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I like new(ish) music…mountain music edition

rsz_mountain-musicThis weekend I’m back in South Carolina, and although I’m still a good ways away from anything that could be called a mountain, being back here makes me want to listen to some good old down south mountain music. So today I’ve picked out two bands that I think all of you should listen to so you can go ahead and be prepared for what the radios will be playing exclusively after the inevitable rise of the South.

First off, here’s a great band called Carolina Chocolate Drops. They’re out of North Carolina and they’re the only all black old time band I’ve ever seen.

Carolina Chocolate Drops – (if you know the name of this song, post it in the comments)

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Hit Em Up Style (not exactly mountain music, but it’s fun to listen to)

Next up is a more well-known band, Old Crow Medicine Show. They’ve got a more full sound than the Chocolate Drops, and I love the harmonica. The second song I’ve got of theirs, Wagon Wheel, is their most popular and is one of my favorite songs of all time.

Old Crow Medicine Show – Down Home Girl

Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel

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I like the weekend…Mr. Lover Lover edition

Here’s a nice little treat for all you lovebirds out there.

And for you married folk:

And if you’re feeling real sexy, watch this video that’s been stuck in my head for about a week since I saw this outtake from one of my favorite shows, Psych. Why just the link? Because apparently every single sexy R&B video on YouTube has embedding disabled. Never would’ve guessed it.

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I like new(ish) music…mashup edition

graphicmedia5I love dancing. As long as it’s a dark room and I’ve had a couple of drinks, that is. But if those two criteria are met, there’s not too much that can keep me from dancing my tiny little buns off. And there’s so much good music out there to dance to that you really can’t give the excuse that there’s just no songs that you like. In fact, there’s so much music out there to dance to that if you were to lay it all end to end, it would circle the earth 87 times before coming to an end in a small town in southern Scotland. So what are we to do with the glut of dance songs?

Enter the mashup. The concept is easy enough to understand: a DJ or producer takes two or more songs and puts them together in either a one-to-one correlation or by mixing and matching different parts of each song together. The results are sometimes horrible, but, as the software used for making these mashups gets easier to use and artists start to release more and more instrumental and vocal tracks for their songs, the mashups just keep getting better and better.

Here are some of my favorites. You can download a lot of these for free online. I’ll put a link beside the song if that’s the case. *Warning: Most of these have potty mouth*

Girl Talk – In Step…If you listen to one artist that I post today, listen to this guy. He samples 20 songs in this track alone. Download his newest CD here for pay-what-you-want.

E-603 – Fighting the Love…He’s Girl Talk lite. Download his CD here for free.

DJ Earworm – Funky Goes to Hollywood…A more traditional mashup. Download the CD that this song is on here for free.

Christian Bale takes David to the dentist…This has nothing to do with mashup music, I just thought it was hilarious. This is a video mashup of Christan Bale’s on-set meltdown earlier this week with the insanely popular David after the dentist video that I posted a week ago. Definitely lots of cussing in this so if that’s not your thing, stay away.

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I like the shape of things to come

lolcatIf you’re at all like me–and I’m sure you are–you’ve spent hours upon lonely hours in your mansion, expensive microbrew in hand, pondering this simple question: why is the internet?

It is a question that has plagued the mind of man for thousands of years, keeping sophisticates of all stripes up many a sleepless night. For many moon naive and simple people convinced some that the answer to that vexing question was just this: the internet is for the purposes of freedom of information, worldwide commerce, increased diplomacy, and online dating for farmers.

Now we can look back on those dark days and laugh as we realize just how far we’ve come. Now, of course, we’ve realized that the internet is to be used above all else as a showcase for animals doing odd/cute/funny/destructive things and also as a cesspool for the narcissistic ramblings of a generation of self-centered tweens.

The only thing we’re missing in this new world  of internet possibilities is a soundtrack fitting for the grandeur we have just begun to create.

Enter Parry Gripp. You may recognize his name from the video I had up awhile ago, Spaghetti Cat (I Weep for You). Kanye West says that he’s the voice of this generation, but Kayne’s autotuned hip-pop sounds like Mozart compared to the shallow, short and sweet songs of Parry Gripp. He writes songs for some of the most random and popular videos on YouTube and posts a new song (sans video) each week on his website.

I’ve spent upwards of three hours listening to his songs and watching the videos so that I could present you with my three favorites:

Young Girl Talking About Herself

Chimpanzee Riding a Segway

Wiener Dog Riding a Skateboard

Go check out Parry Gripp’s website and YouTube channel for more.

PS – If you would truly like to enter a tunnel of despair and hopelessness towards what your kids may one day be like, you really should click the link above labelled “self-centered tweens” and watch it to the end. It’s a response to a video titled “Emo/Scene Kids Suck.” The tunnel starts there and ends somewhere in the abyss of YouTube after passing through this, this, this, and this.

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I like weekends…spontaneous musical edition

Two spontaneous musicals from Prangstgrup.

Reach! A Lecture Musical Prank

Reading on a Dream!

