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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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2-11-09 The Seatbelts – Tank!

Posted by Sean on February 11, 2009

Well, if we’re going to do Japanimation themes, we’d be remiss without including one of the best themes from one of the best anime series going: Tank! from Cowboy Bebop, by Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelts (a band in the Cowboy Bebop universe that is so named, according to Wikipedia (so you know it’s wrong) “from how the performers wear seatbelts to be safe while they play hardcore jam sessions”. Now that’s hot jazz).

It’s one of those opening sequences where opening graphics and music mesh perfectly, with its chaotic Peter Gunn-esque soundtrack and graphics that recall 1950’s typography experiments. Even if Cowboy Bebop was a steaming magical girl turd burger slathered in dysentery sauce – and it most certainly is not – it would still be memorable for this opening sequence. As it is, this pulp detective opening just enhances the space bounty hunter goodness.

Courtest of pr0pr0.


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2-10-09 Natsumi Kiyoura – Tabi no Tochuu

Posted by Sean on February 10, 2009

You know, Shanoah, suddenly I’m sick of creepy and shoegazing. So I hereby raise my freak flag and lead the rebellion against the emo hegemony. Up the rebel scum!

Anyway, I just felt like playing something pretty and horizon-gazing right now. This is the theme to an Japanimation cartoon that I haven’t seen, Spice & Wolf: Tabi no Tochuu (En Route on the Journey, if poonisx is to be believed) sung by Natsumi Kiyoura.

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2-9-09 Charles Gounod by way of Eric Fonseca – Funeral March for a Marionette

Posted by Sean on February 9, 2009

Well, I just got back from seeing Coraline.

  • Cons: Predictable, by-the-numbers Campbellian Hero’s Journey plot, complete with an old crone – or pair of old crones, in this case – dishing out magical talismans for no good reason
  • Pros: Sure to scare the shit out of kids, which is a good thing

And since we’re back on the subject of puppets (NOOOOOOOO!), it seems appropriate, after wading in stop motion goodness, to throw up some stop motion animation on this blog. Eric Fonseca‘s Funeral March for a Marionette, based on the Charles Gounod orchestral piece,  has the added bonus of hitting the trifecta of creepiness, with:

  • Stop motion animation,
  • marionettes,
  • and puppet funerals.

You could call it a quadfecta, cos Fonseca’s also done a stop motion adaptation of that family values classic, The Fall of the House of Usher. But that’s for a different day heh heh heh heh heh AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

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2-8-09 Patrick Smith – Puppet

Posted by Sean on February 8, 2009

Well, I wrote this before you posted tonight, Shanoah. Since I assume we’re continuing the theme of disturbing things (always a safe assumption on this blog), here’s a little barbed wire confection by Patrick Smith (site here), late of MTV’s Down Town and Daria.

Courtesy of the Portable Film Festival and UBER! MAN! 5000!

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2-7-09 Greenskeepers – Lotion

Posted by Sean on February 8, 2009

Well, while we’re on the subject of disturbing songs, here’s a corker that my friend Justin introduced me to a while back. You’d like Justin, Shanoah. He’s… interesting.

It’s Lotion by the Greenskeepers, a fair representative of that overlooked and underutilized musical genre, the serial killer romance song.

Lyrics at Lyric Wiki here.

Thanks to DustinBones69.

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2-6-09 They’re warm, they’re cozy, they’re great for sacrificing homeless men and hitchhikers to the fungi from Yuggoth… they’re Snuggies!

Posted by Sean on February 6, 2009

From the Desperately Trying To Find A Bridge From The Previous Post Department:

Well, Shanoah, since Deadheads are a cult… or maybe because cults often result in lots of dead people… desperate panting… yeah, they’ll buy that, that’s the ticket…

Anyway, you’ve probably seen the TV commercials for a bemusing afterbirth of our consumerist culture called the Snuggie. You don’t know what Snuggies are? Why, it’s a bathrobe! That you wear backwards! Kind of like those robes that you wear in the hospital! And we all know how much fun hospitals are!

If you’ve ever seen a Snuggie, I instantly saw how useful they are. Why, I can read a book in my Snuggie! Pet my cat in my Snuggie! Go to exciting athletic competitions in my Snuggie! And, when I come home, I can sacrifice the prostitute that I’m holding prisoner in my basement to the Snake Demon in my Snuggie! Oh, it rubs the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose again…

I’m not the only person to notice how useful Snuggies would be to someone who spends way too much time at the Psychic Eye store. Peter Coffin (site here) even remixed the Snuggies commercial to appeal to an heretofore untapped demographic: the mindless cult zombie demographic.

And the red ones are great for sacrifices. Those pesky blood stains just disappear.

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2-4-09 Tiny Tim – The Other Side

Posted by Sean on February 4, 2009

I’ll see your acid rock and raise you one sick demented motherfucker, Shanoah.

