well damn!

Hey Rosetta! – Red Heart
January 24, 2009, 10:20 pm
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As if I haven’t plugged them enough here, a music video can’t hurt! I swear I’m not obsessed with Newfoundland’s Hey Rosetta!.

I really love the video’s setting, it’s an open field, there’s an autumn tree, minimal amounts of gear. The track itself starts off with quite a driven drum line so it’s only fitting to begin with a shot them walking to the dig site. I find the whole video is very mysterious after that to be honest. It’s quite foggy, but it all fits with the actual song, to be honest, I spend far too much time trying to figure out what this record is actually saying. A few minutes into the video a girl in a white dress appears. Is she a ghost? Is she lost? I don’t know! And then a human heart appears, it’s not bloody or anything but I mean…it’s a heart! A red heart! You see where this is going I’m sure…

Premise: 8/10
Match for the Music: 8/10
“Acting”: 9/10
“Cinematography”: 8/10
Points for the actual “red heart”:    3/5
Music Itself: 5/5
Total: 41/50

If nothing else, watch it for Tim Baker (the vocalist)

Shad – The Old Prince
January 21, 2009, 5:27 pm
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I haven’t reviewed a music video lately, and I can’t believe I overlooked this one.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH8SDiPPjoc

When I was little I watched The Fresh Prince of Bel Air religiously. I grew up watching Will getting into trouble, Carlton bailing him out and Hilary asking daddy for money. The opening sequence to the show has become one of the most prominent icons representing the 90s. Tackling such a premise can get ugly, but Polaris Prize nominated Shad did a really great job with this one. The video is essentially a take by take remake of the Fresh Prince opener. He gets into the cab, plays basketball, gets caught creating some graffiti, it’s all there! Don’t forget to read the names for the credits, they’re fun little puns/lines from the lyrics. There’s even a nice shout out to mine and Shad’s hometown, London (instead of Bel Air’s Hollywood). It doesn’t hurt that Shad’s got this great like-ability to him. My favourite is most definitely the end. “Just vibe with it”.

Premise: 10/10
Match for the Music: 8/10
“Acting”: 9/10
“Cinematography”: 10/10
Points for Re-Staging a 90’s icon:    5/5
Music Itself: 5/5
Total: 47/50


New Layout
January 13, 2009, 2:31 am
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Instead of sleeping I decided to change the layout. I really disliked not having a sidebar, but I otherwise enjoyed the design of the previous layout. Unfortunately WordPress isn’t the most flexible of hosts, so after a few weeks of deciding I settled on Benevolence and attempted to create a header.

I think I somewhat came through on the graphic design angle. I mean I did spend an hour drawing that guitar. And by drawing I clearly mean tracing, but not bad for someone who probably hasn’t done anything creative with graphics since 2006. I’m not going to lie though, I’m itching to change the stylesheet! </nerd>

As a preamble/warning, I’m totally going to get my ass kicked this semester, though I do have Tuesdays off, and a ridiculous schedule with many breaks. I will try my best to blog at least once a week.

In the mean time, here’s what’s been through heavy rotation on my iPod in the last few weeks
Conor Oberst‘s self titled
The Hold SteadyStay Positive
Elliott BroodMountain Meadows

Songs I Like
January 9, 2009, 1:07 am
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A quick list of songs I’m currently digging.

1. Metric – Help, I’m Alive
I’m not a huge Metric fan at all, but this track is just creepy and powerful enough, I’m obsessed.

2. The Hold Steady – Sequestered in Memphis
Yeah I jumped on The Hold Steady bandwagon really late, but I just picked up Stay Positive and this is a fantastic sing-a-long track

3. Brasstronaut – Requiem for a Scene
Because who doesn’t enjoy a protest song against hipsters?

4. Rae Spoon – Come On Forest Fire Burn The Disco Down
Kind of a country version of Tegan and Sara, minus the Tegan (or the Sara). Another quasi-protest song. Seems like I have a theme going on here.

5. The Gaslight Anthem – We Came to Dance
I’ve been trying to find The ’59 Sound for the past few months but cannot find it anywhere, I happily settled for Sink or Swim and this is one of my favourite tracks.