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//This Is Important: Protect IP/SOPA

By now you’ve no doubt discovered, or at least heard of, the two bills being fast tracked through the U.S. house of representatives that have the potential to be the most damaging internet censorship laws we’ve ever seen. They’re called Protect-IP and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and they, just like every other other bogus censorship law, are disguised as bills that would protect creativity when, in fact, they wholly stifle it.

The whole thing gets a little complicated and the above video will help better explain it, but here’s how this wolf in sheep’s clothing works. The bill would allow copyright holders, on nothing more than a whim, to sue and use the government to shut down sites that allegedly infringe upon their copyrighted material. Going beyond the obvious (torrenting and downloading), these acts give giant companies the right to cut off advertising revenue to a site, sue a site for more than they are worth, sue people for more than they are worth, and eliminate smaller competition using all the horsepower of the United States government. YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr and a ton of other sites would all be held liable for an infringing link, and thus would be forced to eliminate you as a user, or be coerced into giving up your IP address so that you can be added to an ‘Internet Black List.’ Sounds kind of familiar.  It would criminalize posting, sharing or even viewing standard internet content if a company doesn’t like what is being presented.

Goodbye up and coming bands playing cover songs. Goodbye aspiring actors recording and posting monologues. Goodbye web content that is too referential. Goodbye writing that speaks critically of a copyrighted item.

All this just so that people will maybe buy more movies and music and contribute to an industry that that has a miniscule effect on the American economy compared to that of the internet.

Don’t get it twisted. If these are made into law, they would effectively end the internet as we know it and that is the bottom line.

So, f I were you, I’d do some or all of the following things:

-Send a personal letter to your representative in Congress.

-Send this pre-written letter to Congress asking them to oppose the legislation.

-Sign this petition and/or this petition.

-Educate yourself with this kind of annoying informative video.

This is serious, people. Get mad about this. Get the word out before ‘getting the word out’ becomes illegal.

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This is the new Zumo Kollie music video for ‘It Was On My Mind’. Shot and directed by Brendan H Banks and produced by //ApK, this video precedes the release of Kollie’s newest Project, Last Showing, slated to drop 6.11.11. Check out the new //ApK Media staff blog, APKALLDAY for a complete description of this and more.

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//Music Video: Dexter

If you’re like so many of us Dexter fans, you know that D-Day is right around the corner; the 25th at 9pm on Showtime to be exact. In honor of the show’s upcoming sixth season, Adam Ezra does a little sumthin’ sumthin’ and performs the show’s title in true Dexter fashion. Naturally, to do the show any justice, the video had to be clever, well shot and the music totally on point. You be the judge.

NSFW: Clarinet Dismemberment

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//From the Corner Desk: Jimmy V

Tonight, the Jimmy V Basketball Classic will be held at Madison Square Garden here in NYC. For those unfamiliar, in 1983, Jim Valvano coached one of the greatest College Basketball victories of all time, when his underdog NC State team beat powerhouse Houston, who had future NBA stars Hakeem Olajuwan and Clyde Drexler. With a last second miracle basket by Lorenzo Charlse, NC State did the unthinkable and willed themselves into the history books with a miracle NCAA Championship. 

Years later, in 1992 Jim Valvano was diagnosed with incurable cancer at the age of 46. His public fight with the disease, and his courage were a catalyst to secure support from ESPN in launching the Jimmy V Foundation. In 1993 Jim Valvano gave an inspired speech at the ESPY awards and announced for the first time the inception of his foundation for which he hoped to raise money in the name of cancer research. Since that time, The Jimmy V Foundation has awarded more than $90 million to more than 100 facilities nationwide and proudly awards 100% of direct donations and net event proceeds to cancer research.
ESPN will be airing clips from the speech today and throughout the broadcast tonight. We are so proud to have helped with the shooting of this year’s bumpers for the Tournament. Jim Valvano was as powerful back then as it remains now. Valvano prided himself of courage and enthusiasm and we hope to do the same, every day. The words that are associated with the fund are words that Jimmy left us with in his 1993 speech: ‘Don’t give up, Don’t ever give up’
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//New Video: Death Cab For Cutie

I know, I know. Death Cab is soooooooooooo lame. BUT this new video of their’s is actually pretty awesome. The song is called ‘Underneath The Sycamore’ off of their latest record Codes and Keys. Well I guess it’s technically, off of their remix EP, Keys and Codes but whatever. Either way, the song isn’t horrible and the video is a well executed mixed media experiment that, I think, fits the song really well. So there.

