Wednesday, September 20

The Reverend

Monkeydaemon is perpetually in danger of becoming all YouTube, all the time. It's just a bottomless pit of goodness! I promise to throw a few words in between all the videos, but in the meantime check out the Rev. Al Green just destroying this version of "Simply Beautiful" a capella style. Was there ever a more apt title? Would you throw a bucket of boiling grits on this man?

Tuesday, September 19

Just Like Chocolate Cake Batter

In honor of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy's decision to upload antidrug videos to YouTube, let's take a trip down memory lane...

Check out Helen Hunt in an after-school special about the dangers of making angel dust in your high school chemistry lab. After being pressured into trying it by her teenage Owsley-wannabe boyfriend -- "C'mon, it's just like licking the bowl after Mom makes chocolate cake!" -- Helen proves that phencyclidine really does "affect everyone differently." I won't spoil what happens next.

More of the Beck

Hot off the back of his insane "Being John Malcovich" puppet-centric live tour, here's a new video of the forthcoming album, "The Information."

Monday, September 18

Fareed in Charge

photoCan someone please put Fareed Zakaria -- Daily Show favorite, Newsweek International editor, and author of the widely-read post-9/11 essay "Why Do They Hate Us?" -- in charge of U.S. foreign policy?
The world of Islam is extremely diverse. We should recognize and act on this diversity—between Shiites and Sunnis, Persians and Arabs, Asians and Middle Easterners—and most especially between moderates and radicals. But instead the White House is lumping Chechen separatists in Russia, Pakistani-backed militants in India, Shiite politicians in Iraq and Sunni jihadists in Egypt all together as one worldwide movement. This is, of course, exactly what Osama bin Laden has argued all along. But why is Bush making bin Laden's case?

Sunday, September 17

"A Melted Rasta Barbie"

8384_512The Observer Music Monthly weighs in with its top 10 list of worst plastic surgeries.
After Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Vince Neil and Elvis Presley, we have:

5. Axl Rose

When Axl was holed up creating Guns 'N' Roses' eternally awaited album Chinese Democracy, he got creative with his face, too. Sporting the classic 'wind tunnel' look and red-raw skin, he emerged like a melted Rasta Barbie doll, without the jugs.

Friday, September 15

That's One Expensive Bottle Opener

Personally I prefer my "Simpsons" opener which states, eloquently:

Homer: "No beer and no TV make Homer something something."
Marge: "Go crazy?"
Homer: "Don't mind if I do! Whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop."

This is pretty cool though:

Let's Go To The Hop

sock_hop2005I've been listening to this song over and over. Never gets old.

Radio Citizen - The Hop

More hott tunes on the right sidebar.

(via Captain's Crate)

Ah, what the hell, here's another: Radio Citizen - Everything

Second Life: One Big Dance Party?



(What is Second Life?)

Braff as Fletch?

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Scrubs? check.
Garden State? check.
A new Fletch movie? effing awesome!

Zach Braff gets interviewed for his forthcoming movie The Last Kiss. The plot: a guy cheats on his pregnant girlfriend -- can the legendary Braff charisma keep this guy from being a total douchebag, and the movie a total drag?.

But the really interesting stuff comes at the end, concerning Zach's possible next job: portraying the legendary Irwin Maurice "Fletch" Fletcher.

fletchQ: Is this FLETCH WON thing still a possibility? Is that any closer to happening? I know (Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence’s] name has come up as possibly being attached to it with you starring.

ZB: Yeah, I was talking to Harvey Weinstein about it when Kevin Smith was going to do it, and then Kevin fell out of it, and then I told Harvey that, you know, the perfect guy is Bill Lawrence, because there’s not a bigger fan of the Fletch book series than Bill. I mean, he is a Fletch fanatic. He’s one of those geeks that’s, on the Fletch websites.

C: I didn’t know there were such things.

ZB: There are Fletch websites. So, Harvey hired him to write and direct it. Bill’s starting from scratch. He’s going back to the book, and he’s got a really good template for it. His idea is…he uses the movie BEVERLY HILLS COP as a reference. If you think about BEVERLY HILLS COP, everyone thought it was a comedy, you know, you think back, and you think of all the funny stuff, but it also really holds up as an exciting action movie with high stakes. Someone gets their head blown off in the opening scene. I mean, it’s a high stakes mystery, action movie, but at the same time, hilarious. And, in the spirit of that, that’s what Bill wants to do with FLETCH, having you laughing a lot, but also have real stakes and have it be an exciting mystery.

