This afternoon I became aware of the indie music duo Pomplamoose. The two members are Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn. Conte started something called VideoSongs, the criteria he established were:
- What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice).
- If you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds).
Jack has his own Youtube channel, as does Dawn, but their collaborative work is released under the name Pomplamoose (derived from the French word pamplemousse, which means grapefruit). Both members are excellent musicians and vocalists. I find the videos they produce to be quite fascinating. They use many different instruments–and unique techniques and effects–so getting to see video footage of the song being performed is very interesting.
Check out their video for Beat the Horse.
In addition to their original songs, Pomplamoose also has recorded covers of songs from many musical genres. Each cover has considerable originality in it.
Nataly has a beautiful voice, somewhat reminiscent of Norah Jones. On her solo channel at YouTube she has original songs and covers posted. It was through the song Dying to Live that I found out about her and Pomplamoose.
While Jack does not supply many lead vocals on the Pomplamoose tracks, he is certainly capable of doing so. Check out Flavors, which has an abundance of layers (note the acoustic guitar with a sponge tucked under the strings to give it a muted sound that starts around 0:15 on the video, sweet).
When I watch Jack and Nataly’s VideoSongs I feel like a kid in a candy store. I keep re-watching them to pick up all the subtle percussive elements, the overlapped vocals, the unique instruments, and the varied uses of the acoustic guitars. Creatively and musically these two are doing something special.
Bravo, I say, bravo.
A few weeks ago I happened to be listening to classical music on YouTube and I stumbled upon a few videos made with the Music Animation Machine. I found the clips to be strangely compelling.
Here are a few samples:
Before I found these videos I would sometimes picture similar animations in my head as I listened to music. So when I saw these videos they really resonated with me.
Tonight I spent some time talking with friends. At one point the topic of conversation was humorous video clips. We discussed the Mobile Leprechaun, the Turtle Man, and other videos. It made me think of a cartoon I saw recently that has been stuck in my head (I didn’t add this to the conversation at the time).
Anyway, here is the clip:
So those voices are totally stuck in my head right now. . .
I stumbled upon this video tonight and it really impressed me.
There will be blood . . . and office supplies. I watched There Will be Blood recently. It’s a relatively good movie (I give it a 6 on my 1-10 scale). Early in the movie it struck me that Daniel Day-Lewis’ character Daniel Plainview looks a lot like WB Mason. I see many WB Mason commercials while watching Phillies games (“WB Mason is the official office supplier of the Philadelphia Phillies”), and the actor that plays WB could pass for Mr Plainview any day. So throughout the movie WB Mason ads randomly entered my mind.
Jamie Moyer is pitching exceptionally well. Jamie Moyer is 45 years old. He has also been the second best starting pitcher on the Phillies. His ERA is solidly under 4.00, and he has been pitching well into games. Today he pitched a strong seven innings before the bullpen stepped in and handed the game away. Jamie has 239 career wins; he deserved to get number 240 today.
Here are a few YouTube clips I find a bit humorous.
Jimmy Fallon’s troll doll jingle auditions routine is great. This is just the audio of the performance.
Continuing the music theme, here is an awesome clip of Beaker singing Coldplay’s song Yellow.
And lastly, here is a wonderful clip of John Mayer doing some play-by-play of a Red Sox game. “And that happened.”