This week we have a few things to send you to your happy place: dream controlling masks, fake-ish digi-tattoos, happiness window coatings and a mouth-grill that utilizes your tongue for MP3 control.
Just in time for Weekend 2, here are my thoughts on the best and worst of Coachella 2012 (Weekend 1):
TOP 5 ACTS AT COACHELLA 2011
- Jeff Magnum
- The Rapture
- Fitz & The Tantrums
This week is full of cool new tech: posters that kiss you, plants with emotions, musical jelly molds, and videos with built-in purchase.
For those that are unawares, Dan Buczaczer keeps a running list of band names. They’re comprised of simple phrases he hears or thinks of through the course of his day. Being the fan of naming things that I am, whenever I thought of one I would contribute to the list. My favorite being Ghost Chorus. I still have the goal to start a band with that name. But occasionally we would stumble upon phrases that could be band names but were so bad no band would reasonably use it.
Fret not, citizens, for we devised a solution and created a whole NEW game.
No, we didn’t forget. Just some techincal difficulties adding it to Denuology over the holiday.
It’s our fifth year doing this and we’ve noticed a few things different this year: more dancing tunes, more hip hop, more saxophone solos (!), fewer female singers and waaay more profanity and sexually explicit lyrics. Not sure why but that’s how 2011 turned out. Before the list, here come the rules:
+ All songs are listed in reverse order because that is the only real way to do a list. Any of you with any sense of drama will listen to the whole thing from 100 slowly building up to number 1, at which point you will practically be bursting with excitement.
+ These are tracks, not necessarily singles. Covers qualify as well though I usually only include ones that are markedly different than the originals (and are good).
+ I only have one song per artist because the list is way cooler that way. Having 12 My Morning Jacket tracks in the Top 100 feels pretty anticlimactic. Everybody gets a shot this way.
+ They were all released in 2011on either an album or as a single. Sometimes the album came out last year but it was released as a single this year (or vice versa). That is a loophole I happily exploit.
+ If I’m wrong about the release date of something, blame Wikipedia, Amazon, and various music blogs.
Rather than put in links for every song this year, I’ve built out the list as playlists on both Rhapsody and Spotify. You can only find 85 of the songs on Rhapsody and 87 on Spotify. I’ve noted in the comments for each song which aren’t available on playlists and those have links. Or just jump around and pull them all up on YouTube. Whatever you do, the list takes about six hours all the way through so call in sick and enjoy!