Saturday, 26 January 2013

Episode 240 Shownotes

Decent selection of videos this week.

Ourobouros Podcast #240 - Catfished

1. She Makes War - Minefields
2. goodbyemotel - Graham Calendar
3. ReVerbed - Tears Of A Killer
4. REIZstrom - It's Your Turn
5. Cosmic Boxer - The Greys
6. Symphony Of Science - We Are Star Dust

The Intro Music is an excerpt from 'Pretty Thoughts' by FUR

All songs used with permission or are available under Creative Commons licenses.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Ourobouros Podcast Best Videos 2012

I give you my selection of the ten best videos for tracks that were played on the Ourobouros Podcast in 2012. It's an important distinction to say that it's for tracks that were played on the podcast, because one of these videos has only just been released now in 2013 and that's why this show is so delayed.

These videos are not in any 1-10 order, they were played in the order that they featured on the Ourobouros Podcast.

Here's some brief reasons why I selected these videos as my best of the year

'Silence Amplified' by Burning Shapes

From: Sevenoaks, England
Directors: Steve Piper & Toby Uffindell-Phillips
Appears On: Episode #209

The band says this track is about one mans inability to communicate with his girlfriend and the problems this causes. The video has a very clever visual metaphor for this situation and shows once again that simplicity is often best for a music video.


'Slip' by Fleming
From: New York City, New York
Director: Oliver Irving
Appears On: Episode #217

Ultimately I'm not sure what this video is trying to say, but one man's attempt to get to a party descending into a Kafkaesque nighmare is interesting from both a visual and storytelling perspective.


'In Your Arms' by Principe Valiente

From: Stockholm, Sweden
Director: Henning Cronheim
Appears On: Episode #218

For the first time we have a returning combination of artist and director from a previous review show. Last year I selected Principe Valiente's video The Night as one of my favourites. This video has a similar tone and is beautifully shot.


'Jealous Lover' by Ashland HIGH

From: Los Angeles, California
Director: Daniel Park
Appears On: Episode #219

Oddly this is almost a found-footage music video. It's great how simple videos that you might find on any 20-somethings phone tell a story of jealousy and regret. It's also interesting that Trace Cyrus, AKA Ashland HIGH, is willing to portray himself as a complete dick.


'Curvature' by the happy problem

From: New York City, New York
Director: Michael Izquierdo
Appears On: Episode #219

This is the video I delayed releasing this show to see, since I partially funded it through Kickstarter. I'm really glad I did. A gluttonous Hollywood party is used as a visual metaphor for the voracious appetites and 'me first' attitude of the modern entertainment industry. It gets a little dark too, which is always good for me.

'Chase The Sun' by Skipping Girl Vinegar

From: Melbourne, Australia
Directors: Mark Lang & Chris Lansell
Appears On: Episode #220

One of the keys things I look for in videos is cleverness and simplicity, and this video fits on both counts. Co-directed by the bands singer, this video sends a stuffed toy monkey into space attached to a balloon playing the track. Ingenious, sweet and fits the song perfectly.


'14' by Carrousel

From: Tallahassee, Florida
Director: Steven Letizia
Appears On: Episode #221

Possibly the most technically impressive independent video I've ever come across. It reminds me a lot of the Michel Gondry directed video for 'Sugar Water' by Cibo Matto, which is my all time favourite. Managing to sync up both sides of the screen so they work together is amazing and I recommend checking out the two 'Behind-The-Scenes' videos to see how they did it.


'Grrr' by Andy Palmer

From: Denver, Colorado
Director: Christian G. Marra
Appears On: Episode #224

There always seems to be at least one animated video in these reviews and here is this year's. The combination of rotoscoping, hand-drawn animation and flash works brilliantly well and tells the story of the song in a completely unique way.


'Throw Me A Line' by IAMEVE

From: Los Angeles, California
Director: Ryan McCoy
Appears On: Episode #228

This is a video that truly makes a visual statement and fits into the concept album that this track comes from. If weird yet beautiful imagery is your thing you can't go wrong with this one.


'What Are You Waiting For?' by Dikta

From: Garðabær, Iceland
Director: Helgi Jóhannsson
Appears On: Episode #234

If I was handing out awards for Best Director like I do over at Raw Footage then Helgi Jóhannsson would win it hands down. The song is awesome too, and would have made my top 10 tracks of the year if it wasn't being played here. A shocking tale of excessive rivalry is played out against the volcanic landscape of Iceland and it's beautifully tragic.


As ever it was very difficult to whittle the list down to a final 10. Honourable mentions go to:

'Broke As Fuck But Happy' by Cosmic Boxer Directed by Daria Roik
'Two Left Feet' by Dan Exactly Directed by Jonathan Bator
'Run And Hide' by Dax Directed by Denver Cavins
'To The Night' by The Haiku Directed by The Band
'Run' by Talking To Walls Directed by Chris Scalzi

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Saturday, 19 January 2013

Episode 239 Shownotes

I'm going to start posting more regularly to the Podcast Facebook Page. Go over there to get shownotes as well as some non-podsafe goodies.

You can send submissions for my anniversary show suggesting your favourite tracks of 2012 and/or the whole history of the Ourobouros Podcast to ourobouros.podcast [at] gmail.com

Quite a few videos this week, even though they are all variations on the 'performance' video format. In fact the most original video for some reason isn't on YouTube so here's a link to the video for 'The Water In Your Blood' by The Oyster Murders. The rest of this episodes videos are in the player below.

Ourobouros Podcast #239 - Sontaran Slapstick

1. New Beat Fund - Peachez
2. Vukovi - We Are Robots
3. The Art - Dirty Girl
4. The Beautiful Dead - Moonlight And Hollywood
5. Tiny Boys - Persian Punk
6. The Oyster Murders - The Water In Your Blood
7. The Deadly Winters - The Mines Of Spennymoor
8. Lili Haydn - Tyrant

The Intro Music is an excerpt from 'Pretty Thoughts' by FUR

All songs used with permission or are available under Creative Commons licenses.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

2012 Review Shownotes

Another year, another review show, even if this one is slightly late.

I'm going to start posting more regularly to the Podcast Facebook Page. Go over there to get shownotes as well as some non-podsafe goodies.

As ever there were tracks I couldn't fit into the show. Honourable mentions go to:

'Oceans' by Kim Edwards [Played Episode #231]
'Mama' by Wolfe Hogan [Played Episode #213]
'School Bus' by The Ladies of Sport [Played Episode #208]
'Say It' by Paris [Played Episode #226]
'Inside The Flame' by Vajra [Played Episode #217]

Ourobouros Podcast - 2012 Review

1. New Beat Fund - Scare Me [Played Episode #224]
2. WAZU - Murder 1 [Played Episode #214]
3. Red Sun Revival - Running From The Dawn [Played Episode #238]
4. Vigo Thieves - Heartbeats [Played Episode #216]
5. Vanity Theft - Ego [Played Episode #224]
6. Cub Scouts - Evie [Played Episode #219]
7. Super Water Sympathy - Cherokee [Played Episode #231]
8. Alex Montanez - Superman [Played Episode #220]
9. Nights & Weekends - Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque [Played Episode #238]
10. Eminem - Lose Yourself [Cry Wolf Remix] [Played Episode #223]

The Intro Music is an excerpt from 'Pretty Thoughts' by FUR

All songs used with permission or are available under Creative Commons licenses.

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