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    Tuesday, February 24, 2009

    Iko Iko I-nay Jock-a-mo feen-o and-dan-day

    Krista and I were driving Sunday, listening to the radio, when an old, catchy song named "Iko Iko" came on the radio. It was the original version of the song that I remember from my sisters. Then, the radio station skipped into two more versions of the song performed by two different bands, one of which was the Grateful Dead.

    Of course, when I got home, I immediately looked up the song and bought the album, by the Dixie Cups, on iTunes. It happens to also have the "Going to the Chapel" song that I recall my sister Jessie listening to about 50x per day for a couple years (she was always a huge oldies fan, oddly enough, while Heather loved alternative and chick music like Indigo Girls, Cranberries, etc.)

    It's a pretty cool story, as told on the Wikipedia entry about the song. For those of you too lazy to click, apparently the band just started singing the song and playing on coke bottles during a break, and meanwhile, they were being recorded by one of the studio engineers/producers. It was a song that the ladies in the group knew from their grandparents, and is a song with deep history in New Orleans (the song was originally written in the 50s by a man named James Crawford, entitled "jack-o-mo".

    There's something about history, and something in particular to me about southern history, that feels like it has a lot of texture and depth. Krista and I noted this when we were in South Carolina over break and had the chance to spend a few hours in Savannah. For some reason, Wisconsin just doesn't seem to have the same feeling of deep history (probably because it wasn't even a state until 1848.

    I then happened on this video, which intrigued me as a potential reggae remix of the song. But instead, it was the same "The Belle Stars" version from Rain Man, but with a couple girls dancing to it. I looked at the comments, which said "That skinny girl is way way better. So good that you dont even notice other one", so as they danced, I kept watching to see what they meant. And sure enough, the skinny girl has some SICK dance moves. I watched the whole thing.

    And then, I closed it off with this incredibly awesome video where it shows an old school american grandstand dance event with "Iko Iko" by the Dixie Cups being played. In particular, I love the guy at about 1:02 who appears to be doing some sort of samurai dance:

    Best video of my life

    I watched this video over and over last night, and it never ceased to make me laugh. There's something about babies and puppies that makes them unstoppable together.

    In particular, I love how Sofia tries to grab Mo's ear aggressively, and Jess fiendishly encourages her but doesn't quite let her get a strong grip. So funny. Thanks for uploading to youtube for me, heath!

    Tuesday, February 17, 2009

    Lulu meets Lulu (NK's rocking lamb) in Phoenix

    Last weekend we went to visit the Burns family in Phoenix for an extended weekend of relaxation, as I posted last night.

    I'm waiting to get the more interesting photos up here on the blog, but in the meantime I'll post one from the incredibly kind and awesome party they threw for us last year after we got engaged. Here are Jen and Krista at that party:

    To show our gratitude, Krista smashed one of their champagne glasses (it's become somewhat of a tradition, as we celebrated Valentine's Day with some Veuve in Phoenix; no smashed glasses of record, however, but officials are still tallying the damage. Lots of sliced wooden fruit).

    For the record, here's how we celebrate things like engagements and Valentine's day without the Burns around:

    They clearly up our class level quite a bit.

    More photos to come! Thanks again for hosting us, and for bringing my jacket and sunglasses all the way from Phoenix to Palo Alto tomorrow AM, Adam!

    Monday, February 16, 2009

    Nick and Norah's Endless Playlist

    After a long and splendidly relaxing weekend in Phoenix visiting Jen, Adam, and Nancy Kate Burns (including a hike by Camelback Mountain, pictured above), Krista and I are back in the Bay and feeling refreshed. We're catching up on emails, watching the Alaska CruiseWest DVD Krista signed up for (hip hip hooray!), and listening to Nick and Norah's Endless Playlist, which we watched Sunday night with the Burns (and everyone loved it). Here's the trailer:

    To me, one of the signs of a truly good novel/movie/story is when not every detail is 1) made ultra obvious to the viewer (this doesn't work for mainstream products, I realize, but I like it nonetheless) 2) meaningful. The second point is important, because all too often I feel like a story I am being told is made of 100% relevant details that all add up to some meaning, when life itself isn't actually like that. One of the hardest things about life, I think, is sorting things that are meaningful to me personally from those that are not, when they all may be meaningful to other people simply because of different values, backgrounds, or beliefs. Of course, a story can't be TOO full of "meaningless" details that don't feed directly into the plot, or it will just be confusing.

    The music is also quite good, so I'm going to add a couple of the songs that we like best to the blog thanks to lala.com. Enjoy!

    "Very Loud" by "Shout Out Louds"

    "Our Swords" by Band of Horses

    "Ottoman" by Vampire Weekend (I can't remember if this is on the Vampire Weekend album I got into a few months back or not; and Lala won't let me embed for copyright reasons, I'm sure, so here's
    the link

    Monday, February 9, 2009