In this delightful new video (which is really just a commercial for a new book), the lovely Kristen Schaal and the lovely Jason Ritter reprise (in a way) their roles as the voice actors of Mabel and Dipper from Gravity Falls. It’s quite the hoot, and goes way above and beyond what is necessary for a commercial for a new Gravity Falls book:
I really do miss the chemistry and energy of those two. And I love the varying looks of panic on Jason Ritter’s face as he tries mostly unsuccessfully to separate himself and Dipper. And I miss Gravity Falls just in general.
The first release by Gentlemen of Leisure (or GoL.Life as they often call themselves—and which is coincidentally their website address) is a delightfully eclectic fare. There’s electronic hip-hop, there’s a latin-tinged soulful ballad, there’s a surf-rock zombie song. And then there’s today’s song, which is a decidedly different affair altogether. Vocals and cello by my very good friend Jen Hasson (the “gorgeous redhead cellist” I mentioned in my post about the album release), and the guitar work is by another very good friend, “Neighbor” Gary Lappier (of Terrapin Productions and NMVGPTS). It’s just lovely. Take a listen:
In case you wanna see GoL.Life in action, a small snippet of their SXSW set was recorded (by Electric NoNo, no less) and instagrammed here:
A friend of mine posted this video on her Faced Book page yesterday. I watched it last night while sitting on the couch with my family and I was laughing so hard that tears were leaking out my eyes. My daughter asked “What’s so funny, Papa?” Here, watch:
Seriously, why does this make me laugh so much? In fairness, not all the bits in the video got me. The dice, the onion, the upside-down top, the puzzle, those fell flat. But the cake, the ruler, the circle, the stencil, those got me. Got me good. There’s something I think about incompetence. Those sequences are all setup for success; everyone knows how to slice a cake, and the rulers and stencils and the like are all there to make sure you can do these things right. And then the brazen incompetence with which the expectations are violated is just wonderful to me.
My pals Dom & Jared Cortese, who make up the entirety of the band Electric NoNo, appeared on a recent episode of The Spud Goodman Show (an episode which also had guests such as Anderson Cooper and Shep Gordon) as the musical guests. Well, here’s a video of them performing “Forty Foot Tall,” a song from their new EP, Rain City Blue:
Hey, gang, did y’all know that Disney was re-booting the 80s classic cartoon DuckTales? You didn’t? Well, watch the just-released trailer here:
So I’m kinda pretty excited about this. There were a lot of good jokes in that trailer. I especially liked how everyone agreed which one of the nephews was the evil one.
Yeah, that one.
There are also some great visual gags, like how there are just bags of money lying around the house as seen in the screenshot above. Also this super-quick shot of a map:
But that puffy guy is so cute!
And the Launchpad gag at the very end is priceless.
Since I grew up with the original DuckTales, the new voices will take some getting used to. The nephews in particular are vast departures from the identical Donald-lite voices that they’ve traditionally had for decades. But it will be kinda nice that you’ll be able to tell them apart just by listening. It also looks like they’ll actually have defined characters instead of being mostly interchangeable. That’s nice.
David Tennant looks to have been a brilliant voice for Scrooge, even if he does sound just a tad too young for my years (like I said, it’ll all take some getting used to).
The new DuckTales does not yet have an official release date, just “mid-2017” (which is kinda vague). But I’m looking forward to it. I wonder if Capcom will make another excellent video game outta this one?
If you’re interested in hearing a li’l bit about the LONG and humorous history and process of this band, one of the members (Geoff) put together a li’l documentary about it. You can watch it here and now! DO SO:
There, that was only 6.5 minutes of your life you’ll never get back. You’ll hardly miss it! Though you may wish I hadn’t vocally re-created the first song I wrote.
“Right, dude. Dude.”
Anyhoo, if you want to listen to more, CBF has a handful of songs available for FREE on our bandcamp page, conveniently arranged into four albums by subject matter:
Four Times Four Songs of Fun!
Seriously, this musics is a tonne of fun to both make and listen to. Like I said in the documentary, I’m getting a new(er) computer sometime soon and I’m gonna load it up with Schism Tracker and get some good Gameboy samples all loaded up (as well as my regular CBF samples), then I plan on spending the rest of the year making musics for everyone! I’ll keep you updated-ish as to my progress. <3