Draw something to John Mayer

Quiet for a few years, the singer and guitarist John Mayer is back with a brand new album. The official clip of the first song, Queen Of California, has been released but the visual is not very good in my opinion. The singer walks for all the duration of the video, nothing too exciting. Actually, it just makes me think about a failed version of the great video from The Verve, Bitter Sweet Symphony.

Fortunately, Brainbowinc has patched it up with a great art work. Indeed, the team of this design organization has decided to create a new video using Zynga’s mobile game Draw Something.

As a reminder for those who don’t have a smartphone (yeah my iphone was stolen two months ago and I’m surviving with a first generation phone, so I am compassionate), this is an addictive application where the goal is simple : there is one player who draws an image and the other one guesses what it is. In short, it’s a new way to waste time when you’re bored at work. At least, it’s creative.

Draw Something knows a dazzling success on App Store and Brainbowinc had a simple but brilliant idea. They decided to make a new version of the videoclip using the application.

“There is something really charming about the medium — the strokes — and I love the anticipation when you watch someone’s drawing being revealed,” Jimmy Thompson of the design studio Brainbowinc told Mashable website.

The principle is simple: A fixed image of the phone and lyrics shown under the form of the drawings which are conducted in rhythm with the song of John Mayer. There is a large variety of images that correspond with choice lyrics : the queen (of course) but also birdcages, a rainbow, a drum kit, an American flag or even a drawing of John Mayer himself with his long hair and new cowboy hat.

A video clip they did without any budget but which doesn’t lack of originality and even looks better than the official one. This video is not an official collaboration with the singer, but she has done so much buzz that even Mayer posted the video to his official tumblr, adding “A must-see. So great.”

A peaceful atmosphere on a geek background. What else ?


Claude VonStroke makes Dublin bounce

The one who doesn’t need anymore presentation in the world of house music decided to return to Irish sides last month, after a lengthy absence of two years.

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Native of suburban Detroit, Claude VonStroke is a producer and dj who leads two labels, Dirty Bird and Mothership. He became known in 2005 with a real bomb,”Deep Throat”, a masterpiece which was at this time a real air breath in this stifling music scene. Indeed, electronic music was becoming more and more boring and this was due to a new scene of failing djs who started buying turntables at 200 euros and proclaiming themselves involved into minimal / new wave whereas they were only introducing two poor beats in each of their whole sets.

The secret of VonStroke is that his music is all but boring. Fun is besides the word that comes up most often in his interviews, he often says that when he plays he just wants to see people enjoying themselves. And isn’t it why we like to go clubbing? To listen to music that make us move our butts and leaves us at the end of with a big smile during all the way back home ? Thinking “Damn, I really had a good time”.

It’s not the first time he plays at the Button Factory, but as everyone remembered his last sets which have made everyone bounce in rythm, the artist was eagerly awaited by all the kids of electronic music.

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11.00pm, I enter the Button Factory. The first part of the night is given to Lorcan Mak, a young Irish man studying Graphism and huge fan of electronic music.

11.25pm : The club is quiet but fills slowly as I sip my drink. I must admit I am amazingly astonished by the quality of Mak’s set. His personals compositions are a bit repetitive but quite interesting and his remixes the evidence of his sharp tastes in music.

11.51pm : For god’s sake, I have to pee… What I’m going to regret because the queue is always long in nightclubs…

00.20am : Aye! I’m back to the dancefloor and it looks like Claude VonStroke made his grand entrance while I was in the toilet. It’s incredible to see how the number of people has doubled in 30 minutes. I try as best I can to direct me to the front of the stage. Thanks to my small size, it works. That’s it, now I can fill my ears with good vibes. The atmosphere is great with the spot lights and lasers and I can clearly feel the outbreak of hysteria for the crowd during the progression between Beat that bird and Paranoid.

00.35am : We’re all crazy, I wonder what is going to be when he will start The Whistler (one of his most famous song).

01.25am : Claude looks so friendly ! It’s horrible to say but it’s true that usually it’s rare to see a Dj looking happy to play. Obviously, I don’t ask them to stop every five minutes to ask us how it goes, but a small interaction with the public, for example, it’s always a pleasure. CVS has this gift.

