Leonard Cohen (2011)

Read more about Leonard Cohen’s The Flame: http://www.leonardcohenbook.com/

“There are very, very few people who occupy the ground that Leonard Cohen walks on.”

-Bono

The Flame is the final work from Leonard Cohen, the revered poet and musician whose fans span generations and whose work is celebrated throughout the world. Featuring poems, excerpts from his private notebooks, lyrics, and hand-drawn self-portraits, The Flame offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist.

A reckoning with a life lived deeply and passionately, with wit and panache, The Flame is a valedictory work.

“This volume contains my father’s final efforts as a poet. It was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing purpose at the end.

“Each page of paper that he blackened was lasting evidence of a burning soul.”

-Adam Cohen

Leonard Cohen died in late 2016.

Excerpted from Leonard Cohen’s Acceptance Address for the Prince of Asturias Award.

Animation by Astral Studio

Rob Zombie (2001)

The original Shockwave Flash animation from the official Rob Zombie site.

Dead Girl Superstar is a promotional single taken from Rob Zombie’s second album The Sinister Urge. Zombie considered the song to be a sequel to Living Dead Girl from his previous album, Hellbilly Deluxe. It was also featured on the Kerrang, Vol. 3 compilation album in 2002. The song’s guitar solo is played by Kerry King of Slayer. It is one of the few songs on the album to contain a solo. The song contains audio samples from the 1974 Isaac Hayes film Truck Turner.

Visit Rob Zombie’s website at https://robzombie.com/

Los Yesterdays (2021)

I was just a puppet on your string, until you cut me down.

Los Yesterdays is a “Souldies” project featuring Gabe Rowland, Vic Benavides, Gabe Roth, and Tommy Brenneck.

Founded by producer/drummer, Gabriel Rowland and singer/songwriter, Victor Benavides in Pasadena, CA in 2017, Los Yesterdays wanted to create music that recalled their childhood days as young chicanos. “Souldies” is how they describe their contemporary take on the deep soul tracks they modeled their sound after. R & B greats such as Little Anthony, Gene Chandler, and James & Bobby Purify to name a few. After writing and recording a few tracks, the songs eventually ended up in the hands of acclaimed producer/guitarist, Tom Brenneck who was working with the late Charles Bradley amongst other projects. Tommy was a fan of the songs but finding out Los Yesterdays were only a duo, he decided to see if his friend Gabe Roth would be interested in starting a project. Roth, being best known as producer/bass player/bandleader for the late Sharon Jones, as well as the co-founder of Daptone Records. After a few barbecues and meetings with Roth and Tommy, they decided to have a jam session and, in the summer of 2018, a band was formed. And so, we give you, Los Yesterdays

Ri Crawford (2020)

Narrated by Tom Waits

http://themoonsmilk.com

Seven and a half years in the making, The Moon’s Milk is an entirely handmade stop-motion animated short about a time when the moon was close enough to be reached by ladder. Narrated by Tom Waits, the film chronicles the last expedition of Captain Millipede and his crew to harvest the milk seeping from the craters. The action takes place between the gravities of two heavenly bodies, which further complicates the attraction between the characters. Longing, missed signals, and mishaps lead to the enchantment of the heavens with music.

Credits

Directed by Ri Crawford

Produced by Kim Aubry & Ri Crawford
Narrated by Tom Waits

Music by Caroline Penwarden

Sound design & Mix by Richard Beggs

Jonathan Bree (2020)

The sixth single from 2020 album After The Curtains Close

Take It

Show me how you move girl

Back it up All night Until we’re done

(All night, keep moving, all night, we work it)

I’ll take you out

Get a little bit crazy

Until we’re done

(All night, keep moving, all night, we work it)

Until we’re done

(All night, keep moving, all night, we work it)

You are my desire tonight

There’s nothing below us

If he can’t give you all that you need

I’ll treat you like he won’t do

Choreography: Rebecca Stitt

Director: Jonathan Bree

Producer: Kermath

Camera: Benjamin Zambo

Lenka (2008)

The Show is the first single by the Australian singer/songwriter Lenka. It was released on September 6th, 2008.

Lenka Kripac is an Australian singer and actress best known for her song The Show from her debut album, Lenka.

