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Music video blog that also includes video, audio, and interactive media. You'll find some reviews and recommendations from the underground of the entertainment world, covering music, film, gaming, and more.
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29 March, 2011

Music Video: Fleet Foxes' "Mykonos"

Here is yet another gem from the lovely folks who call themselves Fleet Foxes. We've posted an awesome music video by the Foxes before, check it out here. This time it's another animated clip, and we absolutely love it. Enjoy!

21 March, 2011

Music Video: Mos Def's "Tell the Truth"

A couple of years ago, this video was quite politically significant. Watching it over today for the first time in a long long time, it seems to us there's something about it that is still very relevant to the current international situation. Also, it is one bad ass music video! Check it out.

Most Annoying Artist of the Year Award

The past year has been abundant with bands and musicians that have blown away our minds, ears and eyes with their "art". And we don't mean that in a good way. We were inspired by a Nat Geo show in which the deadliest creature in Australia was determined according to how well the animal did on 1) venom 2) chance of contact with humans 3) attitude & 4) death toll.

So, since terrible music is just as deadly as (if not deadlier than) venomous creatures down under, good old Heavy G suggested we present a Most Annoying Artist of the Year award based on precise calculations. We've narrowed down the list to five of the most distinguished mainstream artists: Ke$ha, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Akon, & The Black-Eyed Peas. Over the course of one long overnight, we will be subjecting each of said artists to a rigorous examination in order to determine the level of their annoyance. We will be using the following criteria to evaluate our least favorite five:

1) Exposure: how often the artist is on the radio/television/playlist at your average Beiruti pub or club.
2) Musical Tastelessness: will it make you want to violently stab yourself in the ears?
3) Vocal Annoyance: auto-tune won't save you this time.
4) Appearance: how close to a clown does this particular artist look? (Zero being decent looking and 10 being monstrous)
5) Artistic Credibility: does this artist actually have some degree of talent? (Zero being very talented and 10 being disastrous) 
& 6) Lyrics: this one is quite self-explanatory. (Zero being acceptable and 10 being flat out ridiculous)

Now to begin our evaluation.

Ke$ha probably the most talentless and annoying skank around
Exposure: 8 out of 10 (Heavy G actually once got a request for a Ke$ha song while DJing at a party)
Musical Tastelessness: 9 out of 10
Vocal Annoyance: 9 out of 10
Appearance: 5 out of 10 (Heavy G would still hit that)
Artistic Credibility: 10 out of 10 (Way to go!)
Lyrics: 10 out of 10 ("But now that I'm famous, you're up my anus"? Seriously?)
Total Score: 51 out of 60

Justin Bieber we just can't seem to understand this strange phenomenon
Exposure: 9 out of 10
Musical Tastelessness: 9 out of 10
Vocal Annoyance: 8 out of 10
Appearance: 8 out of 10 (Only because some children might find him attractive. We think he's hideous)
Artistic Credibility: 7 out of 10 
Lyrics: 8 out of 10
Total Score: 48 out of 60

Lady Gaga some think she's creative, we just think she's annoying as hell
Exposure: 10 out of 10
Musical Tastelessness: 9 out of 10
Vocal Annoyance: 9 out of 10
Appearance: 10 out of 10 (Heavy G says he wouldn't touch her with a 10 foot pole. Meat dress, really?)
Artistic Credibility: 4 out of 10 (For being kind of smart, kind of talented, and having a conceptual thing going on)
Lyrics: 10 out of 10 ("Rah rah roma ma Gaga ooh-lala" the list is endless)
Total Score: 52 out of 60

Akon can you stop coming to Lebanon already?!
Exposure: 9 out of 10 (he's been around forever and still going on strong)
Musical Tastelessness: 9 out of 10
Vocal Annoyance: 10 out of 10
Appearance: 4 out of 10
Artistic Credibility: 7 out of 10
Lyrics: 7 out of 10
Total Score: 47 out of 60

Black-Eyed Peas what happened to these guys?
Exposure: 10 out of 10
Musical Tastelessness: 9 out of 10
Vocal Annoyance: 8 out of 10
Appearance: 6 out of 10
Artistic Credibility: 8 out of 10 (extra points for being sellouts)
Lyrics: 9 out of 10
Total Score: 48 out of 60

Our big winner: Lady Gag! or Gaga, whatever you like.

