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Hardware Store Video

Oct 26, 10:37 PM · from the mouth of Jake

On Weird Al’s last album he had a lovely little ditty call Hardware Store. Some high school kid named Kurt Larson made a music video for his class. We could have done this!! :)

Hardware Store Capture


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  1. Tyler responds with:

    Thats great! I saw this post a few days ago, but only just had the chance top watch the video now (I mostly check the Goof at work). Anyhow, I’m gonna put this on my iPod.

    Oh yeah, did I mention that I got a 60gig video iPod? Woo hoo, that bad boy rocks! The video quality is awesome! And I found a free program that lets you rip DVDs into a suitable format for the iPod screen. I put Batman Begins on there and it’s great. I’m not planning on loading it full of movies though, seeing as they’re roughly 500megs apiece. In fact, the video capability isn’t even the main reason I got it. It’s mostly ‘cause I wanted a bigger hard drive… my 20 gig was full, and I hated that everytime I wanted to put something new on there I had to take something else off.

    So yeah. Somebody say something. It’s too darn quiet around here.
    · Nov 1, 01:38 PM
  2. Andy responds with:

    I loved the post too – I really and truly think that “Hardware Store” is one of Weird Al’s best original songs recently, and I especially think the middle section where he lists so many gadgets is brilliant – any of you catch the bit about “automatic circumcizers”?

    Ty, it would probably sadden you to know that I’m still using my little 4-gig iPod mini, which is now already obsolete thanks to the nano. It’s full – I have at least enough music to fill it twice if not three times. And my collection keeps growing – I’ve been using my emusic subscription a lot. I have something like 8 albums on my wishlist. They just added the entire Naxos catalog, so if any of you guys are into classical music you can get pretty much ANYTHING in a good quality performance, practically for free!
    · Nov 1, 06:46 PM
  3. Tyler responds with:

    Well I’ll gladly sell my 20gig to the first taker for $100. I’ll throw in a FireWire cable, charger, and a soft case. It’s got a few light scratches, but they’re not that bothersome. The battery isn’t what it used to be, but there are companies that sell replacement kits for $25-$30 such as

    And in terms of classical music, I’ve been meaning to talk to you Andy. In evaluating my otherwise very diverse collection of music, I realized that classical is missing almost completely. I know I like a lot of the more famous stuff from Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, etc, but the thing is that I don’t know the names of a lot of it. Could you make some reccomendations for the basic “must-haves” of the greats? That’d rock.
    · Nov 2, 11:38 AM
  4. Andy responds with:

    ooh – the greats! let’s see…

    well for Mozart you want the Requiem and any collection of Symphonies, preferably later ones – the “Little G Minor” is particularly good. His opera overtures are also excellent. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Neville Mariner, is the go-to orchestra for him.

    Bach is harder – his stuff is all brilliant, but he has so much of it it’s hard to isolate particular works. You might try the goldberg variations, particularly the Glen Gould recording of them, or any of the Brandenburg Concertos. You can also pick up collections of his organ music for a real good time.

    Beethoven has all his symphonies, 3, 5, and 9 being the most famous. I’ve also heard good things about his later piano sonatas and string quartets, all of which he wrote when he was stone deaf.

    Haydn I don’t know as well – I’m more of a 19th & 20th century guy. Here are some favorite composers of mine:

    Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique, Requiem
    Mahler: any symphony (hope you like ‘em long!)
    Debussy: Prelude a l’apres-midi d’une faun (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Fawn), La Mer (the sea)
    Bartok: anything, esp. string quartets and piano pieces
    Lizst: Piano
    Chopin: Piano
    Holst: The Planets, Suites for military band
    Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Petroushka
    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bald Mountain
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade
    Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Ein Heldenleben
    Puccini: Any of his operas
    Verdi: Opera, plus his Requiem
    Brahms: German requiem, any symphony
    Respighi: Pines of Rome, Fountains of Rome
    Richard Wagner: Opera overtures (the operas themselves are excellent but LONG and in German)
    Grainger: works for wind band, esp. Lincolnshire Posey, Molly on the Shore, Handel in the Strand, etc.
    Vaughan Williams: Hodie, Symphonies
    Robert Russell Bennett: Suite of Old American Dances, Symphonic Songs for Band
    Dello Joio: Variations on a Medieval Tune
    Ron Nelson: wind band works
    Leonard Bernstein: anything
    Gershwin: Piano concerto, Rhapsody in Blue
    Copland: Appalachian Spring, many others
    Shostakovich: Symphony #5
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5, Romeo & Juliet, Nutcracker (if you’re into that)
    Britten: Sea Songs from Peter Grimes

    Wow, that’s a long list (but you did ask!) I’m sure there’s many I’ve forgotten as well. Classical music has such an amazing range of sound contained in it, and I think I only named 1 living composer! It continues to evolve, I hope….

    On that note, I’m off to see an opera tonight! This is not a common thing, but I’ve had Richard Rodney Bennett’s “The Mines of Sulphur” highly recommended to me by a friend. And I can tickets for $16. Woohoo!
    · Nov 2, 07:25 PM
  5. Tyler responds with:

    Wow. What a list. Well I’ve heard of about 2/3rds of those guys, but couldn’t have told you what most of them had written. Thanks Andy.

    So far I’ve gotten Bach’s Brandenburg concertos 1-3 as well as Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons, ‘cause I’m familiar with both of those and know I like them. More soon!

    Speaking of opera, I found Roger Water’s opera, “Ca Ira,” in Barnes & Noble the other day… I listened to some of the samples. It sounded okay, but something about it, maybe the fact that it was in English, sounded a little too “Broadway” to be an opera. But then, what do I know about opera!
    · Nov 3, 06:45 PM
  6. Tyler responds with:

    I’ve added Mozart’s requiem to my collection. Good stuff!
    · Nov 7, 01:50 PM
  7. Andy responds with:

    good boy Tyty.

    BTW, I’m interested in that old iPod of yours. I’m in no hurry to shell out $100, so I can wait on it if you can too…
    · Nov 7, 07:22 PM
  8. Tyler responds with:

    K. Before the end of the year maybe?
    · Nov 8, 11:06 AM
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