Thursday, December 11, 2008

Glen E. Friedman at Subliminal Projects

Subliminal Projects keeps coming up with better and better stuff. Continuing in its tradition to showcase original and innovative work, Shephard Fairey's own Subliminal Projects Gallery will be hosting "Idealist Propaganda" a retrospective of iconic photographer Glen E. Friedman. As mentioned in a past post, Friedman's work has been tied with many of the most rebellious and outwardly spoken music figures and pop icons of yesteryear. He has worked with Fugazi, Black Flag, Public Enemy and a countless number of other legendary names, before they were legends. His keen eye and indomitable affinity for promoting the idea that we should never lose our integrity has helped to assure his place as one of the best photographers of his time.

Opening night is this Saturday from 8 to 11 PM, Friedman will be in attendance.
I think I'll be calling out at work to go, but if you can't make it, no problem, the show will continue at Subliminal Projects through January 9th.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Stavenhagen's Food Pawn Shop

"If something has like, needles in it, that's like what they eat in the carribean."
An awesome short by the man responsible for Anchorman and the Bucket of Truth.

Random sidenote: pretty recently I was given the nickname "Ghost Panther" by some friends. The name came up while we were trying to think of absurd, yet apt, animal names that had a whimsical kick to them (insert: Night Owl and Dragonheart). Upon seeing this video and realizing that the name had already been given to Adam McKay, a part of me was stunned. ...but then I thought, "How weird is it to think that someone else has ever had the phrase 'Ghost Panther' cross their mind?"



For those of you who miss John's witty blurbs, he's moved on to his own solo spot.

Check out John's New Blog: Savantguard.

Jazz Mario

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

What if Django Reinhardt were around for the golden days of Mario? Dream no more!

Ambiguous Jeopardy

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

Damn you, Trebek. To be fair, who's in first place?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Free Show: No Age/Titus Andronicu

In an effort to promote the launch of it's new music site:, Hot Topic Inc. (Yes, the people that brought bondage pants to the masses) will be staging a series of free shows across the US. The shows will feature Smell locals and indie rock duo No Age, as well as New Jersey's own Titus Andronicu. If one thing can be said about both bands it's that they are not afraid to experiment. If two things can be said, it's that they both tend to evoke feelings of raw emotion. They're definitely worth checking out. The free tour hits Southern California on December 2nd at the Troubadour, doors are at seven and the price is zero dollars. To register for your free tickets visit Shockhound here. Go quickly, they'll fly.

Sound Downtown

This Saturday in and around Santa Ana's own artist village there'll be a little something for everyone. Free the Robots, Look Daggers, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Mika Miko, DJ Nobody, the Mexican Institute of Sound... All playing throughout the day at different venues. It's like our own mini South by Southwest. Fifteen at the door, ten in advance, one ticket gets ya into the whole festival.

Sound Downtown

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tell No One

A little earlier in the year we were lucky enough to catch one of our favorite movies in a long time "Ne le dis à personne" (English translation: Tell No One). Originally hitting Parisian theatres in 2006, and then later coming to the US in 2008, this superbly intricate suspense story follows the growingly complicated life of a pediatrician who is struggling to move forward with his life after bearing witness to the apparent murder that would leave him a widower. So where's the twist? Years later the case is revisited, only now the pediatrician is a prime suspect in his wife's death. It is then that he begins to receive the most startling information of all, information that would seem to indicate that perhaps, his love is still alive. The resulting story is as complicated as it is gratifying. You can imagine our delight when we found it streaming online. Hitchcock fans this may be for you.

Directed by French actor Guillaume Canet, “Ne le dis à personne” can be viewed here.

* Note: The Whisper staff does not endorse solely watching this film online.

