Saturday 25 September 2010

The post that should have come before I done the BUG21 one

Adam gave us a wonderful blog update on Thursday so I postponed mine for a couple of days in the hopes that I wouldn't seem quite so lame.

As well as the insightful film review and a link to his favourite tweeter, he included part one of a fascinating series of natural history videos he has made for the BBC Comedy website.

I presume this will be the link to watch for subsequent episodes.

The young man to whom Adam refers at the end of his post was kind enough to share said photo with us.

If you read my last post about BUG21 you'll know that Adam takes a special version around the country when he can.

His Norwich show is now well established and for the last couple of years he has done the Greenwich Comedy Festival. This year the weather was super fine and TwitSquadron were out in force. Several members took snaps......Kendersrule, WickWox, Pintendo64, WickWox, Pintendo64 and.....well, you get the idea.

Emma McAlpine posted a piece at Spoofed about the Greenwich show, as did Kendersrule.

This has to be the classiest fansnap out there (from WickWox).

In between Greenwich and BUG21, Adam did a superb gig at the lovely Tabernacle.

The only breakfast show worth listening to had the priviledge of an exclusive phone call from Adam before all these shows kicked off. Furthermore, James Kettle from the ever-loyal Guardian gave the show a mention. There's a lovely BUG shaped interview with Adam at OutlineOnline wherein he claims that this is his favourite music video of all time and you can see how it was made here.

One of these days, all of Twitsquadron will turn up wearing one of these and judging by this shot taken at last night's BUG21 Director's Cut, they'll look fine.
OK Go also guested last night and WickWox snapped them all.

The next BUGs at the BFI will be at 20:45 on 18th and 25th of November. Tickets go on sale on the first Tuesday of next month for members and a week later for general sales. Those links might be blank if you check today. You'll just have to trust me. If you prefer to have your information fed to you tardily, then please subscribe to the BUG Video mailing list. It's useful if you're into last minute decisions, as I am.

The Oxfam/M&S ad that Adam voiced was singled out for praise this week.

It's not my fault that this all seems to be about Adam. Frankly, I'm tempted to make up all manner of nonsense about Joe, just to maintain a balance/keep him on his toes.

Happily, we DO know that he is still alive since this lucky tweeter spotted him buying two copies of Halo Reach and Lee also made me giggle by suggesting that this might be an Attack The Block viral.

Here's a little piecethat is bound to have brought a smile to Joe's face.

If I were in any way talented, I'd do something as wonderful as this Daily Reckless stuff EP sound thing but all I manage is a bit of cutting and pasting.

ITV have confirmed that they will televise the BT Digital Music Awards starting on Saturday 2nd October over at ITV2. The actual awards take place on Thursday, 30th September so we'll have advance warning of whether it will be fruitful watching. Voting has closed so the fate of Adam Buxton's Big Mixtape, The Adam And Joe Podast and 6Music is being tabulated right now.
Catch highlights of the event on ITV2 on the following dates:

2nd October 2010 @ 22:45
3rd October 2010 @ 10:20
4th October 2010 @ 20:00

Remember that fateful Chill Cake made by Tom Williamson and sent to 6Music around this time last year? If not, you can find out more here. Tom has also put together a little accidental swearing film on that page.

Stephen Fry popped in to see Shaun W Keaveny and couldn't help but comment on the Boggins posters adorning the wall of the studio. You can catch the moment here.

I saw Brian Blessed chitty chatting a couple of weeks ago. His passion is infectious and his voice is legendary. I don't often share much of my real life here. Make the most of it.

If you have the time and money, there is no better way to spend half of October than at the London Film Festival. The programme can seem a little overwhelming to the novice so I am happy to point you in the direction of no less than three bloggers whose opinion I often respect, always tolerate and sometimes laugh over. They have trawled through the pamphlet to make their own shortlists:-

Your Turn Heather was first out of the blocks with her five besties and The Incredible Suit dropped by with his top ten. UltraCulture found it a little harder to distill his choices down to the essential, affordable list so he brought us 30 to consider, the adorable, press accredited ponce.

Still wondering how to waste some time? Have a fiddle with this.

Friday 24 September 2010

BUG21 for the hard of travelling

There is nothing to quite match the visceral mind-thwack you get from watching these little beauties on the big screen at NFT1. When it's all nuzzled together by the beardy wonderman, you know you'll walk home replete with sensory delight (that's a lactose-free version of Angel Delight).

Adam and the BUG team try their hardest to bring their format to other parts of the country but the flagship shows are in London. This precludes all but the most tenacious of country folk from enjoying it so here's but a second-hand experience.

