Archive for June, 2004

Global Schoolyard Rhymes

Jun 30, 2004 in Humor

The Sneeze has posted his tenth update of the Global Schoolyard Rhymes Project, a collection of bawdy children’s rhymes from around the world. A few of my favorites (translated to English):

Israel: A cat has shat on you, and poo is in your hands!

Russia: 1st person: Say “glue”
2nd person: Glue
1st person: Eat a can of boogers

South Africa: I see a tortoise on the path
I pick him up, he pees on me
I put him down, he does it again
Damn it!

Top 100 Albums of the 70s

Jun 26, 2004 in Music

Hot on the heels of the Guardian’s 100 Greatest British Albums comes Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums of the 70’s. (A slew of older lists recounting the best of the 80’s and 90’s, among other things, can be found here.)

The obvious suspects make numerous appearances here (Bowie, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Clash, Iggy Pop, the Ramones), along with some slightly unexpected ones (Nick Drake, Fela Kuti, Miles Davis, Can and many other Krautrock pioneers). Pitchfork’s list is, of course, a primer in 70’s hipster music, and the ordering isn’t what you would normally expect in a best-of list. The obvious and the obscure are equally represented here, and even if your musical knowledge is fairly broad you’ll probably find something you’ve never heard before.

More fodder for the fire: “Stairway to Heaven” reversed, pt. 3

Jun 26, 2004 in Uncategorized

Found on the 365 Days Music Project, a collection of oddball recordings and outsider music: ’80s Christian radio host Michael Mills illustrates the backward “Satanic messages” in the music of Led Zeppelin (yep), Kiss, the Beatles and Queen (the “it’s fun to smoke marijuana” message).

Ubu.com has a fascinating collection of outsider music mp3’s, featuring the above mentioned 365 Days Music Project.

Your dog wants to start a hardcore band

Jun 25, 2004 in Music

Pit Bull Grindcore: The grindcore band Caninus takes the genre to it’s logical extreme by placing real animals (in this case pitbulls) on lead vocals.

The growls, snarls and barks are obvious digital insertions, but the idea is so obvious, it’s a wonder no one had thought of it sooner. Necrophilic lyrics are optional.

Is Happiness essential?

Jun 23, 2004 in Linkage

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The death of Bonnaroo? (greatly exaggerated, of course)

Jun 21, 2004 in Current Events

Sunday’s lead article in the Tennessean reports that locals in Manchester, Coffee County (where Bonnaroo is held) are questioning whether the yearly music festival is worth it. The deaths of two concertgoers this year, the inevitable traffic problems, and rampant drug use have raised concerns.

Compared to similar large gatherings, Bonnaroo is rather peaceful, and organizers have tried their best to minimize security, traffic and drug problems. “Granted there’s some people who are inconvenienced because of the traffic… But the Titans inconvenience people. A Vanderbilt football game inconveniences people. Life is that way.”

No porn here. Go elsewhere.

Jun 21, 2004 in Humor

Another installment of that blogging standby, the Strange But True Search Terms! post (pRon edition). This blog came up during the following searches:

indie (rock) porn
homestar runner porn
handicapped porn
school teacher 70s porn
after prom porn
gary the retard pictures

Pray for Reason

Jun 21, 2004 in Linkage

Pray For Reason.org

I’m not a religious man, but this is something I can believe in. Pray for Reason asks people to pray (meditate, whatever) for Bush’s defeat in the November election.

Pray for Reason is a response to the Presidential Prayer Team website, which has 2.8 million people praying daily for President Bush. (To be fair, the PPT claim to be non-partisan, and not endorsing any elected official, although they and Bush do share similar beliefs.)

An excellent page of resources highlights Bush’s Christian agenda, and the influence of Christian lobbyists on Bush’s policy decisions.

Maniac Mansion Deluxe!!!

Jun 18, 2004 in Pop Culture

A group of nostalgic game programmers at LucasFan Games has released an improved clone of the classic LucasArts adventure game Maniac Mansion.

Maniac Mansion Deluxe has (slightly) better graphics and a more intuitive interface than the original. In the game, a group of college students venture into an old mansion to rescue the hero’s kidnapped cheerleader girlfriend from the clutches of a mad scientist. (Sound like any movies you’ve seen?)

The gameplay is very intuitive, the puzzles are thought-provoking (but not ridiculously hard), and it’s a lot of fun to play. Did I mention it’s free?

Maniac Mansion’s initial popularity spawned a Canadian-produced TV show (which ran for three whole seasons), and the game was infamously ported to the NES, where much of the game content was butchered due to censorship.

Who knew it had gone this far? (Black Album remixes)

Jun 18, 2004 in Music

B. Pulliam has compiled a comprehensive list of Black Album remixes, including some that don’t even exist yet. (I’m waiting patiently for “The Zack Album - Jay-Z vs Saved By The Bell” and “The Jay-Z Am Album - Jay-Z vs Trans Am”)

I’m also going to take this opportunity to unveil to the world my new blog; playlists for my weekly radio show on WMTS 88.3, The Lost Mixtapes.