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I know I've seen this before (many years ago), but we watched it tonight, and I have comments! Read more... )
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We've been recording Almost Human for a while and just got around to watching it. Just saw the third episode, the one with the hostage crisis. THERE'S A SHOUTOUT TO ELTON JOHN THAT MADE ME SQUEE UNCONTROLLABLY!!!!! *dances happily and throws confetti madly*
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So we're watching Mohabbatein, which was recommended to us, and also stars a couple of our favorite actors--TODS is an admirer of Amitabh Bachchan, and we both like Sharukh Khan. weird trivia tidbit--no spoilers! )
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There were only sixteen songvids at REVELcon this year, but there were a lot of really good ones!
Read more... )
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So, I have to thank [ profile] eldritchhobbit for suggesting Person of Interest - we've been watching it from the beginning and thoroughly enjoy it. TODS says that Finch is his favorite character on TV these days, and I can certainly see why.

Various thinkings: ficlet rec, inanppropriate songvid idea, omg fanservice )
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There was an exciting news story a little while ago about the finding of the HMS Investigator, the ship that was sent out in the mid-1850's to try to find what became of Franklin, who was looking for the Northwest Passage:

In honor of this event, a song!

click for link to song, plus lyrics )
amedia: (Tin Man - Cain as Indiana Jones)
Holy crap! *points to subject line*

TODS is napping to the friendly noise of some game or other while I dink around on the computer, and I suddenly heard this familiar melody and began picturing the battered old formerly-yellow brick road, with "scene selection" and "setup" floating under it.

I don't mean that ESPN was playing it - like how you sometimes hear the Brisco County theme as a sporting event theme song - rather, it was being played by one of the college bands in the background as one of their random music-during-the-game moments. They've since switched back to the Imperial March (Darth Vader's theme) from Star Wars.
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This week's free song from iTunes can be found here - the link automatically takes you to the iTunes store if you already have iTunes and you can download the song for free.

I meant to post it earlier - new songs come out on Tuesday and the link is only good for a week. It still seems to be working today, though.

The song isn't about the miniseries, but it does use some Oz imagery and it's pretty.
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I think I may have seen this movie a long time ago, but I didn't remember it very well.

I hadn't realized the narrator was Deems Taylor! One of my favorite books when I was growing up was a collection that he edited of retellings of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas with illustrations. His introduction to "Dance of the Hours" was a masterful bit of deadpan.

I enjoyed all the sequences. Some were almost hallucinatory - the "Dance of the Hours" reminded me of nothing so much as the Heffalumps and Woozles sequence in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. (It also had us going, "So that's where the "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" melody comes from!") I adored the little fairies in the Nutcracker Suite, but the "My Little Pony" cuteness of the mythological sequence set to the Pastoral Symphony made it my least favorite. [ profile] metherion was especially interested in the Night on Bald Mountain sequence because the demon who unfolds from the mountain is a character in Kingdom Hearts. And of course, "The Sorceror's Apprentice" is a classic! And I liked the period during the intermission when the orchestra relaxed by jamming in a jazz style.
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One of my favorite songs - Rockapella did the version I heard first, then I learned that the Kingston Trio had done it on one of their early albums so we got that as well.

Back to back
Belly to belly
I don't give a damn 'cause I'm stone dead already, oh--
Back to Back
Belly to belly
It's a Zombie Jamboree!

Anyway, what reminded me of that? Oh, yeah, my students today. I often complain that my early-morning class is JUST DEAD, but you should've seen the afternoon section! At least they got the difference between John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham - I asked them and they said in unison, "BRAINS!" Which is, I suppose, a somewhat unsophisticated way of saying that JSM made the clear distinction between intellectual and physical pleasure, but hey, it was the first enthusiasm they showed all class period.
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The Friday night vid show:

The most-represented fandoms among the vids were Starsky and Hutch, Sentinel, Stargate SG-1, and Supernatural, with a good mix of serious and humorous vids. My favorite was a mixed-universe mixed-pairings vid with a wide range of couples, including Janeway/Chakotay, Fraser/Ray2, Mulder/Scully, Kirk/Spock, and more, with some very clever scenes repeating surprisingly similar actions from different universes, set to the tune of "A Little Less Conversation, a Little More Action" (vid by Gianduja Kiss). I was also very struck by a vid set to Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name Of," also by Gianduja Kiss, depicting violent scenes from La Femme Nikita in a way that managed to combine both horror and beauty. I thought the Sentinel vid "Three Time Loser" by Jamie Ritchey was a particularly interesting Sentinel vid; even though it wound up being slash, the contents of the song enabled the vidder to use usually un-vidded clips of the guys with guest female characters as they reminisced about failed relationships. There were some fun Starsky & Hutch vids – I think Moon's "If I Had a Million Dollars" was my favorite, followed closely by Morgan Logan's "Lovecats." Some of the serious ones, while well done, didn't seem to say anything new or interesting and tended to draw on the same clips; I thought KimberlyFDR's Starsky & Hutch vid "Secret in your Eyes" was a nice introspective change of pace that avoided this problem. Although I could not follow the Supernatural vids, being unfamiliar with the show, I was enchanted by the music for Grif Ink's video "My Son John"; the song was a Celtic-style round entitled "Cannonball" that reminded me of "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye" or "Fighting for Strangers" in content. I thought the group that did the song, Clandestine, must be a very fine professional group I hadn't heard of; we were all astonished to learn that it's a local group and that there was a member at the convention! [ETA: I have since learned that it's BOTH a very fine professional group that has toured internationally AND a homegrown band from Houston. How cool is THAT!]

The Saturday afternoon Pimp-Your-Vids hour:

Next I went to the video room for my two-hour stint. Laurie showed me how to use the video setup, which worked quite logically and easily (much with the yay). For the first hour, I showed the pilot of Heroes, which I have to admit was very interesting and contained at least one surprising moment. Next scheduled was an hour of "Pimp your Favorite Vids." That was fun! Jan, who was leaving for the Supernatural panel, had left instructions to start with a new disk of Supernatural vids. We dutifully watched the first one even though all the Supernatural fans were at the panel, and then I popped it out and we watched what people brought, including some excellent vids by PR Zed, both serious and funny, such as "The Soldiering Life" (Sharpe) a nice romantic Pros vid whose name I have forgotten (something about "I love your this" and "I love your that," with really nice cut selection and timing), and "Bohemian Like Me" (multi). We also saw two vids based on things no one there had seen except Kat, which were therefore kinda hard to follow (the movie "Equilibrium" and the British TV show "Spooks"). Then we saw vids both by, and brought by, oneofarcadia. Hers included a very sweet SG-1 team vid to "Seasons of Love" and a Jack/Daniel vid to "Something to Talk About" (a song that I always identify with Kandy Fong's multi vid from the old days). She also showed some Buffy vids and Forever Knight vids by other folks. I forget who did the Buffy vids, but they were cute and funny. There was a romantic one for Xander to the tune of "Happy Together" showing him with a different girl for every verse, playing ironically against the line "the only one for me is you." The Forever Knight vids, including "Sunglasses at Night," were technically well done but I thought the gimmickiness got in the way of the story. Last, Jamie brought a non-fannish vid by Killa and Tzikeh to "Puttin' on the Ritz." Kandy Fong was there and as I left she was talking with oneofarcadia about options for posting vids online and about Vividcon – it was great to see the very first vidder encouraging a new talent.
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w00t! I got tagged again! Which means I can do this one with Christmas songs this time around. Heh, heh. You have been warned.

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your livejournal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

1. "Over the Hill and Over the Dale" - On this Day Earth Shall Ring, Anne Hills, Cindy Mangsen, Shinobu Sato, et al.
Exquisite take on the voyage of the Three Kings.
2. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" - The Christmas Album, Rockapella
I am such a Rockapella-otaku, I can't help it. I also love their Christmas version of "Glow, Little Glow Worm."
3. "The January Man" - When I See Winter Return, William Pint (rhymes with mint) and Felicia Dale
These people usually do sea songs, but their Christmas album is quite nifty.
4. "Walkin' Round in Women's Underwear" - I am Santa Claus - Bob Rivers & Twisted Christmas
Need I say more?
5. "Exultation" - Wassail! Wassail! Early American Christmas Music, John Langstaff, Jean Ritchie, et al
The album is a nifty mix of styles; this tune is what they call shape-note singing and I love it.
6. "More Wood" - Voices of Winter, Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, Cindy Mangsen
One of those songs that's funnier the truer it is.
7. "Personent Hodie" - Thys Yool, Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
I play this for my Latin students every year. It's a very rousing version; one of my students said it made him want to go out jousting.

If I could pimp only one of these albums, it would be Voices of Winter; I would have a very hard time picking a favorite song. "More Wood" is just the one TODS and I happened to hear late at night on a radio station many years ago, inspiring us to hunt it down and buy the album. Every song is a gem; the individual voices and the harmonies are all amazing. Most of the songs aren't specifically Christmas songs, but rather winter-themed. The same trio also did At the Turning of the Year, which has some beautiful pagan/wiccan tunes like "Solstice Round" and "Away Ye Merry Lasses." I don't recommend it quite as highly; for my tastes there are too many sad songs in a row, and there's one song about a psychopath who kills her boyfriend when she mistakes him for a demon that just doesn't do a lot for the holiday mood.

Anyone who hasn't been tagged by this one yet and wants to do it, go for it!

music meme

Nov. 16th, 2006 10:47 pm
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gacked from [ profile] littlewings04

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your LJ along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

1. Rockapella, Zombie Jamboree
2. Pat Benatar, We Belong
3. E Muzeki, Kashmir
4. Mark Knopfler, Sailing to Philadelphia
5. Mediaeval Baebes, Trovammi Amor
6. Diana Krall, Popsicle Toes
7. Outkast, The Way You Move

By the way, this list would be totally different if I got the meme a week from now - it would be full of Christas/winter songs, the weirder and more obscure the better. But I'm holding back until the day after Thanksgiving, even if the local mall doesn't (grr).

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