Archive for October, 2009

Happy Halloween

Published October 31, 2009 by Dallas

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Have Fun! Be Safe! We Love You So!

pic via Meza

Do They Know It’s Hallowe’en?

Published October 30, 2009 by Dallas

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A great one to dig up and listen to/watch. Here’s a video from our great friends at D.A.D.D.Y. “Do They Know It’s Hallowe’en?”

“Do They Know It’s Hallowe’en?” was a 2005 Vice Records charity single for UNICEF. A parody of the classic “Do They Know It’s Christmas” the official press release, states that the song “stems from a frustration with other benefit songs’ misguided, somewhat patronizing attitude, and Western-centric worldview.” Performers on the track include pretty much everyone in the world. Don’t believe us? Here’s a list :

Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs , Win Butler & RĂ©gine Chassagne of Arcade Fire , Beck , Buck 65 , David Cross , Liane Balaban of Dessert , Devendra Banhart (with Noah Georgeson, Jona Bechtolt & Luckey Remington) , Elvira, Mistress of the Dark , Feist , Gino Washington , Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav , J’aime Tambeur of Islands , Malcolm McLaren , Nardwuar the Human Serviette , Peaches , Dntel , Jenny Lewis & Blake Sennett of Rilo Kiley , Roky Erickson , Chris Murphy of Sloan , Asya & Chloe of Smoosh , Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth , Russell Mael of Sparks , Subtitle , Steve Jocz of Sum 41 , Tagaq , Anna Waronker of that dog , Dan Boeckner & Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade , Adam Gollner of We Are Molecules , Nick Diamonds of Islands , Steve McDonald of Redd Kross and Joey Waronker .

See, pretty much everyone in the world.

What’s Your Favorite (Children’s) Scary Movie?

Published October 30, 2009 by Graham

Where do you draw the line between what’s an appropriate horror film for children and what’s “too scary”? Blanket statements can’t be taken seriously– every kid is different, after all. Maybe Maurice Sendak hit it on the head in the titular laissez-faire sentiment of Spike and Lance’s documentary: “You can tell them anything you want.” People are free to raise their kids however they see fit– and sheltering children from the macabre, gory, violent side of cinema is certainly an acceptable interpretation of parental protection. But let’s be real: your kids will probably jump at a chance to revel in an R-rated scarefest at their next sleepover. Wouldn’t you?

There are at least a handful of great horror films specifically geared towards a more family-friendly audience. The interdimensional mind trip of Disney’s Watcher in the Woods remains a classic of the genre. Lady in White is a less famous though equally bizarre kiddie fright flick that attempts to emulate Spielbergian grandiosity, sporting stunning visuals and a meandering plot that centers around one boy’s traumatic night locked inside a coat closet. Paperhouse is an atmospheric, psychological tale of terror staged within the tortured dreams of a highly imaginative British girl.

Then there are more mature horror films about kid heroes battling a world of terrifying adults, like The People Under the Stairs, Pan’s Labyrinth and Phantasm. Though the young actors starring in these movies would be barred from seeing them by the MPAA, they still operate within a world of childlike wonder. Yes, somehow these are still children’s horror films. Which horror movies for or about kids do you love?

No Age – Losing Feeling

Published October 30, 2009 by Dallas

We Love You So best buds band No Age teamed up with We Love You So best bud director Gil Kenan for this new video from their latest Sub Pop 7”. When you are done vibing out on his no budget rendering of Dean and Randy as mice, you and your family can have a Halloween vibe out on some of Gil’s larger scale work – 2006’s motion capture kids flick Monster House. If you watch it closely enough you will notice that Jason Lee’s fictional band has a demo tape recorded live at The Smell. No Age and Gil Kenan go full circle.

Nel Paese Delle Creature Selvagge

Published October 30, 2009 by Spike

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Movie comes out in Italy today.

Photo from Sirio at Framestore.

Dead Man’s Bones

Published October 30, 2009 by Graham

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Okay, Ryan Gosling’s rad brooding rock band, Dead Man’s Bones, is kinda old news by now, but it’s the perfect music for a spooky Halloween. And who doesn’t love a good children’s choir?

Shawn Records: Owner of This World

Published October 29, 2009 by Graham

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Rad photographers were in no short supply behind the scenes of Where the Wild Things Are, but only one of them had the unique privilege of approaching the experience as both a wide-eyed documentarian and the father of the film’s nine-year-old star. Shawn Records is an artist who brilliance lies in capturing near-weightless moments of ephemeral beauty, casually illuminating banal absurdities, and unveiling the clandestine grace of seemingly ordinary juxtapositions. His gentle approach is especially refreshing when pitted against the coarse cacophony of an epic film production.

Spike summed up Shawn’s attitude perfectly– “Patient and observed”– when we posted a small set of Shawn’s photos in July. The amazing images from that post are included alongside dozens more from the set of Where the Wild Things Are in his brand new book, Owner of This World. Go order yourself a copy from inspiringly autonomous DIY publishing house Publication Studio, and then read on for an enlightening interview with Shawn Records!

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Using a list of adjectives, how would you describe the experience of working on Where The Wild Things Are?
Confusing, chaotic, humbling, fun, educational, inspirational, exhausting…

Were you a fan of the book growing up?
Not only was I a fan of the book, but when Max was born, we still had a copy of the book from my childhood, my own name scribbled in orange crayon inside. After Max started working on the film and we had that copy of the book out a lot, Sam, my younger son, ripped it apart and added some additional scribbles to it. It was perfect. We ended up using some of those pages to create a birthday scrapbook for Maurice Sendak with some photos of what he was missing on set.

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Pictorial Webster’s Will Blow Your Mind!!!

Published October 29, 2009 by Dallas

Just sit back and watch. Staggering.

Garbage Makeover

Published October 29, 2009 by Molly

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You can judge art by any number of criteria, but practicality is not one of them. It is not the job of art to be practical, just as its not the job of practical things to look pretty. But there’s always a middle ground, as TRASH: anycoloryoulike demonstrates.

A project dedicated to “urban beautification and environmental awareness,” the stunt involves placing the trash produced by select blocks inside artist-designed biodegradable bags that “transform standard piles of trash into vivid sculptures of color through the participation of local business owners and residents.”

Is it a great idea? Is it incredibly frivolous? An experiment in altering civilian perceptions of the urban landscape? Or all of the above? At any rate, the project calls attention to the staggering amount of garbage we humans produce…which is always a valuable thing to consider.

How To Make a Max Costume

Published October 29, 2009 by Graham

For all you craft-inclined Where the Wild Things Are fans, the very useful how-to site Howcast pictures of your homemade digs. Happy trick or treating!