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I’ve had a very busy day… September 8, 2011

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…and was not able to post any earlier than right now, and I’m going to work kind of early tomorrow, so…

…I really don’t have the time or energy right now to put much effort into today’s post.  But here, have some Muppets!  I’ll have some more stuff to post about tomorrow.

 

 

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

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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: “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day June 30, 2011

This video is dedicated to the loudmouthed, privelege-blind troglodyte scum known as Ray Rossi and Casey Bartholomew, a.k.a. “The Jersey Guys”, whose agonizing run on news radio station NJ101.5 has been abruptly brought to an end, I’m guessing for the sake of human decency.  Though my previous post has me established as a fan of radio which plays music and isn’t so heavy on the yakkity-yak, when my parents have the choice of radio station, they’ll sometimes pick 101.5.  Which is fine.  Because 101.5 is a legitimate news radio station (except on weekends, when “the music comes out to play,” oldies music to be precise.  And then I have a reason to listen to the station), which is precisely why “The Jersey Guys” had no reason to be an integral part of the program.  They didn’t spend nearly enough time having meaningful discussions on current events, instead wasting their valuable airtime on asserting their opinions as fact, and talking over any caller who happened to bring any kind of alternative insight to the situation (particularly Casey, who came in to replace Rossi’s previous bigoted assbag partner, Craig Carton, and yet somehow managed to be even more of an irksome slime than his predecessor.  Which is pretty impressive, actually, considering Carton’s catastrophically inappropriate comments regarding women with post-partum depression got him in trouble with Jersey’s then-governor Richard Codey, whose wife suffers from said disorder and who reacted to Carton’s lack of sensitivity by threatening — not without reason — to “take [him] outside and kick [his] ass”).  Though Casey and Rossi have some pretty passionate supporters who’ve already got facebook pages up petitioning to bring the pair back, I am of the opinion that NJ101.5 is no place for shock jocks.  So I say:  so long, suckers!  I ain’t gonna miss ya!

 

 

It’s been a slow month for posts… July 29, 2010

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…especially since I’ve been taking summer classes and all, and I know I should be posting about things more relevant than this (not to mention get back on that whole “Video of the Week” thing being posted on an actual weekly basis), but this fanvid made me so excited, I just had to share it with the world.  See, being a fan of The Mighty Boosh for a little over a year now, I’ve always felt something was missing from YouTube amidst the countless fanvids devoted to the alleged (oh, who am I kidding?  It’s been blatant since the penultimate episode, “Party”) romance between main characters Howard Moon and Vince Noir and the innumerable mash-ups of Lady Gaga and Old Gregg.  And that something was a fanvid set to a song which I always believed was quite clearly the unofficial theme song of both the show’s resident fashionista Vince Noir, and the real-life glam goddess who plays him, Noel Fielding.  And yet, a Fielding/Noir fanvid containing the song in question was inexplicably absent from the archives of YouTube until my most recent semi-daily Noel Fielding YouTube search just a half hour ago.  Behold, mortals, the wonder that is Noel Fielding, the magnificent English comedian/artist/game show contestant/androgyne/eccentric/prolific music video star!

In fact, maybe my next “Video of the Week” should be one featuring this guy…he’s been in so many, he could give Alicia Silverstone a run for her money.  Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating there.  But for a while he was for Robots in Disguise what Tawny Kitane (sp?) was for Whitesnake.

 

Video of the Week: “Holiday” by Vampire Weekend June 23, 2010

Well, summer’s finally officially here (though I’ve been home on summer break for over a month, but that’s a college thing).  And there’s nothing like Vampire Weekend to get one in the summer spirit, so I thought I’d celebrate the season with the band’s latest video, the incredibly summer-tastic “Holiday”.  It’s a feel-good, silly video featuring the band cruising in a convertible, crashing pool parties, frolicking on the beach, spraying grafitti, eating some scrumtious-looking dessert, getting into brawls with surfer dudes, and involving themselves in various other shenanigans.  Oh, yeah, did I mention they’re doing all this while inexplicably dressed like extras from Amadeus?  Hey, don’t question it, just enjoy it.  Because I’m warning you, I plan to spend the rest of the week on this blog ranting.  More on that later, though.

