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Music | Doin’ It For The Thrill (Concert Review)

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I’m just back from seeing UK electro-pop outfit La Roux perform their Sydney gig at the Enmore Theatre. And here’s my verdict.

Let me be upfront and honest. It was not an impressive concert. The punters were there to hear the hits, the band itself was peripheral. I felt the same endearing feeling I’d feel if my 11-year-old nephew was on stage doing his thing … for the thrill. I’d be supportive, proud and encouraging. And that’s how I felt.
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Written by Darren Smith

30 September 2009 at 1:18 am

Film | The Music Video That Changed History?

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Recognise the song this chord’s from?

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27 April 2009 at 11:21 pm

Music video | A glass-and-a-half of Jonathan Glazer

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glazerTwo of the most successful ad campaigns of all time, at least in the alcohol market, were for Guinness and Stella Artois.

Enter director Jonathan Glazer, who not only worked on these ads, but also a range of music videos for artists such as Radiohead, Jamiroquai and Blur. As well as with actors Ben Kingsley, Nicole Kidman and Ray Winstone on two acclaimed feature films.

With this kind of background, it’s no surprise that Glazer’s oeuvre is included in a DVD collection featuring the work of several music video directors. A few months back I looked at Stephane Sednaoui. Now I’ve had a chance to look at the Glazer DVD.

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Written by Darren Smith

14 April 2009 at 8:50 pm

Music | Music is my radar

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This post is a quickie but a goodie. One of my favourite music videos care of the boys from Blur — “Music is My Radar”.

The clip is very retro — 60s futurism. The lads are on the set of a talkshow, which has just cut to a break. Behind them are four gigantic posters of the band members, all reminiscent of The Beatles. The set is 60s mod, blocks of red and white.
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15 March 2009 at 9:23 pm

Film review: Across the Universe (2007)

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Bono is the Walrus in "Across the Universe"

Rebellion goes square in this cute, but unfortunately corny, High School Musical meets The Beatles rock opera

Directed by Julie Taymor (Frida), Across the Universe weaves together 33 songs from The Beatles list into a musical story about America’s movement through the turbulent and liberating 60s.
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The musical image of Stéphane Sednaoui

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Sednaoui\'s clips
Lover to both Kylie M and Björk G, French-born Stéphane Sednaoui’s chief claim to fame is directing music videos for a variety of musicians

The music video has come a long way since the days of MTV to be a very serious artform indeed. So much so that it stands apart from the music as an artform in itself rather than a mere vehicle for promoting the music. The growth of the Internet with sites such as YouTube have enabled the music video to break out of the TV market and take even more prominence. The music clip director likewise has come to stand apart from the music, and there’s now a whole lot of acclaimed directors: Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze and Chris Cunningham, for example.

Sednaoui started out as a photographer, working mainly in fashion. His first music video was for French rap group Suprême NTM’s “Le Monde de Demain” (1990). Proving himself in music videography, Sednaoui next directed the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give it Away” (1991) — a grainy b/w and silver clip of the band in a desert.

The clip inspired Björk to approach him for “Big Time Sensuality” in 1993. The rest is history, working with an array of musicians, and consistently working with Alanis Morissette, Björk, Tricky, Garbage, RHCP and Fiona Apple. (Sednaoui would again work with Björk on the clip “Possibly Maybe” ‐ a song about the end of their relationship.

Movement, motion and energy are central to Sednaoui’s clips — the nervous energy of Björk in “Big Time Sensuality”, the seductive prowess of Shirley Mason in “Queer”, the gentle flow of a global village in “Seven Seconds” interspersed with the confronting honesty of Neneh Cherry and Youssou N’Dour, the impish funk of the Chili Peppers in “Give it Away”.

While a lot of it is in body movement, he pushes out internal energies and emotions by injecting his images with movement – the pulsating neon in “Possibly Maybe”, double vision in “For Real”, the static in an angelic Björk, the sexual energy and laser-firing breasts in “Disco Science”, the nerve wiring of human mortality in “Can’t Wait” and the electro-glow aura of Michael Stipe in “Lotus”.

The Directors’ Label DVD
Sednaoui’s work is now part of a series of DVDs on the work of music video directors. The DVD brings together some 20 or so of his clips for your viewing pleasure. There are also interviews with Bono, Flea, Björk, Michael Stipe and Tricky. Oh and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

But, the real gems in this package are the special features. There is a VERY cool short film inspired by Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wildside”. Part music video, part short film, it follows the story in Reed’s song, and Sednaoui does great justice.

There are also two videos of his own (including his first ever) and his own video clip for Björk’s “Army of Me” (the official version was directed by Michel Gondry).

Following are some of his videos featured on the DVD:
* Big Time Sensuality (Björk)
* Possibly Maybe (Björk)
* Hell is Around the Corner (Tricky)
* Scar Tissue (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
* Disco Science (Mirwais)
* Ironic (Alanis One-Hand-in-Her-Pocket Morrisett)
* Queer (pre-emo emo Garbage)

Here are some that aren’t:
* “Today“, Smashing Pumpkins;
* “Fever“, Madonna;
* “Milk“, Garbage

Related link
Sednaoui’s official website ::

Written by Darren Smith

1 August 2008 at 8:29 pm

Brit pop revivalism? Coldplay’s “Voilet Hill” music video

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One of the singles from Coldplay’s latest album “Viva La Vida”.

Quite simply, it is Sargeant Peppers Lonely Hearts’ Club meets “Fools Gold” from those Mancurians, The Stone Roses.

How very Brit Pop. 🙂 And what is Violet Hill? A street near the Abbey Road recording studio of The Beatles fame.

So, go on … take your love down to Violet Hill.

Written by Darren Smith

17 July 2008 at 5:14 am