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Two posts in as many days, someone stop the crazy girl.

It's worth it, though. If you're not totally on board at the start, wait until he starts beatboxing. (And close your eyes - the editor went a bit nuts with this part.) I also recommend sticking around to the end of the video, where Matisyahu explains why he picked this song to cover. Because, yes. Not really a fan of the band, but definitely a fan of this song. And a fan of this cover.

Found here.
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Just because I'm a liberated feminist and all that doesn't mean I can't enjoy this awesome cover of "Single Ladies".

I'd never heard of Mr. Little Jeans before I found this cover, but they/she/whatever do/does/something a great job with it: it's that formulation of "cute" that breaks down to "coy" and "elegant".
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But I managed an unexpected and accidental Good Hair Day, so I suppose I can't complain too much.

I've fallen in love with this little song. It's the kind of song that sneaks up behind you and before you know it, you've listened three times in a row. Stark and beautiful.

My new class is intense: 3 hours/day, 4 days/week for 3 consecutive weeks. 2 days down, 10 to go. It's not particularly heavy lifting (and we have to breeze by lots of stuff to pack it all in), so I think I'll survive. Plus, as it's a morning class, I can stick around on campus to do the next day's reading before coming home. Our prof is a sweet former grade 10 social studies teacher. [ profile] piratefanatic: I guessed his slight accent as Newfoundland! One of the other students asked if he was American, and I jumped in with my guess, explaining that while his short A's sounded a bit like Boston, the overall cadence sounded more northern. Then I did a dance of guessing-regional-accents.

It's been a long time since I spent this many hours up at the York campus.

In other news, it's possible I've had abstracts accepted to more conferences than I can actually afford to attend. But one of them is in the UK, in Cornwall, and I didn't grow up reading about King Arthur to not be really really tempted. But popping down to that part of the world for a few days is way easier when you don't live in North America.
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I'm using that lovely UK-only torrent site to watch, like, everything John Simm has filmed. Everything that I see shows me just how cool his work on Doctor Who really was. He's tended to play sensitive working-class poet-type guys who're either insane, accused of crimes or otherwise hard done by or oppressed. F'example: he played Van Gogh in The Yellow House and the main character in a version of Crime and Punishment.

It's all very epic. There's little comedy in all the other things of his I've seen and his characters tend to be moody losers* who have no personal power. Even Sam Tyler from Life on Mars isn't much of a chucklepuss and has to bow to Gene Hunt's authority. On DW he still played a doomed moody loser, but he was a cool one, and one who'd laugh and... dance to Scissor Sisters. His van Gogh, if confronted by Scissor Sisters, would probably start to cry and then paint some flowers.

*Okay, in The Yellow House there's one great deadpan scene where he holds up a dead chicken and proclaims it to be a carrot.

In other news, here're a few mashups (remember those?!) that I've been dancing to while getting ready this morning.

1. Justin Timberlake + AC/DC = "Sexy Hell", as in "Hells bells, they're bringing sexy back". YEAH! Trucker rock meets club land and I'm loving every minute. If this doesn't end up a SPN vid I'll be surprised. Sendspace link.

2. A great use of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab", mixed with that Four Tops song "I Can't Help Myself". It's quite cheeky and the beats mix really well. Sendspace link.

3. The mashed track is called "Millionaire Galang" and I'll confess I don't know any of the source tracks. But I like this quite a lot. Sendspace link. EDIT: [ profile] guitarromantic identified the constituent parts as MIA and Kelis/Andre 3000. Since I don't know either track I can't really tell how this mash can be separated back into its parts, but that's okay. I think...?
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Yesterday, whilst listening to Gotye's Like Drawing Blood on repeat (such! a good! album!), I scrobbled song #20,000 on account. :D

In celebration, I've uploaded the Gotye album to share. [Download it here.] Why? It's one of my desert island albums. I found "Learnalilgivinanlovin" on one of those indie music blog-things and thought it was a fun tune: a happy little 60s-sounding track full of electronic looping goodness and a really positive message*. A few months went by before I realized that if I liked this one track so much, why don't I check out the rest of the album. A little while later, bittorrent gave me the album and my mind was blown by the pure awesome issuing from my crappy PC speakers. I promptly deleted the bittorrent copy and ran over to Gotye's site and paid money for the album. I ran around for the next few days with the album on my flash drive, badgering friends, classmates and coworkers into copying it to their laptops (and then telling them to buy their own copy if they like it.)

