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Saturday, February 10, 2007


Well, just as I suspected, a big chunk of my favorites playlist has now gone to YouTube Heaven.


Well, at least there was one good thing I discovered on the Tube today: a Thrashing Doves video. 'Bout freaking time.

Thrashing Doves, Matchstick Flotilla

This is not my favorite TDoves song, but it will have to do. I especially love the Roaring Boys reference by the commentator.

Off to go mope...darn Viacom.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Long live YouTube...

The Viacom vs. YouTube news is kinda scary. I can't imagine my life without the Tube. Well, I'd probably get more work done instead of looking at "**** in a Box" for the umpteenth time, but anyway...
Minimal commentary today--just some video goodies.

Chris DeBurgh, "High on Emotion"

Yeah, yeah, it's the "Lady in Red" guy, but this song predates that maudlin piece of crap by a couple years. When I saw this video today, I realized that I hadn't heard this song in over twenty years (TWENTY YEARS!!! AM I THAT OLD?) and it's still a damn catchy tune.

Dominatrix, "The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight"

Two words: Night Flight
Someday, I'm going to write that ode to Night Flight.
Another one that makes me internally scream "It's been twenty years?!?!?" I'm not ashamed to admit that finding this video on the Tube brought a tear to my eye. It's not because of the song, which honestly is not too good, but rather because of the memories of a disaffected Goth kid with insomnia sitting in front of a TV in the middle of the night.

Crowded House, "Weather With You"

More on the Crowdies later, either in this entry or a future one, but let me say now that I'm not a huge fan of this song's studio version, but this clip from Farewell to the World (Best. Concert. Video. Ever.) is nothing short of amazing. I love the guitar tete-a-tete at 0:43 and 2:50. And Tim's entrance? I shrieked "Tim!!!" at my TV the other night as if he could hear me or something.

Everything but the Girl, "Driving"

Do you remember my Onion World anecdote earlier? This clip was from the same show. I've never been a huge fan of EbtG ("Missing"= Bleh), but I have always loved this song, and this is an interesting version.

The Tragically Hip, "Ahead by a Century"

This song makes me cry. Instead of mourning my lost childhood, I mourn my mid-twenties...okay, let me lighten the mood here. No hand farting, I promise...

The Decemberists, "16 Military Wives"

I freaking love this song and video. "I declare war...on Luxembourg." Colin Meloy, you rock. He's kinda cute, too.

Oh, yeah, I like movies, too. Here's a top nineteen of 2006:

1. United 93
2. Borat
3. Little Miss Sunshine
4. Letters from Iwo Jima
5. Children of Men
6. Tristram Shandy
7. The Queen
8. Dreamgirls
9. Eight Below
10. L’Enfant
11. Akeelah and the Bee
12. C.R.A.Z.Y.
13. Down to the Bone
14. The Devil and Daniel Johnston
15. When the Levees Broke
16. The Syrian Bride
17. 49 Up
18. The Road to Guantanamo
19. Tsunami: The Aftermath