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Eliza Skinner (RADAR ep 2 – I Eat Pandas) returns to the world of Internet videos with this short about a couple going through an angry breakup just as their friends arrive for an Oscars party. Hijinks ensue, guests are weirded out, and movie puns are thrown around—and for some reason movie puns are so much funnier when shouted in a fit of rage. Movie nerds will either cringe or chortle. Or both. Either way, Eliza is quite hilarious as a pissed off ex-girlfriend.
Morningbell – Lovefool
Before I watched this video, I thought the title was just a coincidence—surely they weren’t covering that classic 90s radio mainstay? But that’s exactly what Morningbell (RADAR ep 33 – Unnatural History) did. And they did it gloriously. They stayed true to the original while giving it a bit of their own odd flair. And the breakfast-tastic video definitely ups the weirdness factor. You know, for those of you who like your 90s nostalgia with a side of scrambled eggs.
Sophie Blackall has to be one of our busiest contributors. When she’s not creating beautiful blog posts about her father’s adventures or the Missed Connections of complete strangers, she’s creating amazing illustrations for children’s books. Her latest work is the illustrations for The Crows of Pearblossom, a short story originally written in 1944 by the legendary British author Aldous Huxley. Her vivid artwork gives a modern and whimsical flair to the classic tale.
Have you ever wanted to see Internet memes live on stage? As it turns out, the Gregory Brothers (RADAR ep 27 – Auto Tune the News) are among the many YouTube musicians performing as part of the DigiTour—and they’re playing New York on May 1. Go see the show, and then spend the rest of May with musical current events stuck in your head.
Sunday, May 1 · 7:00 pm
127 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
$18 EVENT INFO
Slam Theatre week 1
SLAM Theatre (RADAR ep 6) is back this spring with another round of their fast-paced playwright and actor competition. It will be going on for the next four weeks, but Sunday is the first round of eliminations for this series, and you don’t want to miss the beginning.
Sunday April 24 · 7:00 – 12:00 am
Sunday, May 1 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Tank NYC
354 West 45th Street
New York, NY
$5 suggested donation EVENT INFO
Luke Williams is a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business who specializes in disruptive innovation—a constant stream of unexpected changes and challenges to the old status quo. And in this world where “recession” is the word on everyone’s mind, new, disruptive ideas are more important than ever. While his blog (and book), DISRUPT may have been written with businesses in mind, the ideas he gives in his posts are surprisingly applicable to anyone.
Diana Eng’s profile (RADAR ep 31 – Fairytale Fashion) just keeps rising and rising in the fashion world. And now she’s released her first line to the public—a collection of Smart Scarves, and they each showcase what she does best: combine hip fashion with science geekery. Using inspiration from things like Fibonacci numbers and the biometric Miura Ori structure, she’s once again created beauty from brains. Who says geeks can’t be fashionable?
The Gregory Brothers and Charlie Sheen – “Winning”
In the lightning fast world of Internet memes, no one can seize on a cultural phenomenon quite like our friends at Auto-Tune the News (RADAR ep 27). And in terms of satirizing potential, Charlie Sheen’s spectacular crash and burn is a gold mine. So it was only inevitable that the Gregory Brothers would take on the task. The above video does not disappoint. Even if you’ve been following the news and are suffering from Sheen overload, this could be the Sheen video to end all Sheen videos.
Personal anecdote time: I posted a Missed Connection once. I was at a Sleigh Bells concert and met a girl with awesome hair, kind of like the singer La Roux (I have weird taste, don’t ask). And while I never heard back on the ad, I did end up randomly running into her on a dating site. But there is something about missed connections—each one’s a tiny love story with mystery, humor, and artistic potential. In this interview, Sophie Blackall (RADAR ep 16 – Missed Connections) talks for a bit with NPR about some of her experiences with her Craigslist-based artwork.
Many people, including a lot of our contributors, will be spending the next week in the Lone Star State for Austin’s South by Southwest Festival. But for those of us who can’t make it out, our own music supervisor JC Scruggs helped put together a show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory. Mother Mother is an amazing Canadian indie rock band with some awesomely catchy and crazy songs that should get you dancing wildly this Friday night. And make sure to get there early for opening acts Elijah Bonfire (ex-Stars of Track and Field) and Bajzel, a one-man Polish act who Newsweek calls the Polish Beck, “only better.”
Friday March 11 · Doors @ 8:00/Show @ 8:30 pm
361 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
$10.00 – $12.00 EVENT INFO
A few years ago, Natasha Allegri drew a journal comic on Livejournal that I followed pretty religiously. She discontinued it after a while, and kind of disappeared for a few years, only to return pretty recently as an artist on the show Adventure Time, of all places. Now she has a Tumblr, where her original artwork and comics have returned to the Internet once again, and it’s all come full circle. Expect to see some gorgeous portraits, cute cartoony drawings, and more hilarious journal comics.
