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Leuk, kleien!

Thanks, today’s Google doodle! Now I know about this: Gumbasia, The very first stop motion clay animation movie, from 1955, by Art Clokey, ” a pioneer in the popularization of stop motion clay animation” (Wiki). It’s pretty impressive. Especially because it hasn’t got a clear narrative span (as far as I can tell). So it’s Art and it’s History. Enough intellectual potential for you? Anyhow, here it is:

P.S. Has anyone got Disney’s Fantasia on DVD? I need to go (get stoned and) watch that some time soon again.
P.P.S. Elke zei het vandaag en het is waar, dus men kan het maar net zo goed weten: muisjes (voor op je beschuit) ruiken naar geluk. Of, geluk ruikt naar muisjes.



Check deze lui! Ze zijn echt SUPERHEAVY!

Een ‘super’band? Met Mick Jagger en Joss Stone? En wie nog meer?

Wat je hieronder vind, staat op de officiële wedsite te lezen. Een en al pretentie! Punt na punt! Klassiek!

Mick Jagger has teamed up with Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart, soul singer Joss Stone, Academy Award winning composer and global superstar A.R.Rahman and reggae star Damian “Jr Gong” Marley to form a cooperative project called SuperHeavy.

This diverse and eclectic line up who share eleven Grammy Awards between them, have been recording together in various studios around the world, with the majority of the tracks on the project laid down over three weeks in Los Angeles earlier this year. … It’s little wonder that Stewart refers to SuperHeavy as, “A mad alchemist type experiment“. Fusing the talents of one of the greatest front-men of all time, a two time Academy award winning Indian composer, a soul vocal prodigy, a three time Grammy winning reggae star, and one of the most sought after producers in the world, you would expect the explosive results to defy categorisation.

Formation of the band

SuperHeavy came together after Jagger and Stewart considered what a band comprising of musicians from different genres would sound like. Jagger explains, “Dave really wanted to make a record with a different group of musicians, in other words, with different backgrounds of music. Instead of everyone being a rock musician, or basically a blues musician, or some other genre, he wanted to get as many genres together that would fit. I said it sounds like a good idea, I never thought it would actually happen.”

Yet soon enough Jagger found himself back in the studio with Stewart and Joss Stone, having previously worked together on the 2004 Alfie movie soundtrack. Stewart says Stone was, “an obvious choice for us. She’s such an incredible singer and spirit.” Stewart and Jagger’s dream team took further shape when they were inspired to bring Damian “Jr Gong” Marley into the mix, says Stewart, “We’d always wanted a Jamaican musician because Mick and I are crazy about Jamaica and Jamaican music.” Stewart has worked with legend Jimmy Cliff while Mick has duetted with Peter Tosh from the Wailers on the Tempatations tune “Don’t Look Back” in 1978.

We were listening to loads of stuff and suddenly a light bulb went off and we thought about Damian “Jr Gong” Marley.” Jagger had long been a fan of Marley’s, fresh from another cross-genre collaboration with American rapper Nas, citing his strength as a lyricist and toaster along with his penchant for experimentation and collaborative spirit. Marley brought on board his rhythm section, … while Stewart introduced the band to his long-term collaborator Ann Marie Calhoun, a rock violinist who had previously worked with the Foo Fighters.

Recording in LA meant the band’s path crossed with legendary Indian composer A.R. Rahman, in the City of Angels fresh from his Slumdog Millionaire Oscar glory. Jagger explains, “We didn’t know what kind of music we’d make, we didn’t know if it would be any good, but we hoped we’d have fun.” They were thrilled to have Rahman on board, Stewart says, “He brings so much musical knowledge, amazing musicianship, melody and singing power from a different culture.”

The creative process begins

Despite their disparate backgrounds, the members of SuperHeavy instantly connected and hit the ground running, writing twenty-two songs in the first six days. … However, despite the free flow of creative juices and the easy rapport they established, getting the band together in one place became very difficult, as Stewart explains, “It’s the most complicated record ever made. Imagine, some of it’s recorded in LA, some of it’s recorded in the South of France, some of it’s recorded off the coast of Cyprus, some of it’s recorded in Turkey, some of it’s recorded in Miami, some of it’s recorded in the Caribbean, and some of it’s recorded in Chennai, in India.”

