Pyyramids—not to be confused with Pyramid, or Pyramiddd, which went back to being Starfucker, and you know what I’m sorry I brought this up—is an electro-pop duo comprised of Tim Nordwind (OK Go) and Drea Smith (He Say/She Say). Their infectious debut, Brightest Darkest Day, is streaming in full below.
The album was recorded in LA, in part with the help of Dave Fridmann, who has some experience with catchy surrealists in Flaming Lips and MGMT, and it shows—the music is warm and tropical even despite its late-night freeway gloss. But it’s Smith’s death-laser vocals that hold nasty nuggets like “Do You Think You’re Enough” together.
Want to brunch with Tumblr founder David Karp? Split an omelette with Vimeo founder Jake Lodwick? Have an espresso with the lead singer of OK Go? Yep, so do I. And maybe someday we will, but for now, we’re getting the next best thing: a video from GE’s two-hour Brilliant Brunch at SXSW, when eight leading creators of all things tech, media, & music came together to dine on waffles, sip Bloody Marys, and tackle how they got started, what challenges them, and how they stay on top.
In this video, the innovators discuss their “Path to Creativity.” Check out the full list of videos, sit back, grab a coffee, and get instantly inspired. Or at least hungry.
In another instance of creepy royal British memorabilia, a slice of toast from the morning of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding has been served up at a recent auction. The 31-year old piece of bread was snatched by a former servant of the Royal family, who asked not to be named lest her bread-smuggling ways land her straight into Scotland Yard. We kid, we kid. But don’t let us catch you taking our perfectly toasted bread from the table, y’hear? Having said that, toast in itself has become a sort of an Internet celebrity. Here are a few slices we loaf: toasted, never fried.
If there were ever a better usage of stale bread, then I’d spare the dough to see it! This stop-motion breadamation music video used 215 slices of bread that were “past their sell-by date and rescued from the clutches of certain disposal.” Well, I’d give anything to have been one of those rescued slices… by OK Go, no less.
This one is for the birds: Laura Hadland, an “English toast artist” (those exist?), used 10,080 innocent slices of bread along with dark and milk chocolate to create a massive rendition of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Hadland appropriately traveled to Matera, Italy’s “City Of Bread,” to embread herself in working on the carbalicious 9 x 11.2 meter portrait, proving art is more than just food for the soul.
We don’t know if we prefer this or the challah bread dress, but either way, they both look wonder-bread-ful. Created by Maurice Bennett, an artist from New Zealand who uses toast has his primary artistic medium, the dress is fashioned from a combination of whole baguettes, burned and regular toast. Let’s hope it attracts men just as good as it does pigeons.
Leave it to the Japanese to completely cover a wall with toast. The mural was constructed as part of a “bakery food theme park” named Tokyo Bakery Street that opened in 2005, further proof that Asians can eat as many carbs as they like and still fit into sizes smaller than an American size 0. Hey, nobody said life was a cakewalk.
Kelly Clarkson nailed the national anthem, Madonna got her “Vogue” on with some Greco-Roman gladiator dudes, and M.I.A. flipped the bird on camera, which means someone, somewhere is probably upset and hopefully this won’t become another "wardrobe malfunction" and lead to another near-decade of safe and mostly-mediocre Super Bowl halftime shows. Outside the game and its pageantry, there were plenty of notable musical moments in the commercials, too. Here are just a few of ’em.
NBC paid homage to How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with an all-network rendition of "Brotherhood of Man." As with any big production number, there were some low notes (Donald Trump) and some high ones (Ken Jeong’s committed shimmying, Tina Fey’s "Does a Clydesdale kick a beer at Betty White’s head?," and Ron Fucking Swanson).
Just as the world was beginning to wonder, "Hey, whatever happened to those guys who sang ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love?,’" lo, Samsung brought them back. In their ad lampooning of the Cult of Apple, The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins, with the same neon unitard but a new and slightly sinister ‘tache, leads a gleeful crowd in their signature hit. Don’t lie – you were singing along too.
Leave it to OK Go to be involved in some complex and probably hazardous obvious viral video bait. Their catchy "Needing/Getting" served as the background for an entertaining spot for the Chevy Sonic, in which the compact car bungee jumps and does kick-flips. It thinks it’s people.
An Audi ad featuring a throng of young, sexy vampires partying in the woods got the perfect soundtrack in Echo & The Bunnymen’s "The Killing Moon."
Speaking of vampires, Vampire Weekend made an appearance last night. The track "Campus," from their self-titled debut, appeared in a trailer for the upcoming CGI retelling of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.
X Factor winner Melanie Amaro faced off against a very regal-looking Elton John in a medieval-themed spot for Pepsi. Her performance of Aretha Franklin’s "Respect" was spirited, but it was Elton who shone in his kingly role.
And finally, LMFAO made a number of appearances throughout last night’s festivities, most notably in this M&Ms ad, where in introducing the new female M&M (she’s "sexy smart," because she wears glasses, get it, you guys?), Red strips off his candy coating to "Sexy And I Know It." Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. Yeah.
Legitimate question: are OK Go even a band anymore, or are they a viral (music) video factory? The song here, “End Love,” is decent—fun, bubbly, rhythmic 80s Synth-pop with some high, keening melodies—but it’s the video that’s the real news. This is, simply, the greatest use of stop-motion that I’ve ever seen. The choreography is crazy and the stop-motion transforms the band into herky-jerky robots busting a rug in a suburban park. The camera work is equally coconuts, but, it has to be said, the best part is probably the geese that follow OK Go around.
The song is off Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, which came out this January, and the video is directed by OK Go’s Eric Gunther and Jeff Lieberman. If you liked this video, you should also check out OK Go’s video for “This Too Shall Pass,” which features an epic Rube Goldberg machine.
Constructed in an abandoned warehouse in Sliverlake, California, Chicago-based rock band OK Go’s new video for “This Too Shall Pass” appears unaffected by the record label myopia that frontman Damian Kulash, Jr. lamented in The Times recently. He argued that major labels’ widespread refusal to share videos is to miss the potential of easy viral marketing, saying, “Viral content doesn’t spread just from primary sources like YouTube or Flickr. Blogs, Web sites and video aggregators serve as cultural curators, daily collecting the items that will interest their audiences the most. By ignoring the power of these tastemakers, our record company is cutting off its nose to spite its face.” The centerpiece of the video is a giant, fully-fuctional, two-story machine built by multimedia artist Rube Goldberg. It starts with the tipping of a single domino, includes the demolition of a piano, a television set, and falling umbrellas. The whole series of fortunate events after the jump.