RADAR NYC 11.12.10 WATCH
Auto-Tune the News: Rent Too Damn High! Song
Well the greats of Auto-Tune the News (RADAR Ep.27 – ATTN) have done it again. They have used the evils of auto-tune for good! How you ask? Well they took the already comical Jimmy McMillan and made a musical number out of his speeches during the Gubernatorial debates. It’s hard not… read more
RADAR NYC 4.22.10 LOOK
Red Light Properties: digital comic
Dan Goldman (RADAR 022 – Red Light Properties) presents Red Light Properties, an on-line graphic novel, with the ability to reveal each new panel by simply clicking the arrows at the top. Each chapter is released biweekly which will eventually complete a final novel.
NYC-based hiphop and graphic artist Bisco Smith’s… read more
RADAR NYC 7.23.10 WATCH
Auto-Tune The News – Ep10 Turtles
There’s a good chance that if you’ve ever used the internet to procrastinate/look at YouTube/link your friends to ridiculous videos, you’ve seen “Auto-Tune the News.” The concept is simple: take the day’s freshest, most serious news, T-Pain the voices, and add some funky background music. The result: hilarious. The brains behind the zany… read more
Hidden Oras began as a live drawing project within various music clubs in Japan before moving to NYC. Shantell Martin an artist and VeeJay armed with her projector, and trusty digital drawing tablet, turns members of the audience into living art. When an audience member steps up against the projector wall Shantell creates a unique and original drawing that engulfs them. Fusing technology and art at every turn, Hidden Oras is just the first step of many towards the next wave of Live Art.
CREATED by Lance Weiler & Alex Johnson
DIRECTOR Josh Cramer
DP Doug Emmett
EDITOR Jawad Metni
SERIES PRODUCER Josh Cramer
SEGMENT PRODUCER Janine Saunders
TITLE SEQUENCE Jordan Gray
POST PRODUCTION House of Trim
ADDITIONAL MUSIC by:
Roger O’Donnell “Endlessly”
Runaway “The Poltergeist”
Taigaa “This Is Called Lonely Brass”
The Brian Eno-approved Eclectic Method (RADAR 003 – Eclectic Method) have to be one of the more innovative acts out there right now. Yeah, they’re mashup artists, but the guys do more than simply juxtapose Notorious B.I.G. with Elton John, they add live video editing/sampling to the mix. Picture YouTube getting drunk and hooking up with Girl Talk and you’d come close to describing them. The group is amazing to see live and is currently on tour, but in case they’re not coming to a town near you, check out their latest video featuring R2D2 and a few of your other favorite robots.
Before we release our Season 3 episode showcasing a song by Caleb Burhans, we wanted to give you guys a heads up on the music he’s been making. Sounding like a more classically minded Owen Pallett, Burhans is a violinist whose resume is too long to list here, having collaborated with everyone from Aphex Twin to The Hold Steady. Listen to his tunes, look for the upcoming RADAR episode from Season 3, and keep an eye on him. Burhans is one talented dude.
Next Door Neighbor is a webcomic series we’ve featured before (RADAR 001 – Next Door Neighbor) and it’s still worth more than a few curious clicks from your mouse, if only to read about some ridiculous neighbors as told by comic’s best writers and artists. While Josh Neufeld has contributed art to the project – check out his charming “Beekeeper” story – he’s more notably the brains and brushstrokes behind the critically acclaimed A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. Part journalistic Op-ed, part comic book documentary, A.D. tells the story of post-Katrina New Orleans through the eyes of real people who survived the storm and its aftermath. If you’re a fan of creative non-fiction, curious about what it meant to live in N.O. after Katrina, or even dig David Simon’s Treme, then Neufeld’s book is a must read. You can find it in print or in its original webcomic form.
The Brooklyn International Film Festival is about shedding light on independent filmmakers, while at the same time showcasing Brooklyn as a first class center of cinema. This year’s 13th Annual BiFF is no exception. Featuring one hundred films from twenty-four countries (whoa), the festival has a little something for everyone. This year’s theme is Stunt. What does that mean exactly? Well, the festival “intends to take a snapshot at some of the hottest issues affecting our times while emphasizing weight and gravity of being on a critical collision path with history.” Think of it as acknowledging your own independent butterfly effect on the world around you, both locally and globally. Things kick off this Friday and run until June 13th. Their website is chock full of useful goodies, everything from ticketing to the film schedule.
If you’re not already following friend of RADAR Jah Furry (aka Jeff Newelt), you need to be doing so ASAP. Not only has he curated a few RADAR episodes himself, but his Twitter feed is essential following for anyone interested in comic books, music, or cool events around the city. He is also the Comics Editor of SMITH, Heeb, and Royal Flush magazines, and is Harvey Pekar’s (American Splendor) editor on Pekar’s webcomics series THE PEKAR PROJECT. It’s also worth noting that Jah Furry has a wicked reggae baritone that he busts out from time to time – a must see.
RADAR NYC 6.11.10 WATCH
Tourist Lane – Improv Everywhere
The folks over at the the public scene-causing supergroup Improv Everywhere have just released a new video called “The Tourist Lane”. We don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say we think there are a lot of New Yorkers out there who are wishing this wasn’t just a prank. While exploring… read more
Saskia’s Guide to Producing: Defining Roles This is a series of posts delving into the gory details of what it takes to produce an independent film. Covering the entire process — from development to fundraising, production, distribution, online strategies and beyond — they will be written in real time, from first hand experience, as I go through the process of producing a feature-length documentary.
DEFINING… read more