Amber pointed out that it might be more convenient if I did my "music I've found lately list" monthly rather than seasonal-y, that three month's worth of my music would be a bit much for anyone to run into all at once.
Seems like a worthy experiment! Turned out to be a lot easier to put together.
No 4- or 5- start stuff, just 3s all around though I bolded 1 or 2 videos I think are especially noteworthy.
Shouty Gals (is that a category? I think it should be.)
Indie and Pop
- 1 Thing (Amerie) Dig the percussion. Sometimes I wish I had a 3 1/2 star category.
- Bad Girls (M.I.A.) Nice middle eastern (?) melodies entwined.
- Want U Back (Cher Lloyd) The shoutiest of the shouty gal songs. Love it for that, and the jealousy.
- Autumn Sweater (Yo La Tengo) This group is almost too artsy for me, but this is a nice melancholy song.
- Lisztomania (Alex Metric Rmx) (Phoenix) Phoenix is one of the few groups I've seen live in the past few years, 'cause Amber digs them so much. Good song with lyrics that don't explain too much.
- Sucker (Peeping Tom feat. Norah Jones) Slinky and evil.
- Jigga What/Faint (Jay-Z/ Linkin Park) Hip-hop and metal...
- What's Going On (The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, feat. Chuck D) -- Hurricane Katrina protest song... Dirty Dozen Brass Band made one of the first three CDs I ever owned...
- I'll Go In the Strength of the Lord (Salvation Army) Every once in a while a march or sunday school ditty gets stuck in my head... love the brass bridge in this one.
- Across the Field (Ohio State Buckeyes)
- Jack U Off (Prince) (I have the original, link is a VERY strange cover, but then again, I know this song as a marching band piece called "J.U.O."
- Sonic Reducer (Dead Boys) I guess the Beastie Boys sampled this... very punk.
- Eternal Flame (Bangles) Shmaltzy as heck, but my first girlfriend did a dedication of it on the radio and taped it for me.
- Do It Again (Marilyn Monroe) Sexiest version. Marilyn was amazing.
- It's My Life What Ever I Wanna Do (Vennu Mallesh) Man, this deserves to be more famous. I love that this guy put himself out there like this... a little long, but fun. I love the skeptical glances of the backup singer in the video.
- Red Solo Cup (Toby Keith) Miller mentioned this horrible earwig. I love things that appreciate inanimate objects.
- If You Really Loved Me (Tim Minchin) XKCD mentioned this guy...
- Somebody Kill Me (Adam Sandler) I know the feeling.
...of the moment
"Make love, not war. But also, if at all possible, make money."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP5-iIeKXE8 - the Conway's Game of Life, run on a big copy of Conway's Game of Life
"Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise."
A friend of my family's, David Knickerbocker, is a Christian pastor who runs a thoughtful little blog. I disagree with a lot of things with him, but I think he really is on the more compassionate and humane side of Christianity, so I feel a little bad for getting a bit snarky when he wrote about 42 and the Answer to Life the Universe and Everything
Fun topic!Again, I'm being a little disingenuous here, but the coincidence of it really did startle me.
I was gonna say 42 now performs the function of "geek shibboleth", a buzzword that shows you you're "in" the community.
And then I wikipedia'd up "shibboleth" and they quote Judges 12:5-6, where the Lord's army of Gilead (under Jephthah-- another funny word to say!) invented the use of the term:
And the Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. And when any of the fugitives of Ephraim said, "Let me go over," the men of Gilead said to him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" When he said, "No," they said to him, "Then say Shibboleth," and he said, "Sibboleth," for he could not pronounce it right. Then they seized him and slaughtered him at the fords of the Jordan. At that time 42,000 of the Ephraimites fell.
42 thousand killed-- I almost fell out of my chair. God works in mysterious ways.
For fun I did some music math... from 1992-2007, i.e. when I was buying CDs mostly, I added about 100 good songs a year, from 2007 on, when I started buying mostly MP3s, about 150. So now 2/3 of my good music is older, 1/3 newer - but that ignores the filler I leave off of my devices...