I’m kind of in love with Macklemore’s Downtown. Especially the music video:
It was filmed in Spokane, you know.
Edit: Hahaha, this is pretty great, too:
Edit 2: Imogen Heap! Wonderful:
(Sorry for the music video dump.)
Haha, this is a well-done music video.
And have another totally unrelated one, because for some reason I was thinking about this music video a while ago and just decided to look it up again.
I love this.
Alternate title: Claudia Has a Test Tomorrow and is Too Nervous to Study Anymore So You Get This.
- Hahaha. Oh, North Hill Centre.
- I have rediscovered the following two music videos and love them once again.
(strobe light warning around 2:26 in that last one)
- Nate, here’s that CMYK puzzle I was telling you about.
- If you say “Londonderry Air” just right, it sounds like you’re saying “London Derriere.”
- One of my favorite SMBC cartoons. I don’t know why it’s so hilarious to me, but it is.
- How could I have forgotten to embed Achievement Hunter’s “Hot Hoof” video on here? It’s one of my favorite Minecraft-related videos.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand I’m done.
I HAVE HAD
STUCK IN MY HEAD ALL DAMN DAY
Remember when we’d just randomly quote parts of this?
Approximately a year ago, my friend Wayne introduced me to the awesome a cappella group Pentatonix with the following Daft Punk medley they did:
Awesome, huh? Well, have two more (one is a Christmas song, so this is totally legit for a blog post so close to Christmas).
Want some more Christmas, don’tcha? Have some Steven Sharp Nelson rocking the cello.
Woah, dudes. This is awesome.
This is the same guy who did the video for Blockhead’s The Music Scene.
OOPS I DISCOVERED “LET IT GO.”
Can you believe I’ve never actually listened to that song until now? And that I still haven’t seen Frozen? You’ll notice, once I get my November music posted, that I now have like 7 versions of the song though, haha.
Though this one’s my fave, because the Piano Guys are awesome and that white cello is super beautiful.
I didn’t like this song at first.
Now it’s a five-star.
Also, I’m pretty sure the next step in OK Go Music Video Land is to shoot a vid in space or something.
This year’s been pretty damn slow as far as music goes, but there have been a few good music videos that have come out (or ones that have been out awhile but I have only just seen this year). So since I’m too busy panicking to have anything worthwhile to say today, here are some music videos!
This isn’t from this year’s collection of songs, but it’s a good (and sad) music video noneleless:
I actually didn’t know that this was a top pop song this year until after I stumbled upon this music video by accident. Awesome dancing!
Whether or not you like will.i.am’s music, I think his music videos are always pretty visually interesting. Also, lol Beiber cube.
It’s GAVIN (and a lot of other employees of Rooster Teeth)!
Here’s another collaboration the Barenaked Ladies did with Rooster Teeth.
I may or may not have watched this 15 times in a row.
That guy behind Ingrid’s right shoulder (and featured at 2:14)? Yikes. Hot.
I WISH I WAS AT RTX LALALALALALA.
Can I take a moment and mention that this year has been particularly EXCELLENT for music? ‘Cause it has.
Songs needing appreciation:
This was the freebie last week on iTunes. I didn’t like it at first, but it totally grew on me.
How insanely chill is this song? Seriously.
I heard this on a YouTube ad and had to check it out.
Also, my mom and I went to Spokane this afternoon to visit Auntie’s Bookstore. I got THIS!
The whole middle section is about calculus. SCORE!
What is this nonsense, huh, Daft Punk?
Good lord, instant favorite. I’m going to have to kick something else off my “Top 50” playlist so that this can go on it.
I can’t stop listening to this. This is perfection. Five stars.
4601. What do you think of rappers who talk about raping and killing their mother?
I think that’s a pretty horrible topic for a song.
4602. Are you art?
Aren’t we all?
4603. Do you think that most writers musicians and artists make art or lve art?
That typo could either be “love” or “live.” I’ll say it means “live.” So I think that most live art.
What would you prefer them do?
4604. Iraq is destroying its missles and the white house is still not happy. Why not?
Oh, Bush era. How I do not miss you.
4605. Do you find americans to be a very sterile and emotionless people?
Quite the opposite, actually.
4606. What do we talk about when we talk about love?
Love is subjective.
4607. Would you write a song about how horrible your mom is in order to sell more records?
Why would anyone want to hear that anyway?
4608. Do you think that eminem is genuine or doing it all for show (even his mom says it’s all for show)?
I have no idea, but Eminem’s hilarious.