 

Help Me. My Childhood Memories (and my appetite) have been violated in the Worst Possible Way. June 11, 2010

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On the subject of things that probably shouldn’t be sexualized…

I like me some early-morning music videos.  Especially since, with the exception of Fuse and some of the “specific interest” offshoots of MTV and VH1 on digital cable (i.e. MTV Hits, VH1 Soul, VH1 Classic), most “music channels” nowadays  stop showing anything remotely related to music (beyond the odd “Top 100 Blah Blah Blah” specials and dating shows in which the “prize” is a date with some rock star or rapper, but that hardly counts) by late morning.  So if I wanna get my fix, I best get it early in the morning.  Well, as I was flipping through the channels this morning:  I came upon a disturbing sight on VH1:  a teaser trailer for Katy Perry’s upcoming music video, “California Gurls” (as far as I know, having nothing to do with the Beach Boys hit of the same name.  Thank God).  And as if Katy hasn’t already caused me enough pain by releasing somewhat sexist and deceivingly homophobic (not to mention torturously catchy) songs like “I Kissed a Girl”, “Ur So Gay”, and “Hot ‘n’ Cold”, she has to put a sexual spin one of my favorite childhood board games now.  I am, of course, referring to Candy Land.  I could almost forgive the incredibly cheesetastic (not to mention oh-so-subtle) whipped-cream-with-a-cherry-on-top bra she’s got on (gettin’ real creative there, aren’t we?), not to mention the (even more subtle) projectile-whipped-cream bra (aw, who am I kidding.  Katy, there’s nothing sexy about lactation.  It’s an important function that some women choose to provide nourishment to their infants.  Please don’t trivialize it by making it look sexual.  Unless that bra was supposed to simulate some other bodily function.  In which case, no, having two penises located where your boobs should be is not sexy either.  It’s freakin’ disturbing).  No, it’s the fact that Perry is doing this all while clearly trying to portray Queen Frostine.  Well, at least she chose a character who is ostensibly an adult.  It could have been worse I guess.  She could have decided to dress up as Princess Lolly.  But still.  And Candy Land has been through enough BS in the past couple of years, what with their giving the game a makeover, turning Queen Frostine from a regal blue-haired snow queen to a blonde, Barbie-clone princess (that’s right.  They’ve demoted her.  And now Lolly isn’t even a princess anymore.  She’s just…Lolly.  And they’ve totally done away with plumpy, the lovable green fuzzball and guardian of the gingerbread plum trees) without Perry ruining it further.  Well, I have to give her credit:  at least she’s going for the old Queen Frostine look rather than the new-and-unimproved Princess Frostine look.  That still doesn’t make me happy about what she’s doing to my childhood memories.  But I’ll get over it.  After all, I guess not all of Katy Perry’s stuff is terrible…I actually kind of liked “Waking Up in Vegas”…and actually, the song “California Gurls” doesn’t sound half bad.  Not amazing, but not bad…just…the video…*shudders*

 

Video of the Week: “Bad Boyfriend” by Pansy Division June 5, 2010

If you’ve been following my blog (don’t blame ya if you haven’t), you may have gathered from previous Videos of the Week that I have a weakness for the following:

  1. Ridiculously simplistic and/or low-budget videos (although the occasional cinematic masterpiece-type vid is nice, too).
  2. Lesser-known videos and/or bands.
  3. Children’s toys.

In keeping with these trends, I give you “Bad Boyfriend” by California queercore band Pansy Division.  The video seems to have been filmed on a budget of no more than $2 (though I doubt if it even cost that much) and stars an adorable but angsty polar bear plushie (and one that seems to have been through the wear and tear that tells of a long lifetime of love from its owner.  This goes for all the polar bear’s friends as well).  My personal favorite part of the video is the guitar solo, a close second being the trumpets coming in  at the end.  And by the way, I’m almost certain I own, or at least used to own, a dolphin just like the one used in this video.  Enjoy.