As a teenager, Lenka studied acting at the Australian Theatre for Young People, where she trained with actress Cate Blanchett. Lenka starred in the Australian ABC-TV drama series GP as Vesna Kapek in the 1990s. She also hosted Cheez TV and has guest starred in other Australian TV series, including Home and Away, Wildside, Head Start, and Spellbinder. She appeared in Australian feature films The Dish and Lost Things, as well as in theatre productions. Lenka provided the vocals for 2 tracks on Paul Mac’s 2005 album Panic Room. As Lenka Kripac, she was a member of the Australian electronic-rock crossover band Decoder Ring for two of their albums. She then moved to California in 2007.

After adopting her first name as her sole artistic name, Lenka released her eponymous debut album on 24 September 2008, with The Show chosen to be the first single release from the set. The album peaked at number 142 on the US Billboard 200. Her song Everything at Once was featured in a Windows 8 ad, becoming a worldwide success. Lenka creates paper art type stop-motion animated music videos for each of her singles with her husband James Gulliver Hancock, a visual artist from Australia, for a deliberately childlike effect. She provided vocals on two tracks (Addicted and Sunrise) on German artist Schiller’s album Atemlos, released in Germany on March 12th, 2010.

In 2011 she released her second album Two which was inspired by her engagement and is full of romantic love songs. Despite a warm critical reception, the album failed to match the success of her debut album, with Two reaching peak chart positions of 69 and 88 on the Belgian and Swiss charts respectively. Her third album Shadows appeared in 2013 after the birth of her son.

Slick Rick (1994)

Music video by Slick Rick performing Behind Bars. (C) 1994 The Island Def Jam Music Group.

Behind Bars is the third studio album by British-American rapper Slick Rick, released November 22, 1994, on Def Jam Recordings. The album features production from Vance Wright, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Easy Mo Bee, and Warren G, as well as guest appearances by Doug E. Fresh, Nice & Smooth, and Warren G.

M83 (2011)

Monologue: Zelly Meldal-Johnsen

Anthony Gonzalez: “When I was a kid, I had this cassette with someone telling these weird stories on it, and I was in love with it. My brother and I wrote the story for that song based on those cassettes. With that song, I wanted to start with something so ridiculous and basic and childish that then grows to something very touching and human. It’s dangerous, but if you listen to it in the context of the album, it makes sense. There’s always one song on my albums that people hate. I feel like that’s going to be the case for this album, too. [laughs]”

Pitchfork: “Who’s the little girl on that song?”

Anthony Gonzalez: “She’s Justin’s (Justin Meldal-Johnsen, a producer on the album) five-year-old daughter. She’s amazing, a born actress. The first time I met her, she talked to me for 30 minutes non-stop: ‘Anthony, I had this dream.’ I didn’t know her, and she was talking to me like I was a friend.”

*animator unknown🙁

Fleischer Brothers (1930)

Swing You Sinners! is a 1930 animated cartoon short, directed by the Fleischer Brothers as part of the Talkartoons. The cartoon is notable for its surreal, dark and sometimes even abstract content.

Let’s join Bimbo as he is chased by a policeman for trying to steal a chicken!

The cartoon was released on September 24, 1930 in the Talkartoons series and was animated by Ted Sears and Willard Bowsky. George Cannata, Shamus Culhane, Al Eugster, William Henning, Seymour Kneitel, and Grim Natwick also worked on it, but are uncredited in the title card. The cartoon was animated by a completely new staff who’d never worked in animation before because the studio had to replace some animators who quit. Animator Shamus Culhane states in his memoirs that though he created and animated what might be construed as a racist caricature of “a Jew with a black beard, huge nose, and a derby,” the studio’s atmosphere and its mixed ethnic crew made the depiction completely acceptable to all the Jews in the studio. The caricature in question is a reference to Jewish-American comedian Monroe Silver.

Motion Picture News wrote on October 11, 1930, “The clever cartoon pen of Max Fleischer again demonstrates itself in this Talkartoon. An off-stage chorus sings the lyrics to the rhythm of the action and the result is usually diverting. The cartoon hero is this time taken into a grave-yard with the absurd results that you might well imagine. Worth a play.”

