April Madness – What’s On My iPod Monday, Apr 5 2010 

Just a quick posting to update you as to what I’m listening to on my iPod at the moment! Some of my picks are popular, some not so much. Hope you find something that YOU like in the process!

Possibility by Lykke Li. This song was played in the movie Twilight Saga: New Moon and I totally fell in love with it. So sombre, so haunting.

Telephone by Lady GaGa FT. Beyonce. Okay okay, everyone is listening to this at the moment. But I love it so much I just had to give it a mention! Plus the video clip is so cool.

Bad Things by Jace Everett. A bloody AMAZING song, this guys voice is pure sex. You may recognize it as the intro theme for the TV series True Blood.

Blue Eyes Blue by Eric Clapton. I have loved this gorgeous song for years and years, and have started playing it again. In my top 10 most loved songs.

Behind Blue Eyes by Limp Bizkit. I guess I’m loving the blue eyes at the moment, huh? But another haunting melody. Everybody knows it as the movie theme for Halle Berry’s Gothika.

More Than Words by Extreme. Relaxes me every time I listen to it. 🙂

American Pie by Don McLean. I couldn’t find an official video, so here’s the best quality clip that I could find!

The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room) by FOTC: Flight Of The Conchords. EPIC EPIC EPIC!

So many good songs out there, both new and old. There’s just nothing better than tuning the world out and getting absorbed into music that you love! Hope you found a gem in there, or found an old fave that you haven’t listened to in ages. Until next time!

More Time Wasters From The Net Wednesday, Mar 3 2010 

Here is a few more things that I have spotted online recently… hope there is something of interest!

An… interesting… advert for a unique travel destination. Sandy Balls… Dontcha just wanna go there now?

My newest playlist add, Speaking A Dead Language by Joy Williams. Beautiful, haunting. Listen here.

An article about one gay man’s experience in the military… read here. Truly an engaging read.

This is kind of silly, but I had a bit of a giggle! A guy pulls a prank on his girlfriend. Watch!

A really cleverly edited video – Buffy The Vampire Slayer vs Twilight! So funny! Sink yours fangs into this!

A smoking, drinking Russian chimp goes to rehab. Yeaaaah… :S Karl Pilkington would LOVE this story!

Okay, that’s all for today kids! I bet you learned nothing but thats ok – I merely do these pieces as time wasters anyhow! Until next time…. 🙂

Music Tidbits Tuesday, Feb 2 2010 

I’m not a muso by anyones standards, but I do know what I like. Music, to me, is something that elicits certain feelings within you, takes you away from yourself, provides a form of escapism. I have plenty of friends who know everything about the musical world, about underground beats, dubstep and the history of all things lyrical. I’m the geek who loves pop and rock and country, but you know what – it makes me happy! So here’s a quick list update of what’s playing on my iPod at the moment!

Taylor Swift – Fifteen

Pearl And The Puppets – Because I Do

Powderfinger – My Happiness

The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Mika – Love Today

Aerosmith – Jaded

David Bowie – Magic Dance

Glee Cast – Don’t Stop Believing

Okay, that’s enough for today! Hopefully there was something in there that YOU enjoyed as much as I.

Wacky From The Web Friday, Jan 29 2010 

Okay, so I admit, when I get bored I often find myself mindlessly watching clips on YouTube. It was on one such occasion where I stumbled across “Garfunkel and Oates” , a two women musical comedic duo.

Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci are quirky young women that have, between them, dabbled in acting, music and stand-up comedy, and have become an online phenomenon. Their 2-to-3 minute videos on YouTube feature self written songs about everything from dating and sex, to duck-love and pregnant women. These two extremely talented women are amazing. I cried with laughter while listening to some of their songs – especially when complimented by the petite Kate playing a ukulele!

Kate has had cameo appearances in shows like Scrubs, Malcolm in the Middle and How I Met Your Mother.

Riki has been in even more shows, and is quite a good little actress (in my opinion). Her credits include roles on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Heroes, The Big Bang Theory, Bones, Criminal Minds, Nip/Tuck, and even roles in a few movies, such as Changeling.

So between the two of them, they are talented little dabblers. But it is their hilarious, self deprecating, bizarre songs that have me hooked. A selection of their songs that I love the most are:

Pregnant Women Are Smug

Me, You And Steve

Silver Lining

They have many, many more songs than just these three, but you can hunt them out yourself! Take the time to have a look – I promise you will have a bit of a chuckle (at least!) over some of their witty lyrics.

Kate and Riki

Flight Of The Conchords Tuesday, Jan 5 2010 

You would have to have been in a coma for the past several years if you didn’t know who Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement are. Either that, or you don’t own a tv, computer, read the news or listen to the radio – and only by accident stumbled across this blog now!

These two dorky comedians make up the band/standup duo Flight Of The Conchords, who moved from NZ to the USA proclaiming themselves to be “Formerly New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo”. 

Bret and Jermaine were flatmates while studying at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and started their later to be infamous “band” in 1998. Through comedic events, and stints at festivals and slots at places like Auckland’s comedy club, they gained a loyal following in their home country and also Australia. In 2007, they moved to America to film their own television series with HBO.

The show was a hit with everyone, worldwide. Despite it’s Kiwi-isms and humour, people seemed to really get it. Bret and Jermaine play fictional versions of themselves in the show – two Kiwi’s trying to make it big in America with their unique (cough cough) band. Throughout the two series, these cringeworthy characters bumble their way through dating mishaps, money problems and lame gigs that always end in hilarity. Each episode is peppered with on-the-spot songs that are so funny, so brilliant and so well done that they have now become some of my top played beats on my iPod to boot. 

Bret and Jermaine are hapless losers – Bret always dressed in his woolly jumpers (which always seem to have animal prints on them), and also the more sensitive and oblivious of the duo. Jermaine is slightly deluded, thinking himself to be cooler than he actually is, and is the most desperate to find a woman. Together they are deadpan, outrageously pathetic and oh so clever. The show is a laugh a minute, especially with Murray the band manager (Rhys Darby) and Mel the obsessed, slightly unhinged fan (Kristen Schaal). 

But the absolute best thing about Flight of the Conchords – of course – is the comedic music. It’s clever, it’s witty, it’s catchy and fun to listen to. Buy the CD’s, or download the singles on iTunes. You will crack up!

Also, both seasons of the series are available to buy – this is definitely one you want in your collection!

Flight Of The Conchords

 

Flight Of The Conchords

 

Flight Of The Conchords

 

Flight Of The Conchords

Music To Mac To Monday, Nov 30 2009 

You know sometimes you hear a really good song and you just love it? You may not like the band, or the rest of the album, but that particular song just absolutely does it for you? Well, thats kind of what happens every time I see a new Mac/Apple ad. They pick the most amazing tracks to advertise their equally amazing products. Some of the music is by unknowns (though that doesn’t last long) and some of it is by the most famous of groups. But either way, they ALWAYS choose gems.

Apple Mac Logo

Here’s a list of some of my top picks from Apple/Mac ads:

Hey Mama by The Black Eyed Peas

Rock Star by N.E.R.D.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet

Vertigo by U2

Feel Good Inc by Gorillaz

Ride by The Vines

Lose Yourself by Eminem

Someday Baby by Bob Dylan

Love Train by Wolfmother

Music Is My Hot Hot Sex by CSS

La La La by The Bird And The Bee

Work That by Mary J. Blige

What I’m Looking For by Brendan Benson

Shut Up And Let Me Go by The Ting Tings

Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Bruises by Chairlift

No You Girls by Franz Ferdinand

If I Had Eyes by Jack Johnson

Mr Pitiful by Matt Costa

She’s Got Me Dancing by Tommy Sparks

New Soul by Yael Naim

Walkie Talkie Man by Steriogram

Technologic by Daft Punk

Take California by The Propellerheads

Okay, that’s my faves, but amazingly there are more. See how bloody eclectic and great their music choice is? Go onto iTunes or Youtube to sample some of this music – see if you like it as much as me!

Well done Apple. Once again, you win the marketing game, hands down.