The Accordion Connection

Simone says there's a popular indie rock band called the "Accordion Connection, you know, that one with all the guys on stage at once, and one of them has a drum? You know who I mean". Anyway, this is an unrelated blog of bitchin' YouTube videos.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Summer, summer, summertime

That pretty much says it all, don't it? Well, I guess it's "officially summer," since it's memorial day weekend and we all know seasons don't change due to, like, equinoxes or whatever. They are "official" when we celebrate war or president or whatever by buying things and having 3 day weekends! At least that's what the guys on the radio keep telling me.

ANYWAYZ, since it's summer now, I guess it's time to start thinking about my favorite kind of jams. Summer Jams. Let's listen now.

1. The Troggs, "Love is all Around"
I guess this is kinda more of a spring jam. The video for it is such a relic from the semi-psychedelic mid late 60s (flowers painted on a girl's face! everything is covered in tinfoil! Is your mind BLOWN yet or what?!!!!).

2. C-Side w/ Keyshia Cole, "Boyfriend/Girlfriend"
This song has been out for a while but it's the perfect summer jam. Cute, danceable, and catchy as hell. Also, there's a reference to myspace, and one's girlfriend being "#1 on my top 8," which is fucking hilarious and pretty much lays bare that this song was made with 15 year olds in mind.

Well, that's all I've got for right now. More to come, as summer unravels.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Clash of the Cultures!

As our beloved reading populace may or may not know, Simone is a city mouse and I (Gaby) am a suburban mouse (from a terrifying, mall-centric Connecticut suburb, at that). That means that while Simone got to grow up knowing all sorts of people and cultures and also understanding what exactly Thai food was, I grew up somewhere where everyone and everything was steeped in a thick, juicy stew of white male discontent, WASPy emotional crippledness, and the scent of Mrs. Paul's fish sticks. I think I have mostly transcended these fiercely flawed beginnings, but every so often, something comes up that proves that you can take the girl out of the suburbs, but you can't change the fact that she did not meet any non-white people until 1988. This past Saturday night was one such occassion.

This Past Saturday Night: A Condensed Dramatization (because I do not remember what exactly what was said)

Simone:..OutKast had that song, "A.D.I.D.A.S."
Me: "A.D.I.D.A.S."? That can't be right. That was a Korn song!
Simone: I am definitely not talking about a Korn song.

And it turned out there are two songs called "A.D.I.D.A.S", standing for "All Day I Dream About Sex."

Here's the version Simone got to grow up with:

And here's the "A.D.I.D.A.S." I grew up with:

Um, I have no idea how I made it out of that place even partially intact.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Guilty Pleasures Monday

We haven't had a guilty pleasures Monday in a while, perhaps because I finally learned to stop worrying and love crappy pop music. However, there are some pleasures that will always be guilty. Such as Rod Stewart. I mean, just looking at him makes me feel like I'm going to get herpes. He's ugly, people! But the song "Young Turks" is so great! In a horrible soft-rock kinda way.

Maybe I love this song because that organ sound that's going on in the background there reminds me of that song "California Sun," which figured prominently in my childhood because it was of the theme song for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk commercials.

Or maybe I'm just hypnotized by Rod's hair. It's so fluffy! It floats up and down, up and down... must... buy... rod... stewart... records...

whoa, okay. Where was I? Oh yeah, Rod Stewart, he has V.D. Anyway, ANOTHER major guilty pleasure of mine (and also gaby's: when we lived together in college, whenever this song came on the radio she would turn it up really loud and we would dance around. It made for a nice study break. Mustard-onion pretzels may have also been involved, but I'll neither confirm nor deny such allegations.)is the song "Maggie May." Yeah, it's gay. But it's also great! And I didn't know it was actually a Faces song. So, you learn something new every day.

Uh, the end.

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