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A pair of rap songs depicting the conflict between the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes and F. A. Hayek.

The internet sure is full of things. If you don't pay close attention to where you're going, you never know what you'll run into.
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Unfortunately, I find that I don't care for the rest of the album this is from, so the artist will get minimal benefit from my enjoyment of this song, but maybe some of you folks might like it. This is a very simple video, but quite effective just the same, and it says where you can find more at the end.
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The Razor Skyline is another band you might be interested in. More of an electronica influence, but maintaining the middle eastern percussion and some of the other fusion elements.
(link goes to a Facebook page with a Flash music player, in case either represents a problem for you)

Edit: hmm, listening further it seems to be a goth/industrial influence rather than an electronica one, and some of the songs fall fall much more squarely into those categories. This isn't a problem for me, or most others who like Abney Park, but I figured I'd mention it :)


Jul. 28th, 2010 04:43 pm
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Why couldn't THIS SHOW have happened while I was living less than a mile away? Yeah, I know, the bands involved didn't yet have the renown necessary for such touring at that time, but still....
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By way of [livejournal.com profile] nihilistic_kid

Lady GaGa and Beyonce's Telephone, combined with Metallica's Enter Sandman. I would not have thought that those two would work so well together.

It's more Safe for Work than the original video was, but... )
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Okay, I hate Beyonce's song Single Ladies, but this cover isn't half bad. Admittedly it got bonus points from me at around 2:00 when the singer complains about the poorly written lyrics and skips ahead :)

I'm not sure if I care for the other songs from Pomplamoose I've tried from the related video list on that one, but maybe I'm just not in the mood for this sort of music today. I'll try it again tomorrow and see if it strikes me any differently.
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For anyone who's unfamiliar with the concept, the idea is to take a song with an odd/interesting music video and replace the lyrics with ones that (more or less) describe what's going on in the video. now a lot of the attempts out there are somewhat iffy, with bad singing, poor adherence to the original meter, just plain dumb new lyrics, or some combination of all three. Some, however, rise above all that and I figure I should compile the ones I've found here in case I want to find them again.

Ah-Ha - Take On Me the one that started it all.
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart the one I saw linked recently that reminded me about them.
Meatloaf - Anything For Love oddly, I think this version might be a more coherent story than the original...
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul not quite as well done, but it's They Might Be Giants.
The Beatles - Penny Lane and you were starting to think these people only did 80s videos :)
Billie Idol - White wedding this one and the next are both by the same guy/group that did the Take On Me video.
Tears for Fears - Head Over Heals

Hmm, I just realized that the They might be giants video is the only one I've got here that isn't either from www.DustFilms.com or dascottjr. Has anyone else found any interesting ones?
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It's been a while since I posted about a new band to catch my fancy. So here's the latest one: Beats Antique. Like many bands I like, their musical style is eclectic in and of itself. Middle Eastern traditions, Electronica, and circus music (among other things) blended together to make something new. I found them through a link to the video for their song Beauty Beats, but I like some of the other songs in the audio section of their website better. (I can't really link to them without doing some code diving, their page uses active content generation through javascript so every page is still "www.beatsantique.com") (hmm, they have a different selection of songs at their MySpace page, four that aren't on their site, but only three of the ones that are on it)


Oct. 5th, 2008 11:02 pm
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Hmm, the video for MIA's song Paper Planes makes a good companion for David Bowie's I'm Afraid of Americans. They both explore the same disconnect between fear based perception and reality. In Bowies's video the theme is shown explicitly in the altered appearances/behaviors that Bowie's character apparently sees. In MIA's video, the visuals merely reinforce the fact that the lyrics are supposed to be a satire of society’s fear of immigrants (this reviewer has a noticeable agenda, but despite that has the most readable version of the relevant info)

That being said, I suspect that these two videos are the closetst these two artests are ever going to get musically :)

Unrelated: this Nine Inch Nails video has a pretty neat concept (warning: audio contains profanity. Video, on the other hand, has nothing objectionable in it.)

Edit: having looked up some of MIA's other stuff, I find that I generally don't care for it. On the other hand, I have to respect someone who does things as varied as this and this. If you didn't like any of the songs earlier in the post, there's still a decent chance that you'd like one or the other of these. Also, if you like her music better than I do and want to find more, be aware that there is apparently a German pop group going by that name as well.
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Last Thursday I mentioned the band Mogwai. Today I encountered something that lowered my opinion of them some. Does this tune sound familiar to anyone? (as usual, just ignore the video) How about now?

Sure, it's a simple tune. Sure, it may even have been developed independently from the same principles since both bands play around with the mathematics behind the music. But that's a lot more similarity than I've heard in some things that have been take to court over infringement.

Oh, and the Mogwai one is from 2001 while the other is from 1994.

Edit: Also, the static is part of the track, not anything to do with the quality of that video, so I was already predisposed to dislike this tune even before I remembered why it seemed familiar.


