Archive for February, 2010

28
Feb
10

Never Gonna Give It Up, Never Gonna Let You Down

One of the worst attempts at content control was made when YouTube removed Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” for copyright infringement.

It is unclear when exactly they had removed the video, but the Neowin blog discovered it in the wee hours of this morning (Wednesday, 2/24).
The hilarious 80’s music video became popular again when video pranksters started using it in the middle of other videos that people actually want to watch.

The video had gotten over 30 MILLION hits and according to cnet news, one of the co-authors of the song was complaining about how he hadn’t made a cent off of the video’s renewed popularity.

All in all I think it’s just a terribly futile attempt at content control and I’m fairly confident that the jerks just set us all up for a new wave of Rick Roll videos. I mean, real Rick Rollers know the game and they’re gonna play it. Don’t tell me you’re too blind to see.

28
Feb
10

Gorillaz Leak Superfast Jellyfish From New Album

The Gorillaz long awaited new album Plastic Beach is set to come out on March 6th, but Damon Albarn has already leaked one of the tracks on YouTube.

Superfast Jellyfish is another song with a really catchy good-mood chorus with De La Soul rapping the verse, much like Feel Good, Inc. from the Demon Days Album that was released in 2005. Gruff Rhys from the band Super Furry Animals sings the chorus.

Check it out!

27
Feb
10

Them Crooked Vultures

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Sometimes when a group of veteran rockers gets together to form a “supergroup,” the hype far exceeds the quality of the music. Other times, these groups form out of a simple desire to jam, and Them Crooked Vultures ($29.99NZD) is a great example. Featuring Dave Grohl on drums, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age fame as lead vocalist and guitarist, and Led Zeppelin legend John Paul Jones on bass and a host of other instruments, the group’s eponymous debut finds the trio thoroughly enjoying themselves, mixing in bits of hard rock, psychedelia, funk, and other influences to create an album that echos each of their varied prior efforts without ever sounding recycled. Turn it up, and rock out.

26
Feb
10

Om Nom Noms

The breakfast of champions

25
Feb
10

Curious Displays: Flyfire Without The Fly

Just wow.. and I WANT

Curious Displays from Julia Tsao on Vimeo.

24
Feb
10

Kirsten Dunst in Tokyo – Cosplay Video Shoot

Kirsten Dunst was spotted running around Tokyo’s Akihabara district in an outfit reminiscent of “Sailor Moon.” It turned out Dunst was filming a video with director McG called “Akihabara Majokko Princess” for artist and business entrepreneur Takashi Murakami’s “Pop Life” exhibition at London’s Tate Gallery.

Now the film has leaked online, and in accordance with initial rumors, Dunst does sing the 1980 Vapors’ hit “Turning Japanese” — a song that may not be about masturbation as initially believed but is certainly not actually about Japan. In fact, using the song or its title in reference to anything Japanese is probably the greatest cliché of English Japan coverage outside of photos of a geisha talking on a cell phone.

Murakami’s video project, however, goes for the shallowest interpretation, twisting the “Turning Japanese” mantra into shorthand for the global embrace of Japanese pop culture. Starring in the video are the heroes of the “Japan Cool” movement Murakami himself and Nigo — founder of street fashion brand A Bathing Ape.

This sounds like a high-concept, big-budget art project on paper, but the overall effect is a cringe-worthy parade of clichés upon which Murakami never makes any sort of artistic statement. The video only starts to make sense when viewed through Murakami’s usual modus operandi: Selling the West the Japan it wants rather than the Japan that exists. In other words, “Akihabara Majokko Princess” is not as much art as a pop culture fairy tale for Anglo-American eyes.

Before you hit play this is a warning! Some images in this video could be offensive so I’m going to have to slap a NSFW tag on it.

Vapors’ classic “Turning Japanese”

A small gallery for those stuck at work that cannot look at the video 😀
24
Feb
10

Professor Freezes, Shatters Laptop With Liquid Nitrogen

I take it that this professor does not like people using computers in his lab.