Why this album is a Really Fantastic Thing: Read more... )

(And because I've been listening to all these questionable awesome metal covers, here's Celtika singing "Creep". \m/ ^_^ \m/ Rock on!)

*Lyric excerpt: )
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It's a fact: pop songs sound awesome when covered by rock/metal bands. On the one hand, it's hilarious to imagine huge bearded Scandinavian dudes screaming "VOGUE" at you. On the other hand, it's neat to see that a solid, catchy pop song is still a solid song, no matter who's singing it. I stumbled upon a pile of these wacky covers while looking for Blue Oyster Cult's version of "Tainted Love" (recorded before the famous Soft Cell cover, btw).

- "Vogue" - Waltari. I have no idea who Waltari is/are, but they make Madonna sound fantastic. Wikipedia tells me they're from Finland. ♥ Finland.

- "I Turn To You" - Wig Wam. The Melanie C single gets the metal power-ballad treatment.

- "Heart of Gold" - Black Label Society on the Neil Young standard.

- "Working Class Hero" - Ozzy Osbourne is no John Lennon, but he gives it a good try.

- "Elanor Rigby" - Godhead's metal/industrial take on The Beatles. What I like about this is that they own the song. It's different enough to justify being recorded, and it doesn't sound like gothies trying to sing The Beatles.

- "U Can't Touch This" - Stahlhammer doing their best MC Hammer. You will thank yourself for downloading this one. :D

- "Two Become One" - Paul Gilbert (guitarist of Racer X), doing an endearingly adult-contemporary version of the Spice Girls classic. Yes, classic. I said it. ...The most disturbing part of this one is that it sounds like a Guns N' Roses song.

There's also this one band, Ten Masked Men, who specialize in metal-ized pop songs. From them:

- "Message in a Bottle" (imagine Sting growling...)
- "Cry Me A River" (works quite well!)
- "Livin' La Vida Loca" (far more frightening than the original)

And in the Truly Lunatic category, here's Van Halen giving their all on the old Roy Rogers classic, "Happy Trails".

Also: Viva Laughlin - Hugh Jackman's American remake of Blackpool - premieres tonight on that E! channel. God help us all.
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Goran Bregovic did the music for the film Arizona Dream. You probably haven't seen it, but there's a scene where Johnny Depp rides a tricycle up and down an upstairs hallway in a house, obnoxiously playing an accordion as Faye Dunaway looks on. He's doing it to antagonize her, but eventually they make up and he builds her an airplane. That's also the film where the guy does a stand up-routine that's meant to be the scene from North by Northwest where the hero's getting buzzed by a spy plane in the middle of a cornfield.

Like I said, you probably haven't seen it. (Back in high school when I was in love with Johnny Depp, I made a point of hunting down every movie he'd been in. *shakes head at wasted youth*)

But Goran Bregovic did the music for it. His stuff is an odd mix of Eastern European instruments/melodies/choirs singing "oi lah lah lai oi", cheesy 80s slow pop-rock beats and some incredibly beautiful pastoral soundscapes... and sometimes he gets Iggy Pop to write lyrics and do vocal tracks. (How can this be a bad thing?) What I like about his music is how it's slightly loopy, slightly cheesy and still makes me smile.

Selections from the Arizona Dream soundtrack
  • "In The Deathcar" [sendspace link] - shared this one a while back. It's got Iggy Pop's oddly hypnotic and cryptic spoken word-stuff over the fusion-Balkan sounds.

  • "TV Screen" [sendspace link] - Iggy Pop's got a decent singing voice when he puts his mind to it. This song has all the elements of a great crack track: novelty vocals, the word "zombie", social commentary on the role of television, 80s soft-rock guitar solo + big drums and a chanting ethnic choir.

  • "Get the Money" [sendspace link] - ditto the above song, but this time with a lusty oompa brass section. It's more upbeat and therefore more likely to get stuck in your head. Also, Iggy Pop is almost rapping at one part. It shouldn't work, but it so does.

