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Hail the Villain

Posted on 21 February 2012 by Thraxxus

A friend of mine posted these guys on Facebook. I used to be into metal quite a bit, then after the 90s quite a bit of it started to blend together for me, and I sort of lost interest. I guess the lack of creativity is what got me. What grabbed me with these guys is the visual they throw down with their music – their video has purpose – meaning the lyrics might have actually been thought out instead of random screaming. Either way – I really liked it. Consequently I am sharing this video with you. The band is called Hail The Villain, oddly something my son likes to do with any movie or show we watch.

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Whitney

Posted on 12 February 2012 by Thraxxus

Whitney Houston died. She was 48. She is considered by many to be one of the most talented singers in the last 30 years. Her death, albeit tragic, was expected. Whitney was a drug addict. She and her husband, Bobby Brown – a real piece of work, got heavily into drugs in the 90s and never had a chance to fully recover. At present nobody actually knows how she died as the present status is “Cause of Death Unknown” – however, sadly, people are already assuming that it was drug related. Why? Whitney’s history.

Whitney came to musical fame in the 80s and went strong into the 90s, petering off a bit after the turn of the century. Many believe that she helped forge the path for the modern day Diva, she and Madonna that is. Madonna took the edgy, sexually empowered direction, whereas Whitney went with strong vocals and an almost pristine persona. Oddly enough it was actually Whitney who ran along the dark side over Madonna. Whitney liked to party – period. She liked partying and everything that it included. In effect her form of escapism was partying based drug use. The real tragedy is the drug use stepped outside the party scene for Whitney, as it has so many before her, and became routine.

Regardless of what the cause of death was (her closest friends are talking about stress), we can only expect her historical significance for the musical world to be tarnished in much the same fashion as some super athletes are by steroid use. Whitney was amazing, no doubt of that, but when talked about people will be compelled to say things like “Whitney Houston sure had an amazing voice, tragic she was a drug addict.” Somehow her amazing skills have been forever marred by her drug use – but why? Consider other great musicians that have died from drug use, it is always the same. “Jim Morrison, amazing singer, real power house, too bad he was a drug addict.” Rinse repeat.

So what don’t musicians get? Drugs will be offered to you on tour, it is a fact of life. You will party. However, what is it that causes these people to forget what drugs really do to you – that being that they kill you. As so many before you have proven, drug use leads to ruin – and a forever marring of your legacy. Is it worth it? If Mass Media really wants to help, which they won’t, then instead of blasting Whitney, as they have so many before her, they will use her as an example of fallen greatness, and how to avoid following her. The Media can focus on the causes, sources, what to avoid, how to get help and many other positive things – I doubt they will though. Instead they will do as they have done so often in the past – make money off of bashing.

To prove that Whitney was awesome I have supplied you with one of the best ever renditions of the National Anthem.

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OWS Song

Posted on 30 November 2011 by scanjack

It’s a little bit funny this occupy outside
I’m not one of those who can wear hide
I don’t have no money ’cause Mom’s wallet she hid
I’d really like Dad’s tent back where we both could live

If I was a banker, but then again, no
Or a man who makes profits by selling this blow
I know it’s not much and not the best I can do
My gift is my song and this one’s for you

And you can tell everybody you occupied this song
It may be quite stupid but now that the pepper spray is done
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re on the dole

Gitmo Nation

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Superhero Movie Theme Songs

Posted on 22 July 2011 by Thraxxus

This is a fan video made by someone who really does get the idea behind theme songs. The basic message in this film is that a good theme song matters, and that Superman easily has the most memorable one ever made – John Williams anyone? Oh, and the video is hysterical.

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Music – Why buy it?

Posted on 22 April 2011 by Thraxxus

I love music, all kinds, pretty much everything except for modern rap (granted a few bits by Eminem are cool) and country, which makes me want to vomit. I collect what many would call heavy music – Classical and Opera/Choral. I know, I know – old grumpy grandpa man! Collections and tastes aside I have been spending quite a bit of time looking at the music industry as of late not from a who is doing what sort of perspective but rather from a delivery platform perspective. How do you get your music? Do you buy it in traditional CD format – amusing that we call that traditional now. Perhaps you collect old LPs? Maybe you have an iPod and buy your songs individually off of the Apple Store? Maybe you use file sharing on the interwebs (btw this is cool stuff, is considered pirating, and will put you in the position to download a virus very quickly)?

No matter how you get your musical fix now I plan to tell you how you should get it in the future. The method I suggest works only if you don’t want a specific song at your beckon call at all times –  if you want that I suggest you go buy it from the Apple store. The slightly more arduous way to listen to a particular song, and the way that I do it, is to go to youtube and search for it. Amusingly enough it turns out that this is the most popular use for youtube now – listening to music – as youtube has a built in system for creating playlists. Cool stuff and I practically live on youtube listening to music when I am not doing what I am about to talk about: streaming.

