Let’s kick it old school shall we? No fancy lists, hooks, Justin Bieber references today – just a good old fashioned post about a song I cannot stop listening to. Oh Wonder is songwriting duo Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht, and together they make sparkling, etherial, entrancing music. Their self-titled debut was released in September, and trust me, it’s goooood.
But in an effort to stay to true to my roots, let me draw your attention to one song in particular – Drive.
I feel like if there was a feelings equivalent of onomatopoeia this song is it. Titled “Drive” and with lyrics that talk about driving, it instantly gives that “on the road” feeling (no ties to Kerouac). And in case you hadn’t heard of Oh Wonder until now, I’d say this is a pretty good crash course in their overall sound – soft, gentle melody, rolling rhythms and a building chorus. I mean really – what else can you want?
Great news internet! One of my favorite music series is back in action – A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover, where artists of all genres stop by the A.V. Club offices and choose a song from a pre-selected list to cover. This year’s series kicks off with one of my personal favorites, and a veteran of the series – Punch Brothers. A few years ago, the boys and their strings set a bar that has yet to be matched (IMHO) when they covered Cars, and now they’re back – this time taking on The Strokes’ Repitlia.
Now – it’s worth noting (as A.V. Club rightfully does), that PB have already covered this song, but that doesn’t make their arrangement any less kick ass. If you’re not familiar with the Punch Brothers, you should know that each and every one of them is about a billion times more talented than you are, and Chris Thile loves to make weird faces while he crushes the mandolin. And hopefully after this you will have a strong desire to become more familiar with them.
So welcome back Undercover! I can’t wait to see what other treasures this year’s series has in store for us.
Look the week is basically over. In fact, if you’re on the East Coast, it is over. But before you get your weekend pippity poppin’, do yourself a favor and watch the final round from last night’s episode of Lip Sync Battle. Everyone’s favorite dreamboat and executive producer John Krasinski, takes on future auteur, Pitch Perfect 2 boss, and Twitter queen Anna Kendrick. Let me give you a list of the highlights in no particular order:
- Tear away clothes
- Hilarious height discrepency
- John Krasinski in drag
- A slideshow of Emily Blunt’s face
- Hands free microphones
- Jennifer Lopez serving
- LL Cool J & Chrissy Teigen (yeah I know they’re in every ep, but whatever, it’s the most baller host combo ever
- Anna Kendrick looking absurdly hot and being like, a really good dancer
So Happy Friday! Now watch these goddamn videos.
Yes you read right, THE Strong Bad, of homestarrunner.com fame, is back. Joined by none other than Coach Z to deliver us, the peorple, a new “number one jam.” And boy do they deliver. “Fish Eye” is everything you need in a weekend banger – rap, gratuitous booty shots, old timey jazz, you name it! I almost feel a bit of sacrilege posting the YouTube embed, as it takes away from the fun of trying to click every possible area of the screen to find the easter eggs, waiting around staring at your screen hoping for additional footage (spoiler alert: it’s the best part of the video) – but regardless, here it is. Now if only I had the ability to summon a cieling pizza…
Really, there was no way this performance video wasn’t going to be incredible. Let’s look at the ingredients of this magical and wonderful musical layer cake:
1) The Blogoteque – One of the OGs when it comes to cool and unique performance session videos, no one really does it better
2) Paris – The acoustics in this old chapel (Saint-Saturnin Chapel, Fontainebleau Castle) are incredible, and the setting is absolutely stunning (especially when they move up to the roof)
3) That Badass Silver Upright Bass – No need for elaboration on this one.
4) Jack White – Let’s be honest, the man is in his prime right now. From demolishing vinyl sales, to being totally unimpressed by sports, to his fantastic arrangements, it seems that there is nothing Jack white can’t do.
So – take it all in, friends, and enjoy.
Dear Katy Perry,
Today a friend instructed me to listen to your new single “This Is How We Do.” Seeing as this friend and I almost always see eye to eye on all things pop, I happily obliged. While I am sure that I will end up singing this song ad naseum for the next few months – upon reaching the end of the track, I found myself with more than a few questions for you in regards to this song. I would be more than grateful if you are able to provide me with answers to any of the below:
1) First and foremost – is this really how you do?
2) What exactly do you mean by “all my girls vintage Chanel baby?” Are your girls vintage? Are they Chanel babies? Please clarify.
3) Just so we’re all on the same page – you know you’re a white girl, right? Like, dated and collaborated with John Mayer white.
4) What exactly is “no big deal”? The song? Your life? The various popsicles featured in the video?
5) Could you please elaborate on how you, Katy Perry, “straight stunt?” Gymnastics? Shooting hooops? Driving cars off of cliffs?
6) No question, just wanted to give props for somehow working in La Super Rica into a song. (Side note: Now I wantttt itttttt)
7) Have you yourself ever used rent money to pay for bottle service?
8) Who was this song written for originally?
9) Are you absoultely, positively sure you would like the beat back?
10) And finally, where can a girl get a pair of those pizza earrings???
Your timely response is greatly appreciated.
By now you have probably seen the new video for Jenny Lewis’s latest single “Just One of the Guys” from her forthcoming album “The Voyager.” It stars Jenny Lewis, Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson and Kristen Stewart alternating between white suits with pretty/punk-rock hair and makeup and full Adidas jumpsuits with flat brims and mustaches. The video is pretty run of the mill aside from it’s all star cast goofing around and pretending to play intstruments, but there was one thing that struck me: Kristen Stewart. Is it just me or she actually acting in this? And well! She’s almost, dare I say, funny? Of course, this is only while she’s in her “guy” look – as a lady she’s her usual pouty old self.
So props to you Kristen Stewart for making me chuckle. Perhaps you missed your calling as the hilariously douche-y dude in a Disney channel original sitcom.
Shout out to Death and Taxes for this one.
Bet ya thought that the voice of the OS in Spike Jonze’s Her couldn’t get any sexier. Bet ya thought the voice could never be a hunk. Well, ya thought wrong…ya dingus. Swap out ScarJo and replace her with lil Stevie Brule, and you get a hilarious version of the Her trailer. Personally, I would be willing to watch the entire film again with Dr. Brule as the OS, wouldn’t you?
DENNY GET ME SOME CHIPS.
Okay bear with me, there is A LOT going on here. BUT, it’s a lot of totally extreme awesomeness.
First and foremost, this is a mashup of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” with some Chumba Wumba thrown in for good measure. While I’m not 1000% sure that the two songs completely mesh together, they work well enough, and the Chumba Wumba is, of course, an amazing addition.
We could stop there. A good mashup is worthy of a post. And this one is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
But we can’t stop there. This video is just…too good. First of all, in case you forgot (like I had), the video for Never Gonna Give You Up is one of the greatest videos of all time. From Rick Astley surprising you with his cherubic face to all the dancers breaking it down 1987 style, it’s all that is right with music videos. But then, then it gets SO. MUCH. BETTER. What’s that? A super cut of the some of the greatest dance sequences from Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Michael, and Saturday Night Fever? WITH TURK DOING THE SAFTEY DANCE?!?!? Ugh. I’m actually dead right now from joy. I’m writing this to you from the grave. I have been murdered by fancy footwork.
But seriously, just watch the damn thing. And don’t just listen, WATCH. You can thank me later.
PS – I feel like this should probably be called “Never Gonna Wake Me Up,” right?