Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2000 Jams from the 2000s: Part 10 (2009)

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The final curtain. Sort of.
Upon close examination, we kinda LOVED 2010, and we wish it was part of this decade so that the final chapter of this series could be stronger. 2009 was the wiseass stepson that we wanted to push down the stairs but instead we just smiled and said "good job, keep masturbating, you're doing great," because parents should encourage their children. So we did everything just fine.


#10 Kanye West "Gay Fish" (April 8, 2009)

Yes, we know there were funnier South Park moments from this year (and from this very episode [like the Carlos Mencia bit for instance]), but it's a catchy song, and we often find ourselves singing it while walking around the mall or the grocery store.

#9 Attack Attack "Stick Stickly" (June 4, 2009)

#8 Michael and Michael Have Issues: Virginity Pledge (July 15, 2009)

#7 Keyboard Cat: Walker Texas Ranger (May 7, 2009)

We're sorry Haley Joel.

#6 Xavier: Renegade Angel: Damnesia You (April 9, 2009)

#5 Creed Shreds 3 (September 15, 2009)

#4 Whoopsie Daisy (February 15, 2009)

#3 Gathering of the Juggalos 2009 Infomercial (July 17, 2009)

In subsequent years, these infomercials seemed to progressively lose their magic. 2009 was the best one of these. Also, most non-Juggalos didn't know about the festival until after this series of videos launched.

#2 Keyboard Cat: Glenn Beck (April 27, 2009)

#1 The Room (March 8, 2009)

Didn't go viral until after the March 8th premiere of the Tim & Eric episode directed by Tommy Wiseau.

Close calls:
- This Rammstein video: We still love the part when he's preaching at the podium. However, we somehow couldn't bring ourselves to place this one. (For the record, our favorite music video of 2009 is still "Trap Goin' Ham.")
- Delocated: Ska Mitzvah: "I am having a good time."
- Kanye interupt. No need to post an embed.
- More crabcore and keyboard cat videos.

At last, our final Hot Mix of this series:

HOT MIX 2009

20. Tyler The Creator f/ Earl Sweatshirt “Assmilk”
19. Panic At The Disco “New Perspective”
18. Clipse f/ Pharrell "I'm Good"
17. Miley Cyrus “Party In The USA”
16. Ovlov “Mustachio”
15. Japandroids “Young Hearts Spark Fire”
14. La Roux “Bulletproof”
13. Merchandise “Kill The Light”
12. Taylor Swift “Forever and Always”
11. Bat For Lashes “Daniel”

10. Silversun Pickups “Substitution”
09. The XX “Crystallized”
08. Gucci Mane “Lemonade”
07. Ke$ha “Tik Tok”
06. Drake “Best I Ever Had”
05. Neon Indian “Should've Taken Acid With You”
04. Lady Gaga “Paparazzi”
03. No Age “Genie”
02. Pill “Trap Goin' Ham”

01. Animal Collective “What Would I Want? Sky”

Interesting Hot Mix this year, featuring the highest count of jams that did NOT appear on full length releases.
- 4 songs from EP's: #1, #3, #13 & #16.
- 4 songs from mixtapes: #2, #6, #8 & #20. (#6 is technically from an EP/mixtape.)
- And 1 non-album soundtrack single: #19

Perhaps the upsurge of non-album tracks were a sign of things to come. Not to mention we have FOUR jams that don't appear on Spotify. 2009, you're killin' us here.

"Forever and Always" / "Mustachio"

"New Perspective" / "Assmilk"

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

2000 Jams from the 2000s: Part 9 (2008)

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This is the sail on your boat of life. The ocean is a spirit. The ocean is your imagination. The ocean is your power. The ocean is your emotion. The sail on the boat is the Golden Rule. The wind that catches the sail and pushes the boat into a lovely sunset of tropical design with the double rainbow. That wind is your spirit.

Well, that's now out of the way, so let's get on with it:


#11 "Spagett and The Quest for the Golden Treasure" (August 17, 2008)

#10 Gardening on Salvia (May 25, 2008)

We feel like salvia is VERY late 2000s (superseded by molly in the early 2010s). And this was around the time when those dudes at the convenience store near our job would always try to upsell with salvia and porn. Although Fox News didn't report about salvia as a fad until Miley got caught with it in 2011, so what do we know?

#9 Reporter Hates Bees (June 10, 2008)

Doesn't get more genuine.

#8 "For Your Wine" (January 27, 2008)

Sweet berry wine.

#7 Stella: Birthday (December 18, 2008)

Their final hurrah of sorts.

#6 Colin's Bear Animation (January 28, 2008)

Originally posted December '07 but the January date listed here was when the video went viral.

#5 Jim & Derrick (August 31, 2008)

Sort of a precursor to Eric Andre's "ranch it up."

