MuZach Mondays – 8/20/12

Taylor Swift’s admittedly catchy new single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” is all the rage after its release this past week. The fact that the song centers on her breakup with a former flame is about as surprising as last week’s gaffe by Joe Biden, which I maintain was in no way intended to infer race.

But getting back to America’s fav breakup queen, her single’s got nothing on my nine MuZach ditties this week. Eat your heart out, Taylor.

1. Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin (inspired by you, Mr. Biden)
2. D.A.N.C.E. – Justice (worthy of being dedicated to MJ, and such a funky vid)
3. Domino – Van Morrison (equally worthy of its dedication to Fats Domino)
4. Fix You – Coldplay (added this as a workout cool-down – clutch & beautifully done)
5. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys (appreciate ballsiness of using “God” in 60s)
6. Hurt Me Tomorrow – K’Naan (his best song since the World Cup’s “Wavin’ Flag“)
7. National Anthem – Lana Del Rey (She’s strange, as is vid – bit obsessed w/ both)
8. Not Your Fault – AWOLNATION (a really stellar mix of several different genres)
9. Take A Walk – Passion Pit (totally kickass tune & vid from one of my fav bands)

MuZACH Mondays: 8/13/12

My first round of MuZACH Mondays since returning from the Bay Area this past week. This week’s lineup features the usual variety and ranges from Biebs to Aerosmith to an indie gem in Christine (and her queens). Have a great week, y’all!

1. As Long As You Love Me – Biebs ft. Big Sean (Biebs just keeps bringin’ it!)
2. California Soul – Marlena Shaw (I left a little piece of myself in NorCal last week.)
3. Good Time – Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepsen (I still say she’s no one-hit wonder.)
4. Mizzou Fight Song – Marching Mizzou (youngest sis heads to Columbia this week!)
5. Moving Like Bernie – ISA (This will forever remind me of A’s games.)
6. Narcissus Is Back – Christine and the Queens (Frenchie + drag queens = amazing)
7. The Other Side – Aerosmith (great reminder of Mama Burrus)
8. Pound The Alarm – Nicki Minaj (I figuratively fist pump on runs when this plays.)
9. With A Girl Like You – The Troggs (heard on “Girls” & am totes digging this group)

Call Me Maybe: An Intervention

As fake as this video clearly is, it’s without question one of the better interventions I’ve seen. It could never be the most captivating, however, because the actual “Intervention” episode with the bat shit crazy girl huffing Dustoff in the cemetery easily takes the cake.

Given the epic popularity of “Call Me Maybe”, I’m sure there are actually a few Carly Rae super fans out there who may be in need of an intervention. This guy was clearly due. I mean, the jean ripping and wasted karaoke sesh? Amazing. His loved ones randomly dropping song lyrics (“I miss him so, so bad.”) was also hella well done.

The ironic thing about this video, though, is that they never actually came together for an intervention. In a sequel… maybe?

MuZACH Mondays: 7/9/12

MuZACH Mondays has made its long-unanticipated return to the blogosphere after a number of months. BPT baby! It’s funny because I constantly star music on Spotify and make mental (and occasionally written) notes about songs I can’t get enough of, but as with most things in life it’s all about following through. Perhaps this can be my New Fiscal Year’s resolution.

Anyhow, my nine most recent obsession-worthy ditties–complete with quick notes for each–are presented in alphabetical order (because I’m neurotic) below for your listening pleasure. You may be asking yourself why only nine now, to which I’d say that nine is my favorite number and I honestly can’t imagine anyone having an interest in my list entering double-digit territory.

I also want to reiterate that I in no way claim to be any kind of authority on music. For whatever reason people often tell me I have decent taste in music, so I figured I’d spread the wealth. (You may soon be questioning these folks.)

As another quick note, Kristina Train is the daughter of one of the teachers I had the privilege of working with while in Savannah teaching as part of Notre Dame’s ACE program. Kristina is a supreme talent and will be releasing her second album later this summer. I secretly want to be her PR guy when she becomes famous, which she is undoubtedly destined to be.

Also, if you have yet to join Spotify, do so immediately. It’s a free and seriously amazeballs music service, so what could you possibly be waiting for? Check it out and find my lame playlists on there!

Now for the muzach, my friends.

