Mates of State’s Kori Gardner has been writing a regular column for Babble about touring with kids and being a parent in a band.
I Love The Loituma Girl
Loituma Girl (also known as Leekspin) is a flash cartoon set to a gibberish section of the traditional Finnish folk song â€œIevan Polkkaâ€ sung by the Finnish quartet Loituma, taken from their 1995 debut album Things of Beauty. The cartoon consists of a 4-frame animation of the Bleach anime character Orihime Inoue twirling a leek (a type of green onion, called a negi in Japan) to a 27-second loop from the song. Enjoy!
Colorado New Wave & Punk Rock
Colorado New Wave/Punk Rock: Documenting the 70s and 80s punk era in the rocky mountain state.
Music & Movies Of 2006
According to last.fm these are the bands that I listened to most during 2006 (of course this doesn’t include what was played on the ipod and ye ole stereo with ye ole cd’s):
1 Modest Mouse
3 Big Bad Mutha Fuka
4 Dressy Bessy
5 Stevie Wonder
7 Snow Patrol
8 Beastie Boys
9 The Bouncing Souls
10 Talulah Gosh
And these are the tracks I listened to most:
1 Beastie Boys â€“ Country Mike’s Theme
2 Ben Folds Five â€“ Champagne Supernova
3 Big Black â€“ I Can’t Believe
4 Big Star â€“ ST 100/6
5 Animaniacs â€“ The Planets
6 Propagodz â€“ Trax Cut Cold
7 Barry Beatmaster â€“ Benny’s Gay Bar
8 Bikini Kill â€“ Rah! Rah! Replica
9 Afghan Whigs â€“ Her Against Me
10 Billy Bragg â€“ Lovers Town Revisited
The top 5 highest rated movies I saw during 2006 with my rating out of 5 (not necessarily released in 2006):
- 1 Little Miss Sunshine – A dark comedy that is loads of fun to watch. All the characters were interesting and the story was well thought out. A great laugh indeed. 5/5
2 Garden State – One of my recent faves. A movie for the indie yuppy in us all. 4.5/5
3 Stranger Than Fiction – An enjoyable and eccentric comedy that somehow holds up to its own ending. A sort of “Owen Meanie” meets “Groundhog Day” meets “Delirious”. 4/5
4 N Judah 5:30 (short) – A melancholy train ride filled with small, rich moments. 4/5
5 Heavenly Creatures – Macabre, immaginitive, brutal and real this is an unconventional teenage love story. The mood of this movie is what stuck out. I also had no idea it was true to actual events – right down to the verbatim narration. 4/5
6 Match Point – Not your typical Woody Allen. London not Manhatten, opera not jazz, Johanson not Keaton. A more serious movie for Allen with a touch of the noir and well worth the time & money. 4/5
7 Primer – A complete brain twister. But in a fun way, not a frustrating way. A movie to watch twice and talk about. 4/5
8 Me and You and Everyone We Know – ))<>(( 4/5
9 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – It’s really hard not to compare this to the original – so i will; this had worse music but a better backstory. 4/5
10 The Puffy Chair – I don’t need healthy relationships or happy endings in my movies which is one reason why I may have liked this movie everyone else loves to hate. I thought it was real, genuine & honest, but most wouldn’t agree with me. 3.5/5
The Interweb Medley
The Interweb Medley is a giant horrible squishing-together of the interweb’s 12 catchiest songs. Download freely, listen at your own risk.
2006 Music Mixs
Along with all the snow has come a slew of the best music of 2006 lists. Here are a couple of lists you can actually listen to:
1. A download of pitchforks 100 best songs of 2006. Each an every song. I have no idea how long this link will last so get it while it’s hot.
2. Paper thin Walls asked more than 30 of their favorite music writers to pick just one song that sums up 2006. Every song on it is a number one to somebody.