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 Post subject: Your Outshot
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:11 pm 
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I'm really enjoying the "Outshot" (am I spelling this correctly?) segment of Bullseye. So in that spirit, what's your outshot this week?



Mine this week is a music video: http://vimeo.com/23148413. Talking about the value of remix culture has gotten to be an internet cliche, but seriously, this thing is pretty great. This video was put together by someone called Pik. It sets the Clams Casino's instrumental version "I'm God" with footage from the movie "Lost in New York" (Jean Rollin, 1989). The song itself is based around a sample from Imogen Heap's "Just For Now." But the reason I am picking this video and not just the phenomenal track from Clams is that the footage seriously enhances the music, and it is them together that I keep returning to. The music is so airy and haunting, and the footage matches this, and put together, there is sort of a phantom of a story that emerges. The experience is very dreamlike. And I like that it's an accumulation of work by these four separate parties, working apart from one another and at different times. Which works well with what I see in imagery of the video.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:32 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Your Outshot
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Mine would have to be Brad Neely http://creasedcomics.com/

He's gained a bit of notoriety, but a lot of people haven't heard of him which surprises me. If you need a laugh, hopefully this will give it to you. Otherwise, sorry about that.

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Jmolin wrote:
Mine would have to be Brad Neely http://creasedcomics.com/

He's gained a bit of notoriety, but a lot of people haven't heard of him which surprises me. If you need a laugh, hopefully this will give it to you. Otherwise, sorry about that.

BRAD NEELY YES! Professor Brothers is great: (NSFW - LANGUAGE) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOIaETfKMmY


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 Post subject: Re: Your Outshot
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I'm going to make a dual purpose outshot for a podcast/website who's sole purpose is to bring some less known artists (music, visual, theater, comedy etc) to everyone's attention.
http://secretly-important.com
and their podcasthttp://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id458417399

They recently featured LA performer Molly Prather. But there's also some features on musician Karl Blau, Caety Sagoian, artist Stacey Rozich, and the webseries Journeyquest.

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Another one that flew under the radar is A-1 (the rapper, not the steak sauce).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZC2sZkyoFA

He has a whole album produced with samples of 90s television on his website, for free.

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Jmolin wrote:
Another one that flew under the radar is A-1 (the rapper, not the steak sauce).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZC2sZkyoFA

He has a whole album produced with samples of 90s television on his website, for free.


A-1 was my neighbor, and is/was childhood best friends with my brother. I have had Thanksgiving dinner at his mom's house on TWO occasions. He is a good guy, and you should support him.

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I love Brad Neely so much. I keep reminding myself to print out some of his comics and put them in my office as some sort of anti-Dilbert.

I just revisited a comics artist that I really fell in love with a couple years ago, Norway's Jason. All of his books that I've read feature anthropomorphized animals dealing with the normal obstacles of modern life. The art and dialogue is very straightforward. It almost looks like it was written and drawn in the 1920's

The two I recommend most are "Meow, Baby!" and "The Left Bank Gang." If Stanley Kubrick's The Killing had featured Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Joyce as characters, you would have "The Left Bank Gang."

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Dare you to get to know [url="http://www.youtube.com/user/djrealsmells"]DJ Real[/url].

He's this dude I had the pleasure of meeting in San Francisco a little while back. He's a hilarious sort of musical performance artist comic, or some combination of words like that. Does a lot of stuff with the delightful Mary Van Note.

His youtube channel is pure weirdness gold. I especially like "Forsaken" and "Video Messages for People Who Shouldn't Care parts 8 and 9" from the "Music Videos" and "Video Messages for People Who Shouldn't Care" categories, respectively.

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My current third favorite menswear blog (after PTO and Nerd Boyfriend, obviously) is Coffee and the Newspaper. The blog is one very specific thing: it's a Tumblr that pairs a dude in an outfit with some food that looks sort of like it. The pictures of both are always really beautiful, and the pairs are always interesting, but what I really like about it is the understatement. When so many of these type blogs have gotten bogged down with a sort of forced nonchalance as context, Coffee has nothing but the pictures. It forces you, in that way, to think about color and texture and structure in all sorts of new and interesting ways.


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My Outshot this week is also a song, though it has a decidedly different tone than Jesse's. Hannah Georgas is a Vancouver-based singer-songwriter from Newmarket, Ontario (as my Canadian biases surface). While her full-length debut This Is Good gets a little more up-tempo and (occasionally) angry, this track from her six-song EP The Beat Stuff is Hannah at her stripped-down best.

There's this slight sense of dread shortly after a major break-up. It's this feeling in the back of your mind every time you go out to a big event -- that gut sense that you'll be seeing your ex. You ran in the same circles, liked mostly the same things, and maybe aren't quite over them yet. But you'll see each other, possibly make small talk, and pretend like everything's cool in the hope that someday it will be.

