Sunday, January 31, 2010

Month of Music: The End is the Beginning is the End by the Smashing Pumpkins

For my last song collection, I bring you on of the few reasons to watch Batman & Robin.
...Set to footage from Batman Begins.
Because, well... I think you can make your own nipple-suit jokes by now.

And with that, the Month of Music draws to a close.
Was it good for you?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Month of Music: Science Fiction/Double Feature

I don't think anyone needs this explained to them, other than it's awesome.
But then again, you should already know that.

Summer television is still being awful so I'm still watching movies instead.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Month of Music: Marche Funèbre by Chopin

While my favourite piece of classical music will probably always be Grieg's 'Hall of the Mountain King', anything Chopin wrote comes in a close second.
This piece is his 'Funeral March' played by Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Month of Music: Bela Lugosi's Dead Cover

Another cover!

This is by a band called Nouvelle Vague, who do wonderfully French covers of songs.
Their covers get used a ridiculously large amount of times, so chances are, if you've ever heard a lounge or bossa-nova style cover of an 80's song, it's one of theirs.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Month of Music: Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons

Before we start: Bad word warning.

It's nice to see someone rocking the banjo.
Also, check out the multitasking by the vocalist/guitarist, who's also playing kick drum and tambourine at the same time.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Month of Music: Triple J's Hottest 100

I posted Triple J's Hottest 100 list this day last year, but I must say, this year's list is far better than the last.
I was especially happy with number one, which I had actually chosen for tomorrow's music month post.

#1 Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons
#2 Parlez Vous Francais? - Art vs. Science
#3 Chase That Feeling - Hilltop Hoods
#4 Lisztomania - Phoenix
#5 Broken Leg - Bluejuice
#6 Bulletproof - La Roux
#7 Coin Laundry - Lisa Mitchell
#8 Not Fair - Lily Allen
#9 Uprising - Muse
#10 Dog Days Are Over - Florence and the Machine
#11 Heads Will Roll - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
#12 Bonkers - Dizzee Rascal and Armand van Helden
#13 1901 - Phoenix
#14 Sticks 'n' Stones - Jamie T
#15 Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
#16 Heavy Cross - Gossip
#17 Fire - Kasabian
#18 Shooting Stars - Bag Raiders
#19 Undisclosed Desires - Muse
#20 Sleepyhead - Passion Pit
#21 Fader - The Temper Trap
#22 Cousins - Vampire Weekend
#23 Warp 1.9 - The Bloody Beetroots (ft. Steve Aoki)
#24 Carol Brown - Flight Of The Conchords
#25 Zero - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
#26 Help I'm Alive - Metric
#27 In for the Kill - La Roux
#28 We Won't Run - Sarah Blasko
#29 All I Want - Sarah Blasko
#30 Hurt Feelings - Flight Of The Conchords
#31 The Waitress Song - Seth Sentry
#32 Ramona Was A Waitress - Paul Dempsey
#33 Pursuit of Happiness - Kid Cudi (ft. MGMT & Ratatat)
#34 Brother - Little Birdy
#35 Resistance - Muse
#36 (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To - Weezer
#37 Still Standing - Hilltop Hoods
#38 Little Secrets - Passion Pit
#39 One Way Road - The John Butler Trio
#40 And the Boys - Angus & Julia Stone
#41 Audacity of Huge - Simian Mobile Disco (ft. Chris Keating)
#42 Vanilla - British India
#43 Awesome - The Bloody Beetroots (ft. The Cool Kids)
#44 Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) - Florence and the Machine
#45 Drumming Song - Florence and the Machine
#46 Blood Bank - Bon Iver
#47 Set Fire to the Hive - Karnivool
#48 Science of Fear - The Temper Trap
#49 All of the Dreamers - Powderfinger
#50 Buttons (CSS Remix) - Sia
#51 Where Did All The Love Go? - Kasabian
#52 Horchata - Vampire Weekend
#53 Animal - Mike Snow
#54 Crying Lightning - Arctic Monkeys
#55 No You Girls - Franz Ferdinand
#56 Islands - The xx
#57 The Good News - Philadelphia Grand Jury
#58 Love Lost - The Temper Trap
#59 I'm Not Alone - Calvin Harris
#60 22 - Lily Allen
#61 Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear
#62 One More Chance - Bloc Party
#63 All I Know - Karnivool
#64 Blood - The Middle East
#65 Foreign Land - Eskimo Joe
#66 Pictures - Illy
#67 Cement - Washington
#68 Omen - The Prodigy
#69 Meet Me on the Equinox - Death Cab for Cutie
#70 My Girls - Animal Collective
#71 Byrds of Prey - Bertie Blackman
#72 You've Changed - Sia
#73 Heartbreaker - MSTRKRFT (ft. John Legend)
#74 Friend In The Field - Art vs. Science
#75 New Moon Rising - Wolfmother
#76 11th Dimension - Julian Casablancas 
#77 She's a Genius - Jet
#78 Remember Me - Tame Impala
#79 Getting Wise - Yves Klein Blue
#80 Holiday - Dizzee Rascal
#81 The Cave - Mumford & Sons
#82 Sometimes - Miami Horror
#83 Raindrops - Basement Jaxx
#84 United States of Eurasia - Muse
#85 Underdog - Kasabian
#86 Too Many Dicks (On The Dance Floor) - Flight Of The Conchords
#87 The Darkest Side - The Middle East
#88 Creeping Out Sara - NOFX
#89 D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune) - Jay-Z
#90 Kiss With A Fist - Florence and the Machine
#91 I've Got Friends - Manchester Orchestra
#92 Skeleton Boy - Friendly Fires
#93 Thump - Bertie Blackman
#94 Blue Lips - Regina Spektor
#95 Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups
#96 Ghosts N Stuff - Deadmau5
#97 Laughing With - Regina Spektor
#98 New Fang - Them Crooked Vultures
#99 Hell - Tegan and Sara
#100 Wheels - Foo Fighters