While we’re on the subject of new videos, here’s few more to check out on this rainy (for some of us) Thursday.

Yo Gotti feat. Rick Ross - ‘Harder’

Time-Lapse of Animal Collective Making Strawberry Jam

Trash Talk - ‘Slander’

Javelin’s short film, Canyon Candy

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//From the Corner Desk: Jimmy Williams-Way to go!

-Maybe we at //ApK have no right to chime in on the Jerry Sandusky matter at hand- but we had something to say, so we’re saying it…

 

FUCK.. I wish that MSNBC contributor Jimmy Williams was famous… adored by the populace- you know, like reality TV famous- where everyone paid attention to who you kiss and how you dress, and what restaurants you eat at in Hollywood. Maybe, if he garnered something near that level of attention, the impact of the words he spoke on television this week regarding sexual abuse would have received proper notoriety. 

 

On Tuesday, In a round table discussion, Jimmy Williams spoke for the first time in his life, about years of sexual and verbal abuse that he never opened up about or sought help for. He then went on to explain that those who keep quiet on such matters are equally responsible for allowing people like Jerry Sandusky to continue doing it. Within those poignant words, we were all given the invitation to become illuminated by this heinous and horrific case of Jerry Sandusky taking advantage of children for years. 

 

Ill do my best to keep this short, but maybe we finally realize that this is not a rare occurrence. Now would be the time for this case to spearhead a movement to encourage children to speak up about verbal and sexual abuse. We owe it to these children who are losing their innocence to these merciless lunatics. Anyone who heard the Sandusky interview with Bob Costas could barely comprehend what they were listening to. There was no remorse in his answers, it was sickening. Our society launches campaigns to report a lonely bookbag if you see it on the subway (which is extremely important, no argument here)- but please, can we launch a campaign to create an open forum for the lonely child, who is carrying the weight of a damaged world they can’t comprehend due to sexual or verbal attack from an adult. 

 

I wish the nation recognized the power of Jimmy Williams‘ words. He should be nudged into the spotlight for the courage it took to speak up. We should applaud the way he willed his voice to soar above the years of suppression he must have battled with. There are already 20 alleged reports of children coming out about Sandusky. One person may have shattered the spirit of 20 (or more) innocent children. If guilty, Sandusky should face the most severe consequences and we should use this moment as our time to take our heads out of the sand and encourage every single child who has suffered to speak their voice loud and clear. There is no place for this mistreatment of defenseless children in our society and it’s high time we put our efforts towards stopping it.   

spread the word, support one another and if you see something, say something…REALLY loud so people can hear it and we can do a better job of looking out for each other. 

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//Weird: Terry Richardson

In an act that many of his friends and colleagues have said was ‘just a matter of time,’ Terry Richardson has officially gotten intimate with Terry Richardson. Famous for his mindbendingly simple formula for taking photos (get a famous person, take their picture against a white wall, make a million dollars) Richardson fulfilled an apparent life long dream to touch mouths with his dopplganger. You viewers at home may have seen it coming. After all, he has been known to put his glasses on almost everyone he shoots and then call them ‘me.’ When you think about it, it seems to have been bound to happen.

In oder to make this ego fueled perversion a reality, the role of Terry Richardson was played by none other than Terry Richardson and co-starred Chloe Sevigny as Terry Richardson.

Related: Lincoln Finacial Ad 1

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//New Videos: Wilco, Cults, Arcade Fire & More

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco delivering the ole 7-Day Forcast for Chicago’s very own WGN News Network. ‘Seven days seems kind of optimistic to me…’

While we’re at it, there are a couple of other new videos I can share with you on this fine Friday. The first is the new Arcade Fire video for ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains). This may come as a bit of a shock, but the video is a little bit weird. Also, and I’m super serious when I say this, you should be careful watching this video if you have any proneness to epilepsy. Your brain may freak out.

You know things are getting weird when a band like Cults appears on a show like Yo Gabba Gabba. Never the less, here they are on the popular children’s television show performing an ode to hot chocolate. It’s actually pretty awesome, though those Yo Gabba Gabba creatures are pretty nightmarish. This is what happens when kids who grew up with Flipper get a hold of a children’s program; shit goes bonkers.

