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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 January, 2010

1-27-10 The Real Tuesday Weld and Alex Budovskiy – Return I Will to Old Brazil

Posted by Sean on January 27, 2010

Continuing our themeless theme, here’s a short by Alex Budovskiy and The Real Tuesday Weld, Return I Will to Old Brazil. The song is The Real Tuesday Weld’s take on the standard Brazil, apparently with guest Pan flautist Zamfir.

Insert insightful Terry Gilliam/Jonathan Pryce reference here.

And if you think you’ve seen Budovskiy and The Real Tuesday Weld here before, perhaps you have.

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1-25-10 Scala and Kolacny Brothers – Smells Like Teen Spirit

Posted by Sean on January 25, 2010

Continuing with our themeless theme, I present a performance from the girls choir Scala and Kolacny Brothers that belongs in our What the FUCK file: Smells like Teen Spirit. Who knew teen angst could sound so darn spiritual?

Courtesy of holero.

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Posted by shanoah on January 24, 2010

One of the more inappropriate segues from the Birthday Massacre would probably be Joni Mitchell. And you know, I’m not sure how, but I just realized that even with the number of Joni Mitchell songs I’ve played here, I never got around to playing my absolute favorite Joni Mitchell song.

As such, here is the song she adapted from the poem “The Second Coming“, by W. B. Yeats, “Slouching Towards Bethlehem“.

Turning and turning
Within the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer
Things fall apart
The center cannot hold
And a blood dimmed tide
Is loosed upon the world

Nothing is sacred
The ceremony sinks
Innocence is drowned
In anarchy
The best lack conviction
Given some time to think
And the worst are full of passion
Without mercy

Surely some revelation is at hand
Surely it's the second coming
And the wrath has finally taken form
For what is this rough beast
Its hour come at last
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born

Hoping and hoping
As if by my weak faith
The spirit of this world
Would heal and rise
Vast are the shadows
That straddle and strafe
And struggle in the darkness
Troubling my eyes

Shaped like a lion
It has the head of a man
With a gaze as blank
And pitiless as the sun
And it's moving its slow thighs
Across the desert sands
Through dark indignant
Reeling falcons

Surely some revelation is at hand
Surely it's the second coming
And the wrath has finally taken form
For what is this rough beast
Its hour come at last
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born

Raging and raging
It rises from the deep
Opening its eyes
After twenty centuries
Vexed to a nightmare
Out of a stony sleep
By a rocking cradle
By the Sea of Galilee

Surely some revelation is at hand
Surely it's the second coming
And the wrath has finally taken form
For what is this rough beast
Its hour come at last
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born
Slouching towards Bethlehem to be born

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Stories While Alone

Posted by shanoah on January 22, 2010

Continuing our themeless theme, I decided to play two song covers I happened upon.

Both these songs are fairly upbeat, which is odd, because they are both being covered by the Birthday Massacre. First up is a cover of I the song I Think We’re Alone Now. (Which can’t be a good thing, given the type of things that happen when you’re alone in this band’s songs).

And here we have a cover of the theme song to Neverending Story. So not only are people being massacred, it never ends. (All right, I’ve  got a soft spot for the Neverending Story…)

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1-20-10 Blu and Dave Ellis – COMBO

Posted by Sean on January 20, 2010

Continuing our themeless theme, here’s a collaboration between the art collective Blu and Dave Ellis called COMBO. Is it grafitti? Is it animation? Is it demolition? Who cares?

And yes, it does loop. Once.

Oh, and if you think you’ve seen Blu here before, perhaps you have.

Courtesy of notblu. Well, I’m glad they cleared that up.

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1-18-10 The Little Tiger on the Sunflower

Posted by Sean on January 18, 2010

Continuing our themeless theme, here’s a beautiful cartoon from Russian animator Leonid Nosyrev, The Little Tiger on the Sunflower, released in 1981. A short interview with Nosyrev about this film can be found here.

BTW, this takes place near in the Ussuri River region in northeast China, near the Russian border.

Courtesy of perennial One Neat Thing a Day favorite Niffiwan (blog here).

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Bolywood

Posted by shanoah on January 18, 2010

Yes, Sean, but that song is actually related to my last theme. Which makes it off-theme. 🙂

So I decided to go back on off-topic, and watched a bunch of Bolywood clips. I enjoy those for some reason.

This over the top piece is from a movie Koi Mil Gaya, and the song is titled “It’s Magic”. I honestly thought one of the repeated lines in the song, due to the dance move with it, was something sexual till I found real translated subtitles. 🙂

And this song is called Koi Mil Gaya, from the movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The phrase means “I found someone”, so it can’t be that uncommon, I suppose.

Fun, though. Suspenders, bright day-glo colors, dated clothing, and bolywood dancing. Song’s pretty cool, too.

[Incidentally: What have you done yo yourself? Translation mistakes are fun.]

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1-16-10 Cage the Elephant – Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked

Posted by Sean on January 16, 2010

Speaking of game music, Shanoah…

My friend has Borderlands for the XBox 360. He’s addicted to it, though I can’t see why. It’s basically a first-person shooter RPG, and the characters that you play aren’t exactly heroes… or even anti-heroes, for that matter. Words like “merc” and “murderer” come to mind [1].

However, it does have some good music. The opening theme is Cage the Elephant’s No Rest for the Wicked, and it’s burrowed into my brain the very worst of earworms. Luckily, I happen to like it.

Lyrics here. Courtesy of VEVO.

[1] Although, now that I think about it, can’t you say that about the vast majority of heroes, too?

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Hymmnos

Posted by shanoah on January 16, 2010

Continuing our theme of themes, I thought I’d play some more game music.

You may be thinking “All right, here goes Shanoah, playing more music in Japanese that I can’t understand.”. And you’d be wrong. For the Ar tonelico series, they invented a language named Hymmnos. It has it’s own alphabet, and is fairly complex, actually. You might look through the link I gave for more info, because it’s pretty interesting.

But what I’ve got today is two songs in the hymmnos language with the lyrics written out in both it’s own alphabet, ours, and also an English translation.  Both are from Ar tonelico II. (And there are full concert cds of songs from these games, btw. I’m very tempted to get them.)

First, I have the more laid back EXEC_VIENA. Note that most hymmnos songs are also spells. And if it seems like emotions are mentioned a lot in the translations, they are actually a critical part of any sentence in Hymmnos.

Now, here is METHOD_REPLEKIA, which is one of the most powerful spells in the game.  I think what they are doing here is Binasphere, where you can combine two lines of lyrics into one line. Powerful song, though. “She sings the song of her crazed heart”. Interesting how it totally changes in character halfway through the song, and goes from crazed despair to hope…

And if it seems like I’ve played songs from this series before, perhaps I have

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1-15-10 Simon’s Cat – Fly Guy

Posted by Sean on January 15, 2010

We continue our themeless theme today with another Simon’s Cat short (site here) by Simon Tofield: Fly Guy. Anyone who has or once had a cat can probably sympathize with poor Simon.

And if you think you’ve seen Simon’s Cat here before, perhaps you have.

And while we’re on the subject of egwegious wittle Bwitish kitty cuteness… here’s a bemusing little short featuring Cyriak Harris‘ cat entitled, appropriately enough, Meow Mix. Again, if you think you’ve heard that name here before… again, perhaps you have.

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