Sunday, November 4, 2012
This particular night, we were making our way through a 30-pack of Budweiser. Zac had come up with the riff and we were trying to come up with lyrics. I remember him saying, "I dunno, I just want it to say something like I drink cheap beer so what fuck you" and I said, "Well just say that then." And out came the song. Our friend Dan had been out the week before from New York. He got shit faced and threw up all over my back seat. We cleaned it out with a window squeegee at a Shell station. He made it into the second verse. It's crazy to look back on something that was done purely for our own amusement and to see it now being released on a real record. A record I'm insanely proud to be even the smallest bit a part of.
So anyway, onto the video. I got an email a few weeks ago about doing a video for this song. We tried one idea that I just couldn't get to work. I was super frustrated because this song was important to me. I didn't want to put this other video out but there was a deadline and I didn't know what else to do. The night before I was supposed to deliver this thing, Alice and I were at a bar and I was seriously bummed out on the whole situation. Then out of nowhere, we got this idea for the biker video. This was on Sunday night.
I called up Brandon and asked him to get me a couple more days and that I was doing a new video. The next morning, I called up James and Shanon and asked if they were free that night. I went to work, told Craig the idea... He was down to shoot it. He and I have worked together for somewhere around 7 or 8 years. We basically see things identically. So we made a shot list, Alice got everything prepped and we started shooting at 10:30 that same night. By 3:30am we were finished.
Take something like the "Oh" video, which I'd consider to be similar in style. That thing was shot over 3 separate days, months apart. We usually do this stuff pretty slow and casually. But in the case of this video, we were all excited and the idea was fresh (and we had no time). By Tuesday evening, it was cut and roughly colored and by Wednesday it was sent to the label.
I'm super proud of this one. Maybe I'm just still excited about it. But I think everyone involved killed it. It's super fun, rough, and just as ridiculous as the song itself. I think the time constraint made this thing what it is because we really didn't take any longer than a few seconds to make decisions and that also allowed for a lot of free flowing creativity, which I think is great.
FIDLAR - Cheap Beer from Ryan Baxley on Vimeo.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I wanted to try this idea of singing to a slowed down track and then speeding the video up in post to have it match.
Zac, Brandon, and Brandon's girlfriend, Cayla were all over at our house one night. Cayla had her camera with her, and since we weren't doing anything else, we decided to make this video. It was super loose, very spur of the moment. That was the first video we ever did together.
So, now 2 years later, we were trying to come up with an idea for the No Waves video and the band suggested we do the same concept. It seemed very fitting being the first video under the Mom + Pop label. The video for "Oh" had been a bit of an undertaking and it seemed like a great idea to just do something fun.
We kept Alice as the frontman and Zac in his animal hat and Brandon with his animal mask and american flag in his mouth. But for this video, I wanted to do real vhs effects, and make it more apparent that it was just 1 take. So, we start the video off in the day time and ended it after dark. We didn't really plan much of this thing out at all. I tried my best to keep the spontaneity of the 1st video, so no one really knew what they were supposed to be doing. But I think it worked out and we had a super fun time making it.
Monday, March 12, 2012
We built the set, bought the props, and shot it in a day.
Sometimes when you're shooting a video, you know that you're getting something cool. We felt that way when we were shooting, but felt it even more when we got into the edit.
In the warm, over-cranked footage, there's a feeling of perfection. Like, this is the ideal "good time." But in the normal, balanced footage, it just feels a little out of control and frustrating.
I love how the confetti looks beautiful and fun when its slowed down, and then flat out annoying when its at normal speed and getting stuck in Danny's mouth.
This is where I feel the concept really comes across. These guys are singing a pretty bummer song, but trying so hard to have a good time, and these two emotions are really fighting each other in the video.
So anyway, I'm super stoked on this one. Hope you enjoy it.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Up until this year, I got most of my new music recommendations from end of the year blog lists. This meant that on a good year, I'd find 5 to 10 albums I actually liked. This year I made a commitment to actively seek out new releases for myself, which was quite a huge undertaking. I've been seriously listening to everything I've been able to get my hands on, which has amounted to me sifting through roughly a thousand albums this year.
I can't tell if it's the fact that I've listened to so much or if we've just hit a high point, but this has been an exceptional year for music. I've compiled a list of albums that have resonated with me the most. They are listed alphabetically as opposed to a rating system because how am I supposed to rate Charles Bradley in the same category as Thee Oh Sees or The Caretaker? This is just a list of great albums, all of which should be listened to with as much enthusiasm as the other.
I try to limit my mixes to an hour and 20 minutes, so only half of the 50 albums below made it into the mix, but don't let that deter you from checking out the rest.
A.A. Bondy - Believers
The Advisory Circle - As The Crow Flies
Alabama Shakes - Alabama Shakes EP
Amen Dunes - Through Donkey Jaw
Atlas Sound - Parallax
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Bass Drum Of Death - GB City
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2
Björk - Biophilia
The Black Angels - Phosgene Nightmare EP
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Scandalous
Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
Booker T. Jones - The Road From Memphis
The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
Cass McCombs - Humor Risk
Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band - No Time For Dreaming
Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi - Rome
Dávila 666 - Tan Bajo
Eric Copeland - Waco Taco Combo
Feist - Metals
FIDLAR - DIYDUI EP
The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips With Neon Indian EP
Frank Fairfield - Out On The Open West
J Mascis - Several Shades Of Why
Joseph Arthur - The Graduation Ceremony
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - Smoking In Heaven
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Michael Kiwanuka - Tell Me A Tale EP
Mikal Cronin - Mikal Cronin
Nirvana - Live At The Paramount Theatre
Noveller - Glacial Glow
Other Lives - Tamer Animals
Paley & Francis - Paley & Francis
Radiohead - The King Of Limbs: Live From The Basement
Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin'
The Raveonettes - Raven In The Grave
Richard Swift - Walt Wolfman EP
Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
Seasick Steve - You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks
Secret Cities - Strange Hearts
Son Lux - We Are Rising
The Strange Boys - Live Music
Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler/The Dream
Thee Oh Sees - Castlemania
Tim Hecker - Dropped Pianos
Tom Waits - Bad As Me
Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread
Various Artists - Fania Records 1964-1980
Wilco - The Whole Love
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile - The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Monday, November 28, 2011
I'm a huge fan of Christmas time, and even more so, the time leading up to Christmas. Here's a 3-disc mix of must-have Christmas music to add to your holidays. Merry Christmas!
There's 77 tracks here, so I'm not going to list them all like I usually do, but artists include:
Aretha Franklin, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Bob Atcher & The Dinning Sisters, Booker T. & The MG's, Burl Ives, Darlene Love, Dean Martin, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Dinah Washington, Donny Hathaway, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell, Jackie Wilson, The Jackson 5, James Brown, John Lennon, Julie London, June Christy, Louis Armstrong, Loretta Lynn, Marvin Gaye, Nancy Wilson, Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond, Peggy Lee, Perry Como, Ray Charles, The Ronettes, Sammy Davis Jr., Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Ventures, Vince Guaraldi Trio, and Wayne Newton.