Fucked Up also has a new video. Well, it’s more of a live performance of their latest release, David Comes to Life, in it’s entirety presented by Pitchfork TV, but regardless it is a new video. It’s loud, the crowd is wild, Damian Abraham takes off his shirt, and violins are involved. It’s nothing that you haven’t seen before, but it’s always fun to watch those dudes (and girl). See Also: Fucked Up- ‘Turn The Season.’

Happy Friday y’all.

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//Short Film: A Year In New York

There are 8,175,133 people living in New York City. While each life, each individual experience is different, there are a few things we all share. New Yorkers, day in and day out, bear witness to the best in people as well as the worst. They witness the strange, the satisfying, the straightforward and the subtle all while rushing to work, stepping out for a bite to eat or waiting for a train. It is a city that will seem like a pit of despair one moment and then the greatest city on earth the next. F. Scott Fitzgerald remarked on this duality in The Great Gatsby. From the point of view of Nick Carraway, a mid-westerner thrown into a lifestyle that is vastly different than his own, Fitzgerald penned:

'I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.'

The above video titled A Year In New York captures, at least in part, what it is to live in New York City and gives viewers a glimpse of the ambivalence New Yorkers hold self-evident.

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//Concerts: Zumo Kollie

What are you doing October 23rd? Gearing up for Halloween? Deciding which earth toned sweater best matches the season? Apple picking?  There’s so much to do…

Allow //ApK to make a suggesting help you decide. That Sunday night at 8pm, the supremely talented, lyrically gifted and generally handsome Zumo Kollie will be playing along side LRG’s The Kid Daytona. The show is at one of the coolest venues in Providence, Firehouse 13, and is sponsored by Narragansett Beer, DJ Booth.net, LRG, LFTDR, and Society (to name a few). So what does this mean for you? I’m glad you asked.

It means a night full of insanely talented rappers, delicious beer at an extraordinarily low price, clothing giveaways and cool musicians. You know when you are sitting at home, watching TV and wishing that you were invited to a dope event where you could not only have fun but be on the cutting edge of something about to blow up? This is one of those events and it’s only 7 dollars.

New Yorker Readers: you should make the trip; Providence is way closer than you think. Just know that we’re sore losers so the Yanks hat may need to stay at home.

Rhode Island Readers: you simply have no excuse.

There are a few ways to get more info, but the best way is to hit up @IMDrewski

We at //ApK are an extremely discerning bunch and we don’t take a co-sign lightly. That being said, there’s few acts out there we believe in more than Zumo Kollie. Do yourselves a solid and see for yourselves Sunday, October 23rd.

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//Great Ideas: The Plus Pool

Well this is something that you don’t see every day. Meet Dong, Archie and Jeff, the visionaries behind the Plus Pool (or + Pool). To say that the Plus Pool is a completely unique community improvement project would be something of an understatement, but since I’m not really sure what to call a giant plus shaped pool floating in the East River and filled with the filtered water of the river on which it floats, we’ll stick with that.

The idea for the Plus Pool was borne out of, what else, a sweltering New York City Summer and the lack of readily accessible water access. For a city that is located on a friggin’ island, that seemed pretty ridiculous to the Plus Pool dudes so they decided to do something about it. But they need your help.

Power house design and engineering firm Arup gave the project the cosign and are ready to build it. An array of different filtration and materials companies are willing to supply it. People in the community are more than willing to swim in it. All the pieces are coming into place, but in the words of a wiser man than I, ‘this shit ain’t cheap.’

The Plus Pool project is accepting donations of every shape and size provided that it is legal tender (no wampum, broken televisions or fine silks) through KickStarter. As if bettering the community and helping provide an extraordinary space for people to enjoy wasn’t enough motivation fer ya, your donation also gets you cool Plus Pool schwag. So watch the video, click the links and do your part. This is a story we’ll continue to keep tabs on so make sure to keep coming back and checking in. And as always, make sure to follow, follow and like us

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//New Music: Sainthood Reps

Take a good long listen to our friends Sainthood Reps new track ‘DINGUS’. The second track to be released off of their August 9th release Monoculture (Tooth and Nail), it’s a song that hits it’s recipient right in the money maker. Their self proclaimed 90’s grunge influences make sure to rear their ripped flannel laden heads a couple of times in ‘DINGUS’ which makes the song that much more raw sounding. We’ve had the opportunity to work with these dudes a couple weekends ago at a show they played in Philly and take it from us, these guys are a force. Stream both ‘DINGUS’ and the record’s title track ‘Monoculture’ here.