  • "American Dreamers" [sendspace link] - not technically from the soundtrack album, but it's Johnny Depp's voiceover from the beginning of the film.

And Bregovic bonus tracks, for the heck of it:
  • "Le Lys Vert" [sendspace link] - Goran Bregovic + La Bottine Souriante = win. It's from Bregovic's Irish Songs album, which is pretty amusing, considering La Bottine Souriante are French Canadian. Tee hee. It's a nice, meaty folk/celt track in any rate. I think there's even a harp in there somewhere. :D

  • "Man From Reno", feat. Scott Walker [sendspace link] - If Arkham Asylum had a lounge night, someone might perform this one. Includes lyrics, "Zodiac killer needs that crack/he wants you back" and "look up, you might even shred the stars".

  • "Gypsy Reggae" [sendspace link] - What it says on the tin. Instrumental. Odd but appealing.


Jun. 23rd, 2007 09:13 am
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1. first a sandwich, then the memes. *runs to kitchen*

2. *munches sandwich* [ profile] serrico posted a Discworld meme that I think I've taken before, but I took it again. I'm a Carrot! )

3. [ profile] firstgold posted a meme that's a mix of the iTunes random and fic prompts. So I stole it and here's my version: look at the songs, pick a character, I make fic! )

4. Today... I clean my room! No, really!

ETA: the songs in the meme have been uploaded to sendspace because I CAN. And also two more songs: acoustic-lounge cover of "Take Me Out", courtesy The Guillemots; Halloween, Alaska's "You're It", which reminds me of Gotye's "Night Drive" (which is Not A Bad Thing At All).
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Because I've been watching far too much Doctor Who this past month, here are a few songs for The Doctor:

1. Dean Grey (mashup), "Doctor Who On Holiday": Green Day, that Gary Glitter song they used to play at hockey games and the Doctor Who theme (mashed up with some audio clips that make a heavy-handed political commentary, but Bush-bashing is always fun).

2. Gnarls Barkley, "Smiley Faces": it must be something about being a Time Lord, having that infectious smile.
I want to be you - whenever I see you smilin'/ Cause it's easily one of the hardest things to do

3. Robin Black and the Intergalactic Rock Stars, "Time Travel Tonight": time travel? Is awesome.
Reaching up I got tommorow in my hands

4. John Vanderslice, "Time Travel is Lonely": from a more considered and mature perspective, time travel is also not awesome.
No one has ever made it so far in time/ No one knows what happens next

5. Paul Simon, "Still Crazy After All These Years": the Doctor has more lives than a cat and is mad as a hatter.
I met my old lover/ On the street last night/ She seemed so glad to see me/ I just smiled
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Sign number 74 that I'm destined to be a crazy cat lady/academic: while my contemporaries talk about weddings (like, seriously... four different groups in the past two weeks, planning weddings!), I'm here planning what I'm going to take next year and how much fun I'm going to have doing both a directed reading course/independent study and a senior thesis. I'll end up with at least three papers worth publishing! When I went today to talk to one of the professors about the Crazy Directed Reading Plan, I not only got him on side, but he also gave me a fun and wanky title ("Image Hybridities", HEE!), he called my bizarre Cronenberg idea "just fucked up enough to be adorable" and and AND he told me he's working on something himself about an amv. Which means he totally wants to see me work more on writing about fanvids. Thing is, he asked me if I was going to do anything *does happy dance of academic geekery*

I just need to fill out the paperwork and then track down McCullough and get him to agree to the thesis (which is a kind of amorphous blob of "narrative forms on television" and "omg I love Heroes, The Wire and Doctor Who"). Truly, I may be able to build a career on professional fangirling, deconstructing the things I love by applying and/or creating the appropriate theories to explain the parts I've laid bare. Finding out what makes them tick, as it were. (Also, Phil? You left your snowglobe on my desk.)

My meeting with MacKenzie today also included really quite valuable info on grad programs, and where I might be most interested to go. Carleton and Concordia are more traditional, history-based and film-centred programs, whereas places in California (UC BERK!) would give me more freedom to play with "the interaction of images between television screens and computer screens and their mediation through contemporary dialogues". (<-- the probable subtitle for the "Image Hybridities" course.) I like theory more than history (history is fun, but I'm not much of a historian because I don't have the patience), and so the US looks better and better if I can get the funding.

