New film explores UK’s Northern Soul scene

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By Francis Andrews in New Film on Tuesday 1 October 2013

I just got done watching this poignant and beautifully made documentary about the UK’s 1970s Northern Soul scene – how all nighters at Wigan’s soul clubs bridged a divide between white working class Britain and black America, and became a central focus of life for thousands of disaffected British youths. The programme, presented by journalist […]

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Blazed: a brilliant anti-drug campaign from New Zealand

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By Darwin Cosico in News on Friday 27 September 2013

A new brilliant anti-drug ad campaign was recently launched in New Zealand, funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency via Clemenger BBDO. The spot features three young Maori boys sitting outside in the car, waiting for one of their dads to come out and drive one of them home. The only thing is, the dad has […]

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Daft Signz: sign spinning plus street dancing plus Daft Punk equals awesome

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By Gem in Video on Tuesday 24 September 2013

The only YouTube videos I care to watch lately are of short documentaries and cute puppy videos. A few years ago, when I watched a lot of BMX and skate videos, I would occasionally stumble upon similar ‘athletics in the urban landscape’ type videos, such as free running, parkour, people trying to do BMX tricks […]

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With Paw Recognition, the new iPhone 5S is cat-friendly

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By Annie Churdar in Tech on Tuesday 24 September 2013

This 11 second video of a cat paw unlocking the new iPhone 5s is insanely cute. My mind said “No” but my heart said “Yes”. I fell in love with both the kitty and the phone. Apparently the new iPhone can be programmed to respond to a cat paw with a special “paw recognition”. Thanks […]

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Long Live Film: A documentary about film photography

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By Erin Emocling in New Film on Friday 20 September 2013

Film photography advocates and enthusiasts will always find a way to prove that film is not dead. Here’s one of those proofs: a documentary about the subculture that is film photography. Made by the folks from Indie Film Lab, Long Live Film investigates the reasons why film photographers across the United States still prefer emulsion over […]

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Incredible! Michael Jackson’s Thriller video recreated entirely from LEGO

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By Erin Emocling in Video on Friday 20 September 2013

Annette Jung makes films for Talking Animals, a Berlin-based animation studio. Her latest thrilling stop-motion short features Michael Jackson’s Thriller in Lego blocks, which came next after her Lego Dance video. Full-length versions, please!

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Ed Ruscha, Woody, and the World’s Hottest Pepper

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By Gem in Video on Thursday 19 September 2013

Ed Ruscha is one of my favorite photographers. His Twentysix Gasoline Stations book is probably the first photo book that’s also an art object in itself. This video of Ed and his dog showing his work gives us a glimpse into the mind behind the master.

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Lorde’s Tennis Court remixed by Auckland’s Cymbol 303

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By Darwin Cosico in New Music on Thursday 19 September 2013

Teenage Kiwi music sensation, Lorde, is generating a lot of buzz right now, particularly in the US, and I’m not surprised as she’s only 16 years old and a very talented singer-songwriter. Her highly anticipated debut album, Pure Heroine, is due out on September 27 through Universal Music. While you’re waiting for the release of her album, check out […]

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Play music with your prosthetic spine

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By Annie Churdar in New Music on Thursday 19 September 2013

These prosthetic body parts allow the wearer to create music with their body. The futuristic digital instruments are designed for dancers to wear as they move. The pieces are built as single, smooth prostheses that can attach or detach from the human body throughout a performance. Not only are the instruments eerie to behold, but […]

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Incredble time-lapse video shows every stage of a woman growing old

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Wednesday 18 September 2013

You need to watch this video in full, and not skip a second. The creative brain behind the project, Anthony Cerniello, has achieved his ambitious goal of giving the viewer the perception that ‘something is happening but you can’t see it but you can feel it, like aging itself’. It’s a fantastic achievement, yet unsettling […]

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Only in Japan: Marathon session of public apologies

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By Low Lai Chow in News on Monday 16 September 2013

Riding on their ‘You’re Not You When You’re Hungry’ theme and inspired by the Japanese’s seeming fixation on making public apologies at press conferences for every little thing (scandal-ridden politicians do it, shame-faced celebrities do it), Snickers recently worked with I&S BBDO to hold a mock press conference of sorts where anyone could show up […]

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Yes, you can now have your own tail and wag it too

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 16 September 2013

The Japanese have already invented Necomimi cat ears to help accelerate healthy self-expression in all of humanity, so what’s left, naturally, is for UK-based art collective Greyworld, to design the ‘most expressive, controllable, and playful tail there could be’. The four-man team has just ended a successful fundraising run on Kickstarter, and the first batch […]

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Mr. Stellakis: a track by UK producer Theo Bass

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By Micha Hilliard in New Music on Thursday 12 September 2013

I was listening to one of the excellent mix tapes that MS MR puts out periodically (see below) when I first heard UK producer Theo Bass’s music. The track was Mr. Stellakis and I instantly fell in love. Bass layers a fast and clattering drum beat on top of the soothing melody of a piano […]

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Russell Brand kicked out of GQ awards for mentioning Hugo Boss made Nazi uniforms

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By Rebekah Rhoden in News on Thursday 12 September 2013

You might not be Russell Brands‘ biggest fan, but this video will definitely give you an appreciation for his witty truth-telling. While speaking at GQ’s Man of the Year Awards, Brand made a joke about how Hugo Boss, one of the event’s sponsors, earned a hefty profit from selling uniforms to Nazis during WWII. [watch his awesome speech below]

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Organ Eternal: new music video for These New Puritans

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By Darwin Cosico in New Music on Tuesday 10 September 2013

London-based art rock band, These New Puritans, have recently shared a clip for Organ Eternal, off their third studio album, Field of Reeds. The clip alternates scenes between an aerial footage of the band performing, natural scenery, and a disturbed woman. The track is arguably the best track off the album, and I’m surprised that it […]

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