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Lin Yu Chun and William Shatner sing Total Eclipse of the Heart

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My brain can’t even process this right now. Lin Yu Chun and William Shatner sing a duet of “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Chun exploded on the scene with his better-than-Whitney-live performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Check this out while I get back to letting my head explode:

ODDSAC: Animal Collective Gets Experimental…er.

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Experimental indie staple Animal Collective premiered their new album ODDSAC at Sundance Festival this past summer. Yes – Sundance. It’s a visual album directed by Danny Perez. I saw it at a screening in Chicago a few weeks ago. I suggest you get your hands on it – especially if you liked that creepy-ass VHS from The Ring.

I’m not necessarily suggesting that this film is good, but rather just completely expected. Films of this caliber seem completely immune to genuine criticism. Instead, it’s more appropriate to simply say that this album/film was visually and audibly accurate. If it weren’t for the fact that Animal Collective wrote the film’s musical score, or what seems more like hyperbolic folly with traces of music, I wouldn’t even mention the sound at all.

With a film this experimental and visual, this audio track seemed to be par for the course. You know what I mean – when people walk through the forest, the noise that their feet make as they walk over dry leaves sounds much more like the sound of someone crushing elephant bones, not someone walking through a forest of dry leaves. Conveniently, Animal Collective’s music already sounds a little like someone crushing elephant bones.

Having said that, no matter how atrocious the music or film was or could have been, it’s refreshing – and hopefully an indication of what lies ahead for the music industry. As years go by, I find myself continually bitching about how the future that I had anticipated never seems to actually be happening. However, as I was sitting in the Chicago screening of ODDSAC, I was reminded that flying cars aren’t the only sign of the world slowly becoming a Philip K. Dick novel.

Animal Collective and Danny Perez took liberties with an increasingly tired industry (music albums), and made a beautiful project that should be appreciated as true art. I’m looking forward to more of these “visual albums” (specifically if Atom and His Package starts making music again).

China has its Susan Boyle: A chubby, bowl-cut boy sings Whitney Houston

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Credit to Gawker, they found a gem in the round, chubby shape of a bowl-cut Lin Yu Chun — an awkward Chinese teen with pipes of pure gold. The show is Super Star Avenue, a clear American Idol knock-off. Check out the video below for a glimpse into why somebody in the 1600s thought castratos were a good idea.

Morning Benders – “Make Excuses” on

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I love it when I stumble upon music that was no where near my radar. Everyone has their channels: That friend who’s always sporting some serious cans on their head, a favorite blog, a movie, the radio. Ha, j/k, lol (although NPR as per usual brings their A-game for great new music) — no one listens to radio.

Back to the joy of stumbling into new sounds: There’s a lot of music out there. It’s so easy to miss someone/thing or fail to commit the time it takes to check out a band. I usually have a default “they’re probably not great” attitude, which is why I force myself to do some serious detective work every now and then to solve the crime of not having exciting new noises tickle my ears.

Moving on, I’m excited to share the Morning Benders. Check out the video below from the very great site and enjoy the Morning Benders’ wonderful mix of old and new styles.

Yours Truly Presents: The Morning Benders “Excuses” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Metallica Smooth Jazz. Brilliant.

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Brilliant take on Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” with a smooth jazz makeover.