February 14, 2011

I now declare this week “PJ Harvey Week.”



The nose plays. Oh yes, the nose plays. You're welcome.

February 07, 2011

In Which I Rely On Other People to Keep Me Trendy, Part MCXXVIII

One of the truisms I've decided applies to my life is this: by the time I find out about something, it's usually over. That doesn't necessarily completely apply to the stuff posted below, but once again I have nothing important to say and am therefore hiding behind some videos. In this case, they're tangentially related to what I actually do—because there's plenty of fun typography in these things (AfterEffects, I assume). The first two arrive courtesy of my colleague Ms. Claire Krohmer:

Who's on First by Abbot & Costello:



And then there's this one, by Uruguayan band Cuarteto de Nos:



Next, via MeltingDolls, we have the Grammy-nominated profane glory that is Cee-Lo Green (WITH OMG BAD WORDS):



Not as slam-bang-wow as the Uruguayan guys, but still. Anyway, next thing I knew I'd disappeared down a YouTube hole for dude-movies (& MORE BAD WORDS!!!):

Fight Club:



Pulp Fiction:



Big Lebowski:



…and not one, but two from the Vegas book:





Anyway…typography! Can we guess all the fonts? Hmmmmmmm? I'm too lazy to look 'em up right now.

February 04, 2011

Sliding Down the Surface of Things

OK, so more silly U2 stuff because my favorite album is now 20 years old. This month's shlockbuster is track 2, "Even Better than the Real Thing."

I thought I might have some personal observations about this one, but it's a bleary Friday night and I really don't have the time or patience to expand upon either my dashed megalomaniacal hopes at the terribly tasteless, Spiedel-helmed high school Air Guitar in 1992, or my gloriously awesome ten-gallon mirror-ball splattered acrophobia on a Vegas-themed Homecoming float in 1993.

So here's 3 versions of "Real Thing," beginning with one of my favorites, an early 1991 bootleg demo of U2 playing the song as twangy surf instrumental:



…to the album/single/MTV version:



…and then a live version from Zoo TV Manchester, 1992—"some more bullshit, but a different kinda bullshit," sez Yer Man:



Yeah, and we've got TEN MORE MONTHS of this cheap refried blarney. Buckle up sports fans.

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