Posts categorized “Music”

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

AJJ Creates the Best 1-Take Music Video Ever

AJJ video

This is a Music Video.

You know those incredibly impressive 1-take videos by the band OK Go? You know, the ones that are in a warehouse and the camera makes intricate moves while the band members make carefully choreographed moves through carefully arranged sets to form impressive vistas? Like Rube Goldberg machines given music video form.

Well, the band AJJ has created one of those 1-take videos that blows all other 1-take videos out of the water. This is the greatest 1-take music video in the history of music videos. Watch it below, and keep watching after the video ends for some mind-blowing behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. You’ll lose your mind from overwhelming amazement when you watch this:

The timing is just exquisite.

Oh, and the song, “Goodbye, Oh Goodbye” is from AJJ’s upcoming new release, The Bible 2. Check it out!

The rare sequel that's even better than the original!

The rare sequel that’s even better than the original!

Categories: Music, Videos.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

My Famous Friends: Geoff Slays Commercial Music!

Mmmm... so steamy...

Mmmm… so steamy…

My excellently-talented friend (since kindergarten) Geoff is an excellently-talented musician. Until recently he was the bass-playing part of Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount (he can be heard on all of the FFD albums released up to this date). He is also the singer and 1/2 of the composers (I’m the other 1/2) of The Crazy Boy Floyds. He also produced a bunch of Trevor Peach’s recent musics. And a bunches of other stuffs.

Now he’s written the musics for a commercial for Slayer Espresso’s new steam machine! Here’s what Geoffs says:

Hey guys! Not only is Slayer an awesome company that I have loved since it’s inception, but a while back Arthur Allen started working in their marketing department and asked if I’d be willing to make a little tune for the promos of their upcoming products. Of course I said yes! And of course Arthur has done amazing things with it! Thanks for the opportunity, man! I hope I get to work with you moooore!

Watch the ‘mercial here and wissen to da musics within!

Also, that looks like a pretty kick-ass machine. If only I thought coffee had a good flavor taste instead of tasting like burnt bits you’d scrape off the bottom of an oven!

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Trevor Peach Has Got You Covered

...SONG covered, that is! Get it?

…SONG covered, that is! Get it?

The Fourth volume of Trevor Peach’s one-song-a-week project (AKA “Squandered Promise of a Wasted Year”) has begun, and this one is a pretty awexome hum-dinger. In his previous volume he did remakes of some of his own “classic” songs. But in this volume he is going to be putting his own spin on other musicians’ songs with a series of cover songs! He’s released the track list, and it includes some delightfully surprising and bizarre choices. Here they all are (and you can listen to them all) right here:

1. Black Sparrow – J Hacha De Zola

2. Your Mother Doesn’t Love You – Jason Brunet

3. Long Way To Fall – The Electric NoNo

4. Jesus, Friend of Sinners – Joshua Stephens

5. First 48 – Chris Blount

6. Secret Squirrel – Robb Benson

7. Nightmares – Open Mike Eagle

8. Nightmares – The Hoot Hoots

9. Blueberries – Julia Massey

10. Shake – The Great UM

11. White Whale – Kid in the Attic

12. Mr. Boots – Incanus

13. Dada Pops – Chubby Mummy

Volume IV marks a musical departure from the previous three volumes as well, because they’re not being produced by Geoff B. Gibbs. They’re being produced by Vincent Fresco. That’s right: the Vincent Fresco who produced Trevor Peach’s very first EP back 12 years ago!

The first cover has already been released. You can take a wissen right here:

I’m particularly excited to see how Trevor and Vincent handle Open Mike Eagle’s hip-hop and Chubby Mummy’s general incompetence. Also, there are rumors that there might be a couple of bonus tracks that aren’t listed here. There’s some exciting things in the pipeline from Trevor Peach this summer FO SHO.

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Open Mike Eagle is Admitting the Endorphin Addiction

(Pssst! The dancer represents "Addiction" *winku*)

(Pssst! The dancer represents “Addiction” *winku*)

Hey, Open Mike Eagle has another excellent video for an excellent song from his excellent new album, Hella Personal Film Festival. This one is for “Admitting the Endorphin Addicton.”

I heart Mike’s expressions in this video. He has a “What the eff is going on? This is effed up” look on his face most of the video as the dancing girl drags him all over the place.

... this is effed up.

“… this is effed up.”

It’s a good’un, and another catchy as eff song as well.

As I feel my withdrawal
I understand them 90’s songs.
Rap music has ruined me, I always want to loop my favorite part.

You should buy this album. You should buy this album here. Just admit that you really want it.

Admission is the first step.

Admission is the first step.

