Terje Sorgjerd spent a week capturing in time lapse one of the biggest aurora borealis shows in recent years. Shot in and around Kirkenes and Pas National Park bordering Russia.
Friday, March 25, 2011
And the japanese, even in the middle of catastrophe, are still able to take us to a next evolutionary stage: they just recreated perfectly fine and reproductive sperm in a lab from cloned cells. As if reproduction weren't easy enough.
Directed by Spike Lee
© Sony Pictures Classicsl
Beth Ditto re-writes Justify My Love video.
NASA shoots the sun spewing hot lava (and sucking it back up).
Dirty South featuring Rudy - 'Phazing'
Thanks J@v@ Junkie!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
The Norwegian band played in Toronto last week, opening their North American tour in support of their new album Senior.
The album is a bit of a departure from Röyksopp’s usually ebullient pop ditties, but thankfully the concert didn’t focus on its more somber, abstract and down-tempo tracks.
Compact and powerful vocalist Anneli Drecker was a welcome and lively presence on stage.
Despite being a band with such a cool videography, Röyksopp didn’t bring any visual aids on tour. No projectors, no laser beams, not even LED lights! All we got was the guitar player with a pillowcase over his head.
In all fairness, Drecker stroke the most curious poses wearing an elaborate head piece.
And band member Svein Berge wore a cool bracelet made of light!
Overall, the concert had a very experimental feel to it, but the band still delivered the hits and made an explosive finale. Much a propos for a band whose name in Norwegian means the mushroom cloud that appears after the explosion of a nuclear bomb (an ecstatic fan volunteered the factoid to me.)
The long-waited score that the Pet Shop Boys have been writing for a ballet premiered last week at Sadler’s Wells in London. The contemporary, full-length narrative dance -- choreographed by “scandalous” Javier de Frutos -- is the adaptation of a fable by Hans Christian Andersen, about the construction (and eventual destruction) of “the most wonderful thing.”
“In the past we have written dance music, so to write music for a ballet seems like a logical development. Also we have always been fascinated by giving our music a theatrical context,” said former pupil of Newcastle’s St Cuthbert’s High School, Neil Tennant. "When you have a long career like ours, you have to keep things fresh. You have to be excited and smiling and scared shitless about something."
The Pet Shop Boys will also release the score as an album tomorrow, and despite being mostly instrumental, Neil’s vocals percolate, like in Battleship Potemkin.
Neil and Chris wrote all the music, and are billed as Tennat/Lowe – and not as Pet Shop Boys. They’re branching out.
Of course, there’s still quite a bit of PSB-like theatrical drama in the show. The three-act ballet including their score is backed up by film projections and a 26-piece orchestra.
From what I’ve seen and heard of it, it looks and sounds pretty sharp, and the reviews haven’t been bad. Perhaps they’re better off writing scores instead of musicals.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
The Arch-Android was in town last Saturday night headlining the Indies Music Awards, "the Grammy's of the indie scene" that is part of the Canadian Music Week, a music convention in Toronto. I thought the award celebrated independent music talent in Canada, so getting a Kansas City girl to headline it seems like an odd choice, but I'm not complaining.
This and the fact that she’s cute as a button, reminiscent of a young Lena Horne (“big mouth, big voice”) and with a boundless energy and consummate showwomanship.
Her antics included having dancers dressed as nuns, painting on stage, and reenacting Eyes Wide Shut. She sang while collapsed on the floor and, in the end, threw on a cape à la James Brown.
At the end, after a triumphal concert in the Royal York Hotel and with her pompadour a little out of whack, Janelle didn’t hesitate and went crowd surfing, while looking totally terrified/elated. This one’s got the goods.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Now it’s just wait until she gets off that silly costume she’s been in lately.