Cool Stuff: Muppeteer Jerry Nelson’s New Album

Posted 8 years ago by Music, Stuff

Remember when I made a list of the Best Beatles Covers from the Muppet Show, and I said I could listen to a whole album of Jerry Nelson singing? Well, that’s exactly what I’m doing right now thanks to his new album, Truro Daydreams.

Jerry Nelson is of course the super talented puppeteer/voice actor/musician that you probably know as the characters Floyd, The Count, Gobo Fraggle, and too many more to mention. I heard about a year ago that he was coming out with an album, and it looks like it was just now released. It’s a very cool blend of a lot of different styles of music, and I highly recommend picking it up.

It’s a $9.99 download from Digstation (requires signing up for an account).

Thanks to ToughPigs for the tip.

Cool Stuff: Christopher Lee’s Concept Album about Charlemagne

Posted 8 years ago by Music



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Christopher Lee is no stranger to awesomeness, and his latest forray into the world of having a deep voice and being generally intimidating is Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. His website describes it as a “metal concept album”, but I’ll let you be the judge.

Check out Christopher Lee’s website for more.

Cool Stuff: One Eskimo Visual Album

Posted 8 years ago by Music

I don’t cover music a whole lot on Saturday Morning Central, especially new music, but this is pretty cool. One Eskimo is a band from the UK, and they’re making their debut in the United States by trying out a new concept, a visual album. It’s a combination of music and animation in a 10-part series that tells the story of One Eskimo and his animal friends Giraffe, Penguin, and Monkey. The animation reminded me a lot of the Gorillaz videos, which is appropriate because it was produced by the same studio.

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I would best describe the music as indie/electro pop, almost reminiscent of Radiohead. The music combined with the animation is a pretty cool laid back trip. It’s more like an ongoing story than just a collection of music videos.

You can check out the official site or download the latest episodes on iTunes (non-affiliate, iTunes link).

The Best Muppet Show Beatles Covers

Posted 8 years ago by Movies, Music

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Check out the Beatles Muppet shirt on 80stees.com!

One of the great disapointments in life is that no member of the Beatles ever appeared on the Muppet Show. The band had been broken up for six years or so by the time the Muppet Show came about, but I would have loved to see episodes starring each member. Well, I could have done without a Ringo episode, but still. Paul McCartney’s affinity for vaudeville would have been a perfect match for the show, but he would only agree to go on if he could bring the rest of Wings with him. Apparently, the producers couldn’t swing that, and now we’re left with no Muppet/Beatles crossovers.

All is not lost, however, because the Muppets still covered their fair share of Beatles songs. So without further ado, here are the best Muppet Beatles cover songs.

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In Memory of Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Posted 8 years ago by Music

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Well, this just sucks. The King of Pop, and the person I’ve always considered to be the most talented person on the planet died yesterday. This is the first celebrity death I’ve cared about in my life, and it’s hitting me pretty hard. Even though Thriller came out two years before I was born, it’s always been one of my favorite albums, and I’ve always loved Michael Jackson and his music. I think he had a tragic life, and was constantly crucified by the media.

For those of us who grew up with him primarily in the 90s instead of the 80s, this is how I’ll always remember him, how I discovered him.

Who can forget Black and White with Macaulay Culkin, or playing Moonwalker (my Dad had the arcade in his pizza shop). These are all memories from the 90s I have of Michael Jackson, and they mean as much to me as the 80s memories mean to my sisters.

His music was amazing. Someday I’m going to introduce my kids to his music and his videos, and I’ll look back and think of where I was when I heard he died. Like many people yesterday, I was on Twitter, hoping the reports weren’t true and trying in vain to access CNN on my phone.

I’m not going to go on and on or post a ton of YouTube videos because, chances are, you’re already doing that if you care. We’ll miss you Michael.