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//New Video: Hyundai Veloster (Tech)

I’ve always said that Xzibit and //ApK media had a lot in common. We both love music, we’re equal parts classy, charismatic, and good humoured and we both hate paying taxes. Well, it would appear that the similarities don’t stop there; it turns out we both like ridiculous cars.

Meet the Tech version of the Hyundai Veloster. The third of three concept cars AntennaMag and Lux MotorWerks hath brought into the world, the Tech Veloster is any gadget guy’s gold mine. Nico from Wired Magazine can give you all the geeky awesome details, but note how the enitre car looks like it was designed by Apple Computers. That’s too friggin’ cool. I’d give anything to drive a car that looked like an iPod. Though, it would be bummer to have to go to the Apple Store every time I needed my oil changed…

Like the two videos that have preceded this one, the above two minutes of entertainment were shot, directed and edited by //ApK. Music courtesy of Providence’s very own Zumo Kollie.

Chyeah.

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//New Video: Zooey Deschanel

Feeling patriotic? No? Me either. But it’s a Monday and Mondays suck, so lets change that with some national pride. Check out Zooey Deschanel singing the national anthem at last night’s Rangers vs. Cardinals fourth World Series game. Not too shabby. I think even George W. Bush, who was ‘in attendance’ last night, must have muttered a quiet ‘you go girl’ as Zooey belted out our country’s anthem.

This performance somewhat precedes tomorrow’s release of A Very She & Him Christmas, a Christmas album put together by Deschanel (She) and M. Ward (Him). Wanna preview a few tracks off the record? Sure you do; they’re as adorable as Deschanel’s eye’s are lemur-like.

The Christmas Song

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

Christmas Waltz

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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//ApK recently Shot, Directed and Edited this LookBook for Brooklyn favorites In God We Trust. IGWT has been killing it for a long time and is recognized as one of the forerunners of the dark-wood, mixed-vintage boutique wave that swept across New England in the recent years. Everything from their hand-made clothing to their hand-made jewelry and accessories are finely crafted here in Brooklyn NY. Half of your friends own one of their chains, and the other half wish they did. 

How proud are we that it was our duty to create a visual tale for their spring 2011 line, damn proud!

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//In The Hood: Brisk Bodega

Late this past August, the //ApK Media locations team was charged with finding a location, not for a film or television shoot, but for a gallery. Well, more of a pop-up gallery/museum/fan store/music venue if I’m being totally honest. 

 

The space was named The Brisk Bodega and is a collaborative event between Shady Records (Eminem, Yelewolf and Slaughterhouse) and Brisk Iced Tea (delicious drink). The event will display artwork and rare memorabilia including this creepy awesome Eminem puppet used in Brisk Iced Tea commercials. The event will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm on 9.17.11 and will then turn into an invite only concert in which rappers Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse will perform. The event is at 159 Bleeker Street in New York’s Lower East Side.

You’re welcome, Eminem.

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//On TV: Jon Stewart vs. CNN

Recently CNN decided that it would be great idea for the hosts of their early morning program (who knew they even had an early morning program) to prank call people of varying degrees of fame people at 5am. Wouldn’t you know it, the bit wasn’t funny and generally in poor taste. Here to comment on this disaster of a showis Jon Stewart.

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//New Video: Beyoncé

There’s a lot of things I get made fun of for at //ApK HQ. Most of the time, I deserve it. I don’t know how to sneeze, I compulsively have to sit or stand on the left side of people and I really like pork rinds. I’m a wreck.

There is however one item on that aforementioned shopping list of my short comings by which I stand proud and unwavering. I think Beyoncé is awesome. 

I don’t like her in a weird way. I’m not one of those people whose room in plastered in posters of their favourite pop stars and I don’t have a memorabilia shrine in my closet. I do think that she is one of the greatest singers and performers in recent history and she’s not afraid to be creative. I think the above video for ‘Countdown’ released on the 7th is a pretty good example of that.

Granted, a lot of the awesomeness of this video came from spot on editing and a ton of work in post. But let us not forget that Beyoncé acts as her own creative director.

The video, which is a couple parts Flashdance and a couple parts Breakfast at Tiffany’s, has a lot of moving pieces that come together in a way that is professionally impressive and simply all around entertaining. I also really like the noisy, grainy quality of the film. It adds just a little more character to the roller coaster that is this song and video.

Update: Haters Gonna Hate

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