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I like remembering the greats

Eash, I promise that’s the most sentimentality that you’ll ever get in any of my blog titles.

Two posts today, but this one’s just going to be short. Just about an hour from the time that I’m starting to write this marks the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. It’s the event that inspired Don McClean to write the song “American Pie,” in which the day gained its common nickname, “The day the music died.”

Here are just three songs from these guys to commemorate their lives. If you haven’t given any of them a listen in awhile, buy a CD or two and check them out again.

Buddy Holly – Peggy Sue … You’ll have to forgive the bad audio. This video is more just to see the environment that these guys were making their music in.

Richie Valens – Oh Donna … Again, sorry about the audio quality. You’d be amazed how hard the RIAA punks have made it to find good copies of these songs on YouTube.

The Big Bopper – Chantilly Lace … Here’s another live video that’s great for showing just how much things have changed since then.

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I like enlightening the masses

headphonesDo you ever just sit in your room by yourself and cry while you listen to Cher sing Believe and wonder how anyone could sing such genuine and heartbreaking lyrics and compose such a melodious beat? Do you ever get in your car, head to the beach, put on the latest Good Charlotte CD and think to yourself, “You know, these guys really do a great job articulating the middle class dissatisfaction with the celebutante culture of America”? Have you ever, in your life, enjoyed a song, music video, or even a single lyric by Nickelback?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above–or if you can sing How Far We’ve Come without mocking Rob Thomas’ voice–then you have horrible taste in music and you represent and contribute to everything that is wrong with America today. I’m not kidding. If you were standing in front of me right now I would slap you with an open hand.

“B-b-but Chris! Nickelback is so good!” You need to stop talking right now because I am almost positive that when someone compliments Nickelback, God goes out of his way to make sure someone gets a candiru. You might be okay with that blood on your hands, but not me. Not on my blog.

So where do you go to find music that isn’t horrible? Well, there are plenty of good options. Of course, if you’re wearing or plan to wear a button-down flannel shirt today and/or glasses with thick black rims and/or anything else that you think is ironic (if every single upper-middle class recent college grad tries to look poor and downtrodden then it is no longer ironic) then you probably already know about Pitchfork. It’s a nice place to start. But what if you just really don’t want to be associated with something that hipster?

Well, I am pleased to introduce you to the wonderful music blog, 3hive. 3hive is a music blog where the three authors post a few times each week with new 3hivemusic they’ve found and include a couple of free mp3’s along with a short writeup of the band. The music is mostly underground stuff that probably won’t ever be played on a radio station, but most of it is really really good. The best part about the website is that they have a nifty little audio player (click the arrow at the bottom left of the website) that will just play through all the songs on a particular page of the blog so you can listen and discover some new music. I highly recommend their Top 25 of 2008 list.

So go to 3hive and for Pete’s sake, stop listening to Cher.

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I like dancing world travelers

Since that last post was mainly informative and won’t keep anyone distracted from their responsibilities for very long, here’s another one. Two in one day. Don’t get spoiled.

I like traveling a lot, and lately I’ve had a pretty big case of wanderlust. So I decided to go looking for a video that I found awhile ago with the hopes that it would satiate (but more likely exacerbate) my condition. The video is of a guy named Matt Harding doing a goofy dance all over the world with a ton of different people. You can read the story behind the video, get a lot more information, and watch some of his other videos at his website, WheretheHellisMatt.com.

This is one of the videos I like the most out of all the videos I’ve seen on the internet. It’s Matt’s most recent video, and you may have already seen it since it’s got over 16 million hits on YouTube. But it never hurts to watch again and be amazed at how lucky this guy is to have been able to do this.

My favorite scene is at 1:41 when he’s in Sana’a, Yemen, because hearing the Arabic in the background reminds me of being in Beirut, which is one of my favorite places I’ve been to (or, “to which I’ve been” for all you sticklers out there). What’s your favorite scene?

PS- If you haven’t already, go check the Burger King post for a couple of updates.

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I like understanding modern art

duchampurinalI was a Media Arts major in undergrad at the University of South Carolina so you’d think I’d understand a little bit about art history and contemporary art. Unfortunately for me, my awesomely amazing powers of persuasion got me out of taking any art history while I was at USC. So I suck at understanding art. I can understand about as much as the average slightly artistic person but that’s not useful at all when you’re looking at a bag of trash on a pedestal in the middle of an art gallery.

But now I have help! The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has created an interactive website called Explore Modern Art to help all of us uncultured swine understand the background, themes, and stylistic elements of modern art so that we can finally stop thinking “Seriously? I could make this myself” when we’re in museums. The website is easy-to-use, interesting, and chock-full of information, interviews with artists, and examples of pieces of art in the museum’s collection. 

So, go check out Explore Modern Art and stop being such a peasant.

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