50 pictomat videos: do it again
November 1, 2010, 2:09 pm
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the last? this is an old beach boys song, rewritten and turned into a lament and dedicated to an old dear friend.


50 pictomat videos: let him run wild
October 28, 2010, 4:24 pm
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the last pictomat video?

it is near the end of october. we can’t imagine the pictomat music video project going on into the rest of fall, but then we never imagined it going much past the debut effort of the four tops “bernadette”. there is something exhilarating about watching oneself half sing to a prerecorded track. now, if we had our own studio … well, this might then have been a year long project. so the the last (?) vid of this year is here.

well, that is not counting earl’s feature production. it is in the middle of negotiations. earl wants a bigger trailer, with large well lit mirrors.

oh, credits: “let him run wild” written by: brian wilson and mike love

50 pictomatic videos: grapevine rap
October 19, 2010, 6:38 am
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i heard it through the grapevine (rap), written: norman whitfield & barrett strong

we just can’t keep mr.pic away from the sound-studio and mixing board. this time, or so we are told. mr. pic claims he is doing an homage to both mr. dylan, with his talk/sing style and the fact that today, tuesday, bob dylan releases his ninth volume of the “bootleg series” titled “the witmark demos (1962 – 1964)”, and also, to motown’s only real competition to writing team of holland, dozier, & dozier who wrote the slick work for the supremes and the four tops (watch the first pictomat video “bernadette”). that, of course, would be norman whitfield and barrett strong, who wrote for the temptations and gladys knight and the pips. it is the pips funky backing track, rather than the slower, more popular and quite different marvin gaye version that mr. pic lays his gritty vocal down. (you did catch that we said motown songwriting teams. right? that is so a certain nyc friend wouldn’t think he could catch us being leaving out the man bobby d called, “america’s finest songwriting poet”. why that would be … smokey, natch!)

50 pictomat videos: jackson
September 28, 2010, 5:11 pm
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promises, promises, yah, we know. pictomat has been up to a ton ‘a tricks. music videos seem to have september written all over them, ‘cuz we just can’t quit despite all of our promises.

this is the old billy edd wheeler and jerry leiber tune, “jackson”. it has been around the block, and is one of those lucky songs that actually has two definitive versions. there is johnny cash and june carter’s take, and then the slick nancy sinatra and lee hazelwood production – both fine in their different ways. we took yet another tip from dylan and did it with a real “basement tape” sound and sounds straight outta the ozarks.

you’ll have to keep visiting and see when this little journey ends. we say each night, “that’s it!” then we find a really interesting instrumental track and can’t help ourself. by morning it is ready to post.

50 pictomat videos: valerie
September 27, 2010, 7:37 pm
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“valerie”, the last in a series of “the music video” project from pictomat

really, this truly is pictomat’s last music video for quite sometime. it just that a polymath such as we are,┬áprevents us from easily ending a series such as this, even though we have plenty of other stuff in the galleys.

however, our good friend, and frequent visitor to this site has long requested that pictomat smile. this video has more smile than you will see from us for a good quarter of a century. L, our friend, has also lent pictomat a skateboard so that we can use it to track earl at his level with a camera, so that his planned movie “a day in earl’s life” can give us all a little view from his perspective. we only have to hope he takes this job. we are not sure that he works for scale.

“valerie” is a british hit, and collaboration between amy winehouse and her producer ronson. the original version is a ska song written and performed by the zutons. the winehouse/ronson version is from 2007, the original zuton single came out in 2006. all of this release info pertains to the u.k. charts, where both hit the top ten. needless to say, stateside lives in a different world ruled by the warbley voices. these song are not played in this sorry country, a sorry land with no sense of musical taste or history, other than, shudder, what american idol spews out. its ugly spillover drifts to almost all american recording … we were going to say “artists”, but we can’t force ourselves to use that word, and we will spare you any profanity today.

here is for you L, a smiling video. we aim to please and beside, you lent us your son’s skateboard without telling him.

50 pictomat videos: back to roots
September 26, 2010, 1:11 pm
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the last pictomat music video (for now)

this little music video project is ending for now. we are waiting for some equipment to film “a day in the life of earl”. he seems to bring traffic to this site, or at least he thinks he does. but looking back on our last three videos, we decided we liked the simple, fresh sound of the holland/dozier/holland’s “bernadette”, our first attempt.

so like dylan, after the fame became too much and overcame him, he crashed a motorcycle, retired to woodstock, new york, and came back with his underproduced back to basics album “john wesley harding”. it is never a bad idea to use a dylan trick. we stepped into the studio and layed down a quick, heartfelt track written by amy winehouse.

50 pictomat videos: sympathy for pictomat
September 25, 2010, 12:01 pm
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symathy for pictomat

it turns out that the “heroes” single was, in fact, a double sided hit! what luck, even for you, dear readers. a mannered reading of a jagger/richards song. spin it now.