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Archive for April, 2008

4-28-08 Ministry – Let’s Go

Posted by Sean on April 30, 2008

The global community of freaks marks the passing of Albert “Magic Bike Ride” Hoffman today, who discovered LSD in 1938. Don’t think we won’t be doing something about him here.

But not right now, because I don’t have the time.

Your neat thing today is Ministry‘s Let’s Go, which I discovered on Diane’s Kamikaze Fun Machine on WFMU. It’s the first track on 2007’s The Last Sucker, and a rather appropriate intro to a Ministry album.

Yes, yes, I know, it’s a little repetitive, in the sense that the Atlantic Ocean is a little wet, and it’s not Jesus Built My Hotrod. But, hey, it’s Ministry, and it has Crazy Street Preacher Guy going, “A STOOOOOHHHHMMM’S A-BREWIN’!” Crazy Street Preacher Guy is cool, except when he’s ranting and railing against you and me. Then he’s way cool.

Footage of George W. Bush morphing into his true skinwalker overlord form courtesy of Wuggles9786.

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Caffeine, Pterodactyls, and Cats

Posted by shanoah on April 30, 2008

You may recall a post I did a while ago with two Cat animations, one of which was by Michael Sporn. Michael himself left the following comment, which I thought I’d share:

Thanks for posting my Sesame Street spot, “The Curious Cat.” The meow is probably the same; they both came from an effects library. The music in my spot was written and sung by Jeremy Steig, a well known jazz flutist who was also the son of cartoonist, William Steig.

This in turn led me to his blog, which turned out to be well worth skimming through, with some amazing sketchwork from Bambi, and a picture that caught my eye of Betty Boop’s skeleton, among other things.

I also thought I’d share the title piece from Jeremy Steig‘s new cd, Pterodactyl. The music is all done with flutes and bottles:

Pterodactyl – Jeremy Steig

On another note, here’s an offbeat AMV I thought would be fun to post:

Caffeine Encomium – Kodacha

The William Tell Overture is a great choice of music for clips from Kodacha to be put to, and I think it captures the spirit of the main character, Sana, quite well.

Yes, she is that hyperactive all the time. It’s a rather odd offbeat series about a child actor and the everyday drama of her life. Though the official dubbing seems to have removed references to Rei being her “pimp” which I think is a sad, sad thing.

Ah well, I prefer subtitles, anyways.

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4-29-08 akron/family – Ed is a Portal

Posted by Sean on April 29, 2008

I was going to put up a Ministry song today, but I’m just not in a “RAAAAAAAAAAH!” mood right now. Too hot. I’m more in a silly, bubbly mood. So here’s akron/family live at Cargo in London with Ed is a Portal, off 2007’s Love is Simple. Watch how they work the crowd.

Video courtesy of thranshan. Song courtesy of WFMU. Some bad words like BLEEP and BLEEP and Rush Limbaugh, so not work-safe.

jillenium00 made a time-lapse movie of her painting a mural, and decided to score it with Ed is a Portal. Sez jillenium00:

On Saturday I hated this wall in my apartment and I loved to paint. Today I now love this wall and hate painting.

By the way, this mural is apparently based on the work of Roy Henry Vickers.

I’ll save Ministry for tomorrow, when I get to kick ass for the Lord with my half-dragon paladin.

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Heather Alexander

Posted by shanoah on April 29, 2008

Might want to be careful with those youtube links, and make sure they don’t have embedding disabled like “My Name is Mud” did, Sean. They refuse to play when you embed them. At least, for me. That’s reason why I replay through the videos from my previews before I post. (That and I’m obsessive, to some extent).

Today, I thought I’d share a musician who I’ve seen in concert a number of times at the Las Vegas Renfaire, and have bought most of her cds. (Which are now on CD Baby! Finally. I always griped a bit having to go through her page to buy them or get them at concerts).

So here’s Heather Alexander:

Come, My Lady – Heather Alexander (from the cd “Merlin’s Descendants”)

As you may notice, this Youtube video has text all over it, telling you about one series of books. The song was actually part of a cd intended to be music for a different series of books, though, “Merlin’s Descendants” (by Irene Radford).

This is actually the first track on the cd, and when I first bought it, after hearing 30 seconds of this, I turned off all the lights in the apartment, put it back at the beginning, and closed my eyes so I could concentrate properly on it. It’s just that powerful, and it keeps up for the whole cd. Great stuff.

Fairy Queen – Heather Alexander (Live in the Ichabod Lounge, Las Vegas)

This one is live, so you get a bit of a feel of the intros she does to her songs. Love the crack about Celtic music and Country Western music. 🙂 Seeing her live is[1] a great experience. And, yes, part of the reason why I didn’t post “Devil Goes Down to Georgia” in the Devil posting was because I so prefer this song…

March of Cambreadth – Heather Alexander

This song is always popular at renfaires. Especially because it’s one of these audience participation things, where everyone is supposed to shout “How many of them can we make die?” each time it comes around. And, of course, the slide show is from various renfaires & SCA events.

[1] Or was, anyways. She has now gone off to the fairies, and the heir to her music, Alexander James, now plays in her band, Uffington Horse. Who looks a lot like her, and plays exactly like her. I’m sure you’ve figured out the score by now, but she preferred a more romantic explanation to her fans.

Alexander James plays pretty well in concert, too, though. I’m just used to Heathers voice on the songs.

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4-28-08 Primus – My Name is Mud

Posted by Sean on April 28, 2008

Primus‘s first MTV video was Jerry Was a Racecar Driver, and it’s what brought them to my attention. I’m pretty sure that it also brought Primus to a lot of people’s attention. Unfortunately, it also cemented their reputation, at least in my mind, of them being a “funny” band. Yeah, just like Weird Al Yankovic! Look at the funny faces that Les Claypool makes and the funny things in that video! Jerry Was a Racecar Driver must be a funny song!

