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by Devin Mainville

12 Nov 2010

OK Go has made a name for themselves with their one-take, live action music videos. These videos, which have included choreographed dances on treadmills (“Here I Go Again”) and with trained dogs (“White Knuckles”), have given OK Go the title of the most downloaded band in history; their clips have been viewed more than 125,000,000 times. Well, the boys are at it again with yet another landmark video for their song, “Last Leaf”. They have left behind the style they revolutionized of the one-take routines and have opted for an animated venture. The band teamed up with Nadeem Mazen and Ali Mohammad, founders of the Serious Business Design, to create a fabulous stop action animation video featuring pieces of toast.  Each second of the video is a sequence of fifteen Samsung NX100 photographs, which OK Go shot with Mazen, Mohammad and a crew of interns.

OK Go will be promoting this innovative new video on the TODAY Show, Thursday November 18th by premiering a video they shot with the hosts of the show. They will also be featured in a special segment about YouTube sensations. The band is also on tour, to support their newest album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, through the fall.

by PopMatters Staff

12 Nov 2010

Jesse Harris largely pays the bills playing guitar for Norah Jones, but he’s also an accomplished solo artist in his own right. This past August, the New York singer-songwriter gave us Through the Night, which PopMatters’ Jennifer Cooke described as “introspective, jazzy pop, but the through-line in all of his work seems to be a pared-down, unfussy approach to music that clearly comes from the heart.” Today, we offer an exclusive download from the album, the über mellow “It’s a Long Way Just to Say Hello”, with the lovely Brazilian jazz touches.

by J.C. Sciaccotta

12 Nov 2010

If you haven’t seen Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by now, you should be slapped into oblivion. Criminally ignored at the box office, this soon-to-be cult classic from Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) was the high-octane highlight of a particularly drab summer.

It also had a kick-ass soundtrack, featuring the likes of Beck, Broken Social Scene, and Metric!

The official video for Metric’s contribution, “Black Sheep”, is now available for all to see. Shot in July 2010 at Comic-Con after a surprise screening of the film, the video is available for streaming below and can also be purchased on iTunes.

by Timothy Gabriele

11 Nov 2010

This nasty jam from a handful of Grime MCs was released last year on Dusk and Blackdown’s Keysound Recordings, but it has recently been remixed by the label owners themselves in a series of dizzying images intended for a live audio-visual experience that rotated around the UK this fall

by Jacob Adams

11 Nov 2010

The Internet offers a plethora of options for those interested in reading insightful and relevant content about popular culture. But, sometimes you need to get your cultural fix while working out, cooking dinner, or sitting in traffic. The exhilarating world of podcasting opens up new opportunities for pop culture analysis in the relatively young medium. However, as is the case with the written word, it can often be difficult to separate the podcasting wheat from the chaff. For every intelligent and well-produced episode, there are hundreds of rambling, amateurish productions available for download on a daily basis. Here is a list of ten particularly rewarding podcasts covering the worlds of film, television, music, and literature. I always look forward to seeing new episodes of the following pop up on my iPhone:

#10: Film Junk
Although it took me a while to get into this podcast initially, it is now prominent in my regular rotation. Three movie fans from St. Catherines, Ontario talk weekly for a couple of hours about all aspects of the cinema, from movie news, to trailer trash, to reviews of new releases. While this podcast leans dangerously towards irrelevant rambling on occasion, the hosts are amusing enough that they are entertaining to listen to even when they talk about hockey or their collections of Star Wars memorabilia. The insights of documentary filmmaker and co-host Jay Cheel are of particular interest.

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