Posts Tagged ‘humor’

How do you pick the Douchiest one?

December 22, 2012

Tonight, I’ll be hosting the ‘Douchiest Song
Challenge’ a spur of the moment song contest thought
up by Mitchell Adam Johnson, which brings titans of
the music world head to head in creating soul
filling ballads and heart wrenching lyrics for your
aural pleasure.

Given the title of the event, I’ve decided it’s
apropos to review the songs before anyone else has a
chance to. I hope you tune in to see if my reviews
fit your thoughts on these fine pieces of
tunesmithing. The songs will be available to
download here  and links will be active after the listening party Saturday
night.

the jewelry completes the ensamble

The jewelry completes the ensemble

You’re An Angel – JD Micklemack

JD has a way with lyrics. Whether they’re filled
consonants or vowels, he manages to hit all the
right notes to make the ladies purr.

By wanting to find his perfect mate in an angel, he
not only fulfills finding his match in a deified
partner, but also manages to slide in a forbidden
love mere mortals could never accomplish. Bravo, JD!
Here’s hoping your offspring populate the heavens
with more power ballads like this one!

You'll be my number two!

You’ll be my number two!

The Angel I Need – Toby Thomsen

Toby has a way with lyrics. Whether they’re scat,
bebop, or bodacious, he manages to hit all the right
notes to make the ladies purr.

By finding his muse in a local lady who inspires his
muse in a way he finds amusing, Toby proves his
mastery of all things vocal, including skiddley bop
bop, Rrrrooobie doobie doobie do, and especially his
A pick it, boom. Truer words have never been
uttered. Here’s hoping your offspring populate the
heavens with more power ballads like this one!

I love you as much as my PBR

I love you as much as my PBR

You, A Beer, and My Truck – Trey McClayton

Trey has a way with lyrics. Whether he ponders about
his lady, his brew, or his vehicle, he manages to
hit all the right notes to make the ladies purr.

By repeating his mantra over and over, ‘You, Beer,
Truck’, a quiet calmness and inspiration overtakes
me. The Simple things have never been so clear.
Here’s hoping your offspring populate the heavens
with more power ballads like this one!

Dance MF – D.B. Rouse

D.B.has a way with lyrics. Whether he’s Dancing,
Driving to the dance floor, or bumming a ride to the
dance hall, he manages to hit all the right notes
to make the ladies purr.

By finding a drum machine and a midi sampler, he’s
encapsulated a modern day rapper’s paradise with a
bpm that other MFers will die for. Here’s hoping
your offspring populate the heavens with more
raptastic songs like this one!

Krystofer is the man. at least he keeps telling us that.

Krystofer is the man. at least he keeps telling us that.

Second Cousin (SQ – Quadrophonic Mix) – MetalShaft
Alice Featuring Krystofer Jayye Heartbreakzz

MetalShaft has a way with lyrics. Whether alluding
to an allegory of special syntax, or looking to get
lucky in the cold, dark area underneath the staging
the roadies never fully secured, they manage to hit
all the right notes to make the ladies purr.

By purchasing a guitar and amplifier, MetalShaft has
found a unique way to repeat the same 3 chords over
and over again to make their fans all runny. Here’s
hoping their offspring populate the heavens with
more hard rocking songs like this one!

Nothing shows being pensive more than brooding out a window

Nothing shows being pensive more than brooding out a window

Ace of Hearts – R.O.A. (Road of Absolution)

R.O.A. has a way with lyrics. Whether he’s stringing
letters together in a random manner, or attempting
to sound like an auctioneer on steroids, he
manages to hit all the right notes to make the
ladies purr.

By picking up a guitar and figuring out how to sing
notes into a microphone, He’s managed to exude a
unique sound that few can repeat or others might
wish to. Here’s hoping his offspring populate the
heavens with more hard rocking songs like this one!

I care. Look how much I care. (Puppy dog eyes)

I care. Look how much I care. (Puppy dog eyes)

To Girls – Love, Boys – Levi James


Levi James has a way with lyrics. Whether he’s
lurking on the campus quad stalking his last
breakup, or longing for the cashier at the Dunkin
donuts, he still manages to hit all the right notes
to make the ladies purr.

By learning his trademark ‘repeat the same word over
and over until it loses any meaning’ hook, he’s
created a new way for locals to find to hate and
serious desire to inflict bodily damage upon him.
Here’s hoping his offspring populate the heavens
with more hard soft folk rock songs like this one!

Collars and Shades melt the chicks like butter!

Collars and Shades melt the chicks like butter!

