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Monday Tunesday: BPA – Toe Jam

06.16.2008 @ 11:43 AM in Culture
This funky upbeat video from UK group BPA (The Brighton Port Authority) features Dizzee Rascal and David Byrne, and a very clever use of censor bars. Kinda not worksafe, eh? [flashvideo filename= image=/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/bpa_toe_jam_flv_sh.png /] Via Discobelle

So You Think You Can Dance is Cobrastyle

06.13.2008 @ 1:54 PM in Culture
The only reality show I care about this year is So You Think You can Dance. The format is like American Idol, but with dancers, ya know, people with real talent and their own styles, The music featured on the show is anything but sugar pop, I heard Lady Gaga last night, and almost shit my pants when last night's opener was to "Cobrastyle" by Robyn. Check it out. the choreography was by Wade and Amanda Robson. You can get Robyn's album on Amazon DRM-Free, for $8.99. So do it.


06.13.2008 @ 1:18 PM in Culture
If you ever read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (or the movie, FTL), there is a certain section about a whale that just happens to be, and describes its journey to the end. In Douglas Adam's novel, the whale's journey is innocent and play-by-play; he's so busy taxonomizing his surroundings to notice his demise is the green ground that he's so eager to name. But what if, what if you knew the end of your life, and could see it? What if you knew you only had a short time to live? How would you live it? This struggle has been told over and over, but this time, as a sentient meteor in the digital short Fallen. [flashvideo filename= image=/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/fallen_flv_sh.jpg /]
  1. Directed by Wolfram Kampffmeyer and Sascha Geddert
  2. Animation: Wolfram Kampffmeyer
  3. Shading, Rendering: Sascha Geddert
  4. Compositing: Sebastian Nozon
  5. Music and Sounddesign: David Christiansen
  6. Produced by Stina McNicholas
  7. Production Company: Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
via - Mikropikol

Fancy a Schaffas?

06.13.2008 @ 12:29 PM in Culture

What would you get if you sent artists all over the world a wooden blank like this and ask them to create what they thought a Schaffas would be? You might get back a myriad of characters as unique as the name... So, whadayhell is a Schaffas anyway?
The International Fauna Dossier describes a schaffas (Marcum-Schaffidius) as a gentle and un-aspiring creature of great mystery. This exhibition will demonstrate the various and complex forms that the schaffas adopts. SCREAMDANCE, Adelaideans Sam Barratt & Chris Edser, have hand-picked art-friends from all over the world to customize their own breed of schaffas. They were each sent a similar blank shape and given free reign to add, subtract, paint or destroy these objects. The response was inspiring with a wide variety of styles and approaches covered.
THis one, while not very elaborate, is awsome. YArrrgh! Meet the Schaffas

Yelle: Tristesse Joie (Rolf Honey Remix)

06.12.2008 @ 6:42 PM in Culture
Face deep in a work project this week and next, but I didn't forget to post. Here's some new Yelle, featuring the teckonik dancers again.

Hugo: Cat of 1000 Faces

06.03.2008 @ 6:30 PM in Culture
Hugo (played by Walter) brilliantly transforms in to 1000s of characters with the help of his unique disguises: MOO MiniCards (
Check out episode II and the rest of Jonathon Howells' Work on his YouTube Page.

SCADShort: Pencil Face

06.03.2008 @ 5:33 PM in Culture

Pencil face is a short film, featuring a little girl who happens upon a giant lewd faced pencil, and uses it to draw things that come to life. Part of a monthly short film release project created by a group of SCAD alums calling themselves the Dandy Dwarves. [flashvideo filename= image=/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/pencil_flv_sh.png /] Pencil face was directed by Christian Simmons and released in May  2008. Click here to watch the film in hi quality. Via Boing Boing PS - This counts as my 700th Post.  whadayanow......

DJ Xotec: Marcella’s White Party VIII (redux) part 1

06.03.2008 @ 2:41 PM in Culture

I had to barback the White Party at Marcellas, and I was so busy with drunken VIP's, I barely had time to listen to the music spun by our three favorite resident DJ's: Charles Masters, Dj Lil Joe, and DJ Xotec. Alright, so Xotec is really just once a month, but he USED to be resident. Anyways, after realizing we weren't going to be able to record the whole night, Xotec promised us a White Party mix, and here it is.. well the first half at least.
  1. Download - DJ Xotec - Marcellas White Party XVIII (redux) part 1 (114mb, 256kbps) [audio: _party_XIII_redux_part_1.mp3]
I removed the radio hip-pop mini set and the break in tunes for the 50/50 raffle, but otherwise it’s pretty close to what I performed at Club Marcella’s White Party on Sunday may 25th. It’s Marcella’s White Party - so of course it’s commercial vocal house, free, gay and happy….with a few little warped bits and re-rubs to twist yer panties up… It’s in two parts….part one is now ready for your be-dazzled “hello kitty” hot pink i-pod….enjoy! Part two to follow soon… WARNING underground dwellers - HIGH COMMERCIAL CONTENT!