The SuperHeavy sound

Back to that alchemical experiment, Jagger, Stewart, Marley, Rahman and Stone appear to have created a new genre. “It’s a new kind of music, it’s a new genre, one that cannot be placed” says Stone. Yet, Jagger is keen to point out the music is accessible; “It’s very approachable. If you’re a Rolling Stones fan there’s definitely stuff you can relate to. Other stuff that you can’t relate to so much, maybe if you listen you’ll enjoy it.”

A first for Mick Jagger is singing in Urdu, on a song composed by Rahman, entitled “Satyameva Jayate”, meaning, “the truth alone triumphs”, Rahman wrote the song after some gentle teasing from the others. Rahman explains, “In the daytime I was playing with them, in the night time and evenings I was gigging” “Then”, says Jagger, “He didn’t come into the studio one day, so I said, ‘Where’s A.R?’ and he came in really late at night, really pleased saying, ‘I’ve got my song!’ I manage one line in Urdu, only one!

The art of SuperHeavy

The striking artwork that graces the front of the SuperHeavy album is the work of Shepard Fairey, the artist responsible for the iconic ‘Hope’ poster used in Barack Obama’s successful election campaign.

The present and future of SuperHeavy

The astonishing video for ‘Miracle Worker’ was filmed at Paramount studios in Los Angeles and directed by Paul Boyd and Dave Stewart. All five members of the band are featured in the video which culminates with a breathtaking live performance. Click here to watch the video for Miracle Worker on YouTube.

As far as the future of SuperHeavy goes, “We haven’t planned to do a tour or anything, but if people really like it maybe we will. We’d love to get out and play some of it live,” says Jagger humbly. “As soon as we started playing together in the studio it gelled, and all these different styles didn’t seem to be a problem to make them fit together… I hope people will like it….

SuperHeavy’s debut album is co-produced by Jagger & Stewart and will be released by Universal Music on their A&M label imprint on the 19th of September.

Dus, okay, hieronder ook de video van die UNIEKE, NIEUWE SOUND! Hahahahahahaahaha. Ooh, toch!

Ze hadden zichzelf beter “SUPERsaai” kunnen noemen.

I’m not sure the following picture communicates anything that nears the reality of the size of the continent. I’m not sure how much more True it is than older mappings of Africa, in that sense. Still, it communicates something. And that something pretty much boggles my mind. Even if it is only in a conceptual sense.

Conceptual Africa. Rightooo!

Conceptually True. That’s it.

RC for the win!

Kijk dan joh. Kijk dan joh! SUPERSTOER!

I want one.

Now I see! As he gets older, it starts to show: Hugh Grant was really always an old chap, he just used to be a young one at that. The way he uses his face for expression– that is so self-evidently old-chappy, yet it is exactly what he used to do in the past! What surprises me, though, is that now that he’s getting old, I DO get the whole fuss about his being charming.

Why do I enter into this whole discussion of his use of facial expression? Same old same old: I’m on my no-sound computer, and I stumbled across this video by accident.

I’m pretty sure good old Hugh has got a decent story, too, though — it sure looks important! — as I took the link off Radiohead’s dump-space. So, in a way, this is just to remind myself to watch this video. Still, here it is, for you guys too:

Rollercoasters rock! (Right?)

Check this baby! All new. And Japanese. Of course.
The Fuji-Q Highland amusement park world's steepest roller coaster "Takabisha" (Pic: AFP) The Fuji-Q Highland amusement park world’s steepest roller coaster “Takabisha” (Pic: AFP)
Thrill-seekers point at the "Takabisha" with a free falling angle of 121 degrees (Pic: AFP)
En YouTube heeft er nog een filmpje van ook! Rij maar lekker (gheghe) mee!
You’ve got to love the Japanese.

Nu kan ik dit niet kijken! Terwijl de screenshots er zoooo vet uitzien. Nouja, dan moet ie maar even in de wacht en dan kan ik hem thuis kijken. In de tussentijd kunnen jullie alvast genieten.

Ohja, voor uitleg over wtf er gedaan is met die beelden: check dit.