Sep. 18th, 2008 05:59 pm
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Bands whose normal work I find eminently forgettable but whose one-off side projects I greatly enjoy count = 2. Actually, it might be more than that but mostly I'm remembering individual songs from artists whose other work I don't care for, rather than whole albums. And there are also bands that I do like in general, but whose oddball albums I like even more, but I seem to be wandering...

Anyway, the first one was Black Aria from Glen Danzig and the new one is The Score - An Epic Journey from Epica. In both cases, these are ordinarily metal bands doing non-metal albums, and in both cases the albums are somewhat hard to find because their normal fan base didn't know what to make of them. In both cases it took careful choice of search terms to get results from the album, and in neither case was I able to get the particular track I wanted to link to. Oh well, that's why I don't go to YouTube when I just want to listen to music.
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I've got to add the Dave Mathews Band to the list of those that I can't STAND in the form I usually hear on the radio, but don't mind at all in the live version. As could be expected that's much rarer than the reverse, but I'm surprised by how many bands do fall into that category. And lest you think that a difference of song might be faking me out here, I didn't realize I was listening to Dave Mathews rather than an imitator until I recognized the song as one I didn't like, and checked to see who had managed to make it palatable for me.
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I really don't like their music, but I may have to see this new Radiohead video when the finally release it. Of course part of that is wanting to see if they thought up anything "interesting" to do with the technology, or whether it's just "Hey, look at us! We made a video without using any cameras!" The later kind of loses its impact when you consider the entirely computer generated videos that already exist.
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I normally don't care that much for Liz Phair's music, but I really like Flower. (warning: very explicit lyrics) It's so different in musical style from anything else I've heard from her that when I first heard it I thought it was being miss-attributed to her until I looked it up on the internet. Off the top of my head, the only thing I can think of that is stylisticly similar is Nine Inch Nails' Eraser(Polite), which is considerably different from the (apparently non-polite) normal version of that song.

Edit: Yes, both songs do use the F-word, and would probably be impermissible in polite society even if that was replaced with an euphemism, but that isn't the similarity I'm thinking of.
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I just ordered tickets for a concert that's going to be happening near here next month, and the only option to do so turned out to be through Ticketmaster. I double and triple checked. The band, the location, the organizers, nobody had anything more than a link to Ticketmaster. By the time all their fees had been added in, I ended up paying almost double the alleged ticket price. Admittedly, I was surprised by how cheap the listed "price" was and wouldn't have balked if the final price had been offered up front, but still... And if I was ordering just in time, rather than a month in advance like this, they would have raked in still more profit. Having worked at a place where sending small packages by next day or 2nd day UPS was a common occurrence, I can almost guarantee that they were charging double what it costs them for those services.

When you divide up the actual ticket price between the facilities costs, the organizers' cut, the headliners and the opening act, Ticket master gets by far the biggest slice of the pie, even assuming unheard of levels of overhead in "print out ticket, mail ticket, repeat until venue reaches maximum capacity."


Mar. 13th, 2008 11:24 am
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After getting bored with the selection that Pandora was offering me, switching back to listening to the radio, and finding that to be just different, not better, I decided to do something about it. No, don't get you're hopes up, I just meant deleting my stations from pandora and making new ones with different seeds.

In this process I was given confermation (at least, it's confirmation as long as Pandora;s algorithims have any validity to them) of a fact I long suspected: The songs I hate most have a lot in common with the songs I like. While I can understand what musical similarities caused Cake, Pantera, and 50 Cent to each keep coming up on some of the new staions, (at least until I "thumbs down" enough of their songs) I can't remove the seeds that are triggering them without removing some music I do like.

I suppose this is why I usually define my musical tastes as "eclectic." This way people are less surprised when I, for example, like goth band A but disslike goth band B.

More music

Mar. 2nd, 2008 09:25 pm
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Looking back through my music posts, there seems to be a degree of commonality that belies my claims of eclecticism, but that's just an illusion. I have no need to post links to the likes of Beethoven, Dave Brubeck, Pink Floyd, and Nine Inch Nails. Those who would like their music can find it easily enough on their own.

Now that I've said that, here's more celtic influenced music: Omnia - Wytches' Brew
And their home page, where one can download several of their songs for free: http://www.omnia-neocelt.com/

Edit: I just realized that I never mentioned on here the band Abney Park. (that's an unofficial, fan made video, but nifty in it's own right) Steampunk/industrial dance/goth according to wikipedia, they also have several songs available on their homepage. I mean, how can you complain about a group that sings about airship pirates?


Dec. 26th, 2007 09:30 pm
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I am suddenly a fan of the"hang", a type of drum.

By itself it sounds almost like it's the product of a synthesizer.
It goes equally well with either a hammered dulcimer or with didgeridoo.
Although, I think a major part of my liking is that it is an eminently solo-capable, non-awkward. percussion instrument. Also, according to wikipedia at least, it's less than a decade old.

Okay, I think I need to get TheArtOfFusion - déjà vu. (warning for those that can't stand the site: that link goes to myspace)
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You know, I had somehow managed to forget that the hammered dulcimer is one of my favorite instruments to listen to. I don't know how one forgets about something that is a favorite of theirs, but I somehow managed it until this video reminded me.


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