#4 Norm Macdonald on the Bob Saget Roast (August 17, 2008)

#3 Iron Mic: Eli Porter vs Envy (August 10, 2008)

Originally shot in 2003, posted on Youtube in 2007, went viral in '08.
The date here was its first Facebook embed according to KnowYourMeme.
Also we've now twice viewed a surprisingly entertaining (and peculiarly womanless) documentary exploring the events that lead to this video's creation. Available here:

#2 Intervention: Allison (August 11, 2008)

Full Episode:

#1 Human Giant: Will Arnett Sex Tape (March 19, 2008)

Cat Face narrowly missed the Top 11. But we like it anyway, so here it is:

Weirdest "Hot Mix" of the bunch, although one of the rare occurrences where all 20 songs were actually on Spotify:

HOT MIX 2008

20. Jay Reatard "See Saw"
19. FNU Ronnies "Normalcitizen"
18. Autolux "Audience No. 2"
17. Kanye West f/ Mr. Hudson "Paranoid"
16. Panic! At The Disco "That Green Gentleman"
15. Cut Copy "So Haunted"
14. The Brontosaur "This Is Not a Paradise"
13. Estelle f/ Kanye West "American Boy"
12. Blitzen Trapper "Sleepy Time in the Western World"
11. Black Moth Super Rainbow "Zodiac Girls"

10. The Knux "Cappuccino"
9. Big Boi f/ Andre 3000 & Raekwon "Royal Flush"
8. Deerhoof "Chandelier Searchlight"
7. MGMT "The Youth"
6. Snoop Dogg "Sexual Eruption"
5. Beyonce "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
4. Ryan Leslie "Diamond Girl"
3. Portishead "Silence"

2. Lil Wayne f/ Babyface "Comfortable"

1. No Age "Teen Creeps"

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Monday, September 28, 2015

2000 Jams from the 2000s: Part 8 (2007)

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Welcome to the final third of the 2000s, when everything basically turned to shit for 3 years.

Times were rough. Emo and crunk disappeared. However, let's not forget:


#10 Human Giant MTV Takeover (May 19, 2007)

We especially like how the kids they pulled in from Times Square only wanted to be on TV and didn't give a fuck about anything that happened throughout the entire 24 hours despite that it was the only mildly interesting MTV moment from that entire year.

#9 The Imaginationland Trilogy (October 17, 2007)

#8 "666 Murda Murda Jesus"

We don't know the exact date.

#7 Tim & Eric: Carol (December 23, 2007)

#6 Tay Zonday (April 22, 2007)

The song is secondary. Tay is the phenomenon.

#5 Cool Court starring Nachos the Cross-eyed Cat (April 25, 2007)

#4 "Lazy Horse Mattress Supply" (March 25, 2007)

#3 The original Adventure Time short (January 11, 2007)

#2 Ruth Carr "Come Over" (December 9, 2007)

#1 The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (October 19, 2007)

We're too lazy at this point to review stuff that we've forgotten about, but Clark and Michael and Wainy Days were probably both good enough to include here. Here's two randomly chosen episodes:
Clark and Michael:
Wainy Days:

HOT MIX 2007

20. Soulja Boy Tell 'Em “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”
19. Beirut “Nantes”
18. Spoon “My Little Japanese Cigarette Case”
17. The Coathangers “Don't Touch My Shit”
16. T-Pain “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')”
15. DJ Unk f/ Outkast & Jim Jones “Walk It Out (Remix)”
14. Amerie "Take Control"
13. Animal Collective "Peacebone"
12. Deerhunter “Strange Lights”
11. Deerhoof “Matchbook Seeks Maniac”

10. Panda Bear “Good Girl / Carrots”
09. Pinback “From Nothing To Nowhere”
08. Rich Boy “Throw Some D's”
07. Ne-Yo “Because of You”
06. M.I.A. “Paper Planes”
05. Radiohead “15 Step”
04. Caribou “Melody Day”
03. Kanye West “Flashing Lights”
02. Against Me! “Borne On The FM Waves Of The Heart”

01. UGK featuring Outkast “Int'l Players Anthem”

Who's Nadafy from 2007?

"15 Step"

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

2000 Jams from the 2000s: Part 7 (2006)

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"Get off my plane."

Wait, wrong movie.

The 2000s decade was still good at this point. Before we get into its boring final third, enjoy 2006's hottest jams:


#12 K-Fed "PopoZão" (January 1, 2006)

We like to watch this dude jam out.

#11 Weird Al "White and Nerdy" (September 26, 2006)

Yes, THAT Weird Al.

#10 Reh Dogg "Why Must I Cry" (October 28, 2006)

We always wanted to make our own video just like this. Reh Dogg lived our dream.

#9 Head On (July 2006)

#8 Leprechaun Sighting (March 17, 2006)

#7 Dropping The Ball (October 13, 2006)

#6 South Park's Spot-On Family Guy Impression (April 5, 2006)

#5 Artie Roast Prank Call (June 8, 2006)

During an afternoon edition of the show when they were all drunk on the air with a live audience, a prank caller somehow figured out how to put the entire show on a 10-second loop. By the time 30 seconds had passed, four instances of Howard and Robin were talking at the same time. So trippy. After Baba Booey hung up on him, Howard said "that guy was awesome!" (Crackhead Bob's brief, incomprehensible monologue from the same show was the other noteworthy moment.)

#4 The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti (October 29, 2006)

#3 Flea Market Montgomery (November 30, 2006)

#2 Let's Paint, Exercise & Blend Drinks TV (October 2, 2006)

#1 Wonder Showzen: "Horse Apples" (May 12, 2006)

Dr. Rockso does cocaine:
Also "Dick In a Box," banana stickers and other phallic symbols didn't make the cut.

