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Say La!

Video game music rocks my world. I liked playing the theme to Super Mario Bros. on my college radio shows.

Now, I stumbled on this genius rendition thanks to the viral video blog on CBS News.

This video put a smile on my face in the newsroom.

Time to raise the curtain…

Good grief. I can’t get enough of these Muppet Show music covers.

(By pdphoto [see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons)

A couple of my TV news peeps posted this awesome music video of the Muppet Show theme song by OK Go. It’s from the new album, “Muppets: The Green Album.” It features classic Muppet tunes covered by fantastic musicians.

What are your favorite Muppet Show memories?

[Facebook friends: watch the awesome music video on my blog entry.]

Being Green

Kermit in Mumbai-10

All Songs Considered introduced me to this adorable cover of Kermit’s “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” I fell in love with Kermit’s ballad when I used to be a college radio DJ. It’s a sweet song with a lot of heart.

Andrew Bird is also an incredibly talented whistler.

I saw Andrew Bird opening for Death Cab for Cutie at the Greek Theater. It was a great night for live music in Berkeley!
(Facebook friends – check out my blog link to watch the music video)

Bridge Music

I had this song playing over and over in my head as I wandered around St. Petersburg last year.
I watched a trailer for “Eat Pray Love.” It had this song in the background. Then I read the book in my hotel room, after my classes in Russia. Something about the beat and the simple lyrics worked with walking over the Neva River.

Now, it’s my favorite tune to listen to as I drive over the Bay Bridge.

Cool people humming along

I love this song.
It’s the only song I know by Europe. But it’s awesome. It’s something you sing when you’re ready for something big…

World Cup.
Black Diamond Run at Squaw Valley.
Election Day.
Season premiere of Burn Notice.

So – I also enjoy Freezepop’s version of this 80s anthem.
Rock on. Rock on.

Paint it all silver

My birthday gift from my hubby: Flight of the Conchord tickets. Joy!

Waiting for Jermaine and Bret at the Greek Theater at Cal
Last night, we sat in the same seats I had for graduation at the Greek Theater and watch the New Zealand duo rock my world. Sure, most concerts at the Greek are about the music. Last night, it was all about entertaining the Cal crowd.

Binary Solo! from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo.

Susan and Tom introduced us to this band via their self-titled HBO series. I remember listening to the soundtrack as we drove home from Vegas a few years ago. Either way, they were funny and I enjoyed their homages to all genres of music; from 70s space rock ala David Bowie to boomin’ raaga beats for the dance floor.

After opening up their show with “The Humans are Dead,” Bret and Jermaine tangled with classic tunes like “Beautiful Girl” and “Too Many Dicks (on the Dance Floor).” They also hit up some new tunes as well.

My favorite part of the evening: an encore with “Business Time.” You know what it means when Jermaine’s down to his socks….it’s Business Time. Ah yeah.

Frodo, get on the dance floor

After work, I’m often bopping down I-80 with new music thanks to the “All Songs Considered” podcast.

Screen Capture: Apples in Stereo
[From http://stepthroughtheportal.com/]

The last episode reminded me of my college radio DJ days at Cal with a new track by Apples in Stereo, “Dance Floor.” Solid, glitchy riffs paired with sweet lyrics add up to a dance party in my little Corolla.

Let’s get this party start. Quickly. Right!

Live Music in Western New York

After passing by this nursery in Lockport, I think it would be cool to add a Statue of Liberty to my front yard.

Bring me your stony masses. Awesome collection of stone works in Lockport #fb
This was one of the many roadside landmarks we passed by on our Buffalo vacation.

We also had a chance to check out the Artpark in Lewiston. I knew about the spot from Ruth Reichl’s memoir: “Tender at the Bone.” In the 1960’s, the New York Times food critic spent a summer at Artpark. Inside the artist commune, she made a name for herself
by baking some amazing brownies without weed.

Our trip to Artpark was a blast to the past. Thousands showed up for Tuesday in the Park. It’s a free concert series and on that night, Peter Frampton was the headline act.

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