Monthly Archives: December 2008

Christmas Commercials

After my Christmas California Raisins’ post, I had the idea of posting my ten favorite Christmas commercials (I don’t know why TV and Christmas go hand-in-hand with me). However, after a thorough internet search, I couldn’t find several of my choices, especially my number one, so I ditched the idea. Well, with this post-Christmas-come-down (a time when we make do with the either the gifts we got but didn’t want or wanted be didn’t get), I figured I’d post this abortion anyway. That and I haven’t posted anything in several weeks.

6)Folgers Coffee

I debated leaving this thing off the list, but it’s the first commercial I thought of when this post occurred to me. I mean, the thing is marketing gold. Kid comes home early. Makes coffee. Entire family is happy. Suddenly everyone wants Folgers Coffee.

However, that is not why I included it. This commercial always reminded me of the kitchen scene in “Gremlins.” As a kid, I halfway expected Spike to show up and just tear apart Peter and his sister.

5) Norelco Santa

Santa sledding in a piece of a razor cracked me up. So sue me. And did they really just suggest giving a blood pressure meter for Christmas?

4) Hershey’s Kisses

It’s kind of like the bell skit in “Will Vinton’s Chirstmas Celebration,” but not as good. Fun nonetheless.


As a child, I thought this was considered “sexy.” Probably explains a lot of my problems.

2) Honey Nut Cheerios

This commercial was always odd, because it always seemed very grown-up to me. This has to be the first cereal advertisement where it only features an adult and is not made out to be an idiot. Naturally, in my childish mind, I felt grownup since I enjoyed Honey Nut Cheerios. Oh, the magic of marketing!

1) Fruity Pebbles

For once, Barney is able to enjoy Fred’s Pebbles without worry of being beaten. Proof that world peace is possible!

Well, that’s it. I’m still upset that I couldn’t find my original choice for number one, which was Taco John’s “Feliz Navidad” commercial. If you’re fortunate enough to have a Taco John’s in your area, you probably know what I’m talking about. I’m unable to here Jose Feliciano’s Christmas Carol with having “…and from Taco John’s” follow the final line.


related posts:

A Very California Raisins’ Christmas

Christmas Carolz

Beati Paoli on

i was just notified today that Beati Paoli is on ( is something i think greg and possibly tony would be really interested in. it’s both a database of recorded music, an organizational tool, and a social networking site. you see… basically… you set up a profile and then add, from their database, all the albums, eps, singles, bootlegs, etc that you have in your personal collection. you can also look up specific albums to read reviews and see what other people rate them. this is all fun and interesting, but the parts of the site that i find to be the most fun are these: 

1.) you can compare your musical tastes with others. you can automatically find people with similar collections as well as compare the ratings you’ve given with the ratings others have given.

2.) you can view various statistics about the music in a collection. for example: breakdown by rating, rating by decade, or ownership by decade, format, or release type. there are also top releases for every year and other fun charts and lists to browse.

i (scott) decided to make a profile today. you can check me out at: i haven’t had time to add my whole collection yet (i’ve only gotten through the “B’s” so far), and haven’t actually RATED the majority of what i’ve added, but i’ll have it all up eventually. let’s be friends! :*

in conclusion, check out beati paoli’s page:


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Cityview and Twitter!

Just a quick update from The Noising Machine.

Be sure to cruise on over to the Cityview website and vote on the “Best of Des Moines.” Vote us best band in Des Moines, DUH! Best Band is a few pages in.

And Beati Paoli has joined the world of Twitter. Join up and you can be notified when we start a new movie franchise. Or when we have shows coming up.


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The Shameless Facebook Plug

CANON SONIQUE: a mixtape (13)

continuing the online mixtape.

song (13):

The Good, The Bad, And The Queen“Herculean”

this is off their first full length (self titled). you can buy it on their website

the good, the bad, and the queen was formed in 2006 and is a bit of a SUPERGROUP with frontman damon albarn (blur, gorillaz) playing keys and singing, paul simonon (the clash, havana 3am) playing bass, simon tong (the verve, the shining) playing guitar, tony allen (co-founder of the AFROBEAT genre) playing drums, and danger mouse (gnarls barkley, dangerdoom) producing and playing random percussion/synths. albarn describes this album as “a song cycle that’s also a mystery play about London”.

some a live video:


