A lot of times, I end up conflicted about the blog.
On one hand, I know most of you stop by the blog to read stuff that I write. Whether it be idle musings, furious rages, or my occasional foray into scientific inquiry. You don’t stop by here hoping that I’ll put up a link to something else.
My thought is, if you wanted to go somewhere else, you’d already be there.
On the other hand, if something brings me joy, I want to share it with people.
On the other other hand, I don’t want this blog to become an endless series of links. As if I’d suddenly become that uncle of yours that won’t stop forwarding you dirty jokes and videos of cats.
On yet another hand in this increasingly unanthropomorphic metaphor, it’s way easier for me to post up a few links, rather than, say, write a thousand word blog. And it has the chance to make folks happy.
And then I’m left back where I started, still not sure how much or so often I should link to other stuff I think is cool.
What I typically do is ride the brake. I don’t post stuff up on here unless it’s so good I just can’t help myself.
That’s what I’m doing today. I’m sharing something that’s so good I just can’t help but bring it to you attention.
Ladies, gentlemen, and those of unaffiliated gender: I give you Garfunkel and Oates.
How much do I love them?
I love them so much that I’ve had one of their songs stuck in my head for four days now, and I don’t even care.
Which song? This song.
(It’s not entirely safe for work, by the way.)
I stumbled onto their stuff a couple months ago, and after watching a couple dozen youtube videos, I wandered over to CD Baby and bought their CD, All Over Your Face.
Okay. I’ll be honest. I bought ten copies of their CD, because I wanted to share the love with my friends.
Luckily, the CD was even better than I expected. That’s not always the case with some of the music you hear live or on youtube first. For example, I actually like Johnathan Coulton’s acoustic stuff on youtube better than the more polished, produced versions I’ve bought. Same thing with about half the Flight of the Conchords CD’s I’ve picked up.
But this CD was better than the stuff I’d already heard. I would have bought a hundred copies and given them away as Worldbuilders prizes, except I know someone’s sweet old grandma who wanted to support Heifer would have ended up listening to “Sex With Ducks” and having a heart attack.
Yeah. They have a song called “Sex With Ducks.” It’s one of the many reasons I love them.
Okay. One more video and then I’ll stop.
This one is actually a good representation of the production quality of the music on the CD. In fact, I’m pretty sure this version of the song is the same as what’s on the CD.
Okay. That’s enough, you can hunt down their other videos on your own. (Like “Gay Boyfriend” and “Pregnant Women Are Smug”)
Or, if you are a sensible person who likes cool things and likes to support artists, you’ll go and buy some of their music.
Lastly, the the true believers that read all the way to the bottom of the blog, a reminder that I’m going to be at the Fox Valley Book Festival this Thursday (April 12th.) Details, as always, are on the tour page.