4609. Should juveniles be tried as adults if they commit murder?
In some cases, yes.
4610. Should there be laws to restrict breeding?
Should the laws include getting a high score on an iq test?
Should the laws include proving that you can/will be able to provide care and support for the child?/
Should the laws include a background check to determine whether you will be a fit parent?
4611. Would you/have you ever committed statutory rape (had sex with someone 17 or younger while you were 18 or older)?
4612. Do you believe that Mcdonald’s should be held responsible for it’s customer’s obesity?
4613. Did you know that 1/2 of american adults read at an 8th grade level or below (I just saw it on foxnews)?
Did not know that.
What do you think of this?
Doesn’t surprise me.
4614. Do you drink tea with honey?
4615. Do bees and wasps terrify you?
Not “terrify,” but I don’t like them.
4616. How do you decide what to say and do when someone puts the spotlight on you?
I usually get too nervous to make any decisions.
4617. Are you more muddy or clean??
4618. If consciousness could speak what would it say?
“Go to sleep and let me rest!”
4619. Is Leslie a good name for a man?
I love that name for a dude.
4620. Why do men feel they have the right to look woman up and down?
4621. Are you pristine?
4621. Do you want to blind people with your wet-look lipgloss?
4622. How many years is too big of an age difference for a couple?
As long as there isn’t any sort of legal issue, then there is no such thing as “too big” of an age difference in my opinion.
4624. China and France are both opposed to war with Iraq. What do you think of this?
I’m with them.
4627. Who’s the sexiest ghostbuster?
I’ve never seen Ghostbusters.
4628. Are you a humanitarian?
I try to be.
4629. Have you ever seen the Tommy and Pamela Anderson honeymoon sex video?
Do you think it was meant to be private or a publicity stunt?
Who knows, who cares.
4630. Are you a cat expert?
4631. Go Go Gadget:
4632. What’s your idea of fun?
Doing stats. Walking. Being a spazz.
4633. At what age will you panic about feeling old?
Been there, done that.
4634. It’s you and ___ against the world.
4635. Are you the keymaster or the gatekeeper?
This sounds dirty.
4636. When is the end of the world going to be?
4638. Do you yell at the tv when the news disturbs you?
4639. Is society too sick to survive?
We’re getting there.
4640. Have you ever been involved in a ritual?
Ever been to Catholic school?
4641. What the hell do YOU want?????
4642. Have you seen finnian’s rainbow?
4643. Weezer’s best album is:
It’s got most of their good songs on it. Beverly Hills, man!
4644. Fast food of choice is for you:
I dig McDonald’s. I’m not going to lie. Their fries are da bomb.
4645. What song is in your head RIGHT NOW!!!??
4646. Is this a magic monet?
Of course it is.
4647. A theme song you hate is:
I always found the theme song to The Secret Life of the American Teenager to be obnoxious as hell.
4648. What words can you come up with by anagraming your name?
“Claudia Marie Mahler” anagrams to “A Lame Child Aura.” Take from that what you will.
4649. Are you a magician?
4650. What kind of waffles suit you best?
This is the most important question ever.
4651. It’s the olden days and your father is going to drive all the way from the big city. He wants to bring something back for you. What do you ask him for?
I have no idea.
4652. Have you ever watched Little House on the Prairie?
4653. How did Columbus discover America when people were already living here?
Discovery is relative.
4654. How far can you spit?
Uh…I’ve never measured.
4655. What drinks do you know how to mix?
Uh…I can stir powdered fiber into a water bottle? Hahaha, I know, I suck.
4656. What does the perfect engagement ring look like?
4657. How do you feel about arranged marriages?
I’m not a fan of marriage in general, considering the failure rate.
4658. Do you talk to angels?
Not that I’m aware of.
4659. What are you worried bout?
Everything. It’s my nature.
4660. How often do you touch people in conversations?
4661. Do you read in bed?
I haven’t in a long time.
4662. How many sick days in a row do you take off from school or work?
I’m never sick.
4663. There are three nursery schools. Nursery school one has children sit together around tables. It emphasizes group play. It has building blocks that are very large, so large that it takes two or more children to lift them, in order to teach working together. It is moderately decorated and encourages the imagination by providing less materials for the children. There is one teacher per classroom and the teacher likes to allow the children to work out their own problems.
Nursery school two has many materials for the children and is brightly colored and decorated. There are two teachers per class and the teachers activly intervene between the children. There are different stations (painting, blocks, etc) and the children are encouraged to make choices about what they like to do and don’t like to do.
