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I’m a big fan of stop motion animation, and I’m also a big fan of *safe and legal* alcohol consumption. This means that I am impressed when a company brings these two things together in a new way. The Dutch brand Bavaria is one of those rare guys who understand how to make beer advertising interesting. They’ve avoided the gross bros in bars trying to pick up fake boobed blondes concept we are all too familiar with when it comes to beer marketing, and instead used the beauty of stop motion technology to make a hand out of their beer cans – which sounds strange in writing, but is actually pretty fun to watch.
The Hand – as they call it, seems to be on a journey of its own. First, it was seen skateboarding around a city. This time they’ve made it break dance in the street like a pro. Who knew a beer can hand could be so versatile?
While I’ve never had a Bavaria 8.6 Original myself as I’m not much of a beer drinker, I like that it is a 7.9% beer – far too often, the percent of alcohol in beer rivals that of apple juice. Also, it should be noted that they use four unique varieties of malt to brew these guys – which means little to me but is apparently a very good thing in the beer world. I think it might be similar to the importance of the grape variety in wine, which, I’ve recently learned, is very very important.
Have you guys ever been impressed by a companies unique branding ideas before? Are there any stop motion videos I really need to see? Tell me in the comments after watching the video below:
This post was sponsored by Bavaria, but all words are my own!
This Rob Ford thing is so embarrassing I don’t even think there’s a need for me to comment on it. Luckily, that’s not the only thing going on in the world.
See what else is up below:
- Everyday Jet Lag - This is something I definitely struggle with each morning. Not everyone’s body clock is wired the same, it’s unfortunate that the world is defined by morning people.
- 62 Questions we Still Have For Rob Ford This article is a couple weeks old, meaning we have about 62 more to add to this list.
- The Little Label That Could Check out this great podcast on Indie 88 on Arts & Crafts
- The Top 10 Toronto Punk Bands of All Time do you agree on these choices?
- 32 Bachelor Hacks That Will Help Improve Everyone’s Lives These are actually kinda helpful.
- The 10 Most Annoying Concert Behaviours I may be semi-guilty of number 1, but I never do it for the whole show and I try to be mindful of it, because I rage at everything else on this list when I experience it at a show.
- The 13 Most Insidious, Pervasive Lies of the Modern Music Industry These are interesting…
- You Can Not Devalue Music I love this article, definitely worth the full read.
- The Owners Of Parts and Labour are Opening up a Burger Shop on Queen West - just what my hood needs, ANOTHER burger shop.
- Leadership Lessons from Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit 2013 Love this.
- Long & McQuade CEO on family owned business success
- How Selling Out Saved Indie Rock
- Bob Dylan “Like A Rolling Stone” – Official Interactive Video THIS IS SO COOL! Check it out now if you haven’t yet, but be sure you’re on a fast computer or it might freeze up.
- NMPA Targets Unlicensed Lyric Sites, Rap Genius Among 50 Sent Take-Down Notices We knew it would happen one day.
- QOTSA’s new interactive video Not as cool as Bob’s but still worth checking out.
- There’s a Bruce Springsteen Religion Class for College Kids Who Worship “The Boss” Where was this when I was still in school?! Amazing.
- Listen: Lorde covers Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” Beautiful cover.
- Arcade Fire, Please Don’t Ask Me to Wear “Formal Attire” to Your Arena Show Yeah – this is dumb. Arcade Fire really needs to give up the gimmicks already, it’s getting tired. I miss when they were focused on making great music instead of marketing ploys.
- Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive This is awesome.
- Rob Ford Denies “Eating Pussy” During Live, Televised Press Conference This might be the funniest thing in the entire Ford saga.
- The nine most outrageous things that Rob Ford has said in the past 24 hours
- Toronto city council votes to strip Ford of his powers HELL YES. Finally.
- How Feminism Hurts Men Another interesting read.
- 50 Pictures in Perfect Timing Check these out, awesome.
- Finally, watch this great Manchester punk rock documentary from 1977:
My favourite cover band of them all is playing their largest venue yet – The Phoenix – on Saturday, and I can’t wait to finally see them again!
This time they’re taking on classics from the beloved movie Wayne’s World, and calling the night, of course, Dwayne’s Dworld.
The band’s shows have become somewhat legendary at this point, and their Fleetwood Mac Rumours night may go down as one of my favourite shows of the year. Yes – I realize saying a cover band’s show was among my faves isn’t exactly hip for a blogger, but that’s how great I still think they are. Sometimes you want to see a show that will guarantee a night of amazing tunes you know and love played by talented musicians, so you can dance your ass off with your friends – and that is what they always provide.
In the spirit of giving, Young Lions has offered up a pair of tickets to giveaway to you guys so you can get in on what will likely be their last show of the year.
To win, just comment below with the name of your favourite DG covered song, using an email address (only where it asks for your email – not in the body) I can contact you at if you win.
Facebook fans get an extra entry by liking the status about this giveaway, as always!
You can also snag tickets now for $15 via Ticketfly, Soundscapes and Rotate This, should you prefer not to wait and risk missing out.
Wow, what a week. It started with the loss of one of the most important and influential people in my (and so many others) life, and ended with the celebratory Halloween day news that YES, Toronto – the Rob Ford crack video does exist – though you must be a complete idiot if you ever doubted for a second that it did.
I have a whole lot to say about Lou, but it deserves it’s own post. So for now, read up on what everyone else had to say about him – along with my thoughts on all the other links below:
- Lou Reed: 1942-2013: NME Obituary
- John Cale Pays Tribute to Lou Reed
- Artists, Fans Pay Respect to Lou Reed
- A Reason to Keep Singing Will Sheff talks about Lou.