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I like new(ish) music…country edition

cowboymusic1Every little while I get into a musical rut, and I just can’t listen to anything except one certain type of music or a certain artist or sometimes even just a certain song over and over again. Sometimes it’s a good rut (a Girl Talk rut, for instance) and sometimes it’s a bad bad bad rut (a Womanizer rut, por ejemplo).

Ever since I’ve been up in Yankee territory I’ve gotten into several country music ruts. Now before you start thinking about Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts, just give me a second. I don’t mean that sappy, sentimental, over-produced, Nashville junk that you hear on radio stations around the 92-95 FM frequency on your dial. I mean real country music. The kind that makes you (and by “you” I’m really just thinking about Southern folks; I haven’t the slightest idea what real country music does to Northerners…I have a suspicion it might have the same effect as the brown note) want to get some beer and go to the river or drive out to the middle of nowhere and eat barbecue until you puke. So here are two of my favorite real country music singers.

First up, we’ve got Hayes Carll, a guy I stumbled across at some point on Amazon. He’s a great songwriter whose lyrics just make me want to sit outside in my friend Pat’s backyard, beer in hand, feet in a kiddie pool and soaking in the summer heat. Here’s what No Depression has to say about his latest CD, Trouble in Mind:

Trouble In Mind, Carll’s third disc (and first for Lost Highway), is a great big hoot, a kinda funny, kinda sad, virtually encyclopedic examination of the lives of luckless losers that navigates between territory usually ceded to either Carl Hiaasen or Tom Waits with a deftness that’s harder to achieve than it looks.

Here are two of his songs. I recommend checking out the CD for the full-band versions of both of these.

Hayes Carll – She Left Me for Jesus

Hayes Carll – Drunken Poet’s Dream

This next group is a married couple, Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson. Their take full advantage of their ability to harmonize with each other and create a much more somber sound than Hayes Carll. It’s not overly serious to the point of being a downer, but it does a good job of evoking some of the more haunting images I typically associate with the South. The crazy thing is: they’re from Australia. Apparently Kasey got hooked on country music as a child when her dad would play songs around the campfire at their house in the bush. She’s convincing.

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson – Rattlin’ Bones

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson – Monkey on a Wire

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I like life according to The Final Countdown

eurpoe**Update: Because some people are view-hungry bastards, they disable embedding on their videos (YouTube doesn’t count views from embedded videos). So click here to watch the video of the girl playing Guitar Hero.**

The club was hot that night. And so were the ladies.

By one a.m., sweat had soaked my blue silk shirt, but what did it matter to me? I was with Mona Jenkins…and she was with me. Dancing, drinking, laughing. When the song was right, we were the only ones on the dance floor. Lights pulsing all around us. Fog covering the floor like the ghosts of every young and naive couple that had come before us. Every move we made pushed them further and further away, swirling on to haunt other couples, but not us. No one could stop us.

No one, that is, except Gavin Becker. Sure, I’d seen Gavin around before, and yeah, I knew he had been dating Mona until a few weeks ago. But a few weeks is an eternity to non-stop party people like we were that fateful summer. How could I have seen the jealousy he was hiding inside like so many of us hid our secret addictions back when we were so innocent and inexperienced? How could I have known that he had finally decided to come to the club to try his luck with Mona one last time? And how could I have known the depths of the anger he felt when he saw she and I together on the dance floor?

“Chris!” Gavin screamed above the booming bass. “This is it! You’re dead!”

“Gavin, just let her go! It doesn’t have to be like this,” I replied, already feeling the adrenaline coursing through my veins.

“No, Chris” he said reaching towards his pocket, “I’m afraid it does.”

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Now, I know what you’re all thinking: “CHRIIIIISSSS! How did you settle this blood feud? Did you fight him to the death? Debilitate him and take Mona to safety? Challenge him to a dance-off?”

It doesn’t matter. Why? Because at this point in the movie, the first synth keystrokes of The Final Countdown come in over the action, and your adrenaline pumps so hard that you black out from an overdose on raw power. And you don’t even care. That’s how awesome The Final Countdown is.

This song, written by the band Europe, can and does make everything that happens in life infinitely better than it would be otherwise. Going on a date and need a little extra boost? Listen to The Final Countdown on the way to her house; just make sure to drain the testosterone out of the car before she gets in. Got a long escalator to ride up in the mall? Play The Final Countdown on your iPod and get ready to feel like Princess Peach herself is waiting for you at the top.

I could go on and on with examples in which the simple addition of The Final Countdown turns what would otherwise be a horribly boring situation into something that minstrels will sing about for ages to come. Instead, I’ve gathered a few videos from YouTube that prove my point for me. Enjoy the videos, enjoy the song, and remember: everything is better with The Final Countdown.

Random girl plays Final Countdown on Guitar Hero – Normally this would be the epitome of lame, but it’s Final Countdown so it gets +5 awesome. Skip to the 2:10 mark to get to the good parts.

Mike Tyson beats the living crap out of people – The addition of Final Countdown to this video more than makes up for the missing psychoticism of Tyson due to the lack of his freakfest face tattoo at this point in his career.

And saving the best for last: a shrimp runs on a treadmill – This is almost all the evidence I need to prove my point.

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