Brooks Laich Winks For The Ladies

28 12 2011

Everyone loves the Caps’ forward and team heartthrob, Brooks Laich. So today I’m sharing with you, a beautiful little tidbit of Brooks. Brought to you from the fine folks at Comcast Sportsnet and spotted on a recent post by Russian Machine Never Breaks (RMNB), there is a fine, fine video of Brooks and teammate Joel Ward wishing everyone a merry Christmas. The video is short and sweet and shows the two rehearsing their message before finally getting it right. One more excuse to watch Brooks in his “underroos” is fine with me, but my favorite part is his super cute wink at the end:

My, my, my, what a wink. And Joel Ward’s harmless almost-smile isn’t too shabby either. You can find the fantastic video here and make sure to save that link- I’m sure you’ll want to re-watch it many times. Thanks guys, for the thoroughly entertaining few minutes. I know I’m satisfied.


I’ve Got Soul But…

18 06 2010

Completely randomly, I was thinking of a song yesterday. I typed in the lyrics to YouTube and it turned out that the song I was thinking of was by The Killers. I was a little surprised because the song seemed like it was from an older, more classic band. I guess the chorus just sounded like some power rock ballad you could hear in the 1970s or 80s. Nonetheless, I found the song and listened to it a few times.

And then I found my new favorite video clip…

I soon learned a few things about this clip. For one, that is Justin Timberlake lip-synching the song. Secondly, the clip is actually from a movie called, “Southland Tales.” The movie is directed by the same person who made the cult classic, “Donnie Darko.”

One of the reasons I like this clip so much is because the scenes are filmed well and the cinematography is interesting to take note of. The scenes are long and there are few cuts as the camera pans through what is happening and follows Timberlake’s character. Another reason I like this video clip is because I really like the song. But most of all, I am especially drawn to the choreography of the girls’ dancing. They display some sexy moves while drawing the drunken character into interest.

So now, I am intrigued by this movie. I kind of just want to see the movie just to see how this scene fits into the movie’s story line. Since I am also a fan of the movie, “Donnie Darko,” I feel like “Southland Tales” could also hopefully be a promising movie as well.

Mayer Hawthorne

8 05 2010

Back in March, the Express paper wrote an article about an up and coming musician that was slated to perform in D.C. at The Rock and Roll Hotel. The musician’s name was Mayer Hawthorne, and after reading the article, it sounded like a musician I had to check out. The article painted Hawthorne as just the kind of musician I enjoy listening to:

By adding touches of hip-hop, rock and reggae to the classic sounds of Motown, Hawthorne has generated a small, but devoted following.

“What I’m trying to do with this soul music is… honor the original Detroit soul but also update it, Hawthorne said. “I think a lot of kids, they might choose not to listen to it because they feel like it’s more music of a previous generation. So, I’m bringing… young blood into that music and bringing it into 2010 and making it fun again.”

Since reading the article, two months ago, I had been wanting to give his music a good listening to, but for some reason, never got around to it. Today, as I was sifting through the contents of my desk, the article I saved about Mayer Hawthorne fell to the floor. I picked it up and decided that this lazy Saturday morning would be a great time to give a first listen to his music. The first song I chose to listen to was, “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out.”

I loved it. The story to the video was cute and definitely something I could relate to. And the music was wonderfully soulful and catchy. I could immediate understand what the article was saying about his Motown sound, yet also bringing it into the 21st century. It was hip, with it’s hip-hop undertones. I decided to check out more.

The next thing that stuck with me was this simple Barbershop Quartet tune, called, “When I Said Goodbye.”

This was more mellow and smooth and reminded me of something I would hear on an Oldies station. It was reminiscent of the early crooning of The Temptations. It was easy to listen to and I enjoyed the four-part arrangement. I wanted to make sure that Mayer Hawthorne could keep up his style successfully, after only listening to two of his songs.

The next song I happened upon might be my new favorite song:

“Maybe So Maybe No” was fun, catchy, and was great to sing a long to. Like with the first song, “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out,” I also became very fond of this video. The video is just Mayer having a good time at a beachy town. You see him with skateboarders, other performers, music lovers, and it ends with an outdoor party. The video just emphasizes the feel good vibe that the song brings out, despite the lyrics about how love can be mysterious and unsure.

His music reminded me a lot of another band I really like, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (this song is maybe my favorite of theirs). It brings to mind the sounds of funk, soul, and RnB; all types of music that I love.

The funny thing with Mayer Hawthorne, is that upon looking at him, you wouldn’t necessarily guess that he sounds the way he does:

Yes, that’s right. I am being mildly stereotypically racist and I’m saying that in my mind he looks pretty White. Just look at the hair, the Buddy Holly “birth control” glasses, the cardigan, the cheesy-goofy “nice Jewish boy” smile he has:

What a cutie.

The goofy smile, the cardigan...

