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Pink Thing of The Day: Happy Tank

Happy Tank Film Still
All Photos By Gail

A few weeks ago, we went over to  The Fashion Institute of Technology to check out the 2017 MFA in Illustration Visual Thesis Exhibition, which was entitled 13 Stories.  It is while visiting the exhibit that I discovered a cool Pink Thing created by FIT student and MFA candidate Necdet Yilmaz, who is a native of Turkey.  Necdet’s visual thesis, Happy Tank, is a story about a little machine built for war that doesn’t want to fight. Happy Tank must be sent to war, but refuses to fire at a large building where a child is seen crying. For disobeying the order, Happy Tank is decommissioned and melted down. The story concludes with Happy Tank being recycled and used to construct a playground years after the war is over.

Happy Tank Film Still

Screen Shots from Happy Tank Animated Film (Above and Below)

Happy Tank Film Still

Necdet explains that this project “is related to my written thesis, War Themed Childrn’s Books and Propaganda. In wars, children are often affected and exploited as a propaganda tool. However, my project is in opposition to what I researched in my thesis. Personally, I am inspired to create these piece because of my background. My home country, Turkey, is located near the Middle East where there is constant war. This instability affects people in the region, like myself, economically, socially and psychologically.

Happy Tank Book

“This body of work is executed in three different mediums: animation, print in the form of a children’s book and toy design. Using pdf software such as SodaPDF for data collection and animation for the first time while I was creating this work was an exciting challenge for me. I learned a lot about myself while discovering the intricacies of unfamiliar technologies. In particular, especially, when I created the animation I learned how designing three-dimensional characters, objects and environments, using different camera angles, lighting and sound in combination enhanced my creative skill.”

Given our political climate today, Happy Tank could be considered more relevant now than ever. You can see more projects by Necdet at his website, located at This Link.

Photographed in the Museum at FIT, Located on Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, as Part of the 13 Stories Exhibit, which is now Closed.

Happy Tank

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Video Clip of The Week: The Motet, “Fool No More”



If you went out dancing last night, and maybe haven’t quite made it into the bed yet, I’ve got the perfect  segue into your unconscious state right here. In anticipation of their new album, Totem, Colorado-based funk outfit, The Motet reveal the official video for track “Fool No More,” which will be the album’s second single.

The video brings alive the artwork from Totem for a funky, psychedelic journey through a tune that I can’t help but say reminds me fondly of the Pablo Cruise hit from way back 1977, “A Place In The Sun.” If you know that song, great. If you don’t, it doesn’t matter. We are just free-associating here.

Totem was produced by Lettuce and Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno and is set for release on July 8th, 2016. Check out The Motet on tour at the dates listed below. Enjoy!

The Motet’s US Tour Dates Through Fall 2016:

6/25 Atlanta, GA Big Bang Block Party
7/2 -3 Quincy, CA High Sierra Music Festival
7/15 Lone Tree, IA Camp Euforia
7/22 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/28 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
7/30 Canton, MA Festival at the Farm
8/4- 6 Thornville, OH The Werk Out Music Festival
8/5 Salt Lake City, UT Sky Bar
8/11-14 Scranton, PA Peach Fest
8/13 Fairfield, CT The Warehouse
8/18-20 Bartow, WV Camp Barefoot
9/4 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Festival
9/7 Tulsa, OK The Vanguard
9/8 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
9/9 St. Louis, MO The Ready Room
9/10 Urbana, IL The Canopy Club
9/17 Deadwood Jam Deadwood, SD
10/28–30 Live Oak, FL Suwannee Hulaween
1/20–25 Miami, FL Jam Cruise 15

The Motet

Video Clip of The Week: Lettuce, “Phyllis”



Proving that it is never too late to discover a terrific band, this week’s Video Clip represents my first exposure to the outrageous jam/funk band Lettuce, who have been rocking it for twenty years! Wow! I’m not sure if the musical sub-genre of Psychedelic Funk already existed before this video, but if it didn’t, it sure does now. Aurally, “Phyllis” is a stone groove from an eight-piece band that includes two guys named Adam and three guys named Eric (!), and featuring a horn section that makes the Tower of Power sound like amateurs. I am not exaggerating when I say that “Phyllis” is the most transcendent instrumental named for a woman since the Allman Brothers’ “Jessica.” Just being serious.

