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.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Softest Butch... a 13 year old pop star named Justin Bieber. I am assuming he's 13, because really, I don't want to actually do any research about this child. But, OMG, check out his non-threatening lesbian haircut! The clothes work for it to! The first time I saw one of this kid's videos on TV I was really shocked that they were marketing an adorable dyke to the teenagers. Okay, maybe that's just my own personal fantasy, but seriously, fucking look at this kid:

Omg! So lesbionic! So "'Non-threatening Boys' magazine"!

Also, according to that video, he knows Usher. GAY!

But okay, here's where I get angry. This song:

"One Less Lonely Girl." Alright, I heard this on the z100 the other day, and the lyrics... well, let's just read the ones that piss me off: "I'm gonna put you first/I'll show you what you're worth". AUGH! No, 12 year old boy, fuck you. Girls do NOT NEED BOYS IN ORDER TO FEEL VALIDATED OR WHOLE OR SOMETHING!!! JUSTIN BIEBER IS THE PATRIARCHY! Arrrrgggghhhh!!!!
Also, apparently 12 year olds love to hang out in laundromats these days? The times, they are a changin'.

In conclusion, wouldn't it be awesome if Justin Bieber was actually the softest butch in deep undercover 13 year old boy drag? That would rule. But he isn't, and also he's a tool of the patriarchy, so boo-urns.

Additionally, I would love to know what Beavis and Butthead would say about this kid! Huh-huh-huh.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Get the Rhythm of the Hot Dog.

As per Mary's request, here's the video of the girls doing the clapping game of "down down baby." This is also one of the videos from Sesame Street that made a huge impression on me when I was little. I haven't seen this video in probably 15 years, but watching it was a total deja-vu psychedelic freakout, man. I remember the girls, particularly the little one, and their clothes, and their braided hair, and those hair elastics with the big shiny plastic balls on them. I used to play this game on the schoolyard. I loved, loved, loved clapping games, and I think a big part of why I thought they were so cool was because of this video. Also: I am having deep feminist thoughts about girl culture and visibility and the fact that this was on tv when I was little really validated a part of my experience as a girl.


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Monday, November 09, 2009

Sesame Street, oh man, the nostalgia is at defcon-1 levels.

So I'm pretty sure that everyone is aware that it's Sesame Street's 40th anniversary this year. I mean, google has their "google" all tricked out with different characters each day and there was something about it in NY magazine... Anyhoo, blah blah blah, it was revolutionary, all that crap, etc.

WHATEVER. Read somewhere else if you want a nuanced critique or a gossipy history of the show. I just want to sit here and watch my favorite videos, which I seriously have not seen since I was a child, but felt compelled to look up because of all the hoopla about the 40th anniversary.

FIRST UP: The "yip-yip martians." I LOOOOOOVED these guys, especially this skit where they discover a radio for the first time:

Those martians really made a big impression on me as a child. I thought they were the BEST, and I think might be one of the reasons why I am so drawn to cephalopods now.

Next up: The Oinker Sisters, performing "A New Way to Walk." This really blew my mind as a kid. First of all, it was always odd to me that they weren't wearing pants. Also, they look like cyndi lauper. I definitely remember thinking that the Oinker Sisters were really glamorous and fancy. And also: "Deutsch Hamaphone Records"? HILARIOUS.

Oh god, and do you remember this one?

That really freaked me out when I was little. That U was gonna strangle that guy (who I now know is Smokey Robinson)! Augh!

And here's one that really, really made a huge impression on me: the playground building one. Holy crap, I haven't seen this in like 20 years. But I remember that music, and watching those kids paint the monsters for the haunted house... god, I was so fucking into this little report or whatever you want to call it. I guess I've always enjoyed hammers and paint and building things!

Well, that's it for now, folks. This post was brought to you by the letters S, L, and M and the number 15.

(That's what I was always hoping they would say at the end of each episode - my initials and my day of birth!)

(Seriously, there are about 10 zillion old Sesame Street videos online if you want to take a trip down memory lane!)

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