The soundtrack was composed by W. Franke Harling, with lyrics by Sam Coslow. Title song was based on “Sing, You Sinners!”, some of which is played in the titles of the cartoon.

Tune-Yards (2021)

New album Sketchy out 26th March – https://tuneyards.ffm.to/sketchy

Video by Basa
Directed by Diego Huacuja T.
Producer: Melissa Lopez Ley
Character Design: Diego Huacuja T.
Background Design: Max Vera
Character Animation: Alberto Bala, Francisco Ortíz, Daniela Espinosa.
Animation & Compositing: Diego Huacuja T., Eduardo Moya
Production Company: Obsidian
Executive Producer: Doug Klinger
Head of Production: Anna Heinrich
Post Coordinator: Maddie Ogden
Director’s Rep: Doug Klinger, Undine Markus @ Reprobates

Hamir Atwal – drums
Nate Brenner – bass, drum programming, percussion, keys, vocals
Merrill Garbus – vocals, drum programming, DX7, Mellotron, piano, percussion, loops
Matt Nelson – saxophone
Ross Peacock – synths
Mixed by Eli Crews / Mastered by Joe LaPorta

Official website: http://tune-yards.com

Danny Elfman (2021)

Note: This work was originally created as a visual for the live performance of the song Sorry for Coachella 2020.
Sorry behind the scenes.

Animation by Jesse Kanda
Art Direction and production by Berit Gwendolyn Gilma
Videographer: Melisa McGregor
Make-up & Hair: Lizbeth Williamson

Music & Lyrics by Danny Elfman
Produced by Danny Elfman
Recorded and co-produced by Noah Snyder
Mixed by Zakk Cervini
Mix Assistant: Nik Trekov
Mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound
Vocals, Guitars & Synths by Danny Elfman
Drums – Josh Freese
Guitars – Robin Finck & Nili Brosh
Bass – Stu Brooks
Percussion and Additional Drums – Sidney Hopson
Orchestration by Steve Bartek and Mikel Hurwitz
Choir orchestration by Marc Mann
Midi Prep – Orlando Perez Rosso
Copyist – Scott McRae
Executive Produced by Laura Engel
Project Produced by Melisa McGregor
Danny Elfman’s Representation – Kraft-Engel Management

Sorry (lyrics by Danny Elfman)

I’m So Sorry…

There isn’t time – for revolution
There isn’t time – to evolutionize or hide
Those things most precious – Our most precious
Things that got erased, corrupted, infiltrated
I’m so sorry – I’m so sorry

I’m gonna try, I’m gonna try
To get away from your compelling
Mist of lies and misconceptions
No protection, no escape
Where I will never have to see your fucking face
You suffocate me

I can’t breathe while you’re alive
I can’t breathe while you’re alive
You suffocate, you suffocate
And I’m so sorry that I didn’t die
Or just evaporate into a toxic cloud

It’s gonna break – it’s gotta break,
It’s made of glass, it’s gonna break
And all the hate that you collected
And infused into protected piles of shit
Glass eyed devotees will flock to your gates
Your house is on fire — your house is on fire

Pull it forward – pull it back
Your eyes are empty, cold and black
We gotta break it, we gotta break it
We gotta break that fucking jack whip
on a broken hip – my life is a joke if I can’t even breathe.

Sorry you exist because you suck the fucking air out of my lungs
I am not afraid to die – still alive, still alive
And I won’t let you bury me

© 2021 Danny Elfman, under exclusive license to Epitaph / Anti Music & lyrics published by Morte Pharmaceutical Music (BMI)

Deradoorian (2020)

It Was Me by Deradoorian from the album Find The Sun.

Discover Deradoorian: https://deradoorian.com/

Produced by Angel Deradoorian with Sonny DiPerri

Engineering and Mixing by Sonny DiPerri

Mastering by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph

Audio Recorded at Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, CA

Photography by Sean Stout

Design by Angel Deradoorian, Sean Stout

“Weird Al” Yankovic (2016)

Straight Outta Lynwood is the twelfth studio album by “Weird Al” Yankovic, released on September 26, 2006. It was the sixth studio album self-produced by Yankovic. The musical styles on the album are built around parodies and pastiches of pop and rock music of the mid-2000s. The album’s lead single, White & Nerdy, is a parody of Chamillionaire’s hit single Ridin’. The single peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100; Canadian Idiot, a parody of Green Day’s American Idiot, also charted, peaking at number 82. The album contains three further parodies, based on Confessions Part II by Usher, Do I Make You Proud by Taylor Hicks, and Trapped in the Closet by R. Kelly. The other half of the album is original material, containing many “style parodies”—musical imitations of existing artists, such as Brian Wilson, Rage Against the Machine, Sparks, animated musical specials, Cake, and 1980s charity songs.

