Ten years ago today saw the English launch of a quirky Japanese puzzler, a sleeper hit
that would go down as one of the most endearing, original, and gleefully weird
gaming stories of the 2000s: Katamari Damacy
Its fever-dream plot has the record-scratching, Freddie Mercury-esque King of All Cosmos
destroy the stars in a drunken fugue, and you, the diminutive Prince, must restore them with the Katamari -- a magical sticky ball that snowballs through cluttered environments
, rolling up paperclips, flowerpots, cows, buses, houses, skyscrapers, and continents into new constellations.
It also boasts one of the most infectiously joyous soundtracks of all time
-- an eccentric, richly produced
, and incredibly catchy blend of funk
, bossa nova
, experimental electronica
, bamboo flute
, hair metal
, buoyant parade music
, soaring children's choirs
, Macintalk fanfares
, and the finest theme song this side of Super Mario Bros
Called a consumerist critique
by sculptor-turned-developer Keita Takahashi
(who after one sequel
moved on to Glitch
, the supremely odd Noby Noby Boy
, and playground design
), the series has inspired much celebration
] on its way from budget bin to MoMA exhibit
. Look inside for essays, artwork, comics, lyrics, more music, hopes, dreams... my, the internet really is full of things. [more inside]
are a band from Richmond, Virginia that play fun, fast, lo-fi, riff-heavy upbeat rock songs with lyrics like "My friends are your friends but your friends are bullshit!" and "Waaa-ohhhh-ohhh-wa-oh-OH-oh-oh!" It's the summer party music you didn't know you needed, and because their one album and two EPs can be downloaded for free from Bandcamp: Cassette
, Tyler Perry's Sports Bar
, and I Want To Waste Away With You
Molly Lewis' (Previously: 1, 2, 3)
: The Year of the Beard
. Starring a few familiar faces. [more inside]
Last week, Improv Everywhere
set up the ACJW Ensemble
Orchestra (of Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School) in Herald Square in New York City and placed an empty podium in front of the musicians with a sign that read, "Conduct Us
." [more inside]
50,000 years of Western music in under 500 seconds:
A video of artist Pablo Morales de los Rios
creating one of those whiteboard-n'-marker style accelerated drawings spanning ~500 centuries of the stuff that soothes a savage breast. (Spanish, with English subtitles. Warning: may not contain all the things.)
Accordion covers (previously)
are no longer just for soloists. You've probably seen five North Koreans performing A-Ha's "Take On Me." (Previously.)
And of course tango
is ever-popular for the accordion. But have you heard Bach's Toccata
in d minor? Or a medley from "The Sound of Music?"
Or the first movement from Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
? Or a choreographed routine for North Korean school children
? Or the theme from E.T.
First recorded 50 years ago, Peter Paul and Mary
's Puff the Magic Dragon
has a rather sad ending: Puff 'sadly slips into his cave' while little Jackie Paper grows up and puts his childhood behind him. But in 2007, Peter Yarrow published a book, Puff, the Magic Dragon
, in which the classic song remains the same, but whose illustrations give us a new glimpse into Puff's future. Here is Mr. Yarrow, performing the song with his daughter Bethany at Woodstock's Bearsville Theatre, in '07
. [more inside]
For the second year in a row, DJ Earworm has created a mashup video, "Party on the Floor
" of all fifteen artists who performed at Capital FM’s 2011 Summertime Ball
at London's Wembley Stadium on June 12th. The video premiered during the concert. His official website
has more videos and free, downloadable MP3's. Last year's remix: Like, OMG Baby
. (His year-end pop-mashups: previously on Metafilter.) [more inside]
San Francisco-based DJ Earworm is best known for his end-of-year "United State of Pop" Billboard top 25 mashups: 2007
. But in the "off season" he continues to mash popular songs into fun concotions. His latest, "Like, OMG Baby"
is a reinvention
of Justin Bieber's "Baby
," and was shown at Wembley Stadium in London for Capital FM’s 2010 Summertime Ball
, where all fifteen of the artists featured on the track performed on June 6th. His official website
has videos and free, downloadable MP3's. [more inside]
50 mostly flash fun
sites. These include Record Tripping; Sound of Hamburg; Echogenesis; Incredibox in English and French; Optus Whale Song; Blues Master; Flame. And many more. Soundtrack For A Book
is one of my favorites.
, take a ride
at some of the Islamic Art
of the past. Or, you could call it Art
of the Islamic World
if you're so inclined. If not, then how about taking into account some of the major milestones
throughout the centuries
, from past
(more examples here
), including the art
. Not to mention the Arab
world's contribution to music
, both old
, and here
, with a wonderful
comment from nickyskye
Yo La Tengo is Murdering the Classics...
again! For the 12th straight year, this legendary group of music nerds
from Hoboken, NJ
encamps to the studios of local free form radio station WFMU
to play, on the spot, three full hours of listener-requested covers. The request show, part of the station's annual pledge drive, happens tonight (Sunday, March 2)
from 5-8 pm EST, and thanks to the wonder that is the internet you can listen (128k MP3 stream)
live from anywhere in the world (or catch the real broadcast in FM at 91.1 in NYC / New Jersey and 90.1 in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, Western NJ and Eastern Penn)
. [more inside]
Dance music toys
. Get your cheese on. Via Music Thing.
Half-human album covers.
Also known as "sleevefaces."
The New Pornographers of the '90s, the Sardinas released two fantastic albums full of mixtape fodder. Now everything they've got, including some live gems, is up online.
It's All Because.
Have you ever had those days where you're wondering just why everything about your life is feeling like it's going down the toilet bowl? Oded Gross
knows, and he will tell you all about it. In a song
This lip sych of Flagpole Sitta
is all kinds of awesome. An old favorite made new again by the office staff of Collegehumor et al
in one take. It's a little slow to start, but it hits pure joy by the end.
is a concept for interactive expression.
Fire bullets by manuevering your pixel as close as possible to the shots fired by the enemy in the center. Requires Java Runtime Environment.
(Since there's no sound, here's a sharity blog whose music would provide an excellent soundtrack: Curved Air
Game via Jay
and Good Experience
(link to vid) Some Music.
(hit the mp3s-not the photos) A body of work
. (embedded .mov)
All from you very own MefiProjects! (M.I.)
Love that Doctor Who
theme? After listening to the wide range of remixes
, make your own
with a little bit of not-Friday Flash Fun.
The Torture Tape Experiment Create for combat purposes a tape so wretched and foul that anyone who listens to it for 24 hours will never be able to think straight again. Warning:
dangerous MP3 files contained within.
Take one part virtual minidisk, one part crazy dream, stir it all together with a dash of creativity and maybe you too can find a Break in the Road
. It's actually kind of fun to play with. I couldn't produce anything that sounded to my ear like music, but I'm sure you lot can do better.
presents Ian MacKaye performing "Vowel Movement" for the kiddies. As a friend said, this site has "pancakes and indie rock and bob mould as a corporate goon all in one package." [via sullivan
Let them sing
it for you. Hours of Friday fun
Videohelper.com sells music and sound effects to film/video producers. Here's their FAQ.
It's the most fun FAQ I've ever read when I wasn't even trying to have fun. Though they are a serious business, their entire site is in this style. I want to work there!
brings you well enunciated music. The fun of karaoke meets the word power of the dictionary. [Via kottke.org