Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Unedited Footage of a Bear (Adult Swim)

AB Solutions, a division of WHAM City and the creative team of Alan Resnick and Ben O'Brien, uploaded their second installment of shorts for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.  Unedited Footage of a Bear is a truly dark journey into a drug-addled mind, and a searing indictment of the modern medicinal mentality.  It is also a highly entertaining and challenging effort that should be watched more than once.

Resnick and O'Brien, already having started to define their aesthetic of cultural riffing in previous efforts such as Live Forever as You Are Now, hone in quickly on their artery of madness.  Unedited Footage of a Bear blows through the walls of its television commercial conceit quickly and in ten minutes will go further with its reality construct than the viewer will believe possible.  Skillfully the team directs the protagonist (played with a virtuosic range of emotion by Kerry and Jacqueline Donelli) through a series of obstacles of the mind that is sort of like watching Luke Skywalker see himself as Darth Vader in that cave on Degobah but way more frightening.  If you watch closely you'll see a number of our favorite local-types making brief appearances in the short, including Whammers Connor Kizer and Dan Deacon, as well as M.C. Schmidt of Matmos, Robby Rackleff and a tune from Ed Schrader.  To further confuse casual observers there's a website.  In short, this spectacular effort raises the bar yet again.  I absolutely can't wait for their first feature.

Monday, September 15, 2014

DDM - Come Thru (video)

Back in June when the Summer was still new Baltimore rapper DDM dropped this absolutely amazing, super-slick video.  The song, Come Thru, is typical of DDM's bravado.  The video, directed by Funzito, is an engaging, sometimes visually clever foray into quick cuts and animated flourishes.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ESMB - Televan (video)

So I'm way behind in posts for new Baltimore music videos.  We'll start with the most recent and work our way back.  Almost two weeks ago punk/poet Ed Schrader and bassist Devlin Rice of Ed Schrader's Music Beat released a video for the high-energy, pseudo-surf rocking tune "Televan".  The video, directed by Justin Barnes, is of strikingly simple construction, but manages to capture the aggressive energy of ESMB.  Supposedly they made it in 24 hours.  Considering the busy schedule of the band, it was a day well-spent.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat: Televan from Justin Barnes on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Schwarz - "Hands Up, Don't Shoot"

In Ferguson, MO the issues that usually bubble under the surface of this country are spilling out into the streets.  There is little that can be said about this tragedy that hasn't already been voiced a hundred times, but now there is another layer to the soundtrack.  Local DJ and producer Schwarz just dropped an absolutely amazing Bmore club track using samples of the protestors in Ferguson chanting, set against the wail of police LRAD systems.  Calls for justice have moved into the club...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Baltimore! Brought to you by Budweiser!

As is the fad these days, yet another corporate interest has backed yet another music blog to "report" on and co-opt the music scene here in Baltimore.  The word is out that if you need something that reads to key demographic groups as relevant and smacks of real, authentic DIY than all you need to do is grab your 4-camera DSLR team, a few associate producers, and Lance Bangs and head to Baltimore.  So it is that VICE magazine's music arm, Noisey, made the video below and put Budweiser's logo on it.

The video itself is produced well, although it doesn't really go into any uncharted territory.  It does manage to get a few DIY luminaries to talk about how great their underground scene is.  How underground is a scene that seems to keep craving, and receiving, national attention?  I really enjoy the part where MATMOS manages to complain about people recording shows in other cities while they're doing an interview on camera for a YouTube channel primarily stocked with concert footage.  The tone of the piece is very positive, and it does make the city look like a place most viewers would want to be.

The funny thing is a lot of people are upset about this video, but no one seems to have a good reason.  Rockers complain online that they weren't featured and that it focused on the noise/GLBT-friendly hip-hop side of things.  Of course, if you want to be in the video than you aren't cool enough to be in it <emphasis sarcasm>.  I saw a complaint about some of the artists not actually being from the Baltimore scene (Animal Collective came of age in Brooklyn, NY and MATMOS is a transplant from San Francisco) but this is clearly referenced in the video and doesn't make their opinions on the scene less valid.  Hipsters that sport their DIY merit badges where their fanny packs were 7 years ago bitch about it being corporate, but after the whole GEICO fiasco last October ignorance is not an excuse.  If a team of people with high-end gear walks into a club and starts asking for interviews it is up to you to ask who's paying for all those cameras.

It should be noted that I am affiliated with the Metro Gallery, which is one of the venues featured in this video.  For what its worth, the team represented themselves as being from VICE, and didn't mention the corporate sponsorship.  No one asked either, and it isn't the first time the Gallery has had corporate interests focus on local talent with our venue as a backdrop.  The frustration I felt over the GEICO video was because of how completely wrong the information it it was and how uninformed the narrator seemed to be.  This video, despite people's feelings on it, manages to paint a fairly accurate picture of what is going on here.  The presentation, including the corporate sponsorship, is a part of the scene.  Congrats, Baltimore.  We made it.

Friday, August 1, 2014


The best festival this Summer is only 3 weeks away!  The Fields Festival, featuring a large portion of your favorite Baltimore bands, is going to be an absolutely awesome event.  Ever wondered what it would be like to be with all the creative freaks of Baltimore in the woods?  Wonder no more and buy your tickets here!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ping Pong - Mighty Mark ft. TT the Artist (video)

Butts.  Lollipops.  Beats by Mighty Mark and TT the Artist talkin' about booty.  More butts.  Colorful "glitch-scape".  Art direction by Felipe Goncalves.  Still more butts.