28
May 10

New Pop Vintage 2008 – Summer Of Love

Two summers ago on Memorial Day Weekend 2008 Texas and I decided to usher in that summer with an all out party video that took us from The Hope Lounge, to The Yard, to a Sunday morning hot tub party, back to The Yard, and finally to a trigger happy rooftop jam in Tribeca.  All along the way asking our friends what they had planned for that summer.  It was one of our busiest weekends shooting ever.  Here is that video Summer Of Love, featuring a great track from our friends No Surrender.

Enjoy

p.s. We’ll be shooting at Contessa’s Whore House party this weekend so if you got the info come on out.  It’ll be our first party video in ages.  It’s hard to say no to Contessa.  haha.


27
May 10

Where The Hell is Matt?

14 months in the making, 42 countries.  I dare you not to smile.  : )


26
May 10

You Want to Live Like Common People?

This morning I heard the William Shatner’s version of the Pulp 1995 Britpop classic “Common People,”  The sheer energy in this Ben Folds produced Shatner remake blew me away.  According to Pulp singer/songwriter Jarvis Cocker the inspiration for this song came from a girl he knew while attending art school.  As Jarvis put it “She could never be like common people”, because even if she gets a flat where “roaches climb the wall” ultimately, “if she called her dad he could stop it all”, in contrast to the true common people who can only “watch their lives slide out of view”.

I tried to find a YouTube video for The Shatner version with no luck.  Instead I found this LEGO version I posted below. The cuts, animation and camera moves are so well done it actually made this already great remake better.

Dedicated to so many girls I dated, here it is Common People the LEGO remake.

Trevz


25
May 10

True School Park Jam Series – Trailer

Noisemaker Media released this trailer for the upcoming True School Park Jam series.  Described as the first meeting between Afrika Bambaataa, Kool DJ Red Alert, and The Original Jazzy Jay in over 25 years.  The producers of this piece stated that “Many have neglected the fact these individuals are primarily responsible for the genesis of hip hop culture.” Sad but true.  I can’t help but think that as more time passes more folks will start to appreciate them in ways that they haven’t in the past.  A piece like this is testament to that.

For more info log onto Noisemaker Media.

Trevz


24
May 10

Lost Finale WTF?

So first of all I have to say for the record that I was a huge fan of the first season of Lost, however I lost interest during the second season, and despite numerous attempts to return to the series I never was able to get back into it. Every time I turned it on there seemed to be another guy falling down a shaft, or a polar beer on the beach, or Jack on a submarine or some plot-line that didn’t hold my attention.  That being said I always wanted to know what it all meant.  So last night I spent 2 hours watching the Lost pre-show to catch up on what I missed, and 2 1/2 hours watching the finale.  During the Special that proceeded the finale the show Producers Damon Lindelof, left and Carlton Cuse were trying really hard to justify dragging this series on for 6 seasons.  All the talk of flashbacks, flash-forwards and side-ways seemed like a big smoke screen for milking ad $$$ from this cash cow.  But I with-held judgement until I saw the finale.

So as I sat there watching Lost whilst the Laker game played on TNT, and the Apprentice played on NBC, I had a sever case of cynicism.  The cheesy light in the cave, the melodramatic acting, the sentimental flashbacks all seemed to confirm that somewhere along the line this series jumped the shark.  Then right around the time Sun and Jin had their flashback something happened, I got a lump in my throat.  This moment along with the succeeding flashbacks were so well edited and acted that I thought that they just might pull this thing off.  They just might make a finale that justified this whole series.  I was on the edge of my seat, swearing at all the commercial breaks, rooting for Jack, wondering where this was all headed? Finally all the questions I’ve had for 6 years would be answered…

Spoiler Alert:

As Jack walked into the church and met his father he was told that he was dead and that they all created this as a place to meet each other before moving on.  it felt… right, confusing, anti-climatic, thought provoking?  I’m not quite sure.  I am still trying to figure out WTF happened and how I feel about the numerous theories and new questions this episode brings up.  Was Jack dead all along? Did anything on the Island actually happen? Was the sideways world real, or was the island real?  When did they all die?  Questions that seem to be on everyone’s mind.

