Monday, October 27, 2014

OK Go - "I Won't Let You Down"

The video for "I Won't Let You Down" was released on October 27, 2014, premiering on The Today Show. Similar to many of the band's past videos, the video is a continuous one shot music video. The band members perform the video while riding Honda UNI-CUBs, personal mobility units similar to the Segway, moving through a warehouse before moving outside for larger choreographed routines with a number of dancers dressed in traditional Japanese school uniforms and using colored umbrella props. The video was filmed on a camera mounted to a octocopter drone, which allows for ground-level and bird's-eye view shots during these routines, including a final high altitude pan of the surrounding landscape. The Japanese electropop group, Perfume also make a cameo at the start of the video.

OK Go was inspired by a trip they had taken to Japan and visited Tokyo's Robot Restaurant, which had numerous robots moving about the large facility in motions set to heavy-metal music; Tim Norwind said that the experience was "the best hour of my life". They obtained help of producer Morihiro Harano would linked them to Honda's internal ad agency, which led to them being put in contact with Japanese choreographer Airman to help plan out the routines. Honda would go on to fund the film and provide the UNI-CUBs and the octocopter for the video. The video was filmed in a vacant warehouse area in the Chiba district of Japan near Tokyo. Frontman Damian Kulash and Kazuaki Seki co-directed the video. The video was filmed in double time, recording the events at half the speed of the song and then sped up for the final video as to allow them to complete the complex choreography. In the near final shots, which show the band and dances from far overhead simulating a large dot matrix display, Harano had set large speakers at the corners of the area to play the song in half-time to help all the performers synchronize with the music. The camera drone was controlled both with GPS and manual control for fine adjustment by Harano and his crew. The video took between 50 and 60 takes to obtain the final one-shot product.

The choreography in the video was inspired by the elaborate routines of musical director Busby Berkeley. The opening sequence, primarily focusing on the OK Go band members, was made to feel like a futuristic version of Gene Kelly's dancing in Singin' in the Rain. The final shot, with the camera panning across the Japan landscape, was inspired by The Beatles use of extended outros, as to give the viewer something "that packed a bit more entertainment even after the main part was over", according to Harano.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Broken Bells - "After the Disco"

Broken Bells have just released a new music video for “After The Disco,” the title track off their most recent LP. Directed by Nelson De Castro, the clip takes “After The Disco” quite literally, featuring band members James Mercer and Danger Mouse trying to make their way home from a party. Mercer cries out “round and round still we go nowhere” as they wander through a series of revolving, repeating rooms with frozen-in-place crowds, and he’s right—the video ends where it starts, with the party still going strong.

Recorded with the seventeen-piece Angel City String Orchestra and a four-piece choir, the album was released by Columbia Records on January 31, 2014. The album follows the band's 2013 single, "Holding On for Life", which features as the third track on the album. After the Disco was written by band members James Mercer and Brian Burton, and produced by Burton.

The album itself was released on January 31, 2014, peaking at number 5 in the Billboard 200.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GOAT - "Hide from the Sun"

Swedish psych-rock outfit GOAT have just released a frenetic new video for their song “Hide From The Sun,” and it’s a force to be reckoned with. Directed by Sam Macon, the clip complements the feverish psychedelic sound of GOAT’s most recent album, Commune, out now via SubPop.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Nats Lose to Giants 3-2 in Game 4 of the NLDS

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Nationals' World Series hopes came to an end Tuesday night as they lost to the Giants, 3-2, in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, eliminating the club from postseason play.

"This is tough," center fielder Denard Span said. "We didn't play well all series. That's the bottom line. The Giants made the least amount of mistakes. We made too many mistakes. The little things added up. They were a better team for these four games."

Washington's bullpen was reliable most of the season, but in the seventh inning, it faltered, allowing the game-deciding run. With the score tied at 2 and one out, Matt Thornton allowed consecutive singles to Joe Panik and Buster Posey. Manager Matt Williams then decided to bring in Aaron Barrett, who walked Hunter Pence to load the bases. With Pablo Sandoval at the plate, Barrett threw a wild pitch, scoring Panik to give the Giants the lead.

"I thought I made some pretty good pitches," Barrett said. "I battled back to 3-2 [in the count]. I guess I tried to do a little too much there and ended up walking [Pence]. I tried to slow myself down as much as possible. It was great atmosphere. I just tried to do a little too much. I didn't want to walk him there, obviously. I tried to challenge him there."

San Francisco nearly scored another run soon thereafter. As he was trying to walk Sandoval intentionally, Barrett threw a wild pitch. Posey tried to score on the play, but was thrown out by Wilson Ramos on a close play at the plate that was confirmed by a crew chief review.

"I got lucky, obviously, with the wild pitch," Barrett said. "The bottom line is I didn't make pitches when I had to, and it ended up costing us the game."

Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez started the game and had one bad inning, and it proved costly. Gonzalez wasn't hit hard, but he had serious problems fielding his position.

The Nats would tie the score in seventh inning off right-hander Hunter Strickland. With one out, Bryce Harper came to the plate and hit a mammoth home run that landed in McCovey Cove. It was the 104th home run that went in the water behind the right-field wall at AT&T Park, but just the third in postseason play.

"He was on some fastballs this series," Posey said.

A ninth-inning rally came up short after Harper drew a two-out walk but Ramos then grounded out to second to end the comeback attempt, and the Nationals' season. For the second time in three years, the Nats had the best record in the NL but then came up short in the NLDS.

Game 1
The Giants held off a late charge, quieting the crowd in an NL-record ninth straight playoff W. After Jake Peavy's 5 2/3 scoreless, Hunter Strickland nixed a threat before allowing two Nats shots, one a big blast by Bryce Harper, and the 'pen escaped in the eighth before a clean ninth.

Game 2
Brandon Belt's shot in the 18th decided the longest MLB playoff game (6:23) and put the Giants one win from the NLCS. Nine frames earlier, Pablo Sandoval sent it to extras with a two-out knock off Nats closer Drew Storen, who couldn't save it for a dominant Jordan Zimmermann. The game tied a record set by the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros in Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS, becoming only the second 18-inning postseason game in MLB history. Tim Hudson started on the road in both (and Adam LaRoche played 1B in both). Yusmeiro Petit became the first pitcher to throw at least 6 shutout innings of relief & win a postseason game since Pedro Martinez in 1999. In what will likely prove a footnote to the larger craziness of the game, Nats manager Matt Williams and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera were ejected from the game in the bottom of the 10th for arguing balls and strikes.

Game 3
Locked in a scoreless duel in the seventh, the Nationals scored two on Madison Bumgarner's wild throw to third on a sac bunt. Asdrubal Cabrera added an RBI, Bryce Harper homered in the ninth and Drew Storen finished it for Doug Fister, extending the NLDS in San Francisco.

Game 4
After a Bryce Harper homer tied the game in the seventh, reliever Aaron Barrett's wild pitch with the bases full in the bottom of the frame allowed Joe Panik to score the go-ahead run, and the Giants' bullpen held off the gritty Nats to secure a spot in the NLCS vs. the Cards.

Sports Illustrated:
Williams' rough showing was a reminder that he, too, was just a rookie, having never managed a team at any level prior to this season, or even served as bench coach. Mattingly was once similarly green, though he did have experience as bench coach with the Yankees under Joe Torre, who mentored him both in New York and Los Angeles prior to Mattingly's taking the reins for the 2011 season. Despite his subsequent experience at the helm, he hardly covered himself in glory during the Dodgers' brief run.

Thursday, October 9, 2014