Depeche Mode - "Wrong" (link). Like a lot of bands I loved growing up, Depeche Mode have had their ups and downs. I thought their last album was a huge improvement over the not-so-exciting Exciter, but still not the band I fell in love with. Long story short, I wasn't expecting much from their new single, so I was pleasantly surprised when I actually really liked it. It's modern and new, but it also captures a lot of the things I love about Depeche Mode -- the urgency, the atmosphere, the dark pop sensibility. This sounds like it could have been written in the era of Black Celebration or Violator.
Star Trek Edits (link). Basically, this guy took a bunch of footage from Star Trek: The Next Generation and re-edited it to make hilarious short vignettes. I haven't watched them all yet, but what I've seen is gold. Although I have to admit "Beard on Beard" freaked me out a little bit. I'm not sure I can ever look at Riker with a straight face again.
Pizza Hut in Italy (link). Courtesy of Funny or Die, this video adds new (and more accurate) captions to an incredibly dumb Pizza Hut ad, which originally tried to suggest that a group of Italian food-lovers would not know the difference between a well-made, hand-crafted lasagna, and one from Pizza Hut. If anyone is actually taken in by this BS, then they deserve to eat at Pizza Hut.
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (links in text). AYWKUBTTOD has been one of my favourite bands for years now for a multitude of reasons, but they still never fail to entertain and surprise me. Last week, a kind user on the band's fan board uploaded a 10-minute mini-documentary from the band's early days, and quite simply: it rules. In those 10 minutes you get a tidy recap of all the insanity that led the band from obscurity to, well... not fame, but certainly not obscurity anymore. It's worth the download (link). Second of all, holy crap there are a lot of awesome videos of this band on YouTube. Check out this 2003 performance of "Richter Scale Madness" as some show promoter tries to get them to stop playing (they don't). I also love the tradition of using lyrics from Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" in the song's bridge. It's a pretty beautiful juxtaposition (link).
Then take me disappearin' through the smoke rings of my mind,
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves,
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach,
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow.
And when we get there...
And when we get there...
We could just kill kill...