New Free Okkervil River EP
Will Sheff & Co. are passing along the Golden Opportunities Mixtape, a nine-song collection of eight covers and one live original (the holiday appropriate "Listening To Otis Redding At Home During Christmas") for free download at their (currently crashed) website. The covers includes stabs at John Cale, Sandy Denny, Joni Mitchell, among others. You get more than just the sounds with the download, though: The ever-wordy Okkervil provide descriptive liner notes and the extremely Christmas-y cover art pictured below.
Pitchfork: Top 50 Music Videos of 2007
If you're talking music videos in 2007, quantity was not an issue. Label-underwritten clips were just the tip of the iceberg. Bands sponsored contests, and dozens of videos would be made for a single song. Fans would make their own pieces, without being asked, just for kicks. Singers were filmed walking through Paris and riding in a cab and standing on a balcony. Not to mention the army of fans with small portable cameras, persevering surprising show moments and spontaneous performances.
So finding the best of these took some serious sifting.
MP3s From The 'In Rainbows' Remix Album
Amplive, the Oakland-based DJ/producer who makes beats for Akon among others, remixed Radiohead's In Rainbows for an upcoming remix album called Raindayz Remixes. His publicist he'll post the results on January 10th, when it will be available free to anyone who downloaded paid for the original In Rainbows album.
Jim Hill's back with even more answers to your Disney-related questions. This time around, Jim tries to put together a definitive list of where the in-jokes & self references in Pixar's feature films & shorts are located
Another Sid Vicious film
Alan Parker is set to start work on a film about the Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, one which is described as the "ultimate" film about the man.
News on George Romero Presents ‘Deadtime Stories’
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a good horror anthology. Being a big fan of ‘Creepshow, ‘Tales From the Darkside,’ and who can forget ‘Tales From The Crypt,’ I have been longing for the day horror fans would be given another worthy horror anthology movie. (Instead we were given ‘Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror’ ICK!)
It turns out that there still may be some hope in having my wish come true. A new horror anthology film called ‘Deadtime Stories’ is being written and directed by Jeff Monahan. It also being presented by one of the masters of horror, George A.Romero.
Star Wars Christmas Ornaments
Feel like spending your white Christmas on the dark side this year for a change? No problem - there are lots of Darth Vader, and other Star Wars, ornaments out there for you to choose from.
Hot or Not für Webdesign: On CommandShift3, you are presented with the screenshots of two websites side by side. If you click the screenshot of the site you think looks best, the page reloads and you start all over again. It never ends.
NYPL Digital Gallery
NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 550,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.
The New(er) Typography: Counterless, Bold and mostly Geometric
As my feed count increased it became increasingly clear that this year's trend was a new typography: Devoid of counters, generous in girth, and joyous in application. As 2007 comes to a close, here is a partial, yet global, celebration of The New(er) Typography — plenty remains out there and unnoticed here, but you've probably seen it on your own.
2000 A.D. (I)
The Motorola concept video 2000 A.D. was produced in 1990 and focuses on the fantastic wireless future.
New Light Glows For 12 Years
Litroenergy is a new type of material that emits light for 12 years without needing electricity or sun exposure. The self-luminous micro-particles are called Litrospheres and are said to be non-toxic, inexpensive and equivalent to a 20 watt incandescent bulb.
The Litrospheres give off a continuous illumination, and can be designed to glow in any color. In addition, they are not affected by heat or cold, and are 5,000-pound crush resistant. They can be injection molded or added to paint. The fill rate of Litroenergy micro particles in plastic injection molding material or paint is about 20%.
Top 10 Incredible Recordings
Before I start on the list, I feel that I should advise that a couple of the items here are quite horrific and I would recommend that those who are weak of heart or who have a nervous disposition avoid them.
Blogs und Online-Foren: Die neue Sachlickeit der Tagespresse
"Immer schön sachlich bleiben" ist ein Artikel der FAZ betitelt, in dem ein Feuilletonredakteur die altbekannte Klage vom Triumph der Amateure aufnimmt und der Pöbelei des Webs Einhalt gebieten will. Unter Bezugnahme unter anderem auf ein Urteil gegen den Blogger und Medienjournalisten Stefan Niggemeier, der unter anderem für die FAZ schreibt, fordert der Autor, dass Blogger und Internet-Nutzer, die Zeitungsartikel kommentieren wollen, sachlich bleiben sollen.
Insbesondere sollten sie nicht glauben, dass sie eine "neue Öffentlichkeit" darstellen, weil sie gemessen an den "Millionen von Nutzern einzelner Websites" nicht ins Gewicht fallen würden. Bewertungen aus der Perspektive der Amateure seien so lange fehl am Platze, wie sie sich zu einem "klassischen Medium mit hoher Selektivität" entwickelten. Wer etwa Lehrerkritik als Zunahme an Demokratie feiere, sei mehr als nur dumm. Der Artikel schließt mit der Frage an die Amateure, wovon diese denn lebten.
iPod 1949: Radio Hat
It is refreshing to note that not all radio manufacturers in this country believe that radio broadcasting is doomed to early extinction. It seems certain that American ingenuity and inventiveness will do much to keep it in the foreground for generations to come.
This is exemplified by an entirely new radio receiver - the Radio Hat - illustrated on the cover of this magazine. Communication, reception of news, time and weather reports, are a constant necessity to people in this country. So is a light and portable receiver, such as the Radio Hat, illustrated in these pages.
Gedankenlesen- Pionierarbeit der Hirnforschung
Hirnforscher möchten das Subjektivste des Menschen erschließen, seine Bewusstseins- und Gedankenwelt – Wie weit kommen sie dabei?