Monday Amateur Music: Balalaika On Piano

This is an amateur version of the song Balalaika by Kusumi Koharo (the Jpop cutie from Morning Musume that starts out somewhat dreary, but shortly becomes more like one of those twirling-ballerina music boxes. The original PV can be found here by comparison. This dude adds a few frills to the otherwise peppy song, and once you break into the second half, it almost becomes its own piece entirely.

Monday Amateur Music: Pivo Vdvoem – Tu Es Foutu

I downloded this off YouTube some ages ago and keep it in my FLV directory for when I have no Internet (occasionally) and need randomy entertainment. I recently tried looking for it again (comes up on just about any search on YT for “balalaika”) and the version I downloaded had been titled, “two dudes, an accordian, a balalaika, and a chick”.. I had originally tried searching for balalaika music (the triangular guitar-thing in the video) after getting the Koharu song, Balalaika stuck in my head, as it’s rather catchy and my favorite of hers.

The people in the video are Russian, but singing a song in French. The pair are actually in a group called Pivo Vdvoem (but don’t ask me to pronounce it), and there are a couple other videos of theirs on YT, all in black and white, with the same gal in the background. The balalaika player is sporting an unusual haircut, which reminds me of one of the kids (Clem) from the American comic strip, Rose Is Rose (linked to a particular strip with said kid) so I’m sure it has a name.

The accordian-like instrument, as one commenter notes, is not an accordian — it’s a “bayan” because accordians have piano keys on one side, not more buttons. Someone else also noted the song’s title, “Tu Es Foutu,” (often called Tu M’as Promis) which I found here (with English translation).

Amazing High School Bluegrass Trio Obliterates Everything In Its Wake

Apparently the video was so important, YouTube’s official Facebook update announcement (which is somewhat rare) made a big deal about it — and appropriately so!

From the YouTube description:

“Greg Fleischut (guitar-left), Etienne Cremieux (mandolin), Erik Oliver (guitar-right), April 2006
Greg and Etienne met at David Grisman’s mandolin symposium in Santa Cruz in the summer of 2006. Both were 15 at the time. Greg is from San Francisco, Etienne from Brookline, Mass.

They became fast friends and have continued to get together at various bluegrass festivals and on vacations. This video was taken during Greg’s visit to Brookline when the guys were just sitting in Etienne’s living room jamming. It was taken with a simple Sony Cybershot camera (not even a video camera) and the guys probably didn’t even know that they were being filmed.

Both have played bluegrass for a few years by then. Both play multiple instruments, Etienne is a wicked fiddler. They also regularly get together at Rockygrass academy and festival. Both also play jazz, classical, and other genres. Greg composes music, sings, and plays guitar with an indie rock band he started with a group of friends as a freshman in high school called The Audiophiles (check them out at www.myspace.com/theaudiophilescali and on iTunes.”

Ten Things Never To Say to A DJ: Not Hilarious

I was directed by two different sites to this particular audio assembly, supposedly being something along the lines of gut-busting, side-splitting, can’t… breathe… hi-freaking-larious but I barely cracked a grin on #4, and was pretty much meh for the rest of it. I figured I’d let you gentle readers decide for yourselves =P

Andre Harris – 10 Things Not To Say to a DJ, or if you prefer, a direct download (mp3, 19.2mb)

But then again, the poster stated that the instrumental background was boring — but I rather liked it. Go figure.