Feedback Episode #3 featuring Ava Luna!!

8 Apr

Hi Everyone,

Check out the newest episode of Feedback The Podcast featuring Ava Luna — the greatest glitch-punk, doo-wop scrambling, soul revivalists in New York City!

The seven-piece Coney Island band — who was crowned one of L Magazine’s “8 Bands You Need To Hear” in 2010 — inhales inspiration from sources as geeky as En Vogue and as modern as Flying Lotus. The result — a wholly original, Dirty-Projectors-style amalgamation of sensual sounds, searing aggression and shivering rhythms.

To listen to the podcast, CLICK HERE.

Enjoy!

-ZD

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Uke Prodigy

13 Mar

I believe the technical term for this style of playing is “Amaze-balls.” This guy can shred, and on the cutest instrument Hawaii’s ever imported. Jake Shimabukuro, the prodigious player, said in a TIME Magazine interview, “The words professional and ukulele player are kind of an oxymoron.” He’s making a convincing case against that notion.

Enjoy!

-ZD

Sure, but can they beat The Lost Levels?

25 Jan

Eddie Van Halen and Koji Kondo (Super Mario Bros. theme composer) would be proud. 8-bit fan boys Zack Kim (top video) and Martin Leung (bottom) transcribe the red-capped plumber’s favorite ragtime tunes for double-tap guitar and piano. Here’s hoping Kim someday soon hosts a mind-shattering guitar battle — one hand vs. the other. Enjoy!

Feedback Episode #2: Featuring Reggie Watts!!

15 Dec

Hi Everyone,

The newest episode of Feedback the podcast featuring Reggie Watts is now available!

Reggie is an uber-talented, inter-dimensional comedian, combining improved musical journeys, psychedelic observations and rattles of Parkinsonian beat-boxing into an outer-worldly new breed of comedy.

To download a free copy of the podcast, click on the arrow to the right of the player.

A huge thanks to the incredibly kind and talented Reggie Watts, his industrious management staff and New York Press for generously hosting this podcast series.

Thanks for listening!

-ZD

Puppet Shows Rock

12 Mar

Coldplay release a self-effacing, genuinely hysterical video… with puppets! Will hipsters trade tight jeans for multi-colored armbands and militaristic Chilean flavor? My guess is probably not, but we’ll see…

Grizzly Bares It All

17 Jan

The captivating weirdness of Grizzly Bear’s videos.

From manga-eyed robots discovering religion to a fencing student caught in a twisted Wes Anderson montage, to claymation swamp monsters.

Enjoy!

Vampire Weekend at Bernies 2

30 Nov

This week, Vampire Weekend released the first video off their forthcoming album Contra, due out on Jan 12th. The video is for Cousins, a bouncy punk track that’s corresponding visual, shot completely on shaky rails, is fittingly jumpy. The video features one street morphing through minute changes while band members — keeping with abstract video tradition — punctuate lyrics with smart and funny arthouse props and jump-cut body mods. After a single view, there’s at least one stunning visual trick that smacks of MTV’s best 80s experimentalism (you’ll know it when you see it).

With tight, urban compositions that sample a myriad of global musical languages, all while maintaining a sharp sense of humor — especially in their videos — VW are modern heirs to the Talking Heads, shouldering preppy-art-rock into the aught-tens. But don’t take my word for it — ask David Byrne.

Enjoy :-)