Wednesday, December 5, 2012


A Third Gift for the Aliens

You know that scene in Contact where Jodie Foster hears what she thinks are the first thumpings of extraterrestrial communication, and which turn out to be binary bits of a Hitler broadcast the aliens are bouncing back to us? (I think?) Imagine if instead of that, they were bouncing back this montage of 2012 pop music/videos, which you've likely already seen, because it came out on Sunday and has more than a million hits, but which is wonderful in case you haven't and are jubilantly, mindlessly uplifted by things like this, as I am.

It's the third in DJ Daniel Kim's Pop Danthology series, making it — maybe? — the myrrh in his holiday-season mashup gift trifecta, if 2010 and 2011 were gold and frankincense, which he has not yet indicated they are. (Although myrrh apparently represents suffering and death, so who knows.) I'd also like to be Gotye's teeth for Halloween next year, somehow.

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Wow, who knew that by combining an array of songs that make me cringe you could create something so enjoyable?


How can you ruin this whole amazing video with Justin Bieber.. cmon why@n


And just think of all the great pop yet to come in 2013!! We don't even know what it'll sound like yet! Although maybe the aliens do. I bet they love it.

Edith Zimmerman

@leastimportantperson It BOGGLES THE MIND, you know? Oh, my god...I love it.


I am mindlessly, jubilantly uplifted by things like this as well. Maybe for the same reason I love sampler packages of whatever makeup company's favorite things.


Ok this is the first year in a long time where I listened to a lot of pop music! Mainly because I started going to a lot of fitness classes! AND NOW I KIND OF LIKE IT WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME

hahahaha, ja.

@phipsi: I FEEL YOU! My knowledge of pop music basically comes from the Zumba classes I go to with my mom whenever I visit my parents.


@hahahaha, ja. SO MUCH ZUMBA. Don't judge me if I accidentally start in on a routine when a Zumba song comes on the radio. PIT BULLLLLLL


@phipsi Samesies. Zumba is why I played that Flor Rida song at my wedding and I am not sorry at all.


@phipsi Yeah I've heard enough Calvin Harris productions to die a sad, sad man. It's what I get for moving to a city where in-house washers/dryers are relatively rare


This just stokes the fires of my age-inappropriate obsession with getting Jingle Ball tickets for Friday. Experiencing that much aggressive pop force at once is revelatory.


Quick, quick! I'm trying to make my friend a gift mixtape of awesome songs that have a woman's name as the title. So far I have...Moira the Warrior by Edmund Welles (bass clarinet quartet) and Melody Dean by Amanda Palmer (poppy and fun). Help?


@frigwiggin Jolene!


@frigwiggin Eleanor Rigby! Billie Jean! A Boy Named Sue!


@smidge @gobblegirl Ah, good ones! Debating whether to add Debra (by Beck) or not, it's so awful but so great...



Madame Selma - The Petrojvic Blasting Co.
Grace Kelly - Mika
Beatrix Runs - Elizaveta
Grace Kelly Blues - Eels
Jeannie's Diary - Eels
Ana Ng - They Might Be Giants
She Thinks She's Edith Head - They Might Be Giants
Madeleine - Jonathan Coulton
Annie Waits - Ben Folds
Eileen - The Hush Sound
Georgia Lee - Tom Waits
Martha - Tom Waits


@frigwiggin Sexy Sadie, Martha My Dear, Anna (Go To Him), Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Polythene Pam, Michelle, Lovely Rita, Dear Prudence, JULIA.

See, you can do one just with Beatles songs, even.

Daisy Razor

Alison by Elvis Costello
Allison by the Pixies.
Amy- Ryan Adams
Sylvia Plath- Ryan adams
Kate- Ben Folds Five
Daria- Cake
Denise- Fountains of Wayne
Kathleen- Josh Ritter
Evangeline- Matthew Sweet (my favorite, because it's my daughter's middle name!)


@frigwiggin Jessica - Allman Brothers


@frigwiggin Okkervil River - Auntie Alice

the roughest toughest frail

Veronica - Elvis Costello
Natasha - Rufus Wainwright


@frigwiggin Jenny - the Mountain Goats



Andrea - MxPx
Goodnight, Elizabeth - Counting Crows
Beth - KISS
Alice - Tom Waits


@frigwiggin And how did I forget Leonard Cohen Suzanne and Alexandra Leaving?!

fuck fuck fuck

@frigwiggin ALSO
suzanne - weezer
jaime - weezer
mykel and carli - weezer


@frigwiggin BERNADETTE!!!!!! by the Four Tops. It might be my favorite woman's name song ever.

