Spike Jonze puts a Spike Jonze twist on old hip-hop schtick for ‘Otis.’
I can’t think of a more tired concept for a hip-hop music video than a couple of pop stars riding around in an expensive car with a handful of models. But somehow, director Spike Jonze does exactly that and winds up with a classic. He’s come a long way since getting high in high school.
For starters, ’Ye and Jigga strip down a Maybach to look more like a luxury Jeep Wrangler, and then they start playing with fire. Literally. Watch for yourself. And keep an eye out for a brief Tom Haverford cameo. I wonder if they shot it in the City of Pawnee?
Mavis Staples tackles ‘The Weight’ with a spark from Arcade Fire.
It’s not very often you get to see a soul legend sing an all-time great cover song accompanied by the front man of the biggest indie band to ever get buzzed. That happened this last weekend at Outside Lands when Mavis Staples brought Win Butler of Arcade Fire on to sing “The Weight,” The Band’s great contribution to planet Earth. Enjoy.
Wayne Coyne gets interviewed by adorable children and their Nintendo plushies.
This comes at you courtesy of @indielawyer, better known as Josh Welch, Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney and personal friend of Wayne Coyne. Welch’s kids apparently have an ongoing YouTube series involving their Mario and Luigi dolls, and in this episode, they’re lucky enough to get to interview The Wayne.
What I love about this is how earnest and silly Coyne is with these two boys, and that behavior isn’t even slightly different from any other interview I’ve ever seen him in. Watch for yourself:
“I can see for miles, miles, miles,” Justin Vernon coos three different times during “Holocene.” Director Nabil first syncs this line up in the below video with a beautiful wide shot of what seems to be Icelandic landscape. Everything seems infinite in that little moment.
Watch as a bucktoothed kid in a hooded sweater explores the beautiful country outside of his home.
Something tells me that David Foster Wallace would’ve really enjoyed this reimagining of the game of Eschaton, one of the most hilarious and creative scenes from “Infinite Jest,” his 1,000+ page novel that’s full of them. Simultaneously a huge Decemberists and DFW fan, director Michael Schur (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) is the big winner here. Read what he told NPR, then watch below.
“The Decemberists are my favorite band, and ‘Infinite Jest’ is my favorite book,” Schur said. “This was tantamount to telling me I had just won two simultaneous Powerball lottery jackpots, on my birthday, which was also Christmas.”
Tulsa-lensed drama ‘The Lamp’ sets Sept. 15 benefit screening.
Shot in Oklahoma, “The Lamp” soon can be seen in Oklahoma. At 7 p.m. Sept. 15, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma hosts a special screening of the film at the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis in Tulsa.
With a cast that includes Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr., the inspirational movie is about a broken man fighting to keep his marriage and life together after the death of their only child. Scheduled to appear at the benefit screening are director Tracy J. Trost and co-producer Jim Stovall, the Tulsa businessman who wrote the book on which the film is based.
All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish. For ticket information, call 918-495-6000. —Rod Lott
It’s also worth pointing out that this thing, shot in black-and-white by Nathan Poppe, is probably one of the budding director’s finest spontaneous works. The gritty close-ups and use of contrast is top-notch, and as they say, he’s not afraid to get right in the middle of the fray.
*I use the term “attend” loosely here. A Broncho show is really more like something you survive.
Scandinavian punk bands are soooooooo in right now.
Most notably, the aggressive, teenaged Iceage is currently traversing our United States, inspiring kids to do dumb stuff to each other. See for yourself in this video, wherein the band climbs on rocks, tosses rocks in rivers, bowls, grabs barbed wires, and throws traffic cones at each other, wrestles, and other dumb teenaged stuff.
I know: I kid, I kid. But seriously I do like this song a bunch. Enjoy.
Wanna be in a music video? Then director Richard Farmer and singer/songwriter Luke Dick, both Okie vets, sure could use you and your aggression. They’re be shooting a vid for Dick’s new song, “Who Am I,” on Sept. 10 in the Film Exchange District.
The concept: beating the crap out of an automobile.
“I’ve always wanted to capture the sledgehammer tradition in a video in some sensational fashion, especially for such a bombastic tune,” said Dick in a press release. “Over dinner, I was telling Oklahoma entrepreneur Chip Fudge about the idea of a video with apocalyptic Okies bashing a car. Being such an ol’ gear head, he got a big smile on his face and said, ‘I want to be a part of that! What better place than the Film Exchange for a film event?’”
Sound like a plan? Here’s the deal: • Meet at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind Joey’s Pizza, IAO Gallery and the Hart Building, in the 700 block of West Sheridan. • Donate $5 at the gate, benefiting Bikers Against Child Abuse. • Be 18 or older. • Dress in a letter jacket or a prom dress, and in skeleton makeup. • Read that last one again; you weren’t hallucinating. • Don’t worry — you’re in good hands. Farmer directed Gnarley Barkley’s “Run” video, after all. • And until then, enjoy this clip of Dick covering Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.” Hey, it worked for that kid in Edmond. —Rod Lott