Heart Beatin’ (Tara’s Song) – Saffron Sparrow

Saffron Sparrow has a way with lyrics. Whether he’s strumming on the heartstrings of his latest girlfriend, or attempting to make a reservation without tipping the maitre d, he manages to hit all the right notes to make the ladies purr.

By mournfully emoting his theme, the ‘lub dub’ mantra, he captures the essence of what it is to be desired. Hard to believe that he’s not beating them off with a stick. but that’s something he reserves for himself, in a dark closet with the heat turned up high. Here’s hoping his offspring populate the heavens with more hard doleful ballads songs like this one!

You know the drill, and it uses batteries.

You know the drill, and it uses batteries.

Guess What – Cherry Pi

Cherry has a way with lyrics. Whether she’s bent over half drunk in a friends commode, or lying flat on the floor of a dive bar, Cherry is always consistent in her lack of skills and etiquette. She manages to hit all the right notes to make the ladies purr.

By using drum loops and handcuffs on her remaining band members, Cherry manages to record a unique view of the world, her ego, and a sonic landscape of desolation and Id inspired mayhem before the local authorities corral her for the required 90 days. Here’s hoping her offspring populate the heavens with more pop rock anthems like this one!

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SpinTunes Round 4 song reviews

November 23, 2010
Doc, I have these dreams about being chased....

Did you know there was an LP cover contest as well? (Thanks Dave)

I’m writing this review before coordinating my vote with Allan Morgan – since we together only get one vote, I’m only 50% of the official tally. But here goes my quick impressions of the 4th Round songs. The first 4 are in the running to win, the rest are shadows by previous contestants. Boffo Yux Dudes did three shadows this round – I’ll post them up later.

Zarni De Wet – The Bleeding Effect ( Assassin’s Creed)
Zarni takes this piano ballad about a schizophrenic killer and shoots out a mood of death and destruction. It’s not quite clear if the song is from the unstable Desmond’s point of view or Subject 16’s – perhaps both – but it’s still powerful stuff.

Mitchell Adam Johnson – In Another Castle (Super Mario Bros)
Mitchell writes from the view of a princess that keeps putting herself in danger, so she’ll feel the thrill of being rescued. Good use of video sound fx and samples of the game. Nice touch with ‘If you didn’t show, I’d die’ literally and figuratively.

Rebecca Brickley – Where I Am (Carmen SanDiego)
Rebecca turned this jazzy number into a humorous tweak on the game ‘Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego’. I can almost see Rockapella doing backup for her on this one. Witty lyrics make this one a winner. Enjoyed the Get/Silhouette rhymes and the baiting of the Chief to find her. Teasing or a challenge there? Actually, Both.

Chris Cogott – In Bright Falls (Alan Wake)
Chris brings a Surf guitar and 60’s beat to the tale of A. Wake and his quest to find sanity and his lost wife in Bright Falls. I had to research the game – he did a great job with the details. Enjoyed the musical tags and Beatles hooks to the song, including the Paperback Writer homage at the end.

Charlie McCarron – The Pac-Man Duet
A fun romp where Pac and Ms. Pac Man sing about meeting together. I like how Charlie and Nicole’s voices work well together in this one. Wish it was a little longer, but the ghosts had other plans.

Mark Humble – I’m Q*Bert, Babe

Mark slipped into a soulful vibe with his one. I expected Barry White to sneak up on the speakers. Loved the SFX mixed in to the storyline, as well as rhyming Pizza with Nietzsche. Total win.

Brian Gray – Hard To Get (Shadow) (Donkey Kong)
Upbeat, bouncy and fun. I liked the swing feel and harmonies, along with the witty wordplay.  Having the large simian use the princess as bait to catch the Mario of his dreams was a clever hook. Turning it into a homoerotic Shakespeare themed love story was a level above the rest.

JoAnn Abbott – Go For The Eyes (Boo from Baldur’s Gate)
Joann  (and Caleb) waltz into this song about Baldur’s Gate and Minsc’s Miniature Giant Space Hampster (™), Boo. The title refers to the favorite attack of said rodent. I liked the witty storyline and baroque feel.

David Ritter – Pitfall! (Shadow) (Pitfall)
David brings up the original Atari 2600 game Pitfall and runs with it through dangers and swinging vines. Turning it into a slow ballad with guitar and piano was an interesting choice for an action game.

Caleb Hines – The Writing On The Wall (Portal)
Caleb’s take on Portal with Joann singing lead . Interesting take on the game, with lots of insider hints and a nod to JoCo.  I’d have my cake and eat it too… if it wasn’t a lie to begin with. Nice job on this one.

