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    Sean Daily is an English major from New Jersey now living in Las Vegas, the Other City of Lights. "I consider 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' to be comfort reading, I like the al pastor tacos at Tacos Mexico and I count among my literary influences the Chainsaw from 'Doom'. 'RRRRRR! You don't like that, do you, Mr. Undead Marine! RRRRRR!'"

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Archive for May, 2009

5-31-09 Super Furry Animals – Drygioni

Posted by Sean on May 31, 2009

Nothing can destroy Neil Diamond. He is Rock. He is Roll. He is just like Ted Nugent, just not quite as heavily armed.

My entry today in the Super Furry Animals theme is yet another fan video, this time by Paul Rayment (site here), of Drygioni. Drygioni, which apparently means “Mischief”, is off the all-Welsh-language album Mwng. Which is why you can’t understand a single word they’re saying. Unless you’re Welsh.

Lyrics with English translation here, courtesy of LyricWiki.

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Neil Diamond (or not)

Posted by shanoah on May 30, 2009

I’m amenable to a Super Furry Animals theme. Admittedly, I’ve played them several times in the past. Hello Sunshine and Lazer Beam come to mind. They’re a pretty cool Welsh group.

For today’s song, just to confuse things, I decided to play a catchy song of theirs called The Very Best of Neil Diamond. If you’re curious about the odd title, the song is about a Best of Neil Diamond tape that continues to play as the house its in gets destroyed by aerial bombardment. 🙂

Shame I couldn’t find a youtube video of their song Crazy Naked Girls from the same album, Dark Days/Light Years. This album just came out last month though, so there’s time yet…

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5-29-09 Super Furry Animals – It’s Not The End of the World?

Posted by Sean on May 30, 2009

Super Furry Animals, huh? I smell a new theme!

Let’s kick it off with this amazing animated video by David Nicolas AKA Numero 6 for It’s Not The End of the World?

Courtesy of Maelorn.

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Receptacle For The Respectable

Posted by shanoah on May 29, 2009

I don’t know. Fucking Awesome is kind of cool, but in my mind, it doesn’t really compare to  The Man Don’t Give A Fuck by the Super Furry Animals, which is sort of my definitive song-with-the-word-fuck-in-it (over and over again, and not bleeped out).

Of course, I’ve already played it. But its fucking awesome, so I’ll slip it in again. This is from a different concert, anyways, so it doesn’t really count.

However, I actually wanted to play another song by the Super Furry Animals. This song is a rather trippy one called Receptacle For The Respectable. And it isn’t as offtrack as you might think, because I understand Paul McCartney is doing backing vocals for this song.

And in any case, the trip out at the end is great…

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5-28-09 Spiderbait – Fucken Awesome

Posted by Sean on May 28, 2009

Whaddya mean this John Lennon theme is petering out? This theme is fucken awesome!

Courtesy of luki667.

By the way, this video isn’t work safe. Oh, you just found that out? And HR is calling you for A Little Talk? Oops.

This video has it all: big, dumb, loud music (that’s fucken awesome) and a furry riot. It’s not the whole video, though. The only guys on YouTube that have the whole video are Universal Music Group. And they bleeped out the word “fuck”.

Let me repeat that, for those of you that didn’t get that. Universal Music Group bleeped out a word that’s in the title and the chorus. This seems a little silly to me. How about you, Magic Trolley? (Ding ding ding ding) Magic Trolley wants to bite their fucking balls off and then grind them up in a Cuisinart. Magic Trolley is so excitable.

Oh, and if you think you’ve seen Spiderbait on this blog before, well, maybe you have.

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Chuck Berry

Posted by shanoah on May 28, 2009

Well, I’d say this theme’s on the verge of petering out, just for lack of things we haven’t played. I think the album Double Fantasy is what got me into John Lennon, though, and that’s where Just Like Starting Over was from.

Today, I have two songs from a concert with Chuck Berry, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono. The first song is Memphis, Tennessee. Chuck and John are jamming, everything’s going great, then Yoko grabs the mike in the background and:

OOWWAOOHAOAAOWWAOHAOAOWWAAAAOHAOAAAAAHH!

Jeez, Yoko. There are songs that sound would have been good in. This isn’t one of them.

