Category Archives: Frivolity

Pop Culture Junkies = Nostalgia Hilarioos

ursa: i’m ready. lay it on me.

SD: kay.

ursa: the facts. c’mon.

SD: whadthafug’ryouonabout?

ursa: mixtapesSAH!

SD: right, ummm…so… i finished up an old project thanks to help from you. you. aaaaaahhh lolz. thanks for the arty art, boo boo.

ursa: donmenshnit. what were we working on then?

SD: right so summer 2011, me and a comedian friend of mine, Drew MC , thought it would be funny to make an album of songs, which would start as spoken word, rap covers of songs written for films. generally title tracks and one rule was NO AWARD WINNERS ALLOWED.

ursa: is this a mixtape…izle?

SD: not exactly.

ursa: why suh, is suh it, not uh mix-uh tape-uh?

SD: i don’t google these definitions, so people may argue with me butt fuck em. a mixtape is generally a collection of tracks with lyrics (often improvised) that are performed and recorded on an already existing instrumental generally not created by the performing arist, but sometimes presented as a remix.

ursa: can you give me an example

SD: SHUT UP!

ursa: !

SD: no. i don’t really collect music so i would never be able to tell you. i just talk people and they play their music all the time so that’s one way of keeping things interesting. whateva! what we’re doing here is really just covers on remixes (although i would say covers really benefit when approached like a remix, i already know how the original artist plays it thanks)

ursa: neat!

SD: really?

ursa: you are being mean today.

SD: and you’re talking like a five year old. were you mind controlled when you were a kid or something?

ursa: egh, maybe.

SD: better… >: | anywho the tracks we ended up making before drew stopped calling me were:

Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks – “City of Crime” – Dragnet

Partners in Kryme – “Turtle Power” – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

MC Hammer – “Addams Groove” – The Addams Family

others on the list were:

Queen – “Princes of the Universe” – Highlander

Will Smith – “Wild Wild West” – Wild Wild West

The Fat Boys – Are You Ready Freddy” – A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

i dunno the list was long. me and drew actually made another video rap track called hot in the club like a year later or whatever.

ursa: but that’s not what we’re talking about right now.

SD: ahahaa k.

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dui dollar sign – Fill in the Blanks

ursa: so here we are with something with a lot of vocal layering.

SD: yeah yeah this is the next track we’ll be discussing. and i wouldn’t say there’s a LOT of vocal layer. three voices.

ursa: what’s with the title?

SD: it was the title i had before really beginning. but then again i’d say because the original was called “fill it”. and i kept it because it kinda capture the essence? kinda?

ursa: are you asking me?

SD: ?

ursa: …

SD: kinda?

ursa: explain to me a little more about this vocal thing we were talking about.

SD: ok so in this tune especially, there’s this area where you hear the rhodesy-organny-piano thing loud and clear. and when you listen carefully it masks some of the heavy back ups especially in the beginning where they tend to be lower. as in notes. now in this case it seems unavoidable. i tried panning but the whole sound is compromised because i really wanted this wide organ being that it is the only instrument other than the voices and the drums/percussion. i wanted it to fill space. so it cuts the vocal a bit.

ursa: how does the width effect that

SD: gah, geez, i don’t really know much about audio width it’s sort of new to me. but it seems to interfere with the sound when the sample is wide and you pan other sounds into that area of the audio spectrum. i don’t know i haven’t googled it or anything.

ursa: i like this one. it’s pretty big. why does it sound like my speaker is broken even when i turn it down?

SD: i can’t remember what i did. this track is from 2010. i do remember that i wanted that effect though. i did see the center vocal has a pitch effect on it but i couldn’t place it.

ursa: i don’t know if i like that

SD: well fuck you.

ursa: haha. so what is this tune about?

SD: death? i don’t know, i wrote it when i was pissed off because i had this girl staying over cuz she got kicked out of her place. i had a huge crush on her and my friend totes came over and just started making out with her and it was late and i most certainly did not want them effing in my house.

ursa: hahaha whaaaaat?! haha this does not sound like that kind of song.

SD: listen closer. it’s about how all of you will eventually die. and as much as i want to remember your sunny smiling faces, i def will be happy if i die and never live again. that and how i’m the one.

ursa: what?

SD: huh?

ursa: did you say…

SD: yes.

ursa: … k so next time what are we gonna talk about?

SD: well i have some mixtape stuff i’d really like you to hear.

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The Colorful Blasé: Fashionable Friends

FINALLY, a new Colorful Blasé submission from BMCMB. I’m not even going to explain how difficult it was to get this out of her.

