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Day 84: Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games by Of Montreal

12 Aug

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Once again continuing Paste Mag video week, I bring you “Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games” by Of Montreal

NOT hailing from Montreal, Of Montreal is probably the craziest band you’ll hear. While they are considered indie-rock, their music is a combination of experimental techno/glam rock/power pop/ and indie cuteness. And weirdly enough, that’s exactly what the band looks like: a mish-mash of crazy awesomeness (I’ve heard stories of them playing shows naked before. INTENSE). The coolest part of this band is that you can tell when the band is playing because of their unique sound.

This song with the long title is also known by many as the “outback” song (mainly because it’s words were changed for commercials to the Outback). However, the original song is much sweeter and kid-like (even though the video features many scenes of death!) It’s adorkable, and it makes me smile.

So enjoy “Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games” by Of Montreal!

I want to party with those animals!!

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Day 83: Quiet As A Mouse by Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s

11 Aug

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Today, in honor of the Paste Mag Video Week, I bring you “Quiet As A Mouse” by  Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s.

The band, hailing from Indianapolis, contributes to the indie-rock genre in a fantastic way. While the vocals are not extremely hardcore, the lead guitar helps amp up the sound to a gem of a sound!

Check out their creative video “Quiet As A Mouse” below!

P.S., I apologize for the short blogpost! Tomorrow I’ll make it up to ya!

Day 81: Young Bride by Midlake

9 Aug

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To continue Paste Mag Video Week, I bring you another great band from the DVD sampler!

Hailing from Denton, Texas, Midlake is an indie-rock/folk band just waiting to be listened to. The band initially started out playing jazz music (inspired by the likes of Herbie Hancock), but soon transitioned into their current genre over a few years. While they may not be extremely famous here in the US, they make quite an impact in Europe (especially with their label “Bella Union Records” in London, England).

The year the sampler came out, they had a very sweet song called “Young Bride”, accompanied with a video, which made it onto the DVD. While the vid is a bit sad, it is sweet and gentle and something easy to listen to. On a side note, I particularly love the violin part. So gorgeous!!

If you’re a fan of the likes of Fleet Foxes and Blind Pilot, be sure to check out Midlake!

So here you go! Enjoy “Young Bride” by Midlake!

Day 80: Paste Video Sampler Week!, or why I love Paste Magazine

8 Aug

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As a journalist, I have to have a favorite magazine… or something to look forward to in my career. But when I moved to Washington, I wasn’t into music like I am today. All I knew was my favorite band was the Shins and that was that.

One day, I went to Borders and found Paste Magazine, which is devoted to indie music, movies, and well, mostly everything around that. It’s really cool and fun to read, and to be honest, it is my dream job! I want to work for Paste Magazine more than anything in the world at this point!

(click here to check out their website)

Anyways, every month they release an issue, and for the most part each issue contained a CD sampler of a bunch of songs that Paste thinks we should hear. And once a year, they release an issue with a bunch of music videos and other things.

In 2006, I got the issue with the DVD, and ever since then I’ve been devoted to those videos.

So, for the next week (starting tonight) I am going to feature a video I found on that dvd! I hope you enjoy it!

Tonight’s video is from my favorite band, the Shins, and it’s pretty imaginative. “Kissing The Lipless” by The Shins features a figure skater and the band back in the day.

I hope you enjoy the weirdness!!

Day 37: Samurai Jack

26 Jun

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Today is the last day of CARTOON NETWORK WEEK! I hope you enjoyed it! Tomorrow I’ll get back to the regular stuff! Leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought of this week’s theme, or what theme you want to see done (or even if you want me to do themes in the future).

To finish this week, I wanted to show you one of the coolest looking animations ever called Samurai Jack.

On Cartoon Network starting in 2001, Samurai Jack is about, well, a samurai prince named Jack, who is trying to defeat an evil being named Aku. He ends up time traveling to the future, due to Aku’s intense power, but fights to defeat this shadowy-figure…. but the coolest part about the show was the fact that it was animated with traditional artwork from Japan. It is gorgeous, imaginative, and really neat.

Honestly, I can’t say too much about this show because I didn’t watch this show, but I think it is incredible and I am sad to see it off air.

Check out the opening down below

Sadly enough, the show’s many awards couldn’t save it, but it lives on in memory of greatness, and is also going to be a movie (produced by Star Trek and Cloverfield director J.J. Abrams).

GO SAMURAI JACK!

(click the picture to play my favorite SJ game!)

Day 35: Chowder

24 Jun

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How is your week going? If you’re not in a good mood, remember tomorrow is Friday! I had a great day with my friend Tyler, which involved sad movies, yummy food, random stops, and a full 20 minutes of chilling with the guys at Best Buy (all of which I’ve never met). Good times!

Today continues Cartoon Network week, and for my focus I have chosen a peculiar show by the name of Chowder.

Chowder focuses on this crazy kid-thing (named Chowder), who is the young apprentice of a top chef in the city they live in. Each episode focuses around a dish they are preparing, and the people who hang out around them (including my favorite character named Shnitzel, who only says “Rabble rabble!”) It’s crazy, kooky, and out of control but I love it so much!

The coolest part about the show is the animation. First of all, it is layered peculiarly so that the patterns on the clothing stays the same while the people move on top of it (much like a background on a blog, that doesn’t move when you scroll down). It sounds weird, but it’s one of those cool effects that makes the show seem just bizarre and interesting. Secondly, each episode features both 2D animations and stop-motion animation (which is one of my most favorite-est things in the world!!!) It exposes children to all these different things that are often lost in the world of “Ben 10” and “Spongebob” (don’t get me wrong, spongebob is like my guilty pleasure!)

Anyways, click the picture below to watch an episode of Chowder!

Also, leave me a comment below and let me know what your favorite cartoons are! (and don’t forget to sign the guestbook!!)

Day 34: Creep TV

23 Jun

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So today continues Cartoon Network week! HOORAY! And I bring you another game!

It’s called “Creep TV” and it features the terrifically creeptastic show Courage The Cowardly Dog. Now, this show is off air, but it is quite possibly one of the most epic-creepy kids shows ever created. Each episode centers on this old couple and their dog living in the middle of nowhere. And each episode, something horrific happens (for example, I remember one episode a fish comes to their house and hypnotizes them and makes them go crazy). While it may not sound scary, the animation is grotesque at times and it used to CREEP ME OUT. But don’t get me wrong: this show is awesome BECAUSE it sets the bar higher than normal cartoons.

Here’s the opening to the show:

But this game is fun!! So click the link below to play!