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Friday media round-up: 7/26

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Here’s what the Heave staff has been into this week!

Adam Cowden

This program, that helps you brew your own beer: http://beersmith.com/

Amy Dittmeier

Fiona Apple and my boy PTA (that’s Paul Thomas Anderson to y’all) have collaborated again. The video for “Hot Knife,” everyone:

Tim Munroe

I saw the dudes from Shiloh come through Cole’s last weekend, and they were rad as frigg. I had never heard of the band before, and I really wasn’t planning on sticking around for their set until the singer told me his favorite band in Chicago was the Peekaboos. (Mine too!) I’m really glad I stayed, because they’re a really great band with great songwriting. (For fans of Wilco, Violent Femmes, Elliot Smith, etc.) So I went home and downloaded an album of theirs off their Bandcamp (http://shilohchicago.bandcamp.com/) and have been listening to it a whole buttload this week. Here’s a video of them playing my favorite song from their record, “All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers.”

Cory Clifford

This is an amazing video about a 98-year old man who’s nearly blind and paints amazing things with MS Paint.

The Pixel Painter from The Pixel Painter on Vimeo.

William Jones

I downloaded Antichamber (PC) on the cheap via Steam and have become fascinated with it. It’s an indie PC game that puts the player in a first-person puzzle world that is designed to mess with the player’s mind, throwing the rules of the real world out the window in favor of making people think really far outside the box to get through the strange world. The graphics are quite rough around the edges, and the game’s puzzles can be as frustrating as they are clever at times, but there’s something still incredibly fascinating about all of it. An example of a puzzle is the player turning the corner to find a red staircase and a blue, one going down, one going up. No matter which the player chooses, it always leads back to the same hall and the same two choices. The solution? Go back the way you came. Somehow, the return path isn’t the same as the one that got the player there. Everything is not as it seems in Antichamber.

http://www.antichamber-game.com/

Trent Zuberi

I am completely obsessed with Riff Raff this week. I don’t know who he is or where he came from ,but damnit this has me intrigued!

Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

I’m bringing my younger sister to her first Lollapalooza next weekend, which is ridiculously exciting save for all the lineup conflicts we’re having. Chief among them is my overwhelming need to see the madness of Death Grips firsthand against her staunch refusal to see something that, and I quote, “is not music.” In the meantime, I’ll be listening to NOLOVEDEEPWEB all week, thanks.