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The Top Five Songs of 2006 I Forgot About Last Year

Leading up to our year-end retrospective of the Best Songs of the Year (2007), I thought it might be nice to list the five songs that should have made last year’s list, but didn’t because either a) I’m an idiot, or b) I didn’t get into the song in question until later.  So, in no particular order:

“Empire” – Kasabian

I loved Kasabian’s first record, but for some reason, Empire did nothing for me when I first heard it.  That all changed when I saw the video, which kind of drives home the point of the song: that history repeats itself, that my country could probably learn a thing or two from Kasabian’s home country, etc.

Plus (and I can’t even describe this) it sounds cool like a Kasabian tune should.  You know what I mean, right?  Their songs sound… cool?  Yes.  Exactly.

“Wolf Like Me” – TV On The Radio

Seriously one of my favorite songs now, although I didn’t hear it until it was way too late for last year’s list.  Anyway, it’s about werewolves, plain and simple, though it’s filtered through TV On The Radio’s patented shoegazer-soultronica sound so it sounds at once menacing and fun.  In a perfect world, this would be played at every Halloween party ever.

“Shame For You” – Lily Allen

Spreading your seed all over the town
getting too greedy and messing around:
Oh my gosh you must be joking me
if you think that you’ll be poking me.

It’s not just that she’s that blatant and “out there” with her sexual put-downs, it’s also the fact that she’s singing them in such a sweet, girlish croon.  I’m sort of in love with this woman.  Just a bit.

“White and Nerdy” – “Weird” Al Yankovic

Chamillionaire himself said that Weird Al had flow, and who are we to argue?  The King of Pop culture parody comes back in a big way, and what really works about this tune is the way his rapping skills belie the joke: nerds are now cool.  Eat it, popular kids.

“Ring The Alarm” – Beyonce

Probably the perfect 21st century R&B song – a simple backing track, tension heightened by sirens and sound effects, and one of the best performers of our age singing a song about a woman done wrong.  But wait, there’s more:  in this age of playing-it-safe, here’s Beyonce (arguably the female pop icon) taking a huge risk by singing a song that makes her sound batshit crazy.  She even scream-raps the chorus.  God, she’s good.  I’m kicking myself for not including this song on last year’s list, especially after reading this Village Voice article, which makes my pick for the number one song of 2007, shall we say, ironic.

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Posted by on December 29, 2007 in music, youtube

 

niiice! christmas, day the last: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (or: Better Dead Than Red!) reaches a hasty conclusion

The point is, Rudolph, Cornelius, and Herbie prove themselves to Santa, and Rudolph gets to guide Santa’s sleigh through the storm, and Herbie yoinks the teeth out of the nasty snow beast, and Santa basically becomes a Gorbachevian figure and implements glastnost and perestroika and whatever, maintaining the socialist structure while allowing for some degree of individuality.  More or less. 

I got lost in Xmas shopping and other nonsense, sorry.  I obviously have no follow through.  Anyway, have a merry merry.

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2007 in Niiice!, politics, tv, War on Xmas!

 

niiice! christmas, day four/five/six: “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” (or: Better Dead Than Red!), Part One

Our fourth eggnog-flavored nugget of yuletide cheer is the adorable tale of two free-market idealists born into a drab, socialist system and their desire to break free of the bonds of communism. It’s a cold war story destined to warm your heart. I am, of course, referring to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

I’m kidding. But, I’m only kidding a little. I’ll tell you why after the cut.
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Posted by on December 21, 2007 in Niiice!, nostalgia, politics, tv, War on Xmas!, youtube

 

niiice! christmas/omg fanvids lolz: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”/”Heaven” by Bryan Adams

Whilst putting together my post on “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, one of the most beloved holiday specials of all time ever, I stumbled across the following (choose one: travesty/piece of brilliance). It’s… how do I even say this… it’s an OTP ship* vid for Rudolph and Clarice, set to a cover of “Heaven” by Bryan Adams.  I really, really wish I (choose one: had thought of it/hadn’t seen it at all.)

LunaCavity is responsible for (choose one: crafting this sweet and delicate piece of video gold/coughing this up):

* – OTP ship = “OTP” stands for “one true pairing,” which, among your sadder, nerdier netfolk, means the fictional couple within a genre that is “destined” to be together. Mulder and Scully are OTP, for example. “Ship” stands for “relationship,” so someone who is a Rudolph/Clarice “shipper” is rooting for Rudolph and Clarice to get together and bump reindeer uglies.

 

niiice! christmas, day four/five/six: Wow, how am I going to justify this?

Yeah.  Missed a few days there.  Thing is, it snowed, so there were snowdrifts between me and YouTube.  ‘S true.

Hmmm…

Hmmm…

Hmmm…

I’m tired.  Come back tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

niiice! christmas, day three: “A Muppet Family Christmas” (1987) (or: To Serve Muppets)

We continue our retrospective of beloved holiday entertainments (part one) (part two) with something I just loved to pieces as a small geek.  It’s got Sesame Street Muppets.  It’s got Muppet Muppets.  It’s got Fraggles.  It’s (briefly) got the Muppet Babies.  It is, in short, the ultimate crossover multi-Muppetverse extravaganza.  It’s Justice League-meets-X-Men for the holidays.  It’s “The Five Doctors,” rendered in felt.  

It is A Muppet Family Christmas, and I love it more than Joanie loves Chachi.  That being said, it does raise one or two very interesting ethical questions concerning the dietary habits of our anthropomorphic friends.  The Swedish Chef is looking more and more like a sick mofo’ by the day.  Bork bork bork, indeed. 

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Post-Meridian Radio Players at Pandemonium 12/22

We’ll get back to Christmas specials in a sec, but first, I want to promote something cool my buddy Neil’s doing:

The Post-Meridian Radio Players, Wyrd Enterprises and Blue Sky Red Entertainment will be playing samples of their audio theater projects at Pandemonium Bookstore in Cambridge (http://pandemoniumbooks.com/directions.php) this coming Saturday afternoon at 3 PM.

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