Archive for November, 2008

Weekend Mashup Sunday Bonus: Viva La Hova

viva la hovaI’m not the biggest Coldplay fan, but I do love Jay Z. Mick Boogie and Terry Urban, however, like them both quite a lot and put together Viva La Hova, a mashup album. Normally, full on mashup albums between two artists have only a few good tracks and are somewhat gimmicky.  Q-Unit (50 Cent vs. Freddy Mercury) and Jay-zeezer (Jay Z vs. Weezer) fall into this trap. But every once in a while, something of Grey Album caliber comes along, and I think this is the closest I’ve seen recently.


Weekend Mashup: Nancy Sinatra vs. DJ UNK, Yelle vs. Kanye, Winehouse vs. Ronstadt

yelleSorry for being so lax on this feature! I was actually been able to get some decent amount of school work done today, so I’m happy to post these. Here’s These Boots Are Made for Walking Out, A Cause de Kanye and You Know That You’re No Good.

These Boots Are Made for Walking Out by DJ UNK vs. Nancy Sinatra

A Cause de Kanye by Kanye vs. Yelle

You Know You’re No Good by Amy Winehouse vs. Linda Ronstadt

It’s a Great Pumpkin substitute, Charlie Brown

karaoke lyricsThere were a few Thanksgiving activities around Holland, but I wasn’t really interested in replicating something I usually do with my family. Instead, I had an lovely evening involving karaoke and Guinness. Niet slecht! It may not be the perfect replacement for turkey, stuffing, or canned cranberry sauce, but it shall do.

For today, I’ll leave you with a few shouldbe karaoke classics starting with Take Me Home Tonight by Eddie Money. I haven’t heard anyone get up and do it yet, but it lends itself to loud, inebriated belting and air-saxophone.
Take Me Home Tonight by Eddie Money

Superfly by Curtis Mayfield: Curtis Mayfield songs don’t even involve singing! Just narrate a sad story with some falsetto swagger.
Superfly by Curtis Mayfield

September by Earth, Wind and Fire: BAAAHDEEEYAAAAA. Something something remember…
September by Earth, Wind and Fire

This is Terrible.

Attacks in India.

As a New Yorker who lived through 9/11 (and took eight frightening and confusing hours to get home to Brooklyn from her Manhattan high school) it sickens me to see this happen to another city. Train stations, airports, landmark hotels; someone is trying to make another sick point. When has this worked? This situation is already bad. This cannot get worse, but quite possibly will.

Christmas Time…is here?

SinterklaasWell, at least snow is here. And Sinterklaas is also here, fresh from Spain with his black-faced minions. They were in Leiden this past Saturday to open up an H&M. (The nine-millionth H&M in Holland, for those who are counting.) I wasn’t at the opening, but I kept seeing those creepy Zwarte Piets everywhere. At the frite place, at Centraal Station…in my hellish nightmares. They’re also dolls in store displays, cut-outs in shop windows, and mascots on chocolate candy boxes. They vary from looking like actual black people to being total golliwogs. It’s very odd. Their are ones at the dangerously cartoonish end of the spectrum that look straight-up apish; those actually frighten me.

People keep telling me, “Oh, Piet just looks like that because he went down a chimney!” Right. Because chimney soot always leaves you with red lips and nappy hair.


Yes, I know I’m coming from an American perspective. Yes, I know the tradition is old. But would anyone miss it if Santa stopped attending The Birth of a Nation cast party? Would the children cry, or would the old people cry? I mean, come on, Holland. You’re not homogeneous anymore. This, clearly, can’t last like this forever.

Well, I’ll let David Sedaris narrate the whole explanation. And I’ll let Vince Guaraldi score it. Merry Sinterklaas to all.

Christmas Time Is Here by Vince Guaraldi

Obama Mixtape: Final Installment

obama, GQBy the Time I Get to Arizona (acca double dub psa mix) by Public Enemy

Black President by Dave Chappelle

We Need Barack feat Mavado

Still busy, but better. See you Monday!

Windmill Fail

I’ll be back soon!

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