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A few thoughts going into Monday’s Sing-Off Season 4 Finale (this is being written before Monday’s show and does not take into account any of Monday’s performances). Each of the three groups left has a different strength. Vocal Rush has my heart; Ten has my head; Home Free has my ear. Vocal Rush is full of youthful [...]

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I do a horrible job of Sugar Coating my opinions of Futuristic Rock Group “Pentatonix”

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My number 3 and number 2 picks for season 3 of The Sing Off.

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Having eliminated 2 already before broadcast; I give my bottom three of the remaining 6 groups on Season 3 of ‘The Sing-Off’

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I’m really not a fan of reality shows. So of course I feel dirty when I find ones that I get entirely invested in. For the second season in a row I am very actively following “Ths Sing-Off“. The basic premise of the show is competing A capella groups. This season it was 16 groups [...]

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I adore the Kransky Sisters.

More on this when I'm awake

And yes more responses to the meme.

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I came up with one of those questions that is "The lesser of two evils"

I realize that this really won't effect everyone. Some people just don't mind this at all. So I was curious... 'if you had to pick...."

[Poll #1124955]

This has to do with friends singing songs that are fairly well known socially. Disney, Musical, Gaia Pixie (sic), etc.

So, flip a coin if necessary.. but try to find one. Comments on the poll and your opinions are welcome.
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[livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy & [livejournal.com profile] tailerouge -> [livejournal.com profile] tisonlyherself -> [livejournal.com profile] thatcaptjim
[livejournal.com profile] 1_wolfsong
[livejournal.com profile] caliban1227

1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, iPod etc. on shuffle. (MM: all my mp3s)
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
4. Press one more time, and use that for your post's title.

And these are my results )
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From [livejournal.com profile] elocinuala I got a pair of cool shot glasses (one with a tiger) and a potable hot drink mug.
From [livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy I got a sonic screwdriver pen (with psychic paper) and the 2 Animusic DVDs.
From [livejournal.com profile] aiden_freeman I got the flu.

But back to AniMusic (check out their site):

Here's a sample of their work:
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[livejournal.com profile] princekermit earlier today posted a stunningly awesome Christmas medley of which I'd learned the first half while I was at Carnegie Mellon. (Note, I didn't say attending)

It's been amazingly expanded in his version. This got me searching on YouTube for other wonderful Acapella I adore.

I thought I'd post a few that are (IMNSHO) musts.

"Looking for an Echo" - The Persuasions

"Riu Chiu" - The Monkees
That's right. And I will always be indebted to [livejournal.com profile] lrstrobel for this.

Also thank to [livejournal.com profile] lrstrobel this isn't traditional Acapella but still amazing:
"Ave Maria" - Bobby McFerrin

"Caravan of Love" - The Housemartins
While we're on a religious bend; I could talk for hours on this one. Listen for the chord ending:
"Now the children of the world can SEE. It's a better place for us to BE"

"The Longest Time" - Billy Joel

"Under the Boardwalk" - True Image vs. Rockapella
True Image loses this battle hands down.

General Promo - The GrooveBarbers
Sean Altman's group after Rockapella

"The lion sleeps tonight" - The Tokens
This is the consummate (almost)acapella piece with a stunning CGI video.

Wimoweh - Pete Seegar
the true African chant that brought the tones of Lion to the US.

"Honest Work" - Todd Rundgren
A rare live performance from Rundgren's studio album "Acapella". Phenomenal harmonies.

Oh yeah...

"Happy together" - The Nylons

That'll do for now.
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From a post by [livejournal.com profile] isomeme by way of [livejournal.com profile] gridlore

Go to the Wikipedia home page and click random article. That is your band's name.
Click random article again; that is your album name.
Click random article 15 more times; those are the tracks on your album.

(Fill in the details if you wish)

This was fun... details behind the cut... )

A DST Story

Nov. 3rd, 2007 11:06 pm
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Many, many, many years ago...

I was a professional DJ. I'd say I paid my way thru college but to be honest... we're talking minimum wage and part time hours.

It was enjoyable. I pulled several stunts. One favourite got me temporarily fired by the Station Manager. Now to be honest... this pr*#k was looking for any reason to fire me... because he was sleeping with a 20 yr old girl that he wanted to give my job to. None-the-less this was a temporary firing because I had the Asst. SM's permission while the SM was out of town.

