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    Saturday, March 06, 2010

    A Little Dose Of Walken For The Weekend








    Radio host of The Time Machine, Daphne Matsumoto, discussed on a recent FM broadcast, actor Christopher Walken's appearance on "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1" performing a special Halloween Message by reciting the lyrics to Lady GaGa's "Poker Face". For our listeners who couldn't find it online, we know present it to you:





    Here's the video to the mash-up "Lady GaGa vs. Christopher Walken" from DJ Leekee that The Time Machine has been spinning:





    The Time Machine's Jenny Leong wanted to share with you her favorite music video but YouTube has disabled the feature to share Fatboy Slim's "Weapon Of Choice" so you'll have to wait two or three seconds on this alternate video post until Christopher Walken appears to dance in this Spike Jonze directed music video to the sounds of collaborators Funkadelic's Bootsy Collins and Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim). Spike Jonze as a film director has got some great movies under his belt but he got his start with music videos like the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage," Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet," and an earlier Fatboy Slim video, "Praise You."






    One of Jenny's favorite Christopher Walken skits is not the classic "More Cowbell" parody of VH-1's "Behind The Music: Blue Oyster Cult" or "The Continental" but it's the wackiest of all the sketch comedy that has appeared on "Saturday Night Live". Tim Meadows as a census taker at the door of cue card reading Christopher Walken sporting an Aloha shirt. Classic. The video is from Hulu.com so it may be thirty seconds until the video begins:






    The Time Machine's Michael McCartney wanted to share one of the most played Fountains Of Wayne songs on the radio show since 2003 that features Christopher Walken in the lyrical content. Here's the band performing "Hackensack":






    The Time Machine's Summer Blue chimes in with an interesting take that is fairly faithful to the original Fountains Of Wayne tune "Hackensack" performed live by Katy Perry:









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    Friday, March 05, 2010

    OK Go - "This Too Shall Pass" -(Rube Goldberg Machine Version)




    Posted online for less than five days and already has had over four million web views is this music video for OK Go's song "This Too Shall Pass" from their new album "Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky". It's the second video for their song and this time around it was directed by James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs with Shirley Moyers as producer who had her work cut out for her and the entire crew while the the video was filmed in a two story warehouse, in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The "machine" was designed and built by the band, along with members of Syyn Labs over the course of several months. Behold the magic of music and the moving image.






    Mike Krumboltz reported in the Stop The Presses! music blog on Yahoo! that the band OK Go is probably more famous for their videos than their songs. That's more a testament to the greatness of their videos than anything else. When these guys put out a video, you can be sure it'll make your jaw drop at least once or twice. "How did they do that?" is a typical reaction.

    Their video for "A Million Ways" showcased the band's uncanny ability for getting everything done in one take. OK Go's breakthrough song (that has received over fifty million web views on YouTube) "Here It Goes Again" featured the band dancing on treadmills in one continuous and mesmerizing shot. Their newest video, for the song "This Too Shall Pass," may have surpassed that landmark. In what again looks like one take, the band sings their tune while the world's most complex Rube Goldberg Device whirls, spins, crashes, fires, hammers, and in perfect unison with the song.

    A million things could have gone wrong, and during rehearsals, we're sure they did. But the final product is, in our estimation, worth the effort. Wired.com explains that a team of "very talented engineers" are responsible for the action, that "perfectly meshes" the tune with the action of the hilariously elaborate machine.

    Searches on "this too shall pass" and "ok go new video" are both scorching the Search box, and blogs across the Web are universally impressed. Geek.com calls it a "barrage of color and insanity." We're pretty sure they mean that in a good way.

    Freddie Wong from Facerocker.com posted a video on YouTube to point out that the video wasn't done in one take but it still doesn't take away from the spectacle of the music video.






    OK Go's album "Of The Blue Colour Of the Sky" is available for purchase at http://www.okgo.net/store




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