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Monday, January 31, 2011

Maps for Travelers' video for 'Static' is covered in red tape (and red bras)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 9:08 AM

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Aren't We Clever has cooked up a pretty sexy new video for Maps for Travelers' new single, "Static." Red bras -- and panties! -- are flashed, someone gets tied to a bed, and the band drops a seriously sensual saxophone riff into the song's bridge.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Tech N9ne teaches you how to rap

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Tech N9ne: not as strange as you'd expect.
  • Tech N9ne: not as strange as you'd expect.

Today in random YouTube finds: TechN9ne teaches us how to rap. In this audio interview for the book How to Rap: The Art and Science of the Hip-Hop MC, Tech outlines how he pulls together his flow and the influence the family breakfast table had on his music:

"How did I come up with so many flows and rhythms on my tracks? I think it came, like I said, from my family setup at the breakfast table, beating on stuff. It made me sort of like a percussionist."

Despite his menacing persona, Tech comes off completely sincere and self-effacing in the interview. The clip offers not just a wonderful insight into how Tech builds his flow but also how all MCs do it.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Monta At Odds' new video for 'Futile' by local artist Matthew Naquin

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 1:27 PM

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Moody instrumental rock band Monta At Odds' recent album, Fuoco Infernale, cracked The Pitch's top 10 local releases earlier this year. These space cadets are releasing a new video for "Futile" with artwork from local artist Matthew Naquin. Here's what the band says about it:

Matthew digitally painted each frame, of 1600, and then reinserted it back into the video one step at a time. I think it captures the feel of the song that is the loneliness that haunts the edges of our mind when we are searching for that something to fill the void.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Les Izmore waxes poetic over a KC skyline

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 8:08 AM

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Hearts of Darkness and Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys team up for a genre-melding bill on Saturday night at Davey's Uptown.
Here's a video of local MC and Hearts of Darkness frontman Les Izmore spouting some verse out the window of someone's loft. Why? "Some key people asked me to start doing them again," Izmore says. "Plus, I have some projects coming in the near future." Sounds intriguing, yeah? Check it out after the jump.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Five of our favorite found-footage music videos

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 11:13 AM

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Yesterday, we showed you Johnny Quest and Dutch Newman's excellent found-footage video for "Sweet." Today, we've listed five videos that appropriate all different kinds of found footage: news reels, government documentation and stock images. Check out some prime examples after the jump.

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We eat fire for Motörhead

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 10:47 AM

My favorite Motörhead album is Inferno
  • My favorite Motörhead album is Inferno

Yesterday, I promised footage of me consuming Lemmy Kilmister's "Krakatoa Surprise" in preparation for the band's February gig at the Midland. The recipe -- a combination of flour, refried beans, curry, chocolate syrup and brandy to be eaten while it's on fire -- sounds like a practical joke played on fans. It's the kind of thing Lemmy would scribble on a cocktail napkin between whiskey-and-Cokes at 3 a.m., chuckling at the thought of hundreds of metalheads in burn wards.

But with a video contest under way to see who can actually pull it off without self-immolating, we professionals at The Pitch felt that we had no choice but to step up to Lemmy's challenge. After the jump, see whether my beautiful, beautiful mouth survived the experiment.  

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Going to see Sick of It All? Here's how to do the Braveheart

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 8:14 AM

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Hardcore shows are prized for pummeling action -- including nosebleeds, bruises and ear-busting noise. Of course, there are trademark crowd moves other than mosh pits that accompany this subculture of concertgoers. As Nick Spacek wrote in his preview of Sick of It All's show at the Bottleneck on Saturday night:

"Sick of It All was the first band I ever saw do "the Braveheart." (I was at the Bottleneck, and I was 19.) For those unfamiliar with the term, the Braveheart splits the audience into two halves with a large gap in between. Each side must then attempt to wrestle through the opposing group, like a game of Red Rover gone terribly awry. The band counts down and launches into a fast and heavy song, tracking each side's attempt to pummel the other."

If you're going to hit up Sick of It All's show on Saturday, you should be well-schooled. Check out five instructive videos after the jump.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Exclusive: Rooftop Vigilantes' videos from Scion Garage Fest

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 1:28 PM

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  • Rooftop Vigilantes

Scion produced a bevy of videos at Scion Garage Fest in Lawrence this past October, including an interview and two live videos of our local pop-punk heroes, Rooftop Vigilantes. We've got these three exclusive official videos from the festival. Watch our Lawrence boys rock it (and talk about it) after the jump.

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Dutch Newman and Johnny Quest's video for 'Sweet' is, well, sweet

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 11:14 AM

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Kansas City rap-meister Dutch Newman and producer Johnny Quest have a new video for track "Sweet," taken off the duo's collaboration The Lonely Hearts Club, released in October. It's honestly one of the best found-footage music videos I've ever seen, with simple, elegant, vibrant, and rhythmic visuals that match Newman's cool delivery and Quest's retro production.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Hidden Pictures: video casting this month, full-length to come in spring

Posted By on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 3:17 PM

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  • Hidden Pictures

Hidden Pictures' full-length album is called Synchronized Sleeping, and it will be released early this spring. Huzzah! In other news, the Lawrence pop band is shooting a video for "Anne Apparently," a single off the band's EP from last year, Choosing Sides. Here are the details, according to the band's e-mail:

The video -- for the song "Anne Apparently" -- features a series of "Breakfast Club" style vignettes wherein singer/guitarist Richard Gintowt clumsily hits on singer/glockenspielist Michelle Sanders (a librarian).

Volunteers will be compensated with pizza and memories that last a lifetime.

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