  1. Dancing On My Own – Robyn (Yes, I dance on my own to it.)
  2. Dream of Me – Kristina Train (Move over Adele.)
  3. Hot Stuff [Let’s Dance] – Craig David (sweet Bowie sample!)
  4. I Feel Better – Gotye (His range extends well beyond his big hit.)
  5. King of Spain – The Tallest Man On Earth (love the bit of a bluegrass twang)
  6. Let’s Have A Kiki – Scissor Sisters (Thanks to my bestie Jules for this gem.)
  7. Long Distance Runaround – Yes (wonderful childhood reminder of my ‘rents)
  8. Summer In The City – The Lovin’ Spoonful (big fan of this funktastic intro)
  9. Went Away – The Maccabees (No, they’re not Jews but Brits… and brilliant.)

This List of 48 Made Me Feel 48

I may still be a spry twenty-something, but there are certainly times when I feel hella old — my youngest sister graduating high school this spring, occasionally (okay, often) limiting my drinking to dodge a hangover and waking up feeling quasi crippled the morning after tennis classes are just several examples of this.

Reading Buzz Feed’s recent list of “48 Things That Will Make You Feel Older” also exemplified my feeling like one of my grandma’s legally blind bridge partners. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed having the chance to reflect on what were some of the best (and most awkward) years of my life.

Oh the era of Ecto Cooler, “Clarissa Explains It All”, a (likely) chaste Lindsay Lohan and Pluto still being a legitimate planet.

After reading through the list, I’ve got some serious follow-up questions, though. Perhaps you’ll be asking yourself the same.

  • Did anyone else think the “Curly Sue” girl would turn out to be a heifer? Talk about overcoming the odds, and especially for a ginge. I’d say the same for Miley. Wow.
  • Would anyone dare disagree that Kathie Lee has only gotten more vapid and irrelevant since her days with Regis? Also, are she and Hoda ever sober during their 10th hour of “Today”?
  • How good was Ecto Cooler?
  • Has creepster Steve from “Blue’s Clues” been arrested on any kind of child pornography charges?
  • Anyone else lose a research paper on one of those floppy discs? Thank you Jesus for the invention of jump drives.
  • Does Eminem’s kid not look like a young Britney Spears? While it’s still entirely possible with him as her father, here’s to hoping she doesn’t turn out to be bat shit crazy like Brit.
  • Anyone else think Jonathan Lipnicki should give up on his fatal attempt at an acting career? It was all downhill after “Jerry Maguire”, my friend.
  • Why has Nickelodeon failed to launch a ’90s Nick channel? I’d pay good money for that.
  • Ryan Gosling was on “Are You Afraid of the Dark”?
  • If only the Harry Potter trio knew how rich and famous they’d become, right?
  • How effin’ frightening is the “Problem Child” kid’s in his current pic?
  • And he’s right, Meryl hasn’t aged an iota has she?

I hope you enjoy this blast from the past as much as I did.

Miley’s Back at It with Some Serious Side Boobage

What better way to follow up a serious post about the Catholic Church and its affiliated institutions’ contraception-centered lawsuits against the Obama administration than with some serious Miley Cyrus side-boob action.

I’ve never been a huge Miley fan given her lack of talent and the fact that her looks aren’t much better, but she’s becoming a constant source of entertainment these days — what with this side boobage, penis cake pic posing and all. And when did she get that big ass tatoo on her side? Where’s Billy Ray in all of this?

Miley’s clearly put her Disney pop princess days behind her, and I guess we should all be thankful for that. Nevertheless, it’s still kind of sad to see her act like such a big slut bag. With the exception of her clown face, though, she does look pretty damn good ; no doubt she’s definitely shed some of that baby fat. No more Hannah Montana, ladies and gentlemen.

I suppose if you’ve got it, flaunt it. That’s how I live my life anyway.

If you haven’t had your fill of all this side boob business, Hipster Runoff also offers an amusing take. Funny stuff.

Cashing in on All This “Call Me Maybe” Craziness

My friend, Cisco, sent me this video of the Harvard Baseball team covering Canadian bubblegum pop princess Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” this morning. Can’t deny the ingenuity of these brainy jocks. The best part is the guy in the back is legitimately sleeping the entire time.

And let’s not forget about Carly’s actual music video (below), which is nearly as amazing as the song itself and includes quite the twist ending.

In the spirit of all this Carly craziness, I figured it was also worth giving a shout-out to this clever “Call Me Maybe” business card. Pretty damn brilliant, although I’m still trying to conceive of its actual effectiveness for the bro who created it. Would love to be there when he tried it.