"I'm impressed with Compressorhead - the three-piece robot band (three and a half if you count the little robot who drives one of the cymbals). I went to their website to see if I could discern the origins of the project, DIY, corporate, academic, or whatever and couldn't really find anything on the makers. Then I tracked down the drummer. Stickboy was created by Robocross Machines and a whimsical roboticist named Frank Barnes. ... Reminds me of the Survival Research Labs robot machines, built for public performance and disturbance."
(Maxwell Schnurer, 5 January 2013, Life of refinement)
"It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam 'MCA' Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old."
Fig.1 Music video by The Beastie Boys performing "Gratitude". (C) 2009 Capitol Records, LLC [recorded in 1992 in Rotorua, Aotearoa New Zealand].
"If Die Antwoord are a joke, they're a painfully acute one. This over-the-top South African rap-rave trio, comprising rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser and a hulking DJ called Hi-Tek, purport to represent 'zef', a strain of working-class/underclass Boer' culture that perhaps most closely equates to our own pejorative term 'chav'.
The band's co-founder and frontman, Watkin Tudor Jones, aka Ninja, has previously appeared in a host of similar conceptual art-rap projects and situationist pranks."
(Ian Gittins, 16 November 2010)
Fig.1 Die Antwoord "Zef Side"
Fig.2 Die Antwoord "I Fink U Freeky", Directed by Roger Ballen & NINJA, Director of Photography Melle Van Essen, Edited by Jannie Hondekom @ Left, Post Production by Blade.
"Channel 4 UK programme first broadcast circa 1984 / 1985-ish. Hosted by the late Tony Wilson, it's a compilation of performances by bands taken from his previous TV shows in the late 70's, such as So It Goes. Includes Sex Pistols, Clash, Buzzcocks, Iggy Pop, The Fall, Elvis Costello, Blondie, Penetration, Wreckless Eric, Ian Dury, Tom Robinson, Magazine, John Cooper Clarke, XTC and Joy Division – many of them making their TV debuts."
(The Herb Whisperer)
"The Homage: A vivid, sumptuous homage to Georges Méliès's silent film A Trip to the Moon, suggested by directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The band's initial idea of a Busby Berkeley-inspired video was vetoed when they discovered the Red Hot Chili Peppers had done something similar. There's even a ship in it called the S. S. Melies."
(Josh Winning, 7 April 2010, TotalFilm.com)
Fig.1 The Smashing Pumpkins (1996). "Tonight, Tonight"