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Exclusive video premiere: Rogue Wave’s “Solitary Gun.”

Exclusive video premiere: Rogue Wave’s “Solitary Gun.” (photo)

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A few months ago I talked with Rogue Wave’s, Zach Rogue, about a bunch of album teasers they shot with director Tyler Manson. We also talked about Zach’s recovery from partial paralysis, how a song of theirs was stolen and used in the trailer for “Rachel Getting Married,” and how his bandmate Pat wants to live inside the film “Tron.” You can check that out with the teasers here.

Now they’ve finished a full video for the song “Solitary Gun” from the album Permalight with the same director. They shot everything fast and loose with a Canon 5D Mark II and an old Bolex 16mm. Check it out:

Here’s director Tyler Manson’s thoughts on the project and the macabre idea behind the concept of the video:

I come from a very run-and-gun, low budget, documentary film background, so I love any chance to work outside of studios and away from large productions. When it’s just the band, my DP (Joe Aguirre) and myself running around for a day, we begin to flow at a fast pace and I am able to change direction on the fly without disrupting too many moving parts. That’s exactly the way the “Solitary Gun” video shoot with Rogue Wave turned out. We ran (literally) with a very simple idea of documenting Zach Rogue’s search for Oscar Grant – the 22-year-old shot and killed early New Year’s Day (2009) on the Oakland BART by a police officer. To do this, we took BART trains for the whole day and let the video develop from there.

Zach & Pat Spurgeon (drums) are always great to work with and bring a lot of creative ideas to the table. We all work through the initial concept, along with Emmett Malloy, and then they put a lot of trust in me to deliver something visually intriguing, different and new. “Solitary Gun” is a really powerful song and I wanted to make sure to stay true to the underlying story of the song.

We shot the video on small cameras to be unobtrusive and fast paced. I collaborated with my good friend and visual artist, Alex Kopps for the graphic elements. He’s really talented when it comes to using hand drawn, low-fi, analog techniques. We wanted the the text on the video to hint at Zach’s thoughts and used coloring to bring an element of chaos and beauty to it.

More at roguewave.com.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.

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Stan Diego Comic-Con

Stan Against Evil returns November 1st.

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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.

Premiere Date!

Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.

Character Deets!

Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.

Happy Accidents!

Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.

Exposed Roots!

If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.

Trailer Treasure!

Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.

Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.