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CANON SONIQUE: a mixtape (12)

continuing the online mixtape.

song (12):

Blonde Redhead“Falling Man”

this song is on the album, misery is a butterfly. you can probably buy it from their website?
blonde redhead misery is a butterfly album art

blonde redhead. some music school assholes and some art school assholes got together in 1993. both steve shelley ,of sonic youth, and guy picciotto, of fugazi, have produced blonde redhead albums.

some videos:

falling man live

and a music video for another song


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CANON SONIQUE: a mixtape (11)

continuing the online mixtape.

song (11):

The Libertines“Up The Bracket”

this is off the album of the same name.
the libertines up the bracket album art

the libertines were a band from 97-2004. they were very popular in england, earning a #1 album on the UK charts. then pete doherty loved drugs too much, so things got fucked up, and they split. here are some bands they are in now: Babyshambles, Dirty Pretty Things, and Yeti. one more thing: Mick Jones of The Clash produced their albums.

some videos:

up the bracket video

up the bracket live


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Well, it’s just about a week until Christmas. Excited yet? No? Oops. I put together this collection of Christmas songs/videos that hopefully will get you into the spirit of things. Merry Christmas and check it:

Asobi Seksu – “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wan’t To Fight Tonight)” (Ramones Cover)

Oasis – “Merry X-Mas Everybody” (Slade Cover)

The Beatles – “Christmas Time Is Here Again”

Weezer – “O Holy Night”

Joel & The Bots – “Patrick Swayze Christmas”

Mike & The Bots – “Merry Christmas…If That’s Ok”

Manic Street Preachers – “The Ghost of Christmas”

Wham! – “Last Christmas”

Belle & Sebastian – “O Come, O Come Emmaneul”

The Flaming Lips – “Christmas At The Zoo”

Morning Musume – “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”


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Beati Paoli with Slyde and The Curse Of Hail 12/20/08

just wanted to remind people about the Beati Paoli show this weekend.

When:::Sat, December 20, 9:30 pm
Where:::The House Of Bricks – 525 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa (map)

see ya there!


the illustrations compiled on the flyer were taken from a spanish horror magazine called “Delirium”, which i can’t find ANY info on, and a painting of st denis, by Leon Bonnat. st denis is a cool character because after he was beheaded at montmartre, he picked up his severed head and walked for TWO MILES, preaching a sermon the whole way. he’s also the patron saint of HEADACHES! no joke.



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CANON SONIQUE: a mixtape (10)

continuing the online mixtape.

song (10):

Aesop Rock“Coffee”

this is the last song off of his latest album, None Shall Pass. the extra “hidden” track, “Pigs”, is included in this mp3 cuz i was too lazy to chop it off. it’s good too, though.  artwork by Jeremy Fish.
aesop rock none shall pass album art

aesop rock. probably my favorite hip-hop artist of all time. i’ve been yelled at about this before, usually by people who only like one or two of his albums, but i honestly find his work to be much more interesting and fun to listen to, on a whole, than any other hip-hop artist i’ve heard. his first two albums were self-financed (which i can admire, for obvious reasons) in the late 90s before getting signed to Mush in 2000. “Coffee” features John Darnielle from The Mountain Goats and production from long time collaborator, Blockhead. check out this post for more mountain goats/aesop rock team ups.

video for coffee

video for pigs featuring jeremy fish

live footage


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CANON SONIQUE: a mixtape (9)

continuing the online mixtape.

song (9):

Bjork“Hidden Place”

off the album, Vespertine. i think you can buy it on her website.
bjork vespertine album cover

bjork. most people know about bjork, i think. icelandic singer-songwriter. wore a swan dress. beat up a couple of photographers. blah blah blah. before she went solo, she was in two bands: an anarchist punk band called KUKL (which i guess means ‘witchcraft’) and after that, a band called The Sugarcubes. i haven’t heard a whole lot of either of these bands, but what i’ve heard is VERY good. check ’em out.

and here’s what bjork had to say about the vespertine album:
“It sounds like a winter record. If you wake up in the middle of the night, and you go out in the garden, everything’s going on out there that you wouldn’t know about. That’s the mood I’m trying to get. Snow owls represent that very well.”

some videos:

the hidden place video

live version of hidden place (the sampled card shuffling noise is performed live!)

kukl with a pregnant bjork

sugarcubes video


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