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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!'"

    Shanoah Alkire is our Discordian at large. "Born in Santa Cruz, I grew up in Grass Valley and the Bay Area, and now lurk in Las Vegas. My literary influences include Ray Bradbury, Lewis Carroll, and Douglas Adams. I also program as a hobby, and currently maintain the Gtk port of Angband. You can find a rather old bio of me here."

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Little Girls

Posted by shanoah on May 10, 2010

While I’ve played Oingo Boingo’s “Little Girls” here before, I thought this Azumanga Daioh AMV of the song was pretty well done. (And it won first place in the comedy category at Nekocon X) That and I wanted to try to get back in the habit of posting here occassionally…

Not work friendly due to the opening.

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Neko Miko Reimu

Posted by shanoah on May 1, 2010

I’ve been rather busy the past couple weeks, and have been doing a shift 12 hours off from my normal shift, so haven’t really felt like posting anything.

I should be back to a more normal shift tomorrow, even if it is 5×8 rather then 4×10, so we’ll see how that goes.

In the meantime, here is one of those crazy IOSYS songs, Neko Mike Reimu. Enjoy!

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2-12-10 Brian Eno and David Byrne – Home

Posted by Sean on February 13, 2010

That’s easily one of the best music videos that I’ve seen in a while, Shanoah.

This is Home, also off 2008’s Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, and I have to admit that I don’t know what to think about it.

The lyrics are nice, but I read them and they don’t make sense. I don’t know how to explain it, except that they don’t add up to anything. It was like David Byrne just wrote down some cool-sounding phrases – each evocative and moving in and of themselves, but disjointed in aggregate.

I honestly started to wonder if Byrne hadn’t reverted, at least for this song, to his white-shoulder-padded-nine-sizes-too-large-suited Dada days in Talking Heads. What saves Home is the sobbing, soul-tearing emotion that he puts into every note of his singing, expressed so powerfully that I got teary-eyed listening to it. The words may not mean anything to me but, damn it, they mean something to him.

‘Course, if you were expecting Everything That Happens to be like the experimental bleeps and bloops of 1981’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (like me), you’d be disappointed. As Brian Eno writes at Byrne’s site:

Upon starting this project, we quickly realized we were making something like electronic gospel, music in which singing becomes the central event, but whose sonic landscapes are atypical of such vocal-centered tracks. This notion tapped into my long love affair with gospel music, which, curiously, was inadvertently initiated by David and the Talking Heads.

“Surrender to His Will,” by Reverend Maceo Woods and The Christian Tabernacle Choir, was the first gospel song I ever really responded to. I heard it on a distant South American radio station whilst in Compass Point, Nassau, working with Talking Heads on the album More Songs about Buildings and Food. Spending time with them, and becoming aware of their musical interests, opened my ears to genres and styles I hadn’t really noticed up to that point, including gospel. So, it’s fitting that the circle should close with this record.

As a foreigner in New York — where I ended up shortly after recording More Songs — I was surprised by how little attention Americans gave to their own great indigenous music. It was even slightly uncool, as though the endorsement of gospel necessarily implied support of its associated religious framework. Thanks to Reverend Woods however, I began to see gospel music as conveying the act of surrender more than the act of worship; and this, of course, intrigued me, and has informed my music ever since. Perhaps it’s the reason I use modes and chords that are easy to follow and harmonize with. I want music to be inviting, to offer the listener a place inside it. I think David responded to this with sensitivity and skill, and his natural edginess made those familiar progressions sound new to me once again. (Emphasis mine)

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts was 29 years ago. People change. Get used to it.

Or maybe I’m just reading too much into Home. English majors tend to do that.  Like my psychiatrist sez [1], “Stare at anything long enough and it starts to look like shit.”

Point is, I like it.

Courtesy of kaladj.

Lyrics after the “Read the rest of this entry” link, courtesy of Byrne’s site.

[1] Yes, I go to a psychiatrist. Surprised? No? Didn’t think so.

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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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1-15-10 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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12-26-09 John Lennon – Happy Christmas (War is Over)

Posted by Sean on December 26, 2009

Yes, Shanoah. So this was Christmas.

Lyrics here. Courtesy of bgarens.

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12-21-09 Joyous Winter Solstice

Posted by Sean on December 21, 2009

Nothing fancy this year. I just want to wish you and yours a Joyous Winter Solstice. Let’s hope the New Year is a better one.

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5-17-09 John Lennon – Woman Is the Nigger of the World

Posted by Sean on May 17, 2009

Cold Turkey? From John Lennon? NEVER!

Anyway, it’s late and I’m tired. So I’m just going to post a John Lennon song with a rather intriguing title, Woman fnord Is the Nigger fnord of the World. Which they are. Just look at Afghanistan fnord. Or Spike TV fnord.

Oh, and if you don’t know why this song isn’t work safe fnord, well, what can I say?

Courtesy of WiltatKansas.

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3-19-09 Zoologic

Posted by Sean on March 19, 2009

Well, on a slightly more upbeat note, Shanoah, here’s a bunch of real animals who refuse to stay in the cages that society’s put them in! Yeah, man, they’re stickin’ it to The Man, man!

And I know I’ve said it here before, but it bears repeating: Go Penguin.

Made by CalArts alumnus Nicole Mitchell, who won a Gold Medal for Zoologic at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2008 Student Academy Awards.

Courtesy of Future Shorts.

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3-13-09 Jinx Lennon – Sticky Head

Posted by Sean on March 14, 2009

Sticky Heads, huh? I’m not sure if that was a request or a challenge, Shanoah. Either way, here it is. Lovely bit of no-tech cinema, this.

Courtesy of phillipmckenna.

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