Behind the Album Cover

The results are a mixed bag but, on the whole, this Behind the Album Cover is pretty engaging. The idea is, what would you see if you were "behind" a variety of famous album covers. A little silly but almost every result is surprisingly on point in terms of vibe, tones and matched execution. I mean, look at this or this - pretty perfect matches. Just don't look at this.... please.

The Hoefler&Frere-Jones Divorce

It's not exactly an uplifting story but this Business Week piece on the divorce of Hoefler&Frere-Jones is certainly an interesting one. The saddest part is that, according to the article, it seems to boil down to a power grab and an unformalized business relationship. The up side, for me, is that even though they won't be collaborating anytime soon, they'll both be creating engaging work from their own spheres.. which will undoubtedly be good for all of us.

VHF Thank you

I feel guilty constantly promoting projects because I know that's not really why you come here (if you come here at all). But I wanted to say THANKS to anyone and everyone that has watched this Uncle Skeleton video. We've had over 1700 plays in the last three days and that is a great feeling. I've got my own internal goals of where I'd love to see this video go but that's a helluva lot of views (for me) in such a short period.

Anyway, thank you all. I probably won't stop talking about it anytime soon but know that your assistance is highly appreciated.

William Shakespeare Presents: Terminator The Second

Back in Nov 2013 I posted about Terminator the Second - a filmed theatrical stage performance that consists of the plot of Terminator 2 but with Shakespeare dialog throughout. It's an unexpected merging of worlds but it works surprisingly well. I am happy to announce that the film (and Protomen soundtrack) is now available via a VHX powered site.

Very happy to bring them into our world and will continue to push to have all Nashville film projects powered by VHX.

VHF again

Yes, I'm going to remind you to watch this new Uncle Skeleton video for 'VHF' again. There's so much goodness in there I'm just going to start dumping animated gifs at you!

Full transparency, I'd like to get the video 1,000 views this week. We had a great writeup in the Nashville Cream yesterday that helped boost up to around 500 views but I want this guy to go far and wide! I always feel a bit dirty doing promotions like this but, unfortunately, it's the only way to really get the word out.

tl;dr - I want success for this video and song. Watch it, Download it and help get the word out. Please!

Uncle Skeleton - VHF Official Video

It's been a long time coming but I am overjoyed to finally share the official video for "VHF" - the lead track from Uncle Skeleton's latest album Too Young, Too Old and available on this new digital single.

The video itself is, to me, a perfect mix of sexiness, absurdity, surreal fascination and just a dash of macabre. It's not an easy balance to keep but it pulls it off well. I've watched it a ton of times and hope you'll do the same. I really think the combination of song and video have some serious legs.

The piece was directed by Jonathan Rogers, produced by Jennifer Bonior and DP'ed by Will Fox. Those names may not ring many bells yet but after you watch the results of their labor, you will hopefully keep them in mind.

Uncle Skeleton - VHF

Today's a big day for Uncle Skeleton. First, it's his birthday. So go wish him a happy one. Secondly, today marks the official release of the digital single for "VHF" - the lead track from his most recent album Too Young, Too Old. The collection features three remixes and two solid b-sides. Oh, and a video too.. more on that here.
Listen to the release on Bandcamp or Rdio - all other digital retailers should be catching up if you can count on DistroKid for distribution.

How Norbert Wiener Invented Cybernetics (and Brian Eno)

DAZED has a great article on the grandfather of cybernetics - Norbert Weiner. If you've not read up on the origins of robotics, computer control, systematic feedback and loads of other brilliant ideas take some time to do so today. Aside from predicting that technology would be making decisions for us, he also heavily inspired the likes of Brian Eno... there's even a little Easter Egg hidden in Seven Deadly Finns to listen out for.

Amazon Dash

Until Friday, I was unaware of Amazon Fresh, the grocery delivery service that Amazon is trying out in a handful of markets. The announcement of Amazon Dash, a handheld device that you keep around the house to help you compile your digital grocery list, made me keenly aware of the goings on. This strikes me as such a prime example of The Future happening right now.

When I was younger I would always hear about "every device in your kitchen will be online and aware", "refrigerators will know when it's time to order new kinds of food" and I thought it sounded insane. This seems to me to be exactly that happening right now. Maybe I'm overthinking it but I love seeing the emergence of these devices.. maybe it's just a rough version 1.0 but it's a nice peek into the future (for better or worse).

Welcome To VOX

If you are not familiar with VOX, it's understandable - they are a relatively new news startup focused on reporting news in real time and explaining the processes of such reporting. Their Welcome article is a fresh bit of transparency... I particularly enjoyed this bit:
We're launching today because three more weeks or three more months or 30 more months will not produce a perfect website. We'll always be a work in progress.
This is a great mentality to have to hold on to. You are never done, you are always striving to improve. This goes beyond the web and startups and all that - it's just a good life ethos to have. Maybe that's insanely obvious but it's nice to see it put down so simply.

Friday Videos - April 4th, 2014

Another week, another playlist to distract you from your daily life. Hopefully you find it effective. Have a great weekend!

Stripped (Now Available)

Happy to announce that the film Stripped is now available on VHX. It's a phenomenal documentary that looks at the history and artistry of comics and comic strips. Watching interviews with Jim Davis, Matt Inman and Scott McCloud (to name a few) makes for a fascinating tale. I'm particularly smitten with one portion of the film that tells of the switch into self-publishing and self-empowerment. It is, obviously, a subject close to my heart and it's great to see it being so eloquently expressed from such fine artists.

Oh, and the film features the first audio interview with Bill Watterson in a very long time, as well as some phenomenal poster art to go along with it.

Font Men

Font Men is a great short documentary on Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, the premiere typography designers. It is rather refreshing to hear them speak on the creation of typefaces and the obsessive nature of type design in general. Check the great type animation starting around 2:55.

Jordan Wolfson Terror Dancer

The other day someone sent this link around the office of an animatronic figure "dancing" in a mirror - complete with facial recognition to look right at you and a terrifying face mask. It is, without a doubt, nightmare fodder. The artist responsible, Jordan Wolfson has a rather varied and interesting portfolio but this particular show is really something different. Basically, I couldn't live with this image by my lonesome so I had to share the bad dream fuel with you.

GIF Archiving

Given today's date, it seems mildly appropriate to start a new feature - GIF Archiving. This has absolutely no purpose other than to put these out into the world and keep them safe from local hard drive deletion.

Ted Feighan

I've been a fan of Monster Rally for some time now but it never dawned on me to further investigate the man behind the music - Ted Feighan. Just from a quick glance at his page you can tell he's an incredibly accomplished designer and artist. Diving into his store will unveil a number of phenomenal prints that should absolutely adorn your walls - all of them.

HT Will Bryant.

Tipper Whore Party Program

Today I am happy to announce the newest official track from Tipper Whore. The "glitter punk sextet" has a new album waiting in the wings - Just the Tip and "Tipper Whore Party Program" serves as the first taste of what the album offers. As I've said in the past, what I love about this band is that their main underlying function as a band is to have a good time. Listen to the track and you'll understand exactly how they go for that and achieve it with great success.

I'm a sucker for a free-wheeling, fun-loving band that happens to have a song with their own band name as the refrain. Very much so looking forward to sharing this whole album with you but, for now, this is just the tip.

Hear it on Soundcloud or Bandcamp.