Category Archives: crazy

Why does Australia have the craziest beer commercials?

So as some of you know, I had a short internship doing work for AB, i.e. Anheuser Busch… aka, Bud. I worked on some pretty extreme, pretty intense beer commercials. but I’m not sure that any really came close to this gem:

wow. The Aussies always have some good beer spots. but this spot for Hahn SuperDry might take the cake.

And an insider (and beer geek’s) tip: when a brewing company spends more on advertising than making the beer, I usually pass.

That being said, I’d love a ferret that could hand-cap my brews.

The Beastie Boys have produced an Epic

An epic in the most traditional sense.

Revisiting the classic “Fight for Your Right” music video and picking up where it left off, the Beasties have produced a 20+ minute long star-studded epic. Danny McBride as MCA, Elijah Wood as Ad Rock and Seth Rogan as Mike D, it’s hard to imagine it gets better. But it does. They battle their future selves, played by John C Riley, Will Ferrel and Jack Black…

and the list of cameos is shocking: Rainn Wilson, Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Chloë Sevigny, Will Arnett,  Zach Galifianakis, Orlando Bloom, Amy Poehler, Alicia Silverstone, Maya Rudolph, David Cross, Kirsten Dunst and Laura Dern. Wow.

The short film is full of reverences to previous videos, song lyrics, and random tidbits of the Beastie Boys long and colorful history. Pretty awesome.

In an official statement, the video is hailed for “finally [revealing] the epic tale featuring Beastie Boys of the past, present and future for the world to see. The tale, of course, is the 1987 saga involving the fighting of one’s God-given right to party.”

Sheer brilliance while self-analyzing themselves. About what I’d expect. As soon as I find a full-length stable video, I’ll throw it up here. It’s played a few places/times, but the official release is tomorrow, Saturday 4/23 at 10:30 Eastern at the Beastie Boys website.

Sometimes headlines can actually be clever?

I’m not going to lie… I’m not a huge fan of The Oregonian. between some of their political viewpoints, public policy stances, and honestly mediocre writing, I barely glance at anymore. But that’s no reason not to point out the brilliance of this headline:

and the photo ain’t bad, either. In the doldrums of the winter-spring-greyness season, a bit of humor is difficult to muster up, let alone slap across the front page of the paper. I’m digging it.

Now I want a new pair of Nike Frees

Sometimes, I see stuff that just blows my mind. This is one of those things:

W+K Tokyo gathered up Japanese DJ duo Hifana and got Tomoaki Yanagisawa from 4nchor5 la6 to rig up the shoes, which have flexible accelerometers wired through ’em, and Daito Manabe did the sound programming. The result? Awesomeness.

Some more crazy behind-the-scenes photos are over at Daito’s site here.  Now I want to go get a new pair of Nike Frees. That, and some of those orange-box speakers!

[via hypebeast]

Probably Bad News: probably awesome

While a regular fan Failblog, I’ve somehow overlooked it’s sibling, Probably Bad News, until now. It’s quickly become one of my regular sites to check.  Plus it quickly washes away any regrets I had at not going into news journalism.

Stop motion, skateboarding, and re-animating stopped motion.

This just made my day:

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From Tilles Singer. There’s something amazing going on here. Stop motion video animating still-frame captures of real life. cut out of skate magazines. It’s cool… but it’s also brilliant and mind-bending. I’m amazed and confused by reality (or the lack there-of) at the same time.

Oh… and happy Easter!

Best musical instrument ever?

Why was I not made aware of these sooner? Pure genius. Anyone who remembers the original NES cartridges undobtedly remembers the art of properly blowing on the cartridges… and I never would have made the connection between Nintendo and a harmonica – but it’s brilliant! Check out NESHarmonica at Etsy and be amazed. And as an added bonus, the ROM circuit is included, just in case! I also feel like there’s an Ocarina of Time joke in here somewhere…

[via uncrate]

Commercials above the law

I have a soft spot for local TV spots. Who doesn’t? There’s something about the bizarre combination of a lack of technology, lack of direction and assumption that you’re creating one of the greatest commercials of all time that really touches my heart. And moving to the southwest has provided a plethora of new local TV ads to feast one. There’s one, however, that seems to get air time on every channel at every commercial break, and I haven’t decided how I feel about it yet. It’s Dallas attorney Brian Loncar, “The Strong Arm.” A unique character, to say the least.

and the newest bizarre spot:

I’ve got to give the guy props for having his own YouTube channel. And production quality isn’t bad, especially compared to Eugene standards… and he was able to get (pay) Shatner to appear in one of his commercials (which I can’t yet track down on-line… I’m working on it).

Although it turns out there are a fair number of other law firm spots that Loncar’s competing with. There was an Esquire posta few months back showcasing some other gems alongside The Strongarm, like this guy:

It seems like there’s some definite hidden potential in the Law Firm Advertising sector… i can only imagine what some of these guys could achieve with some superb creative direction and some big-budget special effects. Although nothing will ever come close to my personal hero: Mr. Appliance:

Oh… any to anybody reading from the wonderful TV commercial breeding ground of Eugene, OR, when the hell did Mr Appliance get into the used car business?

The best Halloween costume ever?

Being ‘netless, timeless, and now computerless, spending the time I don’t have surfing the internet I don’t have access too is even more difficult… hence the continued dry spell of posting on this here blog. That doesn’t mean, however that I don’t still search for the cream of the crop.

Many of you know of my love-hate relationship with the beast formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken and their oracle of a Colonel. This past halloween, I concocted an exquisite Colonel Sanders costume, pictures to come. I was impressed. Coworkers were impressed (or maybe just amused by the nearly transparent linen pants). Either way, it was a solid costume. But it doesn’t compare in the slightest to this:

I am amazed. I better start working on next year’s costume now.

Mute Math: Spotlight. A music video in a van?

A good while back, I wrote about the brilliance of Mute Math’s video for Typical. Well, they’ve long since proved they weren’t a flash in the pan, and keep churning out pretty solid music with equally (if not more) impressive videos. At my new job, I’ve found myself subjected to the relentlessly cyclical onslaught of pop music videos, but every now and then, one catches my eye. I’ve always extolled the virtues of one-take videos, and this newest one from Mute Math,  is no different:

Something about filming the entire music video inside of a van is bizarre and boring yet the end result is pretty astounding. Plus, they managed to get the track into the insanely popular Twilight, which gets them even a bit more exposure. I’m eagerly awating the next one.