Nursery school three emphasizes schedualed activities. The children sit in rows and must work alone, relying on themselves. Everything is very organized and structured. The children wear bright clothing, and are taught to memorize stories and songs. If the parents both work, this school offers whole care, which means the child can stay overnight a few days a week.
Which school would you send your (possibly hypothetical) children to?
The third one.
4664. Each of those nursery schools is in a different country. Which one is in the United States?
Which one is in Japan?
What country is the last nursery school in?
North Korea? Haha, I don’t know.
4665. What hour is your most creative time of day?
Mid-morning. 9, 10 or so.
4666. Does sleeping feel more satisfying when all of your work is done or when there’s something else you should be doing?
Sleep is for mortals.
4667. Here’s a dollar. Put three songs on the juke box.
Songs cost 33.33 cents each?
Uh…Sleepyhead, the Sleepyhead Cillo remix, and the Sleepyhead Jazzsteppa remix. Because.
4668. Do you refer to teenagers as ‘kids’ yet?
4669. What is one thing you thought was the end of the world when you were a teenager (or if you are a teenager name something you thought was the end of the world 5 years ago)?
4670. Are americans uptight about sex?
4671. What boredgames are in your closet?
We used to have one of those OLD Monopoly board games where all the pieces were actually metal and the houses/hotels were wood. I don’t know if we still have it or not. Our fat cat sat in the cardboard lid and busted it up.
4672. What movie quote sticks out in your mind (don’t tell what movie it’s from, let us guess)?
“Disco is NOT dead! Disco is LIFE!”
4673. What is the weirdest song you’ve Ever found yourself enjoying?
4674. Look in a history book. Who would you fuck?
Dudes, if you have to ask that, you haven’t been paying attention to anything I say.
4675. A man in the reserves is being called off to war. He wants to defend his country but he finds that his 1 year old child needs a heart transplant. In his shoes would you stay and care for your child or go and defend your country?
I would go if the child had a mother/caregiver/someone else to care for the little dude.
4676. Is gone with the wind
an accurate movie:
I’ve never seen the movie.
a good movie:
See above. The book was meh.
4678. Is alcohol the water of life?
Not last time I checked.
4679. Name a friend of the opposite sex:
He or she tells you that he or she has always had a crush on you. Your reaction:
4680. Name one of your same sex friends:
He or she tells you that he or she is gay. Your reaction:
Then he or she tells you he or she has always had a crush on you. Your reaction:
Woo! Though her marriage (her ACTUAL marriage) may interfere with any subsequent action.
4681. What was the difference between your reaction to the same sex and the different sex friend? NOTHING! I need a companion.
4682. Where could you go that would be so incredible you would no longer be able to come back to the life you live here and now?
4683. What is the main problem you have with yourself?
I’m an idiot.
4684. When did you wish you could disappear?
4685. Why is it that we call poor-average people crazy and rich people eccentric?
Because we suck.
4686. Is rain on your wedding day a good example of irony?
Only if your name is Alanis.
Can you think of a good example of irony?
Probably, but not right now.
4687. What have you recently changed your mind about?
What to do with the next few years of my life.
4688. What is one thing you won’t allow yourself to have?
An iPhone. Claudia + 24/7 internet access = disaster.
4689. What would you say if Brad Pitt married Rosie O’Donnell?
What about if Catherine Zeta Jones married Drew Carrey?
4690. Name something that there is no wrong way to do:
Eat a Reese’s.
4691. If you and your partner could choose which of you would carry the baby (yes even the male would be able to carry it) who would your vote be for?
Neither. We’d adopt!
4692. If men could get pregnant would abortion become much more acceptable do you think?
4693. When and where have you felt most comfortable being nude?
4694. What subject do you know the most about?
STATISTICS! Or Leibniz.
4695. What is the longest time you have gone between orgasms?
4696. What is the least amount of money you would have to have in order to consider yourself rich?
4697. What words have others used to describe you?
Weird, colorful, short, obsessive.
4698. What is the most extreme thing you would do/have done to alter your appearance?
I lobbed off like a foot of my hair a few years ago.
Why did you/would you do it?
Because my hair is an annoying ball of fuzz and disappointment.
4699. What is the least amount of money you would accept to never have sex again?
I’d probably do it for free, but let’s just say $1 million just in case anyone ever offered.
4700. What has been the hardest secret to keep?
HA LIKE I’D TELL YOU NOW!
