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SOUNDTRACK: PORTUGAL. THE MAN-“Feel It Still” (Weird Al Remix) (2018).

Imagine taking this ubiquitous and insanely catchy hit and removing all of the music and replacing it with an oompah-pah polka.

That’s what happened when Portugal. The Man asked “Weird Al” Yankovic to remix their song.

Basically Al has taken the song and turned it into one of his polka medley type songs, but not exactly.  He doesn’t speed up the song (although the polka bass makes the song feel more intense) and he leaves most of the original vocals intact.

The song begins and sounds pretty much the same.  Then come the big tuba (possibly) bass notes that signify polka.  There’s accordion trills at the end of each line and the standard polka transition that Al uses in all of his polka medleys between verses.

Verse two features lots of unnecessary and amusing backing vocals from Al, as well as obligatory “heys!” in the background.

Each further section gets a unique treatment.  The “I’m a rebel just for kicks” part now features fast banjo chords and the “easy coming” part is sung by Al.

It’s a funny treatment–not a typical remix at all.  But it also retains the spirit of the original, just in a very different-sounding way.

[READ: October 10, 2020] The Two of Swords: Volume One [excerpt]

K.J. Parker’s Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City contained two excerpts from other books as bonus material.  The first is an excerpt from Parker’s earlier trilogy The Two of Swords.

The blurb says

A soldier with a gift for archery.  A woman who kills without a second thought  Two brothers, both unbeatable generals, now fighting for opposing armies.  No one in the vast and once glorious United Empire remains untouched by the rift between East and West, and the war has been fought for as long as anyone can remember.  Some still survive who know how it started, but no one knows how it will end.  Except, perhaps, the Two of Swords.

Sounds pretty epic.

The excerpt is actually a very small detail and I found it very compelling.

Teucer is an archer.  He has an excellent draw but his release isn’t great.  He tends to be a bit hasty. But on this day, he was releasing perfectly.  He seemed to be hearing voices in his head–voices that were guiding his hands.  When he snapped out of his reverie, he realized that he had hit eight bullseyes. (more…)

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[WATCHED: August 6-August 15, 2012] XXX Summer Games continued

The Olympics finally ended in our house.  Meaning we taped the closing ceremonies and only got around to watching them (well, fast forwarding through them) a couple of days ago.

I’m not sure what it was about this year’s Olympics, but I was really on board with them.  In past years I haven’t watched nearly as much.  I’d say it had something to do with my kids, but they weren’t really that interested.  They typically played with things while the games were on.  My son wanted to watch Tae Kwon Do and my daughter wanted to watch “the beautiful diving.”  But they wouldn’t really hang around too much during most of the events.  Nevertheless, I was pretty happy to have been able to watch as much coverage as I did.  It became something of an obsession to be able to watch as many obscure sports as possible.  And even if I didn’t watch everything (the FF button is my friend), I enjoyed so many unlikely sports this year.

Since the last Olympics post we had a whole new breed of events that we got to enjoy: (more…)

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[WATCHED: July 27-August 5, 2012] XXX Summer Games

So I have been TiVoing the XXX games like crazy and now my suggestion box is chock full of porn.  And Motherboy XXX!

I have watched more of these Olympics than any previous one.  And I think it’s because NBC has been covering the heck out of it.  Not NBC proper, which is blowing it as bad as everyone says, but the satellite stations–NBCSN, which is great and CNBC or MSNBC one of those other stations that nobody watches, have been doing 9, 10 and 11 hour blocks of whatever is on.  And that’s pretty cool.

A few thoughts though—NBC & co., please learn how to cover live sports.  Even the wonderful NBCSN, home of awesome esoteric sports that I really want to see.  If I watch 40 minutes of field hockey and you cut to commercial during the only goal scored, well, you know, that sucks.  Or really any sport that doesn’t stop–you really fuck with momentum if you cut away all the time.  Here’s a simple solution, and its even more aggressive than World Cup soccer which knows how to shill product–compress the picture some and show a banner ad at the top or bottom or left or right of the screen.  You can’t show the no-doubt-well-thought-out ads for whatever it was 100 times like you do now (which I FF anyway), but plaster the logo in the bottom the screen, let it jump around and do cartwheels.  We can handle it, just stop cutting away. (more…)

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