Archive for the ‘Music Video’ Category

Where Akudama and Lady Gaga Coalesce

September 14, 2009

Before the paparazzi, Akudama’s very own Calvin Pia had been blessed with the opportunity to take the stage with mega-star-to-be, Lady Gaga. The video might be a little toned down for all you “Gagas” out there, and what I mean by that is, she’s sitting there singing some bullshit song you’ve never heard as opposed to standing there, with no pants on, singing some bullshit song you hear everyday blaring out the window of a guapo’s Jetta, or from a muffled speaker above the chip isle in any Duane Reade (pronounced Dwan-Aye Re-odd-Aye).

The performance is as entertaining as watching Henry Fonda pick blueberries, which is honest to god a ten out of ten by Bitter End standards. Enjoy?

I Will Be Glad Flash Mob / Pianos Residency

September 7, 2009

“White men in white suits, only in New York!” exclaims a giddy black man dressed in Ghanaian/union square hybrid drab. These are the kind of elated responses strewn from the mouths of lucky bystanders who happened to catch last Saturday’s live, choreographed, barber shop quartetted rendition of “I Will Be Glad.” We ended up doing the performance in Union/Washington Square Parks, as well as the Union Square subway platform. The idea was to try a new promotion technique, in specific regards to our upcoming residency at PIANOS  (158 Ludlow Lower East Side  9/8- 50’s themed, 9/15 80’s themed, 9/22 2050’s themed.)

Come dressed accordingly and receive prizes and praises. Come dressed like shit and we’ll force you to experience the night wearing Bose sound reduction headphones playing Jean-Claude Van Damme commentary on Time Cop commentary.

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“Out Again” Video

July 16, 2009

Coinciding with the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and San Paolino festival happening this week in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, here is the [admittedly overdue] video for our [mucho-old] song “Out Again”. It features footage from last year’s festival of the same irritatingly-long namesake, where Blake wore a Sargent Peppers jacket and almost threw up on the tea-cup ride.

Directed by Zachary Robbins and edited by Anthony Subietas, this video was shot over a friggin year-and-a-half (2007-2008) between original hometown of Weston, CT and Brooklyn, NY where we now call home. Featuring Eli Silverman as “bass player”, while the recording features original player-of-bass, Matt Weber. Needless to say, both the video and the song are far-from-current, but that doesn’t make it any less RIVETING! Enjoy.

A.C. run in – in BK, yeauh

July 10, 2009

Calvin and I (Cayce) were walking into Danbro studios in Bushwick a few months back to test some mics for the Sun recording, when we noticed a jam we dug playing faintly out of a boom box in the back room. We turned a corner to find curtain walls constructed in a half-circle, with faceless characters dressed in draping drabs dancing beneath. The song that played was of common knowledge, and I could only assume this was a music video by a student (not something of the professional nature.) So we went about our business in our rehearsal space, and came back down a couple hours later. This time, as we turned the corner, we see Avey Tare sitting down with one other human being at a plastic table just outside the shoot. I’m already feeling like a tween, heart thumping, knees shakin’, like from Dolby surround sound.

And so we approach the dudes, asking the simple question “… so what are you guys doing over here?” … Now you may be thinkin’ I’m a Tyrannosaurus-tard for asking the obvious, but that one question lead to a ten minute conversation that was just… just great! Dudeman was as modest as can be, inquiring equally about me and my brother’s endeavors as us about Panda Bear’s and his.

I walked away that day feeling like I had met one of my heroes, and to have the experience be what it was, I feel very fulfilled and grateful.

So now, what made me tell you this absolutely boring story is the fact that I just found the Animal Collective “Summertime Clothes” music video on Youtube. It’s mediocre! Enjoy!

“barn”: a short film about Akudama

June 22, 2009

In August of 2007, Akudama took a break from NYC life to record an album in a secluded barn in Lunenburg, MA. Originally intended to document the process, this film wound up being about, quite literally, nothing. For one reason or another, there’s no record of the writing or recording process. It’s not particularly well shot (by Blake), or well edited (by Calvin). If anything, its… entertaining. But that’s a stretch. Enjoy.

Workin’ Fer a Livin’

April 29, 2009

Two summers ago, circa Blake’s “I hooked up with Mr. Big from Sex and the City” phase (which turned out to be “I hooked up with some dude who looked like Mr. Big from Sex and the City” phase), Blake found himself in a Toyota Corolla, shotgun, under a mid August sun, near some community complex in north Philly. As the breeze gently massaged his granola encrusted stache, Blake looked to his right, twenty yards ahead, to an old man with a weathered face, cracked hands and all, wearing a superman t-shirt and holding a Budweiser. He was bent at a forty five degree angle over the engine of a pick up truck, with his ass more exposed than not.

Without a moment to spare, Blake pushed his head out the window and sang “Workin’ For a Living!” as if there was no option not to. The words muttered were just the beginning of the neo country masterpiece to come.

Here’s a video of Blake lip-synching, Milli Vanili-style, along to the track, in his infamous “Im gunnna start ur face” t-shirt. This is to be track seven off Blake’s “Onions and Pennies” solo record. The album will be released once someone can take pictures of him naked and bleeding in a dirty bathtub… Let me know if you’re interested… this isn’t a joke.