Hey, guys! Here’s Some Awesome is getting a little awesomer on Wednesdays! We’re now joined by new contributor Brandon Goodwin, who will be getting you over Hump Day with his video selections. Who’s Brandon? In his own words:
Brandon Goodwin is a multimedia producer for TODAY.com, the TODAY show website, wearing many hats as a photo editor, video producer and as the community manager for their Tumblr account. His new focus is on creating platform-specific multimedia for TODAY social channels and collaborating with the TODAY Orange Room, a new, innovative broadcast / digital video space. He also makes GIFs, and lots of them.
Please welcome Brandon, and look forward to his future picks!
The always-great Casey Neistat asks people camped out on the streets of New York why they’re waiting in line for the new iPhone 5S.
The general answer tends to involve the word “crazy.”
So the video embedded above, for the new Arcade Fire single “Reflektor,” is pretty cool. But you know what’s cooler? Going to JustAReflektor.com and (presuming your phone and computer are up to the technological challenge) interacting directly with the action. It’s a cool experience — tied to a great song.
So apparently the story is this — Lenny Kravitz, creator of songs, Zoe Kravitz and stylish ensembles for Katniss Everdeen of District 12, was walking down the street, and happened to overhear the Voice of Praise Choir of New Orleans’ First Baptist Church, performing “Fly Away” on the street.
Kravitz proceeds to join in.
The part I love happens about halfway through, when Kravitz hops on the drums: For one thing, I always love musicians who can genuinely play more than one instrument. For another thing, he’s not trying to take over — he simply keeps the beat going while this kid in a blue polo shirt busts out a pretty mean guitar solo. That’s what music should be about — people gathering together, for no other reason than to make a joyous noise.
World of Wonder, the production company behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, has a truly amazing deal with the world’s most famous and fabulous drag queen. Their latest collaboration: RuPaul Drives, an interview show featuring Ru, a vintage Volvo, and an eclectic mix of personalities. First up is the wonderful Tyler Oakley, and they have a surprisingly open and honest conversation for a five minute video. If you love either or both of these people, you’ll love this.
Lo, a miracle! Just days ago, the heavens opened, and the Lord, in His infinite wisdom, unleashed a torrent of new ArScheerio Paul episodes, featuring Paul Scheer and his equally hilarious friends recreating decades-old interviews from the Arsenio Hall Show.
Praise be to Paul Scheer, and his good works. Praise be.
Say what you will about Tom Cruise or Chris Hardwick, but those guys can hold a note.
From the YouTube description:
“Dog Eat Dog” is a short film based on the true story of how actor/producer Zachary Quinto finally adopted his first dog in a Los Angeles Animal Shelter. During the events of his hilarious trials in attempting to adopt a shelter animal, Sian Heder, the film’s director was there by his side. Taking notes. Preparing a great dinner party story. And that story, told on countless occasions, eventually evolved into the script. “Dog Eat Dog” is a twisted, fun, morality tale about the lengths to which some of us will go in order to get what we want.
Originally premiered on Petsami — 10 minutes long, but surprisingly gripping with a few fun twists.
And try and catch all the celebs who make an appearance in this special Nerdist music video.