So, FINALLY, a throw-away idea of mine gets legs. I always wanted that to happen. It started as a plan to hop several bars and take in a bunch of different bands in the other night (AKA: Typical Friday night). Cannon and I figured we would commemorate by taking a selfie with each band. However, I also recalled that we spoke on last week’s Local is Our Genre about how it’s much more effective to use video. Therefore, we decided on taking a “video selfie.” That probably would have been good enough, but it introduces two problems: 1) You can’t really talk over the band, nobody can hear it; and 2) What the hell else can you do during a video selfie. This led to the inevitable just staring at the camera thinking of what the hell we should do, but as it IS video, you can see us sort of bobbing our heads along to the music. The whole thing was so stupid and awkward, I posted it anyway, figuring somebody would get a kick out of it.
Within 15 mintues, it was getting a ton of likes and snarky comments, but when we hit the next venue, I actually had people wanting to do another one with THAT band. This time the effort was to intentionally appear awkward and deadpan however. I considered this to be a subtle commentary on overly-contrived goofy-faced selfies. Basically, it was my “anti-duckface.”
(The Wyld Life at Birdy’s)
By the third venue, the comments had progressed to the point where the word “NodCasting” was thrown out as a name. Surprisingly, local musicians didn’t get my ironic statement, and actually thought I was intending it as a way to promote the music at the venue and get people to come out and hear the band (wouldn’t a video FEATURING the band be much more effective for that?) and mistook my “awkward deapan” as “deep immersion” (which I imagine would have involved my eyes being a more closed and the lateral motions of my head much more subdued).
(A Bit of NIN Karaoke)
As the night went on, the suggestions started getting more outrageous. We should have nodcasting challenges in the veign of the ice bucket challenge. Okay, but what kind of a prize do we give out for nodding? For that matter, how do you pick a winner? I mean, can you really “out-nod” someone? Do we go by quality of the music? Presentation skills? Outstanding camera work?
(World premiere of the new No Pit Cherries single)
Has the NodCasting fad died already?
(Arnie Duke covers Sinatra)
I’ll leave it to you guys to expand on the medium. If you are so inclined, send me your NodCasts for repost here (or maybe we’ll make it an Indy In-Tune thing and give away some t-shirts or prize packs or something). I’ll lay out the official ground rules here …
1.) No more than 20 seconds.
2.) Must feature some kind of music, preferably live, clearly audible in the video. If live, the performer(s) should be visible in the background.
3.) No smiling.
(Double-Duke-ing It with Matthew Corken playing Kips)