One of my favorite artists back in Boston was the truly creative Leslie Hall. She not only sat down and taught herself how to slam beats and rhymes on her Mac one bored summer in Ames, Iowa, but she turned her new passion into a way of life. As leader of Leslie and the Ly's (really just her, with a rotating selection of Ly's), she's become the love princess of drag queens and post-feminists alike, and tours the country in a gussied up mobile home, sporting home-made gold pants and bedazzling all the old-lady sweaters she can get her hands on. But best of all, she really pulls off some funky fresh and wild jams, with videos to match. Her new album features a tribute to the Ron Howard fantasy crap-sterpiece Willow that is just not to be missed...and so, here it is.
Speaking of music videos, the new way for unknown artists to really get attention these days is via the wonder of YouTube. That is how this July Tay Zonday's "Chocolate Rain" became "the most listened to song in the world". Of course, it helps if you look like
the Fresh Prince Urkel but belt like James Earl Jones. Oh, and if you call your song "Chocolate Rain".
Italian animator Guido Manulli is perhaps most famous for his work on the cult film Allegro Non Troppo, but he was also known for doing some groovy sci-fi animated videos, like this one for Italian electro-funk brothers La Bionda (who play along in front of the screen).
See and download the animated only version here.
Supercouple Luke and Laura may have been the hottest ticket on General Hospital back in the day, but nothing could match the heat of Anthony Geary's Member's Only jacket.
Jacket marketers take note: if you want to recapture the glory of that classic ad, you might consider casting WFMU's own Scott Williams. Of course, even he is nowhere near as sexy as Charles Bronson. But at least we can all smell like Bronson, thanks to Mandom. Yes, Mandom!
More video finds after the jump.
One more commercial:
As the YouTube post says: "Check out them amazing features: Redial, chord, and it can be fitted to a wall. A WALL!" Indeed.
Also for your entertainment:
Moon Unit Zappa on Solid Gold - Frank is nowhere to be seen.
I thought if I heard another cover of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" I might actually lose my mind, but then I found a version by a home-made robot playing the theremin.
Fergie is still topping the charts? What the hell. Especially when there are such better Fergies out there...like the Chongas.
Every geek-tastic midi fantasy of mine has come true in "Neon Kingdom", from L.A. artist Kelly Sears (aka "Sexy Midi").
And finally, Yacht Rock may be overdone at this point, but the new commercial that is ringing my bells is the Time/Life Soft Rock collection - hosted by Air Supply. And always on the late night hotel television no matter where I'm staying. A lovely review of the commercial here. And Is it just me, or is anyone else jonesing for a Rupert Holmes video collection!