Thanks be to Videogum.
Kina Grannis is one of the only YouTube cover singers that deserves major (label) attention that I’ve come across. Great voice, cute as heck, smart and sweet, and primo cover selections. Check out her channel for some nice renditions – some top 40, some a little off the beaten path (Iron and Wine, Fleet Foxes, et al). Now she’s in L.A. courted by major labels. Well done. She did Bon Iver before he dominated your babysitter’s playlist, so cool credits are duly awarded. The date stamp proves all.
Hate me – I’m using the word meme. Loving this genre that’s around YouTube these days.
I knooow. It would be so sad. But if you had a sense of humour this would be the bees trees knees. I laughcried big time, with a few extra special Mike cackles. Calling it now – there are currently 49,000 views. Any bets on what it will be within a week? This is pure viral. I’m guessing 250,000 by tomorrow.
Update: it’s been 12 hours and it’s already at 450,000. HA! Turns out it’s fake – possibly a drink responsibly ad from Heineken. Kudos.
YouTube’s effort to streamline citizen journalism and breaking news videos to media outlets. A pretty cool idea to allow failing news media organizations to add content at no cost. Curious to see how this turns out. Globe article about YouTube Direct here.
And you thought auto-tuning the news was worth your time. I present Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking auto-tuning the cosmos (c/o YouTuber melodysheep). It almost sounds like a Weird Al song, but deciding to follow in the footsteps of Bill Nye rather than a kindergartener’s fart machine. Thanks to Trevor for the link.
Mary Poppins was a major young Christie staple. I still have a soft spot for musicals, both good and awful. Thank the mums. Here’s Pogo with another addition to his moviemash canon with Mary Poppins and “Expialidocious” .
Teenage psychadelia enthusiast/editing perfectionist POGO just recently released two new tunes this weekend. All of his songs use chopped up sounds directly coming from said movies. Kudos to YouTube channel subscriptions. These videos still don’t quite measure up to the crowning “Alice“, but check out trip-hoppy versions of Sword and the Stone and Harry Potter anyway.
Some of the best mashups I’ve heard/seen on YouTube. Called ThruYou. Watch all 7, you’ll want to. I like how he decided to mainly mashup instructional videos. Plus his “deconstructed” YouTube page looks pretty cool.
Those chairs are so modern Kanye West Swedish mordern furniture post, you guys. Easy targets, my bad. It’s not that I hate him or his music, I just find his image of materialism and consumption nauseating. It’s like American Psycho, but real life, only-seek-value-through-branded life.
As a TA, I found that word was the most overused word in university. Yes it has many letters, congratulations.
Here’s the word in action. I like stupid YouTube shit once in awhile, and it’s Friday afternoon. When goats sound like people. Go:
About 5th time view on the first one, still laughing.
This is when YouTube is truly a great medium for video. I doubt this is considered mashup as it’s just one source, but brilliant (and mind-boggingly time consuming) editing nonetheless. The maker of the video says he uses 90% original audio, I’m guessing the added audio is for the beat and maybe the pad or bass tracks. Meaning pretty much all you hear in this song is taken directly from the film, chopped, clipped, mixed, screwed with. Amazing. The dumbfoundingly beautiful melody that he has clipped is so melodic (!!!), tasteful, and creepy. It reminds me of music that Telepopmusik, Royksopp, and Thievery Corporation wishes it could make. The song definitely takes on a trip-hop/IDM/car commercial theme song angle.
Not only did this gentleman make a beautiful song almost entirely from audio clips from the Alice in Wonderland movie, he edited video to match the audio perfectly. Mood, rhythm, and theme all unite.
Great choice of video to edit, as well. Such a legend behind this book as you all know – symbolism, drugs, anthropomorphism, massive influence on culture, it’s got it all. If I was this video creator, I would feel like I really created something truly worthy of creation. A big check off the to-do list.
Props to Belardi for the link.