Friday, August 31, 2007

Jukebox Friday: Vegas Baby!

Ah, Vegas! It's not all just booze, girls and gambling. It's also wonderful lounge entertainment to be had for free, especially when you venture off the Strip to where the real action is. Here is a home video of a performer named Van de Guzman rockin' it out big time somewhere just outside the city. I want him to play at my next party.

It's "Owner of a Lonely Heart":

Then "Groovin'":

And finally, "Listen to the Music":

[via Buddyhead.]

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Truth About Internet Porn.

From the folks at Good Magazine come some facts:

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

"How'd It Get Burned? HOW'D IT GET BURNED???"

Interested in renting the remake of "The Wicker Man" with Nicolas Cage. Let me save you the trouble:

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pops Says Beat It.

So, now Amy Winehouse's father-in-law is asking everyone to boycott her albums as a way to send her and her husband a message about their drug abuse.

Gee, I don't see what the problem is. As this clip (from her guest appearance on Charlotte Church's TV special in the UK) shows, he's perfectly able to maintain her composure while singing Michael Jackson's "Beat It," and how the director totally doesn't have to keep cutting away from her to avoid further embarrassment:

Monday, August 27, 2007

Bollywood Monday: Kalluri Vaanil.

One of the unfortunate things about linking to Bollywood videos on YouTube is all the ignorant or outright racist folks they seem to bring out in the comments. There's plenty of that on display here, even a little from the poster himself, sadly enough. But just ignore that and groove to the video, which is proving to by wildly popular.

The number is "Kalluri Vaanil" by Prabhu Deva and Jaya Sheel from the film "Pennin Manadhai Thottu":

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Booty Booty.

I can't believe I used to watch this (and love this) as a kid. "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" sucked. Here, Twiki wants some booty:

Friday, August 24, 2007

Jukebox Friday: Mashup Madness.

Here are some favorite mashups. The videos themselves aren't always anything special -- usually just A+B edits of the videos for the source songs -- but the music is good.

From Arty Fufkin comes "Creole Pour Moi" (Elvis Presley's "Kid Creole" + "Plastic Bertrand's "Ca Plane Pour Moi" + a dash of Banana Splits):

Thriftshop XL gives us "Lillybye" (Lily Allen's "Smile" + The Cure's "Lullabye"). And actually, I think the two source videos work really well together, too:

Party Ben's "Boulevard of Broken Songs" (Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" + Oasis' "Wonderwall" + Travis' "Writing to Reach You" + Aerosmith's "Dream On"):

And finally, my favorite, "Crazy Logic" by Arty Fufkin (Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" + Supertramp's "The Logical Song" + Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me). This is actually a fan video, with all the visuals coming from "Pink Floyd's The Wall." Odd choice, perhaps, but it works:

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Wop-Bop A Loo-Bop, I Want To Buy a Vowel.

A long way from their glory days, here are highlights from Little Richard and James Brown's appearance on "Wheel of Fortune." (Also starring Weird Al Yankovic.) (Also also starring Lee Greenwood.):

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Steam Trek.

If you've ever wondered what it would look like if Georges Melies had made "Star Trek," wonder no more. From British filmmaker Dennis Sisterson comes "Steam Trek: The Moving Picture":

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

In a Single Bound.

Joey Gathright: Kansas City Royals reserve outfielder. Career .272 hitter. Accomplished car jumper.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Bollywood Monday: Aishwarya Rai.

This is Bollywood as it should be -- colorful, energetic and well-choreographed. This is Aishwarya Rai singing "Nimbooda" from the 1999 film "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam":

Saturday, August 18, 2007

DP's Greatest Hits.

Yesterday, Dan Patrick signed off of ESPN for the last time. For 18 years, he was the face of SportsCenter, as well as the voice of ESPN Radio. My favorite DP memory is this, the time he got punked live on SportCenter by a Howard Stern minion who claimed to Steve Bartman:

And then there are these great SportCenter commercials:

Friday, August 17, 2007

Jukebox Friday: Ging Nang Boyz.

I originally had something else fun planned for today's Jukebox Friday post, but this piece of wonderfulness came across my screen today thanks to the fine folks at TV in Japan, so I just had to shift gears and share it with you.

It's the new(?) single from the Japanese punk outfit, the Ging Nang Boyz. I'm not sure of the title, but really, once you see the video, you'll realize that that's beside the point. It's a music video epic that would do both G'N'R and Larry Flynt proud. Just stick with the slow opening until the real fun starts.

And, oh yeah -- NSFW. You've been warned!

[via TV in Japan.]

Thursday, August 16, 2007

More Punks on Your TV.

Just to continue the theme from yesterday, here are the Dickies performing on Don Rickles' old show "CPO Sharkey."

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

"You're Not Gonna Find Anyone Innocent Here."