HOT MIX 2006

20. Panda Bear “Bros”
19. Yo La Tengo “Pass The Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind”
18. Built To Spill “Goin' Against Your Mind”
17. Phoenix “One Time Too Many”
16. Pearl Jam “Umemployable”
15. The Killers “When You Were Young”
14. The Strokes “Ask Me Anything”
13. Fergie “London Bridge”
12. Silversun Pickups “Melatonin”
11. Thom Yorke “The Eraser”

10. Beyonce “Irreplaceable”
09. Justin Timberlake “Until The End of Time”
08. Boris & Michio Kurihara “You Laughed Like A Water Mark”
07. Yo Majesty “Club Action”
06. Be Your Own Pet “Adventure”
05. Nelly Furtado “Promiscuous”
04. Clipse “Trill”
03. Midlake “Young Bride”
02. TV On The Radio “Province”

01. T.I. “What You Know”

Only the 2008 version of "Club Action" shows up on Spotify. Here's the (superior) 2006 version from the Yo! EP:

And here's some sweet Nada-fy jams for that ass:

"The Eraser"


"You Laughed Like a Watermark"

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

2000 Jams from the 2000s: Part 6 (2005)

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Back again.

So here's this:


#12 Kidz Bop "Float On" (February 22, 2005)

#11 Showdogs Moms and Dads: Crazy Vagina Lady (March 30, 2005)

#10 Ashlee Simpson at the Orange Bowl (January 4, 2005)

That dude who yells "you suck."

#9 South Park police sketches (November 30, 2005)

#8 "This Is Beetle" (January 2005)

Beetle is cute. But if you tell him that, he'll tell you to fuck off.

#7 Stella: Campaign (July 5, 2005)

Probably our favorite episode of Stella's TV series. We wish a better part of it were on Youtube, but the campaign ad isn't bad.

#6 Wonder Showzen: Patience (April 25, 2005)

#5 Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil pilot (October 30, 2005)

Originally intended as the follow-up to Home Movies. Probably the most promising pilot of the 2000s, but its lack of success eventually lead to the creation of Bob's Burgers.

#4 Scott Stapp on Casino Cinema (December 6, 2005)

Shot the same night as when Stapp threatened 311 and told them, "311, I am ready to fight."

#3 House Of Cosbys (January 30, 2005)

#2 Steve-O on Too Late With Adam Carolla (September 26, 2005)

#1 Beat Kids (March 25, 2005 | April 22, 2005)

We couldn't decide between "Whose hat represents more oppression, yours or mine?" and "Here's my impression of you: Gamble, gamble, gamble diiiiiieeee...."

The 1st one:
The 2nd one:

More fun stuff from 2005
- Breaking Bonaduce was also in 2005, but we couldn't find any Youtube clips, so we can't really remember what happened.
- Also the hot Pat O'Brien voicemails surfaced this year which we suppose is still kinda funny.
- Same deal with Grapes Lady.
- We don't care all that much for American Idol. Leroy Wells tho:

"Sometimes Dead Is Better"
Marjorine might be our favorite South Park ever. In the commentary, Trey and Matt admitted they were unhappy about fitting too much plot into one episode. But they're wrong. Dead wrong. It's a perfect episode. While tough to choose a best moment, the creepy Pet Semetary dude is definitely a highlight.

HOT MIX 2005

20. Rihanna "If It's Lovin' That You Want"
19. The Click Five “Just the Girl”
18. The Game f/ 50 Cent “Hate It Or Love It”
17. Missy Elliott f/ Ciara & Fatman Scoop "Lose Control"
16. The Darkness “Is It Just Me?”
15. Mike Jones f/ Slim Thug & Paul Wall “Still Tippin'”
14. Big Star “Lady Sweet”
13. Queens of the Stone Age “In My Head”
12. The Mars Volta “L'Via L'Viaquez”
11. Sufjan Stevens “John Wayne Gacy, Jr”

10. Fall Out Boy “Dance Dance”
09. Kanye West f/ Adam Levine “Heard Em Say”
08. MGMT “Kids”
07. Of Montreal “The Party's Crashing Us”
06. C.S.S. “Off The Hook”
05. Ciara f/ Missy Elliott “1, 2 Step”
04. Ying Yang Twins “Wait (The Whisper Song)”
03. Spoon “My Mathematical Mind”

02. Three 6 Mafia “Stay Fly”

01. Amerie “1 Thing”

NADA-fy jam:

"Lady Sweet"

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Monday, September 21, 2015

2000 Jams from the 2000s: Part 5 (2004)

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Favorite shit.

We're ready if you are:


#15 Dave Mustaine in Some Kind of Monster (July 9, 2004)

#14 McGuirk Buys Swords (February 8, 2004)

#13 Red Diamond Dragon Club (November 24, 2004)

#12 Jessica Simpson drank too much coffee or something (April 11, 2004)

#11 Artie's Pig Story (June 15, 2004)

#10 Pre-School (November 10, 2004)

#9 A Magician Named Gob (January 4, 2004)

#8 Ali G: Animal Rights (August 8, 2004)

#7 "I've Got Something In My Front Pocket For You" (April 7, 2004)

#6 Chappelle's Show: True Hollywood Stories - Prince (February 18, 2004)

#5 Napoleon Dynamite: Current Events (June 11, 2004)

#4 Craig's House (January 22, 2004)

#3 Salad Fingers: "Friends" (July 15, 2004)

#2 Chappelle's Show: Making The Band (March 24, 2004)

#1 Jon Stewart on Crossfire (October 15, 2004)

While not Crossfire's final episode (contrary to popular belief), this clip directly influenced CNN to cancel the series months later.

We never realized we enjoyed this year so much. It was a little tougher than usual to narrow down these choices.

Something tells us at least 1 good clip was forgotten, so we'll just leave a space right here just in case: _______________________________.

[Edit 9/23/15: This sorta counts but not enough to lose our shit over it. The final episode of Unscrewed With Martin Sargent on TechTV aired on November 29, 2004. During the episode, "Sargent officially dismissed the Unscrewed Army [his title for the show's fans]" and explicitly bashed G4 and Comcast. As far as we can tell, it's not on Youtube, so no big whoop.]

2004 was when Prince threw the guitar in the air and it stayed there:

5 Songs That Almost Made It Into Hot Mix 2004
Juvenile "Slow Motion"
Korn "Word Up!"
Ashlee Simpson "Pieces of Me"
G-Unit "Wanna Get To Know You"
Keane "Somewhere Only We Know"

And get ready for it:

HOT MIX 2004

20. Sleepy Brown f/ Outkast "I Can't Wait"
19. Phantom Planet "Big Brat"
18. AC Newman “Miracle Drug”
17. Usher "Caught Up"
16. Kanye West f/ Jamie Foxx & Twista “Slow Jamz”
15. Pinback “Non-Photo Blue”
14. Prince “Call My Name”
13. Slipknot “Duality”
12. Snoop Dogg f/ Pharrell “Drop It Like It's Hot”
11. Nelly “Flap Your Wings”

10. Death From Above 1979 “Black History Month”
09. TV On The Radio “The Wrong Way”
08. Gwen Stefani “Hollaback Girl”
07. Madvillian “Great Day Today”
06. Autolux “Here Comes Everybody”
05. Annie “Heartbeat”
04. Wilco “Handshake Drugs”
03. The Arcade Fire “Rebellion (Lies)”
02. Kelly Clarkson “Since U Been Gone”

01. Ciara “Goodies”

This appears to be the only online stream of the Prince song at #14:,call-my-name,su8qu.html

[Edit 9/23/15: We've been linking to the URL's of the Spotify playlists forgetting that they're already kinda more or less linked through the embeds, so this portion of the 2000s jams will disappear from here on out. PEACE.]

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Rick & Morty podcast interview

2000 Jams from the 2000s will resume on Monday or Tuesday. In the meantime...

We didn't listen to this yet, but we're posting it here to remind ourselves that we should listen to it while driving later.

Friday, September 18, 2015

2000 Jams from the 2000s: Part 4 (2003)

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'03. A good year for supergroups.

The joke we're implying is that Iggy and Outkast started a supergroup.

Also, a lot more people had TiVo in 2003 than in 2002.

Here comes the nice:


#11 Snoop Dogg at MTV Icon: Metallica (May 6, 2003)

#10 ODB On Parole (July 12, 2003)

#9 "Broodwich" (November 2, 2003)

#8 Stella: "Friendship" (November 2003)

#7 Lyle (February 12, 2003)

Like a true showman, he kept us wanting more. But still, we get kinda bummed that Chappelle's Show ended without a more thorough exploration of this character's potential.

#6 "I Mean, Come On" (March 26, 2003)

#5 "The Mad Real World" (February 26, 2003)

#4 Bruno In Alabama (March 28, 2003)

#3 Andrew WK on Spike TV Awards (December 4, 2003)

#2 Cheaters: Paintball Attack (February 13, 2003)

#1 Cheaters: Joey gets stabbed (March 20, 2003)

2003 was a wild-as-fuck ride to say the least. But no one could have forseen:

HOT MIX 2003

20. Blink 182 “I Miss You”
19. Ween “Chocolate Town”
18. Blur “Out of Time”
17. Young Gunz “Can't Stop Won't Stop”
16. Missy Elliott "Pass That Dutch"
15. The Strokes "Reptilia"
14. No Doubt "It's My Life"
13. Lil' Kim "The Jump Off"
12. Pharrell f/ Jay-Z “Frontin'”
11. Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps”

10. Outkast “Unhappy”
09. The Shins “So Says I”
08. Lil' Jon “Get Low”
07. Jay-Z “La-La-La (Excuse Me Mis Again)”
06. Radiohead “Backdrifts”
05. The Darkness “Growing on Me”
04. Wayne Wonder “No Letting Go”
03. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists “The Ballad of the Sin Eater”
02. Deftones “Minerva”

01. TV On The Radio “Staring at the Sun”

NADA-fy (a.k.a. "not on spotify"):

"Can't Stop Won't Stop"

"La La La"

The Spotify playlist associated with this happy little 2003 page can be found right over hurrr: Please enjoy it!

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Speedy Hotline Update

Some of the staff of this website contributes to the band Speedy Ortiz.

About 10 days ago, we posted this missive on our band's Facebook page:

On August 28, we played Riot Fest Denver, Day 1. At this show, the audience and venue size unfortunately did not encourage mutual respect, and a couple members of our band felt uncomfortable and unsafe. The festival supplied us with our own little safe backstage retreat for this very purpose, but most concert attendees aren't afforded such a luxury. We wish the hotline had been available on that day, and it was this show that inspired the hotline's inception.

We didn't really expect a big reaction beyond social media comments and some mild trolling. But since the story involves a girl-fronted rock band and "social justice," it should have been obvious that it would get picked up by Pitchfork.

It didn't take long before the trolls arrived along with other public critique from within our own community. And we (the staff writers) have been kinda confused about why the hotline and its corresponding missive have generated such a strong reaction. We're not really advocating for any extreme differences from typical show experiences other than encouraging friendly inclusiveness.

But for whatever reason, the language is still perceived as challenging an aesthetic.

We're guessing the types of people who've decided to shit on us over the past two weeks are those who fall into one or more of the following categories:

- First, there are those who didn't care for Speedy's music to begin with and are searching for reasons to justify their dislike. "Shitty '90s derivative blah blah blah." Yeah, we get it. It's great. The stock critique of dismissing any modern band with loud guitars as "'90s derivative" is far more original.

- There's also the old school conservative punks who think we're somehow trying to alter their personal show experiences. We can't see how our hotline would affect this, since it's intended for emergencies only. There are similar prominently and strategically placed "rules" posted in many punk & DIY spaces all over the country. And it really does help when attendees can easily view these guidelines upon entering a space. Contrary to popular belief, dozens of other bands, venues, show spaces and festivals also have hotlines used for similar purposes. It's not like we invented this idea, and it certainly doesn't mean the audience can't jump around and have a good time if they feel so compelled. Just be courteous and respectful.

- There's also those who feel comfortable continuing to participate in passive hatred or discrimination. It's not like we expect hatred and narrow-mindedness to just one day disappear out of nowhere because of one magical Tweet that will suddenly change the entire world. But inclusiveness at shows entails lack of hatred. Who needs it? Life's too short to spread hate. We're requesting that it stay away from Speedy shows so that everyone can party together without having to feel like they don't belong.

- And finally, there seems to be a fixation on the usage of the term "microaggressions." Sure, it's a buzz-word, but it's not at all inappropriate here. Replace it with the word "discrimination" if you'd like.

We can see the messages written about us. And yes, many of the comments we've seen have been surprisingly really funny. Lots of goofy jokes. So we've pissed off some people, but at least we haven't received death threats (yet). So thanks to our trolls for displaying a bit more playfulness and friendliness than the ones rallying against GamerGate.

GamerGate mostly generated from reactions to a woman's completely valid perspective of common tropes over the past 30 years of gaming. She doesn't call out any of this as incorrect. She didn't expect to notice an immediate cultural shift based around the popularity of her video series. She's just simply stating a perspective and with a refreshing lack of condescension towards opposing viewpoints. And that's it. But after the series became popular, those who felt challenged were unable to view the videos as simply opening an area of discussion. Not long afterwards, the host of the series began receiving anonymous death threats - simply for discussing her perspective.

We're open to hearing opposing viewpoints, and we don't mind friendly discussion. Contrary to modern opinions, laughing at a non-PC joke isn't the worst thing in the entire universe. We're old enough to get that. Believe it or not, we're actually past the damaging and unhealthy narrow-minded liberal arts undergrad perspective that assumes the entire worldview will continue to be incorrect until it perfectly aligns with our own. We're far more inclusive than that, encouraged more by aligning with Andrew WK's "party" mantra. Partying is whatever you want it to be. Do your thing; let everyone else do their thing. Everyone deserves to have a fun time when they attend a show and party in any way they'd like. We're not opposed to moshing or dancing in any way, as long as it's respectful of people nearby. A lot of show-goers might really enjoy getting shoved unexpectedly, and just the same, others might hate it. Common sense.

Rock shows are an environment that encourages drunk people to get very happy. And yes, many show-goers are looking to get laid when they attend rock shows. But not everyone enjoys having unprompted strangers place their hands or arms on them. Not everyone seems to have an understanding of phrases like "hands off please." Common sense? You might be surprised.

Here's an example of a happier instance. In June 2000, we attended Stroke 9 and Local H at the Webster Theater. You could hate or love either of these bands, but hear us out: Stroke 9 were a lot poppier and were basically touring on the success of a Top 40 hit from 6 months prior. Local H were slightly more album-based and significantly angrier, ultimately a one-hit-wonder from the viewpoint of Stroke 9's fans, although at least half of the crowd were clearly familiar with the bulk of As Good As Dead and Pack Up the Cats. There were a lot of white people and dudes in the audience but enough of a mix of genders & ethnicities that it made a lasting impression on us.

Local H played first, and half of the room exploded. Many show attendees who were unfamiliar with Local H decided to join the fans near the stage for one of the purest hour-long pogoing experiences we've ever had. Roughly 200 kids jumping in unison. It was kind of beautiful. Not everyone participated; the Webster has an elevated seating area near the bar for anyone who just wanted to chill and enjoy the rockage. But for those in the pit, it was amazing, and probably the closest we'll ever get to being in the crowd at a Nirvana club show circa-1992. After Local H was done, the crowd thinned out a bit and the remaining 2/3's of the room moved up for Stroke 9. There was no more pogoing. Different type of music. It's possible that the energy was expected to continue, but the highest energy of the night had passed. Stroke 9 were pretty good, but it was clearly a cool-down set. The show was one of the few refreshing instances within the Woodstock '99 era when we can recall such a diverse crowd losing its shit in unison while maintaining complete respect for one another.

A few years later, two friends of ours - a couple in their late-20s - told us about an experience they had at an Andrew WK show. They didn't realize that almost everyone at the venue would be significantly younger than them or full of so much energy. So they quietly hung out towards the back of the crowd and enjoyed being amazed at everything that was surrounding them. The crowd's energy and intensity could have powered a freight train. Towards the end of the show, Andrew announced that anyone who wanted to join him on stage was thereby invited. And so, every last person in the audience jumped on stage - everyone except for our two friends, who remained against the back wall in awe of what was happening in front of them.

These are instances when the style of music, the size of the venue, and the energy within the crowd kinda mesh together as a ying-yang, and everything seems pretty fucking harmonious. Everyone in those rooms were all lucky to have each other and be pulled together within that one amazing moment. We wouldn't give it up for anything.

On the opposite side of that coin, musical style, venue size and crowd energy can also result in a negative show experience.

The first punk show we ever attended was at a DIY all ages space at age 14. The teens and college-age punks were clearly unfamiliar with proper crowd response. After one of our friends was knocked to the floor, his head was actually trampled. It could have been a disastrous enough moment to have closed the venue permanently, but luckily he stood up a minute later - with a painful headache. After 20 minutes had passed, he claimed to have felt fine.

By the time we were old enough to attend arena-sized radio festivals, it had somehow become common for concert goers to attempt tearing the clothes off any girls who dared to crowdsurf. In many of those cases, the girls weren't crowdsurfing to be put on display, but rather in an effort to receive a breath of fresh oxygen and climb themselves out of the endless sweaty mass of humans. A handful of instances at the blistering and hedonistic Woodstock '99 resulted in more than a few crowdsurfing females having their clothes torn off entirely. In one instance, a girl only had the ring of her t-shirt around her neck by the time she had surfed to stage security.

By the end of the following decade, large quantities of tough bros began infiltrating club shows associated with less angry indie-rock like Of Montreal and MGMT. During a Sunset Rubdown show we attended towards the end of 2009, a 4-way fistfight erupted not far from where we were standing which more or less ruined our experience of the band's most popular song. It was a pretty unfortunate moment during a show where it seemed as though people might be compelled to keep to themselves and stay out of trouble. But this was not the case.

So really, shitty audience behavior can happen just about anywhere. We just wanna be able to help when it does strike at one of our own shows, and we know just as well as anyone else that stage security is not typically trained to help with these scenarios. But if necessary, we'll now be able to locate anyone in need of help and escort them to a safer area if necessary.

When people start getting hurt within the spirit of fun, the fun suddenly disappears. Rock shows should be for everyone. Let's have a good time out there!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

2000 Jams from the 2000s: Part 3 (2002)

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2002 was the final palindrome year ever. Axl played "Madagascar" at the VMAs. Check out the footage...

We just found out that Skillz still does his year-end "rap up" things every December. The one from 2010 actually charted, but his first one from 2002 is still the only one we've heard:

And now, live in stereo from Darl's basement, we're proud to present:


#10 Star Wars Kid (November 3, 2002)

Sure, why not?

#9 John McGuirk, The Soccer Comic (January 6, 2002)

#8 Sealab 2021: Bizarro (November 17, 2002)

#7 Professor Chaos (April 10, 2002)

#6 Stella: Raking Leaves

Raking Leaves from TheState on Vimeo.

#5 "Pimpology"

#4 Call-For-Help-A-Thon (December 26, 2002)

#3 Stella: Pizza (September 2002)

#2 Celebrity Boxing: Barry Williams vs. Bonaduce (March 13, 2002)

#1 Crashing With Andrew WK (September 2002)

- This year was tough. Not as good as other years. The clip that was almost #10 was when Shepard Smith had his slip up. "Blow Job. I mean, block party." (Nov 7, 2002)
- Cash Flow Generator:

This is the best stuff we could find for now. But no matter. The hot mix will save us.

HOT MIX 2002

20. Mclusky “Alan Is A Cowboy Killer”
19. Amerie “Why Don't We Fall In Love”
18. Scarface "On My Block"
17. Hot Hot Heat “No Not Now”
16. Missy Elliott “Work It”
15. Interpol “Obstacle 1”
14. Santana f/ Michelle Branch “The Game Of Love”
13. Talib Kweli “Get By”
12. Minus The Bear “Spirtz!!Spirtz!!”
11. Broken Social Scene “Cause = Time”

10. N*E*R*D f/ Malice "Am I High"
09. Queens of the Stone Age “Go With The Flow”
08. tATu “All The Things She Said”
07. The Darkness "Love Is Only a Feeling"
06. The Used "Blue and Yellow"
05. Justin Timberlake “Nothin' Else”
04. Cam'ron “Hey Ma”
03. Nelly “Hot In Herre”
02. And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead “How Near How Far”

01. Clipse “Grindin'”

Enjoy the official Spotify playlist of this page. All 20 songs from Hot Mix 2002 are there, plus some nice bonus jams for those long drives to 7-11.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

2000 Jams from the 2000s: Part 2 (2001)

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And a happy new two thousand and one...


The feds have been hounding us about these results, and now they finally have their answer:


#11 The Eye (December 30, 2001)

#10 Beetlejuice vs. Gary "Battle of the Wits" (January 26, 2001)

#9 Shit Dragon's Last Words (June 20, 2001)

#8 "A Jorb Well Done" (March 2, 2001)


#7 Billy Ray Cyrus in Mulholland Drive (December 2001)

#6 "Crazy Doctor 2" (April 14, 2001)

#5 Primetime Glick: Q&A with Seinfeld (June 20, 2001)

Note: June 20 was a big night for Comedy Central. "Shit Dragon" and this interview first aired within the same 15 minute span.

