Friday, June 30, 2017

Weekly Discoveries - Electro Swing, Amazing Dance Moves and Kosher Spam

Zebra Corner's take on popular commercials, like Chevy's Millennials is just too perfect. I found the video randomly and it could a couple of watches to realize that he was using Chevy's footage verbatim. Too funny.

I managed to find myself in the world of Swing Music last week, and spent quite a bit of time rocking out to Electro Swing.

One of my favorite videos from the Swing genre has to be Catgroove by Parov Stela. This video is remarkable: to the untrained eye, it appears to be some dude dancing to music in his basement. His dancing is good, I'll grant you that. But what's amazing is that the video has 40 *million* views. I love that I live in a world where someone can amass 40 million views by dancing on lime green carpet with wood paneling in the background.

It's interesting to see how quickly you connect the dots from swing to dubstep; it's all about having the moves.

The tune Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen is a solid one, but the story behind it is even more impressive. The creators of this Yiddish song apparently sold the rights to it for $30 (which they split evenly, as a couple of mensch's would no doubt do). The song was eventually performed by the Andrew Sisters, who turned it into a hit and in the process were the first female vocal group to earn a gold record. The song grossed $3 million dollars. OK, not the most brilliant business decision ever made by a couple of yids.

Say My Name by Peking Duk opens with the pick up line: On a scale of one to free are you tonight?, so yeah, you know it's going to be good. And it didn't disappoint.

The Hilltop Hoods, an Australian Hip Hop Group, has an awesome sound. Check out Higher for a great example. Their song Cosby Sweater is also a solid entry, though Higher seems a bit more serious.

Meet the Canjo, tin-can powered, single string, banjo. What an awesome instrument. This video shows how one can be created in a mere 20 minutes. It's really impressive to watch some spare parts be turned into a music instrument and then listen as a beautiful tune is extracted from it. Here's another great example of this instrument in action.

Not only did I get an introduction to music theory and a better appreciation for how string instruments work, the Canjo also introduced me to Breef - the Kosher variant of Spam. Apparently using a Spam can is pretty common for Canjos, and in doing a bit of research I came across mention of a Kosher version of Spam.

In May 1946, the Chicago Kosher Sausage Manufacturing Company — a Winnipeg-based company — registered a word mark with the Canadian patent office for a canned meat product called Breef.

Neil Feinberg, 74, the last owner of the Feinberg Sausage Co. in Minneapolis, says he’s well familiar with Breef.

"That was the best quality product of the bunch” among kosher canned meats, he says.

“Canned corned beef is like Spam — very similar texture,” explained Feinberg, 74, who is retired and living in Palm Springs, Fla. “Only it was made of beef and had a corned beef flavor to it,” an effect achieved by using the same seasoning from the company’s regular corned beef.

Canned Kosher corned beef, now that's innovation.

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