Regarding this comic, I have a feeling things are only going to get more painful and embarrassing from here. Did I mention this is all autobiagraphical?
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Pont

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Yoshitaka Amano #3

Part 3 of BMCMBs Yoshitaka Amano featurette.

Today’s gallery is part 1/2 of pieces from Amanos’s collection The Virgin.

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KNEW YOU (Who is Dewey Steez?)

here’s some new stuff from DUI DOLLAR SIGN.

who is this chump? well…

ursa: so what’s this thing.

SD: well mkhhmm, if you take my name and switch the letters. and so on. plus it means “flow”.

ursa: flow?

SD: yeah, you know how rappers talk about flow?

ursa: right, but the name means flow?

SD: yeah, yeah, if you etymologize them words you find dewey is wet and steez flows. but we’re done that. now we’re called dui dollar sign. no caps. never any caps.

ursa: my mistake.

SD: yeah and its super fitting and sorta matches everything that’s been going on. dui dollar sign is also flow.

ursa: oh! like draft and cash…

SD: yeah something like that. and you know how people are re-branding themselves all the time. this works for rapping. and steez rhymes with please. and dui was neat, i’ve had one, and instead of being stupid and making my name $teez, i took “dollar sign”.  i haven’t seen there to be any specific word for that symbol.

ursa: …tell me about this track.

SD: well i often blatantly steal ideas from people. in this case i was stealing some minimal funk stuff from prince and it ended up sounding more like the disco-housey-whatever stylings of jamiroquai. like especially when the bass gets busy and then even more when the synthy thing comes in at 2:40 doing this pan thing. it’s playing these bizarre chords on top of that ostinato bass. very cool. very… jamiroquai. like post disco. and my gf was all “sounds like robots”. i was very happy about that. i mean i wrote this years ago. like sep 2010? and there’s a vocal idea for it as well. but it’ll be tricky fitting it in.

ursa: why come?

SD: well when mixing there needs to be space for the voice to sit and this mix is a little heavy in those areas, but that’s fine.

ursa: esplain a tad deeper, sir.

SD: well the voice core, which is the part that people really HEAR [the words], yknow, the part where they tell you to sing louder? the bit above that nasally sound? it sits like between i don’t know, 2000 up to like 4000hz, is being covered by other instruments. you can hear the space in the 500 range where the voice um, notes would be and your ears might even think there are bits missing from the music, well that’s what’s missing.  I really had this huge funk outfit idea for the track but production is hard and i doubt we’ll get around to it, so i post as an instrumental. my friend and musical partner jeanette robertson and i have a hilarious demo of autotune on the original of this track that i will likely lift the melody from, i mean i don’t know if i’ll ever have time for that though. and even then the tune would need to be extended like twice as much?

ursa: why twice as long?

SD: have you heard funk tracks? fuck they could go all night! you don’t have to change the track till people stop dancing. shit the only reason mine is so short is cuz there’s no vocals. I’d probably even save that bad ass guitar solo thingy for much later if there were.

ursa: send me some thingies with vocals next and we’ll discuss more.

interview by ursa urn

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Texual Transcripts 6 (ursa and Pont)

The following is a transcription of today’s business meeting. For more transcriptions, click here.

  • ursa
    wtf?!?!?!
  • Pont
    ?!
  • ursa
    that post?!?! that transcript?!?!
  • Pont
    Oh yeah, our artists decided to take matters into their own hands.
  • ursa
    and you let them?!
  • Pont
    Listen you might not like this subtle reality but i blame you a little bit.
    Just a wee bit
    When was the last time you posted any of your artists work?
  • ursa
    you blame me?!?!
  • Pont
    sonsofbitches are restless k? Can’t blame them for misrepresentation.
  • ursa
    but your artist did this!
    they are stepping out of the chain of command
  • Pont
    True
    I must say I have been getting a little slack here but you don’t have like any content.
    What has Stuart been up to is he sending you art? I can’t run this ship on my own you know.
    WHERE IS YOUR CONTENT?
  • ursa
    alright, i admit, i have beem slacking off but friggin DOUBLE YOU THE EFF?!
  • Pont
    pow pow! bang! I just posted it to keep you on your toes. appreciate it.
  • ursa
    but there are real identity killers in there i am not stoked.

