Alex Chilton R.I.P.

Crushing news from the Memphis Commercial Appeal: Alex Chilton, the legendary singer, songwriter, and performer who created music with the Box Tops, Big Star, and as a solo artist, died today. Chilton was in New Orleans and was scheduled to play in Austin this weekend with the reunited Big Star as part of SXSW. According to the paper, he complained of feeling ill and was taken by paramedic to the hospital. Cause of death has not been confirmed, but the Commercial Appeal reports that it is believed to be a heart attack. Chilton was 59.


Bodega Selling Obama Incense

It smells like hope at one bodega on S. 2nd and Havemeyer.
To shamelessly quote myself: “There they are, sandwiched as usual between ‚”Egyptian Musk” and ‚”White Diamond.” Obama Incense sticks, FTW.”
Somebody please go grab a few and tell me what it smells like to be President!

Every Time You Don't Tip

God builds condos downtown!
Via Chrysanthe, who spotted this note in Austin. I like to think it applies to us back here in the ‘Burg as well. Tip your bartenders, folks.

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Ben Stiller

Hot Chip's Boy Band Video for "I Feel…"

Hot Chip – I Feel Better

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[PICS] The Depreciation Guild at Santos Party House


For anyone left in New York, last night the Norwegian Oya Music Festival and Oh My Rockness hosted a SXSW send off for Norwegian bands Pirate Love, Hanne Hukkelberg, and The Megaphonic Thrift along with New York natives headliners The Depreciation Guild.

The show was a mix of different genres with Megaphonic Thrift starting off with an impressively high energy hard, noise rock set. With Santos as probably the most suiting venue for their loud music, Megaphonic showcased both their aggressive sound and musicianship. When asked how they mustered that energy after just arriving in New York from Norway, Megaphonic explains to Free Williamsburg, “Our music really gives us energy on stage, and it’s not like we need to huddle up and scream things at each other before a show, somehow we just end up in that energy every time.”

Juxtaposed against Megaphonic Thrift, there was a major downshift for solo singer songwriter Hanne Hukkelberg with a collection of sensitive and ambient folk songs.

Pirate Love came on stage in what might have been the most alienating pair of denim cut off shorts since Tobias’s from Arrested Development. Definitely putting on a performance, Pirate Love piqued audience curiosity and drew in the crowd with their noise rock.

Experimental, emo-rock The Depreciation Guild closed the evening with a tight set. The Depreciation Guild was recently on tour with Indie sweethearts The Pains of Being Pure at Heart– drummer Kurt Feldman’s second band. The Depreciation Guild’s impressively cohesive set and strong musicianship was a great ending to the show.

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Devendra Banhart Premieres Psychedelic "Baby"

Ok, so it’s not really psychedelic, just kind of weird. But, we get it Devendra, you like to be “different” all while looking extra cool– even though the new album is a corporate packaged version of all your previous work. It’s ok, we’d still probably sleep with you even if you like to space travel in a suppository. Via Pitchfork:

In the adorably tripped-out new video for Devendra Banhart’s lilting “Baby”, Devendra and his bros (including MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden and the Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti) travel in a cigarette-shaped spaceship through what looks like a planet’s butthole, whereupon they party with animated aliens, a baby, and GZA, the latter of whom is dressed like an interstellar pharaoh. And yet the weirdest thing about the clip may be the ill-advised mustache/soul-patch combo that Banhart is currently rocking.

"The Sandpit": A Day in the Life of NYC

The Sandpit from Sam O'Hare on Vimeo.

The music is by Human, co-written by Rosi Golan and Alex Wong. How was it made?
Sam O’Hare:

It is shot on a Nikon D3 (and one shot on a D80), as a series of stills. I used my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 lenses for all of these shots. Most were shot at 4fps in DX crop mode, which is the fastest the D3 could continuously write out to the memory card. The boats had slower frame rates, and the night shots used exposures up to two seconds each. The camera actually has an automatic cut off after 130 shots, so for longer shots I counted each click and quickly released and re-pressed the shutter release after 130 to keep shooting.

How many stills you ask? 35,000 stills! Kottke correctly notes it it feels like something you can “hold in your hands or put in your pocket.”