Honorable Mention:
Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Rebecca Black (seriously, check this one out), and of course, the ever-annoying Britney Spears! No list would be complete without her. To those we left out, apologies. Not everyone is a winner! Readers, please feel free to add your own picks.

08 March, 2011

Our Favorite Video Game Soundtracks

Okami [PlayStation 2/Wii]
The beautifully animated award-winning Japanese video game that we reviewed last year in our first Sunday Selection includes an original musical score that is inspired by traditional Japanese music, and we think the Okami OST is one of the greatest soundtracks out there, even when compared to film/television scores. You can find the tracks from the Okami OST here.

Lint [Flash Game]
Lint is a free online flash game. The simple graphics and engaging game play are the strong points of this game, but we particularly like the music. Have a go, you'll be hooked in no time!

Tony Hawk's Underground 2 [Play Station 2/GBA/PC]
We've all played at least one of the many riveting Tony Hawk skateboarding video games. My personal favorite is THPS2, but THUG2 has an absolutely awesome soundtrack. All those hours of uninterrupted gaming back when I was 14 were accompanied by some of the most skate-appropriate tunes. Check out the playlist here.

Shadow of the Colossus [Play Station 2]
This amazing adventure is generally considered a sequel to Ico, a game we reviewed a while back here. You will be on the edge of your seat as you venture into mysterious land in search of your enemies. Shadow of the Colossus is a well-known and well-loved game in the world of PS2, partly because of the beautiful accompanying soundtrack. Music is an essential aspect of this game in particular, seeing as it involves much travel through the desolate and often deserted ancient terrain. The OST is downloadable here.

Quest for the Rest [Flash Game]
A short but charming flash game, Quest for the Rest is intended to promote the music of a great band, The Polyphonic Spree, and the point of the game is that you (a couple of the band members) are on a quest to find the rest of the band. The music accompanying your game play is off of their album Together We're Heavy. The combination makes for a beautiful gaming experience.

Tekken 3 [Play Station]
Yet another great franchise on Play Station. Tekken 3 includes original music that was inspired by artists such as The Prodigy and Chemical Brothers. The tunes written for this game are optimized for fight mode. Find the Tekken 3 OST here.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City [Play Station 2/PC]
Many of us have vented out frustration in Vice City; drive-by's, beating random strangers with a stick, kicking people out of their cars and driving off into the sunset. Best part? The car radio. Besides the hilarious talk shows and crazy ads, the Vice City radio stations played some pretty kick ass tunes. Nothing like cruising in a fictional city bustling with crime to your favorite 1990's music! And the great thing about the radio was that you could change channels and find your favorite frequency, just like in real life. Here is a link to the various radio stations and the songs they feature.

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory [Play Station 2/PC]
We think the Chaos Theory OST is even more interesting than the game itself. The in-game music was composed by one of our favorite artists, Amon Tobin, a man who knows his shit when it comes to soundtracks. The album also features beautiful cover art and one SICK poster! Check it out here.

04 March, 2011

Music Video: The Decemberists' "The Bachelor and the Bride"

Yet another beautiful animated video, this time by one of many brief teenage obsession, The Decemberists. The animation is a little bit creepy (not that we mind), but what a lovely tune this is. Enjoy!

02 March, 2011

Play: Five Games from the 90's that Still Kick Ass!

1997: Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee for PlayStation

(You can buy Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee online through Steam.)

1998: Metal Slug 2/Metal Slug X Arcade Game

1997: Disney's Hercules for PlayStation

1995: Castlevania Dracula X for Super Nintendo (SNES)

1994: Earthworm Jim for Sega Mega Drive

(These last 4 games are playable for free on certain video game emulators for PC or Android phones. Click here for information on emulators.)