Jerry Was a Racecar Driver is not a funny song. Darkly humorous, perhaps. But you laugh at the song for the same reasons that you laugh at a stock car slicing into a crowd and killing twelve: because it was inevitable, like a punchline. And because you’re a sick bastard, and maybe a little sicker than you’d thought or like.

No, Primus is not a funny band, or not as funny as some would have you think. Weird as all hell, perhaps, but not funny, and the two are not necessarily synonymous. And this song is one of their un-funniest: My Name is Mud, off 1993’s Pork Soda (my Lady, I’m dating myself here). I’ve only seen the video for this maybe twice, and heard the song on the radio maybe twice that. I love the bass line on it, and it’s just one of the weirdest songs to ever get airtime on a Top 40 station. You laugh at it because you don’t know what else to do.

This is the official video from Universal Music Group at universalmusicgroup mauroviseu who, unlike Universal, was nice enough to enable embedding. Go mauroviseu! Whoo!

And here’s a video that lithium42 made for his video production class.

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Another Slippery Mess

Posted by shanoah on April 28, 2008

Yeah, it’s late for me, and I’m tired, too, but that’s typical for Sun to Mon, with my schedule, which is why I try to always have a post stashed away for it. This is a pretty cool video I found yesterday:

Slippery People – Talking Heads

(video clips from various Laurel & Hardy Films)

As you can see, it is exactly what it says. You already know my feelings on the Talking Heads, and here you get to see Laurel and Hardy dance to them, which I think is brilliant.

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4-27-08 How To Start a Fire With a Battery

Posted by Sean on April 27, 2008

Stumbled across this one recently on YouTube. I’m putting it up for three reasons:

  1. It’s late.
  2. I’m tired.
  3. Fire is cool.

This is the modern way start a fire (like we need more ways) from the good folks at Howcast. You don’t need any of those old-fashioned firedrills or flint-and-steel! No! All you need is a nine-volt battery, some steel wool, a tissue, a hideous hideous voice driving you to do these terrible horrible things, and you’re all set!

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Hold Me

Posted by shanoah on April 27, 2008

Witchgun is undead? Cool, I’ll have to check it out.

And Rammstein with Winnie the Pooh is just so wrong… but so right.

Anyways, in keeping somewhat with Seans last post, I thought I’d post this AMV:

Hold Me Now

The song is ‘Hall Om Mig’ or ‘Hold Me Now’ by Nanne Grönvall, and the video clips are all from an anime called “Princess Tutu“. The AMV itself is by Marissa Panaccio, and won “Best Action”, “Best of Show” at one convention, and “Best Freeform” at another.

The music itself is excellent, and the clips just sync so well with the music that I can easily see how it won. It tempts me to actually watch the Princess Tutu anime, which is no small feat… 🙂

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4-26-08 Ich Will – Rammstein w/Winnie the Pooh

Posted by Sean on April 26, 2008

Check your e-mail, Shanoah. Witchgun is rising from the dead… yet again.

Your neat thing today is one of those weird spiritual confluences that occasionally happen in art. I mean, who’d think that techo-panzer krautrockers Rammstein and Disney’s Winnie the Pooh would go so well together? And yet they do – on some poorly-lit level inhabited by Things that Men (and Bats) Were Not Meant to Know.

This, by the way, is Ich Will, off of 2001’s Mutter.

Courtesy of np2ij.

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Doctor Hook & the Medicine Show

Posted by shanoah on April 26, 2008

You know, Sean, I’m about the same way with music. A Japanese female vocalist group covering “No Woman, No Cry”? Ladysmith Black Mambazo singing a cover of Africa? A Finnish singer named Wimme singing a Sámi yoik about Texas? I’m so there.

Of course, youtube doesn’t cooperate with me and produce videos with half the music I like. I certainly would have featured a cd I own called Moonflower by a band of the same name by now, with songs like “Groove Shoes”, “Galactic Java Girl”, “The Pelican N’ Captain Bill”, “I Am the Oz” , and “Orbiting Annabelle” otherwise.

In fact, that’s one reason why I like shopping at cdbaby. Lots and lots of independent artists like Moonflower, large music samples (I bought “Moonflower” because I was already hooked on it by the audio samples before I got it), and reasonable prices[1].

In any case, I think it’s about time to share Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show with you:

Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk – Dr Hook

Ok, yes, it’s a cheesy 80’s music video. Do you think they’d ever get away with doing a music video focused entirely on a lady’s rear otherwise? but I enjoyed this a lot despite the cheese.

I love the little touches: the guy who doesn’t notice his radio being stolen when she goes by, the blind guy being distracted by her going by, and such. Besides, Randi Brook, the actress in this video, is really hot.

Freakin’ At the Freakers Ball – Dr. Hook

The lyrics to this were actually written by Shel Silverstein. And Dr. Hook has actually removed a verse or two. Yes, they could have been worse. As it is, the lyrics may offend some of you[2], since they talk about the freaks going to the freakers ball…

Silvia’s Mother – Dr. Hook

This song is a classic. Very memorable song about a guy trying to call an ex-girlfriend to tell her goodbye, and her mother, who won’t let him talk to her.

When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman – Dr. Hook

All right, you probably have heard this one before, but thought I’d throw it in. I easily could have added other songs, like “The Yodel Song“, or the classic song “Looking For Pussy“, but decided to restrain myself… 🙂

[1] And, no, I’m not affiliated with them. I’m just a happy customer.

[2] Though I’m starting to think that we should just have a disclaimer on the blog in general…[3]

[3] And speaking of offending people, could you make sure to get the latest revision of Witchgun up, Sean?

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