There are many music delivery platforms that all utilize what is known as streaming – if you don’t know what streaming is then you probably don’t use the interwebs at all. So where to stream from and why? Here is a brief list via google – only 125 million results. There are a few big options that I like but one in particular that I suck with.

  1. Grooveshark is a cool service with a very simple interface – catch is they don’t have a huge selection of music types. their name implies a more modern grouping of music and thus that is what they focus on with one throw to Classical. In fact they have only 6 default stations in the mix which seems a bit light to me. Classical, Rock, Indie, Rap, Pop and Electronica. I give them kudos for their easy interface and alarming quick to connect streaming – you click a button and the music just starts – most systems have at least a few seconds of load time. Their playback list on the bottom of the screen is nice as well. Grooveshark alos let’s you search for music and create simple stations around your likes.
  2. Pandora is the system I started with way back when nobody knew who they were and they were still in beta. Their system is all about your making the station – period. In fact I don’t think that they have their own built in stations.  Pandora is all you all the time. Basically you enter in a song or group and Pandora makes suggestions on like minded music and slowly creates a tailored list for you by you flagging music you liked or didn’t like. After a while you end up with a music profile if you will. Drawback? Getting pigeonholed. My suggestion is to flag music sparingly – unless you really love something or really hate something just leave it alone. Sometimes Pandora also goes off the rails and delivers music that is NOTHING like what you wanted. No idea why this happens but it does, just go with it.
  3. Slacker is now my streaming music channel of choice – granted my friend is the technical dude behind the entire project, but that actually didn’t persuade me in any fashion as I was using Slacker before I even knew that he was. Call it Serendipity. The reason I like Slacker over the other two is that it is really the bastard child of them but much more. There are an amazing amount of pre-made channels, 17,  to select from and each one of those channels has more specific sub channels – the Alternative channel has 14 sub stations. This all sounds glorious but it gets better! You can also make an endless supply of your own stations. They also have many other features such as album viewing, artist look up etc that you can use. The one tragedy to these guys is that they apparently made a mobile device to serve up their service that failed miserably – however I believe you can download their app on other mobile devices carrying along with it your online profile. Good stuff.

In closing – why would you buy music at all? Yes artists will get bent with me here as that is how they make a living, so if you want to support the musical arts monetarily speaking then, yea, you can buy music. If you want to just mindlessly listen to music at work? I would go with streaming – unless of course you can’t do that at work, in which case I pity you.

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Interesting Spam – Rhythm Tree Radio

Posted on 06 July 2010 by Thraxxus

Our SPAM filter for Blinkinblogs works much akin to a giant fish net catching all the tasty little SPAM chunks thrown at our site via the comments section. Each and every day this handy dandy little SPAM filter grabs the morsels and I read each and every one every single day. Why you ask? Occasionally I come across one that could almost pass as not being SPAM which I find to be a fun share for the BB reading community. In fact I used to list the best of the SPAM posts for a month in a write up with commentary but we started getting so much that it would be a nightmare to share them all. So without further ado here is the one I enjoyed recently.

“Hi, i heard your blog in the 3 am radioshow on RhythmTreeRadio New Jersey, these people produced a show about running a blog and web 2.0. Just after that radio show i’ll try to sally to your postage about I-69 International Highway | Blinkinblogs. Superb post mate! I hits the point – Its beneficial to find simply only one post writer out of a lot i study which is familiar with what he is publishing about! Stay on your way.”

Enigma did some digging and found that the reference to RhythmTreeRadio is in reference to a real station – albeit online on live365.com. The amusing part is that there really is no way that BB was talked about on that show as it has nothing to do with what we talk about on BB. Apparently they stream music as they have a DJ that does rhythm and what not. With even more digging here I found this comment:

Broadcaster Comments

Oh well the worlds financial problems are also hitting RhythmTree Radio. With the fall in the dollar to the pound the station has become very expensive to run as a private individual. It costs $75 a month to host the stream from Live 365 and this was a good price back when the dollar was almost 2:1 to the £. Things have changed and it is no longer possible to keep going without any other funding. RhythmTree does not attract many Radio 365 VIP listeners so income from them is almost zero. It has always been the policy of the station to be free for both musicians who contribute their music and for listeners to have an advertisement free stream. Please keep listening as there are a few weeks left of funding. Thanks for listening in. Gerry AKA Cyberdidg If you would like to support RhythmTree Radio with a donation please eMail. If enough of you do this to keep the station going for at least another year I will send out an eMail with a PayPal donation button. Please eMail rhythmtree@me.com with DONATE in the subject panel.”

It seems their attempts at SPAM aren’t working out for them. Tragic – I enjoy a good try.

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Dr. Demento Show – R.I.P.

