Category Archives: rap

Happy Worldwide Pinhole Day! (and happy Easter!)

Today is Worldwide Pinhole Day! Check out a pretty interesting write-up courtesy of the BBC here. And here’s the link to the Worldwide Pinhole Day’s website.

Oh – and Happy Easter and Happy Passover to those who are also celebrating. I’m going to go shoot off a few rolls of pinhole film while I make some matzo brittle before some (kosher for passover) Easter dinner.To quote the prophet Will.i.am: “L’chaim!”

[CC licensed image via Matt Calow]

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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.

some posts just don’t need a title

I know it’s not new, but it still makes me smile. And the added bonus is everytime I hear, see, or hear mention of Kanye, I think of this.

Zach Galifianakis and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

MCA, Cancer, The Beastie Boys, and how social media is changing the news

Yesterday, The Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch and Adam Horovitz  (more commonly known MCA and Ad Rock) put up a YouTube video as a splash page to the Beastie Boys homepage basically announcing that MCA has cancer of the parotid gland and a lymph node and they would be postponing tour dates and their much-anticipated upcoming new album release.

Fortunately, they didn’t seem all that concerned, so hopefully all will work out well. It’s interesting to see YouTube replacing the traditional press release. The Beastie Boys release their message via YouTube, and the news outlets, including giants like the New York Times, are writing articles entirely based from the video. (NTY article) It’s a unique format in that it offers both information (assuming the creator provides it), and quotes that one can’t extract from a traditional press release. The reporters can comment on mood, atmosphere, setting, and tone, all of which don’t exist in a normal press release. Interesting to see, and certainly speaks volumes for the validity of (at least some) social media outlets.

And as expected, as soon as the news broke, MCA’s Wiki Page was ammended like clockwork.

On a side note I’m amused by the NTY article referring to the guys as Mr. Yauch and Mr. Horovitz. makes me chuckle a bit.

And in other Beastie Boys news, there’s a recently released closer-to-finished version of “Too Many Rappers” featuring Nas. You can check it out here.

illcommunicationAnd one other Beastie Boys tidbit: Fifteen years have now passed since Spike Jonze directed the video for “Sabatoge” and the Beastie Boys have released a remastered version of Ill Communication, complete with a bonus disc of extra tracks. Definitely worth picking up.

Bloodhounds, beatboxing, and telecommunication

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I saw this last week and just got around to checking it out. And I have to say, it’s pretty incredibly awesome. Even though I can’t quite put my finger on it. It’s probably just the bizarreness of it all. Done for Tele2 telecommunications by agency Forsman & Bodenfors. It kind of reminds me of the Verizon Beatbox Mixer from a few years back. Except with a dog.

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A Pop Music year-in-review ( in just five minutes )

Mashup artist DJ Earworm is back with something that can only be described as amazing. In United State of Pop, Earworm took the top 25 tracks from the Billboard hot 100 list for 2007 and proceeded to mash them into one five-minute-long track that is wonderful, confusing, bizarre, impressive, amazing, and disturbing. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about the current state of pop music.

Check it out at DJ Earworm’s site or via Mashuptown [click here].

If you need a bit of an intro or a refresher on the whole idea of mashups, check out the wiki page, take a browse through Mashuptown (a great mashup blog/resource/advocate), then check out Mashup 101 with Granny Sue Teller, and if you’re still craving more, you could always check out DJ Earworm’s own book on the mashup available at Amazon.

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Still on Vacay, New Tea Partay, and Monterey Bay with Pepper Spray

So as the title implies, I’m still kickin’ it in California, enjoying some unseasonably moderate and beautiful weather. Not a whole lot of exciting news, except for Barry Bonds (which frankly, I’m not all that enthralled with anyway), and my trip to Monterey. While peacefully enjoying the Aquarium (which is frankly incredible), our trip was abruptly cut short when the aquarium was evacuated because of a pepper spray incident. Fun times. I’ll post pics to my flickr as soon as I figure out how to get pics off of the camera I was borrowing.

And in advertising related news, I’ve come across the second iteration of the music videos promoting Smirnoff Teas. In case you never saw the original Tea Partay, check it out here. This new version is the Boyz in the Hillz west coast answer to the East Coast P(rep)-Unit’s Tea Partay: The Green Tea Partay.

When I was in New York last time, I got a chance to listen to BBH‘s Kevin Roddy discuss the ideas and the success surrounding the Tea Party campaign. I’m glad to see it continue – and I’m glad to see the West Coast puttin’ up a fight.