So weddings? Not much on my radar. Now back to African literature. Oh, summer classes. You're so random and barely relevant!

OT: Isn't this song totally a Heroes song? Maybe, maybe not. (Maybe "Lost in the Plot" is a better one... heh.) I made a comment about listening to The Dears, and a friend at work (who's pretty plugged into the indie scene) hadn't heard of them.
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1. Ben Gibbard singing "All Apologies" live and acoustic. Whatever your opinion of Gibbard or Nirvana, or of live acoustic tracks, put that aside just to hear how he translates the grunge guitar sound into a solo piano thing. It's very sweet. And while I'm at it, here's Soundgarden rocking "Come Together", Four Tet (they of the auditory happy-dance, "Smile Around the Face") with a gorgeous an instrumental cover of "Iron Man" (light-years away from any kind of "String Quartet Tribute" wankery) and Prince doing something unspeakable to Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You". Oh, and for new wavers out there, I've also got XTC doing "All Along the Watchtower".

2. The Basics. My goodness me, The Basics. Point number one in their favour: Wally de Backer a.k.a Gotye singing lead vocals. Point number two that makes them worth a listen: their early-Beatles/Zombies/suit-wearing-pop sound. Point number three: "Just Hold On" gets better every time I listen to it. 4 tracks: "Just Hold On"; "Second Best"; "Baby Let Me In"; "Call It Rhythm And Blues". Edit: music videos, too! )

3. That old, old, old Snow Patrol song about being crazy and killing people. 'Nuff said.

4. More (good) pop: Maximo Park's "Girls With Guitars" (a song about young love found in indie clubs). Teenagers In Tokyo's "It Ended Tonight" (think: Ladytron, The Sounds, but more melodic and easier to sing along with). Architecture in Helsinki's "Heart It Races" (less "pop", more "Aphex Twin by way of Mardi Gras by way of scary clown-faced monkey robots dancing around a bonfire on a beach").

Wow. That's more than I meant to post. I'm sure there's something there for everyone, so enjoy!
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It's done! It's finally done! That Mopey Incestuous Codependent Petrelli Brothers fanmix I've been poking at for months is finally actually done! I would love to hear feedback on this because it changed so many times and I'm really quite happy with it. Especially track 4. I'm quite proud of track 4.

Find the zip file ( HERE ) and the song list HERE )
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"Ashanti's Letterbomb", various + 'Dean Grey' --> from the now-classic American Edit mashup album. [sendspace link] lyrics. It's a mash-up, dude. Just feel the groove.

"Attack", 30 Seconds to Mars --> Jared Leto's (scr)emo version of "I'm mad as hell and I'm not taking it anymore". This one migrates on and off the mythical Heroes fanmix I will for sure finish one day soon. [sendspace link]
A new day is coming
And I am finally free

"Euphoria (Firefly)", Delerium --> Nice and relaxing. [sendspace link]
There's a requiem
A new congregation
And it's telling me go forward and walk
Under a brighter sky
Every nerve glowing like a firefly

"Jack Names the Planets", Ash --> I dare you to listen to this one only once. [sendspace link]
I wish you'd come back everything's ready for you...
Jack names the planets after you
Jack names the planets after you
Jack names the planets after you

"Predictable", Delta Goodrem --> FAR too much fun, this one. I keep singing along. And dancing. [sendspace link]
You won't get away with loving me
You're just so predictable

...9:20pm and I'm going to bed. 'Night!
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Folk Implosion, “Merry-Go-Down”. Turns out I'm a darned fool for not realizing that Lou Barlow is the dude behind Folk Implosion. The multitudes of squee make sense. That the gods for [ profile] shady_lane's freakishly complete knowledge of indie music and tangential conversations or I'd have gone through my life quietly enjoying Folk Implosion and being totally clueless. I enjoy music, I don't always research it. Though I can be forgiven (I think) because Folk Implosion is darker, more polished-sounding and tends to be sample-driven. What drew me to this incarnation of Lou Barlow is the way the folky unplugged stuff (like slide guitar in this one) gets brought to a more modern place. "Kingdom of Lies" even has a drum machine! "Free to Go" almost made it to my SPN fanmix that I made back in the summer. At [ profile] aoshi and [ profile] shady_lane's request, I"ll put up a bunch of their songs... when I get back from the store. [EDIT: a whole pile of Folk Implosion (zip) + one track I forgot to put in the zip (mp3) + even more Folk Implosion (zip)]

