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Sometimes I just don’t understand music videos. Rather, oftentimes I don’t understand music videos. This affliction is so consistent that I’ve almost entirely given up trying to understand them. Instead, I watch them, enjoy them, and move on.

Usually.

What throws me off is when a band passes up a cooler video in favor of… Another one. I’m not entirely sure about the chronology of these videos, but it seems that the band Grizzly Bear has done just that.

Grizzly Bear’s song “Two Weeks” is kind of their hit. It’s an awesome song, it’s catchy, it’s the whole deal. The band knows it’s their big song, too, because they made a video for it, and let’s face it: bands don’t make videos for b-sides. Here’s the official one:

Like usual for music videos, it’s cool, I guess. I don’t get it entirely, and it gets a little boring at the end, but hey, it’s not my video, right?

Artist Gabe Askew, however, has an alternative (as found courtesy of Mr. West):

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I can’t say I understand this one, either, but look at it! Whereas the official video makes do with a bit of CGI over some fairly static camerawork, Askew’s version is a craft-masterpiece. I don’t have to reiterate my love affair with cardboard and papercraft, and this obviously wins points there, but the creative drive behind it is almost overwhelming. Both videos crescendo in a similar fashion, but Askew’s completely swept me away, while the official video merely interested me.

Maybe I’m too picky, but maybe the band should have considered other options. Considering how cool their album artwork is, I think it would have fit right in with their style. Maybe next time.

I should really offer Grizzly Bear-themed mashups today… OK, sold.

This first track even incorporates “Two Weeks!” Lil’ Wayne is an interesting addition, however.

This second track has the same idea, but it uses Dead Prez. I have to say that I like this vocal track better.

The final track uses Grizzly Bear’s song “Knife” instead, against Ghostface Killa.

Papercraft 3

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Today’s post will be much more of a “show, not tell” entry. I was browsing, this evening, as I often do, the Vimeo HD Gallery page. It’s a great place to go if you’ve got a little time to kill, since the stuff that’s featured is usually pretty interesting. A lot of the movies are little more than camera games, but they’re still neat to watch.

One of the movies I came across (at the time that I’m posting this, it’s moved up to the number one position) was this wonderful bit of papercraft stop motion.

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It was funded by Adobe as a showcase for their Creative Suite 4, and I’m glad to see that corporate sponsorship of the arts hasn’t died out completely, these days. It’s interesting to see how it’s dried up, though, notably on some of my favorite Public Radio podcasts– though I’m not too sad to see the Budweiser commercials go, it’s not good news for the producers.

Anyway, instead of just presenting one cool video I found, this post has a bonus extra. I love to see how art is made, epecially since I’m largely self-taught, and I do things in an impressively inefficient manner. A notable aspect of this papercraft video is how clean it looks, which is made possible by the techniques they used to cut out their pieces. Apparently, eyeballing all your cuts is inferior to computer-designed templates… Take a look:

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That may not inspire you to necessarily go out and make a video like this yourselves, but it’s certainly cool to see how it’s done, should you get the itch.

Here’s the music.

I admit, I was sold on this first track by the first few seconds it was playing. Though they say not to judge a book by it’s cover, I think I was justified in my choice here.

A part of me thinks I posted this second track before, but I my spotty records indicate otherwise… It’s good, anyway.

It’s a shame that this final track is a bit bit-rate-burbly. It’s really well put together, otherwise, and is a nice example of a songwriting-style mashup done well.


More Crafts

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I’ve always been overly interested in the weather. Not as a career choice (I don’t really find meteorology to be terribly stimulating as a science), but just as something to keep current on. It’s often the most relevant news to me. I rarely trust the government on most things, but for weather, I think they’ve got their act together (and have the technology to do so), so I keep up to date with the NOAA website. It seems the most reliable.

Today, however, I found (indirectly, through Daniel) this website, that doesn’t necessarily have the credibility to match the NOAA, but certainly has a better designed interface. The above picture is from the image for “snow.” You can see the rest of the images they use here. Apple’s weather widget may have more specific graphics, but certainly not better ones. I know who I’m going to be checking from now on.

I found another great craft-y thing today, too, on Kanye’s blog. I love yarn and art that is made with it (as I’ve said in the past), so this video was pure magic to me:

I like the song, too. But really, combining stop-motion video with button-eyed puppets with yarn guts is a pretty unbeatable combination. At least as far as my aesthetic tastes go.

One of the things I like about Mashuptown is the relatively high number of tracks they share with more than two artists mashed together, but even though this first track isn’t one of them, it made me go back and listen twice, it was put together so well.

This second track is considerably funkier.

To finish things out, this last track is an overwhelming avalance of Queen. It’s not mashed particularly carefully (or at all, in many places), but if you love Queen, you’ll love this track.