Comedy: Vultures

You like to laugh don’t you? Of course you do, you dirty bitch. Well pay attention because this may make you do just that. If it doesn’t? Well we don’t know what to tell you. Irish detective web-series Vultures returns with a new series to your local computer screen. Probably the one you are looking at right now. Aye, we see ye. We at Culch.ie love a good detective story particularly one with the word ‘dicks’ in the title. The new episode features student detective Janine Drew as she makes a documentary about unemployed detectives in Ireland and tries to find out what happened to the former dicks of Vultures Private Investigations. Starring Suzanne O’Brien (Janine Drew), Sean Hackett (Niall Tennyson), John Morton (Jim Vultour) and David Thompson (Dan McGrain) it’s worth a look. The first of four; episodes will go online monthly between now and June. Produced by Mycrofilms, … There’s more

Sweary’s Jaw: All Your Gotye Are Belong To Us

Gotye must be a mixed-up pup at the moment. The thirtysomething Belgian-Aussie has been making music since his teens, enjoying the slow, steady build befitting his workhorse tendencies. He’s released seven albums as a solo artist and as part of his band, The Basics, and has accumulated a healthy smattering of awards and accolades. Then his latest album, Making Mirrors, exploded like a microwaved bullfrog and now, all over the globe, people are yodelling along to second single Somebody That I Used To Know with wildly varying degrees of success. For Gotye is no longer a mere popstar. Gotye has become a living meme. It’s a sign of the times. This is the Age Of Information, and once something becomes a cultural phenomenon, it becomes… communal. Have you ever seen an artist go from indie unknown to pop superstar to global tummy-tickle as quickly as Gotye has? Once Somebody captured … There’s more

Popscotch #1: Purporting Precarious Pop Culture Theories

What’s Popscotch? Popscotch is pop culture hopscotch. Popscotch is when two things marry in your brain, even though they wouldn’t touch each other in real life. Popscotch is when you make a spurious connection with something on TV, or in a song, or an ad on the side of a bus. Popscotch happens when you’re so immersed in pop culture that you don’t even know your own name anymore, but you could easily list the last seven features that Winona Ryder was in faster than IMDB. Popscotch… well, you’ll never really get it until you watch it play out. This month we’re asking… is it possible that Mary Poppins was a Timelord? Bullshit, says you. Hear us out. The Doctor, is known for being a bit magical and otherworldly, cos he is. He flies through the sky with the greatest of ease… And Mary P? Bit magical herself, bewitched umbrella … There’s more

Short Film: Isle of Man Tourist Trophy

The fourth entry in the 2011 Short Stories film making competition, “Isle of Man Tourist Trophy” takes viewers into the world of Road Racing, a world which flies past at two hundred miles an hour. The Film makers have given us a stunning visual evocation of the sweeping landscape of the Isle of Man, and the extreme focus of the men and women who participate every year to test its roads. You can watch it, and find out more info after the jump…

Sweary’s Jaw: Cocooned Buffoon.

Poor Rebecca Black. The thirteen-year-old credited – can I say credited? – with having belched into the world the Worst Song Of All Time has been pretty much eaten alive by The Mob. Sound the alarm. Alert the President. Stop the presses. A quick run through for those of you who’ve found yourself quite inexplicably on a pop culture website: Rebecca Black is … Rebecca Black is … Oh, just listen. Parents! Want to know how to chip to pieces the psyche of your fragile teen daughter? It’ll cost you. For a couple of grand, ARK Music Factory, a Californian vanity label, will dress up your dolly, vocoder the shit out of her, and send her out into the big wide internet with nary a note or a notion to keep her safe. Like giving Walter Mitty a F-22 Raptor and a map of China, for fuck’s sake.

Rolling In The Deep

New Adele track folks. On first listen I’m thinking – okay.. good beat. Quite a catchy tune. Great vocals as would be expected from Adele. Still sticking in my head the more I listen to it but can’t help but think there’s a bit that just blatantly sounds like another bit from a Bee Gee’s song. It does seem to be another song about a torn relationship but of course, make your own interpretation of it. Love the structure of the song. Good mix of instruments. The track is set to footage of her recording the album ’21′ in Malibu last summer. Check it out below.

Friday Morning Music with Joe Echo

Check out this new video for Joe Echo’s Sink Your Teeth In. It’s a great track to begin your day. At the very least the video, directed by Declan Keeney, will get you in the mood for Halloween. OK, maybe it’s a bit early for ghosts and ghouls, but watch this anyway. I particularly love it when the dancers come in. Have a gander at JoeEcho.com for more on the artist. He has written, recorded and co-produced all of the original songs for Killing Bono, a new movie based on Neil McCormick’s memoirs of his years at school with Bono and U2 and his rather less successful rival band as they went through the 1970’s. Described as an “Irish music-based comedy”, it’s written by Ian Le Frenais and Dick Clement the screenwriters of “The Commitments” and “Almost Famous” and stars Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan. It will be released early next … There’s more

Kid A Videos

A friend of mine got in touch with me recently. His son, 9 years old had made a video and he wanted to know my thoughts. That I know ‘Kid A’ as I’ll call him [a la radiohead]  uses mac equipment/ programs. Other bits and bobs are purchased as birthday presents [etc] and with pocket money. There are some great people of the film industry out there  and I guess what me and Kid A decided was that your feedback, sincere and honest, your tips and advice and words of wisdom would be the most valuable. If you don’t know what a 3 pin plug is…. a like or dislike will suffice. Whitney Houston aside, I also believe the children are our future.

World Cup Whimsy – Lego Highlights and more

In case you haven’t seen these already, it’s the lego stop-motion world cup highlights. Legofussball.eu have been posting video highlights of the world cup matches with commentry, goals repeated from all angles, fan shots, controversial referring etc. See from 1.01 in the video above for the classic John  Terry dive.  It doesn’t get any cuter than this.  So far they have videos for RSA – MEX, ENG – USA, GER – AUS, NED – DEN, ESP – SUI, FRA – MEX, GER – SRB, ENG – ALG, NED – JPN, SVN – ENG, GHA – GER, USA – GHA. And if you haven’t spotted it yet, youtube have added a new world cup button to their video inteface (see little football icon on bottom right). Pressing it gives a vuvuzela track to overlay whichever video you happen to be watching, particularly handy for videos you can’t stand. I find it … There’s more

Miike Snow’s new video features Destiny’s Child’s ghettofabulous twins

These are good days for pop music; we have Lady Gaga blazing a trail for the interesting and provocative, Plan B shaking things up with Streets-esque tunes and some great home-grown music from the likes of Two Door Cinema Club. Miike Snow joined the pop party last year with their eponymous début featuring the insanely catchy Animal. This trio of Swedes were no fresh-faced talent competition winners though. Veterans of the scene both as musicians and producers they knew exactly what was needed to break into the charts. The band are currently “pulling a Lady Gaga” by re-releasing a deluxe edition of their début  which will include two remixes of past songs, a brand new single called The Rabbit and a remix of this new single by 2007-golden-boy-producer-and-go-to-man-of-the-year winner Mark Ronson. Miike Snow clearly have producer-friends in high places; the original version of The Rabbit has Stuart Price at the controls (Madonna, … There’s more

Kylie goes up to Eleven

Kylie Minogue releases her eleventh studio album, her fifth for the Parlophone label,  called “Aphrodite” around July 5th. I say around because of the way the charts are calculated in Ireland, releases tend to be on the Friday. The first single, “All The Lovers” is due for release around June 13th. Parlophone put “All The Lovers” (audio only) on YouTube today. A few bits have leaked out about the album…