And yet he has this hip, soulful, Black sound. He is, after all (according to the article, I referenced above), from “Ann Arbor Michigan, in a home filled with soul music [that] both his parents loved.” But I love that his music sounds so different than the way he looks. Sometimes I secretly aspire to “look Black” when I am in fact White. I know that really, this is all just silly that one can look like another race just by the way they dress, but it does ring some bit of truth. And  yet, why shouldn’t he be that way? Notably, Beyond Race Magazine, even landed Mayer on the front cover:

And Mayer looks like he could be remotely Black here. How beautifully ironic.  And how awesome. This Jewish boy, who grew up going by Andrew Mayer Cohen seems to have come a long way into his moderate fame. He’s my new favorite person.

A Lovely Snow Video

22 02 2010

There is a video on the internet that is making its rounds as one of the most lovely things to come out of the snowstorms in D.C. this month. You may have seen it before. I heard it was on the Facebook group for the Snowpocalypse. You may have seen it while wandering through the site it is posted on, or on another blog, such as my friend’s blog (where I first saw it).

This video is my new favorite thing. Everything about it makes me smile. It is a happy and mellow recount of the treacherous snow that blanketed D.C. this month… twice. The video is taken on two Canon 7Ds, the latest and greatest video/still cameras out right now. I talked to my co-worker about this camera and he informed me that while it costs a fortune, it really is amazing and takes very high quality pictures and videos.

Aside from the video being of wonderful quality, the subject is very cheery. While many people were going crazy from cabin fever, shoveling, or the all around poor conditions for getting around, there were still plenty others who happily enjoyed the snow. This video is of those who weren’t afraid to go out and explore the snow in D.C. It shows people having fun in the snow: sledding, walking, playing, and smiling.

The music sure helps with the uplifting mood, too. Provided by Vampire Weekend off their newest and second album called, Contra, the song is pleasantly mellow with a playful tone. The unique instrumentation adds character to maybe my favorite part of the video (at 1:17) where what sounds like a marimba creates color when you see people sledding down icy steps. This shows expert editing in the video as well.

Like I said, everything (the high quality production, the cheery subject, and the happy and calming music) about this video makes me smile and not grow tired of it when I watch it over and over again. I hope you feel the same way too. Enjoy at the link below!

Washington, DC Snow Storm

Animal Collective

25 01 2010

As you may have noticed on my “Song of the Week” page, I have included a few songs by the Baltimore-based band, Animal Collective. I didn’t start getting interested in Animal Collective’s music until last year, when I heard it on Fresh Air. For those not familiar with the group, their music is composed of multiple layers of catchy electronic pop rock which creates a repetitive, flowing sound. In addition to their fun music, they also tend to have very creative and unique music videos. For a great, detailed review of one of my favorite Animal Collective songs check out what my friend wrote here. That song, is the first song I heard from the band, and what got me excited about not only their music, but also their videos.

One of the reasons I like this music, is because you really get a sense of the excitement of building up to a musical climax. In, “My Girls,” the song booms with the climax of a scream. In “Brothersport,” the music takes you on a three part musical adventure. For the second section of the song, you have to endure the build-up which seems to go on forever. For the lengthy span of 1:40 – 3:15, you become trapped in a cycle of enjoying the looping sounds around you, but also eagerly awaiting to see where the music will take you next. Finally it builds up to the climax, which also happens to be my favorite part at 3:15.

You can see what I mean about my new favorite song, “Brothersport,” whose video I have included below. The video is like a fun, acid trip from a child’s perspective. I especially like the play with the quick tempo and worldly rhythm in this song. My brother and I agree that the vide has a sort of  Spike Jonze’s “Where The Wild Things Are” quality to it. To quote my brother, “It does remind me of the Where the Wild Things are remake in that same way – it seems to be targeting a very specific part of the brain, where memories of childhood innocence and A.D.D. addled-hyperactivity mesh.” I like the video (aside from the colors and lights and sounds) for the portrayal of the innocence of chilhood and that with which can spur creativity. I also thought the animation over the real-life parts were cute and clever.

YouTube Spectacular

2 11 2009

P. 83  11/2/09

Thanks to Gchat and away message stalking of people I don’t actually know, but who are in my contacts list, I have found my new favorite YouTube video. This is up there with the Ramen Noodle Bath video, but possibly better. The description is as follows:

“Five brave workers decide to record themselves simultaneously at their office doing something…unthinkable…”

Yes, my friends, this video is so great that I felt the need to post it to my blog. And as you may know, not just any video can qualify. (But the awesomeness that this video is, might also be contributed to this earlier post.) Anyways, my favorite parts is at 2:24-2:27, although it’s all pretty amazing. Enjoy!

10 Day Mark

21 10 2009

A. 44  10/21/09

Today marks the 10 day countdown start till Halloween. I’m kicking off the official countdown with this classic music video. (I originally wanted to use this for later into the countdown, but figured it just couldn’t wait.) I wasn’t a particular fan of this music group when they were popular back in the 1990s, but now I find myself drawn to this ultra-campy and catchy style of music. And I can’t help but be thoroughly entertained by the kitschy, Halloween-like theme to the music video.

It’s odd though, that the Backstreet Boys had the image that the lyrics, “Everybody rock your body. Everybody rock your body right. Backstreet’s back all right!” would call to mind, a creepy Haunted House. Personally, that’s not the first thing I’d think of, but then again, if they were looking to confuse their audience with a video not to match their music, then I think they nailed it!

Nonetheless, Happy 10 Day Countdown Start!