I am in awe of the amazing and beautiful music video Cults have made

Chris Brooker
July 14, 2011

Go Outside, by Cults from Boing Boing on Vimeo.

I am in awe of the amazing and beautiful music video Cults have made for their song, “Go Outside.”

Director’s Statement

To tell the story of Cults’ hauntingly beautiful track, “Go Outside”, I was inspired to bring the band inside the world of Jim Jones’ famous religious cult, Peoples Temple, and the eventual tragedy in Jonestown. Fortunately, when exploring the feasibility of this video I became acquainted with Fielding M. McGehee III, an expert on Peoples Temple history and the primary researcher for the Jonestown Archive. It is thanks to him and his encouragement that I was able to take on this project and through his support gained access to over two and half hours of home videos showing Peoples Temple in Jonestown. For this music video we didn’t want to put a spin on the footage or the peoples lives—instead we wanted to re-tell and humanize their story. In order to achieve this we used a combination of stock footage, visual effects and other tricks to embed the band into the historical footage. This was achieved through my collaboration with my visual effects supervisor Bill Gillman and my cinematographer Matthew Lloyd. Lastly, I am moved to say when we completed the video we were able to preview it for some of the survivors of the Jonestown Massacre, who expressed their appreciation of our focus on the lives of the People’s Temple members as opposed to exploiting the graphic images of the final tragedy.

In History and Memory,
Isaiah

Everything to do with Fred show

Chris Brooker
March 1, 2011

Friday was the Everything to do with Fred show at the Sound Academy, arguably one of the best/worst venues in Toronto. I’ll get into that in a minute. The Fred Show, as I’m going to call it, was a concert series/carnival created and hosted by the 102.1 The Edge DJ Fearless Fred. I’m not sure if it was to celebrate something or just a reason to party but party we did. The first thing I noticed upon arriving after being searched was holy crap, there are a lot of kids here. Like under 19 years old kids. I thought “oh crap this is an all ages event, better go get my wristband”. But no, there were no wrist bands and no separate section for alcohol, I didn’t even get ID’ed, weirdest event I’ve ever been to.

The Sound Academy – They have a great sound system and damn can it get loud. But problem number 1, it’s way the fuck out in the middle of nowhere with no TTC access, too far to walk and a $15 parking lot. So there is no wining if you go. The layout is long narrow, this makes it very difficult to get close to the stage and causes a lot of added pressure when you’re up front. I’ve been to many, many concerts and spent a lot of time in the pits. The ones at Sound Academy are the most dangerous I’ve ever been in. Just way too much squeezing cuz there is no where for the pressure to go. Here’s third party confirmation, trip advisors people saying it’s the “Worst concert venue in Toronto”. I tend to agree.

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It was my pleasure to be invited by the always wonderful and foolish Leaf fan Michael Nus. (Google Jacket of Shame and Sean Ward)

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Here’s Michael with the leader of the Ska band Prince Perry that performed on stage that night. This was just after their set.

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Fearless Fred on stage giving out prizes.

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Here’s @rebheartsyou checking out the tat book.

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The headliner was Ko. A one hit wonder from days ago. They kinda sucked.

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The highlight of the night was Nus and I sparing for sport. No waivers, no helmets.

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I’d like to say that I won but I didn’t it was a very close 2-1 for Nus. This is the final blow on round 3. Well played.

March 24, 2010 – New Album listenfest #2

Chris Brooker
March 24, 2010

Hey all, I didn’t expect this next album listenfest to come so soon but DAMN! There are so many good albums coming out.

On to the music;

Coheed and Cambria – Year of the Black Rainbow

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I have to admit right off the bat, I f’ing love Coheed and Cambria. I own every CD every graphic novel released, tv shirts, etc. So one of my favorite bands ever.

This is the 5th album from Coheed and Cambria schedules to be released April 13, 2010 (already pre-ordered the deluxe edition with the 352–page novel). After a couple listens throught the whole album I’m left thinking, OH YA! this is Coheed!

