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Video Variety – Old school cover that’s got me PSYched.

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Now normally I’m not one for this youtube’d covers of hit songs thang.  To me I feels like it should be a more organic experience, where you must breath in the song past its Top 40 date to not just seek out chaser views, but time to fully deduce if your version would be an appropriate cover that brings something to the table.

Now that that silly musical theorizing is out of the way, let me quickly become a hypocrite by saying I love this band, who sort of exclusively deals with covering the “songs of the moment” aka the three songs you’ll hear on the radio that month.

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Video Variety – K-Pop meets Pitch Perfect…Sort of

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So this week’s video will continue with the K-Pop theme from last week. This time with the group f(x) at the center, who find themselves working with American actress Anna Kendrick, and the results – hilarity of course!  Now as you may have noticed, I am a bit lacking in the K-Pop department, but Hollywood pop culture? I’m your girl.

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Video Variety – Hard Hitting Journalism Edition: Yeo Chi (Jung Ryeo-Won) Interviews Britney Spears

Thank God for the internet as this one is quite the magnificent mess. This “interview” featuring what I will guess as a pre-fame (aka MLSS) Jung Ryeo-Won (sporting a delightful Aussie accent btw) and a pre-shaved head/umbrella fighting champion Spears. (little context was given but I’d figure it was around 2003?).
I mean where to begin??? For starters I still haven’t managed to watch in its entirety due to embarrassment. Mostly on my end but this whole thing is just so gloriously awkward, much in the way that cringe comedies dare you to look away from the screen.

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SNL East vs West Part Two: Here’s What the Fox Said

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So this seems pretty much inevitable no? I mean how can the topical sketch comedy show not have its own take on last years winner for the quirky MV that enticed the world for 4 minutes. (past recipients: 2012’s “Gangnam Style”, and 2011’s Rebecca Black “Friday”) Who said Ylvis is dead, he’s alive in the form of Norwegian comedy songsters who sing about animal sounds. If you don’t know about the noise the fox makes, I would suggest watching the original before both of these takes on the song.

Much like today’s news cycle, the shelf-life of such viral phenomenon is getting shorter and shorter, which is why it should come as no surprise that SNL original recipe and SNL extra Korean debuted their respective videos on the exact same day.

Just like part one of SNL (US vs KOR) series I’ll show each digital short before saying my opinions and crowning an eventual winner on who did it best. So let’s bring on some fox noises!

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The Power of Friends: Political and Cultural Currency

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Like every other Game of Thrones viewer, I somewhat shamefully use a friend’s HBO GO password (equivalent to using someones Viki account) So along with getting my weekly dosage of swords, fantastical political hypocrisy, and the occasional dragon, I am also privy all of HBO’s content, which is their original programming plus movie library. Though I’m not really interested in watching last summer’s explody hollywood hits (sorry eleventy billion superhero films, apocalypse zombie flicks, and gigantic version of rock em sock robots, I’m just not that into you) I am a fan of political discourse in the form of rick rolling laughter and biting satire all of which shows real life political hypocrisy. Which is why I am such a huge fan of VEEP and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight.

In short, Veep is an account of a fictional Vice President and her quest for power. Through the creative cursing and mile a minute dialogue, it basically tells the story of why American politicians and its Government can’t seem to get anything done and have lost all sense of soap_in_mouth_270integrity. A true testament to the show is when I watched with a couple friends, all of us dying from laughter, and in agreement with the shows take on the political machine. And yet, all us had differing political ideologies. So that’s my quick plug for that show, though if you do watch, have Dove soap* at the ready, because you will feel the need to put those bars in everyone’s mouths.

*Yeah I’m totally pimping out Dove like a drama does PPL for coffee shop XYZ. If only they would pay me. (wink wink) Plus, wouldn’t that be an awesome ad campaign – Dove, washing sailor mouths since 1925.

Speaking of friends and the not so friendly, the non-fictional comedic news program Last Week Tonight did a segment on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests and how the Chinese govt. is flexing their censorship muscle. And boy are they putting alotta muscle on it, like literally trying to scrub the day from history. Anyways watch as host John Oliver has an interesting method to get the message across for China’s youth. (Hint. it involves 90’s NYC sit-coms)

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The SNL vs SNL: Korea Smackdown – Part One: The Standoff

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While watching SNL (Saturday Night Live) Korea’s excellent GTA series, I wondered why SNL original recipe didn’t come up with their own version.  The US may not be as video game savvy as South Korea, but part of the brilliance of those videos is how they incorporate Korean historical events or holidays (like Japanese Occupation or White Day), so transferring the same structure with American history and culture would be easy and probably better than most of the sketches produced this season.

This led to some Youtube spiraling to see if one group has, shall we say, been “inspired” by the other, and which cast produced the better sketch based on the same idea.  This weeks sketch  – “The Standoff”, a simple premise that seems widely universal, all you need is guys (or gals), guns, and a ill-timed doctors appointment.  Stay tuned for both videos after the jump!

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