Friday, September 26, 2008

Dear Deer - Kate Micucci

Check out this clever song & video directed by Raul Fernandez, it'll put a smile on your face. Watch it in all it's Hi-Res glory here! Click around Raul's site, there's some great stuff over there!

Kate Micucci's Homepage

Thursday, September 25, 2008

'Pi' and 'Loud & Clear'

I first came across Hard n' Phirm when I was working for and Pi was a track that stood out from the moment I heard it. These guys write really great songs that go in some very hilarious and unexpected directions. This incredible video was directed by the talented Keith Schofield, (who I know almost nothing about except he's very very talented). Be sure to stop by his website for a hi-res version of this video and several others (CSS, Death Cab, etc!).


Bonus Video:

This one is so good I just have to include it here...

Friday, September 19, 2008

2 Songs About Brian Wilson


What do Mike Love and John Cale both have in common? Almost nothing, except they both wrote awesome songs about Brian Wilson!

Brian Is Back: Rescued from oblivion by the gem packed Endless Harmony Soundtrack, this is a loving, simplistic gesture written for Brian when he finally broke out of his shell and returned to touring with the band. It is as over-the-top cheesy as any Mike Love song should be, but the sincerity and heart far out weighs this. And Carl Wilson is in perfect form, as always. (Amazon Link)

Mr. Wilson: I've been meaning to get around to John Cale's solo career ever since I laid eyes on the cover of Vintage Violence years ago, but for some reason, I'm just getting around to it now. On the heavy recommendation of Kyle over at Tall & Stupid, I picked up Slow Dazzle and was seriously blown away by the opening track, Mr. Wilson. It is an all out ode to Brian's genius, lyrically and musically. Like Mike Love's song, there are name checks to old Beach Boys songs, (amazingly Sunflower's Add Some Music), but here they are worked in artfully. (Amazon Link)

Both songs are excellent, so give them a listen! (Get 'em)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Down By The River, CSN&Y, Big Sur, 1969

Hey, just saw this over at Aquarium Drunkard and had to repost it here, this video will melt your mind.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

16 Things iTunes Can Do To Improve On Their Next Update

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1. A penny per listen. Why should people pay almost a full dollar for music they’re only going to listen to 12 times? How sweet would be if iTunes just tracked our listening habits and charged accordingly?

2. Also, once you listen to music 99 times, it stops charging you and gives you 4 free listens on any one song of your choice.

3. Then you are automatically sent a $1 e-tificate ($1 will be automatically deducted from your account). You can embed the e-tificate as much as you want on your myspace, blog, facebook, page or blog.

4. To keep people from stopping the song right before it gets to the end and opting out of paying their penny, once a song gets 10 seconds in, that will count as one half of a listen. Half listens can be combined from different songs to charge users for whole listens. That way people are encouraged not to start listening songs they’re not going to finish.

5. It should be noted that all these rules apply to both music purchased from iTunes Store and imported from other sources. This will be incentive for listeners to take advantage of the convenience and user friendliness of the iTunes store.

6. When you rate a song four stars or higher, iTunes will automatically charge you an extra half listen each time you listen to that song because you are obviously enjoying that song more.

7. This is also a bit of a convenience fee for making this song come up more on your shuffle.

8. Since this system requires that iTunes knows who’s listening to what music, users will be required to type in their Apple ID and password in between each song.

9. iTunes will require you to change your password once a week and change your username & password once a month to keep people from sharing accounts.

10. If you don’t change your password you will be locked out of your music.

11. If you go out of town and don’t have access to your iTunes library, you should either have someone change your password while you're away or let iTunes know how long you’ll be out of town.

12. I know what you’re thinking: what if there’s a group of people listening to music, like at a get-together? That’s what the Apple iGroup Code would be for. Listeners simply start up a new iGroup, enter their Apple IDs and passwords, come up with an iGroup password and then enter that password in between songs. There should also be a cool sidebar or something to check and uncheck people as they enter and exit the room or rooms in which the music is streaming so that they are not unfairly charged. Everyone hearing a song will be charged a full penny.

13. A lot of people send each other music through Instant Messenger programs and websites like The new iTunes can really take advantage of that by:

14. Charging 8 pennies to send a friend a song.

15. Once they listen to the song 8 times, 8 listens are withdrawn from your friend’s account and placed into yours, plus you get one free extra listen to spend on the listening to of any of your own songs for your trouble.

16. If they fail to listen to a song 8 times, no big deal, you will just receive an error message every time you try to listen to that song until your friend listens to the song 8 times. This is to promote spreading music around. It’s good for bands.

By: Danny Jelinek & Matt Duffy