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.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Trigger Happy" - Baynard Woods responds to BCPD "Happy" Video

I'm a little late to the game on this one, but it nicely wraps a few themes I like to harp upon in this blog together.  First off, the Baltimore Police Department, apparently overjoyed at having 50,000 followers on Twitter, published this video on June 30th.  It is predictable, kind of nice, and more than a little ironic.

Baynard Woods over at the Baltimore City Paper made this video rejoinder to illustrate how far off target the police's priorities are and published it July 8th.  Since then it has gone viral and has got to be one of the most dynamic examples of video activism I've ever seen.  The Baltimore Police Department gives more ammo to critics to shoot down their public image efforts than most departments.  This explosive video = bullseye!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Celebration - Tomorrow's Here Today / Bosley - Just Like You (videos)

Celebration, the indie-veterans of Baltimore responsible for some of the best music this city has ever heard, just published an amazing video for the track "Tomorrow's Here Today".  This blistering track is  from their upcoming new LP Albumin, scheduled to be released August 19th.  I am really looking forward to (hopefully) seeing that release party!  The video is directed by Matt Riggieri and produced by Digital Cave Media.  This creative team is responsible for a large portion of the best Baltimore music videos produced over the last few years, including Bosley's Neon Magazine and videos for Wye Oak, Great American Canyon Band, and more.  The collaboration between all these heavyweights doesn't disappoint.  As neon colors strobe into painted dancers the visuals of this highly-stylized video ramp up.  As expectations grow regarding the exploitation of a technique known often as a "mirror" effect on the video, the effect itself is turned upside down.  The result is engaging, and the video a triumph.

Back in February Digital Cave also had a hand in yet another Bosley short.  With some absolutely stellar work in the past behind them they all managed to produce a completely different and very impressive video for the tune "Just Like You".  The track is off of Bos's first album Honey Pig.  His second LP, The Dirty Dog Radio Show, was released March 15th.  The accompanying video must have taken an awful lot of time and patience to produce, and the simple but striking result is complimentary to the song and enjoyable to watch.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ghiant - Elemental Functions (video)

Ghiant is a guy named Donald Ian Black who makes music and lives in L.A.  Using a variety of instruments, he writes catchy pop songs.  Bill Dewald is a guy that I went to school with here in Baltimore, but he ran off to L.A. and is now a successful editor and general movie-type.  You may remember Bill's name from Hummercatz - which you need to watch immediately if you haven't seen it yet.  The track Elemental Functions is off of Ghiant's new release, his third LP, A Discussion of Head Noise.  This delightful video was painstakingly rendered in the old AutoDeskAnimator program that is as old as it looks.  I love everything about this video - from the earnestly corny yet slyly composed animated sequence to the ruminations upon the big-picture explored in the vintage film footage.  Watch below...
GHIANT "Elemental Functions" (OfficialVideo) from INFINITE CRUX on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Future Islands - Time For the Show (Yours Truly)

This blog has been looking a bit like a Future Islands fanpage lately, but they are just killing it.  Still touring in support of Singles, their recently released LP, the band played a well-liked warehouse in Baltimore in February.  Yours Truly posted last week a short video with a few words from Sam Herring, vocalist of Future Islands, and some really nice footage of the show.  The sound is exemplary and makes me want to listen to the whole recording from that evening.  Check it out below.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wye Oak - "The Tower" (video)

AB Video Solutions, the dynamic duo of Alan Resnick and Ben O'Brien, have come up with another great video for another great Baltimore band.  The song The Tower is off of the soon-to-be-released new Wye Oak album Shriek and follows the new guitar-less form of the album.  The video, directed by O'Brien and starring himself and Cricket Arrison, features two painters and a lot of really great choreography.  The video's upbeat nature and the downbeat feel of the song create a nice see-saw of energy and the results are very fun to watch and listen to.  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Matt Reed VJ's OCDJ!

Last Summer OCDJ rocked the house at the former Coward Shoe and this blog managed to record and post the set.  Since then it has gone on to be one of our most popular posts and now it seems it has inspired a video.  Animator and video artist Matt Reed just sent me a link to a trippy, colorful VJ set he uploaded. set to OCDJ's amazing 33 minute mix.  Now your eyes will melt along with the rest of you to this chip-tune sample-riddled banger.