I’m kind of late to this party. I love The National and their last few musical projects. 2007′s “Boxer” was a soundtrack for a tough time in life when I was struggling with my art and what I wanted to do when I “grew up.” The National is becoming once again – my music of choice. Matt Berninger’s voice is heavy-hearted with a touch of beauty – put over an amazing cast of musicians that make wondrous music. With a new album on the horizon – The National is not only releasing music, but a documentary made by Matt’s brother, Tom.
“Mistaken For Strangers” was made by mistake. Tom, pictured right in above picture, was invited by Matt to come on tour with The National and help out in any way he can. I imagine it must be tough being in a band with 4 brothers – guitarists Bryce and Aaron Dessner are twins, while bassist Scott Devendorf and drummer Bryan Devendorf are brothers too. That’s part of the reason Matt invited Tom on tour…someone that he could confide in and communicate with other then his bandmates. Tom decided to bring a camera along and film web content, but what was filmed was a deeper look into the brothers and the band.
I’m very curious about this documentary. It looks amazing, and something that could be an addition to all the other music documentaries I have compiled over the years. I’m interested to see the dynamic between the brothers and how he fits in with the band – besides just The National on tour – that’s an added bonus.
I try to stray away from plugging myself or my projects…but lately I’ve been thinking “Why not?” – it helps me get feedback from you guys and you to know me better. So I decided to post the new 24 minute documentary I recorded, “scored,” and edited for my band, Thera.
It’s about a year in the making. Mostly because I slacked off and it just got pushed down the to-do list, but…I buckled down and was able to finish and release it last week over on our Facebook page. We got the pleasure of doing our last EP with legendary producer, Matt Goldman and this is the documentary of the process. Hope you enjoy!
I know it’s not the most professional thing you’ve seen – mostly because it was filmed on a Flip camera, but it gives you a little insider look at the making of our album which we wanted to show.
I remember hearing about this documentary when Simon Klose, the director, started a kickstarter asking the world for funds to help the movie come to life. The goal was reached, and then some, in just three short days. That was almost two years ago from the last time I heard something about it. Today I watched for the first time the new trailer that was made for TPB AFK, which will hopefully be out soon.
The Pirate Bay had a major impact on the world wide web, just as much as Wikileaks did. Simon Klose, a film documentarian, has been following the creators of TPB and recording everything since the trial, where they were found guilty of facilitating the downloading of copyrighted material. He has now said the film is ready for release and will be free to download online as soon as a festival picks up the documentary.
What do you think? Are the creators of TPB right or wrong?
I have been following Stones Throw Records for some time now, and dig a lot of the artists they have signed to their roster. Mayer Hawthorne – I honestly think – was my first dive into the Stones Throw world. I loved how it was reminiscent of old-school music, but at the same time had features of modern hip hop and R&B. Stones Throw has a rich history and has tons of eclectic artists from electronic to funk to rap. “Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton” would be a glimpse into the making of the record label based off of archival footage, live-concert videos, and in-depth interviews with artists and label founder, Peanut Butter Wolf.
As of this moment they have a Kickstarter to help with editing and production costs. Watch the trailer below.
There’s just some things that I want to do in my life before I am too old, and one of them is go on a motorcycle road trip…either with friends or by myself…I’d take both.
That’s why I am so intrigued by this short documentary film from Clement Beauvais titled “Long Live The Kings,” it shows 3 friends enjoying a motorcycle road trip on some pretty sweet rides (courtesy of Blitz Motorcycles) around the French mountains and not really caring about when it ends or what happens. Just enjoying life in the present.
I feel like trips like this let you come to better understanding of who you are and let you experience life differently then at home. I’m in the perfect place in life right now to do it, and I still am bogged down by the thought of money. That’s what it always comes back to for me – which is a bummer – but I’m always torn between experiencing life or making more money. Hopefully someday they’ll be one in the same.
Love that they shot this on 16mm film and took all the pictures on 35mm. It doesn’t make me hipster that I like film, just nostalgic and awesome.
Check out Behind The Scenes video & pictures after the jump…
This series of posts, “Exploring Netflix,” is an opportunity I’m taking to look at the hidden gems on Netflix Instant Watch, highlighting the films or shows that tend to fly under most people’s radars. These are some of the most inspiring films or programs you’ve (quite possibly) never heard of.
