Part 3 of BMCMBs Yoshitaka Amano featurette.
Today’s gallery is part 1/2 of pieces from Amanos’s collection The Virgin.
A very simple meme, X in my Y all started with this online ad by ContentWatch. You may remember it.
Something about this ad just hit that internet sweet spot. The combination of porn, family values, and the holier-than-thou look on that woman’s face resulted in a wealth of image macro goodness.
The simplicity of this meme lends itself well to characters of all mediums. Just imagine their outraged voices incredulously exclaiming, “X? In my Y?” Now just replace the X and Y with themes from your favorite movie/book/whatever, and make sure you use Apple Garamond Light. The internet is very strict about this.
Wait, hold on folks, I’m now being told that it’s not Monday. Ok, disregard this. Disregard the whole article.
Simpsons Illustrated, Vol 1
The first series of Simpsons Illustrated comics were published between 1991 and 1993, and read half as a fan magazine, and half as a publication within the Simpsons universe, including mock advertisements, news articles and fake products.
Today I’ll be looking through Vol 1 and posting my favorite bits. If you notice anything in the index you’d like to see, tell me so in the comments, and I will scan it for you. Speaking of index:
More mashup March, because fuck April.
I hope it’s not too obvious that I try to skim a little below the surface when I choose feature tracks for Leventine, but I do. I try to avoid redundancy, and although most mashup fans (and trip hop fans) will have heard this track, it needs to me mentioned.
Ghostwriter by RJD2 is a bit of an abstract mashup. I had one of those moments when I first heard it, I stopped everything I was doing and played it three times in a row. It wasn’t until I started researching its artist that I realized I had heard bits and pieces of the song before. Specifically, Elliot Smith and Paul Desmond. Here is a great blog article that breaks this song down in terms of sampling.
The real achievement here is how unique Ghostwriter sounds, despite being a Frankenstein of other music. Almost like the source tracks had a baby. It has Elliott Smiths eyes, The Delfonics’ hair, Paul Desmond’s smooth charm, but it still has its own identity and will always have a nostalgic place in my heart.
I have a fondness for pop music my cooler friends will never understand. Having said that, I can also be a harsh critic, because I have certain expectations of it. It has to amuse me. I don’t go to pop music looking for deep meaning or new ideas. I just want fun.
2012 was not a great year in pop music for me. I didn’t hate most of it (it was no 2001-02), but it did reek of Taylor Swift’s emotional insecurity and lazy, invasive Dubstep. With that in mind, it’s particularly impressive that DJ Earworm still turned out one of his best yearly mashups to date. Since 2007, the San-Fran based DJ has taken the chart topping songs of the year and fused them into a single cohesive track.
It’s an interesting exercise; it speaks as much to DJ Earworm’s imagination as it does to the blandness of today’s pop. Exactly how easy was it, I wonder, to combine these songs to make it sound better than all of them individually? Maybe not as hard as you think, considering how many 2012 hits featured the word “tonight” in a leading role. Oh well, it’s still a great track, I can dance to it: PASS.
DJ Earworm: United States of Pop 2012 (Shine Bright)
I did find such evidence, but not the footage I expected of Sorbo being an idiot and screwing up lines. I found the best blooper reel I have ever seen. I came into this expecting to make fun of him for being an idiot, but Kevin Sorbo made an idiot out of me. He just might be the most pleasant guy ever. It doesn’t matter how tacky the scene is, or how melodramatic his lines are, as soon as he breaks character it’s clear Sorbo is having way more fun than should be strictly possible. Damn it, people, Kevin Sorbo should be our new Chuck Norris.
Pont’s Highlight: my favorite, 2:30
For the rest of March, I’ll be posting some of the choicest mashup songs I can find. There are many sub-genres of mashup and just as many artists. A good mashup takes music sampling to its logical conclusion: the best pieces of many songs getting it on in a frantic musical orgy. Some mashups are fun because they play with the recognizability of a classic (or terrible) song. Others are fun because you have no idea what the original music could possibly be; the mashup becomes the equivalent of a collage or an abstract painting.
Today’s track is an example of A vs B mashup, where two (or more) very recognizable and largely unedited hooks from songs are played side by side. When done well, it doesn’t sound like a DJ mashup at all, but an intentional crossover between two seemingly incompatible artists.
Tequila Flavored Lip Gloss, DJ Paul V