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Listening booth — Mocean Worker, “Shooby Shooby Do Yah!”

Listening booth — Mocean Worker, “Shooby Shooby Do Yah!”

Listening Booth, Music
Last month I featured the album art for Mocean Worker's latest album, Candygram for Mowo! on this very blog. Today I've got something even cooler for you. It's a video for the leadoff track from the album, "Shooby Shooby Do Yah!", by Polish artist Czarek Kwaśny. It totally nails the feel of the song and is really fun to watch. Shobby Shobby Do Yah from Czarek Kwaśny on Vimeo. Kwaśny apparently put a lot of thought not just into the animation for this video, but into the concepts behind the animation. If you want to get, like real deep man, check out his explanation of the piece here.
Listening booth — Mastodon, “Spectrelight”

Listening booth — Mastodon, “Spectrelight”

Listening Booth, Music
It's probably not going to be as awesome as Leviathan, but Mastodon's upcoming LP -- The Hunter -- promises to be better than Crack the Skye. At least based off the first three singles. First there was "Black Tongue," which has the same vibe as Blood Mountain and is quite good. Then there was "Curl of the Burl," which incidentally looks like the title of a Burl Ives exercise video. In any case, it was a bit disappointing. Now there's single/video #3, "Spectrelight," which sounds the most like the Mastodon I love (and looks like a really cool screen saver to boot!). The rawness of the Remission/Leviathan era has been polished away but it's still hella aggressive and cool. It features Scott Kelly from Neurosis on vocals. The Hunter comes out September 26 on Roadrunner Records. Rel...
Listening booth — RIP Jani Lane of Warrant

Listening booth — RIP Jani Lane of Warrant

Listening Booth, Music
Today brings sad news for hard rock and metal fans around the world, as Jani Lane -- lead singer of Warrant during their most successful period -- was found dead yesterday in a Woodland Hills, California hotel room at age 47. In addition to serving as Warrant's lead vocalist, Lane wrote the band's most popular songs, including "Heaven," "Down Boys," "Sometimes She Cries," "I Saw Red," and "Cherry Pie." I'll admit that I was never a huge Warrant fan back in the day, but Lane was a very good vocalist and seems to have been a genuinely good -- albeit troubled -- person. So let's remember Lane in happier days with a few classic Warrant cuts. "Down Boys" "Cherry Pie" "Uncle Tom's Cabin" Related articles Warrant's Jani Lane dead at 47 (brooklynvegan.com) Hollywood reacts to...
Listening booth — Mastodon, “Black Tongue”

Listening booth — Mastodon, “Black Tongue”

Listening Booth, Music
I really should know better by now than to predict how much I'll like an album based off one song. I was certain Mastodon's last album, Crack the Skye, would be a total face-melter, but I was sadly wrong. But I do have renewed hope for their upcoming LP, The Hunter. Why? Check out the first single, "Black Tongue." Aw yeah! This sounds like the Mastodon I love - heavy and vengeful, but still melodic. The Hunter is out September 27. Related articles New Mastodon! "Black Tongue!" Full Song! Listen Now, You Fools!!! (metalsucks.net) Mastodon Roar Back With Monster Metal Anthem (spin.com) Mastodon's B-Sides Are Better Than Most Bands A-Sides. (popblerd.com) Mastodon Releases New Song, Forgets They're Mastodon (allmetalresource.com)
30 for 30 — Our Favorite MTV Music Videos of All-Time

30 for 30 — Our Favorite MTV Music Videos of All-Time

Featured Posts, Music, TV & Radio
It seems like forever since watching videos on MTV was a regular part of our lives, but once upon a time it was. We could go on and on about how the station -- which turns 30 on August 1 -- turned to crap years ago for one reason or another, or about how the "M" in MTV seems to stand for Mook now, but let's not go there. Let's make this post a happy remembrance, one in which we celebrate what was rather than lament what isn't. So in that spirit of celebration, here is a list of our 30 favorite music videos of the MTV era (which kicked off on August 1, 1981). Not the best videos, necessarily, but the ones that had the most impact on us. Oh, and for you ranking junkies -- sorry, this is strictly in alphabetical order. 1. Daft Punk, "Around the World" In college we had a primitiv...
Retrotisement: Video Music Dynamite from 1986!

Retrotisement: Video Music Dynamite from 1986!

Advertising, Retrotisements
If you're about my age and love music, then you no doubt owned at least one music video collection from MusicVision. If you need to job your memory, think VHS collections of music videos from your favorite bands packaged in those gray boxes. Here's a classic ad from July 1986 featuring a bunch of them: Now this is what I call music! Of course it makes sense that two of the hottest bands of '86 -- Starship and Mr. Mister -- are prominently featured here. But let's not forget Country Comes Alive (with Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Milsap, Waylon Jennings, Alabama, Juice Newton, the Judds, and more!), Whodini, and Chess Moves, a set of original songs from the London musical Chess! Oh, and it's also available on Beta! Related articles Retrotisements - Classic ads from car companies of th...