Last month was pretty good for music... listed here in descending "you should really listen to this" order...
July 6, 2014
- The Writing's On the Wall (OK Go) The optical-illusion-rich video has made the rounds, but the wistful sentiment of the lyrics grabs me as well.
- I've Got My Mind Set On You (James Ray) A lot of people didn't realize that George Harrison's song was a cover - but the original has brass and choir and is generally terrific.
- Empire (Shakira) A few people were surprised that "this is Shakira?" An interesting range of moods, from the Indie to the Epic.
- Iko Iko (The Dixie Cups) A band I joined for a 4th parade covers this... simple but so so catchy.
- Love Me Again (John Newman) A good Alex Clare / Too Close vibe.
- Mash Machine (FAROFF) I love a great mashup. James Brown vs Gorillaz vs The Doors vs Queen vs Aerosmith vs Led Zeppelin vs Pink Panther vs Stevie Wonder vs AC/DC vs Torpedo Boyz.
- A Drum Beatin (Atticus Avenue) SO CUTE... a dude bumps out a little beat on (his son's?) back, and the boy's delighted squeaky giggles become part of the rhythm.
- Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin) A classic. Some people have tried to mix/techno up but the original just works too well.
- Work B**ch (Britney Spears) Stupid song, but I like its concept as a motivator. (First verse kind of works as a counter to "Mercedes Benz")
- Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) (Ariana Grande) Not a bad pop song... I like that they seem to sample the original Star Trek "Red Alert" whoop.
- WHEN WILL THE BASS DROP (The Lonely Island) I love how this comedy short plays with the life of a DJ...
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force Theme (Schooly D) The animation opening...
- World Music Day - Dont Worry Be Happy (Culture Machines/ Various Artists) A nice cover featuring lots of artists from India.
- The Vatican Rag (Tom Lehrer) The classic.
- Flys (P.I.D.) Christian Hiphop from my youth.
- Give a Man Enough Rope (Will Roger's Follies) I saw this musical in NYC way back when. I remember the sentiment of "Give a Man Enough Rope" was kind of moving, but maybe in the reprise.
- Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (Allan Sherman) An ok song sort of ruined by a laugh track.
- Make It (Coco Brown). Oh dear. This is one of the raunchiest songs I've heard in a long, long while. I kind of like the request to "arch my back" but maybe I'm just into backs.
The conservative Supreme Court justices are sneaky, misogynist liars.
Sometimes on a freelance or independent project I get chuffed at how many esoteric little geek tricks I rely on. (Like using Perl, Processing, phantom.js, and general CSS mojo to get stuff prepped for a cool turn page effect library turn.js) Then I get worried that you know - this tool shouldn't be this hard, maybe I'm just doing it wrong. And then impostor syndrome slash general anxiety kicks on, and I think yeah, I can solve THIS set of challenges, but without a lot of wiggle room, what if the next ones aren't so amenable?
Ah well. Like Bogost says, "The solution to impostor syndrome is to accept that you are in fact a fraud and just get on with it."