Archive for the 'Video' Category

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2010

From the Dropkick Murphys:


Son’s Guitar Recital

October 1, 2008

Here’s what he looked like a few years ago shortly after he got his electric guitar.
Rock on.

Deep Purple No No No

December 20, 2006

Jon Lord, of Deep Purple (for most of its history), is the apotheosis of a hard-rock organist. And he’s probably the greatest influence on my own Hammond style.
Sure, Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman each had a better classical technique. But Emerson was much more of a Jazzer, and Wakeman was just, well, kind of effete, what with his flourishes and ornamentation. Both fantastically talented, but neither really representative of rock and roll.
Lord, on the other hand, manhandled the Hammond organ. Made it a coequal to Blackmore’s overdriven guitar and Ian Gillan’s wailing vocals.
Check out this classic video of a riff-based jam, entitled “No, No, No.” Lord’s solo kicks in at around 3:45 and the song just builds from there:


Variations on a Theme From Youtube

October 24, 2006

Weird Al:

The hilarious Barats and Bereta (check out their many other fine videos):

And more Ben Folds:

Ben Folds Five – Philosophy

October 17, 2006

I’ve previously mentioned in passing that Ben Folds is one of my favorite contemporary musicians. His first group was a hard-rocking piano trio (piano-bass-drums) known as the Ben Folds Five.
I first learned about them when I saw them play “Song for the Dumped” on David Letterman. (Hilarious song, at least for guys). Ironically, it was that performance that triggered (or at least coincided with) their decision to break up.
Anyway, check out this amazing 1998 performance of their song “Philosophy,” available on this DVD:

The Ecstasy of Gold

September 14, 2006

One of my favorite musical themes of all time, Ennio Morricone’s masterful The Ecstasy of Gold from his soundtrack for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:

My favorite version is the one performed by Yo Yo Ma on his Yo Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone album.

Halo Lego Videos

August 15, 2006

I love the “narrowcasting” enabled by the ubiquity of television channels and the internet. But d-i-y videos can be a hit-or-miss proposition. So I’ll do a little filtering for y’all. A “value add,” if you will.
A nicely done reenactment of the Halo 2 trailer using stop-motion Lego animation:

A mixture of live action and crude stop motion to tell an original story set in the Halo universe:

If I had a few more hours a day to goof off, I could see the fun in putting something like these together. And now there’s a global audience ready to consume whatever is posted for their viewing pleasure. Maybe someday…

Must-See YouTube

August 8, 2006

I wonder if the officer giving this speech, LTC Randolph C. White Jr., has read Heinlein’s Starship Troopers? This is powerful stuff. Makes me feel somewhat “lesser” for never having served in the armed services. But at the same time thankful for everyone who has. Watch the whole thing.

(Seen almost simultaneously at INDC Journal and Target Centermass).

Some Gothic Music

July 25, 2006

Go check out the unplugged video version of Peter Murphy’s A Strange Kind of Love, as performed by Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails), Jeordie White (of Marilyn Manson and A Perfect Circle), and Murphy himself (Bauhaus and solo).
Via Bill INDC Ardolino.
I had to google Jeordie White to find out he is the bass player for A Perfect Circle. But before Jeordie, APC had quite a striking bassist: Paz Lenchantin. Great player, but check out her especially unique move from around 1:50 to 2:05 in Judith:

Online Video Debut

July 19, 2006

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a short nature documentary produced, directed, filmed, and edited by yours truly, via the magic of YouTube. Enjoy: