Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Piero Umiliani wrote Mah na mah na in 1968.  (It was later made more famous by the muppets.)  Here’s the original.

It’s come to my attention that North Korean pop music could be pretty weird.  The name of one of their hit songs was “Excellent Horse-Like Lady”.  It was about a great textile factory worker.  Well, that’s different.

I was watching a Hindi movie and it seemed like it had a reasonable budget.  But then the audio would sometimes distort…especially when they were singing.  It’s like they blasted all the levels until the sound was distorted.  From what I was reading, this is a weird style thing.  Why would you destroy the songs in your musical with this wacky sound effect?

Apparently, Tainted Love was a cover song.  Here’s the original by Gloria Jones.  I always think it’s funny when the cover version becomes so famous that people usually don’t even know about the original.

I heard 103.7, The Oasis playing in a restaurant yesterday.  It’s smooth jazz…muzak elevator music type stuff.  Who would listen to that?  Is there a whole fan base of people who love extremely generic music?  “Have you heard that new album from John Smith?  It has lots of…instruments.”  I can only assume it’s targeted at businesses.

I’ve been playing with turntable.fm.

Fun stuff.  It’s a game-like music website where you can pick songs as a DJ or just sit there in listen.  You have a little character that stands in a room with many other characters and earn points when others like the song you pick.  Helps you find a lot of likable music you’ve never heard of.  Aside from obscure 80s stuff, I apparently like indie.  Indie?  Indie was the dog’s name.

15 Years before the Cosby Show was the Bill Cosby Show.  Hilarious theme song.  Cosby sings the nonsense lyrics.

Well, I’ve had the Rock Band 3 MIDI keyboard adapter for a while now and have really enjoyed it. I still play on easy in most cases, but I sometimes turn up the sound on the keyboard to hear what I’m actually playing. You’re generally just doing some easy harmonizing on easy mode, but it’s great fun. The only drawback I’ve seen is that I probably have some really bad finger placement and don’t know really know where best to put my fingers. I try to play with the right hand, since you’re only playing the right-hand part of the songs. In other Rock Band peripheral news, they’re discontinuing the really real guitar controller, so buy one at Best Buy if you were planning to.  An alternative would be the cheaper, somewhat realistic 100 button guitar.  The music game genre is generally dying out, it seems.  If you wanted a game of that kind, you probably already have it…so what’s the point in another? It was fun while it lasted and at least I have this stuff to learn from.

You can now buy A-ha – “Take On Me” for Rock Band 3.  I’d love to see a series of video clips of people just trying to reach that high note.  IIIIIIII’ll beeeeee goooonnne….in a DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! It’d be great to learn the keyboard bit though.