The sick demented motherfucker in question, as you’ve probably guessed, is Tiny Tim. I heard his The Other Side, of of 1968’s God Bless Tiny Tim, for the first time today on Irwin‘s WFMU show and I was…

Well, let’s put it this way. Scubyndo found footage of Tiny Tim singing The Other Side on a kid’s TV show. (Children’s TV was WAY cooler back in the 1960s) Sez Scubyndo: “I can only imagine what the kids were thinking.” Probably the same thing I was thinking the first time I saw Eraserhead.

I can only guess at the administrative malfunctions that led to Tiny Tim being let loose in a studio full of unsuspecting kids. The guy who booked the acts for this show was either:

  1. Really cool,
  2. Fucking insane,
  3. Or, most probable, knew absolutely nothing about Tiny Tim.

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2-3-09 The Day the Music Died… NOT

Posted by Sean on February 4, 2009

Well, thanks for the birthday post, Shanoah.

Today is an auspicious occasion, as well. Do you know why? Besides it being my sister’s birthday (Happy Birthday Lynn!).

This is the fiftieth anniversary of the Day the Music Died, when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. “Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa [1].

I’m not going to torture you with any Holly, Valens or Big Bopper in this post. Nor am I going to torture you with The Song That Should Have Ended Five Hours Ago, Don McLean’s American Pie, which is where “The Day the Music Died” comes from (I think). If you’ve been anywhere near a radio today, you’ve probably heard enough Holly, Valens, Big Bopper and Rode My Chevy To The Levy But The Levy Was Dry to last you a lifetime [2].

Instead, I think I’m going to fulfill my family obligations (you know, for a change of pace) and wish my sister a Happy Birthday… with the help of Ernie from Sesame Street, of course. [3]

Courtesy of NantoVision.

[1] Three dead rock stars in a plane, it turns out, is not the best birthday present you can give to your sister.

[2] I actually like Joe Belock’s idea for his Three Chord Monte show on WFMU today – “The Day the Music Lived,” with nothing but music from rock musicians who are still alive.

[3] Oh God, not another three month Sesame Street Blog Death March…

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Posted by Sean on February 2, 2009

Wish I could continue throwing the wolf underneath the fairy tale train, Shanoah. But I don’t wanna. It’s my birthday, and my favoritest person in the whole entire universe, Anton Szandor “Creepy Bald Son of a Bitch” LaVey, says I can do WHATEVER I WANT ON MY BIRTHDAY… kind of like the birthday boy in your neat thing today.

This, of course, is from that 20-megaton brain bomb The American Astronaut, which I love dearly for reasons that I can’t quite explain. Let’s put the first scene in perspective. This is after American Astronaut Samuel Curtis (writer/director Cory McAbee) brings a cat to a bar on Ceres, which looks suspiciously like a VFW hall, and trades it for the fetus of a girl hooked up to a rockabilly 45, then is accosted in the can by a pair of high-steppin’ voyeur hillbillies in the employ of the Blueberry Pirate, who needs Curtis in order to win the big dance competition. It’s also after Curtis stops off on Jupiter and gives the rockabilly girl fetus to the owner of the mines there in exchange for The Boy Who Actually Saw a Woman’s Breast (Greg Russel Cook), who regales lucky sex-starved miners with tales of the gentler sex (“It was round and soft. Now get back to work.”).

But it’s before they encounter the space barn carrying the microgravity atrophied silver miners from the early 20th century and their retarded kid dressed up like the Gimp.

And you wonder why I’m the way I am.

Anyway, Dr. Hess – Rocco Sisto, who, as he’ll remind you multiple times during the movie, is having a birthday – shoots the Jupiter miners with a gun that turns them into piles of dirt, leading to this… interesting episode.

Yes, Hess is trodding through the cremated remains of the miners. You are seeing that right… unfortunately.

Anyway, Hess goes after Curtis and TBWASAWB, leading to this timeless piece of cinema. And let me tell you, you can have your David Mamets and Neil Simons and Barry Levinsons and Joel Schumachers. This, to me, is movie dialogue in its highest form.

American Astronaut footage courtesy, once again, of phlegmuffin.

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2-1-09 The Girl and the Wolf

Posted by Sean on February 2, 2009

Yes, Shanoah, there are a lot of wolves in fairy tales. But they’ve got it rough in the 21st Century. As James Thurber, author of The Girl and the Wolf, wrote, “It is not so easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be.”

This is an animated short, by Jonathan Button, of Thurber’s movie… and what Little Red Riding Hood should have done when she saw a huge wolf lying in bed in her grandmother’s clothes.

By the way, you can read Thurber’s story – written about 60 years before Shrek, no less- in all its pithy glory here.

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