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Video of the Week: “Different” by Ximena Sariñana September 2, 2011

Filed under: Holidays,Video of the Week,Ximena Sariñana — yourbirdcansing88 @ 11:36 PM
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Yeah, ya know how I said that I’d be posting daily from now on?  Well, this weekend doesn’t count.  I have a perfectly good reason, though, I’m going to be over my uncle’s house, where it’s not likely I’ll be able to connect to the internet at all.  So, anyway, this video will have to tide you over for the next few days.  I caught this video once or twice on VH1 during those increasingly rare occasions that the station shows anything remotely relevant to its music-hungry viewers.  Its summery effervescence has to be seen to be believed, and the song itself is so catchy (and so something that I can relate to, to the point that it may have replaced Matchbox 20’s “Unwell” as my sorta-kinda-official theme song) that it’s been stuck in my head for nearly the entire day.  And remember, this is all you’re getting for the next few days, so by the time I’m back I expect you all to have the lyrics and the dance moves memorized.  There might be a quiz.  Mom, you’re exempt, being that you’ll be at my uncle’s house for the weekend too.  But seriously, dear readers (if you do, in fact, exist), enjoy the video, and enjoy the holiday weekend.

 

Video of the Week: “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” by Cocktail Slippers February 14, 2010

I’m not, by any stretch of the imagination, a fan of Valentine’s Day.  The candy’s pretty good, but I was never comfortable with the sappiness of the holiday or the idea that expensive jewelry is supposed to be a symbol of one’s love (when in actuality it’s just a boast of one’s status.  “Look, Lovey, I bought you some shiney rocks!  Don’t you love how rich I am?!”).  But enough of my radical views.  A couple weeks ago, I discovered something Valentine’s Day related that doesn’t totally suck:  “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” by Cocktail Slippers, a pop-rock quintet from Norway.  The song is pretty awesome on its own, but the video, which features the five girls dressed as 1920s gangsters (no doubt a reference to the song’s title — otherwise, the song has seemingly no connection to the 1929 incident that may have been the basis for “The Night Chicago Died”) is just as awesome.  And whether you celebrate St. Valentine’s Day or not, I hope you enjoy this video for what it is:  a rockin’ video for a rockin’ song.

P.S.  I will try to post more often from now on, but since school comes first, I can’t promise anything.

P.P.S.  I love you.  You you you…

 

Just about done with those Christmas leftovers? Here’s some more… December 31, 2009

Hey, everyone!  I realize I haven’t posted in a while.  I was insanely busy working on finals, and then had limited internet access due to having to share computer time (and space) with family members.  But now that a certain relative is no longer sleeping in the only room in the house that gets internet access, and now that I have my own laptop hooked up to an ethernet cable, I’m back on the blog!  Anyway, since I have this big heapin’ helping of Christmas-themed videos that I found on YouTube and wanted to share with you readers, and because one day of Christmas a year just ain’t enough for me, I’m gonna go ahead and post the links on here, even if it’s a week late.

First of all, since I may have made a passing reference to this video during my inaugural “Video of the Week” post…

And now that I’ve got you in the garage rockin’ Christmas spirit, here are The Ramones:

Now for an oldie-but-goodie from the late and great Eartha Kitt…

Don’t think I’ve forgotten you, either, fellow children of the nineties (by the way, whether you grew up in the nineties or not, if you haven’t seen this film yet, you are deeply deprived.  Even if it did scare the bejeezus out of me when I was in preschool)…

Here’s a video from Bob Dylan’s new Christmas album (an aesthetic upon which my kindred spirit rock buddy Adam and I will, sadly, never agree.  Sure, what little voice he ever had is totally gone now.  That’s not gonna keep me from dancing around like an idiot to this song):

And what would Christmas be without a rockin’ obscure song by everyone’s favorite candy-cane-colored band?

And now, how ’bout some Christmas specials?!  Here’s some fine mid-1970s yuletide madness brought to you by Eric Idle and THE GREATEST MUSICIAN IN THE HISTORY OF ROCK MUSIC, PERIOD, END OF STORY (in my humble opinion, of course), Mr. George Harrison:

And this has been a favorite of mine for a couple of years, The Monkees Christmas special, featuring that kid from The Munsters (who literally has nothing better to do with his time these days than to appear — for reasons I can’t even begin to comprehend — signing books at a little table in the merch room at Beatlefest.  I’ve seen him there for the past two years.  My roommate and I even had the chance to ask him what it was like to work with The Monkees.  He was rather nice, for a faded child star):

Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jSFwcVYIkE

Part 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mH48_NXUJU

Part 3:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1gT9gLx1VM

And for those of you who are as hooked on British comedy and/or parodies of cheesy movies as I am, here’s AD/BC:  A Rock Opera, a 30-minute special which I discovered over the summer during the height of my Mighty Boosh binge (the special features several actors who have appeared on The Mighty Boosh.  And The IT Crowd.  And Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.  And I mean, the same four actors who’ve been in all these shows are in AD/BC).  It’s a parody of all those Christian rock musicals/operas that came out in the mid-to-late-1970s, and it’s the story of the nativity told from the point of view of the innkeeper.  My favorite part is Tony Iscariot’s (apparently the father of Judas) epic song at the end of Part 1:

Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nu-KK6FfjA

Part 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q37UomRayr0

Part 3:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7DWq6GfP0Y

And now, don’t think I’ve forgotten you Jews out there (I’m 1/2 Jewish myself.  And yes, I’m fully aware that Hanukkah was at the beginning of December this year).  I’ll let Mr. Sandler take it from here:

And last but not least, the sons of December birthday boy Frank Zappa (whom my roommate and I have decided is God and have declared December 21st Zappamas in honor of The Great One), singing a modern Christmas favorite:

Now may all your days be mellow, and may all your Zappamases be yellow.

Oh, and Happy Holidays to all, regardless of your faith/culture/celebrity obsession.

 

Thanksgiving’s Right Around the Corner… November 22, 2009

Filed under: Arlo Guthrie,Holidays — yourbirdcansing88 @ 4:48 PM
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…which can only mean one thing:  it’s high time to break out the ol’ Arlo Guthrie CDs and play “Alice’s Restaurant” over and over again until I start screaming “Kill!  Kill!” in my sleep.  I don’t know about you guys, but “Alice’s Restaurant” is a family tradition in my household.  Not only do we listen to the song more times a day than any person reasonably should (considering that you can only fit about three plays of the song into one hour, you can imagine what a huge chunk that takes out of one’s day), we also watch the movie based on the song.  But this year, we’re actually doing ourselves one better:  we’re going to see Arlo Guthrie IN CONCERT around Thanksgiving.  So, yeah, Arlo’s a pretty big deal in my family, especially this time of year.  For those of you who’ve never had the pleasure to hear “Alice’s Restaurant”, or if you’re just hankerin’ to hear the song again (sheesh, I’m starting to talk like Arlo now I’m so jazzed about this song), I’ve included here a video of a live performance of the song from a few years back.  Also includes footage from the film.  And one more thing for you “Alice’s Restaurant” virgins out there:  don’t be dismayed by the 18-and-a-half-minute length of the song.  You’ll stay amused the whole time.  Trust me.

Happy Thanksgiving!