(Where the song and artist are highlighted, it leads back to a past post containing a video of that song. If it's just the artist then it's a video of a different song by the artist.)
I ended up missing out on listening to the full countdown when my radio broke, only ended up catching the first ten or so. I did, however, realise a few things:
1: I don't listen to the radio enough. If not for the fact my CD player also has a radio function I wouldn't at all.
2: I need to buy more CDs. Well, technically speaking, I don't need more, and I've got no room to put more, but the last time I bought an album was in September.
3: I really don't like Kasabian, no matter how much I try.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Month of Music: Heartbreak Scorsese by Snob Scrilla

From the album 'Day One'

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Month of Music: Little Drop of Poison by Tom Waits

The last song from my unintentional Tom Waits movie soundtrack songs triple bill.

This time from Shrek 2.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Month of Music: Underground by Tom Waits

Another Tom Waits song on a movie soundtrack.
However, while yesterday's song choice was from the R-rated Fight Club, today's song is from something a little bit more PG-rated...

Friday, January 22, 2010

Month of Music: Goin' Out West by Tom Waits

Summer TV drives me to watch DVDs more than normal.
Summer heat makes me too lazy to get up and search through various rooms of the house to find something new to watch.
So I keep watching the same movie, over and over.
Fight Club is thankfully worth watching and rewatching.
This track, while not as often remembered as The Pixies' 'Where Is My Mind?' during the end of the film, is equally as cool, and played during the first official Fight Club scene in Lou's Tavern.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Month of Music: Help I'm Alive by Metric

Very cool little video.
My only problem with it is that this song is my alarm tone and every time I hear it I feel I should be doing something.

Via Street Anatomy.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Month of Music: A Tribute To Train Wrecks

Now, before you watch this video, you have to bear a few things in mind:

First off the bat, it was two years ago that my brother and I did this. Since then things have changed.
My brother is much much better at playing guitar now. I, on the other hand, got much much worse.
Second, if my memory serves me right, it was recorded on a digital camera. They're not known for their great sound quality.
And third, I'm only posting this because I vaguely mentioned I would in the first post I made and someone had to go and hold me to my word.

Also this goes for about a minute twenty four seconds too long, despite it suddenly cutting out at the end. Feel free to click out or mute the sound at any time.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Month of Music: Access the Animus by Jesper Kyd

While Assassin's Creed II was a far superior game to the first, the soundtrack to the original Assassin's Creed is definitely my favourite. This track is the chase music taken from the track 'Access the Animus', and is my favourite of all the music in the AC world. In game, I take to annoying guards and having them chase me down the street on purpose so that I can listen to the music more often.

Also of note: Ubisoft (makers of AC) have announced they're going to be making an online multiplayer AC game. Thoughts?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Month of Music: Paint It Black Cover

This cover is by the London Symphony Orchestra.

It's fairly epic.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sci-Fi Sunday: The Thing (1982)

Is that a man in there, or something else?

I think I liked it.
I'm not sure though. The premise was good, and the sociological aspects of it were great, but it was... a bit slow. At times the slow pacing added to the suspense, making you wonder just how long was left, other times it just felt like they'd run out of script and you wondered how long before you left.

