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Video Clip of The Week: The Furious Snowflakes, “I Got You A Brain For Christmas”

Do you have Dump supporters among your co-workers, in your close circle of friends or, worse yet, in your actual family? It’s Okay to admit it: everybody does, to varying degrees, and geezus gawd, it can be a mortifying horrorshow of a reality to have to navigate, amiright? Because, Dump supporters, they are not fond of being all that open-minded or free-thinking. It is confounding, to say the least. But as easy (and rewarding) as it is to unfriend these non-thinkers on the FaceBook, hate is counterproductive. We can’t give up trying to reach the unenlightened, and often, humor really helps get the message across.

And that’s why the time is right for what I am going to call the Chrismta Song of 2017: “I Got You A Brain For Christmas.” This up-tempo Christmas carol is a pop music collaboration from regional rock legend, Rob Fetters and author/satirist Bob Woodiwiss which is performed by The Furious Snowflakes, comprising six veteran singers and musicians. The resulting uber-catchy tune, according to Woodiwiss “is one that both swings and stings,” with an accompanying video that’s a hybrid of mockumentary voyeurism, outrageous imagery and stop motion animation. Lyrically, “I Got You A Brain For Christmas” takes a cue from two conversational themes heard by Woodiwiss at protest events since last January 20th: disbelief that any rational person could support Dump, his reckless management, blatant dishonesty and lack of respect for women and minorities; and the uncomfortable, intensifying antipathy between his bashers and supporters at family, work and social get-togethers. “I Got You A Brain For Christmas” is a sardonic musical response to both, set to a bright original tune that recalls an earlier, more cohesive era. Put this one into heavy playlist rotation for the holidays. Enjoy!

Christmas Brain

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Video Clip of The Week: David Myles, “Real Love”

Today, the Video Clip of The Week is excited to feature Juno Award-winning Canadian artist David Myles’ new video for his single, “Real Love” — which is the title track from Myles’ upcoming 10th studio release! Of the 13-track record, Myles confesses, “It’s a record I’ve always wanted to make . . . an upbeat, danceable, fun record that harkens back to the early days of rock ‘n roll.” Written entirely by Myles and produced by Daniel Ledwell, Real Love is a departure from the songer’s previous record in that it is fully electric.  Real Love also features members of his touring trio — Kyle Cunjak on bass and Allan Jeffries on guitar, plus Joshua Van Tassel on drums and additional vocals by Mahalia and Reeny Smith. Exciting!

Drawing from American roots music, Real Love mixes full-bodied arrangements and dance rhythms with classic rock ‘n’ roll structures. It follows 2015’s So Far, which All Music described as “a smooth, sophisticated collection of tracks,” and about which No Depression noted, “[Myles’] low-key, unassuming style ingratiates him from the first notes forward.”

David Myles

David Myles’ sound traverses musical time periods and genres, crisscrossing folk, roots, pop, jazz and country. His embrace of varied styles and tastes has resulted in numerous collaborations — most recently, with hip hop star Classified, Grammy Award-winner Alex Cuba and Quebec’s Jean Francois Brault. Real Love is due out on January 26th, 2018 via Little Tiny Records. Enjoy!

Real Love Cover

Video Clip of The Week: Dhani Harrison, “All About Waiting”

To many of us, Sunday morning means listening to the syndicated radio program, Breakfast with the Beatles, so it is appropriate to use this space to debut a new video by Dhani Harrison — the son of my favorite Beatle, George Harrison — whose song “All About Waiting” soundtracks an engaging, animated Sci-Fi mystery.

This fantstic-looking music video depicts a futuristic world, overly developed with machinery and computers, echoing Harrison’s contemplative lyrics “revolution, evolution, patience, revolution, evolution, wasted,” in a setting filled with scenes of both natural and human-influenced disasters impacting the landscape. The protagonist of the video, a DNA scientist, reaches an apparent point of opposition to her colleagues upon the realization that her efforts may be causing more harm than good, and then pursues an ill-fated attempt to bring her discovery to light with her colleagues and team leaders.

You’ll have to watch the video — which was directed and animated by Adam Osgood, with additional illustrations from A. D’Amico and hand-drawn animation by Sarah Schmidt — to find out what happens next!

“All About Waiting” can be found on Harrison’s latest album, In Parallel, which is out now! Enjoy!

Dhani Harrison

The Best Types of Music to Listen to When Studying for a Military History Degree

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Finding the right study routine can be difficult. Everyone does their best work under different conditions. Some of us are more prone to distraction, while others can’t work without ambient or background noise.

Studies on the issue have been inconclusive, but it is now believed that the optimum working conditions vary from individual to individual, and there is no single best way to increase productivity and focus. For many people, though, there are certain types of music which, when playing in the background, can increase focus and, therefore, the rate at which people work. In this article, we will take a look at some of the musical genres, which studies suggest are the most effective at aiding revision and would, therefore, make perfect background noise while studying an online military history degree.

Classical

When choosing music to aid your study, you will have more options available to you if you are willing to try genres that you wouldn’t necessarily listen to for pleasure. Classical music is the genre that is most often credited with increasing concentration, in some cases even general intelligence. It seems that the real answer is somewhere between these two possibilities and the effect varies from individual to individual.

