The Underground — Issue #27
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: A guitar mod that makes you a one man band, one of the most impressive action sequences in TV history, a band you need to listen to, a thorough explanation on dust (trust me, it’s amazing), and a comedic short on social media.
At Social Underground we go beyond the mainstream stuff and see what’s underneath the surface. What should we get into, listen to, read, eat or watch? If there is something in our culture that needs attention that’s our job: Show you the underground things that you need to know about: Books, music, television, movies, comedians, art, and whatever else we can find to get you into something you never knew about. That’s The Underground.
1. The world’s first wireless MIDI guitar controller is something that every guitar player needs. I’ve seen insane set-ups for guitars, but this one is up there on the I WANT THAT scale. You are literally a one man band if you have one of these things. The closest I’ve seen to this is Matt Bellamy’s guitar from the band Muse, but his doesn’t have the ability to do percussion and delays like this.
Check out this marvel of guitar innovation below.
Here’s another example of his genius below. Watching this guy — musician Robin Sukroso — jam out onstage instead of someone just mixing on a turntable would be much more enjoyable.
2. Here’s that epic battle from Game of Thrones season 5 episode 8 that everyone is talking about. To be honest, this season has been a little slow. There was one episode where there was a pointless sword fight in a garden, and then a rape scene that felt unnecessary (it also wasn’t in the books). But on May 31st, Game of Thrones went absolutely crazy with on of the best battle scenes that I have ever seen on television or in a movie theater.
You don’t really have to know the plot of the show to enjoy humans and giants fight ice zombies. So just watch this and sit in wonder at how a television show can pull off a zombie fight scene better than World War Z and The Walking Dead combined (Seriously, The Walking Dead. This makes you look so bad).
3. Civil Twilight South African rock band that you need to put into your ears. Have you ever been driving in your car and heard a song that made you try to remember the lyrics so you can look for online when you get home? Civil Twilight was that band for me. I heard one of their songs on the radio for the first time an instantly knew that they probably had more songs that kick just as much ass as the one I had just heard.
I soon went online and got their entire discography:
The first 2 albums are instantly likeable, and I have no doubt that their new album will be no different. Check out a few of their music videos to get into their music. You may recognize a few from being used for music and television.
Letters From The Sky
4. Dust is everywhere, on everything, but what is it and why is it? If you think I’m just talking about the dust that’s on your exercise bike, I’m not. I’m talking about dust that’s all over the planet, the solar system, the galaxy, galaxy clusters, and all over interstellar space.
This video goes into the specifics of dust on planet Earth, and stardust. If I was going to quote the late Carl Sagan, and I am, I think he related humans to being like dust in the universe the best:
“The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. I believe our future depends on how well we know this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.”
Check out the video below to get to know dust a lot better.
5. The Anti-Social Network is a comedic short film that really makes you think about how much time you spend on social networks. It’s pretty hard not to be on a social networks these days. If you want to let people know about a party, a birthday, something you found funny, something you want crowdfunded, or whatever else you can thing of, you use social media.
It’s getting to the point that no one actually interacts with each other. People post on social media so they can get a response from others. A charity is deemed a success if enough people click the “Like” button. Remember Kony 2012? People thought that sharing it on Facebook and Twitter actually stopped him.
Friends are not friends anymore, they’re just an audience you can throw your posts at and hope you get some sort of positive feedback. You keep clicking refresh on your laptop or wait for your phone to buzz signifying they heard you.
The Anti-Social Network is a comedic short film about a social media addict named Lucas (played by Sam Mac). He is so consumed, the boundaries between his real life and his virtual reality are obsolete. A chance meeting with a girl named Leila (played by Shae-Lee Shackleford) forces him to come to grips with the ultimate paradox.
This film explores the effect that social media has on a normal person going about their day. It’s kinda creepy once you realize how much time is spent.
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