For Hannah, that big event is going to see her favourite band, and she captures the feeling so well that I feel it every time, even if I haven't actually felt it in forever.

It's "The National", by Hannah Georgas.


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My favorite live album is Townes Van Zandt Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas. Everything from the announcements about the cigarette machine, to the clink of glasses, to apologies for the heat, suck you into the room. Townes mixes in jokes and stories between the songs, and the two disk album captures the pacing of a live show perfectly. Townes is one of the most vulnerable songwriters I know, and his studio work always seemed like putting a chimp in a tuxedo. If nothing from his career survived except this album, he'd still be one of the greatest. Here is the song If You Needed Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ8Gtlu-PXI.


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 Post subject: Re: Your Outshot
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I thought Jesse was spot on in pointing out that most Hip Hop albums are simply a collection of attempted hit singles. As a Prog rock fan, I feel that this does not do the medium justice, and misses an opportunity to create a work of art that is larger than the sum of its parts.

A rap group which I believe stands head and shoulders above any other in this regard is The Insane Clown Posse. From the very beginning of their career, they set out to record a series of six interconnected concept albums called the Joker's Cards. The end of this seried would supposedly coincide with the end of time. Their masterwork, however, was the album immediately following the sixth Joker's Card, which was called "The Wraith: Shagri-La". "Hell's Pit" is intended as a companion to its predecessor, and the two together could be considered a double album, but to me Hell's Pit stands out for its cohesiveness and purity of concept, its stripped-down sound, and its overbearing tone, which absorbs the listener into its particular reality.

It opens with a heart monitor, which then flatlines. From that moment, the listener is exploring the ICP's version of the Inferno, very vividly realized in the tone and language on the album, especially in songs like "Every Day I Die" and "Burning Up". This to me conveys that Hell is not just a concept or allegory to Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, but a geographical location with real people suffering in it. This is where the album succeeds: like a good horror movie, regardless of beliefs, one finds oneself genuinely fearful of the subject matter. It functions the way an effective fire-and-brimstone sermon does: by playing upon your fears and doubts.

This is not to say that Hell's Pit doesn't also explore Hell as an allegory, or as something man can create for himself. The album is full of songs like "Night of the .44", "Suicide Hotline", "In My Room", "The Witch", and others, which explore the odea of Hell on Earth, usually in the form of insanity. It seems that the ICP's worst fear is that of doing wrong, while knowing it is wrong, but having a mind that is so defective and twisted in on itself that they can't stop.

Hell's Pit also contains ICP's trademark tongue-in-cheek semi-comedic horrorcore, in songs such as "Suicide Hotline", "Basehead Attack", and especially "Bowling Balls", a song about collecting human heads.

The album has a very minimalistic sound compared to their other work, which has been mis-classified as Heavy Metal by some critics. It focuses the attention on the lyrics while remaining catchy and interesting. The ICP have a point to make, and whether or not you agree with it, you can't help but be taken in just a little bit by their sincerity, their creativity, and their ambition. If you're a fan, listen to it again. And if you don't want to listen to it because you don't want to be called a "Juggalo", get offyour high horse and listen to it anyway. It's one of the best Hip Hop albums and one of the purest concept albums I've ever heard. It's challenging and deep, and just listen to it.


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If the OUTSHOT can depart from all the hip-hop, while remaning "urban," I have a prehistoric suggestion. "I Was Cool" by Oscar Brown, Jr. from SIN AND SOUL (1960) might be one of my Top 5 ever. It is an ironic credo, and every high school class I've had since I started teaching has liked it, some have loved it.


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 Post subject: Re: Your Outshot
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patrickbfoss wrote:
As a Prog rock fan, I feel that this does not do the medium justice, and misses an opportunity to create a work of art that is larger than the sum of its parts.

A rap group which I believe stands head and shoulders above any other in this regard is The Insane Clown Posse.


I have two Outshots this week, having to do with Prog and ICP.

On the Prog angle, a much overlooked group called Crack the Sky put out a self-titled record in 1975 that is fantastic. It's definitely Prog, but unlike [i]Tales From Topographic Oceans[i], (which I do like), for example, they do it in short 3-5 minute bursts of proggy awesome-ness. Check out this gem, "Surf City" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCViNDamB1E - They don't take themselves too seriously, and there is a real sense of play and fun both in the music and the lyrics.

I don't know much about ICP, but there is a great documentary short by Sean Dunne called "American Juggalo" - as the title suggests, it follows a handful of people who regularly attend the Gathering of Juggalos every year. It is kind of wonderful - a glimpse into an American sub-culture that I think most people probably are not even aware exists.

Find it here: vimeo.com/29589320

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