Tag Archives: France

The R. Kelly/Phoenix Mashup Is As Amazing As You’d Knew It’d Be

15 Aug


The Hood Internet graciously recreated this mashup after Phoenix and Mr. Kelly performed it live at Coachella this year.  Phoenix performs in Kansas City on September 27th.

Daft Punk – “Horizon” (Bonus Track)

23 May

From the Japanese release of Random Access Memories.

What Large Cities Would Look Like if They Turned the Lights Off

30 Mar


Hong Kong



New York






San Francisco





New M83 – “Oblivion” Soundtrack.

27 Mar


Rather than taking the conventional approach and releasing a follow-up to 2011’s hit LP Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, France’s M83 instead took the unique route (would you expect anything else?) and have been recording the soundtrack to Oblivion.  Oblivion stars Tom Cruise as he is caught on a deserted post-apocalyptic Earth where Morgan Freeman wears menacing sunglasses while he sits in the dark.  But Oblivion aside, M83 thus far still delivers.  The new music is still rooted in the group’s idiosyncratic brand of new wave dream pop, but on a much more “epic” and “Hollywood” scale.  The music is less focused on making a “song” than creating a feeling under which scenes unfold.

Here’s the trailer for Oblivion.  Hits theaters April 12th.

Light Sculptures

26 Mar


Diet Wiegman has been transforming trash into instantly recognizable portraits by carefully arranging rubbish and manipulating light.  Since at least the early 1980s, Wiegman has shown a unique and acute mastery of familiar artistic elements such as depth and light.  Check out his website.


The British WWII Special Forces Unit that Inspired Ian Fleming.

12 Mar


The 30AU holding a captured Nazi flag.  

The BBC’s Justin Rowlatt describes how WWII naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming created the 30AU: “a team of authorised thieves and looters – mavericks who would operate ahead of the forward troops and who were instructed to do whatever necessary to capture enemy intelligence, equipment or personnel.”  In short, the men that would inspire Fleming to create the central protagonist in the series of novels he would author in the forthcoming decades: James Bond.    


James Bond creator, Ian Fleming.

However, Rowlatt’s article does not end with a thumbnail sketch of this near-mythical special forces unit.  In fact, it takes a much more personal turn for Rowlatt; the title of his piece reads “When Ian Fleming Picked My Grandfather to Steal Nazi Secrets.”  Indeed, Rowlatt’s own grandfather served as a member of Fleming’s legendary 30AU.  Apart from describing how Fleming came up with the James Bond character, Rowlatt also uses his piece to retrace the story of the grandfather he never had the opportunity of meeting – all the way back to Normandy.


Clams Casino – “I’m God.”

3 Mar

We think Clams is sampling Imogen Heap. Whatever it is, it works well with the visuals from the 1989 French film “Lost in New York.”

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