Text Work

We have to admit that while we like to crack jokes and have a good time over here, we also have an appreciation for the dramatic. What else can explain our unfettered love for both Antonioni and Sinead O'Connor? It's no surprise then, that we're big fans of Michelle Forsyth's art. Although her fresh execution may vary between projects, Michelle's eye never wavers from drama and tragedy. The image above is from her Text Work series, wherein she quotes from news articles by removing elements from paper to form the text. Good stuff. We hope her next series quotes from breakup songs or descriptions about the collective love lives of the Whisper staff.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Parson Red Heads

Whisper friends and connoisseurs of all things awesome Alex and Paige of Alex's Bar would like to invite you to enjoy the sonic stylings of the Parson Red Heads. The Los Angeles (by way of Oregon) band is a folksy, mellow outfit known for a great live show. They have a nice sound: catchy, melodic and not too preachy, like I like my women. The cover is only five bucks and there are cheap drinks inside, so skip the Hollywood bullshit and say hello to the Whisper staff, who will be in attendance. See you there.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hope and Change.

Alright, we lied. One last Obama post before we get all irreverent again.

Like a majority of voting Americans, today brought me a renewed sense of hope and pride in this country. This is a new and special feeling for me, as I was not born here, but immigrated when I was a small boy who had a predilection for parting my hair and wearing bow ties with shorts and suspenders. I can proudly say that by casting my vote for Obama, and seeing him win the election, I finalized the dream that my parents had by bringing my sister and I here.

At the time of our emigration, my parents were successful Filipino citizens, but the hope of something more for their children pushed them to sell all of their belongings to move to America. Over the years, it seemed as if I had personally squandered their hopes, following a path that they had not foreseen: a life in art, not business, a living brought about by creativity, not science or medicine. But celebrating the election of Obama with my mother last night, I saw the joy in her face in seeing the first African-American President, I finally realized that in being able to give me the freedom and the opportunity to do as I pleased, to pursue a career that could not be afforded in our motherland, I am still meeting their goals.

It was an emotional moment for me, my eyes welling up with tears. I realized that this was America: the belief that in our lifetimes, we can witness our children gain opportunity that was not available in our youth. It is not about red or blue or a free market versus a big government, it is about the continuous improvement of the quality of life of a family through generations. And given my our rediscovered hope and optimism, I can say honestly, for the first time, that I am proud to be not just and an American, but a son of immigrants chasing The Dream, and hope to do for my children what my parents did for me.

Thanks everyone. Let's work to make the next four or eight years the best we've seen so far.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Palin Pranked

This may be beating a dead horse, but by now it's probably no secret who we cast our votes for.

Bear in mind that this was 100% real. Full story here.

FADER TV: Justice

On Halloween, I was assigned by FADER to cover the West Coast premiere of Justice's rather epic tour documentary, A Cross The Universe, at The Montalban Theater. The episode is now up for view on the FADER website, complete with my misspelled text. Holla at yo boy.

Edit: It must be the shoes. A link to the video just went up on Hypebeast. And now we're linking you to a link to link to the original post. Is that meta or does it just show incestuous the blogging world really is?

Steve Schofield

Fanboys are kind of too easy of a target of satire these days. Granted, dudes running around dressed like their favorite sci-fi/fantasy/comic book heroes doesn't immediately make them the coolest guys in the room. But then again, it's just as silly seeing a group of Kanye-alikes or dudes dressed like Justice (see: every photo on Cobrasnake or Last Night's Party), but no one flinches. So what's up with the double standard? Geeks need love, too. That's why us geeks over at Whisper got excited at looking at Steve Schofield's "Land of the Free", a series of photographs of fanboys all decked out, but in their natural environments. Schofield actually treats his subjects with a sense of respect and awe, at times even making them seem heroic. After all, it takes a lot more testicular fortitude to go out dressed like Captain Kirk than it does to put on your leather jacket with Soulwax remixes blasting on your iPod.

Go Out and Vote.

It's the last time you'll hear it from us. After today, we'll be back to posting iChat conversations and Katy Perry photos, but for now, go out and vote.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


We saw these and fell for the simple, yet sentimental imagery. The sultry French accents were a big plus too, they secretly turn our hearts to mush. We're not sure who made them, but we thought it'd brighten up your day just to watch. Warm our hearts and we'll warm yours. Enjoy.

Ed. Note: Excuse us for the overly soft tone of this post. Dude tagged it "sentimental" and just ran with it.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Drankay Drank.

Ryan from John Bollozos on Vimeo.

Another drunk video. These are accidentally turning into a series.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sippy Sippy.

Drunkay. from John Bollozos on Vimeo.

The Whisper staff encounters a girl that overindulges herself at a recent open bar event.


