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Mute Math backwards, forwards

Personally, I'm not a big fan of Mute Math, but I know some readers out there do, so here's their interesting "backwards" video, and which is cool to compare to the "frontwards" video.

Typical regular:

Then reversed:


Lost, what happened man?

I'm usually one to give shows a benefit of the doubt, and most of the time it pays off. "Battlestar Galactica" may have had a weak end to the season, but it still delivered the money shots -- no matter how cheesy "All along the watchtower" seemed.

But Lost, what is up? I'll take the "Van" episode as a half-decent filler, but last night was probably the worst way to follow up a massive episode like Locke's. Who cares about Nikki and Paulo? Nobody. And making the whole episode self-referential and filling it with easter eggs? That only goes to show that you realize this was a bad idea all along.

Maybe you were trying to get new viewers with a stand-alone story line? It didn't work. You guys should just try focusing on not hemorrhaging viewers every week.

And judging by the promo ABC released for next weeks episode, I think you guys just don't get it. Nobody is asking for more Jack-Kate love business, especially another "love triangle." (See "starpollo" story line on BSG -- that was a miserable failure).

Here's the promo to judge for yourself.

Anyone out there still watching lost?


The National play with their food

Director Vincent Moon made a few outstanding videos for The National last year, and it appears he has been working on a project called "Take Away Shows" which are short, improvised little concerts by big, big bands. The project features a plethora of uniquely creative indie bands like Cold War Kids and The Low Lows.

Moon, who is also producing a feature length film about the National, which will come out around the same time as their new album "The Boxer" in May, explains what's going on in these clips of the band, playing stripped down versions of some new songs.

The great flamenco guitarist Pedro Soler invited The National last September to play at a guitar festival in Perpignan, in southern France. Taking a break from the dementia of recording their new album, they had just come from a short respite in Banyuls, which is a tiny port town at the edge of the Mediterranean. They were staying in a small farmhouse owned by Pedro and Madeleine, isolated in the mountains and overlooking the sea. We agreed to hang out for a couple days and pass a special moment in the sunny south with a unique group of friends.

The concert in Perpignan was explosive and stunning-whoever’s seen them live can attest that they have an astounding tendency to make the audience shudder. It would be difficult to say that Matt « makes the show », even if you find yourself latching onto his nervous and brusque gestures, which seem to appear as a testimony of unforeseen brilliance. He told me last summer that « What’s easy about going onstage and singing as opposed to just speaking publicly, is that, you have music behind you just to cover you up a little bit. To hide in... » It’s all there.

Start a War is on the new album. It was late, nearing the end of a typically southern diner beneath a great tree. It was obvious that everyone there had to participate. I think it was Bryan who had the idea to have everyone play in rhythm with whatever he/she had in hand-glasses, plates, bottles, trunks of wood. Hands. This unfolded gently, moving a little through the euphoric haze of alcohol, a little through the heat of Spain close by.

Here is "Start a War"

And "Ada"

If you like the tracks, head over to this page for more details AND downloadable quicktime files and Mp3s.

MP3: "Start a War" (Take Away Sessions) by The National


Den of Liars -- first performance

This one is taken from Friday night's performance... perhaps the last show as far as the current incarnation of "western country" as we are currently known.


this lamb sells condos

This video is in honour of Andrew, who is leaving his cushy job for the daunting world of Real Estate. It's a song by Toronto's Final Fantasy called "This Lamb Sells Condos" loosely based on Brad Lamb and those billboards that used to pop up all around the city. Here's a performance clip.

Lamb is not a universally loved real estate figure in Toronto, but he's scored his own TV series anyways.

But back to Andrew. I'm sure he's going to be a solid real estate agent, and if I ever manage to pay down my student loans, maybe someday he'll help me find a place.
Not only is he real-estating, he's blogging about it as well as a contributor for Blogto, bringing some much needed real-estate blog posts.


TV on the Radio at the Koolhaus

I think that cold winter nights are the best times to go see a concert, it makes the warm of being crowded together with bunch of strangers that much more comforting. Last night I made a solo trek down to the Koolhaus (thanks Andy for the lift!) to see the New Yorkers known as TV on the Radio. Normally, I avoid big shows like this one. I think the last time I went to this particular venue was to see Broken Social Scene. Anyways, if you are not familiar with TVOTR, their recorded albums are strange and wonderful; imagine processed drums and beats, synths fattened up with distortion, some guitar and spectacular bluesy vocals. Their lastest "Return to Cookie Mountain" pushes their sonic landscape wider and wider... hit up their Myspace for highlights. Last night however, the band stripped away the extraneous experimental parts and became a full-fledged rock unit with gauzy guitars creating a wall of sound perfect for the cavernous Koolhaus. For a taste of what the show, check out this performance of Young Liars from last year, but it was performed more or less the same way last night.