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Jive talk in Mandarin. I can dig it. 

Sometimes I think a certain band should not be fucked with. Certain songs should not be covered. I thought this was a rule set in stone for some folk, such as The Smiths, Joy Division and The Cure. However, much as Nine Inch Nails brought a whole new darkness to the Joy Division classic ‘Lost Souls’; I find myself eating my words after hearing how cool this Tigers Jaw cover of ‘In Between Days’ is. And that’s exactly what it is; cool. It doesn’t stray too far from the original, but it got me feeling the same way any Tigers Jaw song does too. They made it their own, without really taking anything away. It’s a fine art; and one that you can’t take lightly. Do a little YouTube lurking and find the acoustic take of this song by Tigers Jaw too if you’re so inclined. Some purists may disagree, and that’s fine. But this is a total charmer for me; a genuinely great pop song getting a sweet makeover by the cutest duo around. 

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The Making of the Jive Talk Scene from “Airplane!” (via 22 Words)

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Jive Talk - 123 Jump! Album - Augmented Reality CD Package - QR Code

This interactive CD package was designed for Jive Talk’s latest album ‘123 Jump!’. To enhance fans’ experience with the band, we created an online animated experience using Augmented Reality and Quick Response codes.

Fold the CD case to form the stage and scan the AR code to start the band’s “live” animated performance. Watch the animated Jive Talk members perform their title track, “123 Jump!”.

The inner booklet shows each of the four band members. Scan the QR markers, place your Smart Phone over the band members’ mouths and watch the guys sing their music! Try experimenting with the music by scanning the band members at different times to remix the song, or break the song down and listen to each member individually.

Agency: Rethink http://www.rethinkcanada.com
Client: Jive Talk
Creative directors: Ian Grais, Chris Staples
Art directors: Carson Ting, Todd Takahashi
Producer: Carson Ting, Todd Takahashi
Studio artist: Carson Ting, Todd Takahashi
Account supervisors: Carson Ting, Todd Takahashi
Photographer: Haruki Noguchi
Photographer assistant: Danielle Boileau
Illustrator: Chairman Ting http://www.chairmanting.com
Programmer and Animator: Ken Malley
Web tech lead: Devin Leggett
Sound engineer: Stephen Murdoch

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Augmented Reality CD Package By Jive Talk

You ain’t no jive turkey. You just meant to "jibe".

You’ve got your sailors. And you’ve got your jazz musicians. Each came up with a word that sounds eerily similar to the other. And we’ve been confusing them ever since. Today, let’s put a finger to the wind and set the record straight.

“Jibe” is a sailing term for turning into the wind and letting the boom move from one side of the boat to the other. When you’re jibing, the sail is in harmony with the wind. Life is good. (As long as you duck and don’t let the boom smack you on the head. I only made this mistake once.)

To “jive” is to talk nonsense or smack, as in, “You’re jiving me,” or my personal favorite, “You jive turkey”. And who can forget the great jive talking scene in the movie Airplane?

So here’s the pop quiz: A guy is telling you what he did last night and it doesn’t agree with what his wife said. Knowing what you just read about “jibe” and “jive”, which would you say?

A. Your lame story doesn’t jibe with what your wife told me.

Or

B. Your lame story doesn’t jive with what your wife told me.

If you said A, you get a virtual gold star. He’s jiving you, but his story doesn’t “jibe” with her story. Confusing, yes. But not when you think about it. 

So call him out for the lying SOB that he is and tell him he’s a jive turkey for his weak alibi that doesn’t jibe.

Next week, I’ll cover the other sailing term you may be messing up, too.

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This interactive CD package was designed for Jive Talk’s latest album ‘123 Jump!’. To enhance fans’ experience with the band, we created an online animated experience using Augmented Reality and Quick Response codes.

Fold the CD case to form the stage and scan the AR code to start the band’s “live” animated performance. Watch the animated Jive Talk members perform their title track, “123 Jump!”.

The inner booklet shows each of the four band members. Scan the QR markers, place your Smart Phone over the band members’ mouths and watch the guys sing their music! Try experimenting with the music by scanning the band members at different times to remix the song, or break the song down and listen to each member individually. 