The first episode of my new FADER TV series is online.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Here's something to think about: on our morning commute this morning, we realized that just about a quarter of our Blackberry playlists were somehow Obama-related. This wasn't an intentional thing, as our boy Barack seems to inspire the more creative dudes making music, but it kind of made us wonder what will happen come November 5th. Whether Obama wins or not, would we then need to purge our music collection? Do topical songs like this come with an expiration date and suddenly become irrelevant or can we be free to bump the massive amount of songs of differing quality and the countless unsolicited Obama mixes for the next four years? We don't know the answer to this, but we'd certainly still get hyped if someone dropped House Music United's ode to Obama, "Yes We Can", on Election Day.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

88-Keys Album In Stores November 11th!!!

The Death of Adam
Executive Produced by Kanye West!
In Stores November 11th!


Monday, October 27, 2008

Ted Talks: John Hodgman

We think John Hodgman is the shit. And the urine. So, imagine our delight when we catch him on Ted Talks talking about aliens, the expansiveness of the universe, and about falling in love. It sounds heavy, but it's not. We can't really go into it withour fucking it up, so just check it out.

Guilty Pleasure of the Week: "Cookie Jar"

We're starting to wonder if this column is going to be overly Katy Perry-related. Whatever. We like to keep it in the fam, whether it's ours or not. This week's pick is the pro-promiscuity ditty, "Cookie Jar", penned by Katy's current boyfriend, Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes. Actually, we're not sure if it's exactly pro-promiscuity, it may be more of an issue regarding dude's complete and utter failure at being monogamous. That's his bad. With Ms. Perry's boner party credentials, we'd be trying to lock it down.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tiny Vices in Los Angeles

It's only fitting that Tim Barber's overwhelmingly massive online gallery, Tiny Vices, completely blitzes the city of Los Angeles in support of its newest collection of books. Barber has two events planned for the first week of November: a slideshow and Q&A on the 5th at Family Bookstore on North Fairfax, and a RVCA-sponsored exhibition the following day at Hope Gallery in Echo Park. Both events should take on TIny Vice's free-flowing community-focused aesthetic, which pretty much means you'll be seeing tits (live or photographed) at either event. C'mon, dude was the photo editor over at Vice, what else do you expect?.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Mount Eerie & Julie Doiron at siteLA.

Admittedly, we give our friends over at siteLA alot of ink. Or pixels. But we like to think they deserve it because they always do cool shit (and we're right, as always). This coming Wednesday, October 29th, they will be having a show at their Silver Lake space with performances by Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron in support of their recently released collaborative album. The show starts at 8PM and is technically free, but they recommend giving an $8 donation. Pay the cash and make sure to bring some tissues, this show may very well veer into an iceberg made of melancholy.

'Nuff Said: Underworld 3

In our newest series of sporadic posts, our contributors show screengrabs of IM conversations about random things that they wanted to talk about, but were to lazy to write another 150 words for. These are meant to be (hopefully) clever and succinct. 'Nuff said.

Machines and Souls

Machines and Souls Exhibition, Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid from José Luis de Vicente on Vimeo.

"We live in the world that's imagined for us," a teacher once told me that. He was right. The world around us is designed. Everything from the screen you're looking at to the media within it, it's all been thought out. If you extend the notion even further it becomes apparent that very few things in our world exist without the presence of some design. We are quite lucky to live in such an age.

Exploring those avenues of design, artist, educator and developer, Daniel Rozin is on the cutting edge. A citizen of New York, Rozin was first trained as an industrial designer. Later in his life, he would begin to apply these skills elsewhere to create masterful interactive displays using a wide range of differing, unconventional materials. His work characteristically tends to quite literally mirror the lives of its viewers. Rozin's pieces are great examples of the fusion of art and technology that is occurring in our contemporary world. Recently, Rozin's work has found a home alongside many other contemporary designers at the Museo Nacional Centro de Art Reina Sofia, in Madrid. His work is featured in an exhibition entitled "Machines and Souls (above)."

Currently, Daniel Rozin is an associate professor at New York University's cutting-edge Interactive Telecommunications Program, he also owns a small software development company called smoothware design. More info about his life and work
can be found here:

Monday, October 20, 2008

Guilty Pleasure of The Week: Rod Stewart.