BUG21 must have had some decent work because the majority of the films shown are available on Vimeo rather than (or as well as) YouTube. Do me a favour and pop them out on HD rather than squint at them on here. At least attempt to recreate the evening on some small level. Of course, if your provider is BT, you're condemned to jerk-vision. You might as well grab a friend and reenact each of them in your tea break.

Adam started rolling with his hootin' version of Gwen Stefani's Hollaback Girl. I'm going to link the song with the lyrics. You can imagine where Adam went with this. I laughed just as loudly the second time. Let's hope he plops it on his channel.

One might argue that a few of those selected were predictable but since this is one of the rare opportunities for such glorious exposure, a sense of deflation would have pervaded my evening if some of these had not been included. My only fear was that they started with such a strong one, the evening might have only gone downhill. It didn't. Much.

MGMT - Congratulations

Director: Tom Kuntz
If you dribbled all the way through the wide open scenes in Where The Wild Things Are, you'll need plenty of absorbent cloths whilst watching this one. It's OK to shed a tear. You can claim you were sobbing at the b e a u t y of it.

I seem to remember Adam had a little bit of fun with Tom's surname but at the end of the day, Buckles has a problem pronouncing anything in German (Die Antwort being a particular bug-bear of mine - think about it).

Everything Everything - Photoshop Handsome

Director: Jon Everything
I'm very frustrated to report that my stupid brain was unable to find the demented version that BUG showed of this. It has some insane Photoshop tomfoolery but where can it be? Adam introduced it by saying something like "they shot a performance of themselves against green screen and threw it out into the huge, frightening dog's bowl that is the internet and invited creative people to embellish it along the lines of the theme of the song which is called...blah. Around forty people eventually screwed around with the footage and then Everything Everything chopped it all together to create an absolutely mind melting brain bomb." It was produced by BUG's own Phil Tidy which is why HE has it and WE don't. It's not even on his Vimeo Channel.

I was one of the handful who admitted that they liked Everything Everything when Adam polled us. I saw them in the balmy sunshine of an early evening Lake Stage at Latitude. They were wickles.

Chase and Status - Let You Go

Director: thirtytwo (Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern)
I'm afraid I begged my companion to shred my eardrums while this noise was playing but it was worth the endurance to hear Adam run through the YouTube comments.

Chromeo - Don't Turn the Lights On

Director: Keith Schofield
This isn't offensive as such but the track's a blandah and the video idea wears a bit thin. I'm not keen on eye manipulation at the best of times.

The XX - Islands

Director: Saam Farahmand
About time too, thankyouverymuch.

Trentemølle - ....Even though You're with Another Girl

Director: Adam Hashemi
A beautiful, sexy, story-telling film with a few nutty bits thrown in. We're back on track.

The Wilderness Downtown - Arcade Fire - We Used To Wait
Director: Chris Milk
This gorgeous thing looks even better on the big screen and Adam punched in the riverside address of the National Film Theatre so we had some wonderful images. Spend time with this. It will be your friend.

UNKLE - The Answer

We were shown this just before John Hillcoat took to the stage, if memory serves. I'd seen it on-line and wasn't relishing the thought of seeing Mr Winstone's mug even closer and bigger but stick with it because the visual teasers stuff comes later. Some of it felt like a clip from Enter The Void, toned down for YouTube consumption. It's a clever piece and it's nobody's fault that I'm not so keen on the starring talent. I think we saw a little Hillcoat showreel up front too, so I might be wrong about the playing order.

Grinderman - Heathen Child

Giggle yourself into oblivion.

Adam's interview with John was completely mesmerising. I wanted to take both home and make chocolate brownies for them.

The Books - A Cold Freezin' Night

Director: Paul de Jong, Nick Zammuto

Go ahead and disturb a nice way.

Grum - Through The Night

Director: The General Assembly

I'll forgive the awful low-loader driving action at the start of this. It's ruddy good fun, nicely done and then Adam worked his YouTube comment magic on it.

John Grant - Chicken Bones

Director: Ewan Jones Morris, Casey Raymond

An annoyingly catchy retro tune, with an f-bomb in the chorus, sidles up comfortably with a great film.

Glez - Todo El Tiempo

Director: Jesus Hernandez
Stick with this. What seems like an annoyingly lazy technique blossoms into something truly enjoyable. You may want to mute it & ping a Fleet Foxes track on while you watch, though.

Click them, you fool. I know they're too small like this.

Adam finished up with his Tom Waits rejected literal theme tune for the Iron Man 2 trailer.

This BUG was filmed so I would imagine it will pop up at the BFI sometime soonish. The Director's Cut version on tonight only has flippin' OK Go guesting.

There are some other AdamyJoey bits to mention but I don't want to clog this post any more than it is already.