#4 Freddy Got Fingered (April 2001)

#3 Stella: "Audition" (October 2001)

#2 Redman on Cribs (March 6, 2001)
Oral history:

#1 Wet Hot: Trip Into Town

HOT MIX 2001

20. Pinback “Concrete Seconds”
19. Jimmy Eat World “A Praise Chorus”
18. Michael Jackson “You Rock My World”
17. Solid Steel Presents DJ Food & DK “Ug/The Terrorist/Miles From Home”
16. Dismemberment Plan “Superpowers”
15. Britney Spears “I'm A Slave 4 U”
14. Built to Spill “Strange”
13. Janet Jackson “Someone to Call My Lover”
12. The Strokes “New York City Cops”
11. System of a Down “Chop Suey!”

10. Autolux “Sugarless”
09. 'NSync “Girlfriend”
08. Wilco “I Am Trying to Break your Heart”
07. Aaliyah “More Than a Woman”
06. Radiohead “Pyramid Song”
05. Jay-Z f/ Q-Tip & Biz Markie “Girls Girls Girls”
04. Fugazi “Full Disclosure”
03. And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead “Relative Ways”
02. Jagged Edge f/ Nelly “Where the Party At”

01. Kylie Minogue “Love at First Sight”

The big hot playlist is available here:

It's got all the songs from Hot Mix 2001 (plus mad bonus) except for the two embeds below.

This first one technically has a much longer artist and song title:
Solid Steel Presents DJ Food & DK featuring Motion Man, Mr. Scruff, DJ Vadim & Peshay "Ug/The Terrorist/Miles From Home (Underdog Mix) Remix"

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

2000 Jams from the 2000s: Part 1 (Y2K)

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Our story begins here...

We know everyone's been on the edge of their roof waiting for this, so now without further delay we proudly present:


#12: The mountain that looks like Phil Collins' head (April 12, 2000)

#11 Arnold Calls Gator Lodge

Audio only, not this fan video:

#10 Jackass: The Hearse

Handsome Jack is in the casket. Johnny Knoxville is the driver. Handsome Jack falls out of the car. Big yucks.

#9 Adam Green on Say What! Karaoke

Adam Green from The Moldy Peaches appeared on this show about a year prior to their first album release. No one's sure whether MTV chose the songs for the contestants or the other way around, but Adam got stuck with "Steal My Sunshine." Instead of singing the correct words, he opted for a call and response with the TV audience. "When I say 'These Burgers,' YOU SAY 'Are Crazy!. THESE BURRGERRRS!!" By the time 90 seconds had passed he was rolling around on the ground chanting "these burgers are crazy," and MTV somehow allowed this to air. And we're pretty sure he was wearing cool sunglasses.

#8 Clerks: "Big American Party" (May 31, 2000)

#7 Kenny singing opera (April 26, 2000)

#6 Stella: College Reunion (Fall 2000)

#5 Radiohead: "Flying Bears" Blip (Oct 2000)

#4 Crazy Doctor (January 14, 2000)

#3 "Chu Chu Rocket" Commercial (Feb 2000)

#2 John Mark Byers (from HBO's Paradise Lost 2, June 22, 2000)

#1 "I Love Christmas" featuring David Liebe Hart and Michael Boyd (December 2000)

Out of all 10 years of the 2000s decade, this one had the toughest moments to locate on video-streaming services. It was also the year where it was toughest to narrow down our favorites. Even after expanding this list to 12 (instead of 10), we still were stuck with many tasty leftovers:
- The Last Temptation of Blank: The final episode of Strangers With Candy guest starring Paul Rudd and Winona Rider. (October 20, 2000)
- SNL's legendary episode hosted by Tom Green (incorrectly listed by many sources as SNL's worst episode). (November 18, 2000)
- Any Freaks and Geeks episode with Harris.
- The Levis commercials with Flat Eric
- That episode of 2Gether where bad boy Mickey Parke goes soft and sings "I'm a Regular Guy (Just Like Dawson Creek)."
- Stella: Office Party

Also we love Rejected; despite popular opinion, however, it's not our favorite Don Hertzfeld short and therefore narrowly missed out on the 12 hottest jams of 2000. But we'll post it here since we couldn't find the Say What! Karaoke clip.

Concert Of The Year: ODB's Final Appearance With Wu-Tang
NEW YORK — More than a month after fleeing a rehab center and becoming a fugitive from justice, rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard surfaced Tuesday night in a triumphant, if blatantly illegal, performance with the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan in front of hundreds of fans.

“I can’t stay on the stage too long tonight – the cops is after me,” O.D.B. told the stunned, gleeful crowd at the Hammerstein Ballroom after joining with the rest of the Clan to perform “Shame on a N—a.”