Today was freaking horrible. Therefore, I shall focus this blog on three things that have nothing at all to do with my life at the moment.
1. Seriousness: Steve Jobs
I credit Steve Jobs with the initiation of my love of music.* The second generation iPod mini (with colors silver, blue, pink, and green) came out in 2005 and I remember my dad asking me if I wanted one. I pretty much had no interest in it. I had a grand total of five music CDs and a rockin’ portable CD player decorated in stickers. Why would I want to change that?
He got me one anyway, though, for Christmas 2005. Enter iTunes plus a $50 iTunes gift card for my birthday two months later and I was suddenly introduced to the fact that I now had the power to find ALL THE OBSCURE SONGS I’D EVER LOVED. It took like two months for my meager 40-something-song library to grow to 400+. The portability factor—along with the fact that I could now purchase songs individually and therefore didn’t have to weigh the pros and cons of buying a whole $15 CD for just one or two songs—made me want to listen to music.
Haha, and now look where I am.
So I thank you, Mr. Jobs, for your business sense, your inventive mind, and your desire to continually make/improve portable media products for gadget lovers like myself. If I had any extra money at this time, I would upgrade my current iPod (I need a bigger one, haha) in your memory. But that will have to wait until I’m not dirt poor.
Found on Imgur.
2. Creepiness: Googol
So remember when I blogged about Google’s Profiles and how it was freakishly similar to the product Google Face as I described in my NaNo Googol written last year (last part of this blog)?
Well, if Google merges with or takes over Apple within the next year or so, then I FREAKING CALLED IT AGAIN.
What I wrote:
“After the death of Steve Jobs in the early 2000s, Google’s founders felt there to be no other option but to approach Apple with a merger deal, offering them almost any stipulations they desired in exchange for being able to essentially mix the two companies into one giant hyper corporation that would push the limits of the known size of any company that had ever been in existence. […] Of course, prior to his death, Jobs had anticipated Google’s future moves. He knew that the corporation in charge of providing internet goers everything from facial recognition to “street views” of Pluto to basic search would not be so quick to pass up a merger opportunity with any company they thought was and would continue to be a successful internet partner. […] He knew a merger with the giant that was Google would most likely require sacrifices on the part of his own company. These sacrifices, however, he was not too willing to make. The impression Clarke gathered from the literature was that Jobs, in a somewhat secret move several years before his death, had created and documented several heavy handed stipulations and bargains that would have to be met in order for any sort of posthumous merger to take place.”
Including, as I go on to describe, a redesign of the Googleplex to match more the style of Apple.
3. Silliness: I Gotta Feeling
I’m not into hating specific types of music and I actually like this song, but this review is pretty great.
30-Day Meme – Day 6: Your favorite music video.
Oh crap, that’s tough.
I love The Music Scene by Blockhead because OMFG COLORZ:
But I think my favorite music video has to be for White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes. Watch this and tell me it’s not the most beautiful, sad thing ever:
I could watch that over and over and over and over.
That is all.
*Actually, such a statement is a bit of a misnomer. I’ve always loved music in the sense that I’ve loved playing it…I guess I should say that Mr. Jobs initiated my love of listening to music in general.
Woah, dudes. Woah, woah, woah.
Awesome Breakbot song combined with ridiculously trippy music video? Life is good.
That is all.
Are you ready for a long post? ‘CAUSE YOU’RE GONNA GET ONE!
Well here we are, ladies and gents. 365 days later, I now have 365 new songs, one for each day of 2010.
Snazzy? YES I’D CERTAINLY SAY SO.
So this was a super fun New Year’s resolution. If you have the time and money, I highly recommend you try this out. Anyway. Because I’m a stats whore, you know this year has to end with a bunch of analyses. Otherwise, what’s the point?
Total songs: 365 (duh)
Total time: 24 hours, 14 minutes and 48 seconds
Total size: 2.59 GB
Mean song length: 4 minutes (okay, 3 minutes, 59.412 seconds)
First song: United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop) by DJ Earworm
Last song: United State of Pop 2010 (Don’t Stop the Pop) by DJ Earworm
Total number of Sleepyhead remixes/covers: 6 (shut up, that song is like heroin)
Estimated cost: ~$350. The vast majority of songs were either $0.99 or $1.29 (yes, I made it a point to acquire songs legally), but I also use justmusicstore.com for the songs I couldn’t find on iTunes; their songs are $0.15 each.
