Link Roundup

This roundup dedicated to sadun who wanted new music to listen to. Thanks for everyone for actually listening to my trash tastes :3

“Hold Up” – Beyonce. Ok yeah yeah, I know I’m late to the Lemonade party, but like I finally watched the videos and honestly, I’m so impressed with the visuals (future writeup forthcoming). Also, I can’t take anything with air horns seriously anymore, so partly sharing it for that.

“Yoshi’s Dinosaur Egg Hunt (Papa Skunk Remix)” – Mochipet. Showed up on Pandora and I was like “omg did they really sample yoshi”

“Conquistador” – Procol Harum. h/t gwenf. I think she’s got a record player maybe because it definitely sounded much warmer when she played it. Nevertheless as someone who only knows of Procol Harum for “Whiter Shade of Pale“, I’m a big fan of this.

“Shot” – Moon Hooch . h/t eurahko. Groovy AF

“music genre: video game” – Seth Everman. A really dumb and amusing musical ditty taking a lot of stuff from classic video game tropes. Speaking of Youtube personalities who do a lot of interesting experiments with music, if you haven’t looked at Andrew Huang’s stuff, you’re severely missing out.

Live Snow White mix – Pogo. Continuing the trend of Youtube musicians, I guess. I’ve talked about Pogo in the past, but he is just so great in this. Definitely a lot more energy and less ethereal spacey quality than his usual mixes (ex. compare his other Snow White mix). Also omg I love his energy as he’s just super jamming out to his own tunes The Black Key’s “Lonely Boy”

Stay musical, my friends.


Link Roundup

“I’m So Sorry” – Imagine Dragons. Very different style from what I’m used to from Imagine Dragons. I’m such a fan of the rockabilly + EDM genre. Fun fact: Avicii’s True is one of the few albums that I can listen to cover to cover.

“Jungle” – XAmbassadors + Jamie Commons. Another really goddang danceable song.

“My Neck, My Back” – Richard Cheese. A Tetazoo song. It’s a cover, but I heard this version first and wow, I’m a fan.

“Ma City” – BTS. The riff at 1:03 really reminds me of Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My MoneyRead More »

DJ Earworm

Cleaned up rant from Zephyr on 12/4/15.Writeup done on 12/14/15 and 8/22/16.

As expected, I’m always about 2 years behind on pop music. I could barely recognize any pop songs from this year’s DJ Earworm remix, but I can definitely recognize more 2014 songs this year and know all of the 2013 ones. (EDIT: 8 months later after sufficient clubbing, I can recognize about a third of the 2015 songs, but am still pretty hard pressed to know names / singers).

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Star Wars Parodies

Idea on 7/29, write up on 8/17. Queued up since then.

This was originally going to be in the Link Roundup, but it became a longer post. As many of you know, I’m a huge Star Wars fan, so when I stumbled upon Bad Lip Reading’s versions of the original trilogy, I was hooked.

The amusing thing is that they put out full songs for a few bits, namely “Bushes of Love” and “Not the Future“. There’s honestly no reason why these songs should be so catchy, but they’re really great.

I think “Bushes of Love” is musically, a better song, but “Not the Future” is so great because it’s honestly just a love song to the entire Star Wars series. Although it’s poking fun at the entire premise of “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, the really observant nature of the teasing (redwoods, the bacta / diaper tank, etc.) definitely give me the sense that the writer likes the series as much as I do.

The production values are also really great. The sight gags are on point (ex. Jabba dancing along, R2 as a little girl, Chewie as a glamorous backup singer, the literal trailer bit with C3PO at the beginning.). Also note that at 1:03 – 1:10, they lip sync a forward and reversed clip of Luke which I’m actually quite surprised that it works.

I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention the other solid Star Wars parodies I know of:

Sorry (not sorry) for fangirling,


Link Roundup

“Big Dater” – Big Data. I really dig those juicy beats and the hilarious artistic use of dialup. Fun fact: I had dialup until April 2011, so this brings back feels for me.