02.10am : I’m surprised by the content of the set. Quite all the songs comes from his new album. He’s jolting the crowd a rather different way this time. It’s weird, but not the pejorative side of the word. It’s just new. Different. Also, he plays many unpublished remixes. I think it’s his performance only versions.

02.27am : This one is sick, sounds more dubstep than the others but we still can recognize VonStroke’s style by the way he has to experiment the sounds of human voices in his mixes.

03.00am : What’s going on ? The lights already come on ?

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Once again,  Claude VonStroke showed the power of his talent and thrilled the audience,  I noticed that because we all shared the same feeling when the lights went on. You know, this strange feeling which is much the same as when we leave the cinema and we no longer know what we should do, who we should be in this world because we just came out from an other one. This is it.

Claude VonStroke has exhilarated Ireland and I am already and definitely looking forward for his next visit.


Miles Davis is in my baggage.

Hi to all, I’m leaving for the week-end. Destination ? Galway.

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Taking a breath of fresh air will do me good, and while talking about great air breath, I suggest you listen or re-listen Nuit sur les Champs-Elysees which is in my opinion the best song ever from Miles Davis. 

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He composed this song for the film Elevator to the gallows (Ascenseur pour l’échafaud), realized in 1958 by Louis Malle, who is a french director. What’s crazy is that the American jazz instrumentist has no written score before recording the song. Indeed, he just looked at the images of the movie which were scrolled in front of him and improvised the song while watching those scenes. He has played trumpet in a total improvisation, with as only inspiration the images he was watching. An incredible perfomance.

He crosses the range at full speed, a fury that gives a tragic atmosphere to the movie which would be, without Miles Davis’ compositions, a bit trite for my taste.

I don’t know what would be my life without Miles Davis’ music. I can’t wait to be in the bus to listen to him while I would be watching some beautiful Irish countryside passing over.


When Gaga shakes her cake

One is a renowned photographer, the other a revered singer and both have been able to impose their style.

Terry Richardson is famous in the fashion world. He’s the one who catch spontaneous moments, and all this in very simple funds (often white) and with an harsh light. Offbeat.

Among its earlier models we can quote some big names as Kate Moss and Jamie Hince (he was one of the guests of their wedding) but also Amy Winehouse, Jared Leto, Alexander Wang, Lil Wayne, Freja Beha

We love or we hate Richardson but we all must admit he manage to shoot all the it-girls and boys from all around the world.

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As for Lady Gaga, we no longer need to introduce the biggest pop star of this decade. The girl with the dress of meat whose each new song makes people gossip about her. As Richardson, people love or hate her but one thing is sure : everybody knows her…

It seems that these two characters have found their alter-ego so when Terry Richardson and Lady Gaga meet, everyone expects something big!

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Their first collaboration took place in November 2011 with the book Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson, a book in which Richardson presents 350 photographs after a 10-month immersion in the daily life of the singer (urinating, singing, taking a shower, seating in a garbage can…). Obviously, each book priced 30 euros have been successfully sold.

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One year later, the two most eccentrics artists of the moment decided to work on a new project together.

Richardson is not only a photographer, he’s also a videographer… So why not try to do a film project as everybody knows Gaga looks COMPLETELY relax in front of the camera…

The idea came to Richardson in September when the producer of Born This Way’s album tweeted to the world :

“I just made this TRAP s—, so I am going to put it on my soundcloud. Then I am going to give everyone a couple hrs to make a song… You send it back to me and I will put the best one back out for everyone to hear… What do you think?…You take your computer and rap into it, and I will put out the best one! You all have garage band no? Me and @TaraSavelo are going to judge. Extra bonus points for whoever writes a song about @ladygaga”

As soon as he received the song he was waiting for, he submitted it to Gaga. The song was uploaded in sound cloud, named under the title “Trap AKA Cake” with a description “Cake like Lady Gaga”. The singer who is perfomed the song during some of their shows and the phenomena around Cake Gaga turned on. That’s it. Power of internet.

The full image moving project is not over but we already can find two teasers on Youtube.

The first one shows Gaga in underwear fluttering in a pile of cake in rhythm with the song and ending topless and wearing a transparent string in a bath. The second is not very different, except perhaps there is less cake and Lady Gaga is a little less bare at times … In short, two trailers quite predictable and not very innovative.

At least, the title displayed LADY GAGA XX TERRY RICHARDSON is well found.