Knowing where to start in choosing a piece of classical music can be difficult if you are unfamiliar with the genre. The best thing to do is have a look online for some of the big names: Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, etc. All their music is now in the public domain and you should be able to listen to any of their pieces easily and for free. Students studying an MMH degree may well appreciate the historical significance of much of this classical music.

For some people, classical music is a significant study aid while hitting the books for a military history degree.

Ambient

Ambient music is unique among other musical genres in that it is almost music that is not designed to be listened to. Instead, it is designed to play in the background to enhance the atmosphere of a room. This makes it a great choice for background music while studying. Ambient music sometimes contains vocals, but they are subtle. More commonly, voices are used as instruments, to produce musical sounds rather than form vocals.

The instruments that are used are designed to be gentle, and usually, produce slow and long sounds that blend into the background. Some ambient music incorporates nature sounds such as rain and waterfalls.

Unplugged

Remember, your goal here is to study, not to rave! Music that is loud and hectic, cluttered with a variety of different sounds will be too intrusive and make concentration hard. Instead, music that is acoustic or unplugged, meaning an absence of electronic instruments, tends to be less intrusive.

Choosing the right background music can make a huge difference to some students in terms of helping their concentration. The only way to find out for certain is to experiment, try different options, and see what works best for you!

Video Clip Of The Week: MGMT, “Little Dark Age”

MGMT is a band that Geoffrey and I love so much, and feel so protective about, that we still pronounce its name “Management” just to be dicks. The Brooklyn-based neo-dance-by-way-of-surf-rock duo won me over back in 2007 with their phenomenal debut album, Oracular Spectacular, and its follow-up, Congratultions, which was my favorite album of 2010. So, it was kind of inevitable they they would fall from grace with a hard and painful thud by releasing a third album which was their own personal version of Metal Machine Music via an eponymous 2013 release that just sucked irredeemably. Yet somehow, the band ‘managed’ to not get booted from their sweet major label deal, and they are still around to be releasing a fourth album in early 2018 — yay! Today, we bring you the video for that hotly-anticipated album’s title track, “Little Dark Age.” As you will see, it was worth the wait.

Visually and thematically, “Little Dark Age” hearkens way back to the Golden Age of MTV, when bands still gave a shit about making videos that looked crazy while adding a backstory to the song. Here, we find vocalist Andrew VanWyngarden channeling his inner Robert Smith amid a cinematic music video (think: The Shining as directed by Ken Russell) featuring sinister and surreal vignettes of VanWyngarden, partner Ben Goldwasser and a supporting cast of band members and groupies having adventures in an around a spooky haunted house, all while being stalked by the figure of Death. Very scary! The video was directed by the capable team of David MacNutt and Nathaniel Axel. Aurally, “Little Dark Age” sounds like MGMT dug out their catalog of old Cure and Tubeway Army records and just went to town. High fives all around on this one.

“Little Dark Age” was produced by MGMT, Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Kelela, Blood Orange), and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala) who I still love most for his work with Mercury Rev.  Enjoy!

MGMT Litttle Dark Age Still
Andrew VanWyngarden Channels his Inner Robert Smith

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Video Clip of The Week: GoldFish, “Talk to Me”

Few things fill me with a degree of ecstatic delight to rival that of finding an excellent animated clip for the weekly jam, because it brings us all closer to the gleeful vibe of the weekend-morning cartoons that many of us were addicted to as kids. Today, I invite you to enjoy a flight through space courtesy of the track “Talk to Me” from San Diego-by-way-of-South Africa electronic dance duo, GoldFish. Speaking about the track, This Song Is Sick offers that the group’s “unique style of house is apparent with a dance-driven approach making use of bouncing, deep basslines, jazzy and bright melodies with uplifting vocals while sax lines are thrown in perfectly.” “Talk to Me” is visualized by the familiar style of animator Mike Scott (Disney/ Nickoldeon/ Cartoon Brew).

“Talk to Me” can be found on the duo’s fifth studio album, Late Night People, which is out now via Armada Music. International tour dates for GoldFish are below. Enjoy!

Tour Dates for GoldFish Live:

Date   Location      Venue
SUN  10/8/17         Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival
SAT   10/14/17       San Diego, CA The Music Box
SUN  10/15/17       Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival
WED 10/18/17      BRISTOL UK Cirque du Soul
FRI    10/20/17      Amsterdam, Netherlands ADE at MELKWEG – Sold-Out
SUN   10/22/17     PARIS, FR Nouveau Casino
MON  10/23/17    NOTTINGHAM, UK Cirque du Soul
WED  10/25/17    Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
THU  10/26/17     New York, NY PlayStation Theater
FRI    10/27/17     New York, NY Terminal 5
SAT   10/28/17     Boston, MA House of Blues
SUN  10/29/17     Live Oak, FL Hulaween
SAT   11/11/17       Sao Paulo, Brazil Music Motion Presents GoldFish
SAT   11/11/17       Itu, Brazil Anzu Club
WED 11/15/17      Praia Brava – Itajahi, Brazil Habbitat
FRI   11/17/17       Haras Manoel Leão, Brazil TBA
SAT  11/18/17       Belo Horizonte, Brazil Só Trak Boa
SUN  12/10/17     Capetown, South Africa Submerged w/ GoldFish

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Pink Thing Of The Day: Pink Panther Film Soundtrack By Henry Mancini

Pink Panther Film Soundtrack By Henry Mancini
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Pink Panther Film Soundtrack Album By Henry Mancini was Photographed in the Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria Queens, New York.

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