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This blog has been on unofficial hiatus due to my not wanting to write in it. Current events have brought me down, people, but I will perservere somehow. As will all of you, I assume, as long as none of you look at your 401Ks.

01. In non-video-related news, the Wall Street Journal has a very interesting article entitled “In Defense of Piracy.” Take cover, Lars Ulrich!! Interrobang!

02. Electroqueer has the new Lady Gaga video, “Beautiful Dirty Rich.” I seriously adore Lady Gaga (and so does Raj :D). She makes square shoulderpads and cowled unitards look goooood.

03. Although the song is awful, Rock Insider pointed out that the entertainment value of Katy Perry’s video for “Hot N Cold” is through the roof. Gosh, Katy, if you want someone that doesn’t change their mind all the time, how about marrying a man instead of a fifteen-year-old? I’m just saying, I think that groom is way below the age of consent (except in Utah! Back me up here, Jax :D).

04. At the Music Slut, a va-va-voomalicious Bishi rocks out to “Never Seen Your Face.”

05. Nelson, who’s guest blogging for Electroqueer, points the way to excellent Australian duo Lovers Electric. Check out Nelson’s great writeup and the video for “Honey.”

06. At Muzzle of Bees, a shaky shaky video of AA Bondy doing “You Got To Die” at ACL (just put it on and listen. Don’t watch the video, I think it might give you seizures.).

07. From the website “Got Medieval,” a link to a hilarious Robot Chicken sketch about King Arthur and Sir Mix-A-Lot: Table Is Round. “360 on the parameter — you know ‘hos like diameter.” This is actually something I didn’t know. And, though the rhyme would suffer, I think he means perimeter, because parameter is something else entirely. But hey, it’s all good.

08. You’ve all seen the Cadence Weapon video for “Real Estate,” yes? Man, I love me some dancing suit-weasels.

09. Via Stereogum, this Beck video for “Modern Guilt” will make you go, “awwwww,” or your money back.

10. Via Fabulist!, the Royal Ballet helps make the 1983 video for “Siamese Twins” by the Cure completely awesome.

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I haven’t had much impetus to blog, though I have some ideas roaming around in my head. But I see that a lot of people have liked the Gossip Girl post that I put up a little while ago. GG is on summer break, of course. Chuck Bass is romancing interchangeable women; Blair probably jumped the guy in the jump seat. Perhaps Georgina jumped off a bridge to escape boarding school and is backpacking in the Himalayas plotting up new ways to drive Serena crazy. Only Gossip Girl knows for sure, but she’ll tell you as soon as she finds out :D

Most of these are from the earlier parts of the series. Enjoy. I am especially fond of “Happy Ending.” I never listen to the radio, and I expect this was super-overplayed and everyone else is sick of it. But it really flies, especially when it starts taking a page from Freddie Mercury.

01. Beck — Timebomb [from “The Handmaiden’s Tale”]
02. The Little Ones — There’s A Pot Brewin’ [from “Dare Devil”]
03. Rooney — When Did Your Heart Go Missing [from “The Wild Brunch”]
04. Akon — Don’t Matter [from the pilot]
05. Mika — Happy Ending [from “The Handmaiden’s Tale”]
06. Cold War Kids — Hang Me Up To Dry [from the pilot]

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Weekly Roundup

Non-celebrity quote of the week: “[Legal settlements] put some money back into the war chest to try to clean up the online world. . . . Legal offerings will only thrive and open in different countries if there is a chance of them succeeding.” — John Kennedy, CE of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. [source]

That’s not the Federation of the Pornographic industry, people. This is a guy talking about the 18,000 suits filed in Brazil, Mexico, Poland, and 14 other countries, against people who are sharing mp3 files (one assumes that the IFPI is the RIAA’s fellow lawsuit machine). And even though he’s using the same rhetoric as the War On Drugs, he’s actually talking about bytes of data being transferred from one computer to another! Yes! This is your brain on mp3s! Any questions? Listen to Nancy Reagan, kids, and just say no to music.

In other lawsuit news, via Idolator we learn of suits filed against video-sharing sites Bolt and Grouper. Just when videos were getting fun again. And is it a coincidence that Universal Music Group is Ryan Adams’s label? No, it is not. They’re trying to ruin everything.

Yesterday as I was getting my latest fix of girl detectives and feisty Yale news reporters, I noticed it was a banner day for the CW channel’s Indie Cred. On Gilmore Girls, Rory’s boyfriend’s stereo was playing “The Perfect Crime 2” (Rory is totally a Decemberists fan) and on Veronica Mars, Logan and Veronica shared a tender moment to the strains of Regina Spektor’s “Fidelity.” It would bring a tear to my eye, if I weren’t so far out of the demographic.

At Popcandy, Whitney Matheson wanted to know, what would you buy with $1.65 billion? My favorite answer: 600 million pounds of Velveeta.

Also via Popcandy, I found the Population Clock, which tells you how many people are being born that will one day run over your lawn with their bikes and throw eggs at your house on major holidays.

I forget where I found this, but it’s funny: you can pimp your own Stewie .

Also, M&Ms now have flavors. I don’t know if that’s disgusting or delicious. Someone send me some, so I can try ’em.

Sort of amusing: Rolling Stone’s Halloween Gallery. Someone tell that Evanescence chick that shopping at Hot Topic isn’t cool anymore.

According to the UK’s Daily Mail, little African babies are the new tiny dogs. Only you can’t put them in your purse. I’m serious! You can’t.

The new Contrast Podcast looks over bloggers’ favorite songs of 2006.

New video for Beck’s Cell Phone’s Dead. Will the funk never cease?


I’m sick and my typing arm hurts from a stupid tetanus booster (stupid tetanus! Stupid sexy Flanders!) so here’re some things you could be listening to if you were as cool as me.

[These links don’t work anymore! You can get a copy by contacting me, though.]

01. Regina Spektor – Ne Me Quitte Pas
02. Soltero – Fight Song For True Love
03. Rachmaninov – Prelude in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12
04. Beck – Hell Yes
05. Dan Zanes & Friends – We Shall Not Be Moved

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