Still, I’m waiting for the final result, which hopefully will expresses more than the impression of an amateur obscene video taken in an hostel…


A psychedelic journey

There is always a risk between first and second album. Especially when the first album is very good, I’m afraid to be disappointed but at the same time the excitement is endless. This is the feeling I had with Lonerism, the new album of Tame Impala.

They announced they had already completed the second album when the first came out. In general it is a bad sign, you know, hyperactivity. In the end, we do not know why but two years elapsed before the cd to be in stores.

When I was about to forget a bit my love for them because of my Beach Fossil‘s period, Lonerism’s trailer have been posted on Youtube.

This video is the perfect one to present Tame Impala’s universe. Kevin Parker, the leader of the group who seems completely lost but also the merger, lot of fusion. Afterwards this discovery I remembered how much I was in love with the band and spent my summer watching interviews and live versions of songs that I knew by heart … Until the release of Lonerism that crashed into my face like a missile, a missile worthy of World War II.

An album which is a continuation of Innespeaker with the same influences from The Beatles on Like We Only Go Backwards to Animal Collective on Elephant. Some people will say they are getting too comfortable with their success but I would rather say we never change a winning team. We recognize Tame Impala’s style but this is even better than the first album.

I feel like if there is a thousand and one song at the same time. It is more tortured, more confused but also full of details that teem everywhere.

With title songs such as Apocalypse dreams, Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control, the group seems to send us the perfect BO of a deposed youth, while maintaining a colorful brit-pop aspect.

The second song of the record is called Endors toi (tribute to Parker last year spent in Paris). That means “Feel asleep” and it’s without difficulty that we accept this order. Guitars are so beautiful that they tear your heart. Then, a mysterious voice emerges from the vortex in which we fell in and we let ourselves carried away in a bright melancholy. Parker doesn’t know what to think, feels inpuissant faced with a world in perpetual change… What we can understand.

At the end of the day, each song stands out and has a particular function in this beautiful psychedelic journey of 51 minutes called Lonerism… To the point that I wonder if Kevin Parker recorded some subliminal messages so that we all love his album.

So yeah, we have languished for a while but it was worth it.

 


When kitsch becomes trendy

Now that Azealia Banks and Rihanna have appropriated this graphic universe, it’s time to clarify things : What is Seapunk ?

A little return to the roots is necessary to understand the phenomenon. Something easy because this artistic movement was born on the Internet, a place where you can find all the archives. On June 1, 2011, @LILINTERNET posted on Twitter:

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This simple message has spawned an hashtag and afterwards to an artistic movement : #seapunk. 

However, the real father of Seapunk is definitely Tumblr.

Three years ago, a large platform called Tumblr began to be flooded with psychedelic images and gifs with sea creatures (dolphins, shellfish …) but also many fluorescent objects, outmoded clothes, religious symbols, smileys, bleached colors, geometric shapes, oriental graphism and an aesthetic coming from the 90s. All wrapped in montages created with shoestring (Webcam, Paint and a basic use of Photoshop…)

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It stings your eyes, isn’t it ? Aesthetically, the movement is directly recognizable and seems to belong to a kind of new Soft Grunge.

Seapunk movement has no sense or any reason to defend. It’s rather a huge moodboard from 2.0 generation which spreads through fashion, graphics, and music.

For me it was only a “Tumblr” movement but I realized that the phenomenon had reached its peak on internet when it became a meme.
Indeed, many pop stars have recently blatantly used some seapunk graphics for their new productions. We have noticed Azealia Banks in her Atlantis clip who was wearing a crustaceans bra while waddling on a dolphin in front of a virtual ocean.

Then, it was Rihanna’s turn who sang her new song Diamonds in the middle of a seapunk decoration on Saturday Night Live.

The graphics used in the screens of Rihanna’s performance are clearly based on the work of the video artist Jerome from LOL Boys who belongs the seapunk movement.

The creator of LOL Boys and others founders of the movement have quickly expressed their dissatisfaction and their anger on the social networks because they know that from the moment a pop star like Rihanna is seen in this universe (which was unknown by the large public before), most of the people are going to think seapunk belongs to Rihanna, it will be popularized and will lose its original idea.

But like all phenomenas born on internet, this situation was expected and now that the seapunk movement is taking another form, all the people who once dreamed of a leather jacket with barnacles instead of the studs will soon have to find a new wardrobe…