Track Listing

  1. Danity Kane - Damaged (xotec’s return to sender re-rub)
  2. NBG vs Alicia Keyes - Candy for No one (x’s re-rub)
  3. Depressed Mode / T-Pain - Cyclone Can’t get Enough
  4. Enur - Calabria (x’s edit)
  5. Bohannon - Let’s Start the Dance (Secret Service rmx)
  6. Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love (Shapeshifters rmx)
  7. Hatrias/Flipside/Seminara - Just the Tip
  8. Britney - Piece of Me (x’s sloppy seconds re-rub)
  9. Sinden - Beeper (A-Trak rmx)
  10. Kat DeLuna -Whine Up (J Vicious rmx - x’s re-edit)
  11. Lil Mo Ying Yang vs Rihanna - Reach for the Music (x’s re-rub)
  12. Gusto - Disco’s Revenge (x’s mama say knock you out re-rub)
  13. Diana Ross - I’m Coming Out (white label rmx)
  14. Jaydee & Laidback Luke vs JT - Plastic Technology (x’s re-rub)
  15. Madonna - Give it to Me (x’s re-edit)
  16. M.I.A. - Paper Planes (Scotty B rmx)
  17. D Ramirez / Tocadisco vs Lil Wayne - Lollipop till the Daylight
  18. Natasha Beddingfield - Pocketful of Sunshine (Stonebridge rmx)
  19. Alan Braxe/Fred Falke vs OneRepublic - Intro Apologize (x’s re-rub)
  20. 75 Brazil vs MaryJ - Work it Out (x’s re-rub)

[Charles Masters, Buffawhat, Angel]

Bonobos: Pants for Real Guys

06.03.2008 @ 11:30 AM in Culture

My workday is half sitting on my ass in an office, and half roaming about the community with a recreation group. I need pants that fit well, look nice, and can flex without ripping or rubbing my leg hairs right off. Up until now, I've been stuck wearing chinos's, taking a hit on fitting, because I need the casual cut to get around. Till now, I've been looking for a pant that wins on all three, something I can wear that was made for me, my style, and doesn't cost me tailor prices. Till Now. I ran across Bonobos first on Uncrate, a site devoted to gear and goods for guys. They called them the holy grail of pants, and I liked the look of them so I meandered over to to take a peak. First glance at the site, it looked like Bonobos were made for preppy well-off guys that wouldn't dare walk into a department store for anything more than a wedding gift for a cousin he despised, let alone a pair of slacks. But damn, were the pants enticing, so I took a deeper look. Bonobos are pants that feel like your favorite pair of jeans.  I'm sitting at my desk now, in a fresh pair of Shoguns, and my ass feels SOOO good. There's no bunching, I feel supported and very comfortable. The material is sturdy, yet light corduroy.
Bonobos exists to solve to two problems we had ourselves. (1) Men's pants do not fit well; they are either baggy, frumpy, and unflattering. Or way too tight. We make pants that fit and look better, on most gents and especially on guys with athletic builds. The second problem (2) is retail. How could we enjoy paying 120% markup to try on clothes in an uncomfortable public environment where sales associates—who are total strangers—either scrutinize our figures, or pay no attention to us at all? Meanwhile, pricing games are no fun. We're tired of waiting for sales... but paying full price makes no sense when inevitably everything will go on sale. We got tired of the traditional retail shopping experience. So we are building a different kind of clothing company, one that offers a fantastic customer experience, innovative low-cost distribution, and a stylish product that fits well.

Bonobos come in various style, materials, and colors; each style has a limited one-time run.  Each pant is also gracefully bootcut, with a playful, colorful lining. And, on the Shoguns at least, a hybrid snap/slide fly button which I thought was the coolest thing ever. To ensure that each pair fits, they all ship one length. If you have a puerto rican living with you and a mini sweat shop (like I do), you can get them sized the same day. Prices aren't bad either (most are between $110 and $130), but what I thought was the most amazing thing was the Band of Brothers discount they gave me for working the field of non-profit/human service. For that, I am incredibly grateful. Pants this sweet, you won't be able to find in stores. Bonobos only sell online, with a understanding open return policy, much like Craftsman, or Tupperware. If I could replace my wardrobe with one line, (and I probably will over time), it will be Bonobos, 'nuff said.

Monday Tunesday: Ratatat – Mirando

06.02.2008 @ 2:39 PM in Culture

Eli turned me on to Ratatat during one of his self important rants where i was inclined to pay attention; I'm glad I did. The NYC Electronic duo has been turning up beats since around 2004, and they've been on tour with Bjork, Daft Punk, Interpol, and CSS among others. Their sound is upbeat and purely instrumental, a type suited for walking down a sunny street, or as soundtrack for a mellow indie house party, involving Pabst Blue Ribbon. Their Latest release, "LP3," is slated for July, with the single "shiller" released on 7" vinyl. Here's the latest release, the unofficial video for "Mirando", an video mashup of Predator, created by band member Evan Mast. [flashvideo filename= image=/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/ratatat-mirando_flv_sh.png /] Get to the Choppa!