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Video Hookup

Time to clean out the ol’ starred items list.

01. Via BoingBoing, someone laid down “Smooth Criminal” over Fred Astaire dancing. The result goes to prove what we already knew — that Astaire really was as smooth as a waxed glass floor.

02. At MoB, some video of Weinland doing “Curse of the Sea.” I’m rather fond of Weinland and their super laid back music.

03. Via Fabulist!, Florence and the Machine’s video for “Kiss With A Fist.” It reminded me of how my husband always says a woman can hit a man without there being much of an outcry.

04. At Fuel, Captain Sexyhair shakes his groove thing in Denver (live video for “Barrier Reef”). Nothing much to say about that because I’m too busy writing his name in my Trapper Keeper.

05. And speaking of Cpt. Sexyhair, the Music Slut notes that you can catch a nice performance on the Spinner. Just fancy me, telling you to visit AOL.

06. Culture Bully points us to the video for Goldfrapp’s new song “Caravan Girl.” Not much happens in said video but somehow I’m okay with that.

07. Brooklynvegan has video of Emmylou Harris on Letterman. I love & worship Ms. Harris but the fact that she looks shiny & plastic is very sad to me. *sigh* Grace is dead, long live botox.

08. Cute Overload has a very, um, cute video titled “An Eye for Annai.” A one-eyed creature goes out looking for his extra eye. This has nothing to do with anything but I liked it.

09. Fabulist! also had video for a Belgian band called Fixkes and this adorable video entitled “Lievelingsdier.” I have no idea what it’s about, obviously, but honestly, I do not care, I could watch it all day. [ed note: a nice reader named Ward explains what the song’s about in his comment.]

10. And La Onda Tropical has video from Colombian band Choc Quib Town — I like that the music is political and promotes solidarity but is also awesome. American bands, please take note.

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Slump city

This time of year, I’m not really into Ye New Music. I’m gearing up for “Heretic Pride,” but mostly I’m just noodling around the internets finding fun stuff to listen to. Daddy Yankee … the Ronettes … crazy mashups from A+D … Sinead O’Connor … I’ll take it all.

01. Can You See the Sunset …, in between ministering to his poor sick daughter, has posted a bunch of 90s flashbacks, the latest including Salt N Pepa’s “Whatta Man,” which I used to listen to a lot in high school. Lately I’ve been realizing that high school was kind of a long time ago. :P Now I sit around ministering to my own sick kids.

02. The fabulous Alison Goldfrapp is putting out “Seventh Tree” at the end of Feb. I’m sure it will be as interesting and layered as all her music is. Offhand I did not hear any standouts like “Ooh La La” or “Strict Machine,” but I’m sure the clubs will live without her and we can all enjoy it anyway.

Goldfrapp — Site | Myspace |

03. Although I’m not the biggest fan of Scandinavian music, I’m liking the Interpol-esque sounds of The Bell. These Swedish guys have a bangin’ sound and really great videos (they put me in mind of a lot of time spent in front of MTV watching Peter Gabriel. I wanna be! Your sledgehamma!). Anyway, look them up — their album is called “Make Some Quiet.”

The Bell — Site | Myspace | the Sledgehammer video. You’re thinking of that dancing turkey anyway. (And Digging In the Dirt, which I must have watched a thousand times. Don’t talk back! Just drive the car!)

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In preparation for a slight format change in the next few weeks, today I’m putting up my top two gym albums of the year, because I wouldn’t have gotten through all those miles on the treadmill (and the elliptical machine, the rowing machine, the bike thingy, and the treadclimber) without them. Sorry, Justin and Alison! It’s not your fault I’m still fat.

Top Two Gym albums of the year

Justin Timberlake
Jive Records
What Goes Around Comes Around (removed. contact me for a copy.)

Justin has captured the niche that appeals to all (straight!) women – the boy next door who could be bad if he wanted, but he doesn’t really want to. He wants to please his girl instead, and that’s a powerful archetype. No wonder those records fly off the shelf.

Mute US
Number 1(removed. contact me for a copy.)

I think “Ooh La La” was my most-listened-to gym song of the year. In spite of the album’s oddly spelled song titles (I’m old, okay? I don’t automatically think of “you” as “U”), I’m in love with Alison’s siren voice.

Other gym songs that can help you get through that last tenth of a mile:

1. Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie: Bamboo (2006 FIFA world cup remix)
2. Aika – Glittering Lights
3. Jay-Zeezer – Yeah in the Sun
4. Yum! Yum! Orange – Don’t Worry!
5. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus

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Hiatus! +Mix

Bon Ton, alas, must go on hiatus for 2 weeks. I will return, the week of August 7th, with more adorably witty comments and indie-flavored songs. Oh yes, you can’t escape me.

Meanwhile, since I will be traveling, I present a mix: I call it “Way Over In A Bucket Seat; the Driving Thru the Desert Mix,” even though I’m not going to be driving through the desert. At least, not much. So! Music! Music to drive by! Or at least take to the gym.

Let me make it known to you now that if you don’t download Teddybears Stockholm’s “Yours To Keep,” I can’t be responsible for the hole it will leave in your happiness.

[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you’d like a copy.]
Way Over In A Bucket Seat

1. Aqua – Dum Di Da Di Da (megamix)
2. The Beta Band – Dry the Rain
3. Boy Eats Drum Machine – I’m An Angel Telling Lies
4. The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
5. The Cure – Let’s Go To Bed (Milk Mix)
6. Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl
7. DJ Riko – Burning Down Your Soul (Freeland Vs. Talking Heads vs. The Who)
8. The Format – Tune Out
9. Frou Frou – Let Go
10. The Get Up Kids – Mass Pike
11. Goldfrapp – Ooh La La
12. Jewel – Serve the Ego (Gabriel Dresden club mix)
13. Kanye West feat. Adam Levine – Heard em Say
14. Max Raabe & das Palast Orchester – Oops, I Did It Again
15. Rock Kills Kid – Paralyzed
16. Saint Ken – Die Another Day In London (Madonna vs. Pet Shop Boys)
17. Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner (DJ Dangermouse remix)
18. Stars – Heart
19. Teddybears Stockholm – Yours To Keep
20. Weird Al Yankovic – Angry White Boy Polka

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