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Music video blog that also includes video, audio, and interactive media. You'll find some reviews and recommendations from the underground of the entertainment world, covering music, film, gaming, and more.
Rummaging through the interweb since 2010

30 August, 2010

Music Video: Air's "Sing Sang Sung"

We think it's one of the best music videos of 2009, and we know you'll agree. The Beatle-esque animation is absolutely amazing, if you didn't like this song before, chances are you'll like it a little bit better after you see the music video. The song is off of Air's latest album, entitled Love 2. Enjoy!

Watching for Sound

An Audiovisual Project

As part of our ongoing campaign to eliminate all forms of boredom, we have taken the time to select and carefully compile a list of films that are not only visually, but also audibly appealing. What does all this mean? It means that we have listed a bunch of movies with kick ass soundtracks. Over the next million years (estimated time), it will be our job to watch all of these films and review each of their soundtracks. The list is constantly growing, and suggestions are welcome. Of course, I know as well as you do that this is all just a pretext to watch movies, but hey, I say if you're going to be useless, you might as well share it with the world. So, world (or in this case, Mom), here's our starting list of movies and their corresponding score composers:

Disney's The Jungle Book (1967): Various Artists

o Death Proof (2007): Various Artists

o Caramel (2007): K. Mouzannar

o Pride and Prejudice (2005): Dario Marianelli

o Grizzly Man (2005): Richard Thomson

o Marie Antoinette (2006): Various Artists

o Pulp Fiction (1994): Various Artists

o Jackie Brown (1997): Various Artists

o Underground (1995): Goran Bregović

o James and the Giant Peach (1996): Randy Newman (his cousin)

29 August, 2010

Sunday Selection: Death In Beirut

Sundays are shite. Everyone knows that. What can we do to make your Sundays a little less suicidal, you ask? Well, a lot. In fact, the following post provides detailed recommendations which (if you follow) could potentially keep you busy for hours. Between running down to the nearest DVD rental place and finding a good quality version of the music to pirate off the interweb (but downloading music is illegal, I'd never do it...never ever), and of course the countless hours you'll be spending on today's gaming recommendation, well it looks like Sunday won't be so boring after all.

Watch: Quelques Jours en Septembre (2006)

A Few Days in September was written and directed by Santiago Amigorena. The film is about undercover agents, and is shot on location in some of the most beautiful spots in Europe, including but not limited to the city of water, Venice. The film explores several topics, spanning from human relationships of all kinds to the underground operations of international espionage. The ending, whether you see it coming or not, is quite mind-blowing. Practically every frame of the film is visually perfected; in one of my favorite scenes, Juliette Binoche (who pulls off one badass agent, by the way) takes off her glasses and the entire screen fades to a blur for quite some time, finally when David (Tom Riley) asks her why she always takes her glasses off, she places them carefully back on and says, "to see things differently". If that isn't ambiguous enough to spark your interest, how about this: a deranged, cold-blooded homicidal John Turturro, reciting William Blake's "The Tyger" after another successful murder. I'll stop there, wouldn't want to ruin it for you.

Listen: For Emma, Forever Ago (2008) - Bon Iver

Resident movie and music critic here at MechanoChameleon, the one and only Heavy G, gives this one an 8 out of 10 for "sublime melodies and a perfect melange of pop and folk". I can't but agree, Heavy G, this is a pretty good album. Granted it may get a little bit melancholy at times, but I suppose if you're in that kind of mood (and people here often are), it makes for a great listen. After just nine little tracks, you'll start to feel it. What is that you feel? We like to call it 'appreciation'. It's a good feeling. One thing's for sure, Bon Iver's calm, almost unworldly sound gets this album a spot on our top 100 picks of the decade (a fictional list, as yet).
Did you know that 'Emma' is actually a variation of 'Erma'?

Play: Neutral's Room Escape Games

Some genius over at this website has created a number of games that are referred to as 'room escape' or 'point-and-click' games. You may have heard of point-and-click games, but trust me, you haven't played the real deal until you've played Neutral's Room Escape games. The point of these sorts of games, for those of you who aren't veteran online gamers, is that you slowly work your way out of a room you are trapped inside by closely inspecting your surroundings for clues and threads. They are the ultimate in brain-teasing games, and sometimes you will need to resort to the walkthroughs (it's not cheating, it's having the courage to admit that I need help). Quality animation makes for a perfect simulation of real life, and an enjoyable, though sometimes seemingly impossible game. Neutral's Room Escape games are some of the more well made point-and-click games out there. There are several different options on Neutral's page, our favorites? RGB and Lights. Enjoy!

