Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Little Nemo dir Winsor McCary (1911)

One of the first color animation films, depicting the creation of the classic comic. Caution: racist iconography herein.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Aphex Twin on MTV (1996)

Perhaps the most intriguing thing is how the girl seems to be, like, in love with him or something.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Wave on 20/20 (1979)

Could you imagine a mainstream news piece getting it this (almost) on the mark nowadays? Also, a nice companion to Retromania, noting the undeniable debt of punk/new wave to the 1950s.

Monday, September 5, 2011

David Bowie- "Crystal Japan" video

The commercial that wound up being the origin of "Crystal Japan", the Bowie b-side that Nine Inch Nails eventually knicked for "A Warm Place"

David Bowie- Boys Keep Swinging (Saturday Night Live, 1979)

Starring Klaus Nomi
This has to be the strangest SNL performance ever.
As noted in the user comments for this video, the phobic SNL crew decided to cut out the phrase "other boys check you out", but failed to censor the puppet erection he made for his marionette costume.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Submit to Me Now dir Richard Kern (1987)


Lydia Lynch
Clint Ruin (Foetus)
Nick Zedd
Lung Lef
et al.

Synchromy No. 4 dir Mary Ellen Bute (1938)

Fantasia ain't got shit on this.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Programme X: Secret Weapons dir David Cronenberg (1972)

Programme X: Secret Weapons by IndieMoviesOnlineUSA

featuring a great soundtrack by Syrinx- anybody know anything about them? I'm guessing they're Canadian...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stereo dir. David Cronenberg (1969)

Cronenberg's first full-length, about a group of polymorphously sexual telepaths being studied at a nearly empty fully modernist psychiatric center. Interventions by the psychiatrists to use their abilities to form a commune/replacement family unit are hidden from the camera but described in cold clinical detail on the voiceover. Echoes of Ballard, whom the Canadian Cronenberg had likely did not know at the time, are all over. These parellel sensibilities would of course collude with Crash (1996), but would also reach a head in 1975's Shivers (also known as They Came From Within), which mimes Ballard's 1975 novel High Rise in an eerie tandem.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

David Bowie- "Space Oddity" (Love You Til Tuesday Version) (1969)

The earliest, folkiest version of this song had quite a high budget. This is especially interesting since the song never charted until a much later rerelease.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

The War Game (1965) dir Peter Watkins

A prototype to Threads/ The Day After, The War Game invented the docudrama form and examines hypothetical fallout from a nuclear attack on Britain in horrifying footage.

As an aside, curious if any one knows if this film is the origin of the record label name Honest Jon's. In the film, a nuke is nicknamed an Honest Jon and I haven't seen any other colloquial use of the term.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Reverend Andy C and MC GQ- Praise it Up @ Baptazia (2007)

Connecting the ecstatic ecclesiastical energy of Southern Shaker churches with the similar manic vibe of drum n' bass.

Sesame Street Alphabet

The alphabet has never been present so interestingly since.

Philip Glass- Geometry of Circles (1979) Sesame Street

Reminds me a bit of a more euphoric take on voice work by Morton Feldman.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Future Sound (2010) dir Jamie Whitby

Future Sound - An Underground Electronic Music Documentary from Jamie Whitby on Vimeo.

feat Roska, Scratcha DVA, Black Down, Lisa Blanning, K-Punk, SBKRT

Dialtones: A Telesymphony (2001-2002) Golan Levin

A brilliant piece composed on cell phones best documented on the limited edition 2002 album from Staalplaat (OOP, but available online if you search for it). These types of ringtones are already becoming one of those de-circulated technologies representative of a bygone era. Expect them to make a huge comeback in ten years along with modems and pagers. Yet again, Meat Beat Manifesto will have been prescient.

Grubby Little Hands- Uneek (2011) dir Brian Melton

GRUBBY LITTLE HANDS - UNEEK from Brian Melton on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Majlis al Jinn (Meeting Place of the Jinn) (2010) dir. Paul H Williams

Majlis al Jinn (Meeting Place of the Jinn) from Paul H Williams on Vimeo.

Majlis al Jinn (Meeting Place of the Jinn)

Paul H Williams's films (via Ballardian)"continue to mine this unique nexus of Ballard, Islam, rampant development, industrial isolation and subsonic hums. These filmic miniatures form a unique, ongoing travelogue, often shot from the upper-level hotel room high above the clouds that has served as Paul’s home for the past year, recording his nostalgia and emotion at the absence of his family in the UK, as he captures the evolution of the cityscape warping the desert below".

This film also features beautiful music by Williams himself