Korean Baby Sings "Hey Jude"

My sister sent this to me. What's more amazing, the fact that such a young child can sing a song so well, even when the words are not in its native tongue, or that the video has been viewed over 4 million times?

Elliott Smith Speaks From the Grave

I was camping up in Mendocino County this weekend and played the album that Elliott Smith was working on when he died, "From A Basement On The Hill." Someone asked, which album is this? I've never heard it. Another said, it's hard to believe he killed himself. I said, I thought he was murdered by his girlfriend.

One thing led to another and no one was certain of the details, so I made a mental note to look up the story when I returned to civilization. Its been over four years since Elliott Smith died and at least one journalist and a lot of fans, including myself, don't believe that Smith committed suicide. The details in Elliott Smith's autopsy suggest homicide. His girlfriend, Jennifer Chiba, who called police, seemed all too eager, at least by police accounts, to explain that Smith was suicidal and had a history of drug abuse. Of course, it didn't hurt that his music tended to be dark and introspective.

Who would stab himself in the chest, not once, but twice?

Why would someone misspell his name in his "suicide" note, or did the police just get that detail wrong?


It's easy to over analyze Smith's lyrics, especially on his last album, but I wonder if he's talking about Chiba in "Don't Go Down."
I met a girl/ Snowball in hell/ She was hard/ And as cracked as the liberty bell

And I got her to/ Come on and move in with me/ And I said I'll find a better place/ Where we can spend eternity

But don't go down/ Don't go down/ Stay with me, baby stay

She had a dream/ Woke up in shock/ She had seen/ Her own body outlined in chalk

And I split the scene, the globe's been spun/ And her ghost beamed down to kiss me/ With a message from the sun
As of last October, a judge denied Chiba's claim to Smith's estate. As far as I can tell, nothing else has come of the case.

Elliott, wherever you are, I hope you're resting in peace.

Note: You'll find live recordings of Elliott Smith -- 104 as of 1212/29/2010 -- on archive.org.

Flaming Lips' "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" in Kraft Commercial

I used to cringe whenever a TV commercial featured a song by one of my favorite artists. No longer. Now I smile, glad to know that the band I like will be heard by others, who may in turn wonder, what is that song? Who is that band? I must buy their new album!

I just saw a TV commercial for Kraft salad dressings that uses the Flaming Lips' "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song." It got my attention.



Note: A friend pointed out that The Flaming Lips have sold their songs for use in several other commercials, including ones for Sync by Microsoft, Land Rover and Dell.

She writes:
i guess i'm sort of a curmudgeon when it comes to the music that i hold dear to me...especially if it's something i've loved for a long time that was rather "obscure"...it makes me sad!! i'm getting better and better (because i sort of HAVE to :p) but, like, the beatles on target ads?? the rolling stones for chase visa?? i dunno...it kind of creeps me out.

strangely enough though, not so with the lips on commercials..maybe because they always have such a big multi-media aspect included in their shows-it doesn't feel as funny??

man, you should have seen how sad i was the ONE time i heard "mountain song" for coors back in the day. yuck!!!!!!!!!!!!

but by that same token, there's tons of music that i don't know that i look for when i hear it on t.v...right now in fact, the new audi commercial has something really kickass! i have to find it still...

have you heard supergrass for the r.v. ad yet??