Categories: Music, Videos.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Glory of Glories: You Can Now Download Chubby Mummy

chub-e-the-mum

Is this the real life? Or is it chubby fantasy?

All of my musical fever dreams are coming true. Last year, we finally got the glorious music of Trevor Peach released.

Earlier this year, the long-gestating glories of The Crazy Boy Floyds began to trickle out into the world.

And now we have the Glory of Glories, the most exalted of all music.

All of Chubby Mummy has been upload to the internets.

All Time Alblums

A Quarted of Insane Inane Genius

For those of you who aren’t in the know, here is the official description of Chubby Mummy:

Two fully grown siblings whose improvised silliness is preserved on platinum hit “alblums” via tape recorders and cell phones. Chubby Mummy kind of has to be heard to be believed.

That really doesn’t do it justice. For starters, they’re completely bonkers insane. For seconds, they can’t carry a tune and have almost no sense of rhythm. They make The Shaggs seem as competent and skilled as Yo-Yo Ma. But they are frikkin’ funny. Many “songs” just collapse at the end because one or both of them are laughing too hard to continue. They’re also unreasonably enthusiastic and it’s completely infectious.

May I be pretentious for a moment? I shall: CHUBBY MUMMY IS THE GREATEST “OUTSIDER ART” MUSICAL ACT SINCE WESLEY WILLIS. Chubby Mummy is the raw, unspoiled joy of absolutely-uncensored improv.

Here’s a typical sample, where the two try to come up with what the next song will be, and then try (and fail) to perform that song:

And here is one of their more “successful” songs, where they actually manage to keep going for more than a few seconds:

Glorious.

Wait, I didn’t do that right.

GLORIOUS

There’s that’s better.

Head on over to the Chubby Mummy Bandcamp site to catch ’em all! You might be sorry you did! Or you might just find everything you never knew you were missing in your miserable life (spoiler: that last part probably won’t happen).

Don't let Chubby Mummy down!

Don’t let Chubby Mummy down!

Categories: Music.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

*Ring-Ring* It’s the Congratumaphone for Tacocat!

Who's got the power?

Who’s got the power?

You might not have noticed it, but included in the long, long list of TV shows and movies that are returning for another go at it (a list that also includes The X-Files, Twin Peaks, Gilmore Girls, Samurai Jack, Pee-Wee Herman, and probably several others I just don’t want to take time to remember right now) is the wondrous PowerPuff Girls!

That’s right, a new season of The PowerPuff Girls has just started airing, and with some minor tweaks here and there it looks to be doing a bang-up job of continuing in the spirit of the original. One of the tweaks is a brand-new theme song, recorded by none other than Seattle band TACOCAT! It’s called, “Who’s Got the Power?” Take a look and a listen:

There are a few really cool things going on here. First, Tacocat is the heir to the 1990s Riot Grrrl phenomenon; they’re an unabashedly feminist, girl-power-filled, and bright-punk group, and their brightly-colored aesthetic is an ungodly good match to the brightly-colored PowerPuff Girls.

Sadly, neither Tacos nor Cats in RL.

Sadly, neither Tacos nor Cats in RL.

Continuing in that theme, the visuals in this new introduction include a lot of the low-fi, DIY, photocopied aesthetic of the 90s zine culture (see the screenshot at the top of this post) that was extraordinarily popular in the Puget Sound area in the 90s, and was a huge part of Riot Grrrl. As a Puget Sound native, these are all things that I greatly appreciate.

Plus, the song is just catchy and fun, much like The PowerPuff Girls.

So, yes, *Ring-Ring* goes the Congratumaphone. Well done, Tacocat.

Also in honor of the return of The PowerPuff Girls, I “Powerpuffed” myself (which you, too, can do here). What do you think?

I dunno, they look kinda creepy with a beard...

I dunno, they look kinda creepy with a beard…

Categories: Cartoons, Music, Videos.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

I Like this New SPIRIT ▲ SHRINE Song: diavolo discoteca

SPIRIT ▲ SHRINE (formerly Tangentbot, and formerly Tangent before that) hasn’t released any new music in over a year, but that changed yesterday with a new song: “diavolo discoteca.” Listen here:

I really enjoy it. I like its laid-backedness, and I love the instrumentation with the buzzy synths. Plus it’s catchy. It reminds me a bit of David Grellier.

As explained on the SPIRIT ▲ SHRINE website:

I’ve been listening to a ton of italo disco stuff and i wanted to write something a bit faster, yet still my personal style. i know it’s been awhile but i love you and your mom loves you and we just want to see you be happy. we are proud of you.

So take a listen, and buy it if you like it (I did).

Categories: Music.