Not to suggest that they're mutually exclusive, but if you have pay television and nothing better better to do this weekend, fuck it. Stay home and watch the broadcast debut of two of VBS.TV's most popular shows. Starting this Saturday, our skate programme Epicly Later'd and our surf culture show Hi Shred-Ability will be airing on Fuel TV.
Remember way back in spring when we introduced you to Motherboard, VBS.tv's lustrous answer to the drab diaper that is the media's technology coverage? We promised to deliver you an entire brain's worth of intriguing personalities and developments in everything from robotics to video-gaming to the future of music and film-making, noting also that we would forever avoid stuff like steampunk, inane gadgets, and the assorted goings-on inside Silicon Valley boardrooms. On the heels of our success, we're pleased to announce we've taken the job one colossal step beyond: Motherboard, in cahoots with the ever-gracious humans at Dell, has graduated to its own internet web-place: Motherboard.tv!
It's a pretty widely known fact that Vice outsources all of its blog posts to India. So when the Black Lips came to my country earlier this year, I was pretty pumped on experiencing some sweaty American rock 'n' roll. Unfortunately, the Black Lips were kicked out before I had the chance to see them. Instead, they flew to Berlin, where they recorded an album with their friends King Khan and BBQ. Needless to say, the album kicks ass (and they recorded it in under a week!).
Today VBS is re-showing a Soft Focus interview with My Bloody Valentine front man Kevin Shields because it's good and also to keep you up to date for fact-dropping at their performance at All Points West in New Jersey next weekend. In order to impress people you need to be the center of knowledge at the festival, not just by making Brian Wilson comparisons. Make sure to tell them that My Bloody Valentine is soon to release songs they've been working on since 1996 but that you have listened to Shields since 1988 straight out of the womb. They won't know which way is up.
Stelarc is a Greek weirdo who lives in Australia and uses medical equipment, prosthetic limbs, electrodes, virtual-reality systems, endoscopy, and crazy cyborgian human-internet connections to produce shows that fuses the lines between art, performance art, body art, and some kind of futuristic Skinny Puppy electronics trade fair. VBS dropped in to get his thoughts on the present state of transhumanism and see what abominations of biological science he’s been working on lately.
Oh, and he also has a human ear grafted onto his arm.
Have you been taking note of what’s going on over VBS at this past week? Besides looking all snazzy in its new black satin duds, the blog’s had some quality reading largely in the form of tracking the Falcon folklore of Damanhur. Let's recap...
Look who was on Normal People Who Have Jobs TV this morning? Our own boss guy Shane Smith got up early to discuss current events and his adventures in journalism with the scaries and the scared in North Korea, where he and the rest of the crew snuck a camera in for the Vice Guide to North Korea. He says they were "really terrified of getting caught. And it's not like getting caught in Iraq or Afghanistan, or taking a stray bullet. You know you're gonna go away and go away for a long time." If you click down there you can watch him say that last quote (and more).
After you're done checking out the Rene Ricard exhibit, and we mean actually pausing for more than three seconds to look at what's on the walls (for crying out loud, dipshits, is free wine seriously that important in your life?), head on over to Rental for a Richard Kern retrospective. It's all pre-00s photos, the now-iconic stuff from 1980 to 1999 that really made people have a heart attack in their undies back then (you see girls on the street now wearing less clothes). The monthly magazine shoots and the Shot by Kern VBS show he does for us now all comes from somewhere, so go educate yourself about or revisit what solidified Kern's status as a guy who knows what we all want to see.
It's the half way point of the 6 Beers of Separation series but we’ve been following the challenge since the beginning. Vice office favourite Oliver is finally getting things right. This is a little bittersweet as we sort of like him better when he's screwing everything up (check episode 2 to see him die completely at a standup show in Vegas). Perhaps his strategy of using his 6 Beers budget to fund his own comedy gigs will actually pay off. Though, how it will help him meet his comedy hero Will Arnett is beyond us.
Remember that whole "Vote for Epicly Later'd, it's up for a Webby" campaign we lightly annoyed you with here for about a month? Well, we got it. Take it away, Patrick O'Dell...
I don't know what to say about this Webby Award really, but Vice asked me to write an acceptance speech. So uhh, thanks to the Webby Academy or whatever. Thanks to Jesus, Jereme, Gargoyinging, Claus Grabke and all my die-hard fucking fans. Also I want to rub it the face of ESPN, Play.com, and the Peyton Manning Promo, who were also up in the same category as me. You guys are really awesome, but I guess this proves that I'm a little awesomer. Oh, and the category was "Best in Sports Online Shorts" (or something)--isn't that some shit? At least it wasn't "Extreme Sports," because I would have vomited a little bit. I don't know anything about sports, it's a big blind spot I have. I always forget to care so this is an ironic win for me. And I say "I" and "me" because this award is not for Lauren Cynamon, Chris Grosso, Kelly Hudson, or anyone else at VBS that didn't have anything to do with it. Also, this has nothing to do with the skaters who agreed to be subjected to my awesome interviewing, 'cause in a way I made their careers. So anyway, I'll be seeing all you guys from the Webbys winners circle.