Governing Dynamics – One Four One (Roach) (Shadow) Gary “Roach” Sanderson from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
Travis sets a mood for this song with droning grunge guitar and drums about a black ops team that deals with the struggle of war, and relentless killing all around him. He hit the right notes in getting the tone of the game across. War is hell, but this is magic.

Inverse T. Clown – I’m Tops (Shadow) (TopMan from MegaMan)
ITC takes the wimpiest boss from the classic game and imbues him with an ego the size of New Jersey. Bouncy synth and 8 Bit Drums keep the tune rolling until it’s inevitable demise. I liked the fact he refuses to admit ‘Top Man’ is for his weapons instead of an elite status in his own mind.

I saw a lot of thought and planning in this round of songs – didn’t expect the depth and levels in such simple games, but people found them and brought them out. I’ll post the BYD songs here later this week, but you can listen to them and vote at the Spintunes site. Enjoy!

I’m Drawing a Blank here…

May 24, 2010

Quick - Everyone sing off key!

Getting a hoodie autographed for Abby with The Blanks

Caught the boys and their acapella show on Friday. Fun time.

Hadn’t seen George in 25 years, but did see Sam and Paul a few years ago at their Butties concert.  I’m hoping to shoot The Butties 2010 concert (27 years of continuous annual concerts!) in VT this July. More after the break. (more…)

The Z-89 Cray-Z Morning Crew & Big Mike – Calling it as we saw it

May 5, 2010
Danny and Scott in LA via electrons

25 years and 3000 miles later, it's a party!

In 1985, I produced a morning Radio show with a host of other talented folks on a new FM station in Syracuse, NY. It was a demanding, crazy time during a tumultuous part of my life, and I had a ton of fun. I recently went back for our 25th radio reunion, and caught up with people, which dragged out the archives. So I though I’d clear the air about the ‘Big Mike’ episode. More after the Break

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Alfred’s St. Patty’s Day Tips

March 14, 2010

 

Anyone who says they're not Irish is just green with envy.

 

Alfred is back with more advice on how to celebrate St. Patty’s Day.  I just love this guy.


12 years later, I STILL can’t play guitar…

February 24, 2010

I want to get invited to these parties!

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1981!

You can vote for your top 5 songs by clicking on the banner
Al, Dan and I wrote a song for the latest round of ‘Masters of Song Fu’, an ‘Iron Chef’ of  songwriting skills for bragging rights on the internet. We’d appreciate it if you’d go and check out the song after you’ve had some fun here, and vote for 5 deserving candidates.
If one of your votes happens to be The Boffo Yux Dudes, we won’t complain. But do check out the tunes. This group is very talented, and has been making some interesting creative choices with their interpretations of the rules.
Enough brown- (more…)

Laughing with the King – Mini LP

January 8, 2010

In honor of the King’s 75th birthday, here are a few Boffo Yux Dudes bit involving our favorite musician. It’s Elvispalooza with the BYD this Weekend! More bits to come.

Enjoy

Our Winters Love – a not all quite there romance song

December 14, 2009
Who knew a reel to reel could be so much fun?

Mmm. Tastes like chicken!

Allan and I worked on another song entry for Masters of Song Fu – Round 3 – this round had you
“Write a winter holiday song that is not about the holidays.”

So, of course, we chose to write this simple ditty about a love gone astray.

The lyrics, while all clean, might be NSFW if you pay attention to them.

You can follow along with the lyrics here.

Enjoy

3 is an Evil Number – Masters of Song Fu Entry

December 5, 2009

Someone got my goat. And now there's hell to pay.

3 is an Evil Number – Master of Song Fu #5 shadow entry

I’ve been interested in the Masters of Song Fu contests since early this year. A bunch of talented and creative people are butting heads trying to write the best songs in various challenges, with the winner getting the honor of writing head to head against ‘Masters’. Think Iron Chef for the songwriters out there.

In my head, I’m going – this is going to be easy. Block out a few hours, pound out a song, and send it in. Who cares if I have no musical talent, current working studio, or a clue how to do it?

I think I found out the hard way.  Luckily, Allan Morgan felt sympathy, and (more…)

How do you handle a Mad Proctologist?

December 2, 2009

Mr. Rhimer and the Mad Proctologist

The last part of the BYD & Friends show from 1989. Mark and Bill show us the high cost of revenge after 10 years of medical school.

I thought Mark did a great job on this one – using the German Accent to sound more threatening, and singing the German national anthem while plugging his ears gets me every time. We never did get to do a bit with the Ernie and Bert puppets on stage, but the behind the scenes stuff with them were so unPC it was hilarious. If I can edit a version, I’ll have to post that as well.