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This is mainly so that [livejournal.com profile] curiouskendra sees it, but please enjoy. :)



This same group has a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody that is priceless. Look that up too.
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I just opened the CD that came in yesterday's mail, The Bobs Sing the Songs of... I am now grooving to their a capella versions of classics like Psycho Killer, Helter Skelter, and Purple Haze. Hahahaha.

The Ring of Fire cover is insanely cheery, echoing the famous Johhny Cash version (which is itself a cover), with its equally insane mariachi horn section. The man was doing serious drugs at the time. My daughter gave me a crazy look when I played Whole Lotta Love. Janey Bob is awesome on Fever. You Really got a Hold on Me and Good Lovin' are a little more traditional as a capella goes, and almost could be anybody. Come Together is a favorite.

And, even more insanely, the booklet is signed by all four of The Bobs. I would never have given this up, had it been mine. Am I the beneficiary of someone taking revenge on their ex by giving away her/his CDs? Did someone decide they're too sane to like the Bobs anymore? I don't know, but I smile when I remember seeing them live at the Michigan, which this CD helps with a lot, since they did many of these covers at that show.

I &hearts The Bobs.
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Because you should never squash an impulse to sing....

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Netflix coughed up this movie as a recommendation for me. I saw a preview for it on another NetFlix disc recently, and the eye candy it presented seemed irresistible. Who was I to resist?

The general premise is that it's a musical constructed from Beatles Songs. Good Beatles songs, weird Beatles songs, and obscure Beatles songs. Bono and Eddie Izzard make appearances as a psychedelic guru-figure and Mr. Kite respectively. Joe Cocker appears as a triple character, including as a pimp sporting an impossibly-wide purple shirt collar. The choreography, merely hinted at in the preview I saw, was amazing and fun. I totally ate it up.
Continue reading... )
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Current Hallowe'en playlist, for rocking out while handing out treats:

(Don't Fear) The Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult
Necromancer, Al Stewart
Evil Ways, Santana
Main Titles, Edward Scissorhands
Mighty Little Man, Steve Burns
Zombie Jamboree, Rockapella
Don't Pay The Ferryman, Chris DeBurgh
Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress, Rockapella
Black Magic Woman, Santana
Abracadabra, Steve Miller Band

Now if I could just find the other disc of the Danny Elfman movie themes, I could add some Nightmare Before Christmas. Maybe "She Blinded Me with Science"? It's about 38 or 40 minutes as of now. And I'll probably play with it some more or fudge the order before I burn it to a CD.

Also, I am the world's worst mom. I didn't get candy. I got little containers of bubbles, like the ones people get for weddings but in neon candy colors.
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So I'm a little late. So sue me.

The Friday Five


1. Do you download music not from the popular genres of Top 40, pop, rock, rap, dance, R&B, or country?
When I have downloaded stuff, it has definitely been off the beaten track, so, yes.

2. Are there any musicians for whom you've downloaded a significant amount of their material yet own few or none of their albums?
Only one: Steve Burns. I have downloaded his debut album and very much enjoy it. I intend to buy it, and his forthcoming second album, but I haven't gotten around to it.

3. Have you ever enjoyed a downloaded album so much that you went and bought the physical album?
Yes.

4. How many different ways of playing music do you own (such as radio, stereo system, computer, Walkman/Discman, mp3 player, mp3-ready phone, etc.)?
Hm. It's not clear if this means different methods or different devices, but anyway, MP3 player/radio, PDA/phone, boom box, clock radio, kitchen under-cabinet radio/CD player, an old Discman, computer, car radio, van radio/CD/tape player, and my tv/dvd combo (technically, I can put a CD in there and play it, I'm pretty sure--I have never actually used it this way). So, lots. I am sure this is true for most people.

5. Do you still have and/or play a favorite vinyl album, cassette tape, or 8-track tape?
I still have some of our vinyl records. One of these days I may even try to transfer the rare things, but for now they are just being stored. One that I miss listening to is the Middlebury College a capella group album I have, the (Something-or-Other)-Eight. I wish I could remember. They performed at my high school. I was so enthralled that I bought their album on the spot. It includes a version of the Powdermilk Biscuit Theme (and I didn't know what Prairie Home Companion was until *years* later), a great version of Love Potion No. 9, and Blue Moon actually done as a ballad, well, for about two thirds of it anyway. I just love that album. I can hear that version of Love Potion No. 9 in my head right now.
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There is a video of Howard Jones in performance from last weekend that I want to post/embed here. But YouTube appears to not let me do that unless I give then the name of my blog and its password. Fooey. No way. I have already complained on their feedback form.

Even if my journal were 100% public, which it is not, I would not hand over my password to a third party.

The thing is, I know they don't need it from a technical viewpoint, as I have copied embedded object code from other blogs to spread videos before. The Inspector Gadget Beatbox Flute post comes to mind, as well as the entry immediately prior to this one.

Well, here's the link to the video, but it is a poor substitute.
In which Howard tells new stories about the Royals from his times performing for the Prince's Trust concert and then gives a rollicking rendition of Pearl in the Shell
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I received my first woot yesterday, then spent time waiting for a AAA NimH battery to charge while ripping music from CD to my computer. I am currently listening on my new, cheap, MP3/WMA player. It's pretty tiny...only holds 1/2 a gig, and currently contains about 60% of my collection of Howard Jones music. I *wanted* light and small, for purposes of using the player for walking and running.

I've been grooving on Steve Burns' Songs for Dustmites in my head all day. *sings* I am a mighty little man, I am a mighty little man. I guess I'll have to rotate my music before long. *grins*

The ear buds are more comfortable and the player has better sound than I expected. But I still can't figure out the armband. I mean, there's this velcro armband, but the little plastic oversleeve for the player doesn't have a slot to thread it through as far as I can tell. WTF? Maybe I can figure that out later.
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What would you do with eight treadmills? Make a music video, of course!
Go here and click on one of the links for the music video "Here it goes, again"

http://www.okgo.net/video.asp
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sorcycat for this idea. It was pretty fun. Though I was shocked at how many songs I didn't remember.

These are the top 100 songs from the year I graduated high school.
According to this game, you are supposed to get this list by going to musicoutfitters.com,
and type in the year you graduated in the box in the upper right corner. You'll
get links, one of which will be a list like this.

Then, take that list, and:
Bold the ones you like.
Underline your favorite.
Strike through the songs you loathe.
Italicize the ones you can't remember.
Leave it untagged if you're without an opinion.

1. Walk Like An Egyptian, The Bangles
read the whole shebang... )
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Well, M started all-day preschool today (thursday...I guess that's technically yesterday). We signed S up for full-day day camp for next week and the week after, at her request. It's going to be practically a vacation! No kids for 7-8 hours per day all week! Job hunting and prep for summer camp are the things at the top of my agenda.

camp details, job searching, & Howard Jones!!! )

I'm going to see if I can grab a few hours' sleep here. Third try...

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