the Muppets

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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All Is Full of Love

Bon Iver is, quite simply, lovely. I think Iceland is a beautiful place and would love to go there someday, so when I saw Bon Iver’s video for “Holocene” all Icelanded up, it was an awesome overload for me. Talk about gorgeous.

 

Matt & Kim sure have been busy! They’ve been touring, playing on Jimmy Fallon, and collaborating with Soulja Boy and  top party guy extraordinaire, Andrew W.K.. The vid for their Converse collab is a zombie dance party in the morgue and looks, as usual, like it was a ton of fun to shoot. It’s a great track and vid, and I bet it was an awesome excuse for Matt & Kim to have a chance to party serious with Andrew W.K..

 

The first track from the latest Red Hot Chili Peppers album was released about a month ago and now it has a video. The boys continue to look good and have a grand ol’ time on the roof à la the Beatles and U2. Love that Anthony Kiedis is sporting an OFF! hat! The new album hits in just over a week on the 29th.

 

The new album from the Rapture, In the Grace of Your Love, comes out on September 5th, and unlike the apocalyptic version, this Rapture will actually deliver. But if you’re all antsy in your pantsy you can listen to it, in full, below.

 

A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to see the Decemberists on their Hazards of Love tour. It still stands as one of the best shows I have seen and they are actually in town again tomorrow night. While I am not fortunate enough to be seeing them this time around, they did release their latest video which completely made my day. Not only is it a new video from the Decemberists, but it is also based on Infinite Jest. It is fantastic and also directed by Michael Schur, who is partially responsible for a television show called Parks and Recreation. You should watch both the video and the show. NPR’s got you covered for the video portion, the rest is up to you.

I am one of the many fans still anxiously awaiting the Arrested Development movie. Not the movie about Mr. Wendal in Tennessee that owes you a watermelon, but the movie about the Bluth family. It seems like every year the rumour gets revived and rekindles my hope. It’s movie blue balls, is what it is. But I know I’m not the only one going through it, though I’m not sure that makes me feel any better.

This somehow helps though! Some lovely fellow named Matt De Lanoy recreated the Bluth universe in Lego for Brickworld this year. (He also previously did New New York from Futurama, which you can see here.) Needless to say, this guy pretty much rules.

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It may be the upcoming the Muppets, (November 23rd; very excited,) but there has been a noticeable increase in Muppet-related videos on the interwebs lately. Here is the latest – Cookie Monster doing Tom Waits’s “God’s Away On Business”.

Okay so the thing is, I friggin’ love the Muppets. As previously mentioned, they really hold a special place in my heart and I am SO excited about this new movie. It feels like the old Muppets again. I mean, it’s the old crew getting back together again, but you know what I mean. The movies have not been the same for a long time now and upon watching the trailer, I got kind of emotional. It just feels… right. I just cannot wait for this!

Slow Jam ’98

Last week, I re-watched the Kermit vs. Kermit version of “Under Pressure”. That video is so brilliant, I just love it. I mean, Queen, Bowie, and Kermit? What’s not to love? “Under Pressure” is one of those songs that has been one of my all-time favourites without me even realizing it.

Then later in the week I see this Sesame Street mashup of “Sure Shot”. Oscar as MCA, Grover as Ad-Rock, and Cookie Monster as Mike D is pretty great, but it doesn’t beat the Kermits for me. Still good stuff though.

I often wonder if Matt & Kim ever get upset. They’re always smiling and seem like they’re just having so much FUN all the time. It’s pretty infectious, which was apparent when they played Fallon this week. The Roots definitely caught it!

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Kindest Lines is relatively new on my radar, but I am enjoying what I have heard so far. They are out of New Orleans, which seems to have quite a music scene brewing lately, and are dark but dancey. Check out their debut album, Covered In Dust, which has been out for just over a month or so now, and they will soon be touring with Xiu Xiu, so check them out if they turn up in your ‘hood.

Not new on anyone’s radar is LCD Soundsystem, and some fine individual has remade their video for “All My Friends” in Lego. It is pretty great. You can compare it to the original here if you like to do that sort of thing.

It seems as if documentaries on bands are popping up more and more often lately. Beats Rhymes & Life, the doc on A Tribe Called Quest, was directed by Michael Rapaport which seemed like an odd pairing. That one is in limited release around the US, but sadly, I don’t think it has made it north of the border just yet. I would love to see this one and have actually considered road tripping to go see it, but I’m sure the internet will eventually throw me a bone.

In a more logical pairing, there is the Pearl Jam doc from Cameron Crowe that will be premiering at TIFF this year. I was a big-time Pearl Jam fan back in the day. They were the band I most connected with in high school. A friend of mine worked at a surf shop and got to deliver a custom board to Eddie once and they became surfing buddies. Obviously, I thought my friend was the coolest ever.

Watching the trailer brought back a lot of memories. You have to admit, Pearl Jam is pretty amazing. There aren’t many bands of that era that have survived this long that are still making music together; I have a lot of respect for them as a result. Looking forward to checking this one out too.

You wouldn’t think the White House would be up on internet memes, but I guess if that meme involves Rick Astley, they might be. You also wouldn’t think the White House would Rickroll someone via twitter, but that totally happened last week. Good one, sir!

Painter In Your Pocket

 

Presidential pumpkin... in CANADA.

Presidential pumpkin... in CANADA.

It’s a big day. Obama is the next President. I have never, ever in my life been so emotional over anything even remotely political. I am completely overwhelmed and know that this is a monumental event in American history. They showed Jesse Jackson with his face covered in tears and it nearly brought me to tears myself. This is huge. In the years I have been living in Canada, Bush has been in office and the thought of moving back to the U.S. made me cringe, but with Obama in charge I feel like there is a new hope. His election has renewed my faith in my country, and I’m positive that I’m not the only one. Today, I am proud to be an American. 

This is a very long video, but totally sweet in sentiment and maxed out in nerdiness. In fact, it might just be the nerdiest thing I have ever seen, but the romance offsets it so it’s all right by me.

Baconnaise. Genius or a step too far?

I am NEVER GOING TO AUSTRALIA.

There will always be a special place in my heart for the Muppets. My first record was the soundtrack to The Great Muppet Caper. I remember Jim Henson’s passing and being very sad. It had never crossed my mind that he would die one day. He seemed immortal, and I guess he kind of is. I still lose it when I see Big Bird singing at his memorial though.

On a lighter note, a tip for the season for you drivers out there.

Sleep well tonight, America.