A brief, yet very detailed documentary on Daft Punk's legendary helmets has arrived on the internet. Aptly titled "Daft Punk - Behind the Helmets," the piece is the latest installment in Mixmag and Olmeca Tequila's Switch on the Night documentary series. The video covers the creative history and concept behind Daft Punk’s costume over the years, ranging from the original inspiration for the helmets -- the film The Day The Earth Stood Still -- to old illustrations and archive concert footage from the band. Definitely worth your time.
Last night out in California, Lana Del Rey finally premiered her much-anticipated short film, Tropico. We had previously been presented with a number of trailers for the visual, as now here in full 27-minute form, we see "cameos" from the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, John Wayne, Jesus and more. Lana herself also stars in the flick, which goes from the Garden of Eden to a strip club, on to a convenient store, bachelor party and then the countryside. Appropriately, the audio backdrop was provided by the versatile songstress, which also announced a new album, Ultraviolence, that's on the way. Nonetheless, this is all about Lana's new short film, which you can now enjoy in full above. Be sure to hit us with your thoughts in the comment section.
The folks behind MySpace took a trip out to Los Angeles to offer up a “up close and personal” look at the 2nd annual Odd Future Carnival, which went down a couple of weeks ago. Shot with a head cam, the clip takes us on a brief tour through the fest including carnival rides to the skate park, hangouts with the Odd Future crew and stage impressions. Take a glimpse above.
The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN is a feature documentary narrated by D.C. native Henry Rollins that tells the story of Washington, D.C. in the 1980s through the eyes of graffiti legend, COOL “DISCO”DAN. Blending exclusive interviews with dozens of local and national celebrities along with archival footage, Washington natives offer the most comprehensive portrait to date on this critical decade. Directed by Joseph Pattisall and executive produced by Roger Gastman (Exit Through the Gift Shop), the film finds the extremely private character opening up about his twisted path to stardom – resulting in visits to mental institutions, experiences in warring neighborhoods and vibrant art shows. While the documentary is available for download and on DVD via their official site, check out upcoming screenings in Chicago, Detroit and DC.
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Upon returning this summer for its sixth go-around, it's safe to say that Diplo's Mad Decent Block Party is quite the raucous event year after year. And if you've yet to have the chance to make it out to one of the showings, Urbanears has come through to award with a look into the festivities, via this roughly 13-minute aesthetic. Throughout the footage, you will get to hear from the likes of Diplo, see performers, and get an overall look at the energy that bursts forth during these packed shows. Got an interesting Mad Decent Block Party story for us? Hit us with it in the comment section.
Red Bull Music Academy has launched their new documentary-series Sounds Like... which highlights forward-thinking artists as well as their approaches to music production. The first episode centers around Canadian trio BADBADNOTGOOD and their experimentation on new sounds. This quest takes the three-piece all the way to Ohio where they met up with funk icon Bootsy Collins in order to fuse their respective sounds. A demanding yet rewarding mission as it turns out. Watch the mini-docu above.
In conjunction of Nas' partnership with Hennessy, the Queensbridge emcee narrated this clip featuring British racing legend Malcolm Campbell as part of their "Wild Rabbit" branding campaign. Considered one of the greatest speed record chasers of all time, Malcolm Campbell was an English racing motorist who devoted his life to the pursuit of speed. Campbell set nine world land speed records and was the first human to break the 300 mph barrier. Quite an impressive feat, watch above.
MTV has re-launched its introspective series Life & Rhymes. The first episode is dedicated to J. Cole who breaks down his socially-conscious Born Sinner-single "Crooked Smile" featuring TLC. Jermaine revisits his old apartment in Jamaica, Queens, reminiscing on his humble beginnings before his rise to fame while also dissecting the meaning behind the powerful "Crooked Smile" lyrics.
In 1997, VH1 introduced Behind the Music, a docu-series that turned pop star biography into telenovela. The series covered the rise and fall of an act and everything in between. TLC was one of the few acts that has been featured twice in the series -- capturing their global popularity as well as dramatized tensions behind the scenes. VH1 now brings forth CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, a somewhat historical re-enactment that celebrates the triumphs and tragedies of the trio that encompassed Tionne T-Boz Watkins, the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. Besides the chart success and platinum plaques, the film delves into traumas such T-Boz's (Drew Sidora) sickle cell anemia, Left Eye's (Lil Mama) struggle under the weight of her father’s disapproval as well as Chilli (Keke Palmer) complicated relationship with producer Dallas Austin (Evan Ross), who helmed several of the group's early hits. Definitely an interesting piece of work that honors the legacy of one of the '90s most successful and memorable music bands.
After previewing the animation last week with a 12-second teaser, Odd Future frontman Tyler, The Creator has released his "5 Things You Didn't Know About Me" project with Animation Domination High-Def Studios. Poking fun at fame and his own antics, the animation is created in collaboration with ADHD head Nick Weidenfeld and graphic artist Henry The Worst. This venture in to animation direction is a first for Tyler, but what's more striking is his distaste for apple skins and his love for feet, which can be further explained and viewed in the full via the animation above.