A Reunited Ben Folds Five Rocks Out with The Fraggles in ‘Do it Anyway’ Video

Ben Folds Five & The Fraggles

It’s been nearly 10 years since Ben Folds Five amicably broke up, and it’s been over 25 years The Fraggles closed up the Rock. Both are back in 2012, and they’ve been teamed up for ‘Do It Anyway’, the first video of of Ben Folds Five’s album ‘The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind’.

Also along for the ride is Rod Coudry, as the incompetent session producer, Up In the Air’s Anna Kendrick sporting a BOY GORG tshirt for the occasion; and and head-Nerdist, comedian and host of the Talking Dead, Chris Hardwick.

The video opens up with a report from Uncle Travelling Matt, who is attending a gathering of the silly creatures who are performing a fascinating musical ritual. The band begins performing the rollicking new number ‘Do it Anyway’, sending dust and rocks raining down on the Fraggles below. An errant microphone cord drops through a hole in the floor, providing an opportunity for the two worlds to met, and soon enough the band is rocking with the whole Fraggles gang.

Watch and enjoy, then check out the ‘Making of’ video embedded below’.

[via Mashable]

The video was produced by the folks over at Nerdist Industries.

The Making of ‘Do it Anyway’


Stop-Action Music Video Shot Uses 288,000 Jelly Beans… and a Lot of Patience

SKina Grannis - In Your Arms - 288,000 jelly beans used to create stop-action music videoinger-songwriter Kina Grannis has spent a good part of the last 22 months suspended over a series of ever-changing backgrounds made entirely of jellybeans… 288,000 thousand jellybeans to be exact. Grannis even had her entire body covered in jellybeans for a few key scenes (which is safer than being covered bees and way more delicious).

It’s all part of her latest video project for the track ‘In Your Arms’ (watch it here). Gannis worked with director Greg Jardin and a team of 30 people created the video in 1,357 hours over a 22 month period. No matter how involved you imagine the production process was to create the 2,460 stop-action frames, you’ll still be awestruck when you watch the ‘Making Of…’ video that I’ve embedded above, and maybe a little hungry for something sweet. And yes, the 288,000 jelly beans were all donated by Jelly Belly.

Kina Grannis is no stranger to using YouTube to promote her music, the first video she posted back in 2007; ‘Message From Your Heart’ won her a spot in the Dorito’s Crash the Superbowl contest. Since then she’s posted over 200 videos to her YouTube channel, which have seen almost 80,000,000 million views.

You can keep up to date on Kina Grannis on Twitter or on her Facebook page.

via Laughing Squid

The Vaccines Crowdsource New Video From Fans’ Instagram Pics

The VaccinesWay back in 1988 Bon Jovi literally crowdsourced clips for their Bad Medicine video in a very ‘old school’ way. They distributed video and film cameras to 250 fans and told them to shoot whatever they want. 23 years later. Imagine how easy it would be to create a video like this in 2011 when it seems like everyone has a camera pointed at the stage.

One of the hottest new bands out of the UK in 2011 is the Vaccines. Their debut album, What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? went to #4 in the UK charts. They’re due here in Toronto for a sold out show on September 27th at The Phoenix.

The band is looking to create a new video for the track ‘Wetsuit’ using images that their fans have captured using the iPhone app Instagram. Fans are asked to upload their best images from summer festivals with the hashtag #VACCINESVIDEO. Fans without iPhones can email their pictures to Pics@vaccinesvideo.com. So far over 650 videos have been pulled into a gallery from Instagram.

This is not the first time that Instragram has been used by music artists this summer. Previously I posted about The Deftones and Moby using the app.

Projects like this are great examples of the bonds that can be created between performers and their audience through crowdsourcing content through social media platforms. In the past a project like this would have taken several months to pull together, if it could have been done at all.

Dear Sixteen Year Old Me – Be Careful Out There

I saw the video tweeted today earlier. I had a few minutes and clicked on it – I assumed it was might be a cute cautionary tale on growing up, possibly something to do with risky lifestyle choices like sex, drinking or drugs. It wasn’t 25 seconds in when the people in the video began revealing their scars from cancer operations that it became deadly serious.

The video was produced by the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund, which was established in 2007 and is devoted to promoting awareness of melanoma in order to save lives. David Cornfield was just 32 years-old when he was diagnosed with melanoma. After being in remission for two years the cancer returned to his lungs then spread to his brain and spinal column, paralyzing him for the last month of his life. After his death his wife Sari founded the fund.

Every year 5300 Canadians are diagnosed with melanoma and 1000 die. If your receive a severe sunburn before the age of 16 the risk of contracting melanoma can double. Good news, nearly 90% melanoma cases can be cured if caught in time.

This video is once of the most effective videos for cancer awareness that I have ever seen. Having spent nearly everyday of the summer running around without a shirt with no thoughts of wearing sunscreen, it made me think and start looking for weird moles. So far so good.

It’s cool that the music used is ‘Generator, First Floor‘ by the Freelance Whales, who I just saw play live last weekend.

So, take care of yourself friends. Have those suspicious moles checked, and get in the habit of checking your skin once a month. There are some great worksheets and information available on the DCMF web site.

This Valentine’s Day Shout Your Love From the Mountain Tops

AT&T has enlisted the help of a group of very unconventional spokespersons for a special live Valentine’s Day event. A team of loud-talking mountain men will shout a special message to your loved one live from Mount Baldy, California.

You can submit your message on the AT&T Facebook application now. On February 14th at 8am PST the Mountain Men begin live streaming their shouts live for everyone to follow, plus they will send each person selected a video clip link to pass onto their loved ones. But hey kids, keep it clean, as the site explains even grizzled Mountain Men have mothers too. The event will promote the new HTC Inspire 4G and I’m imagining the phone and its 4G capabilities will be featured prominently.

The campaign was created by BBDO NY and features several hilarious video clips on the Facebook application and YouTube channel.

When Branding Consumes All – Logorama

Logorama from Marc Altshuler – Human Music on Vimeo.

I was going to play ‘Count the Logos’ in the piece, but since there are as many 2,500 logos featured in this film, that’s impossible. I especially love the flying Bentley and MSN logos. And seriously, how could any piece be complete without a gun battle between Ronald MacDonald and the Michelin Man.

The 16 minute short film was directed by the animation group H5, made up of Ludovic Houplian, François Alaux and Hervé de Crécy. The team has made advertising campaigns and music videos for artists such as Massive Attack and Royksopp. The film has been public since 2009 when it was presented at the Cannes Film Festival. Since then it opened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won a 2010 Academy Award in the animated short category.

Inspiration for the Logorama project began with a 1999 typography-centric video produced for the group called French Touch. In 2003 George Harrison asked H5 to create a video for his song ‘Brainwashed’. They wanted to create a video addressing the culture of consumption, and the idea of using logos was born. Unfortunately Harrison died, but H5 decided to realize the project on their own.

The film was produced by Mikros Image, a post production company using Maya Software combined with rotoscoping done of the producers and members of their family.