Originally, I'd wanted to do a double-feature comparing this to 'The Thing From Another World', but apparently none of the local video stores have even heard of it. This one I already owned, but never watched. I decided I probably should seeing as there is talk of a prequel being filmed this year.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The special effects, while not brilliant in the world of today, with Avatar's giant blue people, I imagine would be quite impressive in the early eighties, and provided a few "Ew" moments, particularly during the dog explosion, which is more than I can say of a lot of the movies I've watched recently.

Once upon a time, this was a husky.

The film follows the basic plot of 'something strange is found, it turns out to be evil, and it tries to kill everyone' which is a storyline we should all be familiar with by now. As the 'thing' takes the form of whatever it kills, there's no way for anyone to know who's the bad guy, and so the crew of the remote arctic outpost turns on each other in an attempt to stay alive, and to prevent it from reaching the rest of humanity.
Luckily the crew know the basic rule of the unknown evil: Kill it with fire.
Flambé anyone?

Also, I've been resisting the urge to make this joke all day;

Month of Music: iBand

The only thing the DS is good for other than the Professor Layton games.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Month of Music: Duel of Fates Remix

While the Imperial March may be the classic piece of music from the franchise, I consider Duel of Fates to be the best. I've said it before, and I'm sticking to my guns blasters on this one.
And so I give you this video, with a remixed Duel of Fates. Enjoy.
Enjoy or I force choke you to death.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Month of Music: Arctic Monkeys - At The Apollo

As I type this, it's about twenty minutes past midnight, making me twenty minutes late (twenty one) for a music post every day. Which makes me sad. Well, not really.
But the reason that I'm late with this post is that SBS is showing the At the Apollo special in full and I got distracted.

This is one of my favourite tracks by the AM, 'Do Me A Favour', and it's equally as great live as it is on the CD, as you can see above.
At The Apollo won an award for best music DVD in 2009, and in another tie-in to a past post, it was directed by Richard Ayoade, who directed the video for 'Heads Will Roll'.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Month of Music: Percussion Gun by White Rabbits

Just listen.

And watch. 'Cause the video's pretty cool too.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Month of Music: Lotion by the Greenskeepers

I love a good pop-culture reference.

The entirety of this song is an allusion to The Silence of the Lamb's Buffalo Bill, for those unaware.
And you know how I love my fictional serial killer pop-culture references.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Month of Music: Clash of the Titans Trailer

The highlight of the half hour of advertisements before Sherlock Holmes was the trailer for Clash of the Titans.
Don't get me wrong - I don't really want to see the movie itself, but this trailer? I could watch it all day.

The editing of the video to the audio is brilliant. The audio in question is a remixed/edited version of 'The Bird and The Worm' by The Used.

It's not my favourite song of theirs, I'm more of the opinion that their first albums were their best, and that this song, being on album #3, wasn't the best they could do.
But in the Clash of the Titans trailer, it was epic.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Month of Music: Sherlock Holmes Soundtrack

Those following my meaningless blathering on twitter would know I saw Sherlock Holmes two days ago.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I also thoroughly enjoyed the soundtrack.


 I enjoy listening to movie soundtracks while making things, or writing things, or just doing things.
Zimmer is a favourite of mine. His score for The Dark Knight was my super-special favourite, and so it makes me happy to know that according to my intensive research (wikipedia) that Ritchie used it during editing. The actual soundtrack includes the use of banjo, violin, broken piano and this thing

You can listen to samples from the album on Amazon, or you can buy it for download there for less than $8.
I, however, am going to hunt down a physical copy of it. Because I like wasting time and money and also because my internet speed is really really slow.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Month of Music: Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yesterday it was streamers, today glitter and confetti.
Maybe my favourite music video of the last year, it was directed by Richard Ayoade of The IT Crowd and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. He also plays one of my favourite characters in The Mighty Boosh.

The song itself sounds best as loud as it can go. Trust me.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Month of Music: See You When You Get Here by Lisa Mitchell

A lovely creepy little video.
I really enjoy seeing how music video directors are using different objects to symbolise blood, in this case the streamers, something I've wanted to try and recreate since seeing the video.

More fake blood in tomorrow's music video.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Month of Music: You Give Love A Bad Name Cover

Yep, another cover of an 80's song.
This time around it's Bon Jovi's 'You Give Love A Bad Name', covered by hardcore band Atreyu.
You might want to wait till you're not in the office, around small children or the elderly to listen to this one though. Or grab some headphones. Those listed generally don't enjoy profanity.
But I do because I'm immature. Don't worry though, it's only the intro you need to avoid.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Month of Music: Love Is A Battlefield Cover

I promised you covers of 80's songs, and I wasn't lying.
This cover of Pat Benatar's 80's hit is by Australian band Amity Affliction.

