I won't say Boing Boing TV *discovered* Ms. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, but I will say that our old pal Russell Porter introduced her to many of our readers and viewers for the first time, in this classic Boing Boing TV episode from 2008.
The "heartbroken soul" sound captured in her debut album, 19, won her a Mercury Prize that year. Russell caught up with her backstage at the awards show.
One year later, she would take home two Grammys, then in 2012 she nabbed an unprecedented six, cementing Adele's role as one of the most powerful and famous female vocalists in contemporary popular music.
The video for her song "Chasing Pavement" excerpted in this BBTV episode was directed by Matthew Cullen.
Just a few days ago, by the way, the 24-year-old songstress gave birth to her first child—a beautiful baby boy.
A classic Boing Boing TV episode from our vaults: Russell Porter interviews Florence Welch of Florence+the Machine at the 2008 edition of the Standon Calling festival.
Nobody in the US knew who these guys were in in 2008! Includes an interview and an impromptu, unplugged performance outside of their trailer.
WARNING: Video contains spoilers
To celebrate the premiere of Breaking Bad's Fifth Season this week, my fellow trufan Miles O'Brien and I dug into the show's vaults to explore the top 10 chemistry moments in Breaking Bad, from seasons One through Four. Only, there was so much awesome science, we had to choose 11 top chemistry moments, instead.
Also, check out our excellent adventure: air-dropping in to a random Breaking Bad fan's premiere party in the show's hometown of Albuquerque, NM.
[Video Link]. More Boing Boing coverage of Breaking Bad here.
Assembled by Joe Sabia (Twitter: @joesabia, web: joesabia.co). Check out his CDZA project on YouTube, too. Thanks, Joe!
A compilation of classic arcade deaths, arranged to an 8-bit cover of "Mad World" by Rob Beschizza.Read the rest
Meet The Decemberists, a fantastic indie/folk/rock outfit from Portland, Oregon who took 15 years to become an overnight success.Read the rest
Joe Sabia offers this hilarious and appropriately instructive recap of the Wikileaks saga as it has unfolded over the last few weeks.
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When Wikileaks released thousands of classified US diplomatic cables this week, a familiar criticism was repeated by the project's foes: these leaks could harm innocent people. There's no evidence of that yet, but within the documents there is evidence the American government has harmed innocent people.
One of them is Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, and a victim of so-called "extraordinary rendition." He was a car salesman in Germany, a father of six. The CIA kidnapped him by mistake (his name sounds and looks identical to that of an actual terror suspect), and sent off to receive months of torture in Afghanistan.
When the CIA realized he was innocent, he was flown to Albania and dumped on a back road without so much as an apology.
El-Masri's futile efforts at receiving justice in the U.S. are well-known, but the cables published this week by Wikileaks include revelations the U.S. also warned German authorities not to allow a local investigation into his kidnapping and abuse.
The nearest he's gotten to justice is an arrest warrant for 13 CIA agents issued by prosecutors in Spain, which they entered on forged passports.
In this video, originally part of the Witness.org documentary OUTLAWED, El-Masri relates his experiences. Boing Boing presented a portion of this documentary on our video channel back in 2008; the documents brought to light by Wikileaks provide an opportunity to revisit the story with new context.
