Archive for February 11th, 2009

Yes, More Clips!

Since today is Clip Day, I thought I’d share with you those Grammy performances I thought were awesome.

First, MIA performing with a bunch of dudes. Man, getting someone who is nine-plus-months-pregnant to jump around on stage like that is more suspenseful than an episode of 24.

Next, Radiohead. Radiohead is pretty much always awesome, but having a marching band doesn’t hurt.

February 11th, 2009

Music: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Awful name, I know.

But Casiotone’s new single for “White Corrolla” (which I only know about because John posted it on his Facebook the other day) is a fun and breezy bit of electronic twee. I don’t really understand how the band operates — usually it’s just this one guy named Owen — but this song has a female singer.

Whatevs.  Let’s try not to overthink it, just enjoy it and watch the trippy animation.

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Where would you like to wake up tomorrow?

That is the question.

50 people in Brooklyn answer.  It’s cute.

Fifty People, One Question: Brooklyn from Fifty People, One Question on Vimeo.

February 11th, 2009

Sizing up the pieces of meat on Top Chef

I’m tired, y’all. So it’s going to be a day of clips for you.

First up, good old Leanne from season one (who’s made a career behind the scenes of the show), gives us insight into the Food Porn Room where they do the close-up sexy shots of the dishes.

February 11th, 2009

Universal Sports: For when you have a lot of time on your hands

Back before the Beijing Olympics started (oh! When we thrilled to beautiful photos of the Bird’s Nest and longed for the Water Cube to open!) I wrote about my sudden and spontaneous obsession with Universal Sports. Then the actual Olympics happened and I forgot about that strange channel, filled with cycling and gymnastics and diving and now, an abundance of winter sports that we rarely see on American TV unless Bode Miller or Lindsey Vonn is involved.

U Sprots brings you ALL KINDS of sprots.

U Sprots brings you ALL KINDS of sprots.

So I have a lot of spare time this week, and I’ve caught up on the Tifaux backlog, and I’ve napped, and now of course I’m awake in the middle of the night. So, six months later (hey! Today is my half birthday) I decided to catch up with the U Sprots, as I’m calling it now. I started with the speed skating world championships from Hamar, Norway, and now I’m watching the Fédération Internationale du Ski Alpine World Championships from Val d’Isere, France, which happened last weekend and was really icy and scary. Tomorrow: World Cup Luge, bobsledding, a little cycling, and more skiing and skating. There’s something really pleasant about having random sports you don’t know much about on in the background; there’s a volume of unfamiliar terminology and names that sort of melts into white noise (much like CNBC, but with less shouting), plus the literal whiteness of the picture on the screen. And sometimes it gets terrifying very quickly, like when Ted Ligety literally fell down the hill on Sunday.

Also, like everyone else, U Sprots is having trouble selling advertising. I saw the requisite ad for Monster Ballads, but this has to be by far my favorite random-ass commercial:

February 11th, 2009

The More You Know: Watch it before the meme gets old

February 11th, 2009


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