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Recommended Viewing: The Stolen Lyric

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If you’ve been around long enough, you might remember a genre of extremely clever novelty records — super popular during the ’70s  —   that parodied current events and news stories with fake interviews made up of audio clips taken from charting pop songs. Those early mash-up records were lots of fun, and if you miss them, and wonder why somebody hasn’t picked up on that idea for a long-form project, then a new animated film called The Stolen Lyric is going to really turn you on.

Directed by Chase Peter Garrettson, The Stolen Lyric is an animated retelling of the Robin Hood fable, set in the rock music world, and taking on  corporate greed as its chief nemesis.  While the film’s plot and episodic structure  closely follow Howard Pyle’s 1883 novel, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, in The Stolen Lyric, Robin H is the lead singer of a rock band called The Merry, whose members include Tucker (Friar Tuck), LJ (Little John) and Will Scarlet (Will Scarlet). What makes The Stolen Lyric absolutely groundbreaking is how the film’s dialogue is based exclusively on 555 song fragments from 129 different iconic recording artists. Imagine listening to a mind-blowing, deep-catalog mix CD that was created by a pop music audiophile with a ten second attention span, and that might give you an idea of the sweet nostalgic ride that is The Stolen Lyric.

Here are just a few of the artists whose songs you’ll hear in The Stolen Lyric:

The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Who, Television, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Simon and Garfunkel, Jethro Tull, Queen, The Doors, Iggy Pop, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Radiohead, Outkast, Beastie Boys, Beach Boys, Elton John, Janet Jackson, Peter Frampton, Jefferson Airplane, Alice in Chains, Joy Division, Fiona Apple, Nine Inch Nails,  Buzzcocks and MGMT.

I must admit that I was very surprised to recognize a few song clips from the hyper-litigious Metallica, so perhaps the filmmakers are biding their time until the lawsuits start to flow in from that camp.

Because the film immediately immerses you in a familiar auditory environment, the action can be a bit fuzzy at first, so here’s an outline of major plot points:

Originally, The Merry included  a fifth member, Sherriff (The Sheriff of Nottingham) who, pre-fortune and fame, become disillusioned with a lack of commercial success, and quit the band to take a music business office job. Years later, the guys discover that Sheriff (who is now a wealthy corporate exective) has stolen a lyric from one of The Merry’s songs — “Time to Trade in Your Bike in for the Ride of Your Life” — and sold it for use in a car commercial. In their quest to get their owed-royalties from Sheriff, the story of The Merry unfolds in a series of flashbacks, and we see that Sheriff is also now with Rob’s former girlfriend who, for some reason isn’t named Marion, but Lorraine, as referenced in the lyrics to Lou Reed’s “Wild Child.”

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Here’s a bit of interesting trivia on the film: The characters in The Stolen Lyric were designed to look like hybrids of the traditional characters and modern-day rock personalities, with Rob’s look inspired by Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, LJ’s look inspired by Joshua Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Will Scarlet’s look inspired by David Bowie, Tucker’s look inspired by Jonathan Davis of Korn, and Sheriff’s look inspired by Nick Valensi of The Strokes.

I think that the most fun you can have with The Stolen Lyric  is to watch it with group of your best record-collecting-music-nerd friends (adding lots of alcohol into the mix) and see who gets stumped the most when trying to identify the more obscure songs and artists. You could even make a drinking game out of it! Very fun! Although there are scattered swear words throughout (which most kids already know if they have ever ridden the subway in NYC, or own records by even one rap artist), and one fairly tame sex scene, I would say the film is age-appropriate viewing for mature 13 year-olds and up. It would absolutely be a terrific way to introduce kids to a top-shelf and somewhat eclectic collection of classic tunes that they are never going to hear anywhere else.

I watched The Stolen Lyric twice and enjoyed even more the second time.

The Stolen Lyric can be viewed on Amazon Prime.

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Video Clip of The Week: Blur, “Lonesome Street”



There were a number of years in the early to mid-nineties when British Pop band Blur were my very favorite band in the Universe and, in fact, I got quite obsessed and silly over them. But I don’t regret any of that, because back when Blur and their perceived musical nemesis, Oasis, were duking it out in the British press for Band of the Century or whatever, Blur were undeniably the shit. There are tracks off of Park Life that I’d put up against anything in The Beatles‘ catalog any day of the week. Just being serious.

