Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
After watching this video, you may have a few (7) questions. In true Jeopardy style, kindly let me answer them first:
- One of the Landers sisters. Then a few years later, the other one.
- I think you can see the tops of his pants a couple of times, but that could just be a colored sash.
- This one:
- Either the casual braggadocio about the size of the pallets he moves around, or the knuckle-cracking.
Questions after the jump.
- Wow, really?
- Did this guy ever find karaoke romance?
- Wait, seriously seriously?
- OK, with whom did he find love?
- Is he wearing pants?
- Are there any animated GIFs he didn’t use?
- What’s my favorite part of this?
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
I was shocked by the “Dog Police” pilot that Goose posted earlier today.
Not because of the early star turns by Sandler & Piven, the repeated breaking of the 4th wall, or even the sheer metric tonnage of dog puns (no way that would have gotten old over the course of an entire season).
The shock was because they basically lifted the gimmick and theme song from an insanely catchy, if monumentally obscure 80s video.
See what I mean after the jump.
I have a vague memory of seeing this video as part of MTV’s Basement Tapes, which let viewers vote on which unsigned bands would get a shot at stardom. Kinda like
The show never made anyone a star, and the band never did anything of note after this. Hell, they didn’t even win this crappy competition.
But I defy you to hear this song and not have it immediately displace important memories of dead loved ones’ faces. It’s that catchy.
- Their sound could be described as Wall of Voodoo meets Kip Adotta.
- With the treatment of the somewhat-dark skinned woman, could there possibly be some racial overtones in this video?
- Regardless, I’d still hit that.
- Midget in a tuxedo!
- Some of the YT comments mention that the guy on the left looks like William H. Macy. I say he looks more like Frogurt from Lost (who’s also in That (Gay) Thing You Do!).
While we’re on the subject of The Basement tapes, here’s a young, apparently bulimic Billy Crystal as a special guest for the 85 version. He launches immediately into his Fernando material, and also works his ethnic material. It’s all Martha Quinn can do to humor him.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Think you know what the best dinosaur is? You’re almost definitely wrong.
Don’t just listen to this. The poor-man’s-Greg Proops-on-5-Hour-Energy visuals are key here
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Make a one-take music video using a pack of dogs...
Sometimes in our heads, when we’re making a song—like a typical wicked song with some scary themes to it—it plays itself a lot better in our head when it’s all left to the listener to decide how things look and what the story’s like. But when we actually try to do it on film, and show Shaggy and myself cutting people’s heads off or cutting their necks, something weird happens, and it’s not cool. In our opinion, it’s not cool to actually see us doing the murders, as cool as it is to imagine it when you’re hearing the song. That’s our opinion.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
You never really knew what you'd find or experience when you stepped inside. Sure, it would never likely be transgressive or especially exotic — good luck in the foreign section — but there was value in the sheer volume of titles, each of which must have entertained someone. From the high-demand new release section to the unorganized row of recent returns at the front desk — where customers plucked hot new titles with the ferocity of lottery addicts — it was where we went to win.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Well, it only took me 17 months for a second entry in a series that I originally hoped to update weekly. I have soft spot for myself, so I’ll cut me some slack and call that “ahead of schedule”.
Not entirely sure how Hallelujah the Hills came to my attention, but nevertheless they’re my current jam.
And they’re playing the better part of the Northern Eastern Seaboard in the next few months, including a date in Philly this Sunday.
After the jump, a list of reasons to love them, a few clips, and the aforementioned tour dates.
- There’s a lot of ‘em in the band. If having numbers is good enough for parking lot situations, then it’s good enough for me.
- They have a hard sound to describe. I hear elements of fun., in that a lot of their songs veer wildly from one tempo/style to another. But they’re less poppy, more rocky, and entirely devoid of piano. They have some shout-along energy like Titus Andronicus and The Hold Steady, but they’re more tuneful than the former and less so than the latter.
- They wear suits whilst performing live (at least some of the time).
- They use the horn(s) just enough to so as to be effective (see Lucero’s 1372 Overton Park), but not so much as to be gimmicky (see Ska).
- They have a guy whose instruments are listed as “Tambourine, Hollerin’” That gives me hope that someday I could be in a band. Except for the tambourine part.
- They’re on the same label (Misra) as the lovely and talented Centro-Matic.
- They allow me to use one of my favorite adjectives to describe their sound. Shambolic.
- They have songs with long titles (e.g. “It's All Been Downhill Since The Talkies Started To Sing”, “Raise The Flag Of Your Sibling's Favorite Daydream”) that are actually used in the lyrics.
- Like Titus Andronicus, They Might Be Giants, and Bad Company before them, they have an awesome song named after the band.
After a bit of dissonance to start, they start cooking with gas on the aforementioned eponymously titled song about 2 minutes in:
An acoustic version of “It's All Been Downhill Since The Talkies Started To Sing”:
Playing on a hill for some reason.
And (presumably) the inspiration for their name is some weird Lithuanian cinema:
Full list: http://www.hallelujahthehills.com/calendar/
- September 16, 2010
New Haven, CT
- September 17, 2010
New York, NY
The Mercury Lounge
- September 18, 2010
- September 19, 2010
The M Room
- October 14, 2010
- October 15, 2010
The Bug Jar
- October 16, 2010
Lemon Grove Cafe
- October 17, 2010
Garfield Art Works
- October 30, 2010
“The Led Zeppelin show depends heavily on volume, repetition and drums. It bears some resemblance to the trance music found in Morocco, which is magical in origin and purpose–that is, concerned with the evocation and control of spiritual forces. In Morocco, musicians are also magicians. Gnaoua music is used to drive out evil spirits. The music of Joujouka evokes the God Pan, Pan God of Panic, representing the real magical forces that sweep away the spurious. It is to be remembered that the origin of all the arts–music, painting and writing–is magical and evocative; and that magic is always used to obtain some definite result. In the Led Zeppelin concert, the result aimed at would seem to be the creation of energy in the performers and in the audience. For such magic to succeed, it must tap the sources of magical energy, and this can be dangerous.”
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Basically, the contest involves the tying of a competitor's trousers at the ankles and the subsequent insertion into those trousers of a couple of peculiarly vicious fur-coated, footlong carnivores called ferrets. The brave contestant's belt is then pulled tight, and he proceeds to stand there in front of the judges as long as he can, while animals with claws like hypodermic needles and teeth like number 16 carpet tacks try their damnedest to get out.