Also, "Valerie" - either the Zutons original or the Amy Winehouse/Mark Ronson version
"Judy and the Dream of Horses" by Belle & Sebastian
"Eleanor" by Biffy Clyro
"Stacey's Mom" by Fountains of Wayne
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something
"Hurricane Jane" by Black Kids
"Peggy Sue" by Buddy Holly
"Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
"My Yvonne" by Jack Penate
"Ruby" by Kaiser Chiefs
"Mariella" by Kate Nash
"Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" by Crosby, Stills, & Nash
"Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners
"Jackie Big Tits" by the Kooks
"Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls
"Believe Me Natalie" by the Killers
"Molly's Chambers" by Kings of Leon
"Grace Kelly" by Mika
"Darling Nikki" by the Foo Fighters
"Cecilia" by Simon and Garfunkel
"Dr. Patricia Maddox PhD" by the Wombats

And if you hate your friend, you could put that godawful "Delilah" song on it.


Does anyone else want to see Sia take over the world?


@itiresias SO MUCH


I haven't heard 90% of these songs before (I don't listen to commercial radio because I don't have a car and hate commercial radio DJs), but this was pretty amazing. Maybe my new year's resolution should be to listen to more pop music?


@gobblegirl: Mine is to push 'play' on every music post Edith puts up, even if it's first thing in the morning, even if my inclination is 'noooooooooo'.


Ugh, I LOOOVE Contact. Such a surprisingly moving...movie for me.

fondue with cheddar

Wow...I recognized two, maybe three songs, and recognized maybe ten people. There is no longer any doubt that I am an Old.

Regardless, that was a whole lot of fun!


@fondue with cheddar Haha, me too!

fondue with cheddar

@Megano! Tell these kids to get off our lawn!


That line about myrrh in "We Three Kings" always brought me down.


@meetapossum Omg, that is my favorite verse of "We Three Kings". :-(


@oboe-d-amore Well, I guess to be fair, the whole song is kind of a downer, tonally. I still love it though!


@meetapossum My parents used to have a Christmas party with carols every year and I loved watching people react when we got to "sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in a stone cold tomb."

Another song with a lighter but still surprising turn is "We wish you a Merry Christmas," when the carolers basically go rogue and refuse to leave without figgy pudding in the last verse.


@OhMarie Oh, yeah, Christmas songs aren't all joy and peace! You've got things like "The Coventry Carol", which is about the Massacre of the Innocents. Nothing brings Christmas cheer like a mother lamenting over her doomed child!


@oboe-d-amore Mine too!

Edith Zimmerman

@meetapossum My dad and I went to a neighborhood caroling event where he sang that verse every year, and then he died, and now it's like this ... almost comically grim thing to hear that song.


@Edith Zimmerman
Don't forget Donna Nobis Pachem, post-Doctor Who!
Or, on a more confusing than morbid note, "We Saw Three Ships". Pretty sure Bethlehem is landlocked and those were alien spaceships.

Mrs. Grundy

@OhMarie My mother also belts this verse out every year at our family friends' holiday party. The dark humor of my mother is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. Also, the cookies.


I need some answers regarding how he could have left "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" out of this mashup. Other than that, this is fantastic.


@AllyMcBLT So true! I also didn't notice any Ellie Goulding...


@AllyMcBLT Still, minor quibbles. This definitely made my December.


@aaaaanyway watch again, Ellie makes a brief appearance at the :35 mark!


@AllyMcBLT Even better!


@AllyMcBLT Explanation about Taylor Swift in the "making of" post on the DJ's site here!


@SarahDances That makes me feel better. Thanks!

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

I just love how it he breaks it down around the middle and it's very bare and a dark stage with one spotlight, and suddenly it's All Hail Queen Adele.


@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose That was great.


I want to note that the smorgasbord of songs and artists in this video actually seemed to represent a whole lot of races and a pretty equal distribution between the sexes! Who knew pop music was so boundary-defying?

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@wee_ramekin The guy who puts these together is outspoken about is obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, which may have something to do with the lovely balance. (It's really interesting, actually: http://giftofocpd.com/2012/12/02/the-making-of-pop-danthology/)

Mrs. Grundy

How have I managed not to see G.I. Jane Katy Perry until now?

Ladies Who Punch

I'm still holding out for DJ Earworm's mix. His is REALLY tightly edited & the video is superb!

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