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Booker T. Jones doing a much too suave version of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy."
You'll find it on The Road From Memphis.
So Harold Camping, who previously said the world would end in 1994, is trying to convince people that it will happen this weekend for sure, and I haven't made any plans yet.
I used to host parties for occasional apocalypse, a favorite being 1998's X-Day. Brandon, my Minister Of Mixed Drinks, devised a concoction called an Armageddon, with the frozen/slush version being a Ragnarok; I believe they involved pineapple juice for some reason, but other than that I couldn't tell you what was in them. A couple of bands played, and there may have been a couple of hundred people there, most of whom I'm sure were unaware the world was about to end.
With this weekend's apocalypse imminent, I feel weird not having any particular plans. I might just end up playing Champions Online or catching up on some television with my wife, but neither of those options seem like a dramatic enough build up to some post-rapture looting.
If you think the end of the world should be loud and angry (with more than a dash of wit), you could check out Gogol Bordello opening for System Of A Down at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater.
If you see Armageddon as a time for introspection, you probably already have tickets to the Belly Up Tavern's sold-out Yeasayer show.
If you want to pay respects to some local ska-core icons with a death motif, the Voodoo Glow Skulls are going to be at the Casbah.
You could also go for some burlesque presented by the Keyhole Cabaret, assuming you are some kind of old-timey perv with a sense of aesthetics and style.
And, of course, there is Lonsdale & Brooks: Geeky Music for the End of the World. Knowing them, I can pretty much guarantee more than a couple of Cthulhu references.
I still haven't decided how I'll be seeing out the end of the world this time. How abut you, what are you doing for the world's demise?
Mashrou' Leila are an alt-rock band out of Lebanon known for their social and political satire. This is their version of Gorillaz' Clint Eastwood, retitled "This Is Our Revolution." At the 3:57 mark, it is clear that though they sing in Arabic, English is useful for swearing.
You can download "This Is Our Revolution" from the band's website.
The band's big breakout hit, "Raksit Leila," has a video that is too adorable to ignore.
It's from their self-titled debut album.
It occurred to me recently (actually, it's been more of an ongoing thing) that there are a lot of books that I haven't read. Erm, yeah. What I mean is there are a lot of books I really ought to have read by now. Some of them are classics or other things that may have been assigned reading in various classes that I somehow passed, or things that friends have recommended & lent me, or cultural touchpoints, or books that just seem like they would be interesting or enjoyable.
I really can't explain why I would not have read these by now, but it might be something to do with having trouble deciding what to read next, and rather than making that decision, just not reading anything. To overcome this, I had to come up with an objective system for deciding what order to read things in. It seemed to me that the simplest thing would be to read them in chronological order of when they were created.
So starting from Gilgamesh and The Book of Job, and working my way forward through time, up to the present. If I realize I missed something along the way, I'll back up and catch it, then jump back in to the timestream.
Now, I'm not exactly proud of what I haven't read, it really is more than a bit shameful, and you might be surprised or disappointed that I haven't read these things. That's kind of the point of this. I needed a systematic way of making up for this failing, and figured that doing it semi-publicly like this makes the situation more "real" and puts pressure on me to follow-through.
I've got the list over at Goodreads, if you want to see the scale of my literary ignorance. If there's something that's not on there that you think really ought to be (assuming it's not one of the few things I've actually read), I'll consider recommendations; similarly, if you can point me to any of those compiled lists of things people should read (heck, that might include a syllabus from an English class).
Over on the left of this page, you should see where I am currently in this project, if you want to follow along for some reason.
A nifty interactive and satirically commercial, while being actually commercial, new music video for Devo's "What We Do," from their recent and underrated Something For Everybody:
Interact, click & drag around to be financially exploited!