I’ll just leave this here.
I found this on Laughing Squid. It’s from 2014 but I thought it was cool. The guy’s name is Petr Spatina and he’s a Prague street musician. He’s playing a glass harp rendition of La Campanella from Grandes études de Paganini by Franz Liszt.
I wonder if he knows how to play Itsy Bitsy Spider. No matter what my husband plays on the piano – Tom Waits, Bach, whatever – she always stops him and yells “Itsy Bitsy Spider, Daddy!!” It’s cute. So, I thought I’d mention it.
I can’t play anything.
Oh, Japan. Don’t ever change.
Samurai Guitarist says “Ever wonder what the theme to Fresh Prince would’ve sounded like if Will came from down in the Mississippi delta? My buddy Jeff and I did.”
I actually never did wonder that. But this is still pretty cool. Steve Jobs once said people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
A guy named Adly Syairi Ramly has turned some Lego figures into rock bands. I bet these would sell, though I will admit that I thought Jimi Hendrix was Phil Lynott at first. There are more at Guitar Player.
Did H&M create fake neo-Nazi metal bands in order to “honor” them and sell clothes?
Metal Injection is investigating the weirdness.
A marketing campaign by some entity calling itself Strong Scene Productions claimed to be designed to sell a new “metal” line by the Swedish retailer.
The campaign purported to be highlighting forgotten underground metal bands of yore. The weird thing? None of them actually appeared to exist before a couple of weeks ago.
“As illustrated by the bomber jacket and t-shirts worn by the models of H & M, the new items feature logos from long-forgotten underground goth- and thrash acts such as the French LANY, Mexican MORTUS, American “cosmic hippie metal” -gurus MYSTIC TRIANGLE and GREY from Germany – the originator of the whole symphonic female metal-genre.
“Here’s the problem, none of these bands have any sort of history beyond pages created this year. For example, Strong Scene claims to be founded in 1999, yet they only recently launched a Facebook page. They have an amazing Geocities-like “official” website listing all their bands, none of which have info on them available anywhere.”
A Reddit member claiming to remember one of the bands from high school had only been a Reddit member for a few hours.
Strong Scene posted a video to YouTube featuring these supposed “legendary” underground groups.
And some guy on Twitter who’s a metal something or other claims these bands are all his favourites, though the tweets have been removed since Metal Injection posted them. See them there.
“But here is the absolute worst part, if this is all a giant marketing stunt. Two of the bands seem to have ties to the NSBM scene (that’s National Socalist Black Metal aka racists/neo-nazis). For example, the bio of the band “The One” lists them as being a part of the official band page of the record label “National Heritage Pride.” The band LA/NY have imagery of Hitler on their band profile.”
The image has since been removed from wherever it came from. But still. What the what?
There’s more. Read it here.
H&M reportedly says they know nothing about any of this, and after the story broke, it seems that Strong Scene distanced themselves from H&M and claimed the whole thing was some kind of joke, and that they are actually “a one- time improvised, collective art project in the vein of Spinal Tap, Monty Python and the Yes Men with no intentions on anything except for art.”
Er, yes. Just like Spinal Tap. But with Hitler. Makes sense. Either that or a super idiotic campaign gone horribly wrong.
Either way, I vote this one a big fail. Your art, I like it not, Strong Scene.
I just thought you might enjoy this bluegrass rendition of Thunderstruck. Fingerpickin’ good.
I’ve been a fan of this guy Dave for a while now, and the level of that fandom just jumped even higher. I love this. If I were 20 years younger and single I’d have a crush.
I have no idea what you’re talking about. So, here’s the Royal Guard at Buckingham Palace playing the Game of Thrones theme. I love it. These guys are cool. Remember the time they played the Imperial March?
I think the Queen is a fan of GoT, since she was recently snapped standing next to the Iron Throne, though not sitting on it. I hope she’s a fan because maybe she can get George R.R. moving on those last two books. I mean, if anyone could she could, right? Maybe?
It’s been a hip week at the palace, as Her Majesty also made news today for photobombing a selfie.
My friends and I got stuck in Vegas overnight. We got sent to a LA Quinta motel, which I think is Spanish for “Air Canada are f*cking cheap bastards.”
This guy got stuck in Vegas overnight and stayed in the airport to make this AMAZING music video to Celine Dion’s “All By Myself,” making good use of the moving sidewalks, escalators and assorted airport whatnot.
He explains (via Gawker)
“I had a person behind a ticket counter give me a roll of luggage tape before she left. I then used a wheel chair that had a tall pole on the back of it and taped my iPhone to that. Then I would put it on the moving walkway for a dolly shot. I also used the extended handle on my computer bag and taped the iPhone to my handle. I would tuck different stuff under the bag to get the right angle. For the escalator shot I had to sprint up the steps after I got my shot so the computer bag didn’t hit the top and fall back down. Quite fun!”
Who wins? This guy. I wish we’d thought of this.