Gorillaz (2018)

Tranz debuted—alongside three others—on June 1st, 2018, at the Rock im Park festival in Nürnberg. It is the second-listed track on Gorillaz’s sixth studio album, The Now Now, which has since released on June 29, 2018.
A music video was released on September 13th, 2018.

Director: Jamie Hewlett

Co-director: Nicos Livesey

Executive Producer: Bart Yates

Producer: Georgina Fillmore

Gorillaz are managed by Eleven Management.

Production Company: Blinkink

Production Company: Eddy

Executive Producers Eddy: Emilie Walmsley, Lars Wagner

Production Coordinator: Maria Kolandawel

Production Manager Eddy: Stella Ramsden

Line Producer: Fabien Cellier

Production Assistants: Lina Houari, Agathe Derosier

Director of Photography: Max Halstead

1st Camera Assistant: Toby Goodyear

Editor: Paul Moth

Animation by: Brunch

Lead Animator: Romain Barriaux

Storyboard and Layout: Julien Perron

Animation: Romain Barriaux, Julien Perron, Leo Schweitzer, Martin Richard, Paul Nivet, Magali Garnier, Léonard Bismuth, Simon Duong van Huyen, Mathilde Loubes, Victor Chagniot (work experience)

Animation Clean-up: Mathilde Loubes, Antoine Carré

Colour and Shadow animation: Meton Joffily d’Alençar, Rohit Kelkar, Antoine Carré, Constance Bertoux

Compositing: Vincent Ewald

Compositing assistant: Ekin Koca

3D Animators: Erik Ferguson, Oliver Latta, Marco Mori

Analog Synth: Michael Knight

Animation Clips: Lee Hardcastle, Macomoroni, Extraweg, Fergemanden

Animatic: Simone Ghilardotti

Sound FX: Offset Audio

Pearl Jam (2020)

Superblood Wolfmoon is a song by American alternative rock band Pearl Jam. The song was released on February 18, 2020, as the second single from their eleventh studio album, Gigaton (2020).

Created by: Tiny Concert

Director: Keith Ross

Video Producer: Scott Greer

Post Production: PB&I

Post Producers: Todd Broder, Ryan Duff, Amit Macker

Editor: Gino Gianoli

Studio artist: Joan Heo

Artist Consultant: Talia Handler

Superblood Wolfmoon
Took her away too soon
Superblood Wolfmoon

Took her away too soon

I can hear you singin’ in the distance
I can see you when I close my eyes
Once, you were somewhere and now you’re everywhere
I’m feeling selfish and I want what’s right
I ask for forgiveness
I beg of myself
Feeling every night that I see

Right now I feel a lack of innocence
Searchin’ for reveal hypnotonic residence
I feel not much of anything
And the cause is life or death
A life of hopelessness, focus on you focusness
I’ve been hopin’ and I hope that lasts
I don’t know anything, I question everything
This life I love is going way too fast

Both my eyes are swollen, my face is broken
And I’m hope that I hurt you
Hope that I hurt you
Hope that I hurt you

She was a stunner and I am stunned
And the first thought or second thought “could be the one”
I was a prisoner of keys and the cuffs
Yeah, I was feeling fortunate to be locked up

But the world got to spinnin’
Always felt like it was endin’
And love right, it was standin’
We are each of us

I can hear you singin’ in the distance
I can see you when I close my eyes
Once, you were somewhere and now you’re everywhere
I’m feeling selfish and I want what’s right

I ask for forgiveness
I beg of myself
Feelin’ angry
Now, get off the stage

Superblood Wolfmoon
Took her away too soon
Superblood Wolfmoon
Took her away too soon
Superblood Wolfmoon
Took her away too soon

I can hear you singin’ in the distance
I can see you when I close my eyes
Once, you were somewhere and now you’re everywhere
I’m feeling selfish and I want what’s right
Focus on you focusness, turn around for hopelessness
I’ve been hopin’ and all hope was lost
I don’t know anything, I question everything
This life I love is going way too fast

Run the Jewels feat. Lil Bub, Maceo, Delonte

Directed and animated by Cyriac (2016)

Official music video for “Meowpurrdy” from the Meow The Jewels album by Run The Jewels. Featuring Lil Bub, Maceo, and Delonte.

