Back in college when I first heard Yelle, I steeped myself in her music for longer than I care to think about. My love for Yelle’s music is still strong, but I’ve been in a pretty folk/bluegrassy mood so far this summer, thanks in no small part to seeing Lake Street Dive and River Whyless in concert a couple months ago. Well, this morning I was browsing an AskReddit thread about people’s favorite non-English songs, and someone posted “Papaoutai” by Stromae, a Belgian rapper/singer/songwriter. Now it looks like I’m headed for a summer of French pop music.
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I love Adam WarRock‘s Firefly album The Browncoats Mixtape, and I’m pretty excited he’s got a new one out about BSG. Here’s “Galactica,” the first full track from the Feel Human EP, which I’ll definitely be buying. Head below the break for my favorite track from The Browncoats Mixtape.
I may be late to this party, but I don’t care. I love Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, like a lot. I saw “Thrift Shop” [AmazonMP3 | iTunes] first, and it spoke deeply to my thrifty sensibilities. So here’s that video, just push play.
So that was fucking awesome. It’s alright if you want to watch it again, I’ll wait.
But when I do, I prefer Mmmhop! Yes, that’s right, everyone’s favorite band that nobody really cares about anymore, Hanson, is making beer now. I hope this kicks off a trend of former pop stars scavenging from their past successes to make bank with booze. Achy Breaky Hefeweizen? Play That Funky Lambic? Who Let the Doppelbock Out? Come On ALEeen? Or my personal favorite, Tainted Lager? I’ll stop now, but as you can see, this is surely an excellent trend.
On another note, because I’m such a good person, I’ll forgive the source link for calling the beer an “Indian Pale Ale.” What would that even be?
Sorry about the title. That was my theremin rendition of Mary Had a Little Lamb. I’m still practicing. You can’t deny that theremins are great. But they’re kind of expensive and they’re difficult to learn. Well now there’s a solution for all you parents who have a burning desire for your kiddos to become the next Lydia Kavina…the Utamin! Continue reading “<span class="entry-title-text">WwooooOOEEEEEEeeeEEeoowwwwwOooOOOOOOeeEEEoOOO</span>” »
Well lookie here! Someone has heard our pleas and made a browser extension to make things right! When it comes down to it I probably won’t use it, since I like the Send To button better now that I’m actually using it to blog. However, for those of you whose lives the Reader changes also destroyed, this may be the solution for you!
I’d like to take a moment while I have you here to say that Lifehacker is one of my favorite blogs. Every time I read my feed from them I star at least one article, hoping that someday I have the time and inclination to try it out. The problem is that I’m too lazy, and play too many video games. But if I had all of the time and the monies, I’d be trying out LH tips left and right.
This may be tipping my nerd hat a bit too much, but now I can’t get that Andrew Marvell poem out of my head. “If we had world enough and time / this coyness, lady, were no crime.” Oh, Marvell…good old 17th-century horndog [full poem]. And I’m suddenly sad, considering that the modern day equivalent of this brilliant poem is “Give Me Everything” by Pitbull [youtube]. Oh well…I guess all we can do is grab somebody sexy and tell ’em about how your vegetable love is vaster than empires, or something.
So far, this summer has been one filled with good music, and it promises to continue to be. My wife and I discovered Princess Music last fall at a Punch Brothers concert. They’ve got a really awesome sound, kind of a Bach meets Beatles, classical meets math rock hybrid monster that makes me wish they had about 10x as many songs as they do. Or more, I don’t want to limit them. But anyway, we saw them at the Mercury Cafe in Denver in June. I think we might have been the only people in the room who A) didn’t know the band personally and B) also knew all the words to their songs. Yeah, it was slightly embarrassing. But even though they were 2 members down, it was a great show. I’d see them again in a heartbeat.
Then two weeks ago we saw Ben Folds, who I’m confident you’re all familiar with, at the Ogden Theater in Denver. The last time I was at the Ogden was for GeeksWhoDrink‘s Geek Bowl back in January, and I have to say, it was a lot less crowded and a lot more comfortable back then. Still, a great show, and Ben’s opener was Kenton Chen, who you may remember if you watched NBC’s “The Sing-Off” (did anyone?), who did a killer looped a cappella version of Britney Spears’ Toxic, as well as some great original tunes. We snuck out before the rush at the end, but we had a lot of fun. My only gripe was with the venue: what kind of bar refuses to give customers a cup of water? BTW, bottled water is $4 or something. Ridiculous.