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February 7th, 2010

New Music: Gorillaz

seinneann_ceoil spent the last ten days or so here in Portland, where it is cold and wet, rather than in Orlando, where it is sunny and warm, and I think we had a good time in spite of the rain and the slop.

She's very passionate about music, and listens to a lot of music I've never heard of. One of the bands she introduced me to while she was out here is called Gorillaz, and one of their songs has been stuck in my head ever since.

They have a YouTube channel and several videos up on YouTube. Unfortunately, they don't permit embedding of their videos, which I for one think is a profoundly stupid misstep on their part.

I could rant at length about why it's profoundly stupid for a band to disallow embedding their videos, and how putting a link in a blog will probably result in lower exposure, and how the business model for Internet videos is more about exposure to a new audience than it is about advertising revenue, and about how the ads are embedded in the video so advertising revenue is only minimally impacted by embedding anyway, or even about how it doesn't matter to Google one way or the other because Google's already won the online ad revenue game and is just allowing the Great Unwashed Masses to fight over the table scraps it's too lazy to pick up off the floor, but I'm feeling kind of melancholy today and I just don't feel like it.

Instead, I'll talk about what I like about the band and the video.

I really, really like their music. A lot. It's an interesting mix of different vocal styles, the music is kinda funky and kinda dancey, and the emotional tone of the song that's been stuck in my head all morning matches my mood pitch-perfect right now.

The song is Feel Good Inc. and the video that accompanies it is an animation of a narow slice of a post-apocalyptic world that reminds me a great deal of Nelvana, the animation studio that did Rock and Rule and the animated bits of Pink Floyd The Wall.

I'd love to show you the video, but, like I said, embedding is disabled. The best I can offer is a link, which I highly encourage you all to check out. Gorillaz: Feel Good Inc.