Layne Staley – Man In The Box

Layne Staley

Apparently it’s 10 years and a week since Layne Staley died (I meant to post this last week). Here’s an eerie video (well audio) of just Layne Staley’s vocals for “Man in the Box”. It’s pretty haunting to say the least. Jerry Cantrell is nowhere near as eerie. Something about Layne Staley’s voice.

I can’t hear that song without thinking of K-ROCK in the late 90’s when it seemed like it was every other song they played (I know for a fact I’m not the only one who thinks that).

Hey Ya!

The Blanks - Hey Ya!

The Blanks are best known as “Ted’s Band” on the TV show Scrubs. They are in fact a real life a cappella group. The above adaptation of Hey Ya! (originally by Outkast) was partially used in an episode at one point. It reminds me of this Mat Weddle of Obadiah Parker cover.

Related is The Blanks doing a cover of Superman (the Scrubs theme song).

I might like musical parodies a bit.

Atomic Tom’s “Take Me Out” Subway Video

Atomic Tom - Take Me Out

Here’s an interesting video that went viral over the past few days. Brooklyn based band Atomic Tom’s instruments allegedly were stolen. Their resolve led them to use their iPhones and film a music video on the subway using their phones as instruments. Or so the story goes. I’m not sure if it’s a viral sensation or viral marketing.

I’m a bit skeptical about this one. They claim it was one take, multiple cameras were present, iPhones were the sole instruments used. I don’t have the time to analyze it close enough, but the sound is a little questionable. The thing that really gets me is the quality of the vocal track. While you can hear some ambient subway noise in the background it’s hard to imagine the phone picking everyone up so clearly when they are all singing given the position of the microphone and pick up so little subway noise otherwise. The iPhone does try to reduce ambient noise as much as possible, but this just seems to be beyond what it would do. Of course they could have done a little post-production work there. They don’t really say what post-production entailed.

Playing an iPhone instrument for the length of a song especially given their performance also seems a bit difficult. All four not messing up would be impressive, especially on a moving train.

Regardless, this little viral marketing seems to be working. Over the weekend it’s views were still in the thousands. It’s clearly on the way to the 2 million mark as of this blog post.

At least one of the apps used is iShred: Guitar + Effects, which is pretty cool.

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody

I’ve mentioned a few cool videos from Jim Henson shows. The Muppets covering Bohemian Rhapsody is especially awesome. Enjoy.

Also noteworthy is it’s one of the first 1080p videos on YouTube that I’ve seen. Looks like it’s done via MP4 (not sure Flash supports anything else at that quality).

The Count Censored

The Count Censored

If you’re a member of any of the Sesame Street generations, meaning you were a child in 1969 or later (a group including the president) you may want to ignore this post. That is if you value those pure innocent memories. Don’t blame me for ruining your childhood 😉 .

Otherwise, watch the video linked above and enjoy. Here’s a bonus video featuring the count censored.