Thursday, September 15, 2016
With this episode of Bug I went along to the one where the director comes along and this time the guest was Ninian Doff who has done a few Bug-worthy videos in the past.
Vitamin X "About to Crack"
A lot of animation in a short amount of time made this a great video to start out with. They're a Dutch thrash metal band.
Roisin Murphy "Whatever"
After the fast start this was very slow and sort of washed over me. Not being a heavy app user I didn't get all the references in the video.
DJ Shadow ft Run The Jewels "Nobody Speak"
This was a vid I'd seen a few weeks ago and knew it would find it's way to Bug. Some wonderful lip syncing as UK and US diplomats get into a ruck.
Schoolboy Q "JoHn Muir"
A day in South Central seen from the point of view of a car. This was alright.
Ralf Hildenbeutel - Disco
This was amazing with 12,000 individually drawn rotoscoped cells of 2 pro dancers put together. The music is good too!
The White Stripes "City Lights"
This is another vid I'd seen pre-Bug. Michel Gondry knocked this up for free and it's quite clever and extremely low budget. Literally just him in a shower. Buxton did make little jokes at being able to see a nipple in the video.
Miike Snow "Genghis Khan"
The first of the videos directed by Ninian and one that had been shown before, is this excellent nod to 60s movies. They had a good chat in how popular this video has become, and it has generated a heavy fan subculture. It's very good.
Miike Snow "My Trigger"
The second Ninian video is a "follow up" to Genghis Khan done in a very similar style. Being asked for a direct sequel which was turned down because Ninian didn't want to tarnish the following that Genghis had, we get a similar style video set during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Not bad, but not as good as his other one.
The second video from the returning Avalanches who are back after a 16-year absence. This video has a very 60s Fritz the Cat vibe to it and I liked it a lot.
John Grant "Global Warming"
John Grant has a bit of a following but I don't get him, nor do I like his stuff, or this video
Frank Ocean "Nikes"
I really liked this, as did a few others in the audience. One even heckled by shouting "Rubbish". All the rolling in the money would have been better if they hadn't used the lowest denomination.
Funki Porcini "Conservative Apocalypse"
This one blew me away. Try to see this on a big screen and just take it in. It's like a trippy version of the Chemical Brother's "Star Guitar" video. Stunning!
The final video was "Gosh" by Jamie XX and having been posted 6 weeks ago has been taken down I guess because Apple is charging money for it. This is a stunning video, that I had seen when it was first released, and features an albino negro leading a group of Chinese kids in a Chinese ghost town that happens to be a copy of Paris, complete with Eiffel Tower. I've found it on a Russian website here should you wish to see it without coughing up the cash to Apple.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Some photos from the performances we saw at this year's Lovebox
Formation sound a bit like Rage mixed with LCD and are pretty good.
They don't quite have enough tracks for an album just yet but their tracks are good.
The drummer Kai seemed to have a bit of a fanclub, much to the leads disgust.
George Clinton was really good but there was too much going on on stage. A weird bendy pimp included.
I need to give Oh Wonder another chance. I wasn't in the mood for them on the day.
Jungle were poor, a large contingent of the crowd were into them; not me!
The it was onto the main event. LCD Soundsystem reformed earlier in the year and a lot of the people here today were in attendance to witness their greatness one more time. They were superb!