Month: December 2010

Commercials I hate – Hyundai Sonata hipster Christmas

Commercials I hate – Hyundai Sonata hipster Christmas

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Oh look at us, we are so delightfully indie and quirky!  Enjoy us frolicking in our secondhand store clothes as we shill for a multi-billion dollar car company! OK, I'll give Pomplamoose (WTF?) a little credit - having checked out some of their other covers they do have some good stuff.  But damn these Hyundai commercials are irritating.  Although I guess it beats watching those yuppie pukes put giant bows on their Lexuses (Lexi?).
Gray Flannel Mixtape: The Best Songs of 2010

Gray Flannel Mixtape: The Best Songs of 2010

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Yup, it's that time again!  Before I roll out the annual year-end rundown of my favorite albums, let's take a listen to some of the best songs from 2010.  I've included YouTube clips where possible, since I used Lala last year and got burned. 1. "Them That Do Nothing" by Field Music (from Measure) - I could probably populate this whole list with songs from Field Music's third studio album.  Instead I'll just highlight the first single from it and we can all revel in its pure pop perfection.  Well done, Brewis brothers, well done indeed. 2. "Doin' It Again" by the Roots (from How I Got Over) - If there's a case to be made for why sampling can work so well in hip hop it's this track, which brilliantly weaves the Roots' own composition with John Legend's "Again".  It's the standout
‘Tis the season to win Michael McDonald’s new Christmas DVD!

‘Tis the season to win Michael McDonald’s new Christmas DVD!

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That's right kids, don't say I never give you anything.  Thanks to the generous folks over at Eagle Rock Entertainment and Universal Music, I have a copy of Michael McDonald's latest DVD, This Christmas: Live in Chicago, to give to one lucky reader.  It features McDonald and his band in a holiday performance on the PBS concert series Soundstage. This DVD showcases a bunch of McDonald yuletide originals and covers, and even features some of his best-known solo and Doobie Brothers hits.  If you're a McDonald or latter-era Doobie fan, you will want this disc (my review is forthcoming).  But even if you just like good Christmas music, you still can't lose.  And best of all, it's free! To win your very own DVD of This Christmas, simply do any one of the following by 11:59pm (New Jersey ti
The Super Mario Bros. theme song showcase

The Super Mario Bros. theme song showcase

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In addition to being one of the most popular video games of all time (in fact, it was the best-selling game ever for 20 years) and launching an iconic and endlessly marketable title character, Super Mario Bros. also contributed one of the catchiest and most enduring video game theme songs ever. Officially known as "Ground Theme", it was composed by Koji Kondo, who used Latin rhythms as the song's foundation.  It's the song players hear when the game starts and has been featured in one variation or another throughout the Mario Bros. series.  It's also inspired countless remakes and remixes over the years, from world famous bands to anonymous fans. I present to you but a sampling of some of my favorite takes on "Ground Theme", but begin with the one that started it all: Up first
Let It Be Over

Let It Be Over

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I don't know how poor Jim J. Bullock got left out of this video, but it's transcendent just the same.   Here's the version of The Beatles' immortal "Let It Be" you never even knew you needed. Whatever this Gylne Tider ("Golden Times") program is in Norway, they sure have one hell of a booking director.  I mean, they got the living guy from Milli Vanilli?  And Dolph Lundgren? I just pray that this wasn't the last thing Leslie Nielsen recorded before he died.  That's just no way to go out. Here's a partial list of the luminaries doing their best Beatles karaoke: Roger Moore Huey Lewis Jason Alexander Ricki Lake Josie Biesett Alberto Tomba John Nettles George Wendt Paul Mackenna Philip Michael Thomas Glenn Close Gorden Kaye Pamela Anderson Leslie Nie
Album covers of the week: Bizarre Christmas covers

Album covers of the week: Bizarre Christmas covers

Album Cover of the Week, Music
I could probably start an entirely new blog dedicated just to weird Christmas album covers (or at least a Tumblr feed), but instead I'll just present a few of my favorites here.  These aren't bad or ugly covers per se, but ones that don't quite capture the traditional holiday spirit.  Enjoy! Six Million Dollar Man 4 Exciting Christmas Adventures, 1978 I thought the Six Million Dollar Man was supposed to be a good guy?  Based on this cover, it seems as if he's killed Santa, put on his costume, and jettisoned St. Nick's corpse into space on board a rocket.  Man, that's effed up.  Jolly ol' Steve Austin looks like he's getting some kind of sick thrill from the whole thing - check out that demonic smirk. Later, Austin uses his bionic powers to crush the Elves' Revolt.  You haven't liv