More Cute, Yellow Keepon Robot Videos

The Keepon Robot — a bopping yellow bot — was easily the technological darling of 2007. It sent even the most skeptical, hardened technomage into spurts of giggles. So, we’re giving you more: take note, because you, too, could learn to dance to the electrical sounds in the club if this robot can. (Thanks, Mandy, for all the links!) And yes, Carnegie Mellon is advertising how cool they are in these videos. In these days of geek chic — and with involvement on various projects just beginning with the Keepon — I can’t really argue. (I wasn’t paid to say …

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Music Video: Don’t Dance (Take That, Electronica)

Yes, it’s the electronic music video you’ve been waiting for. Quotable: Don’t listen to your body ’cause it only tells you lies This could also be an IDM anthem. (Glitch remix, anyone? Stems, please, Olde English?) No wonder Michael Gondry started showing up at Olde English shows. Via Adam Conover, editor and co-creator of the video. See also: Olde English’s blog.

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We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Weekend

… to go entirely off-topic for a moment. This has nothing to do with creating, or digital, though it is music. And it’s important: by parodying herself and the Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps”, it seems as though Alanis Morisette has readjusted the balance of the musical space-time continuum itself. The universe may again be in harmony. What greater power can musical comedy have? Enjoy. Thank you to my mate Mike of GarageSpin. Somehow, I believe Alanis may have saved the music industry forever. And she really was the best cast member on You Can’t Do That On Television.

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A Musical Comedy Break: Bill Bailey Bonanza on Youtube

Peter’s fantastic, historic and educational vintage tape looping and Dr Who posts made me think of the BBC and theremins (yes, I’m fully aware that there were no theremins used for the Dr Who theme, but the myth is too strong), and the person who best combines the BBC and theremins: Bill Bailey. If you’re not familiar with Bill Bailey, have I got a treat for you! I’ve never encountered anyone who combines music and comedy to such great effect (If you know of someone else with these skills, please tell us in the comments). Fortunately there is a huge …

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Iggy Pop’s Tongue-in-Cheek Tour Rider

The good folks at The Smoking Gun are infamous for breaking confidentiality rules and leaking the surreal world of major artist tour rider documents to the world. Hilarity ensues, such as when Christina Aguilera demands “Soy cheese and Oreos. Flintstones chewables and votive candles. Nesquick and dried cranberries.” and rival Britney Spears chows on Doritos and International Foods coffees (hopefully not at the same time). The world laughed. The world vomited. Iggy Pop is different, taking each legal item as an opportunity to add jokes — all while subtly threatening all on the tour who would deny them a properly-working …

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