Well, the big news is that, after years and years of being broken up, Blur have recorded a new album together, which is called The Magic Whip, and it is quite good. A few videos for various songs are already on the YouTube, but I like this one for the song “Lonesome Street” which features what could become a viral dance craze as far-reaching as that pony dance they do in the video for the mystifyingly popular “Gangnam Style,” but that is just my opinion. The Magic Whip is released April 27th, 2015. Enjoy!

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The Ultimate Video Search: Now Calling All YouTubers!

CASTING CALL

Photographers, Videographers, Directors of Photography and “Closet” Artists! Submit your original video for a chance to win $15,000 and national exposure

A Major Production Company is going viral and wants to showcase your original videos on our Premiere YouTube channel for maximum exposure. If you have “Never Before Seen Footage/Original Content” that you’re ready to show the world, we’d love to hear from you! Not only will we publicize your video, we will also select 3 winners. First place will be awarded $15,000, second $10,000, and third will receive $7,500 at the producer’s discretion.

Are you ready to have your artistic skills showcased on a Premiere YouTube Channel? This is an unprecedented opportunity to get your concepts on a nationwide platform in hopes of promoting your media and to get your content exposed!! Your submission must be original content, never posted anywhere online. All entries must be original, exclusively created and owned by entrant, and the entrant must have all rights necessary to post the video and submit the entry. All entries must be submitted by July 15, 2013.

Entries submitted MUST be one of the following categories:
– Special Effects, Visual Effects, After Effects
– Light Painting
– Video Art/3D
– Graphic Art Videos
– Gaming Videos
– High-end Animation
– Stop Motion
– Time Lapse
– Magic Tricks

For more information on how to submit your 3-5 minute “Never Before Seen Video” please visit The Ultimate Video Search or Email us directly at UltimateVideoSearch@gmail.com.

Legendary Queen Frontman Freddie Mercury To Become an Angry Bird

Freddie For A Day & Rovio Announce Unique Partnership

Legendary Queen Frontman Freddie Mercury To Become an Angry Bird To Celebrate Freddie For A Day

Freddie For A Day and Rovio Entertainment are proud to announce a unique and innovative partnership that sees the most iconic Rock’n’Roll frontman of all time, Freddie Mercury, become an honorary member of the Angry Birds family.  On Monday, September 3rd, to start the week in which Freddie Mercury’s memory is celebrated with Freddie For A Day on his birthday, September 5th,  the creators of Angry Birds are releasing an all-new animation of Freddie the Angry Bird riding his bicycle to the famous Queen track “Bicycle Race.” The video will be made available on Rovio’s YouTube channel September 3rd at 5:00 AM Pacific  / 8:00 AM Eastern.

Monday will also see a special Freddie For A Day fundraising evening hosted by Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor  at which, for the second year, friends and celebrities will gather in London at The Savoy in Freddie’s honor, to remember him and raise funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust – Fighting Aids Worldwide.

To raise additional awareness for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, Angry Birds in partnership with Bravado will be releasing a limited-edition Freddie Mercury Angry Bird T-shirt which will be made available from the Angry Birds and Bravado webstores. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mercury Phoenix Trust. T-shirt numbers are limited so don’t miss your chance to be part of Freddie Mercury history!

Queen Live At Wembley Stadium To Stream For The First Time Ever

In Honor Of Freddie Mercury’s 65th Birthday on September 5, 2011, Queen will stream their historic 1986 concert Queen Live At Wembley Stadium for 48 hours on YouTube. The concert can be viewed at Queen’s Official YouTube Channel starting at 12:00AM EDT on September 5th. This is the first time in Queen has allowed an online stream of this watershed moment in the band’s career. The concert captures the group’s historic July 1986 two-night performance at London’s Wembley Stadium, where they gave an electrifying performance to 150,000 frenzied fans. The footage features stunning live renditions of many of Queen’s classic songs, including fan favorites such as “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

More Info and Set List After The Jump!
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