27 August, 2010

Watch: Dubai: An Elephant in the Room

Dubai: An Elephant in the Room is the title of this short but heavy video, shot and beautifully compiled by the visual master himself, Heavy G. The clip is part of the Short Fuse Film project; so far the boys have unveiled a number of short films that are visually charged and humorously intelligent. Note the totally awesome soundtrack selection for the short films. The video below samples a particularly epic track by Mono/Poly entitled "Distant Form". If you have some free time on your hands, I would definitely recommend the rest of the short films on the channel. Watch Dubai: An Elephant in the Room below:

23 August, 2010

Music Video: Kaki King's "Pull Me Out Alive"

The King has dropped some pretty good tunes in past albums. My all time favorites remain unchanged, "Night After Sidewalk" from her 2003 album entitled Everybody Loves You, and of course, "Gay Sons of Lesbian Mothers" from ...Until We Felt Red (2006). The music video is from her 2008 album, Dreaming of Revenge, and on the whole I think it's safe to say that the album was a success; "Pull Me Out Alive" is just a small sample of the awesomeness of Dreaming of Revenge, but if you plan on doing some "further listening", allow me to recommend a track entitled "So Much For So Little". You will be particularly delighted with this last song if you're well-acquianted with her older, less vocal songs.
Kaki King's 5th and most recent album was released earlier this year, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy, so look out for a review soon. Yes, I'm talking to you, readers. Both of you. The album is called Junior and according to the official site, the basis of the album was "Espionage, particularly the idea of living a double life". Sounds good to me.

22 August, 2010

Sunday Selection: The Joy of Unemployment

People will tell you that you can only be unemployed for so long, and then it just gets boring. But those people are lying. If you're broke and living at your grandma's, like me, the only way to escape the afternoon boredom is to immerse yourself in a fine selection of audiovisual experiences. In this post, you will find the highlights of this past week's entertainment, brought to you straight from my grandmother's living room. Nickleback fans, the Sunday Selection is not for you. Over and out.

Watch: Shallow Grave (1994)

Danny Boyle has directed quite a few recognized films, including Slumdog Millionaire, The Beach, the impeccable Trainspotting and A Life Less Ordinary.
When I first saw Shallow Grave I had just submitted my final paper for a course on Films Noir. Let's just say, if you like psycho-homicidal dark comedy, black-and-white film in colour, and Ewan McGregor in the olden days, then this one is right up your alley.
Heavy G, our very own resident movie critic, gives this one an 8.6 out of 10 for "great plot line, kick-starting the careers of Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor, and razor-sharp DEADLY humor". 

Listen: Yeah Ghost (2009) - Zero 7

Although it may not be my favorite Zero 7 album, Yeah Ghost is definitely a good listen. The album is, as only Zero 7 can deliver, the perfect fusion of funky, laid back beats, brain-tingling electronic melodies, and carefully selected guest vocals. 
In previous albums, Zero 7 have featured Sia and Jose Gonzalez as guest vocalists, both artists are MechanoChameleon favorites and worth a check out. Yeah Ghost features guest vocalist Eska Mtungwazi on a couple of great cuts, including the upbeat "Medicine Man" and the slow and somber "The Road" (a song that actually reminds me of the movie The Road)
The album concludes with a legendary 6 minute instrumental tune. And FYI, legendary is one step ahead of epic. Yep.

Play: Okami (PS2/Wii)

Not a fan of video games? That's ok. (It's not, but anyway) Okami isn't just your average video game; it's a work of art. The gameplay is animated entirely in a style that mimics waterpainting, a homage to traditional Japanese art. The story is loosely but brilliantly based on ancient Japanese mythology. You, a.k.a. Player 1, are the sun goddess, you also happen to be the most bad ass white wolf in video game history.
One downside is that there's no room in Okami for a Player 2. Still, for the lone gamer and the quiet observer alike, Okami is quite the trip. The colors, the music, the odd characters, and the engaging mythology were only a few reasons this game was voted IGN's 2006 Game of the Year. 4 years later, it's still my personal PS2 favorite. Watch the awesome gameplay here.