As far as my final feeling on the overall series, I think this series would have been more powerful if it was wrapped up in one or two seasons.  As it is the commercial world demands you milk the cow.  In the end as an overall series it felt like seasons 3 – 6 were just filler, a holding pattern to make a profit.  Also I really detest commercial TV when it comes to the Dramatic series.  A show like Lost needs to be viewed without commercial interruption. Which is how I viewed seasons 1 and 2.  Thank god for DVD’s.

Interested in hearing your thoughts.

Trevz


21
May 10

New Pop Vintage 2008 – Electric Punnany

Starting in 2007 my former partner Tone was the resident photographer at Sway Monday nights. Mostly due to his photos it went from being a pretty laid back Monday to the place to be.  Everyone went there and they partied hard.  I missed out on all the fun because I pretty much never went out unless I was shooting, as a result my experience was limited to Tone’s photos and internet buzz.  In 2008 I was asked to document the 4th edition of a monthly party called Electric Punany which took place once a month at Sway.  After experiencing Sway on a weekly basis through Tone’s photos I kinda knew what to expect and it did not disappoint.  The night was hot, it was sweaty, it was filled with interesting stories and characters.  From the vintage collection here is Electric Punnany.

Trevz


20
May 10

The Dark Knight: Sweded Edition

I am a big fan of the film by Michel Gondry “Be Kind Rewind” starring Jack Black & Mos Def.  This film introduced the concept of sweded films.  Sweded films are remakes of Big Budget movies done in the most DIY way possible.  In the film Be Kind Rewind the Jack Black character inadvertently erases all the VHS tapes in the store while the boss is away.  In order to avoid getting in trouble the store manager played by Mos Def decides to recreate the erased movies using a process he calls Sweding.  He tells his customers that the remade tapes come from Sweden as an excuse for the higher rental fees and longer wait times. (Hence the name Sweded).  It’s very Abbott & Costello, but still a very endearing and clever film.

The other day I ran across this video by Pushit films of a sweded version of The Dark Knight. I thought it captured the spirit of the Be Kind Rewind swedes really well.  I am not exaggerating when I say that you will probably find more creativity in one of these swedes than 50 big budget music videos.

Trevz


20
May 10

Missed Connections

Really Cool Video I saw On Babelgum TV featuring illustrator Sophie Blackall who started this really clever blog missed connections.  I’m a sucker for whimsical watercolor illustrations.

Also I noticed that the soundtrack was remixed by my friend Bisc 1.

Enjoy

Trevz


19
May 10

New Pop Vintage – Taste 2007

Here is another old video uploaded to the vintage pages which I will be constantly updating as I am scraping my old “Dark” site.  This video was shot at Oren D’s loft in Williamsburg.  Oren D was this guy we met on myspace who use to throw these cool parties at his loft located above the old N6 bar.  In 2007 he got kicked out to make room for the construction of (Get This) the Music Hall of Williamsburg.  This was the last party at that space sponsored by Taste NYC.  Excuse the orange faces and bad audio.

I also attached some photos of the transition which is pretty cool when you compare it to the video footage outside the loft.

Trevz


19
May 10

Style Wars 2: The Battle of the Street Artist

This has been a busy week in the world of Street Art.

On Monday a bunch of Banksy pieces started appearing all over the city promoting his film Exit Through The Gift Shop.

Then yesterday Poster Boy gets 11 months at Rykers for failing to appear in court.

Followed by the defacing of the Banksy pieces with the words “Free Henry! Poster Boy”

Also on Monday Shepard Fairey’s May Day wall on Houston & Bowery gets a gritty old school facelift from ADEK, JADE, FUCT & REFRY.

Looks like the old guard Graffiti Artist want to put the “Street” back into Street Art.

Shouts to We Stole The Show for the Banksy update.

Trevz