Ignore the awful video, just listen to the audio.

And before you say anything, no, I was not alive when the original was first released.
And yes, I do kind of hate the original. This cover has a wonderful level of tacky, but somehow is still great, perhaps because of it.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Month of Music: The Top 25 Songs of 2009

According to Billboard.

The Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow
Lady Gaga - Poker Face
Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O'Donis - Just Dance
The Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
Taylor Swift - Love Story
Flo Rida - Rright Round
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Kanye West - Heartless
The All-American Rejects - Gives You Hell
Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
T.I. Featuring Justin Timberlake - Dead And Gone
The Fray - You Found Me
Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo - Knock You Down
Jamie Foxx Featuring T-Pain - Blame It
Pitbull - I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)
T.I. Featuring Rihanna - Live Your Life
Soulja Boy Tell 'em Featuring Sammie - Kiss Me Thru The Phone
Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne - Down
Miley Cyrus - The Climb
Drake - Best I Ever Had
Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
Beyonce - Halo
Katy Perry - Hot N Cold

Yeah... what a year for overproduced, autotuned tracks.
Now what if I was to say somebody took all of these, and made them into one song?
And that it was surprisingly good?

DJ Earworm manages to create a great track from 25 of my most hated songs for the year gone by.
Also, was there a popular song last year that didn't feature the word 'down'?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Month of Music: Papercut Skin by The Matches

I'm going to preface this by saying that I think that The Matches were one of the most underrated bands on the planet.

'Were' being the important word in that sentence. 'Were', because as of July last year, the band announced that they would be going on hiatus. Indefinitely.
They were going to be doing one last set of shows and releasing a rarities CD and then, who knows?
It was after hearing that they were doing their last shows in California that I particularly felt like stabbing myself. You see, a few months prior, they had toured in Australia. And I passed up the show because it was in the middle of a bunch of important tests and I thought that they would be getting rather big soon and would probably come back the next year.
It's funny in that way that slipping and falling really hard is funny.
(you know, in that it's not)

Anyway, great song, great band, great album. The Matches have a habit of taking a song in a completely different direction than you thought, and it's always brilliant. With most bands, there's always those one or two songs that you're not so fond of. Doesn't happen here. Every song is amazing. I wanted to recommend one or two for you guys to look up, but I can't choose.

Go buy all their albums. All of you. Maybe then they'll come back from their hiatus.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Now For Something Completely Different

Like the vast majority of people on the internet, I quite enjoy Mr Python and that grand old "Flying Circus" of his. However I have found that this is a fairly uncommon trait of people my age. They do exist, but most have only seen The Holy Grail, and I find that to be a bit sad.

A year or two ago, I went to a party dressed as Cardinal Ximénez (the one with the hat). It was a costume party, obviously, which made it a bit less odd. However, while I thought the costume witty and entertaining, nobody else did.

 Nobody expected it. But nobody understood it either.

So if I were to make a post secret about The Spanish Inquisition, it would look more like this:

Because sometimes having cool parents who let you watch Flying Circus videos at age 5 really sucks.
Also I hate that yellow mouse.

Month of Music: Put the Blame on Mame by Anita Kert Ellis

From the 1946 film, Gilda.

While the woman you see singing and playing the guitar here is Rita Hayworth, her singing voice belongs to Anita Kert Ellis.

And yes, I watch black & white films from the 40's. Quite a bit more often than I'd like to admit to, actually.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Month of Music: Parlez-Vous Francais by Art Vs. Science

This music video has two main attractions:
1. The song is insanely catchy.
2. Mimes try to kill each other, and it's awesome.

After a few plays you'll find yourself singing along, even to the French sections of the lyrics.
Just a heads up, they're not exactly profound declarations.
Nothing too dirty but not something you'd say around your mother.

How cool are those mimes though? The sword fight and final gun battle are my favourite.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Month of Music: WTF by OK Go

Most of you will know OK Go from their music video for 'Here It Goes Again'.
No? Not ringing any bells?

Remember that film clip with the men dancing on treadmills? That was OK Go.

The band continue their tradition of strange music videos with the aptly titled 'WTF'.
This trippy video is directed by Tim Nackashi, and like a lot of their videos, was filmed in one continuous take.
'WTF' is the first single off their new album 'Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky', due for release this month (the 12th, to be exact), making it almost five years since their last studio album, and four years since the release of 'Here It Goes Again'.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Month of Music: The Bucket, originally by Kings of Leon

The Bucket - Originally by Kings of Leon, covered by The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

The perfect 'morning after' music. Happy New Year.