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What is this I don't even. 
28th-Jan-2011 03:05 pm
No - you like eet!
It is no secret that I am a mashup addict. I...may have over 500 mashups on my iTunes right now. Yep. Hi.

I find myself entirely addicted to things in mashups that I have no use for elsewise. Like Ke$ha. I hate Ke$ha's music. But for some reason I am unable to resist her in mashups. It's like eggs. Scrambled eggs are ass-nasty and I will not ever put them in my mouth. But I like cake, and cake has eggs in it. It's like that with mashups what have Ke$ha in. Really.

So I put music on because I need to do housecleaning and I cannot bear Obligation Work without music, I simply cannot. And I get "Walkin' Out Yo Girlfriend" (Unk vs. Avril Lavigne vs. Toni Basil, mashed up by Lobsterdust).

And I am suddenly in a frenzy of bootyshaking and bouncing.

You guys. I must reiterate that this is Avril fucking Lavigne plus a song I previously knew only as That Song They Play When Someone Gets Booted Off America's Best Dance Crew. WHUT.

Incidentally, if you are at all a fan of mashup/remix culture, you need to be watching ABDC, because it is that applied to various styles of dance. Not even just hip-hop dance, I swear, they have got jazz and ballet and all sorts of stuff up in there. It is a fascinating deconstruction and reconstruction of modern dance and dance culture. Also Mario Lopez is a total cheeseball.

Also I think RuPaul's Drag Race is a fascinating and multifaceted examination of the social construct of gender performance. (I originally typoed "multifascinated". I am MULTIFASCINATED by this show.)

(Part of the lesson here may be that I can justify anything as having scholarly merit. Maybe. But not the whole lesson!)
Comments 
28th-Jan-2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Have you found UK mashup wonders The Kleptones yet? Uptime/Downtime and Shits and Giggles were two of my albums of 2010.

Edited at 2011-01-28 08:09 pm (UTC)
28th-Jan-2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. :)
28th-Jan-2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Oh good, someone else confesses their secret love for Drag Race. Mo and I watch it in marathon chunks.
28th-Jan-2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, my love is not secret!

I just got Elayna hooked on it. :)
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28th-Jan-2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, download everything on Best of Bootie, I am not even kidding. Left sidebar here there is a mashup of "Single Ladies" and the theme song to THe Andy Griffith Show, and it works.
28th-Jan-2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
you need to be watching ABDC

HAVE YOU SEEN THE LXD????!??!

Cuz if you hadn't, you need to like whoa.
28th-Jan-2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Dude, I first saw them on their TED talk!
28th-Jan-2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
I take it you saw the current season premiere, then?
28th-Jan-2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yep! :)
28th-Jan-2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
I would not have even thought to watch Drag Race had it not been for Trowa and TiVo. I contend that Drag U. is an even MORE fascinating exploration of the concept of femininity as construct and performance.

All of the elements were things I was soaking up as a Rocky Horror, Bowie-loving teenager who witnessed the early days of Goth, but none of that made it as EXPLICIT as Drag U. -- or perhaps I just didn't have the vocabulary to articulate it back then.
28th-Jan-2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
They stream it free on Logo's website, too!

Drag U was likewise interesting in parallel ways; I think I didn't get as into it because we didn't have time to really get to know the contestants.
28th-Jan-2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
I am fond of mashups.
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28th-Jan-2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
... You have over 500 mashups on your iTunes? Where do you find these things? I think the only mashups I have are ... pretty much all of American Edit and The Ghost That Feeds (Nine Inch Nails vs. Ray Parker Jr.), which is ... no, that one's missing.
28th-Jan-2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
Everywhere! People send them to me. Plus there are sites that aggregate them.
28th-Jan-2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
I have issues with RuPaul's Drag Race. It's complicated.
28th-Jan-2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
Over 800 here, although I haven't cruised for them in a while. Mashups are awesomeness.
29th-Jan-2011 02:24 am (UTC)
Huh. They apparently have regular Boston parties? This is a thing we should investigate. I would dance to that.
29th-Jan-2011 02:28 am (UTC)
Huh. This month's party is tonight.

I am in no place for that right now, but I put myself on the mailing list and maybe if next month's party is on a decent day we should go?
29th-Jan-2011 11:14 am (UTC)
I wonder if RIAA seeks the blood and souls of mashup-traders...?
30th-Jan-2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
"Multifascinated" is a term to flagrantly steal and spread around EVERYWHERE until it enters common use.
31st-Jan-2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
Also I think RuPaul's Drag Race is a fascinating and multifaceted examination of the social construct of gender performance.

Yes! Especially the first season, where you have Nina in all her tattooed glory, and Ongina with no hair, but they both still succeed in performing femininity convincingly. It's interesting to see people whose definitions of what counts as feminine has expanded beyond "long hair and frilly dresses".
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