Last Leaf’s Flip Book Animation on Toast!


Hey there my fellow Thinkers!

VIDEO: LAST LEAF by OK GO

Take a gander at this video by OK Go for their song Last Leaf. As a disciple and fan of novel forms of visuality (practice and media) in our visually cluttered world, this video is tops with me. the golden char on the pieces of toast serve as sepia toned background for the semi-related images in the foreground. The images don’t directly match the lyrics, however the emotions invoked by those images match the tone – harmonically and lyrically of the song. I see a real mastery of the media used by all those involved; mastery, a la martial arts, the visual artists involved (for example Geoff McFetridge), clearly have expert knowledge of their tools.  The band or at least their publicity team seems very aware of what “indie” is on the internet, in fact they say so on the BIO page of their website. Such a multilevel awareness shows itself as they cater to the medium of the internet with a quirky video, while simultaneously creating the indie quirky culture they seem to represent.  This very point is why I linked this entry to the Frontline Episode of the Persuaders wherein advertisers co-opt culture, repackage it, take it mainstream, and in so many careless hands, eventually destroys the essence which made it special in the first place.

I am a thinking, feeling person aimed toward growth in comprehension and stillness. I have no quarrel with the band OK Go, nor the skilled visual and production artists or marketing mavens that crafted and packaged this video. i took a peek at their tour schedule for the past year, fabulous stops I might add, and noted that the Billy-burg hipsters bought out ALL of the tickets when band OK Go performed here in Brooklyn. The hipsters have their own unique culture over there, and I can’t help but wonder whether this band (that they love so much) actually represents that hipster je ne sais quoi, or if their sponsored partnership with Samsung is the beginning of the very repackaging, mainstreaming and dilution of hipster culture. Truthfully, every blog, tweet and the inevitable proliferation of this neat music video futher seals this fate..

Woo Woo…Meta…

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I’m Stepping Back a la Sonia Sanchez, Claim another day


Step Back by Sonia Sanchez on Talib Kweli’s album – Blacksmith The Movement

Track # 15 (0:39 seconds) Step Back, by renowned Poet Sonia Sanchez and lyricist Talib Kweli.

Lyrics:

I say, all you young girls waiting to live

I say,  all you young girls taking your pill,

I say all you sistahs tired of standing still,

I say all you sistahs thinking you won’t, but you will…

Don’t let them kill you with their stare,

Don’t let them closet you with no air,

Don’t let them feed you sex piecemeal,

Don’t let them offer you any ordeal

I say step back sistahs, we rising from the dead,

I say step back  ***, we dancing on our heads,

I say step back man, no more hanging by a thread…

I say step back girl,

Can’t let it all go unsaid.

lyrics by Sonia Sanchez

Wall-E and Dead Prez


Dear Thinkers:

Avant garde in their divergent yet specific ways. Pixar’s Wall-E and Brooklyn rap duo Dead Prez entreat us to Be Healthy and to treat plant life with its due respect. Whereas Wall-E urges us to protect plants and appreciate all forms of  non-human life, Dead Prez tempts us away from animal-based diets with descriptions of delicious urban vegetarian meals.

Both Wall-E and Dead Prez appeal directly to their target audiences. Wall-E successfully glues their trademark animation, wit, nostalgia and US History and culture to the parallel blossoming of Robot and Human PG rated romances.

Dead Prez describes wholesome, delicious vegan meals to city-dwellers who often choose for inexpensive, energy depleting fast food. Their flow and metaphor is skillfully familiar to native New Yorkers, although it may be startling to folks from elsewhere who have differently ideas of what constitutes rough / racy or ‘improper’ language.

Wall-E is an entertaining and heart-warming love story that inadvertently forecasts diminishing human health, excess consumption, diminished sociality as the dangerous outcomes of passive acceptance of a patriarchal capitalist State (authoritiarian, government that supports business rather than citizens). Wall-E represents the essential feminine emotion within us all, the child-like wonder and attention to beauty that is necessary to balance the harsh structure of the very same patriarchal capitalist State.

The soundtrack for this YouTube video is Be Healthy by Dead Prez. It was filmed in a GreenMarket in Hamilton, Ontario. This fellow gets an “A” for courage. Hamilton, Ontario gets an “A” for allowing this particular freedom of expression and you, my dear community get ‘A’ WARNING that there is strong, urban language at the end of the song. This disclaimer means that I bear no responsibility for any issues offense taken at the language.

Portrayals of New York

Another interesting parallel between these two works are the portrayals of New York. Wall-E creates an appropriately garbage hewn New York with the Cubist high-rises he sculpted out of ‘mountains and dunes’ of compacted garbage. Dead Prez’s artfully describes (via shifts in elocution and rhythm) the cuisines of the diverse peoples living in beautiful Brooklyn, New York: Soul Food-Black American, Curry Falafel-Middle Eastern, Ital Stew, Green Callaloo – West Indian to name just a few!