Here’s a nifty sampling example. Rob Dougan’s “Clubbed to Death” (made famous via The Matrix) and Elgar’s “Enigma Variations”. They also claim that Holst’s “Jupiter” is in there, but I’m not sure if I agree with that as much. Also, I found out that one of the French rap groups I like, Sexion D’Assaut totally used “Clubbed to Death” as a backing track once.

“Explode” – Tay Zonday – Part of my childhood experiences, trawling Youtube. Listened to this after finding about his more famous “Chocolate Rain” and the tune has stayed with me for quite a while. There’s also “Chasing Eden” which I really don’t like very much but the way he sings “Tigris and Euphrates” stuck with me for some reason. Thought about Zonday again after rewatching Weezer’s “Pork and Beans“, which now feels like a great time capsule of that era. Also, test how well you remember your memes from 2008 with this puzzle from Mathcamp

Rap God in 40 styles – This is also kind of old, but mostly including it here because I don’t actually recognize all of the styles. The ones that I did, I got a big kick out of. 2Pac, Die Antwoord and Daddy Yankee stood out to me the most. I also kind of wish that Ray Charles and Justin Timberlake actually recorded songs that fast. It probably also says something about me that I recognize more styles for this one

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Sampling Etta James

Idea on 2/26/16, writeup on 8/12/16.

For some reason, Etta James’ song, “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” is extremely popular for sampling. While it’s a really swinging example of R&B, you probably recognize it primarily as the main hook from Aviici’s “Levels“.

However, much like James Brown being dead, this single clip from James seems to be rather popular. Check out Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” and Pretty Lights’ “Finally Moving“.

It’s a bit odd though all of the sample sets take just the initial vocalist part, which completely strips the pretty upbeat dance-y feeling of James’ original song. It turns it into just a power statement – “I get this feeling” – which can then be turned into a reflective song like Pretty Lights or the modern version of dancing a la Aviici.

The sampling fun doesn’t stop there though. I was listening to Pandora and heard Nightmares on Wax’s “You Wish“. “Wait a second”, you might say, “isn’t this just a rip off of “Finally Moving” ? Well, turns out that they are both sampling Judy Clay and William Bell’s duet “Private Number“, thus bringing us full circle back to 1960’s soul music 😀

What are other cool sampling chains that y’all know of? WhoSampled is a great resource, but it’s still much more fun to keep an ear out and figure out the chains yourself 🙂

Finally, I leave you with this classic Skrillex sampling.

Stay musical, my friends.


Link Roundup

“Haunted Dancehall” – Sabres of Paradise – Not much commentary. Just hit at an opportune moment and was really fitting for anger.

“Do you Wanna Date My Avatar” – The Guild – Last listened to this song in like high school. Clyde, the Zephyr chat bot was talking about this and made me remember this. Feels a lot more cringey than I remember. At least Felicia Day is still cool (and I still can’t believe she was targeted by GamerGate). There’s also “Game On” which is ok.

“I Ship It” – parody of I Love It – thinking about fandom culture of the above Guild songs reminded me of this one. I, uh, have definitely been abusing the term “ship” recently. I appreciate this song a lot.

Asians in the Library song – the intro of the above song reminds me of this response song to the Alexandra Wallace racist comments rant. Funny how the news cycle goes in waves – this isn’t really relevant anymore. The singer is related to Freddie Wong of RocketJump fame

It’s My Life” – Село і ЛюдиUkranians singing Bon Jovi???? With some James Bond thrown in there?? I’m confused but it fits well together

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I went to a Live Music Connection event on 3/10. Write-up on 3/11 and 4/30.

The Live Music Connection is such a cool club. Every Thursday night, they have a free live music concert with free food, and host free year-long guitar lessons for anyone in the MIT community. I always wanted to go check out their events, but it took me a while before I could go. One night, the timing finally worked out and I saw the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble perform.

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