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8 Video Picks for Today
(i'm rating these since i am making this a public post. then you, the reader/viewer can make your own decision if u want to watch)

1. Liam Lynch- The United States of Whatever. 1:28 (PG)
i like this guy's videos. they are stange and sometimes dumb, but usually funny and always visually intersting.
2. Camouflage Back Massage 3:52 (PG-13) this is a joke rap video. it's kind of funny.
3. The Weight by The Band from The Last Waltz 5:39 (PG)- this is from the documentary The Last Waltz. An amazing film of the last concert performed by The Band. Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchel, Neil Young and others joined The Band in some of the songs in the film. If you haven't seen The Last Waltz and you like classic rock, you should see it. Most of it is available on Youtube. This is The Band's most well known song "The Weight" or as some people call it "Take a load off, Fanny". Also, it was directed by Martin Scorsese, more on him on #6.
4. Bigmouth Strikes Again by the Smiths- a political fan video. 3:54 (R) I wanted to put up this song, cuz it was just on the radio and i and forgotten about the song and really like it. The Smiths, and their lead singer Morrissy's solo stuff, i would describe as 80's emo. Elvis Costello and the Smiths were like the godparent's of emo. Although, its kind of a weird thing to say since i don't care for a whole lot of today's emo music and yet i love Elvis Costello and The Smiths/Morrissy. Anyway, for a mainly slideshow fan video, i thought this was pretty darn good.
5. Uncle Sam, Goddamn by Brother Ali 4:58 (R) this is a great rap video by an Albino guy named Brother Ali. I think it is pretty kick ass and totally worth checking out. It's one of the best rap videos i've seen in a while.
6. Gangs of New York Trailer 2:34 (trailer is PG or PG-13, the actual movie is R rated)- okay the trailer is all right. it gives you an ok idea of what the movie is about, however, this movie was friggin brilliant. i am not general a fan of historical movies. Usually anything that takes place before the 1920's i am not into, although this movie has made me more open minded to seeing more historic stuff. This is a film by Martin Scorsese, one of the best directors of all time. He directed The Departed, Taxi Driver, Mean Steets, Raging Bull, The Last Waltz, The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Casino, The Aviator and No Direction Home (the 2005 bob dylan documentary) amoung many others.
I'm not 100% sure (if anyone knows, please tell me) but i think that some of the scenes from Gangs of New York were styled after famous paintings of that time period. I need to look up a few that seemed familiar in my art history books and re-watch the movie. I just saw it on TV the other night. It is not just a story of the New York gangs, because it also gives an idea as to how the American "system" was formed. It's really really good. i'm going to buy it. i'm in love. Oh yeah, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel-Day Lewis, Liam Neeson, and Cameron Diaz. I used to dislike Cameron Diaz because the first movie i saw her in was My Best Friend's Wedding which i thought was a sucky movie and her part was extremely annoying, but i have since found she is a very talented actor and i loved her role in this.
7. Queen of Quiet by Erin McKeown (live) 1:42 (PG) this is a live video of folk singer Erin McKeown with a song from her first or second album. I forget which. I've seen her live 3 times. She signed her first 2 albums for me. She is cute and puts on a good show.
8. In or Out by Ani Difranco 3:31 (PG)- Ani Difranco, the folk-punk Goddess who rocks on guitar. She is a hero to young women, guitarists, and peace activists everywhere. I love her. yay for Ani. i have seen her 6 or 7 times live, but i must admit i haven't seen her in years cuz her audiences of screaming teeny bopper bi-girls were really begginning to annoy me. She's an amazing musician, songwriter, producer and poet though.


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