Tanya Donelly, “The Night You Saved My Life”. A great song made so much better by the addition of a Peter/Claire reading. The moon was paper-white the night you saved my life. Oooooh! Mostly I love the “hmm-mmm” parts (I'm not insane, just download the track and you'll get it!), but it's darned fun to sing along with. Plus, it's the only pop song I know that references a 'spirit guide' in the place of 'guardian angel', which is pretty neat.

Kristen Hersh, “Your Ghost”. Part of a huge torrent of acoustic numbers I found yesterday afternoon. It's a crazy coincidence that I was going to post the Donelly song anyway, because Hersh is Donelly's stepsister (and both women were the core of Throwing Muses) and I was grooving to this track for about a full minute before I bothered to check who was singing. Heh. It's a beautiful track. (I think she's also a stronger singer than her sister, but that's probably why Hersh and not Donelly was the lead singer in Throwing Muses.)

Nick Cave, “These Boots Are Made For Walking”. (not from the acoustic torrent, btw) If I had my way, Nick Cave's next two albums would be all covers, recorded slightly out of key, in an uncertain time signature and probably while drunk. I don't want to say he caterwauls his way through the piece, but I don't want to lie to you and say it's particularly melodious. Where the first three tracks I've posted are good (especially the Folk Implosion one!) this one is just amusing. Oh, Nick Cave. It's because you do things like this that we love you? I'm a particular fan of the “cha cha cha” at the end.

Sebadoh, “Beautiful Friend” (acoustic). Another from the acoustic tracks mega-torrent. (There were 128 songs in the torrent, many of them were even awesome). Posted in honour of Sebadoh and the awesome show they put on Friday night that I wasn't planning to go to but am so very glad I did.

...with the Sebadoh and the Throwing Muses girls and the fact that most of the songs in the 128-song torrent were recorded before 1997 (the torrent also includes stuff from Bully and the Breeders...), I've been rocking the early 90s alt/indie scene this weekend. Last weekend I was on an 80s-Bruce Cockburn kick (yay for angry folk songs about how the IMF are a bunch of “dirty motherfuckers”!), this weekend it's early 90s... next weekend who knows where I'll be?
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EELS - Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover (Sophie B. Hawkins cover) -- I first heard this song performed live by David Usher at a White Ribbon benefit show. The original is lots of fun, but this one has that extra special something.

Quartette - This She Knows -- folk/country, a quiet song about a quiet woman who's led a quiet life. It's alternately beautiful and heartbreaking.

Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees (live) -- I was toying with the idea of making a Peter Petrelli fanmix for the part of the series when he goes down to Texas, but it went in about six different directions, depending on how my day was going. There were hero-songs, walking-bravely-into-destiny songs, that kind of thing. There were also a few that I'd added that I wasn't sure how to classify, until I realized they were songs that I'd like to hear at least one more time before I died. This song was in that last pile.

The Polyphonic Spree - Section 12 (Hold Me Now) -- I really really like this song. It has everything I love: big pianos, choral bits, a horn section... yes. And it's a happy song. *runs off to have this song's babies*

Arab Strap - You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC cover, duh) -- The only thing you really need to know about this track is that Arab Strap is a Scottish indie-folk band. If you need further convincing, it's a live track, there are ironic strings on one of the chorus repeats and the lyrics are carefully enunciated around a delightfully thick brogue.

EDIT: just came across a vaguely terrifying cover of Take Me Out. It comes out kind of Man Man-ish. Give it a listen and let me know what you think: Guillemots - Take Me Out.
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Oh, Supernatural. It's the first ep I've seen live (ie, not downloaded and watched three weeks later) since October and you're giving me lovely SPN crack. ♥. I love my crack. *snuggles Dean and Sammy*

Now, if only I could find that shirt to wear to the Dance Cave. Rarrrrrgh.