We didn't have cool parents growing up. Well, they were cool but they weren't listening to cool shit. Everyone has friends whose parents introduced them to Zeppelin and Monk and shit like that. We're not those friends. Our parents introduced us to Phil Collins, Gloria Estefan, and the newest subject of Guilty Pleasure of The Week, Rod Stewart. Sure, the guy was hard as fuck with that "Young Turks" shit, but this catchy ode to self-pity preempts, and pretty much set our ears up for, all the emo we listened to as teens. Oh well, this song still gets to us to this day. Too bad the video made the song even softer. Whoops.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Paul Jasmin + Band of Outsiders

We've been lucky enough to have some great teachers in our respective academic careers. When we meet said teachers, we also tend to go a little overboard with the hero worship. Sometimes this applies to teachers whose classes we didn't even take. This is why we're so excited that Paul Jasmin, the fashion photography professor over at Art Center and the mentor for our close friends, is in the new lookbook for Band of Outsiders. Fuck it, he is the lookbook for Band of Outsiders. You have to give it to him, dude knows what to do in front and behind the lens. We hope that we end up kind of like that guy, drinking cognac out of lowballs while rocking bow ties.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Scary Shit.

7. Dagnaski comments:
October 16, 2008
To Commonsense: I'm not out to prove anything to you or anyone else. I'm also not blind to reality. Obama is going to win handily. There will immediately be outbreaks of violence nationwide. This is the way the afircan american community celebrates. How many dozens of examples would you like me to provide? The only saving grace is that most of the violence will be limited to the urban core. A fair warning to all malcontents. In my suburb we're aware of you, we're realistic about you, and we're prepared to deal with you. Come into my neighboorhood, and you're going to die.

Taken from a Hollywood Reporter story about the World Series being pushed back due to Obama's thirty minute ad buy.

edit: now with somewhat related video.

Monday, October 13, 2008


Let's face it: for the past decade or so, the Muscles from Brussels has been on the receiving end of a lot of jokes. In the post-YouTube world, it has been really tough to take Van Damme and the lot of his action B-movie colleagues seriously. Which is why this trailer really caught us off guard. Van Damme gets meta? Say it ain't so, Joe! The conceit is an interesting take on the state of action stars, and action movies in general. We hope that the idea stays fresh for more than the first act and plays out more like Dog Day Afternoon (except with Van Damme), rather than ninety minutes of "JCVD is old and broke" jokes.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Guilty Pleasure of the Week: Katy Perry

In all honesty, we should have named this post "Guilty Pleasure of The Year". But since it's sort of a kick-off for something we've wanted to do for a while, we might as well go straight to #1 on our list. Our favorite bi-curious, anti-guyliner, ex-Christian pop songstress of the moment (if there's another one that fits that description out there, let us know) caught our eyes by looking a lot like a trashy Zooey Deschanel. That is usually enough for most people, but after secretly listening to her entire(!) album a couple of times, we thinks she makes catchy shit too. We can't hate on that. Plus she has a cat and a blog named Kitty Purry, which hints at her having a sense of humor and being somewhat clever. Holla. Check out her recent cover of MGMT's "Electric Feel" here.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Distractions and Bluegrass

Last night I caught a great show at Alex's Bar in Long Beach. Tijuana Knife Fight, Johnny Madcap and the Distractions, Mike Watt and the Secondmen, Old Man Markley and everybody's favorite old man punk group: Youth Brigade. All the bands had lots of energy and managed to whip the crowd into a frenzy. Two bands in particular caught my attention: Johnny Madcap and the Distractions and Old Man Markley (above).

Led by former Madcap guitarist Johnny Madcap, the Distractions deliver a great blend of catchy one-liners, harmonized music and a stage presence that's the mark of years of experience. Admittedly biased, I've been a fan of Johnny's work since the early days of Madcap and can definitely hear the influence in the Distractions. Their songs feel like anthems and easily draw the crowd in. While they aren't the next Rolling Stones, they have an endearing quality that's sure to attract many fans as they hit the road and tour. When asked about the new band, Johnny had this to say, "Music's the only thing I know, so I felt like I had to do this." Check 'em out, tap your toes and enjoy.

