Category Archives: Electronica

SKRILLEX Video RAGGA BOMB combines Elysium with Star Wars and it works

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Skrillex is known for his love of science fiction. He uses samples from anime, science fiction and horror films to create his heart pounding dubstep, so when he teamed up with  South African director Terence Neale, for his latest video “Ragga Bomb”, you know  it’s going to be magic. This video for “Ragga Bomb” featuring the British jungle mainstays Ragga Twins , is highly imaginative sci fi, to say the least. The video was shot in Johannesburg and Alexandra, South Africa and even features a lightsaber battle at the end. I don’t know if George Lucas is gonna come at him for this, but my guess is that he will (cause George Lucas can be a dick like that).

Ragga Bomb can be downloaded off of  Skrillex’s latest release “Recess” now on Itunes and Spotify .

Producer Eclectic Method throws down on The Wolf of Wallstreet Chest Thump MIX!!!!!

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Producer Eclectic Method has made a name for himself doing remixes for the likes of Snoop Dog and Childish Gambino, but now he tackles, quite possibly, the craziest mix ever…the Matthew McConaughey’s chest thump from the Oscar nominated film starring Leonardo Dicaprio “The Wolf of Wallstreet”. It’s outstanding work!

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The Wolf of Wall Street out on Bluray 25th March 2014

MP3: soundcloud.com/eclecticmethod/the-wolf-of-wall-street-chest
VIDEO CUTS BY Gurney Burble

Producer/Songwriter of School of Seven Bells Benjamin Curtis dies at 35

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Throughout my time in Brooklyn, New York, there were a great number of bands who became the soundtrack to my life. Each band gave me sprinkles of what I needed for the train ride to work or the long walk home, but none of them, for me, were more impactful and all around transcendental, than School of Seven Bells. The  brainchild behind the project, producer,guitarist and songwriter Benjamin Curtis was a monster at aural landscapes and used his expertise to create dance tracks like no other. Not unlike Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Curtis, along with the twin sister singers Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, carved worlds out of stone, so it was devastating to learn, back in February,  that he was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. The news of his diagnosis spread pretty quickly throughout the indie community. The group even set up a fund to help Benjamin with his medical cost, seeing as how being on a record label doesn’t guarantee you health insurance that’s worth a damn. Many New York bands such as Interpol, The Strokes and Devendra Banhart showed up to donate and help.

(Via. Los Angeles Times) In October, bands including Silversun Pickups, M83, Cocteau Twins and Blonde Redhead wrote messages of support for Curtis during his treatment.

But on December 29, 2013, Benjamin Curtis lost the battle. He was only 35. It’s a devastating loss to the music community and I know he will be deeply missed.

(Via. Los Angeles Times)

Curtis was raised in Dallas, where he played in various local acts before he and his brother Brandon co-founded the rock trio Secret Machines, which rose to national acclaim with its 2004 debut LP “Now Here Is Nowhere.”

After leaving that group, he started School of Seven Bells in New York in 2007, with twin-sister vocalists Alejandra and Claudia Deheza. The group’s 2008 debut LP “Alpinisms,” for the indie label Ghostly International, won wide praise for its mix of ethereal vocals, heavily distorted guitars and atmospheric electronics.

The band moved to the L.A. label Vagrant Records for its 2010 album, “Disconnect From Desire,” and released its final LP, “Ghostory,” in 2012, with Alejandra Deheza as the sole lead vocalist.

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TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2013

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I hate starting these posts off with “It’s that time of year again”, BUT IT IS!!!!!!!! Tons of great albums this year, but my boy Ryan and I had to narrow them down to twenty so as not to make this post too long winded. Some of the artists on this list are well known and some, not so much, but that doesn’t make their music any less appealing. We at MITNG are all about showcasing new talent, so this list is hopefully a tasteful blend of something old and something new, well it’s all new….you know what I mean…I hope. Let’s get busy! (Arsenio Hall).
Ryan’s Picks

10. Jon Hopkins – Immunity

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There’s no other album as technically sound and spectacular as Immunity. It captures the full emotion of space better than any album this year. From droning house beats to crushing piano chords, Jon Hopkins has his best release yet and the number 10 spot.

9. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

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Huge expectations were set on the young rapper. His first album back in 2010 set the bar so high that anything close would be an accomplishment. Well, Earl Sweatshirt responds with an inside look on his true struggles of fame and life. To be 19 and create such a vivid image of life in 45 minutes is true talent. I feel he hasn’t even reached his full potential yet.

8. Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors

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Nothing stood out to me for the first 4 months of listening to this album. It was simple glam rock. 30 years too late, but gladly I stuck it out and had the most rewarding, fun listens. From the lulls of “San Fransisco” to the air pumps of “On Blue Mountain”, Foxygen know how to reach their audience.

7. Dirty BeachesDrifters / Love Is The Devil

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I missed the craze in 2011 with Dirty Beaches. I passed up on a perfect opportunity to foreshadow the future. Luckily, they came back with the most dark, disorienting album of the year. This double album really does reflect the loneliness and ambiance of a bustling city while perfectly capturing the feelings. The 10 minute “Mirage Hall” is a throwback to
the ultimate influence of Suicide’s “Frankie Teardrop“. I’d claim Alex Hungtai does it better too.

6. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

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I have a confession. It’s not a problem, but a realization. I mentioned in the review this album would be a grower, and I was correct. The fourth album by indie legends is their most ambitious and fun to be released. “Normal People” has the best ending to a track I’ve heard from the band, and “Afterlife” is fucking fun. That song can get anyone grooving. Reflektor an odd change, but a change that suits the band. I feel it’s one of many swan songs the band will have.

5. Touche Amore – Is Survived By…

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The shortest, and grittiest album on the list. Post-hardcore group, touche amore really put their best foot forward in their longest LP to date. They play with such tightness and energy together, feeding off each others chemistry. Every member has a story to tell, and as a listener who should have spent more time on other albums, I can tell you that this album goes much farther than the lyrics in the insert. It’s a dedication of five musicians struggles packed into 29 minutes of amazing noise.

4. Deafheaven – Sunbather

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The almighty Sunbather. If there’s one album that will stand the test of time, it will be this. Not for it’s music, but also solely on the music. A black-metal, post-metal, post-rock, post-everything album that has a pink cover. It’s exactly that. A wonderfully destructive album with incredible picking, sharp vocals, and oh the drumming! It never feels old, and all the noise falls into place so well. The Phil Spector wall of sound is put to the extreme here, and the droning guitars, drums,
and bass create one of the best musical experiences in history.

3. Darkside – Psychic

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I love Nicolas Jaar. I also love music with a purpose. Combining the essence of dance music, blues, and Jaar’s signature ambient sounds, Psychic is a rewarding listen. The hook off “Heart” would put it on this list alone, but it’s an album with new sounds every listen. “Freak, Go Home” reminds me of what drunk hipsters listen to before their barhopping, while the amazing opener, “Golden Arrow” is a chance to show just how talented Jaar is. Screw the potential talk, this is his apex of music.

2. The National – Trouble Will Find Me

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One of my most listened to albums this year. Trouble Will Find Me solidifies The National as the ultimate self-pity band. When you want to grow that feeling of despair and hopelessness, listen to That National. They feel you. They jump from slow-burners like “Fireproof” to the gritty “Graceless” contributing to any man’s sadness. I can’t tell you how many times this album played in my car, in my room, on my computer, and in my head. It’s catchy, sad, understanding, and just plain awesome.

1. Typhoon – White Lighter

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Surprise, surprise. The Portland monster band already kicked ass in 2010 with Hunger & Thirst, but White Lighter is THAT album on steroids. It’s everything I wanted in an album for my teen years, but never got. If Typhoon had the exposure, they would define a generation of teenage indie rockers, much like Pavement,Modest Mouse, or Arcade Fire did. They have the message, they have the sound, and they definitely have the fight. White Lighter exposes the troubles of society and struggles we face everyday, but for some reason,we push on. It tells us not to give up, and they agree that they can’t explain why we should, but they know.It’s albums like this that changes lives and inspires people. Now only if they could receive some radio airplay.

And now for Jeffrey’s picks of 2013

10. Daughn Gibson-Me Moan

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After the release of his 2012 album All Hell, I was overly eager to hear Subpop Records version of Leonard Cohen throw down his followup and in 2013 we got it. Me Moan, as I expected,  delivered on all counts. This album was filled with all the Johnny Cash vocals and midi syncopated beats, we’d come to love off his first album, but with a little more, how can I say this, pop? Tracks like “Kissing on the Blacktop” and “The Sound of Law” were welcomed surprises and proved, to this devoted fan, that Daughn Gibson is more than capable of writing danceable tracks as he is at writing good listening music.

