Sunday, June 28, 2009

The greatest music video of all time

Ive seen this before, but I cant remember when or where. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) I completely forgot about it until just now.

I give you the greatest music video of all time (plus my second by second analysis / commentary).

(Start greatest music video of all time)
Welcome to Chicago, home of the most famous musicians of all international superstar Jan Terri.
(0:17) Nice lens flare.
(0:30) Limo driver guy eases on to his mark, hes got the touch.
(0:41) 'No maam, I will not open the door for you, I will block it and hand this over-paid extra your suitcase.'
(0:47) Limo guy didnt understand what 'dont look at the camera' meant.
(0:51) Seriously, dont look at the camera.
(0:56) When youre as big a star as international superstar Jan Terri, causing traffic jams is expected.
(1:12) Get ready for vocal solo.
(1:14) Is that a vocal solo or a yawn? I know Im bored.
(1:31) The camera man, being unable to focus on our star for more than 15 seconds at a time, now takes a sweeping city shot.
(1:45) This man is a rebel without a cause. You can tell by the sunglasses, leather jacket, and the kickstand being down. Hes too rebellious to hold up his own bike.
(1:51) Oh no! Just when you think he cant get any more rebellious, hes parked in a no parking zone. Way to step up to the plate.
(1:53) Where can I get a perm like that?
(2:02) The bad girl rock star and bad boy biker are now together. International superstar Jan Terri waves at thousands of very real (not non-existent) fans.
(2:04) 'Hey is that your career flying away in the wind?'
(2:06) 'Yes...yes it is.' *grin*
(2:20) Back to the lakeside shot complete with sewage pipe.
(2:34) Camera guy, due to sheer boredom, falls asleep at the helm for a few terrifying seconds.
(2:36) Shes coming for you camera guy.
(2:56) The time he allows for the phone to ring is longer than the time allowed for the entire conversation.
(3:07) Again with the yawning.
It seems we have an airport. Could international superstar Jan Terri be leaving rebellious biker boy behind?
(3:23) Film School 101: use the zoom function on your terrible camera as much as possible.
(3:32) Aaaand back in.
(3:48) How dare limo driver guy make international superstar Jan Terri carry her own luggage?!
(3:58) International superstar Jan Terri only flies United.
(4:11) International superstar Jan Terri's plane flies majestically off into the distance only to be quickly obscured by a street light and dying landscaping.
(End greatest music video of all time)

A good cover is a terrible thing to waste, pt. II

This time we have another cover by our friends The White Stripes. I know I know, they did the song in my last post but I like them, so sue me!

This is a cover of Conquest by Patti Page. If youve already heard the Stripes version then...listen again, because its great!

Music videos made in the 1950s are fantastic. Almost as good as Armi and Danni (yes, youll want to click that, believe me).

Jack White fighting a bull?! What more could you ask for?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Coffee and Cigarettes

I dont know what contest in life we're all participating in but, whatever it is, Jack White wins. I wouldnt be surprised if he actually did build a Tesla coil and have this exact conversation with Meg.

Thank you Jack White for the fiber-optic Jesus that you gave me.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Machu Picchu

I stumbled across this via Digg today.

Is it just me, or does anyone else love 3D short films?


I havent been on many adventures recently, which is truly a shame as I quite enjoy them. The adventures of the 'late night' variety tend to be the best, at least in my opinion.

I did have a bit of one tonight...

