not the abscessed, top-10, robotic, necrotic mess the pop-culture prophets profess

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THIS WEEK: a hip-hop tribute to Battlestar Galactica.

Legend has it that after the final episode of M*A*S*H aired, New York city experienced a sudden drop in water pressure as everyone who had been waiting until it was over to use the bathroom had the same idea all at once; this Friday’s finale of Battlestar Galactica may do that for the internet as Cylons 14-23 are finally revealed.  To commemorate the occasion, here’s the Beat Conflicts hip-hop song about cylons: “Some of them are programmed to think they’re MCs”:

http://franzkeller.com/beatconflicts/02%20BeatConflicts_Cylons.mp3″(download)

This is one of the songs where the division between the Theory and Praxis characters (both played by the man also known as Mista Gog) is most evident.  Back before I’d ever seen any BSG, Prax had asked me to make a beat from the little piano riff from the theme song and naturally I thought he was crazy but borrowed the DVDs anyway.  Now on Friday, the cycle is complete.

WHAT’S GOOD?: Fred Astaire’s drunk dance from “Holiday Inn”–almost good enough to make you ignore the blackface “Lincoln’s birthday” number and Irving Berlin’s dreadful lyrics on every other song except “White Xmas”; says IMDB: “Fred Astaire had two drinks of bourbon before the first take and one before each succeeding take. The seventh (last) take was used in the film.”  Vera-Ellen’s dancing in the otherwise ho-hum Crosby vehicle “White Christmas”; wouldn’t you know it, twelve years later, and this is still from a minstrel number (minus the blackface)?  The new Neko Case record.

BONUS: if you go to UCI, you can have the next week off.  Back in 2.

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One Response to “not the abscessed, top-10, robotic, necrotic mess the pop-culture prophets profess”

  1. Yes, yes, yes the new Neko Case. Gets better with every listen. “Can’t scrape together quite enough to ride the bus to the outskirts of the fact that I need love” may be the best line she’s ever written.

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