Circus is a 6-part PBS documentary miniseries that aired in November of 2010. It was one of the first items that caught my attention on Netflix and became one of the main inspirations for this series of posts. Circus follows the cast and crew of the renowned Big Apple Circus during their 2008-2009 season. The series tracks every aspect you can think of and shows not only the allure and romantic side of the circus, but the side that you don’t see under the big top.
Watch the trailer and read the rest of the review below. (more…)
Theres no denying that a Phoenix song has been stuck in you head before. It’s cool. We’ve all been there.
This new documentary made by Antoine Wagner is going to be a good look behind the band that’s hit the airwaves worldwide.
“Through their story, their words, and the music they have created together, From a Mess to the Masses uncovers the beauty of the creative process and its incredible power to bring people together.”
I’m a sucker for music documentaries…so you know I’ll be picking this up on the 13th. #fo’realz!
If you’ve followed These Old Colors, you may have seen a number of different posts about various games that you may not have heard of. Games like Hawken, Tweet Land, SuperBrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP, and most recently Journey and the games of Jenova Chen. These games may not have meticulously plotted stories or the ability to customize your character so that it looks exactly like you would if you wore spiked armor and carried around a two-handed broadsword.
What these games do have, however, is artistry.
Independent games first came to my attention when I first saw Braid being played in a classroom. The gameplay was simple. Move, jump, and learn from your mistakes through a time manipulation mechanic…it was so simple and yet, so beautiful. The attention and care spent on every aspect of each level are what caught me the most. As I delved deeper into this somewhat unknown industry, I found the same quiet simplicity and attention to details in a whole world of other games; and the craziest thing in all of this is that for how incredible and detailed as these games are, most of the time they aren’t being worked on by a large office full of people. Sometimes these games are created by one person with nothing more than a computer and an idea.
Now, in what looks to be the best videogame movie since The King of Kong, James Swirsky, Lisanne Pajot and the team over at BlinkWorks have documented the “rise” of the indie game movement, showcasing the people behind the indie games Braid, Super Meat Boy, and Fez. Check out the trailer below and then hit the jump for more behind-the-game videos. Keep in mind that the music you’re hearing in the trailer and the videos embedded below comes from Jim Guthrie who also did the music for SuperBrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP.
Hit the jump for more videos. (more…)
Some of you may know about our love for Jonathan Harris and the work he does. Check out the links at the bottom of this post if you’re unfamiliar…you won’t regret it.
I know a lot of people who have started 365 Photo Projects, taking one picture a day for a year and putting it online.
I love these types of projects, it gives people a real take on how these individuals view the world, the things they see, and the people they encounter.
When Jonathan Harris turned 30, he began a simple ritual of taking one photo a day and posting it to his website before going to sleep, along with a short story. He called this project, ‘Today‘.
Watch the documentary, featuring all the images from this project, and check out more of Jonathan Harris’ work after the jump. (more…)
“Director Shai Levy follows Gold Panda on tour in Germany while discussing loneliness on the road as a solo artist, self-guessing your art, his recent album ‘Lucky Shiner’ and the future.”
Gonna be honest…his crowd (around :33) looks a little creepy. See kids…this is why you don’t do drugs.
[via Foxes In Fiction]
Mike Giant, known for his detailed sharpie art, is featured in Neighbors, which is “a series of short stories about six individuals from various neighborhoods in San Francisco. Part conversational interview, part documentary – we get to know the individual in the context of their work and home environments, in order to gain a deeper understanding of their influences on the community.“
More on Neighbors:
“The format combines an interview with environmental documentation. The concept for this film was to capture moments within the constraints of a two (to three) hour conversation.
Thesis. Some will make a personal connection with the person, subject or story within each interview. Others may observe this documentary series of shorts as a pure social study. There’s a reason for each person documented, it’s not about the location or neighborhood as much as it is about the person’s drive and their history within the topic explored.
Backstory. A few months ago a Census person was outside my (Jason Whalen) apartment building. I live in San Francisco, in a small townhouse type building of 7 units. The census was looking for the names in unit #3 and #7 which I live in #2. Several messages have been left behind for the tenants, however unable to obtain their census form information. So on this day I offered to do my best and fill out the form, being a good citizen. I did okay. I knew they were married, white and in their mid-30’s, first names however I didn’t know their last name. We’ve been neighbors for 8 months.”
After watching this video…it seems Mike has so much going on his head, and there’s only 2 things I can see that he should do…
#1) Write a book
#2) Start a blog
I want the latter.