    HELLO?
  • Pont
    sorry totally cooking.

    antipasto

    totally cooking this, specifically. antipasto waits for no “man”

  • ursa
  • Pont
    Get on that artist of yours. Ride that fucker like the sun’s burning out. Like where’s SANTA. where’a the music? Where’s that Amazing Lee Possible full length? Stuart has told me he will most likely be reuniting with Amazing lee possibles why haven’t you written anything about any of that?
    amprl

    ampstu

    will you drink that runoff once more, stu?

    And what aboutt he whole WRRD HRRDR WEDNESDAYS?

  • ursa
    and the format of the transcript is so off
    ugh etymology… and me and stu so talk about that…
    well i feel like an kevin’s mom when she realized her kid was missing.
  • Pont
    Great film. and Joe Pesci.
  • ursa
    FUUUUUU
  • Pont
    Happy 70th indeed. Guh, I’m getting older.
  • ursa
    i will fix this.
    and what is with the BOLD LETTERS that say highly unauthorized? ugh you have a way about making us look bad…
    i can’t even use foul language this makes me mad.
  • Pont
    Believe it.
    I mean we’re obv past you apologizing
  • ursa
    D:
    oh no you dih’in. bitch you done effed yo mouff.
  • Pont
    Bring it.
  • ursa
    i’ll be bringing the chuck norris variety.
    norristiredofit
    or if Mr Lee had a beard i would be coming at you like the many more and much more powerful fists of fury unleashing at you right meow.
    leevsnorris
    i never get head aches this makes me want to have obe
  • Pont
    Who’s obe? is he cute?
  • ursa
    * dammit.
    ugh he’s your dog.
    where does the chuck norris meme originate?
  • Pont
    you mean other than that they are facts?
    i hate you so much for asking that. who asks shit like that. this is why we can’t have nice things, and why our contributors are going over our heads to get shit done.

Pont

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Yoshitaka Amano #2

Welcome to today’s installment of BMCMB’s feature artist curation.

Yoshitaka Amano
Brief artist bio can be found here.

Gallery pieces from Marchena collection of illustrations inspired by European folklore. The usual suspects are included: little red, sleeping beauty, snow white, little mermaid et al.

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Featured Artist: Yoshitaka Amano #1

This week, BMCMB will be doing her first Feature Artist review. Her subject is Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano. Subsequent image gallery posts will compose an online curatorial project. 

Today’s post: an introduction and background of Yoshitaka Amano, and the first image gallery.

Intro and Edit by Pont

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the man himself

Yoshitaka Amano, born in 1952 at the foot of Mt Fuji, is today’s feature artist. Prepare to enter a world of somber, beautiful delicacy.

Many of you may recognize Amano’s name (or at the very least, his designs) from his work with the Final Fantasy franchise. I’ll be steering clear of this body of work, since many are familiar with them and not as many are familiar with his other pieces. I therefore encourage you to read this Kotaku article for a good Final Fantasy/Amano gallery.

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I may have lied. There will be Final Fantasy pieces. I just have to restrain myself a little otherwise my serious-review pants may fall off to reveal my giddy nostalgic dork suspenders.

Amano’s career began in the animation field but by the time he was thirty, he’d grown bored and gone freelance. Besides his work in video games, Amano’s portfolio notably includes work on Vampire Hunter D, and cult Japanese film Angel’s Egg (with legendary director Mamoru Oshii).

Also; some fascinating, genre-bending work, like a visual concert 1001 Nights. It comprised of a live orchestral performance featuring an original score by David Newman, played alongside Amanos signature animation. Next time you have half an hour to spare, please watch the video below because it is stunning (fans of Fantasia take special note).

And if all that is somehow not enough for you, he’s also worked with Neil Gaiman on the Sandman series.

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Having sufficiently preambled, I present to you my first  hand picked Yoshitaka Amano gallery.

From Biten

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Don’t be mean to my baby.

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jellusss editBMCMB has been shaming me for my extended period of laziness. Sufficiently shamed, I offer this sketch of B’s for sacrifice. Part of the Sleep Project.

-Pont

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Texual Transcripts 5 (Stuart and BMCMB)

The following is a highly unauthorized transcription of today’s highly unauthorized business meeting.

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BMCMB
I love wearing men’s jeans

SD
Ha!

BMCMB
Men’s jeans make me look like an early suffragette who just ain’t give a damn, going on safari with her brothers.
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I also love looking like shit after a night of drinking and dressing hyper-feminine. Like a tired-ass groupie face, sex-and-sweat-and-aerosol hair, rococo prim clothes, pastels and florals and shit.

SD
Hahaha!

BMCMB
And when i dress in baggy ass men’s slacks and tucked in white buttonup, you know my hair and makeup be perfect, son.
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SD
Continue reading

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