Duck Sauce

Seizure to the Metronome

I realize I’ve been all Muppets lately, but I am super geeked up about the movieBillboard released the tracklist for the soundtrack and it includes a few songs that I love, like “Me & Julio Down By the Schoolyard” and “We Built This City”. In addition to that there is a track by Andrew Bird, backup vocals on another track by Feist and Mickey Rooney, and covers of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Forget You”. Bret McKenzie, of Flight of the Conchords fame, was the music supervisor on the film and it sounds like he did a grand job. Soundtrack comes out on November 21st with the movie coming out two days later on the 23rd.

Perhaps with slightly less budget than the new Muppets movie, is the documentary, Being Elmo. It is, quite simply, a documentary about Elmo’s person, Kevin Clash. It’s been reviewing well at the ‘fests and looks pretty exceptional.

Thom Yorke has seemingly been everywhere lately. Amongst his many many, many projects he did a couple of tracks with Modeselektor. The German duo have been doing their thing since the 90’s and Thom’s been a big fan.The collab turned out nicely and the track “Shipwreck” now has a video for your visual and auditory enjoyment.

Aesop Rock, too, has been around since the 90’s. My good friend, Kai, turned me on to him a long while back and I have been hooked ever since. He has a distinct voice, both in sound and style, that draws me right in. He’s supposedly working on a new album but also is a third of Hail Mary Mallon, along with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. If you are a fan of Aesop Rock, it’s not a stretch to say you probably will also be a fan of HMM.

Was there ever any doubt Duck Sauce would be huge? Armand Van Helden and A-Trak. Together. Yup, no doubts there. “Barbara Streisand” was on Glee for crying out loud. Now, their latest vid for “Big Bad Wolf” is very NSFW but the thing is hilarious.

The vid from Death Cab for “Stay Young, Go Dancing” is pretty okay. While their last vid for “You Are A Tourist,” was pretty great, I still think my favourite video of theirs is for “A Movie Script Ending“. Still love me some Death Cab though.

I’ve never been super keen on Ryan Adams but I am enjoying the vid for “Lucky Now”. The song itself sounds like a hundred other songs. It’s one of those very comforting tunes and, when coupled with the soothing black & white video, takes me to a quiet place in my mind. Good for a Sunday.

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The part needed for my TV is, apparently, on backorder. This equals more time for me to play catch-up on the last three months or so of stuff I missed, which is not such a bad thing I suppose.

It took me a long time to get on board with hip hop. When I was in high school, it was the height of gangsta rap and the beginning of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry. Being a kid in the ‘burbs, it wasn’t my cup of tea. I was the angry, angsty kind of youth, not the angry, let’s get some guns kind of youth. It wasn’t until after I graduated and after all the gangsta feuding business had settled down that I was exposed to hip hop I could actually enjoy. The Roots, Black Star, the Pharcyde, amongst others slowly got me to open up to hip hop and embrace it.

Much like my relationship with hip hop, Eminem was a guy that I wasn’t into when he was all self-aggrandizing and violence. Like him or not, I still recognized he had some talent. I feel like he’s grown a bit over the years though, and I rather like this one from him and a pre-prison Lil’ Wayne. The video is pretty canned, but it’s alright. Bullies are assholes, kids. Don’t be an asshole.

The video for Wolf Parade‘s “Yulia” is a tragic cosmonaut love story. Beautiful and sad, and even in its 4 minutes and 16 seconds, has more heart than Armageddon.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the feel-good NYC dance party that is Duck Sauce. Cameos galore!

I just read a Rolling Stone article on the Tea Party and it made me really frustrated and angry. I’m still an American citizen, and I voted for, and still support, Obama, even from Canada. I think the Bush administration left him a shitstorm to clean up and he has managed to do some really amazing things so far. It’s hard to even put into words how insane the whole Tea Party seems to me. Anyway, it made me think of “American Hearts” from Piebald and I’ve had it in my head all day.