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Shoegazer Sunday: Ummagma’s “Rotation”

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Ummagma is a Canadian-Ukrainian indie duo” of Alexx Kretov and Shauna McLarnon that describes their music as “Rock, Pop, Electronic, Ambient Styles: Alternative, Indie Rock, Dream Pop, Ambient/Ethereal, Synth Pop Electronica, Lo-Fi, Post-Rock, Pop Rock, Indietronic, Progressive Rock, Shoegaze, Instrumental, Space Rock, Power Pop.” Well, that covers a lot of territory, doesn’t it?

Here’s “Rotation,” the video for which is pretty interesting.

Looks like some of the video was stolen from here.

Sam Beckett, Private Dick

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Someone’s been having fun imaging Samuel Beckett as the star of his own Quinn Martin private detective show:

The mention of Andre the Giant may seem random, but in fact Beckett used to drive the young Andre to school every morning because he was too big to fit on the bus.

(Hat tip: Don Webb.)

Shoegazer Sunday: Maps’ “Elouise”

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Maps is evidently the shoegaze band name for UK musician James Chapman. “Elouise” is a pleasantly buzzy song, and the video features cutting edge screen saver technology from about 1997.

Shoegazer Sunday: Creepoid’s “Yellow Wallpaper”

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Creepoid hails from Philadelphia. I’m guessing this song is based on the Charlotte Perkins Gilman story of the same name.

It’s been a busy week, so that’s all the context you’re gonna get…

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” Covered Dixieland Style

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

It brought a smile to my face, which is enough to merit a quick and lazy Saturday link.

Reminder: Don’t Try Driving on Ice

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Austin is going to hit lows in the 20s and low 30s this week, so here’s a timely reminder: Don’t try driving on ice if you don’t have tire chains and don’t know how. (Or maybe even if you do.)

And here are several video reminders from the last year of why that’s a bad idea:

Shoegazer Sunday: Drowner Covering Slowdive’s “Hide Yer Eyes”

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

I’m really digging that Saint Marie Records Static Waves 3 album I talked about last week, though it turns out that only about one-third of the songs on it are actually Slowdive covers.

I was completely unaware of Houston band Drowner before they released this amazing cover of “Hide Yer Eyes,” an unreleased Slowdive song I’d never heard before:

I wonder if vocalist Anna Bouchard is doing the harmony electronically, via overdubbing, or with a guest vocalist.

For contrast, here’s the original

I think this is one of those rare cases where the cover is better than the original.

The Force Awakens Trailer…In LEGO

Monday, December 1st, 2014

I assume you’ve already seen the teaser trailer for next year’s Star Wars movie.

Well, here’s the LEGO remake. I’m super-impressed with how quickly they put it together, and how amazingly close to the original it is.

The Annual William Shatner Warning Not To Set Yourself on Fire Frying a Turkey

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

In the now-annual tradition, I bring you a public service announcement from William Shatner: try not to set yourself on fire while frying a turkey.

For those with low Shatner thresholds, the advice is:

  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil.
  • Turn off the flame when lowering the turkey into the oil.
  • Always fry your turkey away from your house.
  • Properly thaw the turkey before cooking.
  • Use a grease-approved fire extinguisher.
  • If you’re going to fry a turkey, this is pretty sound advice.

    Shoegazer Sunday: Last Leaf Down’s “The Theme”

    Sunday, November 16th, 2014

    Here’s Last Leaf Down‘s “The Theme.” Nicely gothy and gloomy and echoey, and entirely appropriate for what’s turning out to be winter in November.