betterPropaganda and weird music videos

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

betterPropaganda Just want to mention this: betterPropaganda’s already excellent website has been improved quite a bit over the past month. I’d say it may now be the best place to listen to indie music, find new favorites, and download mp3s for free. It’s like a quality college radio station without all the dead air, mumbling, and pseudo-intellectual incoherence! Oh wait . . . did I just accidentally say that while the mic was still on?

Here are a few brilliantly weird music videos I’ve seen recently:

You Are Never Alone Watch this video of “You Are Never Alone” by SoCalled (AKA Josh Dolgin). Also try Animal Collective’s “Peacebone” and El Robot Bajo El Agua’s “Marta y Néstor.” And check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this amazing Giovanni Sollima music video directed by Lasse Gjertsen.

Here are a couple of cool videos by some Definitive Jux artists: Aesop Rock’s “None Shall Pass” and, of course, El-P’s “Flyentology” (featuring Trent Reznor).

Here’s a somewhat disturbing YouTube video: Chinese factory workers working *inside* a huge metal press.

And here’s an amusing video for all the moms out there: Anita Renfroe sings “The Mom Song” (or “Momsense”) to the “William Tell Overture.” Quaker Puffed Wheat: Shot From Guns

And speaking of overtures, my dad used to sing/hum Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” . . . but the Quaker Puffed Wheat/Rice version from the 1960s commercial that goes: “This is the cereal that’s shot from guns.” I always enjoyed that. And it’s true; the puffing method for Quaker puffed cereals is called gun puffing.

Also, see David Letterman’s interview of Paris Hilton from September 28, 2007. She went on the Late Show to promote her new perfume and movie but Dave insisted on talking about her time in jail. Comedic uncomfortableness! Here’s a quote from the YouTube comments section, by NeverHighStoner, that sums up what many people think about all this:

The point is that she’s a spoiled pansy socialite that is filthy rich and all she wants is more money. She has no talents whatsoever, and the only reason she’s famous is because she has enough money to get herself noticed. She’s an attention whore, and when she gets caught doing something illegal, she doesn’t want to talk about it. THAT is what is so funny.

And on that note . . . if you didn’t already preorder it, be sure to download Radiohead’s new album In Rainbows today. Is In Rainbows (and the way it’s been released) all about being lost in streams of binary code?

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