Similarly to the Distractions, band Old Man Markley proves that harmony is key. Don't let the name fool you, Old Man Markley isn't a solo act, in fact, its far from. This eleven-member punk-induced bluegrass act has enough vivacity to make even the toughest brute jump up and jig. Using unconventional instruments to their advantage, Old Man Markley has a sound uniquely their own and leaves you wondering why more haven't picked up the train whistle. They're like a bigger, fuller, faster version of the Knitters. While I must admit that their singles don't pack nearly the punch as their live show, you should definitely check this group out. Most fun I've ever had watching a grown man strum a washtub, swear.

Both bands will be perfoming on the 17th of this month at the Way Out West Fest in Pioneertown, California.

p.s. Youth Brigade was awesome.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Lykke Li & Bon Iver: "Dance Dance Dance"

The weather in Los Angeles has been a real bitch lately. It was drizzly when we went to Detour, but then it got all maverick-y and turned up the heat for the rest of the week. We guess it's summer's last gasp. There's no real reason to complain, really, as Lykke Li came out with the perfect video to end the summer (shaddup, we know it's technically fall). The video feels too perfectly serendipitous to be completely man made. God probably came down and introduced her to the boys of Bon Iver so that they can be the backing band for her live rendition of "Dance Dance Dance". Sit back and watch her be all goofy and Swedish. It's guaranteed to make you swoon just a little bit.

Let The Right One In.

We've been waiting for this one for a while. Coming to theaters soon is one of the most buzzed movies of the year, Let The Right One In. It's part romance, part coming of age story, and part fantasy. Well, we don't know about the fantasy part, but the idea of asking a vampire to be your girlfriend is, at least to us, bat shit crazy. Dude's trying to get some 'tang, but that chick is out for his sweet neck blood. The movie comes out in Los Angeles and New York on October 24th, but if you're in the City of Angels, you can check out a special screening next Tuesday at The Montalban as part of Flux/Nike Sportswear's Cinema Tuesdays series. The trailer can be seen on purty HD over at Apple.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals.

Further proof that Andy Samberg is the only one keeping SNL afloat.

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Wow. In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I'm somewhat a David Fincher fanboy. It's no surprise that the film I'm looking forward to most this year is what looks to be his most romantic film yet, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which reunites him with Brad Pitt, who plays a man who ages backwards. The second trailer for the film has been released on Apple's trailer website and I suggest you check it out.

On a side note, I think I've come around to like how digital looks nowadays. Granted, Fincher's films are always superbly lit and colored, but something about the patina seen on this trailer makes digital beautiful. It's not the beauty of celluloid, but something all it's own. Perhaps it's how close digital cinema has come to large format photography; the trailer looks like a Gregory Crewdson chromira print.

Example here:

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Nike + Break dancers = Sunday Fun

Foto from

nike is having bboy battles this sunday at the Montalban in la and theyre looking for bboys.

Sports on Stage at The Montalbán
Come watch a different sport every Sunday.

Sunday September 28, 2008
B'Boy Breaking

The Montalbán
1615 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(Just south of Hollywood Blvd. & Vine St.)


And inspired by Tuesday's screening of Megunica, Muto:

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dic - Tation

Oh that Jonah Takalua from Summer Heights High...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Off-Register @ LittleBird Gallery.

LittleBird Gallery in Los Angeles will be the host of Foundation Project's OFF-REGISTER traveling exhibition of experimental fine-art printmaking. The show features the work of illustration and design heavyweights such as Cody Hudson, Geoff McFetridge and Andy Mueller among other talented individuals. Each artist will show one print made via traditional fine art printmaking techniques, with some incorporating more experimental techniques culled from other areas of printmaking. The show will open on September 27 with a reception going from 7-11PM. The show continues until October 7th.

For more information, visit LittleBird Gallery's website.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives.

Muy interesante. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt gave a talk regarding the liberals, conservatives, and centrists, and explains that there are about five values that make up our morality and influence where we fall in that spectrum. Haidt posits that these five values are there when we are born-arguing against the idea of the blank slate-and are then modified by experience. It's a great talk and deserves to be watched in full (Haidt delivers one hell of an uppercut to the jaw in the end) with an open mind. It's definitely enough to make you more understanding of those that fall outside of your ingroup.


