Mellifluent Mondays: Sufjan Stevens

September 15, 2008 at 6:45 pm (music, music video)

For those of my readers who appear to be incapable of appreciating instrumental music in and of itself, I thought I’d give old Sufjan a try. Here’s The Seer’s Tower from Illinoise:

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Mellifluent Mondays: Mogwai

September 8, 2008 at 6:55 pm (music, music video)

Finally, huh?

I first heard the not quite gentle progressions of Mogwai when I took a shot at buying their album Come On Die Young merely on the say so of maybe one or two music magazines. I can’t remember if they had compared these boys from Scotland to gy!be or not. They’re quite different bands in any case, and I haven’t regretted my decision at all. CODY opened with Punk Rock::

Ha! This clip revealed to me that this confrontation was on the CBC. Hilarious.

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Mellifluent Mondays: Clint Mansell

March 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm (music, music video)

This week I think I’ll let the music speak for itself. Mostly.

I know of Clint Mansell solely through his work on the scores of films such as π (high recommended by the way, as are all of Aronofsky‘s films, each of which are featured in this post):

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Mellifluent Mondays: Midlake

March 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm (friends, music, music video, nostalgia)

Seeing as how imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I thought I’d go ahead and make a a series of posts about music after the Sunday Night Serenades of Greg, my internet acquaintance over at A Chronicle of Fables. This series of mine won’t just focus on music I particularly enjoy, though that may often be the case, but also on the strange and unique.

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Buckaroo Banzai

January 22, 2008 at 10:47 am (film, music video, quiz)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension must be one of the most sublime movies I’ve ever seen. Why? It’s an eighties sci-fi movie that takes itself so seriously that it’s difficult to know whether one should laugh at the absurdity of it all or adopt it’s ingenous attitude. I may have guffawed once or twice at John Lithgow and Christopher Lloyd but on the whole I took the film for what it was; a surprising vindication of the human spirit. Sure, that type of film is rather common but this particular film is special not because the heroes saved the day but because the Banzai team took salvation as an everyday occurrence.

Remember that closing scene of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou that made you smile? It’s an homage to this:

If you haven’t seen this film yet, I highly recommend it. If you have seen this film, why didn’t you tell me about it?

Your Score: Buckaroo Banzai

151 Heart, 169 Genius, 153 Cool, 135 Excitability

Buckaroo Banzai – (Peter Weller)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

You are Buckaroo Banzai! Hard-rockin’ neurosurgeon, brilliant scientist, and all-around cool guy. Maybe you didn’t have the cinematic success of some of the other guys here, but it’s okay – you’re a cult classic!

“Hey, hey, hey. Don’t be mean. We don’t have to be mean because, remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”

Other scientific possibilities:

Gary Wallace

Wyatt Donnelly

Peter Venkman

Jordan Cochran

Egon Spengler

Doc Brown

Newton Crosby

Paul Stephens

Ben Crandall

Wayne Szalinkski

Winston Zeddemore

Ben Jabituya

Lazlo Hollyfeld

Ray Stantz

Buckaroo Banzai

Chris Knight

Link: The Which 80s Movie Scientist Test written by xxyl on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

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