Wednesday, September 17, 2008

M83 Kim and Jessie + America's Next Top Model Cycle 11 Music Video


Fan Music Video for M83's song 'Kim and Jessie" comprised of scenes from America's Next Top Model Cycle 11.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

FREE DIRT!!! SKATE AND DESTROY!!!



This is Free Dirt. I will credit Alex, Craig, and Ian on this one. I know them together, so they get their props together. First off, this is a Brain Drain production, a crew formed out of Baltimore Maryland. This is only the intro part to the video, (whose entirety is available on youtube). It is a blend of media formats ranging from 3 chip hi quality death lens digital video film, to low fi pocket recorders. Artsy, scattered, and fucking fun!! I highly recommend watching the whole piece. The skating featured is shred-worthy and I even have the first trick in the west coast wookies friends section!!! thanks guys!!! It's got that nostalgic documentary feel with good footy from S.F., Oakland, Albany, Baltimore and other east and west coast spots. My favorite part goes to Steve Strand!! Now go watch it, then go skate!!!!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Study What You Love


Dougs Recital 2008 from Ken Wagner on Vimeo.


I met Doug Leveton when I was in high school, at the pre-college program at ccac in Oakland. We were room mates for the month of July in 2003. After our departure, he stayed in his home state of Oregon to attend the Southern Oregon University. At the pre-college program, he was in the architecture dept. Upon completing the month long program, he decided to scrap architecture as a career path to pursue his passion for drumming. And so, the "follow your heart" scenario lead him to Ashland to study percussion, musical theory, and music business. This is a video of his final recital, that he organized and performed in with some of his fellow musicians. It is evident that his time in colllege was spent mastering his skills and now, from the perspective of my own naive musical talent, Doug has become quite accomplished. Don't think about the money, the career, the societal pressure to succeed financially. If you are going to go to college, study what you love, and you will be a better person for it. Doug is in my extended network of out of state friends, and he is an outstanding human being. His genuine talent and his vigor for feeding the fire inside has given me much hope for us all who choose to do what we love over what would be the most lucrative. I am excited by what the future holds for Mr. Leveton's musical creations as well as our inevitable collaborations. Can you hear it ?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Roller Painting Performance


Watch as Adam Harms paints 12 paintings in 7 minutes on roller skates, fully decked out in pads. See this combination of abstract painting, slapstick, and safety P.S.A. Performed at UCSC open studios in 2006.