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Mezz Mezzrow was often called “the link between the races” (or at least called himself that). In one section of his memoir, Really the Blues, he gives an example of a conversation (c. 1930) he has “standing on The Corner pushing gauge. Only I did no pushing. I just stood under the Tree of Hope, my pokes full up, and the cats came and went, and so did all my goldenleaf.” (Appendix 2 in our edition has the following in translation, there’s also a glossary. “Pops” is Louis Armstrong). 

I’m standing under the Tree of Hope, pushing my gauge. The vipers come up, one by one.

FIRST CAT: Hey there Poppa Mezz, is you anywhere?
ME: Man I’m down with it, stickin’ like a honky.
FIRST CAT: Lay a trey on me, ole man.
ME: Got to do it, slot. (Pointing to a man standing in front of Big John’s ginmill.) Gun the snatcher on your left raise—the head mixer laid a bundle his ways, he’s posin’ back like crime sure pays.
FIRST CAT: Father grab him, I ain’t payin’ him no rabbit. Jim, this jive you got is a gasser, I’m goin’ up to my dommy and dig that new mess Pops laid down for Okeh. I hear he rifled back on Zackly. Pick you up at The Track when the kitchen mechanics romp.
SECOND CAT: Hey Mezzie, lay some of that hard-cuttin’ mess on me. I’m short a deuce of blips but I’ll straighten you later.
ME: Righteous, gizz, you’re a poor boy but a good boy—now don’t come up crummy.
SECOND CAT: Never no crummy, chummy. I’m gonna lay a drape under the trey of knockers for Tenth Street and I’ll be on the scene wearin’ the green.
THIRD CAT (Coming up with his chick): Baby this is that powerful man with that good grass that’ll make you tip through the highways and byways like a Maltese kitten. Mezz, this is my new dinner and she’s a solid viper.
GIRL: All the chicks is always talkin’ ’bout you and Pops. Sure it ain’t somethin’ freakish goin’ down ’tween you two? You sure got the ups on us pigeons, we been on a frantic kick tryin’ to divide who’s who. But everybody love Pops and we know just how your bloodstream’s runnin’.
FOURTH CAT (Coming up with a stranger): Mezz, this here is Sonny Thompson, he one of the regular cats on The Avenue and can lay some iron too. Sonny’s hip from way back and solid can blow some gauge, so lay an ace on us and let us get gay. He and Pops been knowin’ each other for years.
ME: Solid man, any stud that’s all right with Pops must really be in there. Here, pick up Sonny, the climb’s on me.
SONNY (To his friend): Man, you know one thing? This cat should of been born J. B., he collars all jive and comes on like a spaginzy. (Turning to me.) Boy, is you sure it ain’t some of us in your family way down the line? Boy you’re too much, stay with it, you got to git it.
FIFTH CAT: Hey Poppa Mezz! Stickin’?
ME: Like the chinaberry trees in Aunt Hagar’s backyard.
FIFTH CAT: Lay an ace on me so’s I can elevate myself and I’ll pick you up on the late watch.
SIXTH CAT (Seeing me hand the reefers to Cat Number Five): Ow, I know I’m gonna get straight now, I know you gonna put me on.
FIFTH CAT: Back up boy, forty-five feet. Always lookin’ for a freebie. Jim why don’t you let up sometime, hawk’s out here with his axe and me with this lead sheet on, tryin’ to scuffle up those two’s and fews for uncle so’s I can bail out my full orchestration.
SIXTH CAT: Aw, come on and bust your vest, what you goin’ to make out of sportin’ life? You know you took the last chorus with me.
FIFTH CAT: Looks like he got me Mezz, but this cat wouldn’t feed grass to a horse in a concrete pasture. He’s so tight he wouldn’t buy a pair of shorts for a flea. Man, just look at him, dig that vine all offtime and his strollers look like he’s ready to jump. This cat’s playin’ ketch-up and I got to tighten his wig. Hold it down, Jim, and I’ll come up with line two like I said. Come on Jack, let’s final to my main stash.

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