Sometimes you get music, sometimes some thoughts, but once in a while, isn’t it nice to just check out some cool videos? I won’t stoop to cat videos, although, in my cheesy moments, I’ll watch them just so you don’t have to. So, before departing for a long weekend, I present to you two cool stories and their associated videos.
1) Crystal Castle’s “Untrust Us”. I’m not a fan of Crystal Castles, not yet. This Toronto based duo performs glitchy electronic music with a flair for the uncomfortable and the super-arty. Their eponymous first album opening track, “Untrust Us”, has a weird but catchy feel including the following hard-to-understand lyrics (click for crude partial translation or talk to Sweetness6645 for the real thing):
With those lyrics, distorted though they may be, it may be surprising to have the song performed by a children’s choir … and yet, it happened, spectacularly. The Capital Children’s Choir takes on the entire song, lyrics, music and all, making it over from an electronic impersonal song to something beautifully haunting. Since I stumbled across it, I watch and/or listen to this two or three times a week, entranced. It’s your turn:
2) While perusing eMusic looking for my next music fix, I stumbled across an article about a performance by Unlocking the Truth. The performance apparently wasn’t the best (could you do better?), but the story of the band is fascinating, best told by the video just below. An early teenage band is interesting, yes. If the band is from Brooklyn, that’s better yet. The part that struck me, and embarrasses me a little, is that the band members are three African Americans, defying expectations. The band plays heavy metal and, somehow, the contrast between reality and expectations is really fun. I had a stereotype that hadn’t yet emerged into a real bias and … well, while I squirm, watch for yourself: