Archive for the ‘oddities’ Category

Grammy recap

Monday, February 1st, 2010

I’ll have one in Friday’s GO! Magazine.

Sneak preview: This was the best moment of the night. Actually, this is pretty much all you need to know:

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But come back on Friday and read my recap anyway.

(Thanks, goldenfiddle.)

Happy Palindrome Day!

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

I just read somewhere on the totally reliable Internet that today — 01/02/2010 — is one of only two days this century that is a palindromic number, that is, it reads the same way going forward and backward. Go ahead, go back to the date and see for yourself. I’ll wait.

See? Anyway, if you think I know what the century’s other palindromic date is, you are wrong. I do, however, know a song about palindromes. So here it is, in honor of today:

Three things:

1) Check out that old cardboard CD box Letterman holds up! Man, is that a blast from the past. I used to have those lining the top of the walls of my bedroom like a wallpaper border.

2) Someone really should’ve told John Linnell to stop looking at the camera.

3) They Might Be Giants are aging well. I saw ‘em a ton in the early ’90s, but haven’t listened to ‘em much in the past, oh, 15 years. As a result, they’re one of the few bands I haven’t YouTubed to death. YouTube, of course, is a TMBG treasure trove, featuring videos like this one and this one.

Happy Palindrome Day, nerds. Oh, and Happy New Year, too.

What’s the weirdest thing in this video?

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Below is the incredibly bizarre new video from Charlotte Gainsbourg for her duet with Beck, called “Heaven Can Wait.” Simple question: What do you think is the weirdest thing in this video? The possibilities are endless.

I’ll save my nominations for after y’all have had some time to comment.

Video: Zombies do the “Thriller” dance on the streets of downtown Bend

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

From Thursday night. This is absolutely fantastic.

Thanks to Luke Menasco for passing this along.

There are two other videos from different vantage points here and here. If you can only watch one, though, make sure it’s the one above. It’s the best.

The funniest thing on the Internet (today)

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

You may have seen this one before, but that’s OK. It’s worth watching again.

The Who shreds! They shreds so hard.

Going viral: Kid gets “Low”

Monday, August 31st, 2009

I couldn’t resist. Thank goodness there’s a song in this video so I can sneak it onto this music blog!

As a confirmed ginger myself, this kid’s moves make me very proud. Look for him on the “Today” show soon.

Ween fans = green fans

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Say what you want about Ween’s devoted fans, but they are Earth conscious. I snapped this photo in McKay Park this morning at 9:45 a.m.

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I’ll have a bunch of photos of the band, the crowd and the scenery up later today, so check back!

YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE ROCK! (The High Strung plays Guantanamo Bay)

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Detroit-based garage-pop band The High Strung are faves around Frequency HQ. They’ve played in Bend at Player’s Bar and Grill (read my review here) and the Bend Public Library (where they’ll be again Aug. 19), and they’re always a good time.

They’re also just back from some gigs on the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sounds like the punchline to a joke, right? Well, it’s true, and Vanity Fair has a report written by the brother of drummer Derek Berk right here. My favorite part:

Some of their turnout may have been siphoned off by the presence of another group that had flown in with them. Made up of about eight active-duty armed forces members who earned a slot by submitting … a video of themselves strutting their musical chops, this group travels around in matching outfits, entertaining the troops in exotic locales like Guam, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Belgium. “They’re called USA Express,” Derek said. “Which is probably the worst band name in the world. That’s the best we can do, the all-powerful minds of the U.S. military? Anything would be better than that. The Rangers. The Fighters. Really, anything.”

Again, you should read the whole thing here. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go start a band called The Fighters. We’re going to cover only Belle & Sebastian and G.G. Allin songs.

Bumper sticker of the day

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

We always hear about politicians courting the swing vote. But they ignore the polka vote at their own peril!

Spotted today in the parking lot at Summit High School:

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(Apologies for the lousy cell-phone photo.)