Blog Breakdown

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 October, 2010

Skateboarding in Afghanistan

Here is one of our favorite pictures from photographer Noah Abrams's collection on the fresh skateboarding scene in Afghanistan, of all places.

Kinda cute, huh? But if you go here or click on the picture, you'll be able to take a look at the rest of the shots. And I must say, for a war-torn people, those guy have got some pretty sick skating skills. Thumbs up to Mr. Abrams.

28 October, 2010

Watch: Feel It All Around by Washed Out

This isn't the official music video for Washed Out's absolutely awesome, laid back tune "Feel It All Around", but it may as well be! The video, produced by FictionTV, is a total feel-good trip, and so it works quite perfectly with the track. What a stunning final shot! Have a look, you'll like it ;)

27 October, 2010

Music Video: Beastie Boys' "Sabotage"

We enjoy a blast from the past every now and then. And what better video to post than this classic 1994 smash hit? These white boys don't need much of an introduction, so we'll let you get straight to the watchin'! Enjoy ;)

25 October, 2010

Watch: "Beerful": A Short Fuse Film Production

This is the second Short Fuse Film video we feature on the blog. Yes, the boys are just that good. The clip below was filmed and edited by Tony H. Khoury and Karim Koleilat, two thirds of the Short Fuse Film team. The music featured in this video is by Flying Lotus. "Beerful" commemorates the absolutely unbelievable heat of Summer 2010 and documents Rasheed's quest for Almaza, all in a smooth, tasteful style that conveys the peculiarities of Beirut. Enjoy the show below.

24 October, 2010

Watch: The Beatles, Bollywood-style

The MechanoChameleon team (in association with Taher) is proud to present The Indian Beatles, winner of the official MC's Most Ridiculous Video of the Day award. I would like to take this time to personally congratulate each and every person who has worked on this clip. Enjoy :)

Music Video: Bon Iver's "The Wolves (Act I & II)"

You already know we love Bon Iver. And so, for those of you who are relaxing on your balconies at night after a long day of boring work, or even better, those of you who got out of bed just in time to see the very last of the sunset and are looking forward to a slow, lazy rest of the day at home, we give you this music video. It will calm your spirit, we promise.

21 October, 2010

Watch: BBC's "Walk on the Wild Side" Preview

Ah, the BBC! Home to some of the strangest (and the funniest) shows in the world. The following is a preview of a show called "Walk on the Wild Side", and we thought it was pretty funny (thanks Karim!) Check out more previews on the BBC comedy page.
Enjoy, mates!

Music Video: Beck's "Lost Cause"

This is one of our favorite Beck songs. Yes, it's quite old; the album (Sea Change) was released in late 2002, but "Lost Cause" is a classic tune and the music video is worth a watch. Also, consider this an official MechanoChameleon dedication to my very own lost cause: you have perfected all manners of silence, and lost me the game as well as the cause "=]"
Enjoy the video, people!

19 October, 2010

Music Video: Grizzly Bear's "Two Weeks"

Grizzly Bear, one of our latest and greatest discoveries. These kids sure do look weird, but hey, so did The Beatles. This song is part of their 2009 album Veckatimest, but the band has been around since way back in 2006, and since their start they have made some pretty good tunes. "Two Weeks" is our favorite track off the album; watch the video below :)
Warning: content is hot and may blow your mind.

Watch: 8-Bit Marching Band

Marching band and video games; as geek as it gets!

Music Video: The Cinematic Orchestra's "Lilac Wine"

We first heard this song off of a Nina Simone record, and it was one of those aural revelations that you have every once in a while. The video below is a cover of the beautiful "Lilac Wine" performed by The Cinematic Orchestra, yet another of MC's favorites. And as if that combination isn't enough, the music video is a trip. Check it out ;)

18 October, 2010

Play: YouTube Snake

So, since most of our work involves waiting for YouTube videos to load, we have discovered that the new version of the YouTube player lets you play the classic Snake game while waiting for videos to load. What you need to do is go to YouTube, make sure you have the new version of the YouTube player (a quick way to tell: the old version has vertical pop-up volume control while the new version shows you the volume control horizontally), load any video and press pause. Once the rotating circle appears on your player screen, press the up or down arrow, and finally, enjoy!

Awesome Alphabets!

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The Geek Alphabet
The Most Badass Alphabet Ever

The Gamer's Alphabet

The Film Alphabet

Dalton Ghetti's Micro Sculptures

And our favorite :)
The Gashlycrumb Tinies

And while we're on the subject, listen to this awesome track called "The Alphabet" by the talented Mr. Vivek Shraya featuring Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara.

Listen: "Bone Chaos in the Castle" by Kaki King

Another fabulous track from Kaki King's Dreaming of Revenge. Have a listen.

Find more artists like Kaki King at MySpace Music

Also check out our recent post on "Pull Me Out Alive" off the same album.

Watch: Christopher Walken does "Poker Face"

And that is as close to a Lady Gaga post as it's ever going to get :)

14 October, 2010

Music Video: The Bare Necessities (1967)

The following is a part of Disney's 1967 The Jungle Book, one of my personal all-time favorite films. The film has such a great soundtrack that we've incorporated it into our Watching for Sound project. The lyrics are recognizable words of wisdom to anyone experienced in the field of unemployment. Balloo, you are a MechanoChameleon hero by any standard :) Enjoy this blast from the past in HD here.

Are you a Tortoise, or are you a Snail?


Music Video: Laura Veirs' "July Flame"

We have been Laura Veirs fans ever since her 2007 album Saltbreakers. The video posted below is off her most recent album (Jan 2010) entitled July Flame. Veirs has a very peculiar sound, and I must say, it took us a while to get used to her over here at the MechanoChameleon headquarters. But, like all acquired tastes, Laura Veirs sounds better and better each time you listen to her. Even though we absolutely love her earlier works (songs like Don't Lose Yourself and Pink Light are MC classics), we do find the latest single, July Flame, to be a great technical, lyrical, and musical improvement on Laura's last album. The video is totally warped, and it wouldn't have worked better any other way. More stop-motion entertainment for you guys!
Veirs' writing style has always had supernatural, absurdist, and monstrous elements to it, and this music video really brings out her unique voice.
A July Flame is actually a type of peach; Veirs' marketplace inspiration for the album name :) Enjoy!

12 October, 2010

Listen: "Upper East Side" by Experimental Aircraft

Listen to this absolutely awesome song by one of our favorite bands, Experimental Aircraft.

Find more artists like experimental aircraft at MySpace Music

11 October, 2010

Watch: The Cat Piano

The People's Republic of Animation are the ones responsible for the kick-ass clip above (thanks for your recommendation Issan!) with beautiful poetry (and directing) by Eddie White and eerie narration by Nick Cave. The Cat Piano has won several awards since it was released in 2009. If you're a lover of animation, we guarantee that this short film will be right up your alley. Enjoy ;)