C: An edgy FLETCH. I like it.

Thursday, September 14

Fly the Truthful Skies

greetcard_cp73b"GOOD morning, ladies and gentlemen. We are delighted to welcome you aboard Veritas Airways, the airline that tells it like it is."

The Economist, on what flight attendents would say if they were telling the truth:

-- "your safety is our first priority. Actually, that is not quite true: if it were, our seats would be rear-facing, like those in military aircraft, since they are safer in the event of an emergency landing. But then hardly anybody would buy our tickets and we would go bust."

-- "Your life-jacket can be found under your seat, but please do not remove it now. In fact, do not bother to look for it at all. In the event of a landing on water, an unprecedented miracle will have occurred, because in the history of aviation the number of wide-bodied aircraft that have made successful landings on water is zero. "

-- "Please switch off all mobile phones, since they can interfere with the aircraft's navigation systems. At least, that's what you've always been told. ... We will have to come clean about this next year, when we introduce in-flight calling across the Veritas fleet. At that point the prospect of taking a cut of the sky-high calling charges will miraculously cause our safety concerns about mobile phones to evaporate.

-- "On channel 11 of our in-flight entertainment system you will find a video consisting of abstract imagery and a new-age soundtrack, with a voice-over explaining some exercises you can do to reduce the risk of deep-vein thrombosis. We are aware that this video is tedious, but it is not meant to be fun. It is meant to limit our liability in the event of lawsuits."

-- "Cabin crew, please make sure we have remembered to close the doors. Sorry, I mean: ‘Doors to automatic and cross-check’. Thank you for flying Veritas."

Wednesday, September 13

The Areas of Their Expertise

John Hodgman, former professional literary agent, "Daily Show" resident expert, and discoverer of a human skull-lined tunnel beneath the Mall of America ....



Meet George Plimpton, founder of "The Paris Review," momentary Detroit Lions backup quarterback and subduer of RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan.

Friday, September 8

Weird Al: So (not) Gangsta

"I'm a champion at D&D/
MC Escher -- that's my favorite MC/
Keep your 40, I'll have an Earl Grey tea."

Weird Al: Ridin' Dirty (White & Nerdy)

Ballin!

See also: De La Soul's "Ego Trippin" and Ugly Duckling's "Just a Little Samba."

update: here's the video.

Thursday, September 7

Contrapuntal Britney

Funny "how to compose a fugue" video, with special thanks to Britney Spears and Johann Sebastian Bach.


"'Oops I Did It Again' marks the end of Britney Spears' sweet Catholic ingenue phase to her impetuous skanky youth phase. Let's take a listen."

Upper West Side: Where Brunch Was Born

Interesting and semi-plausible account in Slate about how NY smoked sturgeon emporium Barney Greenglass was the epicenter for the investion of brunch as we know it, back in the 1980s.
Sunday brunch's formative cauldron may be this otherwise unremarkable six-block stretch of Amsterdam on the Upper West Side ... Why Sunday? While it's tempting to see brunch as a secular ritual—a slow start for those coming to after nocturnal prowlings—there's an argument that it owes a great deal to American Jewry. Brunch, Gary Greengrass acknowledges, was a kind of Jewish alternative to church.

The article also notes that brunch "often has a distinctly post-coital vibe." Cha-ching!

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Related: Homer Simpsons celebrates his invention of "a meal between breakfast and brunch."

Monday, September 4

Daily Show: The Halcyon Days

From the glory days before Carrell and Colbert decamped, check it out as they settle that whole monotheism thing once and for all in a rhetorical cage match battle royale pitting Islam against Christianity. On your marks, get set, SMITE!

Sunday, September 3

Summer Madness Mixtape

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  1. Take It Easy, My Brother Charles Jorge Ben
  2. Soy Solo Para Ti Victor Boa Y Su Musica
  3. I'm In Love With A Rastaman Mahotella Queens
  4. Something George Harrison
  5. Five On A Joyride Cody Chesnutt
  6. Home Is Where The Hatred Is Gil Scott-Heron
  7. Mestizo Joe Bataan
  8. You've Made Me So Very Happy Lou Rawls
  9. Cover Me! Chairman Mao
  10. El Mensaje Los Fabulosos Festivals
  11. Searching for Soul Pt. 1 Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers
  12. Who Knows Marion Black
  13. Drive It Home Snooks Eaglin

Friday, September 1

Woke Up This Morning

We always get everything late -- the latest Sopranos season just started airing in the UK, but check out this characteristically cheeky promo from Channel 4.