The bests are as follows. I’m not going to embed the vids because that would make this post even longer, but they’re all linked. Go forth!
Top 10 Favorite Music Videos/Regular Videos Featuring the Artist(s)
Some aren’t official, but they SHOULD be!
1. The Music Scene – Blockhead
2. White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
3. Happy Up Here – Royksopp
4. Hey There Mr. – Leisure Alaska
5. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
6. Resistance – Muse
7. This Too Shall Pass – OK Go
8. Viva La Love Story – Jon Schmidt
9. Flightless Bird, American Mouth – Iron & Wine
10. Disorganized Fun – Ronald Jenkees
Top 5 Most Touching Songs
These made me bawl. Very powerful.
1. The Last Day on Earth – Kate Miller-Heidke
2. 10,000 Miles – Mary Chapin Carpenter
3. Eet – Regina Spektor
4. Happy Ending – Mika
5. Flightless Bird, American Mouth – Iron & Wine
The Five Stars
The final list for the year, listed from January to December acquisition
Disorganized Fun – Ronald Jenkees
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Happy Up Here – Royksopp
White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
Blow Up – Gooseflesh
Viva La Love Story – Jon Schmidt
Sleepyhead (Run Toto Run Cover) – Passion Pit
Monster – Lady Gaga
Sleepyhead (Cillo Remix) – Passion Pit
Hey There Mr. – Leisure Alaska
Yours To Keep – Teddybears featuring Paola
Cobrastyle – Robyn
The Music Scene – Blockhead
Alejandro – Lady Gaga
Mediational Field – Susumu Hirasawa
I Want You To Want Me – Cheap Trick
I’m The Man Who Murdered Love – XTC
So what are the best of the best? Like the top 5? Well here they are:
Sleepyhead (Cillo Remix) – Passion Pit
Oh my god. Ohmygodohmygodohmygod. This is SUCH a chill remix of the coolest song on the planet. 5 minutes and 16 seconds of “you can’t worry about anything because if you try to break the chill trance of this song, your head will explode.”
Hey There Mr. – Leisure Alaska
There’s just something about this song, man. The singer’s voice is like Chris Martin (Coldplay) mixed with peanut butter—very smooth, very lingering, with an ease of singing that is very apparent in the chorus. Fantastic.
Happy Up Here – Royksopp
The future is here, and it’s got a great beat. This is what electronic music should sound like. Very catchy.
Viva La Love Story – Jon Schmidt
The way this song crescendos to Viva La Vida is AMAZING. A very nice blend of Taylor Swift’s Love Story and Coldplay’s Viva La Vida using a cello and a piano.
I’m The Man Who Murdered Love – XTC
I actually just downloaded this song yesterday, but holy freaking crap it’s like crack. I danced to it on repeat for about an hour this afternoon. The tempo is perfect.
And I just have to give an honorable mention to Dildo by Interactive, solely because of the fact that this song consists of only 4 words—with 95% of the lyrics being “dildo”—and yet is so undeniably catchy that it begs to be played in the car at maximum volume when you’re driving around with your friends.
Now I’m sure you’re all looking for some plots, am I right? Just say yes, it’ll make things go more smoothly.
Here is the year in review: music style. Pie chart has been used due to the fact a bar graph would have sucked owing to the large range. As you can see, I am an electronic whore.
Here’s an aesthetically pleasing donut plot done of the top 4 genres plotted by month. January is the innermost circle, December is the outermost.
Here is a pie chart of the playcounts for the year (clicky for full size). I listened to songs purchased in 2010 a total of 15,045 times. The mean length of song is almost exactly 4:00, so that means I listened to a total of 3,610,800 seconds of music (60,180 minutes, 1,003 hours, or 41 days and 19 hours). Wow. And that’s just the music from this year, that doesn’t even count all the older stuff I listened to.
Oh, and the correlation between number of songs in a genre purchased and the number of plays for a particular genre? .98. For anyone who cares.
I was going to do a bunch of stuff with the genre plots, but they’re a lot messier than I was anticipating and therefore look like crap, so I’ll just leave you with a pdf list of the music I downloaded this year: 2010 Song List
I totally recommend doing this. Totally.
Today’s song: United State of Pop 2010 (Don’t Stop the Pop) by DJ Earworm
I’m really digging OK Go as of late. Their music’s pretty rad, but their music videos, as many of you know, are pretty insane.
Here are a few I haven’t posted yet:
Today’s song: A Tout le Monde by Megadeath