Posts Tagged ‘music’

8 bits of joy or Wasting away the moments that make up a dull day

March 31, 2010

Darkside of the Moon created for the 8-bit Nintendo NES.

Check it out quick!

Humbug

August 28, 2009

Currently listening (and enjoying) the new Arctic Monkeys release, Humbug.

They will take over

May 13, 2009

I had the urge to see this video today for some reason.  Seeing this video on IMF years ago introduced me to the Chemical Brothers.  The song is catchy and the video pretty cool.  Especially because at the time one of my responsibilities at work was in charge of the automation system that ran four 150(?) ton ceiling cranes in a steel coil bay.  I believe at the time (could still be to this day) the only place in the world that had four fully automated cranes running in the same bay.  These things were so precise that one time when a sensor failed, making the system believe a spot was empty, it stacked 80 ton coils perfectly balanced on top of each other.

It was a bit surreal at times standing out in the warehouse bay and watching the cranes go about their work without any human interaction.  Sometimes I expected them to begin corralling me so that one of them could grab me in their claws.  I can relate to the guy in the video.

Blasts from the past, hurry!

January 3, 2009

I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why
I don’t like Mondays
Tell me why
I don’t like Mondays
I wanna shoot, the whole day down

The Boomtown Rats 

Walk!  No run! to your television and turn it on VH1 Classic (if you get it).  They’re playing 2009 videos for 2009.  They look like they’re all from the ’80s also.  Back when videos at least were trying to tell some kind of story (rather than showing dudes in chains with woman dancing around them that they’d never have a chance with) or concert videos at least, and back when the video channels actually showed videos instead of all the low budget reality crap they do now.

I just saw Sir Bob Geldof and his Boomtown Rats.  Classic!

Killing my mind

December 22, 2008

I really liked The Killers album Hot Fuss when I first heard it.  I think it was their first.  I used to play it all the time.  Then their second album came out and there just wasn’t anything from it that I heard that made me want to get it.  Somewhere it looks like a third album came out that I totally missed.  And now after hearing that stupid “Are we human or are we dancers” song on the radio 4-5 times, I really wonder what the heck happened to this band.  It’s kind of had a detrimental effect to me wanting to listen to Hot Fuss.  I know some bands try to do different things to show their range, but this is just too much for me.

Anybody ever have this experience with a band, where you loved almost their entire first album and then it just went bizarro from there?

Exciting new band!

October 31, 2008

Hey!  Head on over to Sixftunda’s blog and check out my debut album!  Then make your own album and let Six know so he can post it.  At the very least, let him know how much cooler my album is then his.  I’m thinking my band will be a “man band” as opposed to “boy band” and we’ll do heavy metal covers of Lawrence Welk.  Auditions will be open soon…

Subconcious calling?

March 3, 2008

Last night I had a strange dream that had background music.  The song was “One of These Days” by Pink Floyd.  The only part I remember is when the voice says “One of these days, I’m going to cut you into little pieces”.  At the point in the song it goes louder and PF really jams.  Only in my dream, it stayed low and the voice kept talking.  I don’t know what it was saying, but I know it was important.  Six, are there any RIO’s that they continue talking after that point?

This got me in such a mood that I listened to Meddle, More, and Obscured by Clounds this afternoon at work.

The Battle of Suggestion or "Hey, hey, mama, said the way you move"

February 21, 2008

Did you think “gonna make you sweat, gonna make you move”? If so, I win!

The wif-al unit and I have engaged in a battle against each other for years. Secretly hidden away behind the sturdy doors in our house, or masterful blocked away in the sealed environment of our vehicles, we’ve contained this horror from spilling out into the streets and infecting others. Until now that is, when I unleash it on you. What is it you wonder?

I’m sure others have to engage in this battle of wills. Here’s the scenario. The wif-al unit and I are in the kitchen working on getting supper around for the girlywogs. I softly (or loudly) start humming (or singing) some catchy tune from years ago, or last week. I don’t do it for very long and then I retreat into the background. A little bit later, the wif-al unit starts to sing or hum that same song. After a little bit, she realizes her folly, turns on me and asks, “Were you singing that!?” Triumphantly, I beam. I win!

That’s it. It’s hilariously fun to see your significant other realize that you have power over them. I used to be amazing at this game. My shining moment was the “Single Word Suggestion of 2002”, where I used nothing but a single word from a song to use my suggestive power over the wif-al unit. She still lives in disgrace from that day.

It helps if your opponent doesn’t know that you’re playing the game. In my hey-day, I was always on guard against the wif-al unit’s attacks. My mind was a steel wall, never letting anything in and always knowing just the perfect time to strike back. Ah, those were the days. Of late, my mind has turned to mush or the game has lost it’s charm so we’ve become more even, though I still like to think I have the edge.

It also helps if your opponent is musically inclined. Not a problem for us. We love music. We were always singing baby-ized versions of the newest or oldest songs when the girlywogs were younger. Sometimes even today.

So here’s where I branch off our war onto the internet against my unsuspecting readers. We’ll run this little experiment to see if this type of warfare can be a battlefield in the blogosphere. The way this will work, dear reader, if you choose to play, is you will set aside 5 minutes of your time. You will then click the link I will provide below and attentively watch the YouTube video that it leads you to. You must listen to the whole song. Then you will just forget about it and go about your day. Don’t make a conscious to fight this, just go about your business as usual. The suggestive timeframe is probably only like 5 minutes if that, but I’d say give it a half-hour. Remember, just let your mind float free and don’t fight it. If you start humming or singing part of the song in the next half hour, your mind has succumbed to the suggestion, if not you survived.

Ok, let’s get to the musical selection that will soon attack your senses. I would suggest doing this at home even though the song is safe for work. If all of the sudden you burst out in song, I don’t want you to be embarrassed in front of your co-workers. This song is the last barrage used by the wif-al unit against me. I don’t know how the devil she found the thing, but she had me watch it and by god I was singing the damn thing soon after. Don’t give me any of that “copycat” use of artillery crap, I’m a wargamer. I learn from my enemy. And what’s good for my enemy to use on me is good enough for me to use on a different enemy. There’s probably a Sun Tzu quote in there somewhere. Anyway, follow up here with a comment on what happened.

On to the music. This song is so diabolically evil it’s been banned from use in political ads by most states of democracy. A man in Alabama was found drooling on the side of an expressway, no trace of brain waves, after mistakenly listening to it in a rental car. You think you can handle this, little man. I don’t think so.

I give you Numa Numa.

I win!