Category Archives: Music

Modest Undertaking

Sorry for the silence loyal reader(s). I really need to set up a way to automate posting, because I spend enough time at a computer screen. That’s what my attempt at mobile blogging my cellphone pics is…but clearly I don’t know much about CSS…I’ll try to bug someone at work to help me get rid of that extra crap.

Anyway, from the photography newsletter Photojojo comes this fantastic fanatic undertaking:

To create their stop-motion rendition of Modest Mouse’s “Missed the Boat”, they took original footage from the group, printed it out frame-by-frame on 4,133 sheets of paper, then took photos of those sheets of paper with a digital camera. Finally, they assembled thousands of photos into a four-and-a-half minute stop-motion video.

This is one of many entries in Modest Mouse’s create a video contest, which inspired a lot better looking videos than Doritos’ Super Bowl commercial for a much smaller bounty.

Other entries

Also featured on Wooster Collective, a sweet street art blog.

Hey Y’all

This song brings me back to sophomore year of college, but it’s been reinvented so I’ll have an excuse to listen to it again.


I’d like to think they’ll play this version at Andre 3000’s funeral.

And in case I’ve never made you watch this, the Peanuts version:

BONUS ROUND! (and slightly less outdated):

Ray Lamontagne’s acoustic cover of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’

Deleted Scenes

UPDATE: WE GOT TO MEET DAN!, Deleted Scenes’ frontman, providing further evidence that every single person from Olney, Maryland not only knows each other, but also still hangs out.


“Local band.” It’s one of those combinations of terms that usually softens up our critical senses. Like “school play” or “free beer.” It’s a qualification that makes us tend to go a little easier, allow a little benefit with our doubt. You may not stop in your tracks if you heard that band on the radio, but for a band from your stomping grounds, well, they deserve some credit.


Checking out “local band” Deleted Scenes tonight. Their Myspace selections are a tad slow but I somehow already have like 4 of their MP3s in my bloated iTunes library and I like the sound.

Doesn’t hurt that the show is at Rock n’ Roll Hotel, a venue I’ve been meaning to check out:

For as long as man has lived in society, hotels have lined his roads, offering weary travelers a safe and comfortable shelter for the night.

Per Order of Mr. Butters

Apparently my Facebook wall is the proper venue to request blog posts.

Butters writes:

Top 5 things I’d like to read about on mStem:
1. The New U2 video.
2. The death of the Ramen guy.
3. How dubbs old media is.
4. Why Hillary Clinton is the anti-christ
5. How Sports Guy is basically a Boston Globe writer masquerading as a national sports columnist.

I reply:

1. if you’re the future of old media, it’s as good as dead.
2. the ramen guy died like weeks ago (the biggest d-list celebrity death out of asia since the rumor went around that fitness celebrity John Basedow died in the tsunami)
3. the sports guy comment would have been relevant in…oh, say 2003
4. I don’t recall ever being accused of being a huge hillary fan (although her stance on privacy regulations is noteworthy).
5. the u2 video was pretty sweet though, i’ll probably put it up.

Here it is. I’m not that impressed by the song, but the video’s great:

And even though it wasn’t actually U2 doing this, it will probably still make you lost a little respect for them…

U2 virtual concert in Second Life:

The President’s Dead

Probably going to go see Ford lying in state this weekend, if only out of pity. The poor guy was chosen for his bland loyalty and every newscast I’ve seen covering his life has included a shot of him falling down stairs, being impersonated by Chevy Chase, or both. Meanwhile, they practically canonized Reagan this summer. Do you think when Bush dies they’ll replay every line he flubbed?

Ford’s death reminded me of a great song I’ve been meaning to share. It applies more to the way people remember JFK than Ford, but it’s pretty apolitical.

Okkervil River – The President’s Dead (mp3)

Let’s imagine the way, let’s say 30 years in,
How somebody will say, “What you were doing when…?”
On a beautiful day, I was waking up and
I was lying in bed with my girlfriend
And the eggs on the plate, and the bacon hissin’
And the coffee was great, there was spring on the wind.

If you don’t live through a day for the littlest things,
And the littlest ways made you feel you were blessed
If you died right then, well you know you’d be missed,
But there’s no better state to cease to exist.

More year-end music from Salon