So here is a bit more on OK Go, who I mentioned in my “Let’s spread the clap” post. No, OK Go does not have the clap (well, they might but that is really their business. I hope they don’t because they are all quite cute), but the title was a reference to the use of handclaps in their music, which is intelligent, catchy, and hip-shakin fun.
Some of you may have seen their genius backyard-dance video for the song A Million Ways, which I can only liken to a synchronized-swimming routine done on land, with the bass player doing the lip-syncing to the words. They also usually end their live shows with it. It is a thing of riotous beauty. (If the above link doesn’t work on your computer, you can select a different player at their homepage www.okgo.net).
Damian Kulash, lead singer of OK Go, wrote an interesting article in the New York Times yesterday morning (12/6/05), so I guess that means he is muy importante now. From the OK Go email update:
[Damian's] article is about DRM, or Digital Rights Management, which is industry shorthand for “the reason your computer stopped working after you bought the new CD by The Coral,” and shouldn’t be confused with IHY, or It Hates You, industry shorthand for “the reason your computer stopped working after you bought the new CD by Celine Dion.”
Damian’s article is called “Buy, Play, Trade, Repeat.” You’ll find it here, unless you’re one of those hip retro-ironists who insist on reading the actual paper, in which case you’ll find it on the Op-Ed page (industry shorthand for “opposite the editorial page”) next to an article by some boob named Wesley Clark, blah-blah-blahing about the Middle-something-East.
OK Go is playing a free show in Los Angeles on 12/14, and unfree shows in Columbus and Albany. For details check their website at www.okgo.net. If you live in one of these cities, definitely go check them out.
**Photo credit David Goldman, shot for Alternative Press at the Hotel 17 in NY