Wednesday, October 8, 2008

More Cowbell!!

As the classic Christopher Walken sketch on SNL taught us - you can never have too much cowbell! Well, now you can make it happen!
Just go to
Upload any mp3
Select the desired amount of "cowbell"
Select the desired amount of "Walken"

Ta da! Listen to your song.

(Thanks to worldofhiglet for the link!)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show

One of my first posts on this blog dealt with the humor of Kim Evey, and her web shows "Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show" and "2 Hot Girls in the Shower" (not as x-rated as it sounds). Well, Gorgous Tiny Chicken Machine Show has started its second season, with new episodes online every Friday. In the first episode of the new season, Kiko and the gang move to a new house, and throw a global housewarming party. One of the things I love about the show is the range of comments it gets from viewers:

"This is a comedic failure beyond any I've ever seen. Not funny ever. I'm dumber for watching it."


Really fun and waay out there -- I love it"

"Oh God does this show suck"

"I love this show. Of course I'm very ill"

Friday, October 3, 2008

Jenny Lewis, Indie Goddess

One of my favorite artists released a new cd last week. "Acid Tongue" is Jenny Lewis' follow-up to her 2006 release (with the Watson Twins) "Rabbit Fur Coat". Who is Jenny Lewis, you ask? Jenny Lewis is the lead singer for Rilo Kiley. Uh huh. And who is Rilo Kiley? Rilo Kiley is the LA indie band formed in 1999 by Lewis and fellow former child actor Blake Sennett. Though I guess I should say former indie band, since their 4th release, 2007's "Under the Blacklight", was their 1st major label release (Warner Bros). But what the heck, I'm still calling her an indie goddess because she and Rilo Kiley are still relatively unkown to much of the music listening public. Rilo Kiley is often mentioned in the same breath as Death Cab for Cutie, which is not surprising since their members seem to spend a lot of time jumping into side projects with one another, and because both bands' early records were released on Seattle-based Barsuk Records. One area that Rilo Kiley has had mainstream success is in marketing songs to tv and movies - various songs have been used in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Dawson's Creek", "The O.C.", "Weeds", "Nip/Tuck", "Grey's Anatomy", "Must Love Dogs", and "John Tucker Must Die".

Jenny's solo work is more acoustic and folkie than her work with Rilo Kiley, and "Acid Tongue" features guest appearances by Elvis Costello, M. Ward, and Zooey Deschanel. I do not have any of her current record to link to here as an example, as there are no official video releases yet. There are a number of bootleg video recordings on YouTube of Jenny performing songs off the new album, including the title track, "Jack Killed Mom", and "See Fernando", but I'm not linking to them because they are primarily shaky hand-shot video.

That said, below here are two Rilo Kiley songs, and a Jenny Lewis song from her first solo album. Give them a listen!

Rilo Kiley, "Portions for Foxes", from the album More Adventurous

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, "You Are What You Love", from the album Rabbit Fur Coat

Rilo Kiley, "The Moneymaker", from the album Under the Blacklight


Pandora, the online radio station of the Music Genome Project, is the latest in the wave of personalized web radio. The Music Genome Project was started in 2000 by some music loving technophiles, with the goal to "capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level", categorizing songs by melody, harmony, rhythm, instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course singing and vocal harmony. You provide Pandora ( with the name of an artist or song, and it constructs a playlist of artists and songs with similar musical characteristics. You can further tweak the playlist by clicking on "thumbs-up" or "thumbs-down" for a particular song, and this way Pandora "learns" what it is you like. Thumbs down songs will be removed from the list and not played again. You can also click on the "why was this song selected" option under the menu button, and it will provide a list of traits that make the song similar to your original artist or song. For instance, on my "Sarah McLachlan" station, Pandora played the song "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles. When I asked why, it said "Based on what you've told us so far, this song was selected because it features mellow rock instrumentation, mild rythmic syncopation, acoustic rhythm piano, acoustic sonority and use of a string ensemble." So there.

Try it yourself. It's easier than because you don't have to search for and add the artists yourself, and you may find some new artists you didn't know of before.