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It's not TV. It's VBS.

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 18th 2007 7:09PM
VBS playerThe best television programming out there isn't on TV. It's on VBS. Alright, that's a bit of an overstatement, but Vice Magazine's VBS broadband channel, which is currently in beta, is into overstatements. With director Spike Jonze as its creative director, VBS has set out to "rescue you from television's deathlike grip" and "exploit every Utopian vision the internet has thus far failed to live up to." Big words from a little network, but so far, they're kicking broadband ass and taking names.

The network is a heady, hipster mix of politics, fun and music. Some of the best programming so far - Heavy Metal in Baghdad, a five-part series in which the filmmakers search for Baghdad's only heavy metal band Acrassicauda. The short series presents a unique take on civilian life in Iraq. Soft Focus - former Nation of Ulysses and Make-Up frontman Ian Svenonius interviews musicians like Chan Marshall, Will Oldham and Ian Mackaye. Dos and Don'ts and Friends - alternative comics and other off-kilter folks hold forth on still images of sexy, sexy people doing sexy, sexy things.

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Comedians spoof Lost writers room

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 18th 2007 9:31AM
lost writers; super deluxeWhat the hell is going on in the Lost writers room, anyway? I mean, are those guys on crack or what? Those are questions I asked myself after the first six episodes of Lost this season. The comedy troupe Olde English have a great video sketch of their interpretation of the Lost writers room. The sketch, which is NSFW because of some profanity, points out all the open mysteries and takes us through the "creative process" of the Lost writers. Their interpretation? Basically, the Lost writers are over-caffeinated slackers who have been locked in a room with a countdown clock for way too long.

Check it out here (crank it up because the audio is super low).

[Thanks, Jason!]

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