I don't think they're ready for this jelly. Charlie Kaufman, the writer of Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, releases his directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York in a couple of months and the boxfresh trailer has me hyped (and scared, if I'm to be completely honest). The early buzz is mixed and the release of the film could signal Kaufman's emergence as a great director on his own right, or it could spread the idea that the brilliance of his previous scripts were brought about by Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry. Or it could turn out as just "okay", and he'll get another chance to swing for the fences.

Either way, the trailer displays some signature Kaufmanisms: characters yearning to create great work, the search for human connection, receding hairlines, etc. By the look of it, the film is not afraid to explore deep, dark places. I just hope there's a rewarding light at the end of the tunnel.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Remedee + Good @ SiteLA.

Remedee, a nonprofit organization aiming to give a voice to the youth and their issues by providing education and resources, will be making its debut over at Echo Park's SiteLA on September 18th. The event is presented by GOOD Magazine and will include an opening reception with free cocktails and a live set by DJ Morgan. Remedee will then premiere Reel Earth, a series of documentaries made by New Orleans youth.

The event is free, although you are required to RSVP via e-mail.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Particle physics: fun for the whole universe!

Originally, I had the idea of attempting to write a much longer, more in-depth blog about the amazingly vast arrays of intricacies that coincide with this machine, its creation and its possible applications to our real world... but then I remembered that an awesome scientist took the time to make this video for all of us to easily digest.

So I'll spare you the fact that many people have attempted to keep this machine from running; and I'll skip over the part about how this awesome little toy could eventually be the spark in quantum technology that would bring Moore's Law around full circle...

I'll spare all that and say this much:

+ The LHC is a particle accelerator/collidier: it speeds atoms up really fast and then smashes them together.

+ The LHC is gigantic: 25km into the planet and big enough to hold all of Manhattan within it.

+ The LHC has the power to create tiny universes: it'll be creating many small-scale big bangs.

+ The LHC worries some because it could create miniature black holes that could envelop our universe: in reality though, many, many scientists have shown that the possibility of this happening isn't likely.

+ The LHC may revolutionize science: and other stuff too.

In any case, let's all put our hands together for a project that's been twenty years in the making and has had the power to bring together the sharpest minds from around the world. LHC, you are awesome.

For more info check here: CERN and LHC 2008

For a live webcast of the event, look here: AMAZING!

Universal Mind Control.

UMC Teaser from kwest on Vimeo.


Common's "UMC", my favorite leak of this summer ("Swagger Like Us" being a close second), is finally getting some motion love. Kinda.

Okayplayer posted a preview of the final music video by Hype Williams, one of the few dudes who can still pull a decent budget nowadays. The post-heavy clip fits well with Pharrell William's back-to-the-future electro beat and it looks like Hype is making an attempt at leaving his usual sandbox. Kinda. Can't wait for the full-length to get finished and released.

On a personal note, I actually almost ran Common over a couple of months ago a while ago when he was jaywalking on La Brea after walking out of American Rag Cie. Whoops.

Cinefamily: Old-School Hip Hop Film Fest!

Every Thursday for the month of September Cinefamily will be showing the best of 80's hip hop films such as Wild Style, Style Wars, Beat Street and more. With live DJ sets by the very best.

Digital Cribs has just added on another great film competition. This time they've teamed up with Cisco Systems and are looking for a 3 minute film about a digital crib.

The winner of the contest wins $7500.

For more info and the specifics visit

Here is a great example of one of the digital cribs:

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Slacker Uprising.

Always one to put his money where his mouth is, political documentarian Michael Moore is making his film, Slacker Uprising, available for free download starting September 23rd. The documentary chronicles Moore's 2004 tour of colleges in background states as a way to encourage the students to vote.

The move to distribute the film is a contemporary extension of that cause-and a costly one at that. The film took about $2 million to make, with half of that amount coming directly out of the director's pocket. Moore plans for the film to be screened in private neighborhood screenings on October 4th, the "Night of A Thousand House Parties". If you like hard copies of your films, don't fret, the film will also be released on DVD on October 7th.

