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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

28 December, 2010

2010: The Year's Most Awesome Concert

Two-thousand and ten was a disastrous year for music-oriented events in Lebanon. Or at least it would have been if it wasn't for the legendary Gorillaz stopping by for a much appreciated visit last July. Aside from the eight-hundred million House music events that took place throughout 2010 (and that don't really count on this blog), it seems to me that the musical standards were lowered considerably by this year's selection of both local and international concerts/events. Although congregations like The Beirut Groove Collective did strive to improve the quality of music that is being provided for the Lebanese public, the concert world was not following good trends. If we could tell Byblos International Festival what we thought of their lineup this year, we would say something like: "Really, Byblos festival? I mean, Riverdance is pretty and all, but no, seriously... really?" But we would apologize afterwards for being so rude, and thank Byblos festival for having the sense to sponsor at least one absolutely awesome show in 2010. We present the official MechanoChameleon award for Most Awesome Concert of the year to the Gorillaz, for a performance that was part of their Escape to Plastic Beach world tour. The show featured special treats along the lines of De La Soul and Bobby Womack, as well as an interesting performance by the Syrian National Orchestra.
Photos by Heavy G.

Shiny Happy Damon
Bobby Womack!
Heavy G runs into Posdnous from De La Soul before the show

27 December, 2010

Internet Interestingness: Awesome Shots of Awesome People

Bowie, Iggy, and Lou Reed
Marlon Brando
Salvador Dali walking his anteater 
Young George Lucas and unfinished R2D2
Chewbacca and Princess Leia caught in the act
Gandalf the Gay
The Beatles getting ready to cross Abbey Road

26 December, 2010

Music Video: Flying Lotus's "Zodiac Sh*t"

Now this is an awesome video! Short but sweet. Kind of reminded me of Air's "Sing Sang Sung" music video. Beautiful animation, and a sick track to go with it. Flying Lotus is the great-nephew of the legendary John Coltrane. 'Nuff said. Check it out!

24 December, 2010

Listen: Three Tracks by Rufus Wainwright

You love him too? Or have you heard about him but never got around to actually listen to his music? (except that one time when you were really drunk at that place and you couldn't be bothered to listen. Hey man, we're not here to judge) You're in the right room either way.
We've selected three tunes by the lovely Mr. Rufus Wainwright that rank high on the 'Songs you Should Listen to Before you Die' list. *Interesting fact: Our statistics department tells us that the Canadians have taken over approximately 70% of the SSLBD list. Please note that numbers and figures are not always accurate due to the fact that 'Songs you Should Listen to Before you Die' is, as of yet, a completely fictional list. Rufus is awesome, nonetheless. Enjoy ;)

Find more artists like Rufus Wainwright at Myspace Music

Find more artists like Rufus Wainwright at Myspace Music

Find more artists like Rufus Wainwright at Myspace Music

22 December, 2010

Watch: "Wake Up" - Arcade Fire featuring David Bowie (Live)

Canada, I love you!
Now that we got that out of the way, let me begin by introducing today's music video: "Wake Up", performed live by Arcade Fire & the legendary Mr. David Bowie. No, it's not "The"Arcade Fire, it's just Arcade Fire, thank you very much :)
We don't usually take much of an interest in video recordings of live performances, but this here video in particular is especially interesting because it includes not one, but two of our revered artists. "Wake Up" was featured in one of the trailers for Where the Wild Things Are last Summer. And just like the fine gentleman who uploaded this lovely video to good old YouTube said, "If you don´t cry watching this, you are dead inside."

Play: Machinarium

Machinarium is one of the more awesome games I've played in the last year or so. Remember earlier this year when we showed a growing interest in Point and Click games? Well, here we are, continuing the legacy. This time with a beautiful production by Amanita Design. From the short preview above, you can tell that the artwork on this bad ass isn't a joke, there's A LOT of attention to detail, and this is essential for the game-play. Machinarium also gets a 9/10 for soundtrack selection for having a wide and varied range of ear-pleasing tunes throughout its many complex levels. The Chameleon is warning you, this game will be highly addictive, and unless you're some sort of super genius (or if you're cheating, tsk tsk) it's going to take you some time to work your way through the crazy maze that is Machinarium. Play the demo, and if you think you can handle the full version, go ahead and buy it! (Of course by "buy it" we mean download it illegally off the internet) Hey! Who said that?! We don't encourage software piracy on this blog! (Torrents rule!)
Enjoy the game! :)

21 December, 2010

Listen: Three Tracks by Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound is a one man band. Bradford Cox, the man behind Deerhunter, started this solo project in 2008. Here are three of MechanoChameleon's favorite Atlas Sound tracks. Enjoy ;)

Find more artists like Atlas Sound at Myspace Music

Find more artists like Atlas Sound at Myspace Music

Find more artists like Atlas Sound at Myspace Music

18 December, 2010

Save the Trees: Creative Christmas Alternatives

TBWA Office: the designer folks on the 6th floor made their very own x-mas tree (mghara, baby Jesus, three kings and all!) using print-outs that would have otherwise been thrown out. Source: Aline K.  

Shankaboot Office: The hardworking kids responsible for the oh-so popular web drama have put together this kick-ass two-dimensional tree. Click on the image for a closer look at the multitude of awesome tiny objects (pez dispenser FTW!) that were used as decorations. Source: Arek D. & Farah N.

(What used to be) M Lounge, Broumana: Mario's Christmas tree from a few years back. Now THIS is creative! :) Source: Sara J.

17 December, 2010

Music Video: Mark Ronson's "The Bike Song"

This tune pretty much summarizes our theory on life and how to live it. Check it out, shake shake!

13 December, 2010

Music Video: OK Go's "Last Leaf"

Our favorite music video makers are back with another awesome stop-motion video, this time perhaps even better than the last. This epic clip is accompanied by the easy going tune entitled "Last Leaf". What a gem! Take a look. The 215 slices of bread used here were all destined for disposal, so no hungry folks were harmed during the making of this video :) Enjoy!