OK Go do it again


How are they able to do this so regularly?

Once again, OK Go have melted my brain with an other amazing video. This time it is for Needing/Getting which sees the band driving a course arranged with over 1000 instruments over 2 miles. Watch it and enjoy. Also, if you like this, why not check out their previous work by starting here.

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The Civil Wars – Billie Jean

Heard The Civil Wars on Jools Holland a few weeks back, they were amazing and were one of those bands that I instantly needed to hear more of. Incredible harmonies and soulful tunes, their album – Barton Hollow, is just fantastic. It was a post from the incredibly talented David McClelland that alerted me to this video of their stunning cover of Billie Jean – Enjoy. And take a look at David’s portfolio if you get a moment.

Nostalgic ravers

Nostalgic look at 90s dance culture courtesy of new Chase & Status video for Blind Faith. Great tune, awesome video. Check it.

What’s your favourite Christmas Song?

There are not enough quality Christmas songs released these days. How many modern songs are on those “Ultimate Christmas Compilation” albums? Not too many that’s for sure. So when I heard that Coldplay had released a Christmas song, I was quite intrigued. Chris Martin was just the man for these things and I figured it would be an instant classic.

What it is however, is a lower end Coldplay tune with aspirations of being a Christmas song. I hope it’s a grower cause otherwise it’s sunk. Anyway, you can decide for yourself by listening/watching below.

Whilst I admired the Rage Against the Machine campaign last year, for me, a better Christmas no.1 would have been Mumford and Sons’ Winter Winds but it just needed a more appropriately timed release and a few more sleigh bells. It feels like a Christmas song without being one. Somehow it manages to evoke that “swaying merrily in the pub” feeling that is essential. And it has that horn section. Perfect! Very festive.

My favourite Christmas song is The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping. Can’t put my finger on it, just stirs good memories and manages to be a bit different with a story of love, optimism and persistence. What’s your favourite Christmas song?

 

Daft Hands

This is still one of my favourite Youtube videos. I love it. The song is awesome but the addition of the video makes me so very happy. The bits towards the end where it is a blur of fingers and hands is just superb. I imagine it was a lot of takes but so so worth it. Too cool.

Enjoy.

Beautiful paper animation of Star Wars

I’m always on the lookout for videos that combine originality, beauty and a gorgeous soundtrack. This video by Eric Power does just that. The paper based animation depicts the original Star Wars Trilogy accompanied by Jeremy Messersmith’s delightful Tatooine. Enjoy.

 

“I’d like to think that there’s a star for me and you,
Spinning round, falling for one another…Twin suns of Tatooine”

25 Years of Mario

So it’s been over 25 years since Mario first picked up a wrench and started doing his thing. I thought I would share this video and a few of my experiences of Nintendo’s favourite son.

The video is something I came across a couple of years ago and had me wishing I could either beatbox or play the flute. Nevermind both at once. Check him out. He’s done loads of great things along the same lines. Properly awesome. There’s just something about that theme tune!

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As for Mario, I first got involved back in 1982 on a trip to New York where I spent my entire visit there with my head in an original Donkey Kong Jr Game & Watch.

Donkey Kong Jr. Game & Watch

This is the view of New York I had as 6 year old

Mario had captured Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr was tasked with rescuing him. I was hooked and saw none of New York, much to my parents’ chagrin.

Some years later, I was introduced to the NES and subsequently the SNES, with Super Mario and eventually Mario Kart all but responsible for less than perfect A-Level grades. On to university and the N64 brought me back to Mario during my 4th year (once again, Nintendo contributing to my grades…) following a brief flirtation with a Sega Megadrive. Mario featured highly although it was James Bond in Goldeneye who got the majority of game time. I have a DS and a DSi in my house now and my kids love them. They love to play the Wii at other people’s houses and constantly moan that I bought a PS3 and not a Nintendo console. Sorry guys!

So, Nintendo and more importantly Mario really have been around and a part of my life for pretty much as long as I can remember. Great effort guys, you really are part of the family.