"Oh no!" Kurtis exclaims as he is leaving his place of employment, "I needed to get freon for my cars AC! Whatever will I do?!" He ponders the situation for some time, then, hoping beyond hope that they have it, decides to go to WalMart. "Surely they will have an item such as this in their auto department" he says to himself.
Arriving at WalMart he quickly leaves his car behind and makes the long journey across the parking lot to the entrance. There are no greeters present which immediately worries him, but he shakes it off, his mind set on his goal. "Where is the auto department" he wonders. "I cant ask anyone as I am a male and therefore incapable of accepting directions". Being a male, however, he quickly finds what he is looking for. A large sign on the wall displaying the words "Auto Care".
Success is close at hand! He can feel the cool metal of the cans of 134a refrigerant, smell the toxic fumes and there! On a shelf in the back, displayed proudly, he sees them. "Two should be enough" he thinks "then again last time I required three, nay, almost four!" He ponders his predicament for only a moment, he hasnt any time to waste. Like lightning he scoops up three cans and turns to make his way out.
He doesnt notice the danger lurking around the corner. He never thought that there would be someone else in the Auto Care department at WalMart at nigh around midnight. Then it happened. Where the man came from, Kurtis will never know but there he was. From around the end of the isle...he came. Quicker than a cobra strike...he came. Kurtis dodged. The man froze in his tracks nearly dropping the windshield wipers he was carrying. "Excuse me, didnt see you coming!" the man said, with panic in his voice. "No problem" Kurtis replied, trying to regain a good grip on his loot.
He quickly realized hed been distracted from his goal: the checkout. Standing in line he felt rather awkward. Everyone else had groceries or other useful household items but he, he was carrying three cans of automotive refrigerant. His phone vibrated in his pocket. "Ive received a message!" he exclaims (not aloud because even he knows he would look rather foolish), it simply reads 'it is like the most random time of day to purchase that'. Agreeing with a chuckle, he replies. Then he saw that the man in front of him was buying two fishing poles and felt slightly better. No sooner had he spotted fishing pole man it was his turn to check out.
He placed the cans on the counter and greeted the cashier. "Find everything alright?" she asked. He hadnt the heart to tell her that the 134a was actually quite difficult to locate, or that he had almost been killed by the man with the windshield wipers. He simply replied "yep". The cashier was quick and courteous, within seconds the cans were in a bag and ready for departure. Kurtis picked up his spoils and made for the exit but not before snapping a photograph as proof of his triumph.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

'Catchy' doesnt do it justice

"Its the most catchy song in the history of songs"

Of course after hearing that Im going to go listen to it, and listen to it I did. While it might not be the most catchy song, its definitely in the top 5.


Friday, June 5, 2009

80s ragtime?!

This is just too fantastic not to share! I wont even say anything and just throw you right in!

Song list:
Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
Don't You Want Me Baby - Human League
The Final Countdown - Europe
Axel F - Harold Faltermeyer
Material Girl - Madonna
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler

A good cover is a terrible thing to waste

I love covers.

Well, scratch that, I love good covers. "But Kurtis, what makes a good cover?" Ill tell you! When you can hear the original only after you peel back the layers of sound of the band that covered it, I think youve got yourself a good cover. When you dont know right away that the song isnt one that the band wrote themselves, in other words, because theyve taken it and made it their own. An example of a bad cover, and one that Im subjected to on a regular basis (yes at work) is the 'American Woman' cover by Lenny Kravitz. It doesnt help that the original is a rather anti-American tune written by some stinking Canadians, or that Lenny Kravitz is just terrible, but in order to know a good one you have to know a bad one. I wont even bother posting the bad one as its a waste of both time and space. I will, however, post a good one. Im sure Ive shown most of you this already sans the original, so Ill post both. So sit back, relax, and put your socks on tight as theyre about to be rocked off.

The original is 'Death Letter' by our good friend Son House:

The cover is by none other than The White Stripes (who else?!):

Monday, June 1, 2009

New month, new band

The Kills

Once again Ive found one that I cant really explain (funny how that goes), but I guess Ill try.

If you were to take blues, 1970s psychedelic rock, and electronic, throw it in some nasty crap and make sure it gets really dirty and messy and record would get The Kills.

They fit the mold perfectly for bands Kurtis likes:
2 members CHECK!
1 male 1 female CHECK!
Something that even resembles a Blues influence CHECK!

I wont talk about them anymore though, Ill just let you listen.