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Plugged In: “Immortal – Michael Jackson”

Michael Jackson ImmortalI’m going to assume you’ve all heard Michael Jackson before. In fact, if you haven’t I might seriously judge you. Like seriously. His contribution to music is still heard and seen today and it would shock me if Michael wasn’t part of your auditory life. And because of this we’ve probably heard it all.

That’s where “Immortal – Michael Jackson” comes in handy.

Featuring some of his most popular tracks remastered and redesigned to support the Cirque du Soleil tour of the same name, Immortal gives you much of what you know but mixed in a way that makes everything new. Whether you need some music to jam to, clean house by (it’s my Mr. Clean mojo), or simply get your groove on you’ll find this album will fit.

And if you’re so inspired, I highly recommend you head down to Las Vegas and check out Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE performance. Or at least give my review of it a read. 🙂


Sounds Like Something

Earlier today I was listening to a few tunes on Rdio and discovered something that rocked my world.

The lead-in to “Beyond” by Daft Punk was totally The Legend of Zelda-esque.


But this revelation got me thinking. How many other songs out there could have a similar unintended similarity?

I’d like to think that I’m a musical guy. I was in band throughout high school. I sang in vocal jazz (an early morning, before school started, for credit class that I aced). In fact, you’ll often catch me moving, albeit subtly, to the beat of any song that inspires me. But today I found myself connected to a different plane of musical existence.

Daft Punk and Zelda.

Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever heard a tune that reminded you of something completely unrelated? Sure we all have songs that remind us many things – anything from Big Wreck reminds me of some seriously sad times, while Prozaak brings me back to happy – but I’m talking about the crazy. I’d love to hear more in the comments!

A Lego version of Link from Legend of Zelda

Link is Awesome – courtesy of Andrew Becraft

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Winter Tour 2010

It may only be the start of November, but just like Costco I’m getting myself prepared for Christmas by acquiring a pair of tickets to take in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra when they roll through town on November 12.

Now true, thinking of such things while in Maui is probably forbidden, but I’m actually pretty stoked to be catching TSO when we return from paradise. And if the video above wasn’t enough for you, why not learn more from the description I ripped off of wikipedia:

The orchestra’s musical style incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal. The orchestra is most famous for their series of rock operas. They have released two albums that are being toured in the spring (Beethoven’s Last Night and songs from Night Castle). They are also known for their charity work and their elaborate concerts, which are complete with a full orchestra, a massive light show, lasers, dozens of pyrotechnics, moving trusses, video screens, and other effects that are synchronized to the actual music – source

So what do you think? Yes it’s a little kitschy to be rocking to the Christmas tunes so early in the season, but considering the strength of the orchestra that’s rocking out to ’em, I’m sure there are worse things to be doing.

Different Kinda Earworm

Have you ever had a tune so embedded in your head that you’d find yourself singing/humming/whistling/air-guitaring to it non-stop? To the point that you either drive yourself, or others for that matter, completely nuts? Well, you’ve had yourself an “earworm” by golly. Whether it’s the complete tune or simply a snippet, it drills itself into your psyche and doesn’t seem to ever disappear.

Before you read further, I would like you to complete some homework by learning about the “earworm” in it’s natural environment – radio. Likely the best coverage of the earworm that I’ve seen/heard was straight from Randy’s Vinyl Tap (Randy of Randy Bachman fame) on CBC Radio One. Marnie and I happened to be hanging with her folks the weekend this aired, and as CBC radio is always on, I just happened to catch the episode (Vinyl Tap – Oct. 24, 2009 is what you want). Although they talk about a variety of addictive tunes (and one I’ll talk about in a bit), I have to say that I’m easily affected by ’em.

My current earworm du jour is “21 Guns” from Green Day – ‘cept it’s not your run of the mill 21 Guns. No, it’s the version we all got treated to during the 2010 Grammy Awards featuring the cast of American Idiot AND Green Day. Maybe it’s the easy to follow lyrics, the slow repetitive beat, or simply the fact that it brings two musical genres I like (Green Day & the Broadway musical) – whatever it is, I find that every time I hear the tune I’m caught humming away.

And by including that video, I’ve now started to hum along EVEN after it’s all sung and done.

So what’s this other tune I alluded to earlier? Well, if you’ve listened to both of the ODEO podcasts of Vinyl Tap, you’ll likely hear them refer to this tune as earworm repellent. Apparently it takes whatever music you can’t get out of your head and kills it dead. Except for me – it’s like earworm fertilizer.

“Mah Nah Mah Nah” by the Muppets drives Marnie completely nuts. Like serious enough to go postal nuts. And it’s an earworm to me. I’m surprised no one has been injured yet.

So what tune or tunes do you find stick in your head? Please share!

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