Posted on 22 June 2010 by Thraxxus

Back in 1970 a new radio show came out called the Dr. Demento show. I was a little too young to get into it when released, having not been borne yet, however I was made familiar with the sounds of Demento later on in my childhood. In fact in a High School English class I even used one of Demento’s songs as a class project – They are Coming to Take Me Away. Dr. Demento’s radio show is now off the air not having the support of the station target demographic any longer. That said he has taken his show to the web which apparently makes him happy.

What is little known, at least I had no clue, was Weird Al Yankovic apparently owes his success to Demento as Demento introduced Al to the world when Al was just 16 years old. I have included a video of Al here.

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A Capella AWESOMENESS

Posted on 19 May 2010 by Thraxxus

Pay close attention to this – there are only drums.

Van Canto – and the comments are a must read.

There appears to be some debate over their lyrics though, and thus this kind fellow was nice enough to illustrate them for us.

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Put It in Your Mouth – Lyrics to Live By

Posted on 30 March 2010 by Thraxxus

There is nothing wrong with our society! The lyrics of this very popular song prove that.

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Intro:
my baby left me, left me sad and blue
I didn’t know what to do
and then I met his best friend
and he took me to his house
and I said…I said…
(what you said baby) let me tell you what I said
Put it in my mouth
She said put it in her mouth
I said my muthafuckin mouth
I mean her muthafuckin mouth
Put it in my mouth
She said put it in her mouth
my muthafuckin mouth

Verse
You wanna go down why not
I be like Herbie and han you a cock
and tell you that my name is AK
get on your kness, make like the breeze begin to blow
but dont give me no Ralph Loren grin
if your not down to go low >deep in my mouth
I’m all about mouth fuckin
only if you down for dick suckin
if not, be chair and a beer…keep truckin
and fuck chap sticks
I’m comin ashy as hell, wit chapped dicks
for your chapped ass lips >down in my mouth
creamin your teeth like dentists as Im rubbin them
with an erection like injections
fuck it I be druggin them
numbing up your tonsils
like ambesol anesthetic
cummin down your throat like chloraseptic no time for
apologin..girlfriend if you…..
swallowin{gurgle}….gagolin
I’m givin bitches permanent beers
put your lips here
and catch these damn facial hairs in your mouth

Put it in my mouth
Put it in your mouth
I said my muthafuckin mouth
I said your muthafuckin mouth
or you can just eat me out
or I can just eat you out
you can eat me out
yeah, whats that all about
Now you can lick it, you can sip it, you can taste it
I’m talkin every drip-drop, don’t you waste it
baby, slurp it up, its enough to fill your cup
its finger lickin good
and Im wishin it would
go down kinda slow or even fast
I’m always sprung once I feel your tongue
In the crack of my ass, just eatin me-nigga
goin out like that boy you pack such a tasty treat
and you can e a t m e o u t
but put it your my mouth
put it in your mouth
I said your muthafuckin mouth
I said your muthafuckin mouth
and you could just eat me out
what do ya choose to lick
you could eat me out
pussy or dick?
put it in your mouth
people through out the world
I said your muthafuckin mouth
man it’s your pick
put it in my mouth
what do ya choose to lick
put it in my mouth
pussy or dick?
I said my muthafuckin mouth
people through out the world
just put it in my mouth
yeah it’s your pick
muthafuckin mouth
what do you wanna lick
and you could just eat me out
pussy or dick?
in my mouth
people through out the world
put it in my mouth
its..your..pick..hah
baby-baby in my mouth
its your pick..pick
let me go down
uhh, uhh
people through out the world

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Monday Cheer Up

Posted on 22 March 2010 by Five0ClockCharlie

So right about now its a little after noon central time and most likely you need a pick me up. Why you might ask. Well because Mondays SUCK… You get yelled at for not finishing something last week. Your mountain of work keeps getting bigger and you are provided less and less equipment to clime it. Thus the video below is dedicated to all you working men who are forced into the only legal form of slavery….. marriage….. and in turn are forced to bring home the bacon.   FOR THIS I SALUTE YOU. Turn up your speakers and close your office door. AND ENJOY

PS Not all cats are evil 😉

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Pretty Much How I See Rap Now.

Posted on 08 March 2010 by Thraxxus

This song is clearly, uhh… great. Yeah. That said, it is also basically how I hear Rap now. I grew up when Rap had a message – stuff about the hard life of the inner city and such, now it just sucks. When I listened to rap sampling someone was taboo, you just didn’t do it. Take Vanilla Ice – the man who ripped of Queen – that move basically destroyed his career. Now Rappers brag about how many people they have “sampled”. What a joke.

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Ponies doing show tunes WHY GOD WHY

Posted on 23 February 2010 by Five0ClockCharlie

Just wanted to share this awful thing with the world I hope you enjoy it.