It was DST overnight. My 7 hour shift. Midnight - 6 am. I took requests from midnight to 2am. Any request we'd not only play... but when the clocks turned at 2:59 to 2:00 am ... we'd play the whole hour again. Breaking only for updates in news and weather. Which overnight... really only changed insofar as the temperature.

So I played an hour of requests... recording my hour... and after an hour... I played it back. The listeners were amused. The Station Manager... not so much. He demanded that the ASM fire me. The ASM told him that he'd blessed the stunt and wasn't about to fire me.

A few months later the bas&%#d would frame me for theft and I'd be quietly released. Four months later he tried the stunt on another DJ and got caught. I got my job back with a raise at the cost of his... (and promising not to sue)... but by then.. the light of Top-40 professional radio... just didn't burn as brightly.

I am reminded of this.. partially because dear [livejournal.com profile] faerievixen2 wished me a happy DST tonight. (REMEMBER... NOT ALL YOUR CLOCKS HAVE COMPUTERS THAT UNDERSTAND THE NEW DATES!!!!)

But also because I've managed to unpack something that I didn't unpack in Sno'mish. And let me tell you... Vinyl in good condition can still sound better than anything you might buy on iTunes or Amazon's download service.

When [livejournal.com profile] princekermit gets back.. I have a certain London cast album to play for him ;)
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This will create minutes of entertainment for [livejournal.com profile] aiden_freeman at some point...

Make your own Doctor Who theme
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I asked on Friday... What song do you really love despite being philosophically opposed to the lyrics.

I promised to post mine, but first a recap of the ones already offered:

"Ain't No Way" - Aretha Franklin
I know that a woman's duty is to help and love a man

"I Got A Woman" - Ray Charles
She knows a womans place is right there now in her home

"House of the Rising Sun" - The Animals

"Son of a Preacher Man" - Dusty Springfield

Most things by Janis Joplin.

"I Know My Love" - The Chieftans

"OPP" - Naughty By Nature.

"Before He Cheats" - Carrie Underwood

"Spirit in the Sky." - Norman Greenbaum

"Build Me Up, Buttercup" - The Foundations.

And my personal list:

"Always A Woman" - Billy Joel
"Jessie's Girl" - Rick Springfield

And thanks to Rob Paravonian
"Every Morning" - Sugar Ray
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I don't remember who I was discussing "Split Enz" with this past weekend.

With the Horizon Temple Dedication, OLO, ATC, and Mass I think I saw about 200 people.

Anyway.. I was discussing Split Enz with someone and the question of the group that Tim Finn was with before Split Enz came up.

Neither I nor the person I was talking to (who I also can't remember) could come up with it.

In case anyone remembers this conversation with me this weekend.

The group I was thinking of was called: Schnell Fenster:

Except they didn't pre-date Split Enz, they were the group that formed after Split Enz split up.

Who was talking to about this?
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Many of you have seen Rob Paravonian's amazing treatise on Pachelbel's Canon in D.

This is a very interesting take on the piece.

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So, babies (I have discovered) learn the music they hear frequently in the car.

I am certain that [livejournal.com profile] aiden_freeman will have the lyrics to S.J. Tucker's Sirens down before he is 18 months.

So, to be subversive, I've decided to play fun music with complex lyrics. In order that he hopefully tries to learn them.

This is my short list so far. I'm looking for suggestions:

"It's the End of the World as we Know It" - REM
"We Didn't Start the Fire" - Billy Joel
"The Elements" - Tom Lehrer
"Lobachevsky" - Tom Lehrer
"Modern Major General" - Gilbert and Sullivan

I figure, something from Sondheim... not sure what.

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Edit: Added some facts about Cosmic Dolm. Explained the oops in a cut.

While doing some wikipedia surfing I came across a very interesting video.

Codo - Shortened from "Cosmic Dolm" was by a group called "DÖF" which stands for 'Deutsch-Österreichisches Feingefühl'. Cosmic Dolm means Cosmic Idiot. The song is from 1983.

This is truly Austrian/German New Wave of the early 80s. Think Sprockets in colour. The song very odd. But also very original. While the words may make little sense. Listen to the chord progression. ESPECIALLY at about :50 seconds in when they sing the underlying tune.

I figure about 90+% of the readers will say, "Oh... oops"

Remember, this song 'predates' by about 10 years.

For the other 10%... )
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This time it's a YouTube Video AAAAND a Poll.

That's right kids... This is Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister in the video for his cover of Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles.

So.. you tell me.

[Poll #908969]

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