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(Photo: Khaled el-Masri with his family in Germany, 2005. Dieter Mayr for The New York Times)]
Directed by Isaiah Seret
and shot in L.A., Gogol Bordello's new video chronicles the day-to-day life of an immigrant, as experienced by the members of this multi-cultural rock bandRead the rest
A touching reminder of Britain's fast-vanishing rural heritage from the archives of the great and underappreciated documentary filmmaker, Lee Titt.Read the rest
Offbeat British comedy duo Robert Popper
and Peter Serafinowicz
, creators of "Look Around You," speak to us about their absurdist fake-educational science programRead the rest
A "Dante's Inferno of Brazilian art" to accompany The N.A.S.A. Project's song, Strange Enough.Read the rest
I took the new iPhone 4 out for a Venice Beach bike ride, to test the smartphone's new high-res video recording capabilities. All footage in this video shot with iPhone 4. Read the rest
Xeni Jardin caught up with comedian Rich Fulcher
is well known for his multiple character roles on the hit BBC comedy series "The Mighty Boosh
.Read the rest
Ninja and Yo-Landi of Die Antwoord
sat down with me for an interview with Xeni after the South African rap-rave band's first-ever US performance at Coachella
.Read the rest
co-creators Matt Stone
and Trey Parker
speak with Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin.Read the rest
Rare and historic film from Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, from 1956.Read the rest
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Boing Boing Video presents "O PATO," featuring Kool Kojak and DJ Babão, from the NASA music project (North America South America).Read the rest
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In this episode of Boing Boing Video, I speak with Haitian-American blogger and sustainable tech development activist Catherine Lainé (photo at left from earlier this year).Read the rest
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On the eve of the Third Reich, a young woman of Jewish descent married an Aryan man.Read the rest
Two years ago, Glen Hansard, singer/guitarist for the Irish group The Frames, and Markéta Irglová, a teenaged classical pianist from the Czech Republic, starred in a small independent film about a busker (like Hansard himself) and an immigrant flower seller on the streets of Dublin. Director John Carney made the film, titled Once, for just $160,000. Hansard and Irglová wrote all the songs for the soundtrack. The film became a surprise hit. Hansard and Irglová won a 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song, the hauntingly beautiful "Falling Slowly."
Cut to 2009: Hansard and Irglová, backed by The Frames, are playing sold-out shows under the name The Swell Season at legendary venues like Radio City Music Hall. The group recently released Strict Joy, their first album since the Once soundtrack. More complex and lush than their previous work but just as emotional and brutally honest, Strict Joy is an intimate, orchestral song cycle that brings them even further into the realm of the great singer-songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and Joni Mitchell.
When Swell Season came to Oakland's Paramount Theater last month, I had the opportunity to interview Irglová and Hansard for Boing Boing Video. I found them both to be refreshingly grounded, humble, and incredibly gracious. They're the kind of people you want to invite home for dinner. I was thrilled that Glen and Mar agreed to perform several songs for our cameras, including an unreleased new song they wrote while on the road. The group performs tonight in Dublin. In January, they play in London, Glasgow, Manchester, and New York City.
Boing Boing has a number of people to thank for the magnificent quality of this video, starting with my dear friends Scott Compton and Bart Nagel. Scott took a break from his Chuck Prophet documentary and myriad other projects at Remedy Editorial to direct the piece. Bart and Chris Valente joined Scott in shooting it. The masterful Phil Perkins recorded the audio. Chris edited at Remedy with assistance from Jeffrey Boyette. Finally, thanks to John Tosch and Carrie Tolles for making it happen.
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UPDATE: Interview with the groom!
On Sunday, a man named Sal9000 married the love of his life.Read the rest
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Boing Boing Video proudly debuts a new piece from the "great god almighty could it get any more awesome?" N.A.S.A.Read the rest
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In this episode of Boing Boing Video, we test-drive "Sarriugarteis (Odontochile) trilobiteis," also known as The Electrobite.Read the rest
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Boing Boing Video proudly presents "Man in the Sand," from Gordon Gano and the Ryans' new record "Under the Sun." Video directed by famed illustrator, photographer, and filmmaker Matt Mahurin.Read the rest
Institute for the Future
teamed up with Sun Microsystems
and Boing Boing Video
to co-host the Digital Open
, an online tech expo for teens 17 and under around the world.Read the rest
Institute for the Future teamed up with Sun Microsystems and Boing Boing Video to co-host the Digital Open, an online tech expo for teens 17 and under around the world.Read the rest
Digital Open: Teen Altoid-hacks his way to tech gloryRead the rest
Teen dreams of a kinder future.Read the rest