Thursday, February 24, 2011

crazy night

Been trying to finish this other blog post about these new CD's I bought but I just haven't found the time. Definitely couldn't happen tonight. I filmed this crazy hip-hop showcase at the End in Nashville, was quite a spectacle (a very hot one too). It was interesting because I've been living in Nashville for a long time and I go to a lot of show but I had never one like this. 12 different hip-hop artists performed over the span of 4 hours, a marathon that payed off well with the debut performance of Gab (@_whoisgab) as the closer. I know 8 off 8th and I've seen a couple of other showcases in Nashville but it's pretty much rock groups of some kind. There is a demand for this shit. Maybe just few less performers next time, a bit longer set times, and definitely a different venue no offense to the End but they're not coming back. But all around it was a great show, the first time I have ever filled my footage capacity at a single event (which is currently 153 minutes with the way I format everything now in a combo of 1080p24 and 720pn24 between my Firestore and P2 card respectively, figured I'd go technical for a sec, I still do love my amazing Panasonic HPX-170).

So there will be more blog updates and definitely more videos in the near future, spring is about to get crazy! Hell SXSW is less than 3 weeks away, going to be throwing down harder than ever this year in Austin. Dee Goodz is playing along with my brother's band Young Man on top of more people coming to the festival than ever before. On that note I sign off...for now...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I can see clearly now

Just got a new pair of glasses the other day, things do look different. I've been without a pair of prescription glasses for a while, and I pretty much can function in every way without then. But when I saw a groupon for $150 off a pair of glasses at a store near my house I couldn't resist. It seemed like time to see again.

You see I'm nearsighted, meaning as the distance of my vision increases the blur factor comes into play. It is not that I can't see things far away, it is just that detail is lost. But I'm finding that they only really help in certain situations. For instance I couldn't wear them now, it would make staring a computer swing uncomfortable pretty quickly. And I've developed quite a tolerance to look at computer monitors several hours a day normally, although they are for sure way easier on the eyes these days.

I was slightly disappointed about my result with wearing them at a movie I saw recently (127 hours, which is incredible btw). Sometimes a little bit of blur works well with film viewing. After all motion pictures is a trick on your vision, running at 24 frames per second (30 on TV, or 29.97 really) convinces the eye there is constant movement. So a little blur is nice, the new sharpness kind of threw me off. Where my glasses really make a difference is outside. This is where the vibrancy of life really comes out, the detail is wanted there. Because in general I don't mind life a little blurry. I'll post a picture of them soon, for now it's time to get back to work.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Dee Goodz video coming soon

It's been too long between updates of this thing, gotta get better about that. Thankfully I've been spending a lot of time working and filming new shit, not just sitting on my ass. It's been a super busy start of the year, doesn't even compare to last year. I'm liking it for the most part, except when the stress of deadlines hits or when there's so much to do I don't know where to start. But that's work I guess.

This next project is something different though. This is going to be pure craziness. Teaming up yet again with Dee Goodz and Black Rob we filmed some wild shit on Friday for our next music video. I know we just finished one last week, but Dee Goodz' new album Floetic Justice Vol II: B.O.T.H. is coming out by month's end, and so is our video. And this is going to be the most insane one yet.

Yup. Crazy. So stay tuned for that. And next time I'll write about something not work related. For my sake and yours.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Deerhoof report - live in Nashville 2/4/11

The Deerhoof show was awesome last night, I really do love them. This show was at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN, and it was my 4th time seeing them over a period of 6 years. They've been doing their thing since the late 1990's now! I've seen them as a 3 piece and 4 piece band (which is what they were last night) and I definitely prefer the 4 member setup. They ripped for a solid 80 minutes of whimsical, feel-good indie rock. I didn't recognize a good bit of the material, most likely because a lot was off their new album Deerhoof vs. Evil which I immediately purchased on vinyl after the show.

Deerhoof has so much material under their belt only the most die-hard fans would know it all. Their latest album is their 11th, and craziest of all it was their biggest gap in new material from being their last album was released in 2008. They did still manage to play several of my favorite tunes off Milk Man and Apple O which are my two favorite albums. Their music is definitely not for everyone as it's weird and funky, but their energy and obvious enjoyment of what they do spreads throughout the crowd when they do play. Here are a couple of videos from the show that I took, and some more pictures below that:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New music video for Dee Goodz - "Lisa Lopes"

We finally finished the latest video for Dee Goodz, the track is Lisa Lopes off his forthcoming mixtape Floetic Justice Vol II. It was a simple shoot but I think we got a lot out of it. It has been great working with Dee Goodz so far, dude has a lot of potential and it has been a blessing to finally to be making some music videos. It's something I've wanted to do for a while and just never got it together. Our next one is going to be even better, so stay tuned.

Music Video: Dee Goodz - Lisa Lopes