Released on vinyl in early 2012 as the b-side to a DJ Hidden/Broken Note collaboration, “Obey” sees Ad Noiseam producers Niveau Zero and Balkansky come together for one brief, dirty moment. While the North American mainstream struggles with the cycle of dubstep hype and backlash, this track falls not into its spiral. Rather, “Obey” huffs and puffs and blows down the house with its uncompromising bass and meticulous production. This is not your basic club single. It doesn’t ask you to like it. It commands you to obey, and can smell your fear.
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The votes are in! The list of nominees for the 84th annual Academy Awards was announced on January 24th by the lovely Jennifer Lawrence. While most of the contenders were predictable, given their recent nominations for Golden Globe or SAG awards, going into the process the one wild card in the bunch was this summer’s female-driven blockbuster comedy Bridesmaids. Though the Academy has not favored comedies in the past, there was speculation that the film might drum up enough enthusiasm to garner a Best Picture recognition. But alas, while this was not to be, the movie’s breakout star Melissa McCarthy did receive a supporting actress nod for her hilarious portrayal of Megan, the bride’s soon-to-be sister in law with a personality ten cruise ships bigger than her five-foot-two stance.
McCarthy has had quite the banner year-from gaining fan recognition for her role in Bridesmaids to winning an Emmy for her portrayal of Mike and Molly star Molly Flynn, to having Ricky Gervais single her out at the Golden Globes. Though this was clearly a defining year for the actress, here are five other interesting things to know about the Oscar nominee’s career in the entertainment industry:
Pretty Lights has released a new song “We Must Go On”, along with a self-produced video. It presents the hip-hop vibe with an uplifting yet reflective vocal hook, saying “times will get better”. The mastermind behind Pretty Lights, Colorado-based artist Derek Vincent Smith, created the video with his girlfriend, visual artist Krystle Blackburn. Together with two Canon 7Ds and about six lenses, they collected footage during their travels in 2011, which included London, Paris, Warsaw, Oslo, Vancouver, Prague, Auckland, Sydney, and across the United States (New York City, New Orleans, Detroit, Denver) plus many more. The video is a collage showing a collective human experience, snippets of lives around the globe. Smith relates this to the name of his musical project, Pretty Lights, as “it embodies the essence of the artistic eye and the idea that almost any moment, anywhere, can be a moment of inspiration and beauty.” Both the song and the video are available for download at the band’s website here.
Ah the internet. Bottomless pit of knowledge about news past and present, outlet for self-expression, facilitator of human connection, and… mecca of questionably offensive video montage parodies?
Well ok, the last one isn’t really what most people generally think of when connecting to the world wide web, but a current trend of posting these videos in the form of “Sh*t People Say” is, in fact, taking the YouTube world by storm. It seems that the spark that ignited the tinderbox of this trend was a video called “Sh*t Girls Say - Episode 1”, posted on December 12th, 2011. The video, which parodies silly female stereotypes, briefly features singer/actress Juliette Lewis, lasts only one minute, 12 seconds… and now boasts over 13,500,000 views.
“Sh*t Girls Say” has spawned dozens and dozens of copy-cat videos, ranging widely in subject matter—everything from “Sh*t Single Girls say” to “Sh*t Graphic Designers Say” to “Sh*t Chicagoans say” (and just about every other city in the continental U.S. for that matter). Recently, there have even been parodies of these parody videos hitting the web: “Sh*t Guys Don’t Say” and “Shit Guys Say - Episode 1”, just to name a few. Many of the more popular videos feature people dressed in drag, although a subset of non gender-bender versions are now cropping up as well, and all are snappily edited into a montage of snarky sound bites intended to lampoon the group in question.
Just when you thought the phenomenon of the Weeknd would burn bright and unchallenged on the East Coast, Vancouver duo Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein rise up, armed with their deadly self-titled debut EP that features two originals and remixes by the likes of Andy Dixon and Julien Mier. Claws sharpened and faux-fur flying, Evy Jane is out to battle the Weeknd for the Canadian experimental R&B crown. Their first attack is the sultry yet disturbing ballad “Sayso” set to a frozen yet fuzzy video that perfectly captures the woozy instrumental and seemingly conflicted lyrics. When their EP drops on February 20th, care of the flourishing King Deluxe Records, The Weeknd had better watch his ace. There’s a new kid in town.