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by Christopher Grant Harris

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Varúð” by Sigur Rós

"Oh my God, I get it. I get it…"

“Oh my God, I get it. I get it…”

The 13th(!!) season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia ended last month. For a show that has spent more than a decade reveling in rapid-fire, gross-out, shocking, and perverse humor about the “worst people in the world,” it did something probably more shocking than it ever had before:

It didn’t make any jokes. The character Mac (Rob McElhenney), after being told both by his imprisoned father and the character Frank (Danny DeVito) that “I never really got you,” decides to come out as gay to his father via an interpretive contemporary dance routine set to Sigur Rós’s enchanting and haunting tune “Varúð.” And it is glorious.

It is perhaps one of the most triumphantly moving dance performances I’ve seen since So You Think You Can Dance’s spectacular “statues” routine set to Ingrid Michaelson’s “Turn to Stone.” Here, just watch (and listen to) this.

Oh my God, I get it. I get it.

Categories: TV, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Friday, 30 November 2018

What Kind of Nope Rope Have You Found?

Nope Ropes, Sneks, & Danger Noodles…

Nope Ropes, Sneks, & Danger Noodles…

If you stumble upon a Snek, would you know how to categorize it? This handy video from Lucidchart can help you figure out if you’ve got a Nope Rope, Danger Noodle, Boop Noodle, or many other possibilities!

Thanks to Jamie Pederson, the Ginger Fool

Categories: Videos.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Woman in Black” by The Black Tones

She actually IS dressed in black…

She actually IS dressed in black…

Sometimes you’re just in the mood for some good Seattle punk blues. So here’s The Black Tones live on Band in Seattle performing “Woman in Black.” Partake and enjoy:

Aaaah, yes, that’s the stuff.

Want some more? Yes, you do. So here’s the excellent mostly-instrumental “The Key of Black (They Want us Dead),” which includes a healthy dose of funk and some brief, timely, angry lyrics:

Congratulation! An enjoyment has occurred.

Categories: Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Yes, I Play Paladins. You Can Watch (if you wanna)

I'll be your "Pal" and play "Paladins" get it its a pun because the two words start with the same syllable I'm funny…

I’ll be your “Pal” and play “Paladins” get it its a pun because the two words start with the same syllable I’m funny…

For a long time now I’ve been hearing about team-shooter and battle-royale style video games. You know, the the team-shooter games like “Overwatch” where 2 teams of five real people play (via the internet) against each other. And the battle-royale style video games like “Fortnite” where 50 real people (on the internet) are dumped into some sort of massive arena and fight until there can be only one.

Well, this past summer both “Fortnite” and “Paladins” (a vaguely-fantasy-themed team-shooter video game) were released for free on the Nintendo Switch. So I got ’em both!

I played “Fortnite.”

I don’t get it.

I understand that this is one of the most popular video games in the world right now. I don’t get it. I spent all my matches running around for upwards of 10-15 minutes without seeing any other people, only to get killed with some shots to the back of the head by an opponent I never even saw. Fun?

So I switched to “Paladins.”

I get it, guys. I get it.

There’s something very compelling about the immediacy of these team-shooter games, where everyone you see is played by a real person (on the internet) (except if they disconnect, in which case a rather stupid bot will take over their character). The variety of characters in “Paladins” that you can choose from, the gobs and gobs of different skill loadouts you can build for each character… I get it. I really, really love playing “Paladins.” I even recorded myself playing once, and you can watch it here if for some reason you really want to (apologies for the glitchy selfie camera; I’ll have to figure out what caused that before I record any more).

Yeah, that was that. I kept forgetting to narrate what I was doing because I usually only get to play late at night after the rest of my household has gone to sleep, and I tend to be pretty quiet during those occasions.

Do any of you play “Paladins?” My username is Angry Beef (of course). Look me up! Also, can anyone explain the appeal of “Fortnite” to me? Because so far it≠fun.

Categories: Video Games, Videos.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “What Did You Find Out?” by Warren Dunes

Is that a rhetorical question…?

Is that a rhetorical question…?

Warren Dunes had a show last week in Seattle where they released… a new single, not a new album. Alas, we’ll have to wait until 2019 until a full album graces our ears. In the meantime, here’s the single they released: “What Did You Find Out?” (LIVE at Hoot House Recording). Listen and enjoy!

Now you have enjoyed! A congratulations has happening for you!

Categories: Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Annika” by Björn Olsson

Just relax, there's nothing wrong with this house…

Just relax, there’s nothing wrong with this house…

Time to take a break and relax for a couple of minutes with some excellent whistling.

Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with this random cabin that you’ve stumbled upon in the woods. Just relax and enjoy.

Categories: Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Microfiche” by Open Mike Eagle

Just close your eyes, it can all go away…

Just close your eyes, it can all go away…

Open Mike Eagle is back, in Claymation form! Also some special guests from the NFL:

“Microfiche” is from Mike’s latest album, What Happens When I Try to Relax, which is out now!

Categories: Wednesday Listening Pleasure.