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Stay tuned

Posted in missives by Jef on June 9, 2009

Taking a week or so off to clean house behind the scenes and get right on other fronts beside the blog. And to finally watch Lost. All of it. In the meantime, you can find me on twitter (@jeflee). Big thanks for checking in during this testing-the-waters phase; to those who sent messages, all the feedback was much appreciated and you’ll likely see your suggestions take form in one way or another in the weeks to come. Back in seven days!


Kanye West’s “Spaceship”

Posted in hip-hop, music, music videos, video clip by Jef on June 4, 2009

spaceshipFrustrated you ain’t progressin’ in a recession? Hop onto the spaceship and ride. After years in the vault, the video for Kanye’s “Spaceship” (featuring GLC and Consequence) finally sees the light of day.
[After the jump]

Spec Boogie’s “Requiem for a Dream”

Posted in hip-hop, movies, music, music videos, video clip by Jef on June 3, 2009

spec boogieWhen Spec Boogie first announced plans for “Summer Movie Season” — a project where he would record tracks based on his favourite films, using samples from their soundtracks for the beats and scene clips for the videos — I assumed it would be one of those things that sounds cooler than it actually is. You know, like rapping over Nintendo beats.

I felt his first installment was uninspired, based on Walter Hill’s The Warriors, and I assumed Spec would continue down the road of obvious choices. I was wrong, of course. Surprisingly, he followed up with an ode to Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. I didn’t think the song worked as a whole, but it definitely was interesting, especially the use of scissor-snaps as high hats.

Now, with his most recent entry, Spec nails it. Based on Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, Spec’s latest is well-written and paired perfectly with the film’s agitated score. The track works on its own but sounds even better when laid over Aronofsky’s visuals. Extra points for mirroring the film’s devastating downward spiral ending.

I’ll be following this project either way, but here’s to hoping Spec continues to play off more left-field choices. By using films that don’t lend themselves so obviously to hip-hop, he could have something really cool and inventive on his hands.
[Spec Boogie’s “Requiem for a Dream” after the jump:]


“Up” and the missing Pixar ingredient

Posted in animation, break it down, movies by Jef on June 3, 2009


I saw Up on opening night but hadn’t gotten around to thinking about it until now, hence the late review. That delay got me thinking though — why hadn’t I thought at all about a movie I was so impressed with as I walked out of the theatre?

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The lighter Dark Knight returns

Posted in animation, comics, video clip by Jef on June 1, 2009

braveandtheboldLast week’s episode of Batman: the Brave and the Bold was both a subtle kick in the nuts to militant fanboys who decry the cartoon’s playfulness and want a return to the tortured-soul Batman and also a dead-on tribute to classic Warners Brother’s animation. There’s a bunch of in-jokes for animation heads, comics fanboys and general casual cartoon watchers and, depending on where you’re coming from, the episode works on several different levels. Mainly though it’s great fun and it really shows how far cartoons have fallen off in recent years. Watch along after the jump.

Music Video Monday

Posted in music, music videos, video clip by Jef on June 1, 2009