attend class all semester is pretty much universal, the number of good music videos that take place there are still relatively slim.
There’s something that happens in the brain during adolescence that makes colors look brighter, food tastes better, time seems infinite and music feels like it could carry you out of the solar system. Our nostalgia for this feeling is a big factor in the success of GLEE—a show I also enjoy, though I often wish it relied less on autotune & slick, overcompressed production.
Here’s a scene I’d like to see on GLEE in the new year: A freshman, bearing a strong resemblance to a young Corey Feldman or Dominic Monaghan, develops a crush on a teacher and gives her an uncomfortably intense serenade at the school talent show.
GLEE’s creators flirted with the idea of taking over the school via the PA system in their Madonna-themed episode, but failed to achieve the potential blissful anarchy they could have because (1) it was a teacher who put the music on the PA in the first place and (2) there is a limited amount of anarchy you can achieve with Madonna as your soundtrack.
Something that occupies a good percentage of our brain activity is the question of whose authority, control or dominance we are under, how we feel about the position we find ourselves in, and what is the best response to our circumstances. Because of this, these relationships are a rich source of comedy.
A bowling alley worker (who bears a strong resemblance to The Jerk-era Steve Martin) has had his life taken over by three beautiful women in party dresses, with an endless supply of confetti and balloons, and whose true nature is somewhat of a mystery.
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