Wednesday 8 September 2010

Untitled Blog Entry - words fail me

What this lacks in snappy subject title, it makes up for in seemingly unending waffle.
The BFI made a ten minute edit of last month's conversation between Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright which you can view at that link. I'm not clever enough to work out if there's some way to embed the lovely thing but don't think I haven't tried all kinds of code in an effort to do so.

The BBC however, have an entirely different attitude, enabling me to plonk this piece from today's Shaun Keaveny show right here at the cliff face.

Leave a comment about this on the 6Music blog, why don't you?

To keep the BUG momentum going, why not poke around these little portions of fun.

Check out Adam's own blog entry if you've slipped behind with his live appearance diary.

I predict that if he doesn't show this little beauty at the Norwich or Greenwich BUGs Adam will surely have it scheduled for the BFI BUGs, won't he? Best viewed in Chrome, in case you hadn't worked that out.

I'm fed up with this thing showing up in my tv alerts but I still know nothing about the ep that includes Adam. I presume it's Pavel but if anyone with Comedy Central could check it out for me on 17th September at 01:25 AM, I would be grateful.

There's a bit of noodle about the effects house who are taking care of Joe's Attack the Block here and something about the location here.

The latest hard copy issue of Empire has a couple of ATB pictures and some waffle from Joe. I'd hate to stop anyone from buying the glorious thing so I won't scan it until next month (if at all) but The Playlist have included some of the words. They may have included all the words for all I know but I am resolutely trying not to read anything. That's probably how I came to miss evidence of Joe realising a dream by including a real Loose Woman in his cast list.

Adam recorded a voice-over back in May. I'm a patient kind of person and have been thus rewarded.

You can follow the awesome animator here.
Apparently, Adam has also made a contribution to It's Nice That in issue 4.
I want to put a comma after "nice" or some dots or a forward arrow after "that". That comment wouldn't be quite so annoying were my own grammar and spelling slightly less than appalling.

BBC Radio 7 decided to repeat Adam's Famous Guy play from April 2006 the other day. It's still on iPlayer and I would encourage you to listen there, just to keep the figures totting along.
Of course, it's always available on Adam's website blog area. If you want to read my waffle about the picture they're still using, you'd need to go to that silly, daily thing I do.

If you can be bothered to register here, you should vote for 6Music.

Last month was all about Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

The day after my last post, the lovely little thing premiered and Joe was the guest of honour. He wasn't. He was just there in his retro velvet jacket.

You can read more about that here and scroll down to a picture of Joe clearly responding to the hails from Bleeding Cool's own Brendon Connelly.

This little lady has a report and a couple of snaps from the BFI event with more details here and new #Twitsquadron member, John Sharp kindly shared a snap taken with Cornballs on the night.

Despite what seemed like endless opportunities (perhaps two) to catch the film in preview I was steadfast in my resolve to take my virgin viewing in the company of a right pair of Charlies. I should warn you that the young man chairing the video on that page is health-warningly cute. His cheeks must be sore from being pinched........or licked.........something.

The blogging world and his wife (quite literally, it would seem in some cases) were at the Ultra Culture Cinema Event Number Four and despite the ICA screen being too small for an epic like this, especially if you arrived as late as I did, I still reckon it was the most fun of all the specials out there. I understand that some attendees of more precocious screenings had to make do with cheese of all things, at their event.

A weary Edgar scooted over from his DVD Extras edit afterwards but we'd scarcely had time to get comfortable when we were poleaxed by some optimum pre-show audience participation.

Before I leave this Pilgrim hoopla I want to say two things.
1. Scott Pilgrim vs The World is even better on second viewing and
2. Ultra Culture Cinema is something everyone needs to experience at least once in their life. Any longterm Adam and Joe fan will know that this young man has serious A&J credentials even though he was just discovering solids when they were first whittling away down in Brixton. Register for email alerts and tell the little blighter I sent you. I'm not serious with that. Would that his mailing list form had such a facility.

With all the Edgar talk buzzing around the net, this old piece about Ant Man popped into the feeds somehow.

Electric Proms 'Stupid Question Time' question poser, Kimika was playing with Twitsquadron and Avatwee last week. It's always interesting to discover how some people view you, isn't it?

While listening to some old XFM wibbles the other day I was reminded of this glorious album available from Honest Jon's.

If you live in London or can spare any time down here next month you could do yourself an enormous favour by catching something at the London Film Festival. That's all I'm saying on the subject. I'd sing like a bird if I had any kind of press pass or something.

Can we do something to put this place out of business? I am so fed up with their tweets showing up in my Deck.

Going even farther (further?) off-topic, you need to click this just once in your life and then swish your mouse southwards.

Finally, some of my favourite bloggers contributed to this piece for Little White Lies. A couple of them have even quoted me in their time.