9.GHOST B.C.- Infestissumam

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Call me a sucker, but in the days of mediocrity, a few great songs is really all it takes for me to say “yes…I like you”. Case in point,  Ghost B.C. latest album “infestissumam”, these Swedish manipulators of symbols and sounds, brought an even darker sound on their sophomore album than with their freshman 2010 release Opus Epynomous. Always keeping it cheeky, they mockingly cling to Catholic symbols, but remain vigilante in their quest to unite the world under one dark cloth. Songs like “The Monstrous Clock” and “Secular Haze”, lovingly follows in the footsteps of such great eighties Death Metal bands like King Diamond or Alice Cooper, but also is as ballady as Chicago or Journey and rocks as much as it teaches. I see only good things in the future for Ghost B.C.

8.Pearl Jam-Lightening Bolt

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I’ll admit not giving Pearl Jam their fair shake in the past. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I immediately logged them in that corner of my wind where all my high school bullshit goes. How wrong I was. Lightening Bolt is the first Pearl Jam album I’ve owned since Ten and Verses and seeing as how I am a believer in serendipity, I see purpose in this reunion. This is such an amazing album! So well rounded and absolutely filled with something for everybody on it. I will say the highlights on this album, for me, were the punk track “Mind Your Manners” and the amazing ballad “Sirens”, but take my word for it, Lightening Bolt is solid through and through.

7.Fuck Buttons-Slow Focus

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Really good electronica bands are fucking hard to come by. The one’s I follow tend to be so good they only release albums every other year, at least’s that the way it seems. So I’m always looking for something to fill that gaping hole in my life left behind by bands like Boards of Canada, The Chemical Brother’s or Bjork and I think this is it. Again, here’s a group I only recently stumbled onto, but have had them on my Pandora shuffle for a minute. This two piece powerhouse from Bristol is killing it on their latest “Slow Focus”. The album is a journey of both dark and light themes. Fuck Buttons takes everything good about dance and has meticulously woven it together on this mind blowing album. Highlights on the album “Sentients” and “The Red Wing”. You have to put this on rotation.

6. How To Destroy Angels- Welcome Oblivion

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All I can say is that “too bad Nine Inch Nail’s latest album Hesitation Marks didn’t sound more like this album”. HTDA is lead singer of Nine Inch Nail’s side project. Trent Reznor and his wife Mariqueen Maandig (lead vocalist) have worked on two albums together since the bands inception and it seems to be working. This album has a lot of the usual bells and whistles associated with NIN’s, but with the softness of Mariqueen’s vocals and a sublime thread coupled with a real relationship with the music and each other, that makes this a truly unique effort and not just Trent doing his thing. Highlight’s on the album “Keep It Together” and “Ice Age”.

5. Oblivion Soundtrack-Anthony Gonzalez and Joseph Trapanese

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You know how sometimes you see an artist or artists take the next step in their creative evolution and say to yourself “of course”. That was the way I felt when Anthony Gonzalez of M83 and film/television composer Joseph Trapanese teamed up for the soundtrack of the Joseph Kosinski film OBLIVION. Trapanese, having worked with Kosinski before on the Tron:Legacy soundtrack with Daft Punk and Gonzalez having a flair for epic soundscapes and science fiction videos, created vibes for this huge film that often times the picture couldn’t hold. Absolutely breathtaking! This soundtrack kills on every level, blending the cinematic with sprinkles of electronica and was truly the sole reason I finished that somewhat mediocre film.

4. Boards of Canada-Tomorrow’s Harvest

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Boards of Canada, oh Boards of Canada…you and your every decade releases, are going to be the death of me. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but for real guys? Tomorrow’s Harvest is BoC’s 6th album and, as always, it was well worth the wait. The album is filled with dissonance mixed in with some extemporaneousness, going from your usual to amazingly abstract, but always interesting. Fans of BoC will love this album for it’s bravery, but newcomer’s will also dig it for it’s freshness and no hold’s barred approach to a genre they’ve become masters at. Highlights on the album include “Jacquard Causeway” and “Reach for the Dead”.

