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Month: September 2011 (page 1 of 3)

American Juggalo

My perverse fascination with the Juggalo continues. This short documentary is amazing. I think one quotation, in particular, sums it all up for me:

“We have alcohol and we have explosives. Let me show you how great we are.”

I’m not going to comment much more. I think the piece really speaks for itself, speaks volumes about juggalos, and speaks to the nature of the beast overall. But I do have a question: how many of the juggalos know the “woo woo” comes from this?

Which, of course, begs the more important question: is Bubb Rubb a juggalo?

El Caminito Del Rey

note: Do feel free to mute it. The music is quite terrible.

I have one word to say to this: NOPE. No way. No fucking way in hell.

El Caminito Del Rey is a pathway built by workers of a hydroelectric dam across a gorge in southern Spain. It has, quite obviously, fallen into some disrepair. In fact, I might go so far as to describe the journey across as perilous, but that might even be too soft of a word.

The chances of me walking across is like this? 0% ±1%, because, hell, you never know.

Barcelona, un viaje por una boda, 2011

This is the first set of photos I’ve posted to The Black Laser since July of last year. Holy crap! Where has all the time gone?

To be honest, I’ve not felt very photographically motivated for some time and I even considered not bringing my camera with me on the trip to Spain. But, I am glad I did. Nothing like yanking you from your typical surroundings to get the old creative juices flowing. Also, jamon.

I’ve posted the whole gallery here instead of giving you a separate link because my other Flickr plug-in seems to be broken and I am not sure why. That’s pretty annoying, but this new way will work just the same.

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Thoughts: don’t have too many. There are some nice photos here, and some really nice photos here. I am quite pleased with the edited set, down from nearly 600 photos. My photos look as much like my photos as they ever have and it’s clear that I am not seeing things all that differently than the last time I was motivated to take my camera out. I did try and focus on making sure I didn’t have too many redundant photos in the set, something that has been a weakness of mine in the past.

As a document of my trip through Spain goes, the photos are nice and that’s all I could hope for.

Cut Copy’s “Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution”

Man, I fucking love Cut Copy. As I’ve said before here, I think they’re a band that has matured so nicely over the course of their career, a band from whom I hope we continue to receive great music that makes me want to dance whether at work developing my post-production tan, at home cleaning the filth from my apartment, or anywhere the hell else it’s good to listen to music.

The premise for the video goes like this: what IF instead of nuclear mutants living underground in Beneath the Planet of the Apes they were the apes themselves and instead of worshipping a nuclear bomb they worship the little bits of Cut Copy they needed to assemble the band for the performance of a single song? And, what if instead of destroying the world with nuclear fire, they burned the instruments in fits of simian rage after unleashing the power of Cut Copy’s music? That’s pretty much what we’ve got here. And it’s pretty damned cool.

Ruby Kobo promo video

My friend Arian recently contacted me about cutting a promo video for the jewelry company a friend of his owns called Ruby Kobo so I did. A little extra money before a trip never hurts, not to mention it’s a nice little piece. Enjoy.

Com Truise’s “Brokendate”

I know you’re all anxiously awaiting my thoughts on my Spain trip—and you’ll get them—but until I have a moment to sit and write it all up with photos, you’ll have to wait.

Until then, here’s the new Com Truise video for his track “Brokendate”. Inspired by equal parts Blade Runner and Tron, the video does an excellent job of converting Com Truise’s particular brand of dark, synthy music into appropriate visuals. Besides the awesome video, the track deserves to be listened to on decent speakers so do yourself a favor and don’t listen through your shitty laptop speakers.

Brett Domino and Steven Peavis’ Tribute to the Ministry of Sound

This is awesome. Brett Domino is back with yet another magical electronic mystery tour through the mind. This time he and Steve are covering their favorite tracks from The Ministry of Sound’s catalog to celebrate MoS’ 20th anniversary.

How many of these tracks do you recognize? I’ve got about half of them.

Hiatus While In España

Dearest Black Laserites,

I am here to announce that the site will be on hiatus for the next 9 days while I am away in Spain with JJ making bad decisions.

Enjoy your day lives and come on back the week of 9/26 (26/9 for you dirty Euros) for more of my regular Black Laser goodness. I love you all.

I’ll leave you with this:

Sir, you're going to have to put that in the overhead compartment.

Sincerely,

The Black Laser.