Animated by British artist Cyriak, the clip features a beastly, three-eyed cat, around which a kaleidoscopic collection of smaller cats gather, multiply and morph extra eyes, legs, tails and heads. This frightening feline, however, is no match for an angelic gray tabby, who descends from the sky and destroys the beast by being swallowed and coughed back up like an explosive hairball.

Killer Mike and El-P have donated all earnings from Meow the Jewels directly to the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two high-profile victims of police brutality. Additional profits have gone to the National Lawyers Guild’s Mass Defense Committee.

a-ha (1984)

At the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards, the video for Take On Me won six awards—Best New Artist in a Video, Best Concept Video, Most Experimental Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, and Viewer’s Choice—and was nominated for two others, Best Group Video and Video of the Year. “Take On Me” was also nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Video at the 13th American Music Awards in 1986.

Take On Me is a song by Norwegian synth-pop band A-ha, first released in 1984. The original version was produced by Tony Mansfield and remixed by John Ratcliff. A new version was released in 1985 and produced by Alan Tarney for the group’s debut studio album Hunting High and Low (1985). The song combines synthpop with a varied instrumentation that includes acoustic guitars, keyboards, and drums. It is considered to be the band’s signature song.

A-ha released a less slick version of the song in 1984, but redid the tune after it proved to be a commercial flop. And despite releasing a revised rendition in 1985, Waaktaar-Savoy says, “it took, like, four months to reach number one in America. And it felt like years. Every week it would go up a spot, up three spots…. It would pick up, then slow down. [It] was a whole process.”

They teamed up with director Steve Barron, who directed Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, for a short-form piece that mixed live action with rotoscope animation — never before used in a music video. “It was a dream to work with talent like that,” Waaktaar-Savoy says of Barron. “Normally, videos took a week of shooting in a hangar. But for this, we did a whole day that was only to make the comic magazine. Then four months spent doing hand-drawn drawings. It was very thorough stuff.” Illustrator Mike Patterson drew more than 3,000 sketches for the final clip.

Weezer (2019)



Weezer had teamed with Calpurnia – the indie rock band led by Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard – for a nostalgic new video for their cover of a-ha’s Take On Me. The track appears on Weezer’s self-titled covers record, also known as The Teal Album.

Jerry Garcia & the Grateful Dead (1977)

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Jerry Garcia directs this concert film of highlights from the five-night run at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom that capped off the Grateful Dead’s 1974 tour. The film is distinguished among concert films for its unusual focus on the band’s fans and their often extreme commitment to the Deadhead lifestyle. The documentary also features interviews with band members, including Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Phil Lesh, and includes a short but lively recap of the group’s history.

Run the Jewels (2017)

Official music video for Don’t Get Captured by Run The Jewels, off the RTJ3 album.

El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels are reborn as claymation characters in their new video for Don’t Get Captured, a grim meditation on abuses of power.

The two rappers are observers in the clip, rolling slowly through a dark, violent claymation landscape full of skeletons like in a haunted house. The skeleton world is ruled by a small cadre of self-satisfied politicians who wear top hats and smoke cigars. The video depicts gentrification, racial profiling by law enforcement and a biased court system that doles out lethal punishments. This gives extra force to Run the Jewels’ frequently repeated warning: “Don’t get captured.”

Directed by Chris Hopewell

Produced by Rosie Brind

Production Co: Jacknife Films

Executive Produced by Amaechi Uzoigwe

Modest Mouse (2009)

King Rat is a song by indie rock band Modest Mouse and appears as the title track to their fifth promotional single, following The World At Large. The single was later released on the band’s 2009 EP No One’s First, and You’re Next.