Tadashi / Tonight, The City Skyline / Cats!

Last week, taping at The Oasis was like a blast from the past. A few guys I knew back from high school are playing in a new band called Tadashi. I was able to tape most of their set and here is the link to the video playlist:

Tadashi Live at The Oasis

The first band that I caught that night was called Tonight, The City Skyline. They said that they were usually an acoustic band and this was an experiment in a fuller electric sound. Here is a bit of video from that:

And I know everyone has been anxiously awaiting the return of cat video here at Cooperland Productions. Delving through the video that volunteer Andi so graciously took for me (being allergic to cats can have its problems when you work with an animal shelter), I was able to edit and put together three more cat videos that are now up on the Save-A-Pet youtube page. Here is one of those:

Long week of post production this week and now onto a little more production this weekend. Looking forward to working with some new people and moving forward with some videos that are ready to move out of preproduction.

Mark Alexander

One of the artist I worked with when I was producing The Music Box at Butler was Mark Alexander. From my limited perspective – from Grayslake while he’s still doing his thing in Indianapolis – Facebook has informed me that he is still playing music and really expanding as an artist. He just released this music video and I’m really impressed with the sound (and the visual by Daniel Arthur Films). Thought I’d share:

The internet is filled with videos of cats…

Working with Save-A-Pet, I’ve been making countless adoption videos featuring an individual cat or dog and telling their story in an attempt to reach out to the greater community. I, by nature, am a dog person. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that I am allergic to cats. But alas, video does not wait on my running nose. My first attempt at cat videos proved to be a bit unsuccessful – the big old camera rig was a bit off putting to most of the cats and these cats weren’t doing all the cute and entertaining things that cats do on the internet. I went back to the drawing board and ended up deciding to let a cat person work with the cats. Leasing out a handheld camera, with the help of Save-A-Pet volunteer Andi, she was able to capture the unique and maybe even a bit precious moments of the SAP cat room that my running nose wouldn’t allow me. With this new footage in tote, we have started wave two of SAP cat videos. Fewer words, more cuteness, and maybe even a little bit of viral-ability. Here is one of the first, more to come soon:

The Oasis

I just started working with a local youth center called the Oasis. They have bands that come in every Friday and Saturday to play for a crowd of largely 13-18 year olds (and a few of us 24 year olds). This is definitely the type of place I would have loved as a teen and I’m glad to see people investing time and resources into this. Here is a video of one of the bands I taped while there. More will be available in the coming days at the Oasis youtube.

That’s What I’m talking about…

Just found this from Matt Wertz’s twitter account. Absolutely stunning video. Love it.

Matt Wertz // Weight & Wings Tour Stop, Minneapolis from capture studios on Vimeo.


Speaking of the Matt Wertz tour, I was spinning his new cd nonstop before the show and since then, I haven’t been able to stop listening to Ben Rector’s cd (his opening act/guitarist). Both guys are great and highly recommended.

New Album, Slow Reveal?

City and Colour has a new album coming out on June 7th and today they released the whole album on youtube – as music over a video full screen. While I love the idea of getting the jump on an album I’ve been anticipating since the last time I saw them live, I’m not really sure this use of youtube is my favorite. It seems a bit disjointed to me – the songs don’t play one after another, not sure if the list order is album order, computer speakers – although the way I listen to most music nowadays – is never my first choice for really soaking in a new album. But enough I’ve my whining. The good news is I love it. I love music that can tell stories. Music is such a visual thing for me, well, good music. I have this natural inclination to listen to a song and just build a music video in my head. Anyhow, if you haven’t check out City and Colour, I highly recommend it. And here is the preview of the album’s title track. Can’t wait to but the cd in my car and go for one of those late night summer drives.