- Stuart Berman on Lou Reed If you only read one link about this brilliant man, this should be it. Stuart is the only one who really articulated how I feel about him.
- “Goodbye, You Magnificent Bastard” – A Tribute to Lou Reed
- RIP Lou Bega Proof that some people are really, really dumb – and these dumb people also somehow think this counts as humour.
- Slate: “Stop Getting Drunk, Stop Getting Raped” It’s sickening to me that Slate posted this article at all.
- 31 Things That Are Not an Invitation to Rape #truth. Despite the article above – the fact is, being a female and getting drunk doesn’t mean it’s okay to rape me. I know, shocking – but it’s true!
- Dear Prudence: Let’s Just Keep Blaming Women For Their Rapes, I Guess Yep. At least, if you’re an old, conservative, shitty female news outlet writer desperately looking for hits.
- David Bowie’s new video for Love Is Lost pays tribute to his past characters This is great.
- The Mysterious Case of Elisa Lam Since it was Halloween last night, and the party continues tonight – here’s something to give you nightmares. Seriously.
- The Kanye West Daily Affirmation Soundboard Thanks for the pep talk, Yeezus!
- How One Band’s Fans Warped Online Music Charts It’s not that hard, apparently.
- Marissa Nadler on Elliot Smith
- An Elliot Smith Tribute Concert: Why? Wish I could have been there for this.
- The Best Rock Bars in Toronto Do you agree with this list?
- Honest Ed’s Property Sold to a B.C. Developer Damn. But I will say I’m on the side that says no one really cares about the inside – it reminds me of the horrible second hand stores my mom used to take me to when I was very young – nothing there looks usable save for the toiletries in the very front. Any dollar store can beat it. In 10 years of living here I’ve only ever been inside twice – both times to show bemused friends from out of town what it was. But the outside is an epic visual landmark and the Annex just won’t look right without it.
- Rob Ford Leads Reporters Through Haunted Office Well, I thought this would be this week’s horrid Rob Ford highlight – still trying to get the nightmare of him asking us to touch his little snake out of my head – but then it got much much worse/better…
- The Rob Ford Crack Scandal Finally, the cops tell us what we’ve known all along about the worst mayor in the history of Canada.
- Rob Ford says he won’t resign after Toronto police say they found video
- Toronto Police Say They Have the Alleged Crack Video
- 10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier You’ll need to do these after all those bad news links, I know I did.
- Why Should We Care about a Blogger Who Tricks Men into Dinner Dates? So a Toronto blogger was making waves this week for scamming “off the boat” guys into expensive dinner dates and never talking to them again. When I first heard about it, my initial reaction was mixed – in that I kind of get the girls who are saying “Good for her – lots of men on those dating sites join and take women out just to use them for pussy and never call them again.” I know this first hand because I worked for one of those shitty hookup sites for 3 years during college, so I watched as droves of delusional (and mostly married) guys actually believed that a girl like her would be interested in just fucking them for free, no strings attached (even though the accounts with pictures of girls like her were ALL FAKE – as is the case for every hookup site men pay for – women don’t need such a site). It was a nauseating experience that made me think very little of the male population for a long time – but it was a ridiculously easy, well paying job and I took some pleasure in toying with these cheaters. But the not a horrible human who still wants to have faith in humanity side of me agrees more with this article:
“Erin’s blog is just another example in Toronto’s pathetic attempt to sensationalize our fear of intimacy with so-called “scandal.” Just look at the back page of the The Grid with its terrible columns “Dating Diaries” and “The Hookup.” Two mild-mannered people attempt to feign interest in each other while they take a ceramics class or some other dumb shit and then rate each other’s hair with a score of “7”… I think, as Erin gets older, she’ll learn relationships can’t be qualified into material goods. It’s a lot harder to find someone who returns your fucking text messages and still showers you with kindness, sympathy, and a warm body in bed when you lie, make selfish choices, and fuck up.”
And if we are so disgusted by the way men use women for what they want – sex, we shouldn’t be petty enough to congratulate this “get even” mentality of women using men for their money. Adults don’t agree with either side of the coin – using people – no matter what you’re using them for, no matter if you’re male or female – is pathetic and sociopathic. And now that everyone knows who this girl is because she is somehow stupid enough to post selfies, there’s a fat chance she’s ever gonna find someone who will actually want to be with her in the future – once she’s ate her way through Toronto’s dining scene and actually wants a relationship. I am reminded of that disturbing movie The Shape Of Things.
- How Feel Good Viral Machines Like Upworthy and and Buzzfeed Filter Reality A must read.
- Lost and Found: Classic Rock Shows on Youtube
- Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’: Still devoid of wit, subtlety and danger, now with bongos This is way too harsh, but I have to agree with all the negative press on this album. Watching them on SNL was such a WTF moment for me – they looked and sounded absolutely absurd and goofy. When Funeral came out, I fell deeply in love with the genuine emotions they captured, but it’s been a downhill slide ever since.
- How to Listen to Music: A Vintage Guide to the 7 Essential Skills This is excellent.
- 20 Musicians Carved into Jack-O-Lanterns Happy Halloween!
- Finally, this unreleased Kurt Cobain interview popped up on YouTube last week, it’s great:
This might be the most beautiful visualization of music I’ve ever seen. Check out the video below to see how sound produces texture and embodies the air it touches – making it the ultimate paint brush.
If they held a canvas out over top of it, it would have likely created some Jackson Pollock inspired work.
Seriously, I could sit here and watch this paint dance all day.
And speaking of turning sound into art, this is also pretty neat. If I was loaded, I’d have him turn some of my favourite songs into soundwave art: