Postmodern Jukebox, a group of musicians led by Scott Bradlee, have reinvented Avicii and Aloe Blacc’s hit “Wake Me Up,” teaming up with Mariachi Fiesta del Norte to bring you this Mariachi-style twist on the popular song. Check out their YouTube channel for all their innovative covers of songs in every musical style you can imagine. [Huffington Post]
It’s always great to see actors and actresses in their natural elements. Danielle Brooks and Uzo Aduba, the “Orange is the New Black” actresses known as Taystee and Crazy Eyes, teamed up with Brooklyn band Oh Honey to spread some Christmas cheer and create awareness for Artists Striving to End Poverty. Watch the video on Hello Beautiful…
Say hello to Oscar the llama, who has learned how to adorably fetch a sock like a puppy. Who knew llamas could skip like that? Who knew llamas could play fetch? And unlike a golden retriever, you can actually use your adorable llama’s fur for yarn. Or, you know, Internet fame. [Daily Picks & Flicks]
I am still not over the breakup of the White Stripes, so any little scrap I can get of their hits is a big deal to me. Here’s a touch of folk to brighten up your day: the lovely Showtime concert film “Another Day, Another Time.“ The concert was recorded this fall in New York City and brought together performers from the Coen brothers’ new film “Inside Llewyn Davis.” It will air on December 13 on Showtime and includes Marcus Mumford, Joan Baez, Gillian Welch, and Patti Smith. In the meantime, check out this clip of Jack White performing a folk version of his former band’s song “We’re Going to Be Friends.” [NYMag.com]
And you thought she would be a one-crappy-hit wonder … wronnnnnnng! Rebecca Black, the singer behind the Internet sensation “Friday,” is back with a followup called, naturally, “Saturday.” So what makes “Saturday” different from “Friday”? Well, Rebecca is two years older, for one, which means she’s way more mature and got way more freedom. There’s frolicking on a beach and a party where everyone gets doused with a hose and lots and lots and lots of boys. Now, musically speaking, “Saturday” is easier on the ears than “Friday” — it still pretty much sucks, but it doesn’t suck super duper hard. Anyway, I wonder if Rebecca will continue her music career by releasing “Sunday” next. Mellowest day of the week … maybe that one will be a ballad.
Just when you thought advertising was nothing but a barren soul-sucking trap (I mean, that’s mostly what it is, right?), a company actually bothered to put a little creativity into their commercial. This Volvo ad stars action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme doing one his famous splits while balancing between two trucks and was shot at sunrise in Spain, all in one take! That’s freakin’ cool. Maybe it’s a little weird to get emotional over a car commercial, but this is just too impressive. Also, it’s set to an Enya song. Because of course it is. [A Cup of Jo]
Lily, a baby elephant at the Oregon Zoo, has turned one year old. To celebrate, the zoo released this heart-melting video of the best moments of her first year. Watch Lily’s smiley face as she meets her dad for the first time, takes baths, and makes friends with the zookeepers. [Salon]
The Grammy Award nominees were announced last night and the results were about what you’d expect — lots of nominations for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry Justin Timberlake and, yes, Robin Thicke. I’m most excited that Kendrick Lamar got a lot of love, but am DISMAYED that Janelle Monae was overlooked. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump! Keep reading »
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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