Confession: I have no idea what the cardio room at my university’s gym looks like. Actually, I have no idea what the gym looked like at all. I generally tried to avoid meatheads lifting weights and airheads on treadmills the best I could. But if I knew I could’ve been joined by this guy dancing on the treadmills, I would’ve have come running. There’s nothing better than pretending you’re in an Ok Go video with someone else.
OK Go loves making people smile with their epic music videos but decided to spread longer-lasting joy to people’s lives by creating an
unsuccessful amusing dating site. OK Go teamed up with CollegeHumor to create OK Go-Pid, a matchmaking service. Once you fill out your online profile, OK Go will print it, crumple it into a tiny ball and throw it into a “signature mechanical computational device.” That sounds impressive and scientific. The rigorous steampunk device uses dominoes, tunnels and balloons to reveal your random and unreliable match.
During the testimonials, no one seems satisfied with their partner but they all admit it’s really cool to watch the process!! What’s compatibility anyway over the word of OK Go? I mean, these are the guys who made that awesome video where they run on treadmills. Who can argue with them?
Now if only the website was real.
Last year the TD Canada Trust Music Experience Pump It Up concert series rocked the University of Victoria, Queen’s and St. Francis Xavier with Girl Talk, K-OS, and The Stills. This fall, Canadian post-secondary students once again have the chance to score a free concert for their school.
The Pump It Up concerts this year will feature Metric, OK Go, and Keys N Krates and if you’re a post-secondary student, you have the opportunity to bring them to your school.
The way it works is simple, Canada has been broken up into three regions (West, Central, and East) and the school in each region that gets the most votes wins the concert. University and college students from across Canada will get bragging rights and enjoy a great concert all at the same time.
Although it’s only the second year for Pump It Up, a rep for the concert series says that there’s no better way “to get involved, promote school spirit and vote to win a free concert featuring some of the latest and hottest artists on the music scene.”
Rep for Pump It Up, Amy Chan says, “This program has been great as it encourages students to come together during the first few weeks of school through the enjoyment of music,” continuing, “What better way to do it than giving students the chance to get involved, promote school spirit and vote to win a free concert featuring some of the latest and hottest artists on the music scene?”
At the end of the voting period, the school from each region with the highest percentage of votes (in proportion to the student population) will be seeing Metric, OK Go, and Keys N Krates.
If you want to bring these amazing acts to your school, visit www.tdpumpitup.com and vote.
OK Go are going for a good cause — helping local musicians in New Orleans get their lives back on track in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The indie rockers will team up with New Orleans funk/soul group Bonerama to play two benefit shows. The first happens this Friday at the Tipitiana’s music venue in Uptown New Orleans and the second concert takes place Feb. 2 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
OK Go and Bonerama also got together during the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina to record music at a studio in the city’s Upper Ninth Ward.
The result of the collaboration is an exclusive iTunes EP that will benefit New Orleans R&B legend Al Johnson as well as Sweet Home New Orleans, an organization working to help thousands of local musicians get their lives back together after the storm.
The EP, “You’re Not Alone,” will be released Feb. 5 — the same day as Mardi Gras 2008 — and features three reworked songs from OK Go’s 2005 album “Oh No.”
It will also include covers of David Bowie’s “Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide” and Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released,” with the latter track featuring Johnson on contributing vocals.
“New Orleans is one of the last places in America where music is truly a fundamental part of everyday life,” said OK Go’s Damian Kulash in a statement.
“People get together on the weekends and parade through the streets just playing songs; 12-year-old-kids learn funk on the tuba; everyone actually dances. Life elsewhere in the world simply isn’t as awesome.
“If we allow the culture of New Orleans to die by leaving its musicians marooned around the country, it will be a terrible blow to American music.”