3. Cayucas-Bigfoot

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Sure they aren’t the first band to try and cash in on that familiar Brian Wilson sound. Groups like Lord Huron, Animal Collective, Tanlines Hooray For Earth and Panda Bear, have all taken a stab at that surf rocky sound of the 60′s. Here’s the rub though, all those bands I mentioned are fucking good. So what have we leaned? You listen to good artist and it’ll reflect in everything you do, one way or another. The Santa Monica band Cayucas is no different. This really is one of my favorite albums of the year. From beginning to end, it’s chock full of summer vibes. Songs like “High School Lover” and “Summer Thing” are absolutely brilliant in execution. They even use a sample from Oliver’s 1969 hit “Good Morning Sunshine” for their song “Deep Sea”, so what’s not to like about these throwbacks? The album leans hard on a analog vibe and revels in it’s gritty and washed out vocals. All these things give the album color and will have you breaking out your copy of Endless Summer from the word go. The only downside of this album is it’s eight songs. I’m hoping for more from their next album, but this is a great showing for a debut.

2. M.I.A.-Matangi

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This is all M.I.A! Like Missy Elliot, M.I.A always delivers, well her and Dj Switch…oh and a few other Mad Decent alumni like Partysquad and Surkin. This is the fourth album for the English powerhouse and she shows no signs of slowing down. Always inventive and controversial, Matagi seems like she’s taken a back seat to revolution for songs about love and youthful vernacular. Songs like Y.A.L.A is her poke at the Y.O.L.O saying. In it she takes a page from her Hindi upbringing to turn the tables on this mindless meandering. Lyrics: YOLO? I don’t even know anymore, what that even mean though If you only live once why we keep doing the same shit. Back home where I come from we keep being born again and again and again
That’s why they invented karma. She also shows us a aside of her we don’t see very often in songs like Sexodus. Sexy…I guess, but it was like listening to a friend you’ve known all your life talking to you about sex, but hey…maybe she’s picking up some stuff from Madonna. Highlights on the album “Bring Da Noize”, ” Attention” and “Bad Girlz”. It’s a great party album and worth grabbing!

1. Yamantaka//Sonic Titan-UZU

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I really could fill up several pages with laurels for this fucking album! For those of us from the grunge era, this band and what they are bringing, is long overdue. Hailing from Montreal, Canada, this experimental art project/ rock opera, is displaying talent unseen by rock bands of late. UZU is the second album for Ruby Kato Attwood (vocals) and Alaska B (drums), John Ancheta (Bass), Ange Loft (Vocals) and Brendan Swanson (Keyboards) and it’s nothing short of enigmatic. Their 2011 self-titled released, was the precursor to what has turned into the groups Dark Side of the Moon. With sounds deeply rooted in Native American energy, they use piano,crunchy electric guitars and hard hitting drums to paint images of roaring oceans and enormous mountains. Then enters this anamolus serenity felt within the lyrics and tonality of it’s singer Ruby. With faces painted in  homage to both Japanese Noh theater and Native American aesthetic, YT//ST is the very embodiment of transcendental rock! Make no mistake, they are a jam band, but they do so as to really take the listener to places and not to shred for the sake of shredding. Highlights on the album are tracks like “Whalesong”,”Saturn’s Return” and “One”. Hear me when I say, this will be the band to watch for in the coming years! Nothing like it exists! YT//ST’s UZU is the wish fulfilling jewel for those yearning for more magic and rock in their listening experience!

Blink or you’ll miss Atoms for Peace’s new video Before Your Very Eyes

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Thom Yorke (Radiohead, Atoms for Peace), tweeted this morning: “Aaah Blinkin’ Hollywood :) Thanks to everyone who came last night. The message was to all those who attended their concert last night at the Hollywood Bowl, but it’s also giving us a clue as to how to watch this video. I tried it and I can say, that it smooths out an otherwise glitchy video. The question is “how fucking long can you blink your eyes without them getting really tired?” The answer is five seconds…I tried it and at a certain point, I felt like I had no control over my eye lids anymore. Like a person with nerve damage. Then the effect got harder and harder to see, so I quit, but I know you, our readers, have much more stamina than me. So, let me know how it goes. Remember…don’t hurt yourselves, it’s not worth it.

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Super sexy video for FKA twigs-Papi Pacify

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As we grow as a human race  (I use that term very lightly), we are constantly redefining sex through music and with each generation, we seem to be getting closer to the heart of the matter. FKA twigs (affectionately named for the way her bones cracked?) is giving sexiness the much needed makeover it deserves (you fucking hear that Miley?). FKA twigs, hails from Gloucestershire, UK and is lending some soultryness to the already sexy genre of witchhouse, two step, pitch-down, trap music that groups such as Balam Acab, How to Dress Well , James Blake and Active Child , have made great careers at. Sounding a bit like Lykki Li or Kate Boy, FKA twigs is clearly carving an original path with Papi Pacify, the second release off her four track 2013 EP. One taste of this video will be all you need to get you there. Sex has a new face.

