• Rock N’ Reel: The Runaways

    Many films have been made over the years either exploring the lives and careers of influential musicians or using bands within the plotline. The fixation seems to be on rock acts. Gary Oldman portrayed the role of Sid Vicious in the movie Sid and Nancy which is largely based on the bassist’s destructive relationship with his girlfriend Nancy Spungen during the late 1970s. On a lighter and more kitschy note, the Ramones were featured in the musical comedy Rock and Roll High School. Rock n’ roll loving students take over Vince Lombardi High School, with the help of the Ramones, when they are confronted by their oppressive principal and angry parents.

    The latest addition to the rock n’ reel genre is the upcoming film The Runaways.  

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    Mayer Hawthorne – I Wish It Would Rain

    Fuck yeah! Mayer Hawthorne turns my favorite song off his album into a video.

    [Props to Pros Thoughts]

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    OK Go Does It Again

    What do you get when you mix a gaggle engineers, a warehouse in LA and OK Go? A three minute fifty three second Rube Goldberg from hell that is the band’s new video for their single “This Too Shall Pass” off their new album Of the Blue Color of Sky. As one can clearly see the new video smashes the bands former claim to fame treadmill video. No really, they actually smash it with a sledgehammer. The band hired Los Angeles based arts and technology collective Syn Labs to construct a machine that they could “dance with” for the new video, and boy does it dance. The giant mouse trap like contraption was constructed in a month and a half by upwards of sixty people working round the clock. The video, done in one continuous shot on a Steadicam, has some pretty spectacular moments, and even plays on a few themes that the discerning viewer might notice. My favorites include the Lego car that goes zooming across a mini road scene and into a road block, only to show up later as a full sized vehicle that down a ramp setting a giant arm in motion.
     

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    Godspeed Guru

    On February 28th, highly respected rapper Guru suffered a heart attack and slipped into a coma. On March 2nd, he had surgery and doctors say he is expected to fully recover. Guru, born Keith Elam, made an official statement and said “I am doing fine and I am recovering! I’m weak though”. His music as part of legendary hip-hop duo Gang Starr and as a solo artist is loved by many. Guru’s collaborations with artists such as N’Dea Davenport, Branford Marsalis, MC Solaar and Jay Kay of Jamiroquai (the list is endless) on the Jazzmatazz series remind me of many nights in college chilling with my friends.
     

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    Mood Music

    Betcha By Golly Wow – The Stylistics

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    Mood Music

    Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

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    Mood Music



    Give Up The Funk – Parliament

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