Monday, December 26, 2011

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DJ Earworm's 2011 Mashup

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Britney Spears- Don't Keep Me Waiting

Saturday, December 24, 2011

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Diamond Rugs- "Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant"
 He couldn't finish his moo goo gai pan.
Diamond Rugs - Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant by Partisan Records

Friday, December 23, 2011

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THG's Best Songs of 2011
Here are my favorites songs of the year.  What's on your list?

#1 Fruit Bats- "You're Too Weird"

#2 Mark Ronson & the Business Intl- "Somebody to Love Me"

#3 Foster the People- "Houdini"

#4 Fences- "My Girl the Horse"

#5 Adele- "Someone Like You"


#7 Jessica Lea Mayfield- "Our Hearts Are Wrong"

#8 The Antlers- "I Don't Want Love"

#9 Gotye- "Somebody That I Used To Know"

#10 Beirut- "Santa Fe"

Thursday, December 22, 2011

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THG's Best Electronic Songs of 2011

Teams vs. Star Slinger- "Punch Drunk Love"
No Gold- "Rainforts"
M83- "Midnight City"
Mount Kimbie- "Before I Move Off"
Pictureplane- "Real is A Feeling"

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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THG's Best Movies of 2011

50/50- This was my favorite movie of the year.  It was funny, JGL is in it, Seth Rogan was not obnoxious, and it made my cry.  Well written and clever writing made it one of the most refreshing movies I had seen in a long time. 

The Muppets- Part nostalgic, part fresh, this movie was laughs all the way.  It was just the right amount of cheesiness and didn't take itself too seriously.  I'm definitely a Muppet-(wo)man.

Bridesmaids- I admit, I was worried when the trailers first came out, but the movie hit the right mark with audiences and me.  Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph were able to show off their comedic skills with physical humor that was more reminiscent of "I Love Lucy" than anything else for women comedians nowadays.

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My Xmas wish has come true in the form of a new Alpaca stuffed animal in Japan.

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LIGHTS- "Siberia"

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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THG's Best Cover Songs of 2011

"Ambling Alp" covered by Wakey!Wakey!

"Take Care" covered by Florence + the Machine

"I Can't Make You Love Me" covered by Bon Iver

"Higher Love" covered by James Vincent McMorrow

 "Skinny Love" covered by Birdy

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Amy Poehler on the Ellen Show

Monday, December 19, 2011

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It's that time of year again!!!  Time to discuss THG's BEST of 2011!!!  Yeah!!!

THG's Best New Bands of 2011

Foster the People 
This band really needs no introduction.  Once "Pumped Up Kicks" hit the radio, they were destined for commercial music and movie soundtrack greatness.  Their sometimes dark lyrics are hidden among upbeat, catchy, and pop-happy dance beats.  I used to compare them to MGMT or even Empire of the Sun, but they're different because they were able to make "electronic/dance" accessible to the masses.   Let's dance!
Key track: "Houdini" 

It took me a little time to get into this band, but once I did, I've been hooked ever since.  They're a young (only 22 years old) couple who were once NYC film students and made music on the side.  Then they posted their 3 song EP to Bandcamp and have risen to critical acclaim as one of the indie breakthrough bands of the year.  Their sound is distinctly "old" sounding, i.e. 60s garage pop, with an addictive catchiness that's also kind of modern.  I love them and hope you do too.  
Key track: "You Know What I Mean"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

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I'm jamming to the Rugrats theme...

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NEW SLEIGH BELLS SINGLE!!!  Pretty stoked about this one.  Does not disappoint.

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Golden Globe Nominations  
I'm pretty happy with this year's noms.  Really happy to see 50/50, Bridesmaids, Revenge, and The Good Wife represented!  What are your picks?

Best Picture, Comedy/Musical:
The Artist
Midnight in Paris

My Week with Marilyn

Best Picture, Drama:
The Help
The Descendants
The Ides of March

Best Actress, Comedy:
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Kate Winslet, Carnage
Jodie Foster, Carnage

Best Actor, Comedy
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love

Best Actress, Drama:
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Actor, Drama:
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Michael Fassbender, Shame

Best Supporting Actress:
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Best Supporting Actor:
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

TV Series, Drama:
American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones

TV Series, Comedy:
Modern Family
New Girl

TV Actress, Comedy:
Laura Dern, Enlightenment
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

TV Actress, Drama:
Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

TV Actor, Drama:
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammar, Boss
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Damian Lewis, Homeland

TV Actor, Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

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Finally giving Beyonce a good listen- "Countdown"

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Burger King has been struggling with its marketing campaigns.  And apparently it's not that much better in Russia either.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Ready to name your favorite film of 2011?  Then watch this to refresh your memory.  Every film from 2011 listed here.

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Does your ear need a beanie?  Sure it does, hipster.

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A little behind the scenes look at SNL's "writing night" at 4:30am.  I bet Kristen Wiig is asleep.

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Sweet new Jay-Z track... Jay-Z feat. Kanye- "Niggas in Paris"

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Kelly Clarkson- Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)

Monday, December 12, 2011

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Why THG never got past white belt either... (thanks sw!)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

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Robyn's dancing has always fascinated me. They must do things differently in Sweden. Here she is on SNL.
"Call Your Girlfriend"

"Dancing On My Own"

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Rachel Yamagata around bedtime sounds about right.

Friday, December 9, 2011

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Fun.  The band that is.  New single "We Are Young" acoustic.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Precious? What are you doing in the new Foster the People video?

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Music video by Motopony performing King of Diamonds

Monday, December 5, 2011

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Light at the end of the tunnel...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

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Think about this when you worry about your adult problems...

Friday, December 2, 2011

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Another hard hitting Sleigh Bells album on the way?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

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Santa Musical

Best Buy prank (that Best Buy does not like)