Ah, 1982... When the mainstream media became so terrified of the rising popularity of punk music that they started churning out all sorts half-baked disinformation to cash in on the panic. One of the classic expressions of this was the "Quincy, M.E." episode called "Next Stop, Nowhere" in which Jack Klugman tries to infiltrate this nihilistic netherworld to solve a murder. (I never understood the whole concept of a medical examiner having to overstep his bounds to fight crime, but that's a discussion for another time.) Over the years, this overheated hour of drama has become something of a cult classic in the real-life punk/indie scene. (There's even a group called the Quincy Punx.)

Here are some clips from this monument of cheese, but it's only the tip of this demented iceberg:

You might recognize the punk in Misfits-style ghoul makeup as John Volstad, who has had a long career in television, most notably as Larry's other brother Darryl in "Newhart." But if you get to see the whole episode, keep a close eye on the extras slam dancing around in the club scenes -- one of them is a very young Courtney Love.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Bump 'n' Grind It, Mickey.

This is how you work it out, especially when you love collecting baseball cards:

[via The Baseball Card Blog.]

Monday, August 13, 2007

Bollywood Monday: Jan Pehechan-Ho.

Unlike some of the other Bollywood clips here, this is a song you might actually have heard before coming here. It's "Jan Pehechan-Ho" by Mohammed Rafi, an off-kilter but balls-out surf-inspired rocker from the 1966 film "Gumnaam." But you probably know it from the film "Ghost World" where it was used to good effect.

Break out your robber's masks and dancing shoes, people, because it's goin' down...

[via Cool Kooky Hip & Groovy.]

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Swingin' and Pressin' With the Duke.

From 1937 comes this promotional short from the Master/Variety record labels that show how 78 rpm records were made. And as if that wasn't cool enough, it's all accompanied by some classic swing from Duke Ellington and his orchestra:

Friday, August 10, 2007

Jukebox Friday: M.I.A.

M.I.A.'s new album "Kala" will be hitting these shores pretty soon, which I'm eagerly awaiting. To fill the hours until then, though, here are two videos from her first album.

Here's "Galang"...

...and "Bucky Done Gun":

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Jeremias Muito Luoco.

Apparently there's this TV show in Brazil that does "Cops" one better -- instead of just chasing down the shirtless drunks, they wait at the police station and interview them as they come in. Here's one such interview with a wasted Linkin Park fan named Jeremias José, who gives it his all. Don't speak Portuguese? Don't worry -- "drunk" is a universal language:

And you know what could make that better? Only one thing -- a remix:

[via WFMU.]

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Sing-Along Time.

This video will worm its way into your brain and not let go for a long, long time. You've been warned.

[via Monkeys for Helping.]

Monday, August 6, 2007

Bollywood Monday: Gang Leader!

Chirru is the gift that just keeps on giving. In this case, it's the song "Chik Chik Chelam," in which he is, well, a gang leader. No info on the name of the film:

[via Monkeys For Helping.]

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Solitary Vin.

Vin Scully is the man. After doing play-by-play for the Dodgers since 1950, he's still the best in the business and still works without a partner, in the old school way.

This little animation was actually part of a series that ran every week on the Sunday pregame show a couple years ago. The quality varied from episode to episode, but this was one of the better than average ones, and one of the few available online.

While we're on the subject, here's some more Vin. I originally posted this next clip over on my Eric's House blog quite a while back, but it bears repeating. Some industrious soul recreated the end of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series using the old RBI Baseball video game. But it's synchronized to Vin's call of the game, so you can listen to him covering a great moment in the history of the game:

And if you've got 20 minutes to spare, here's an interview by Jim Hill of CBS News in Los Angeles, shot before the start of the 2006 season.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Jukebox Friday: Zappa Week Edition.

It certainly wouldn't be Zappa Week without some of the man's music....

Shoddy video quality, but the music rocks. A live version of "Montana" (originally on 1973's "Apostrophe'"):

"Titties and Beer," live from the "Baby Snakes" tour (originally from 1978's "Zappa in New York"):

Some guitar shreddin' with Steve Vai on "Stevie's Spanking" (originally on 1984's "Them or Us"):

A fan-made animated video for "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" (from 1968's"We're Only In It For the Money"):

This, of course, is just a random selection from the tip of the iceberg. Explore for yourself, starting at!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Zappa Week: Day 4.

In his continuous quest to infiltrate and subvert the mainstream, Frank Zappa turns up on another stupid game show. This time it's "Make Me Laugh" from 1978:

(Few of you may believe that the '70s were ever that intensely '70s. But yes... yes they were.)

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Zappa Week: Day 3.

Zappa Week forges ahead with this nugget -- FZ's quasi-legendary appearance on "Dance Fever." (You'll have to forgive the video quality, of course. And if you can't forgive it, don't complain to me because I didn't upload it.0:

Oh how I wish he could've lived to be a judge on "American Idol." That would be the only thing that would get me to watch it. (Although, maybe I'd be persuaded to watch if they got John Lydon on there. I'm currently enjoying his turn on Bodog Battle of the Bands on Fuse. He somehow manages to be both an antiauthoritarian fuck-you punk and a doddering curmudgeon at the same time.)