Special thanks to John Kelly and Ira Sperling, both from MTV ad sales' "Pricing & Inventory" group. Not just for the great performance -- shot live in my office -- but also for their patience (I've been holding on to these clips for a while, keeping them to myself).
By day, these guys manage the complex dimensional grid that somehow adds up to sponsors getting seen on our networks most effectively. Their mathematical wizardry is legendary in our halls, but it's their heart and talent that really shined in my office that afternoon.
Here are 3 original songs. This first, "Subway Song," will make you laugh. Especially if you work in Times Square and deal with a subway commute...
These two are more soulful and make me wish I had better lighting to match the mood. Here's
Sing Me To Sleep":
And here's a song about cross-country road trip. I love the first line: "Turn the key, I'm movin'."
Needless to say, we gotta get Ira and John back in here to play some more. The vibe was amazing, and not just because of all the Pabst on hand, though that didn't hurt. Thanks guys.
Not new. Just awesome.
Greg Clayman turned me on to Nigel Godrich's FROM THE BASEMENT a few months ago, now I just stare at these videos over and over, wondering how to someday make stuff this simple, this good. It's like you're the only person in the room with, say, Thom Yorke, and he's playing just for you. Or Beck. Or PJ Harvey, The Shins, The Kills, The White Stripes, CSS, Cold War Kids, Autolux, Fleet Foxes, Gnarls Barkley, Jose Gonzalez, Sonic Youth, Queens of the Stone Age.
I got to work with Jack White and The Dead Weather a couple of months ago on a huge stage, thousands of people. But here they are in a basement, and it's the same huge energy and intensity, and this time it's just for you, like there's no one else around...
The Dead Weather / Treat Me Like Your Mother
Beck / Motorcade
Thom Yorke / Analyse
Last week's performance in my office by MTV News' Benjamin Wagner has become a pretty popular post on Something Burning. Seems like people enjoy his music as much in a video square on the interweb as we all did hearing it live.
So I thought I'd post another song he did for us that day. It's his cover of "Wonderwall" by Oasis. Classic song, not easy to cover, but I love his interpretation and how he speeds it up.