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Tim Minchin – Intellectual Humor

Posted on 19 February 2010 by Thraxxus

I only recently heard of this guy and I am already a huge fan. He strikes a chord with my beliefs, can convey them in a fun light, and does both of those with comical music. Fantastic.

AND

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E.S. Posthumus

Posted on 14 December 2009 by Thraxxus

If you have never heard of them that is tragic, if you have seen a movie in the last ten years then you have most likely heard their work. They are epic to be sure and have been in many films such as Boondock Saints, The Matrix, and Constantine. I have supplied a simple piece called Ebla. Enjoy it, with earphones on, LOUD.

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Yep He Says it all

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

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Why Music Matters

Posted on 20 October 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

Being a band geek this is an amazing speach

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More sad news from across the rainbow

Posted on 17 September 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

‘Reading Rainbow’ Reaches Its Final Chapter

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Bobby McFerrin is a freakin STUD

Posted on 26 August 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale.  If you would like to view the whole video please follow THIS link.

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A Bit of Me

Posted on 25 May 2009 by Thraxxus

Granted, this is a Hollywood rendition of events that never actually took place. That said I really wish that in some way I was as gifted as Hollywood portrays Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart to be, as I believe that he was. I have always felt that this scene is Hollywood at its finest.

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Hey?! What Happened To The Swine Flu?

Posted on 19 May 2009 by guybehindtheguy

Look people… Weren’t hundreds of thousands of us supposed to be dead by now? Yeah-yeah, there are little news blurbs here and there, but let’s think about this. If… If the Swine Flu was so contagious and life threatening I would have expected to be boarded up in my house right now shooting mutants “Resident Evil” style.

Please someone tell me it is too early to hang up my hopes of a global appocalypse spawned by a ravaging disease…

Wait I think I just found an infected one… WTF is that??? Did Hilary go to Mexico, get pimped slapped by her man, or is that just a really, really awful picture?
Hilary – you’re still my girl!
alien hilary

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Hasselhoff for Halen

Posted on 12 May 2009 by Thraxxus

Since Halen was nice enough to share a video with us, I have responded with this present. Happy Tuesday Halen.

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Thanks to Halen for this!

Posted on 11 May 2009 by Thraxxus

Blew me away. Take the 5 minutes to watch –  you will see a dog meow.

Thanks Halen, you are awesome in my book.

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Redneck Woman

Posted on 11 May 2009 by Thraxxus

Someone please tell me if this is a real song or some sick form of mockery.

The lyrics are priceless btw.

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Carmina Burana – Carl Orff

Posted on 09 May 2009 by Thraxxus

I Never use the word perfect to describe anything as I believe in the Japanese theory that we may spend our lives to understand perfection wtihout ever actually becoming it. In other words to attain perfection one must first understand what perfection is, and humans are imperfect by definition and thus are incapable of the realization of perfection. That aside, there are likewise few pieces of music that encompass so many facets of the musical world that they wield the energy to change the very fabric of music as we may have known, supplying a new universe of music so profound that we find ourselves caught in the moment, perhaps for just a brief instant being shown the light of perfection – even though we may not understand that is what we have be enlightened to witness.

Carl Orff was a composer who actually created a new school of music whereby he combined traditional Orchestral Music with Choral sounds that merged into a new emotional moving, and sometimes cripling, form of sound. Many argue that the combination of choral and orchestral existed long before Carl Orff, and they are correct, but it is Orff’s emotional grasp on the listener that makes him so exceptional, and so copied. Carl Orff’s style became the cornerstone to what most of us are now familiar with hearing as backdrop music to so many amazing Hollywood blockbusters, and amazing soundtracks. Basil Poledouris, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and James Horner are just a few of the composers who have been affected by Orff’s musical universe. 

The piece I show you now is a piece that I have no doubt you will have heard some of before. Carmina Burana, more specifically O Fortuna, is a piece that has been used thousands of times in countless videos, movies (Excalibur), video games, and commercials due to the emotional effect it has on the listener.  The writer Mercedes Lackey once said that the difference between a singer and a bard is the singer sings music, the bard makes a person feel music. Carl Orff is the definition of Bard regarding composers.

There are few pieces of music that can rival the strength of this piece, performed here, in the entirety, by the UC Davis Symphony, the University Chorus and Alumni Chorus and the Pacific Boychoir – The one that springs to mind is argueably one of the only pieces that has been used more that O Fortuna: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony – Ode to Joy. I have gifted you with a sample of that as well. 

Take the time to listen to both – allow yourself a chance to glimpse perfection.

Carmina Burana

 

O Fortuna used in Excalibur

 

Ode to Joy – Conducted by Bernstein

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6 Feet from the Edge

Posted on 29 March 2009 by Thraxxus

I have woken up with this damn song stuck in my head several times now. Consequently I am going to stick it in your head. Fuggin Creed.

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