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Colin Stetson Live 3am Montreal

16 Sep

When a person or people describe music as avant garde, your initial subconscious reaction is to discover your brain reminiscing about some noisy DIY show you’ve been to in a college city basement or pondering some of the iconic godfathers pursuing alternative techniques of pushing art and music to it’s limits and then some(Zappa, Sun Ra, etc.). You could very well just be grouping for words trying to define exactly what avant garde means. Experimental? yes. Innovative? yes. Crazy? sort of. Weird? maybe.

The French translation roughly means advanced guard, with the adjective English version literally meaning to advance the boundaries. Something that horn specialist Colin Stetson has accomplished with a great deal of success. Colin’s music is not some “emperor’s new clothes” phenomena like some artists I think get away with, his sound is refined, his talent with his instruments reaching great heights, and the skill in producing his performances is nothing short of spectacular.

I had fallen in love with his record, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges, after a trusted friend’s recommendation lead me to acquire it, and after drifting out of heavy personal rotation I saw this video and  it was immediately thrust back in to an even heavier rotation this time around as it was brought to my attention that the entire album is recorded on 24 different mic positions, with no looping or over-dubbing. That simply is amazing! My mind will perpetually be blow by this concept. I am struggling to describe how utterly impressive that is, so I will shut up and let you enjoy the video, which is impressive in it’s own right because there was no audio post production, all the sounds you are hearing where just capture by the live mics in one take. including the cars driving by in the tunnel below.

Colin Stetson – “The Stars In His Head” (Dark Lights Remix)

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Brian

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Dog? Day Afternoon

4 Sep

I recently came across this video, and although I know it is not too recent of a short(over 2 million hits on youtube where it was posted a little over a year ago). So if you’ve seen it, watch it again, because I know you love it already, and you can giggle, smile, and enjoy it all again. For those how have NOT seen this little ditty, be excited. Too be more specific to those how have not seen this, and are simultaneously a Dog Lover, and Star Wars Lovers alike, be really excited!  For your intertainment “AT-AT Day Afternoon” an internet short by Patrick Boivin;

As he explains in the caption on youtube, “When I was a kid, there are two things I wanted badly and never got… A real dog and a Kenner AT-AT Walker.”

Awesome!

Brian

P.S. If you liked it watch the making of, it’s brilliant.

 

 

SICK AT-AT BOOM BOX!

 

Artist Spotlight: Amy Ruhl

19 Aug

Amy Ruhl out of Brooklyn NY is a incredible film maker and visual artist, currently working on a instillation entitled “How Mata Hari Lost Her Head and Found Her Body”.  From the clips I have seen on her website I have been blown away. Colorful, beautiful, and vibrantly psychedelic, she has a clear and cohesive motif without restricting or confining herself. As described in her bio section of her page ” One of her primary concerns is exploring how the advent of cinema uniquely technologized the human body, and more specifically, created a new language to articulate desire and anxiety over the female form.”

 

I discovered Amy through my affinity for the music of fellow Jersey boy Julian Lynch, who Amy has enlisted the soundtrack duties of “How Mata Hari Lost Her Head and Found Her Body”, something I cannot wait to get my mits on, and that you can pre-order here. Amy and Julian have collaborated in the past on the music video for his song “Seed”.

 

So check her out, for Amy’s work is fascinating, gorgeous, entertaining, and thought provoking, and I hope you all enjoy.

 

Be Well.

Brian :]

Inspiration Found

30 Jun

Last night I finally got around to watching Guzaarish. Having seen Saawariya I decided I would see every film that Sanjay Leelah Bhansali had his hand in because he is a visual mastermind. Guzaarish was a beautiful and bittersweet story. The sets were stunning, but not nearly as much as Aishwarya Rai was in this movie.

Did I mention how gorgeous the set was?

You can watch it instantly on Netflix.

XOXO

Jenny C

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