Billy Joel,, and Grooveshark

Two quick things in the music world today:

1. Billy Joel’s radio station on The artist stations play music that’s similar to the artists, and the stations do a great job at this. Sometimes they do the job too well to the point where you get tired of the artists after awhile. Not the case with the Billy Joel station. I’ve been listening to the station for most of the day, and I’ve been surprised with the variety. All of the music is upbeat and catchy, which I like, but the artists do it in different ways. Looking at some recently played artists, I see Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Elton John, Styx, Bruce Springsteen, the Eagles, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, Toto, and Journey. Quite a few of these do repeat, of course, but it’s the variety of artists. No, they’re not that far off, but the artists are different enough that listening won’t bore you for a few hours. You may hear a few familiar songs. I know I did, thanks to my dad’s musical tastes.

2. Grooveshark. It’s a website that lets you listen on demand. I tried it out this afternoon to listen to a few albums I hadn’t heard yet when’s scrobbling was down, and after figuring out how to navigate a new site, I was very impressed. The only thing I found difficult at first was making sure not to add a song or album to my queue more than once or in the wrong order. Grooveshark doesn’t have a checklist or an easy way (that I’ve found, anyway) to add an entire album instead of the artist’s entire discography. As soon as I figure out how to scrobble from Grooveshark to, I’ll be set.


Lady Gaga parodies

Sunday is a lazy day, so today’s going to be a lazy Youtube Sunday. Specifically, Lady Gaga Parodies That Are Better Than The Originals Lazy Youtube Sunday. Why that specific? Because I can and because there are a ton of videos that fit that theme. Here are a few that I like.


Will Justin Bieber tour North Korea?

You may have heard that there’s a plot to send a certain Canadian musician to North Korea. I don’t say his name on Twitter for fear of activating the Trend Machine, but there’s a contest going on where fans and anti-fans alike are voting to see which country wants him the most. Voting probably will have ended by the time you read this, but it’s very likely that North Korea will take first place, followed by Israel and Poland.

Let’s back up for a minute. North Korea? Is Kim Jong-Il a fan?

Neither he nor Bieber could be reached for comments, but a caption in this BBC article sums it up best: “It is not known if Kim Jong-il is a fan of Justin Bieber’s music.” Kim does love the Internet, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he has stumbled upon Bieber at some point.

Granted, this poll probably isn’t even official, though some sources have been touting it as such. If Bieber does tour the country, it’ll probably be for the select few government officials, though. The regular people wouldn’t know what to do when he starts singing, and for once that’s a good thing.


Hotel NaNoWriMo

The idea of writing a parody to “Hotel California” for NaNoWriMo has been stuck in my head since October. Now that my current NaNo novel is about a writer doing NaNo, and I had some spare time today, this came out easily in that time between morning and afternoon. The best part is that it’s actually relevant.

“Hotel NaNoWriMo” by Sushi (sushimustwrite)
Original: “Hotel California” by the Eagles

On the Internet highway, surfing links to links
Discovering new things, getting sucked in time sinks
Up ahead in the distance, I saw the Wrimonia sign
My head then perked up, and I looked ahead
I’d heard this through the grapevine
There were writers all over
Trebuchets and pell mell
And I was thinking to myself
“This could be heaven or this could be hell”
Then I noticed Wrimo Hall, and I walked on that way
There were voices all around the square
I thought I heard them say

Welcome to the Hotel NaNoWriMo
Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
Such a lovely pace
Plenty of plots at the Hotel NaNoWriMo
Muses near and dear
You can find them here

But there were no plots to be found, at least none that would play nice
All I had come November first was some bad advice
Wrimos write on their laptops, tales to beget
Some write to remember, some write to forget

So I called up the forums
“Can I please resign?”
They said, “We haven’t had such quitting here since 1999”
And still the editor’s calling from far away
Poking me in the middle of a war
Just to hear me say

Welcome to the Hotel NaNoWriMo
Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
Such a lovely pace
You give up your soul at the Hotel NaNoWriMo
Kiss your time goodbye (kiss your time goodbye)
Kiss your life goodbye

Staring at a blank screen
Two more K would suffice
The mod said, “Take some dares, Mr. Ian Woon, and a plot device”
And in the steel cage of doom
They tried to get ahead
They stab it with their steely sporks
But the editor’s not dead

Last time I tried to write, I was
Untangling my plot
I pondered quitting once again
Just like all those years not fought
“Don’t quit,” said Chris Baty
It might be a reprieve
You can check out any time you like
But you can never leave.


Old essays and Beatles

There is a report on the Guardian that one of Paul McCartney’s old essays was found. In itself, this is just something a hardcore McCartney fan would bid on at eBay. When historians examine the handwriting, compare the B’s in his essay to the B’s in the band’s drum skin, and release the news to the media, the whole world notices and begins examining handwriting a little more carefully.