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Video for One by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

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This morning I woke up to take my dog out, came back and decided that I wasn’t going back to sleep and started browsing music videos online and came across this amazing one called One by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. Needless to say, I was blown away visually and aurally, so I had to do some research on this group and here’s what I found.

As suspected they are from Canada and are art students. Yamantaka‘s founding members are two girls Ruby Kato Attwood and Alaska B, the rest sounds more like rock opera, you’ll understand what I’, saying in just a second

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The supporting members are John Ancheta on bass and acoustic guitar, Ange Loft and Walter Scott on vocals, Shub Roy on guitar, Brendan Swanson on keyboards, Alana Ruth on lights, Daniel Ellis and Chase Lo as dancers and Aylwin Lo as a projectionist.

To answer your question, they are as much a performing troupe as they are, one hell of a rock band. The makeup they wear is worn to signify Ruby and Alaska’s “Asian/Canadian” heritage. I’m guessing Japanese heritage, to be more exact, since they call the style of music they do Noh-Punk, a term that blends the traditional Japanese Noh theater  with punk rock, but I’ve been wrong before.

I’ll admit, after seeing this video, that I thought they were First Nation. The Native American vibe runs strong through this track, bouncing of the skies like an ancient horn summoning the elders of their tribe. It’s  all too provocative, engaging and WHY AM I JUST FINDING OUT ABOUT THEM??!!

While writing this article, I’ve been listening to their self titled 2011 release and it’s nothing short of genius. Strangely enough, it reminds me of Genghis Tron, very complicated, but emotional. This could easily become one of my new favorite bands.

I couldn’t find this single anywhere, so this may just be a sneak peak on a new release, but there’s no info on …wait…I lied.

(via. http://www.ytstlabs.com)

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN have just announced UZU, the highly anticipated followup to the self-titled debut, YT//ST. Out October 29th on Suicide Squeeze Records (US) and Paper Bag (Canada), UZU exhibits a diverse range of influences, from bands like Sleep and Boris to art and cultural references like classical Japanese drama and the “nihilistic art-punk scene of pre-Giuliani New York City.”

“One” is a way to pay tribute to the extended group’s indigenous upbringing and leads off with a traditional Iroquois song. The introductory chant is a social song calling people together and is traditionally performed by people of the Mohawk tribe.

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN will be touring North America this fall. Dates will be announced soon.

So there you go, I found this band interesting, to say the least and well worth a listen or two. Let me know what you think.


Listen to PHANTOGRAM’S Black Out Days

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Sharing the crown with other New York-based, synth pop duos like School of Seven Bells, Sleigh Bells and Purity Ring, PHANTOGRAM, Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards), are carving quite a reputation for themselves in the electronic scene. Their 2011 release “Night Moves” is a catchy variant on the sometimes too abstract “blips and blops” that have emerged out of the Big Apple. Instead they deliver a clever blend of hip hop, 80′s and pop. Today they released a new single called “Black Out Days” and although the production is tight, it’s not one of my favorites, but it’s still a worthy track and worth a listen. They still haven’t released word on when we can expect another album, but I think it’s safe to assume, they are in the lab right now.

MITNGTV Episode 4

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This week on MITNGTV we’ve got some new clever graphics for ya, showcasing two new spots on our program…The Kickstarters (where we focus on a Kickstarter we are excited about) and Underground Mondays (where we showcase some up and comers to the music scene). Course we will be highlighting all the stuff we’ve been talking about all week Mezo and Dj Micro Connected Remix, IDW’s Locke and Key coming to the big screen, Tom Morello’s work on the Pacific Rim soundtrack, the art of Nicola Verlato and much much more. Be sure to watch and subscribe to our channel or face the wrath!!

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MITNGTV EPISODE 3

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I know, shame on us for leaving you guys hanging. We didn’t mean too, but there were so many Ob-stacles in our path, we had no choice. Mainly our editor and visual effects guy going on sabbatical. Now that he’s back we can get this ball rolling a little. That is until this weekend, when that mofo leaves us again to go home. Hey, so the guy loves his mom’s cooking, I can’t hate on him for that.

This weeks episode focuses on a few of our highlights for this and previous weeks. I’ve taken the liberty of posting them below. I hope you enjoy the show and please subscribe to our Youtube if you dig it.

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