This album rocks!, strong killer vocals, wild screaming guitar licks and a very epic and grand feel to everything. It’s a bit more melodic than past albums but I think that’s what the band is going so this time about.

There is nothing left to say, this album to me = summer! Get it now!

Asher Roth – Seared Foie Gras with Quince and Cranberry (Mixtape)

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Asher Roth, I’m not sure why but people either love him, hate him or play just ignore him. Well I’m telling you if you don’t know him, you should. Even pickup his last CD Asleep In the Bread Isle for some quality rhymes and beats. Asher is almost always compared to Eminem as he’s white and he raps with a similar voice inflection. I’m not sure if that comparison helps him or hurts him.

This is a mixtape so the beats are all from existing that songs that you might already know but the flow is all Asher. His style is great, timing, cadance and rhythem are stellar on this album. Where is album is weak is in the lyrics. There is little variation of subject matter you’re garanteed that each song will make reference to him smoking weed or him getting laid. Which by this album is starting to be a tired theme. I think it’s this that’s keeping him from blowing up. In general the album is good but there are a few throw away tracks.

Pick it up if you’re bored and like hearing old beats with new words.

Barenaked Ladies – All in Good Time

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I’ve never really been a big fan of Barenaked Ladies, I’ve never owned one of their CDs or ever had one of their albums on my iPod. I’m not sure why, I’ve always enjoyed their singles. Not pasionately like most Canadians but as songs I knew all the words to and would sing along with everyone else at the bar.

This is the first Barenaken Ladies album without the founding member Steven Page, if that matters to anyone.

It’s pop-y, melodic, with nice harmonies and clean guitars. There is nothing edgy or in your face about anything. It’s all very layed back and sweet with nothing really standing out to me. Your typical BNL album I guess, non offensive and decent work day Canadian pop-sorta trying to rock background music. Yes, there is some cowbell.

March 22, 2010 – New Album listenfest

Chris Brooker
March 22, 2010

It’s Monday March 22, 2010 and I have a number of new albums that just hit my mp3 player. I figured instead of just listening to them personally and keeping my opinions to myself (mostly). I’d do a mini review of them.

Here’s what’s on the list today.

MGMT – Congratulations

The much anticipated 3rd release from MGMT. I managed to grab a high quality AAC 256 leak of the new album and gave it a listen.

After single listen all the way through, I’m not blown away. It good and it has it’s moments when I really like it but I’m not sold yet. I think I might visit this review again after a good number of listens. Perhaps it will grow on me.

It’s very orchestral, and kind of brings to mind a weird cross between the Beatles and Panic! at the Disco. Ya, I said weird.

There are a few stand out tracks and put forth my choices for singles and their order.

1) Congratulation (the title track)
2) Flash Delirium
3) Song for Dan Treacy (maybe, if it makes it to 3 singles)

MC Frontalot – Zero Day

The king of Nerdcore has released his 5th album. The album doesn’t officially drop until April 6th, 2010 but if you order it now, you can download the whole thing now then receive the CD in the mail. Or you could just grab it from all the other sources out there.

Get it! That’s all I have to say. If you enjoy hip hop and lyrics about things other than popping rubber bands, making it rain, lac’s on dubs, Hennessey, droppin’ low, twerkin’, etc. You’ll love it. MC Frontlot has smart, tight, flows and great timing. Quality hooks and choruses with a very high production value.

Flobot – Survival Story

According to that image it’s now available on iTunes. Yay?!? anywho.

Liberal, High Energy, Violin, Rock rap, that’s Flotbots. Most people got hella sick of hearing Flobots last year as the singles Handle Bars and Rise got played to death everywhere.

The single off this album is White Flag Warriors strong track in the vein of Rage Against the Machine but not as hard.

General impressions of the album;

  • rhymes are tight and delivered with passion
  • the viola’ist Mackenzie Roberts is still cute
  • The always audible viola keeps making me think I’m listening to Yellowcard
  • I like me the rock rap
  • Fun, upbeat album with serious subject matter
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