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Here’s a little-known fact about myself.  I was sort of a big fan of Ska music when I was in high school, all the way through my college years.  I lost touch with the music genre somewhere towards the end of college up until about 4 years ago.  In my younger years, I was a HUGE fan of the band Save Ferris.  I even snuck out once, during my senior year of high school, to watch Save Ferris perform at the music hall in The City. At the time, they performed with Goldfinger & pre-fame Incubus.  I don’t really know why, but I’ve never really shared this bit of information publicly before.  I guess it just never came up in conversation.

Back in those days, I liked to listen to a variety of music, but I was really influenced by a close school friend who introduced me to this music.  Some of the bands I liked listening to were: Reel Big Fish, The AquabatsDance Hall Crashers, Buck-O-Nine, Goldfinger, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, & the pre-Reggae/Pop version of No Doubt (just to name a few).  It took me a while to jump back into this genre of music, but I really fell in love with this type of music once I discovered Japanese Ska music.  A few years ago, by chance, I discovered a really cool Ska band from Japan called オレスカバンド(a.k.a. Ore Ska Band).  They are an all-girl group from Sakai, Japan, & their signature instrument is the bright pink trombone that band member ハヤミ (Hayami) plays.  That got me interested in learning about the Ska music scene in Japan, which led me to another awesome band called Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra consisting of veteran band members who have been around for many, many years.

After jumping back into this music scene, I am really excited to share some music & videos!  This Thursday has been a really “blah” kind of day, so I thought I’d cheer it up with some rockin’ music!!  Here are a few examples of the bands I’ve been listening to lately:

TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA – 流れゆく世界の中で feat.MONGOL.800 (a.k.a. Nagare Yuku Sekai no Naka de feat. MONGOL.800)

TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA – 閃光 feat. 10-FEET (a.k.a. Senko feat. 10-FEET)

ORE SKA BAND – 爪先 (a.k.a. Tsumasaki)

Now, here are some other similar bands that I’ve also been following lately…

CRAZY KEN BAND & 野宮真貴 (Nomiya Maki) & M-FLO – COSMIC NIGHT RUN

BLACK BOTTOM BRASS BAND (BBBB) & BOY-KEN & M-FLO – 宇宙のウオウオ(a.k.a. Uchuu no Uo Uo)

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“Duck says ‘quack’, and Fish go ‘blub’, and the Seal goes ‘ow ow ow’… But there’s one sound, that no one knows… What does the fox say?”

I’m not sure if this is a 100% worldwide viral video yet, but it is quickly becoming an Internet sensation (with even the Ohio University Marching Band playing a cover of this song at a recent game).  What’s that song, you ask?  It is… “The Fox” by Ylvis

 

I am completely smitten with this song (& possibly this group, which happens to be two Norwegian brothers who formed a comedic-duo-turned-TV-show-hosts).  There are some reviewers who describe this group as being like the Norwegian version of Saturday Night Live’s ‘The Lonely Island’.  I can sort of see the resemblance: the humor, the blatant spoofing, etc.  Whenever I listen to this song, it kind of reminds me of the song “If You’re Into It” by The Flight of The Conchords…for the seriously laugh-your-ass-off lyrics & catchy background beats.

Here’s more info about the group Ylvis:

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Vergard & Bård Ylvisåker

1. Ylvis is a Norwegian variety show group (comedy duo/band) comprised of two brothers who consider themselves a cabaret.
2. The brothers’ names are Bård (the blonde one) and Vegard (brown hair) Ylvisåker; Vegard is a couple years older than Bård, although both are in their early thirties.
3. Vergard bears a striking resemblance to Josh Groban and has been known to impersonate him, even attempting to gain entry to venues where Groban is performing.
4. Last year, Ylvis won an award for Best Performance on Film and Television (in Norway), their first after being nominated for many awards previously.
5. They have another thought provoking video from a couple years ago called “What’s the meaning of Stonehenge.”
6. They are known as Norway’s version of The Lonely Island, an American comedy group.
(Summarized article courtesy of: chicagonow.com)

Here’s yet another hilarious video from Ylvis: “Pressure”

It’s Thursday, & I stumbled upon this super funny video about an existential black cat living the luxe life in Seattle, Wa.  The cat’s name is Henri.  The video director (slash-owner-of-the-cat) is Will Braden.  Please enjoy this video:

To learn more about Henri, please check out this video: Henri via YouTube

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