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Kate Nash – Fri-End?

I really enjoy Kate Nash‘s music — from her first piano-based album Made of Bricks, to the more 60s-girl-groupy My Best Friend Is You, and her newest album, Girl Talk, which is a bit more of a punky vein.  The new single from Girl Talk is “Fri-End?”, and here’s a retro-inspired video clip for the song, featuring many different colored Kates.  And when you’re done with that, pick up Girl Talk.  It’s real good.  (My Best Friend Is You is also really good, but I think got an unfair shake critically, since folks were probably expecting Made of Bricks Part II.  I know I was… but I was pleasantly surprised and dug it quite a bit on its own merits.) Continue reading

Press Play And Record

Cover featuring Patti Smith for the week of 21...

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I just stumbled on a great blog — I guess it’s been around for a while, but only recently updated with a big batch of stuff.  And what a cool batch:  Press Play & Record has posted all (but one — they’re still looking for 1984′s “Neon West” tape) the cassettes that came with NME in the 1980s.  It seems that the tapes (and now CDs) that come with NME (and Q) seem to be way cooler than their American counterparts.  I’m not really necessarily sure why that is, but hey.  Perhaps it’s just that it’s artists I don’t know versus ones I do know (and tend to know suck).  It’s all about the UNKNOWN.  But there are some really great gems here — lots of Billy Bragg, some Elvis Costello (including a demo of “Watching the Detectives“), The Freshies‘ “I’m In Love With The Girl On The Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk” and “Shellfish Bamboo” by Frank Chickens.  Not to mention quite a bit of cuts from Cabaret Voltaire, the Fall and Television Personalities.  And a whole mess of stuff I don’t even know.  (Also some stuff I’m kinda “ugh” on, like some U2 and stuff like that… but, then, I threw my lot in with Negativland long ago.)  So, yes.  Check it out.  It’s around 48 cassettes’ worth of music… all properly tagged no less… and most of those tapes are C-90s.  So… yeah.  ENJOY.
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The Chessmaster II

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I always thought the boxy guitar that John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants used in videos like “The Statue Got Me High” or “(She Was A) Hotel Detective” was super cool.  Apparently so did Mike Buffington, as he built himself an exact replica.  This is a short video documentary about the process, including showing it to Flans himself, who is suitably impressed.  Seriously, it’s an awesome guitar.
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Doug Funnie Is Crazy


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Doug is probably the most forgotten of the original set of Nicktoons.  It was created by Jim Jenkins, and was kind of quiet and unassuming, with a bit of weirdness thrown in — an obsession with beets and quails, f’rinstance.  Anyway, someone on Tumblr, identifying as Porkchop (Doug’s dog, if you don’t remember), is going through all the episodes — I’m not sure if it’ll just be the Nick ones or the later ones done for Disney, too — for a blog titled, simply, Doug Funnie Is Crazy.  Porkchop shows not only Doug Funnie’s psychosis (persecution complex, depression, hallucinations, etc.) but the potential roots of his problems (terrible parents and authority figures, mostly).  Given that each episode is a journal entry, we’re seeing the world from Doug’s point of view — which may involve him making things up out of whole cloth sometimes. 


Anyway, it’s an amusing blog and tends to bring back memories of watching a television show; obviously, the best kind of memories.

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Let Me Shine For You

Lindsay-Cover-JPEGLet Me Shine For You is a free, 5-track EP of chillwave music based on samples from and reinterpretations of Lindsay Lohan songs.  You can stream it or download it.

From the label’s website:

Inspired in part by Lindsay Lohan’s grotesquely fascinating black hole existence and in part by my unwavering belief in the power of pop music as an artform, I saw an opportunity to create something interesting with her music, and decided to ask some friends to reinterpret some of Lindsay’s songs. “Tri Angle Records Presents: Let Me Shine for You” is the result. Even though we are all fond of Lindsay in our own ways, there is no FREE LINDSAY agenda here. We all love pop music and this is merely an experiment. All of our intentions are very sincere.

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"Space Oddity" as a Children's Book

bowies-space-oddity-as-a-childrens-bookThis is via Lee, but I guess I’m beating him to the punch this time in terms of putting it on OST.  Someone, namely Andrew Kolb, did David Bowie’sSpace Oddity” as a children’s book.  The illustrations are great, but I still think this would only be for if you had children who were very naughty and you wanted to make them cry.  A lot.  Especially when they ask how Major Tom gets home. And  you say “He doesn’t.” And then they ask how he eats food up there. And you go “He doesn’t! He dies!” like in the Michael Ellis sketch on Monty Python.  Major Tom is an ant.
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This is one of Janet's paintings done via this method -- more info at her Kickstarter!Friend-of and occasional-contributor-to Kittysneezes Janet Bruesselbach has just started a Kickstarter for her new art project, Teleportraiture.  It’s super cool — you can read all about it there, but the BASIC GIST is that she’ll paint portraits of people via tele-conference/video chat/whatever you wanna call it, and once she’s got a bunch of ‘em, she’ll put them in a month-long gallery show in New York City.  AND AND AND, people can visit both in person AND by said video chat/whatever.  So that’s pretty awesome.  Anyway, it’s been up for a couple days and she’s already 20% to her goal.  If you’ve got money burning a hole in your pocket, go chuck it at Janet.  If not, just keep an eye on this and share the link and whatnot.  It’s a really cool project and I’m looking forward to seeing the results.
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GW399H278I know, I know, it’s old news, but I was just thinking about this online… prank?  If that’s the right word?  I’m not sure it is.  But anyway, it was a ongoing-though-ended thing called “The Wyoming Project”.  The story was that, a la the Max Headroom hacker in Chicago, there was some hacking going on in a Wyoming cable company.  It’d be an on-going thing, where they’d basically show some text, then a creepy face, then more text, and cycle through the faces from different camera angles.  Also, there were frequencies that would be played that could cause hallucinations and sickness in some viewers.  

This never actually happened of course, but it was the product of a couple Something Awful goons.  But still, as a media geek who really likes hearing about that sort of thing (I mean, dude, the video logo (created by the very talented Lee Hughey) for this site is based on the CIVIC TV Ident from Videodrome, so you probably should have gathered that by now), it was basically gold.  For more, including the six posted videos, I Love Happy Cube and its corresponding, more complete wiki are where you wanna be.  It’s pretty fun, enjoy.


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