Phyllis Video Still

Visually, the clip offers a taste of what the band must be like to experience live, along with sexy and psychedelic visuals worthy of a Tame Impala live show — and if you’ve seen Tame Impala live then you know that is high praise indeed.

“Phyllis” is the first music video from the group’s fourth studio album Crush, which is available now wherever fine music is procured. Lettuce Tour Dates starting New Years Eve are listed below. Enjoy!

Lettuce Band

Tour Dates
12/31 at Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL
1/1 at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY
1/2 at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY
1/6-1/10 at Jam Cruise in Miami, FL
1/12 at The Music Farm in Charleston, SC
1/13 at The Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA
1/14 at The National in Richmond, VA
1/15 at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC
1/16 at Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA
1/17 at Infinity Music Hall in Hartford, CT
1/20 at Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington, VT
1/21 at State Theatre in Portland, ME
1/22 at House of Blues in Boston, MA
1/23 at Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY
2/1 at Belly Up in Aspen, CO
2/2 at Park City Live in Park City, UT
2/3 at Wilma in Missoula, MT
2/4 at Showbox in Seattle, WA
2/5 at Roseland in Portland, OR
2/6 at Wow Hall in Eugene, OR
2/9 at Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA
2/10 at Terrapin in San Rafael, CA
2/11 at Crystal Bay in Crystal Bay, NV
2/12 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA
2/13 at Observatory in San Diego, CA
2/14 at Gem and Jam Festival in Tucson, AZ
3/4 at Okeechobee Music Festival in Okeechobee, FL
4/7 at Euphoria Music Festival in Austin, TX

Video Clip of The Week: Wand, “Sleepy Dog”

I’m always endlessly delighted when I can find an animated clip for the week’s featured video, because it reminds me fondly of watching my favorite cartoons on weekend mornings as a child (though I admit that this mostly took place on Saturdays). Nostalgia! This week’s video, “Sleepy Dog” is the masterstroke of a band called Wand. Directed by Meghan Tryon and Garrett Davis, the visual odyssey of this adorable little black dog comes on like a reined-in version of a monochromatic R. Crumb-induced hallucination. And since we already know that the dog is sleepy, it is pleasing to imagine that his many otherworldly adventures — which include a visit to an art museum — are, in fact, just a fever dream of sorts. There are also enough creepy, nightmare moments to make this choice appropriate for Halloween, which is just a few days off at this point. Nice.

Wand Sleepy Dog Still

Aurally, “Sleepy Dog” pays homage to the very best of ’60s garage rock psychedelia. Nothing more need be said. “Sleepy Dog” comes to us from Wand’s latest album, 1000 Days, which was released on September 25th, 2015 Dragcity Records.

Check out Wand’s North American Tour Dates after the jump. Enjoy!
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Video Clip of The Week: Kula Shaker, “Drink Tea (For the Love of God)”


This week we break from tradition a bit by, rather than featuring a new video clip, reaching back into the archives for a clip from Christmas 2007, from the late, great UK band, Kula Shaker. We discovered the fantastic clip, “Drink Tea (For the Love of God)” while effing around with friends on You Tube at 3 O’clock in the morning a few Saturdays ago. This anthemic song brings a pro-brewed tea drinking message to Monty Python-esque animation, and Kula Shaker’s signature psychedelic rock feel. Enjoy! And have some tea!

Kula Shaker Band 2007
Kula Shaker Circa 2007

Pink Thing of The Day: Kurage-Bo!

Kurage Bo
Photo By Gail

This little pink cutie is Kurage-Bo (translation: Jellyfish Boy), a main character in visual artist Takashi Murakmi’s directorial film debut, Jellyfish Eyes. The film mixes live action with cartoon animation and Kurage-Bo is one of the lead animated heroes of the film, which I saw at a screening a few weeks ago.