Sign up to be notified of when the film will be available for download at the official website. The trailer can be viewed below.

P.S. On a somewhat related note, I've changed my clan tag for Call of Duty 4 to "OBMA" and can count on getting shit for it in every game lobby and even getting teamkilled when playing Hardcore Team Deathmatch. Who knew conservatives were the only ones on XBox Live?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

It's That Time Again For The Los Angeles Beat Swap Meet!

The Los Angeles BEAT-SWAP-MEET is a Record swapmeet consisting of over 20 invited vendors & collectors from the LA and surrounding areas vending music genres of a wide array, but more-so focusing on Blues, Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Punk, Reggae, Rock, Soul, and World 12" and 45 Records. An event considered to be the 1st of it's kind in the LA area, The Beat Swapmeet hopes to reunify LA in a way that is long overdue. Come through, listen to Beats, Swap records & Meet some new people.

Casual drinking for the 21+. ALL ages are welcome. 12-6pm, on a Sunday afternoon - Season III coming September 21st, 2008.

For more information visit:


Looks like Bela Tarr is completely out of Gus Van Sant's system. GSV, as he shall be referred to from now on, spent the better part of the last decade trying to earn back his indie cred after directing Good Will Hunting, the Psycho remake, and Finding Forrester, by focusing on making long films with long takes about not-so-long lives. With those projects completely behind him, it looks like GSV is just about ready to return to mainstream Classical Hollywood Cinema with Milk, his soon to be released biopic about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to serve in public office.

I have to say, the movie looks damn good on many levels. GVS was able to cast the perennially angsty Sean Penn, the recently resurrected Josh Brolin, indie cred magnet Diego Luna, and jailbait magnet James Franco plus Harris Savides is lighting the whole soiree. A well-lit ensemble cast in a movie depicting the tragic death of a historical figure may sound like utter Oscar bait, but with GVS on the canvas chair keeping the saccharine levels low, I'm sure that this will definitely be one of the films to watch in 2008.

Agenda Trade Show

The coolest designers and brands in action sports (see: enjoi) and streetwear (see: anything on will be attendance this Thursday through Saturday in San Diego for one of the coolest trade shows of the year, the Agenda Trade Show.

The Agenda Trade show is a meeting place for lovers of all things awesome and promises to exhibit only the best and most innovative work available. From small, up-and-coming brands like Jedidiah (<--really cool) to giants like OBEY (<--- also, really cool), each exhibitor is sure to leave you inspired. The event will take place September 4th through the 6th at the San Diego Concourse. Admission is fifty dollars cash (cash only) to non-exhibiting sales-reps, designers, manufacturers and suppliers and can be purchased the day of the event. Buyers, distributors and members of the press get in free with business card!

Sorry, members of the general public are not allowed.

The address and show times are as follows:


10:00AM - 7:00PM


9:00AM - 7:00PM


9:00AM - 5:00PM

The San Diego Concourse 202 C Street

San Diego, CA 92101

Sketch Theatre

Grandma By Vincent Hui

Wouldn't it be cool if you could watch your favorite artists start on something from scratch? To watch the mistakes, the edits and more importantly, to see the process? Well, now you can.

The good people over at Sketch Theatre do just that. The basic premise is to create a spot for other aspiring artists to watch streaming video of some of the most creative contemporary artists doing the thing that they first fell in love with... sketching. Featured artists include Corey Miller, Steven Daily, Gary Baseman, Cameron Davis, Vincent Hui and so many more.

But wait, there's more... Rifling through the website you'll find cool streaming music (from Mountain Goats to BRMC) to get you inspired, contests that you can enter in to win cool stuff and exclusive merch that will keep this site afloat.

For anyone that was ever put a pencil down to paper, I'll wrap this post up with Sketch Theatre's mission statement:

Sketch Theatre serves to motivate and inspire artists from all walks of life. Here, aspiring artists are exposed to contemporary artists and the various career paths taken by these like-minded individuals who all began their careers with the primary process of putting ideas and expressions down with a pencil & paper. The brilliant myriad of artists featured on Sketch Theatre strip down and expose raw sketches on camera, never failing to captivate and inspire. Enjoy the show.


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