HOT MIX 2000

20. Nelly "Country Grammar (Hot Shit)"
19. DMX "Party Up"
18. PJ Harvey “This Mess We're In”
17. Elliott Smith “Son of Sam”
16. The Anniversary “All Things Ordinary”
15. The Lox “Ryde or Die Bitch”
14. D'Angelo “Send It On”
13. No Doubt “Simple Kind of Life”
12. Sigur Ros “Ágætis byrjun”
11. Three 6 Mafia "Sippin' On Some Syrup"

10. Modest Mouse “Tiny Cities Made of Ashes”
09. Mystikal “Shake Ya Ass”
08. Electric Wizard “Funeralopolis”
07. Deftones “Change (In The House of Flies)”
06. Aaliyah “Try Again”
05. Dead Prez “Hip Hop”
04. At.The.Drive.In “Pattern Against User”
03. And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead “Mistakes and Regrets”
02. Radiohead “Optimistic”

01. Outkast “B.O.B.”

The official Spotify playlist of this page includes the 19 of the 20 songs listed here, plus hot bonus.

Aaliyah "Try Again" (not on Spotify):

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Monday, September 14, 2015

"2000 Jams From The 2000s" Re-Launch

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We're gonna try and do this over. We didn't like how the original 2000s Jams was unraveling, and the list was ultimately abandoned. But this turned out for the best, because it gave us a chance to try something different.

But why now? How does 2015 make sense for this?

Some theorists insist on an argument suggesting a 20-year-cycle of nostalgia. For example, '70s nostalgia was especially present within Gen X culture, like Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused (1993), or the moments in Reality Bites (1994) when Winona Ryder and Janeane Garofalo reminisce to "Conjunction Junction" or "Disco Inferno."

Our personal theory notes evidence of nostalgic roots sprouting slightly earlier - specifically during the 9th year of the following decade. For example, Sha Na Na capitalized on '50s nostalgia starting in 1968. And the '80s-themed film The Wedding Singer premiered in 1998. Just trust us. This is a real thing. It's an actual pattern that really exists. We're expecting some capitalization of oughts-nostalgia to begin no sooner than 2018.

So we decided to jump on this train before "oughts" turns into a word as equally dirty as "nineties." It's not especially cool to discuss the 2000s as nostalgia-worthy just yet, which we find ironic since VH1 nostalgia marathons like their 10-part I Love the '80s series were hugely popular during the 2000s (and ultimately led to an entire TV channel called VH1 Classic that centers around this idea). In-depth nostalgia for previous decades was part of popular culture in a way that hasn't seemed nearly as widespread in subsequent years. Instead, we get superficial Buzzfeed listicles with animated gifs captured from old Nickelodeon shows.

We started a radio series called '90s Mixtape in 2004, which seemed like appropriate timing even though the '90s had barely been finished for a half-decade. '90s nostalgia wasn't a huge cash cow just yet, but we started the show anyway because it seemed like it was representing a bygone era killed dead in the aftermath of a distinct cultural shift. Some might refer to this before-and-after period as "the TRL era." Britney, Eminem, Tom Green, American Pie, Woodstock '99, and DMX are just a few of the names that contributed to the launch of this cultural shift. Three years later - by the time The Strokes, The Osbournes and George W. Bush were around, that '90s-feeling was long gone.

We bring this up only to pose a question about the 2010s: Was there a similar culture divide between 2009 and 2011? From our perspective, it hasn't become truly noticeable just yet - or at least not nearly as obvious as what resulted from "the TRL era."

The one aspect of modern culture that seems far removed from 10-15 years prior is hiphop, after 2009 launched breakthrough releases from at least 10 of today's biggest stars, including Nicki Minaj, Earl Sweatshirt, Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane and Drake.

Outside of hiphop, the blurry cultural divide may explain why 2000s nostalgia hasn't yet been fully explored and exploited.

Either way, it's bound to happen at some point, so we figured we should board the train early and get it out of the way. We also have energy for it within this moment, which may not exist 3+ years from now.

With this in mind, we'll admit that our 2000s canon plans to unveil itself more similarly to a series of Buzzfeed listicles than a collection of in-depth thinkpieces. We wrote up some lists. We located as much streaming media associated with those lists as we could find. And we curated some playlists. That's basically the jist.

Will this really be a list of 2000 jams? Probably not. But there will be a lot of them over the course of this 10-part series, one post per year starting with 2000 and wrapping up with 2009 at some point in the future.

Each post will be highlighted by our top 20 songs of every year, plus another 30-40 bonus jams, followed by 10 or 12 other things we liked that happened on TV or on the internet. (So that's [20 + 40 + 12] x 10 years. That's actually a lot closer to 720 than 2000. But whatever. It's close enough. Who has time for 2000 jams anyway?)

And we'll spit out all these playlists starting on Tuesday, September 15 sometime after midnight.

It was the decade of ass. It was the widespread ass embracing all things material. It was the 2000s. Not everyone loved it, but we def lived it.

The 2000s. Coming soon.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

new shit radar!! (09.13.15 edition)

The hottest jams. The freshest shit. We own this mothafucka.

New Trust Fund Video
Also we just learned that Trust Fund now includes members of Joanna Gruesome. Check out the new vid:

Solo Palberta Split
New shit featuring Nina Ryser (one-third of the art/noise/genius rock band Palberta).

Problem Dogg "Kicked Off Stage" After 14 Minutes
Noise sets of this type do not usually exceed 14 minutes so we're not exactly sure how this is a big deal, but judge for yourself:

Noisy Compiles Their Weirdest Vinyl Records of All Time
This list includes a record that emits an odor of shit when you start to play it, and a record of noises intended to get body juices and blood flowing in the direction of your breasts.