Video A-Go-Go: Extreme Summer, Didg Madness and More

Tired of this boring, normal summer already? How about an EXTREME SUMMER?! Here’s a very well-shot video by 828 Productions featuring a crew of Asheville BMX riders showing just how exciting a combination warm weather and bicycles can be.

Let’s mellow out for a bit, what do you say? Here’s a locally made, nature-loving, yoga-promoting, chill-out video by Simbi Dare and Nicola Morton, using music from a live performance at Marimba Garden in Montford. The video is part of a project called “For Seven Days We Talked Until the Point of Exhaustion,” and was recently used in a related performance in Brisbane, Australia.

Speaking of all things Aussie, as hard as it may be to believe, there was once a time when the sight of a didgeridoo once provoked a sense of novelty, curiosity and surprise in Asheville. But after years of impromptu didg jams, we’ve become culturally acclimated to the iconic droning instrument from Down Under, and the site of someone walking down the street with one sparks roughly as much interest as someone with an acoustic guitar and a cowboy hat on the streets of Nashville. Perhaps that’s why Florida-based didg player Lindsey Dank decided to record his very mildly tripppy video demo here, rather than in a less cosmopolitan music community.

As many Xpress readers already know, we’re big supporters of the citizen-journalism movement. A few years ago, the tools to put new media tools in the hands of average people suddenly became affordable, and that simple shift created an earthquake of change across the entire mass media. These days, however, it’s not a matter of tools being affordable, it’s a matter of almost everyone having access to them when they buy a standard cell phone. Just take a look at this video by TheGrayson711, which was entirely shot on an iPhone. It does a pretty nifty job of documenting a Friday night in downtown Asheville.

Time to go already? Let’s wrap this up with a quick little tune by local punkish-country musician Tony Wain of Tony Wain and the Payne. Wain and the Doeyedears will be performing on Sunday, July 18, at Static Age records.

Each week, dozens upon dozens of interesting local videos are uploaded to YouTube. It’s a lot to keep up with. Did we miss a particularly interesting, recently uploaded local video? Share it by leaving the video’s URL (but not the embed code) in the comment fields below. Also, please mark it Not Work Safe if there’s any controversial content to the video.



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