Now, here is another song from the same concert, Johnny B. Goode. This one, I thought was rather amusing because of what’s going on in the background. They’re jamming, everything’s going great, we watch as Yoko gravitates over to the mike, holds it to her face, presumably to make the same horrible noises as last song, and…

Nothing. Some anonymous sound tech I love very much switched her mike off after the last song. She doesn’t seem to realize this, since she keeps doing it throughout the song. Beautiful.

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5-27-09 John Lennon – Just Like Starting Over

Posted by Sean on May 27, 2009

For those of you new to the blog, we usually don’t do this. We usually don’t have two weeks plus of nothing but John Lennon. Usually, if we have a theme, it peters out in four or five days, tops, to be quickly replaced by another.

I guess we just like John Lennon.

Anyway, if memory serves, Shanoah mentioned something about how Lennon considered himself to be Irish. Well, here’s the reply to that post, a day late. It would have been here sooner if I hadn’t shot my mouth off about the new Star Trek movie.

Anyway, here’s my response to Lennon’s Irishness, if not from the song then from the video: Just Like Starting Over.

Courtesy of yanchaki.

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Don’t Wanna Be…

Posted by shanoah on May 27, 2009

Well, don’t really have anything Star Trek or Star Wars related to post today.

I could continue with John Lennon. Or, well, we’ve been playing Zappa, too, and it might make a nice break.

But then, why make up my mind? I’ll play both.

First, here is John Lennon, with I Don’t Want To Be a Soldier. I quite agree. Note the occasional refrain of “I don’t want to be a fnord lawyer fnord ; I don’t want to lie.” 🙂

It seems Frank Zappa agrees, given his song,  I Don’t Wanna Be fnord Drafted. fnord This has a nifty clip of Zappa in an interview making some good points about why a fnord draft fnord is a bad thing. And, I’ll admit, I wouldn’t want anyone to shoot me in the *ahem* foxhole, either. Sounds painful.

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5-26-09 My Favorite Movie: Star Trek/Wars

Posted by Sean on May 26, 2009

We interrupt this John Lennon train (yet again) for this brief semi-coherent message.

Okay, I just saw Star Trek (you know, the one that, according to the Onion, Trekkies hate because it’s fun and watchable?). So what does this particular Trekkie think of it? Let me put it this way:

The Enterprise has transporters. Said transporters can apparently pluck two people falling at terminal velocity out of the air. I saw them pull off this handy little trick myself.

But ask them, just five minutes later, to beam up five people standing stock still on solid rock, and suddenly they’re not up to the task. Suddenly beaming up with said transporters is slower than molasses in Reykjavik… slow enough, in fact, to kill off the mother of one of the main characters.

This is not Trekkie tech nitpicking. This is a big fucking plot hole. It’s also manipulative and, if you catch it, pisses you the hell off, like it did me.

Need I add that the whole movie is full of shit like this?

Star Trek, it turns out, is just like a rollercoaster – fun while you’re on it, kind of dumb on reflection. And that’s what this latest incarnation of Star Trek is: just another dumb summer movie. It’s got big special effects that you’ve probably seen before, loud music and characters and plot that, really, could have been lifted from a hundred other Hollywood movies. Even the Enterprise is characterless: the bridge looks like one of Bill Gates’ wet dreams, and the rest of the ship looks like a municipal water treatment plant.

But, really, this YouTube movie, courtesy of FernandaGollo, says it so much better than I could. So, aside from asking Hollywood to please please please put down and step away from their copies of The Hero With a Thousand Faces, I give the floor to My Favorite Movie.

We now return to the John Lennon train. Or maybe we don’t.

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Ireland

Posted by shanoah on May 26, 2009

Well, you know, the funny thing about that is that Frank Zappa didn’t do drugs, and wouldn’t tolerate anyone in his band doing them, because they wouldn’t be able to play as well.

I did a bit of searching, and as odds would have it, I found John and Yoko singing two songs together where Yoko actually sounded good, and wasn’t caterwailing in the background and ruining the whole thing. As odds would have it, both were about Irish independence, so she may have thought they were too important to ruin.

First is a song called Luck of the Irish (which had the honor of being banned by the British). If Yoko had sung like this most of the time when she was on stage with John, she wouldn’t have gotten half the flack she did:

Next, I have Sunday, Bloody Sunday. You can hear Yoko on the choruses. And for those who don’t know, this song is about an incident where the British shot 27 unarmed civil rights protesters in North Ireland. 13 died, and 5 of them had been shot in the back.

That’s why there are several songs about it. And John Lennon considered himself Irish, incidentally.

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