ETA: [ profile] serrico! That Muse song! Was playing in Ellen's roadhouse! Way to kill the angst, show.

ETA2: ... and The L-Word is on right after SPN. Score!
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Saw Children of Men tonight, and it was quite good. The sound design was nothing short of fucking amazing, and it looked fantastic. Michael Caine's performance was worth the price of admission alone. (Especially the scene with "Life in a Glass House"). The music choices were incredible. The rest of the performances were equally good. The most unexpected part of the film was its humour. I guess I went into the movie figuring that it was going to be another dystopic film where the survivors of humanity would face their collective fate with uniform nihilism, except for the few heroes who were able to Save! The! World! from despair. It's not that movie. It's funny, it's touching, and it could have been a good half-hour longer and still have had the same impact. I certainly wasn't expecting to laugh quite as much as I did, but I'm also pretty sure it won't be quite as funny the next time I see it (just because I'll be looking around the jokes to see what else is there).

I know for sure that I want to see it again, to spend more time with the cinematography, the sound design, the actors, everything in the film, including the complex and sophisticated politics of the film. There are some pretty tricky things going on with race, revolution/activism and genre. It'll be quite fun working out how it relates to a film like 28 Days Later, which is a lot simpler (ideologically speaking) than this one, but has a lot of similarities. They're both set in England, there're both set after a catastrophic world event, and both focus on a small group of survivors (composed of a white man, a black woman and a white parental figure) who are trying to survive. Both films' treatment of the military is quite pessimistic. But where the zombie movie relies mostly on the zombies for its chills, it's the ideologies present in Children of Men that make the film particularly disturbing. That's not to say Curaron doesn't include some truly chilling visuals, too... in fact, he includes shots of calves and a kitten, but doesn't have any of his characters exposit that the animals can procreate, but humans can't. There's a lot of texture - visual texture - in the film, little hints of what the world has become, but is smart enough to leave that to our imaginations. Why are there piles of burning horse (or cow?) carcasses in that field? The image on its own looks like the pictures of the cattle that had to be destroyed because of mad cow disease, so is that still a concern 20 years in the future? Or is it something else? Did the farmers die and there was no one to take the herd? Infinite possibilities of what happened, and they don't collapse those possibilities (thankfully). It's creepier that way.

Also awesome was the scene with Guernica. There are so many little touches and details that I could rave about the little niggly bits and never mention the actual plot of the film at all. You know what's better? Seeing it for yourself. Go on!

Excellent film. Highly recommended.

music post! )
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Here's how it was: [ profile] aoshi and I spent an hour on a grey afternoon back in September tossing back and forth good character songs for our dear Firefly friends. I took notes, and promised to post the mix direct as I got home.

Some of our more astute readers may notice that it is, in fact, December. A good three months after this post was supposed to happen. *is ashamed*

There's a song for the nine main characters, two for the ship (one from the ship's POV and one from the characters' POV) and one for Saffron (because we wouldn't have it any other way). The working title for the mix was "The Over-Literal Firefly Mix", and you'd be right in guessing there isn't much subtlety in the songs. But that's part of the fun! I tried a few different track listings, but decided that more-or-less in credits order worked just fine.

Without further adieu, I present...

Keep Flying: A Fun Little Firefly Mix by [ profile] aoshi and [ profile] naturelf

sendspace'd: zip file, 12 tracks, 49.9MB OR click for track list and individual files )
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Psychostick is funny. If the Arrogant Worms were less Canadian, 20-somethings and metalheads, they'd sound like Psychostick. Decide for yourself. I like "Why, Oh, Why" the best. "BEER" is good, too (their "Me Like Hockey", all caveman-like but then they scream the chorus, which goes "Beer is good! And stuff!"... there's totally a Dick Casablancas vid there somewhere). "Two-Ton Paperweight" is their "Horizon", but with more screaming and swearing and Satan.

Other great titles: "Return of The Death Burger", "I Hate Doing Laundry", "Largiloquent Dithyramb" and "Lizard Sphere X". And the last track? Is 20 minutes of outtakes!
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