Night Owl Chat – Mash Ups!

Our nightly wind-down from the day’s annoyances.

From Urban Dictionary:

mash up:

v. To take elements of two or more pre-existing pieces of music and combine them to make a new song.
n. A song comprised of elements of two or more pre-existing pieces of music.

In the early and mid oughts, mash ups were the new, creative frontier. Danger Mouse made his name by taking The Beatles’ “White Album” and Jay-Z’s “Black Album” and creating the “Grey Album”. He was given a cease and desist order by Apple Records, but he created the piece at a time when file sharing had exploded, so it’s quite easy to get access to the album. (Yes, I have it, and it’s SPECTACULAR.)

Mash ups are still a font of creativity, where mixers take disparate songs, find commonalities in them, and create something new.

So, for tonight’s night owl musical thread, mash ups!

Bob Marley v. The Beatles: “Let it Be, No Cry”

ABBA vs. Van Halen: “Super Jumper”

Coldplay vs. Muse: “Yellow Madness”

Wu Tang Clan v. Black Keys: “CREAM/So He Won’t Break”

James Brown v. Led Zeppelin: “Whole Lotta Sex Machine”

Adele v. Daft Punk: “Something About the Fire”

This is your mash-y night owl open thread.

135 Responses to “Night Owl Chat – Mash Ups!”

  1. 8 vitaminlover
    May 8, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    It is nice to wind down.

  2. 10 hopefruit2
    May 8, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Yes indeed. When you turn in for the nite, sleep tite. Don’t let Benghazi bite.

  3. 12 jacquelineoboomer
    May 8, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    This is not a mash-up, but I had just posted it to the end of the previous thread, soooooooooo :

  4. 15 hopefruit2
    May 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    This is not going to be a repeat of 2010 – I don’t care what anyone says.

  5. 21 jacquelineoboomer
    May 8, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Just for fun:

    • 22 hopefruit2
      May 8, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      Heh! LOL 🙂

    • 23 Jovie
      May 8, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      It’s called a Swiftboat.

      • 24 anniebella
        May 8, 2013 at 11:29 pm

        Did POTUS meet with the House members or Senate? I hope they were meeting to plan to end Boehner speaker ship, and defeat McTurtle McConnell.

        • May 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm

          He met with House Democrats.

          • 26 carolyn
            May 8, 2013 at 11:42 pm

            Rep. Steve Israel was on with Larry…..Mark Knoller thinks that was a “leisurely” dinner….????? Israel said they WORKED for 2 1/2 hours. He said the President was ready to get to work, asked “Where is the waiter?” One of them said, “I’ll get him for you Mr. President” This president works. Israel sounded very upbeat about the meeting..

            • 27 jacquelineoboomer
              May 9, 2013 at 12:39 am

              Isn’t that great? I love our President!

              Now, send that waiter over here!

            • 29 EricFive
              May 9, 2013 at 5:39 am

              Knoller is using dog whistle language. He used the word “leisurely” to give the impression that no work was done at the dinner (i.e. the President is lazy). This is why the Right Wingers are so fascinated with PBO playing golf or the vacations he takes. They use it as a justification for the racist hatred they feel toward PBO. These are some sick fucks.

              • 30 pkayden
                May 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

                As if Bush didn’t take vacations all the time and spend weeks at his “ranch” in Texas. Please!!

  6. 32 jacquelineoboomer
    May 8, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I’ll give Joan Walsh a Brava! on this:


    • 33 isonprize
      May 8, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      When was he ever NOT a hero?? After getting those girls out of what HAD to be a hell hole for them, he will always be a hero for me.

      I also saw where he said ” I have a job. Give the reward money to the girls.”

      • 34 jacquelineoboomer
        May 8, 2013 at 11:53 pm

        Definitely. I hear some creepy media folks have been putting him down all day, so I’m glad there are still people who get it!

      • 35 nathkatun7
        May 9, 2013 at 12:36 am

        Yesterday, Charles Ramsey, who had very little to gain personally, helped rescue three women and a little girl. Because he was Black, the media couldn’t wait to investigate his background. In the eyes of the white media no black man could perform such a heroic deed without any selfish motives. Yesterday, also, South Carolina elected to Congress, Mark Sanford, a man who cheated on his wife, abdicated his official responsibilities to be with his lover in a foreign country, lied to the people and the media, while occupying a high position of Governor of a state. The media already put behind them the transgressions of Mark Sanford because he claimed redemption. But the media are already salivating to find a way to tarnish the courageous acts of Charles Ramsey. Just imagine the message this sends to Mr. Ramsey and other Black folks. This is the message I’ve been getting from the media trashing of Charles Ramsey: next time you see a crime being committed just walk on by. If you stop to help, and the media hear about what you did, you are in for trouble. Your life will be turned upside down.

        • 36 jacquelineoboomer
          May 9, 2013 at 12:54 am

          There are no words.

        • 37 EricFive
          May 9, 2013 at 5:45 am

          The MSM is made up of insecure white men who are uncomfortable with a black man saving three white women. Sorry to be so blunt, but the zeal with which some in the media are attempting to tarnish Mr. Ramsey’s image is sickening. They feel the need to put him “in his place”, same as many of the same people are overly critical of PBO in an attempt to feel superior and put him “in his place” too. Racial insecurity is the root of most of this hateful, petty bullshit the MSM spews on a daily basis.

        • 38 pkayden
          May 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

          No, I think Black people like myself could care less about media trashing of Black folks. We’re used to it by now. I’m sure that Ramsey is such a decent person that if he’s ever in a position to rescue anyone else, he’ll jump at the chance. That he has some negative incidents in his background is irrelevant to his current status.

          He will always be a hero to me and to those women he rescued from that house of horrors. White racism be damned.

  7. 39 hopefruit2
    May 8, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Riddle: What time is it when Jake Tapper sits on a fence?

    • 40 isonprize
      May 8, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Time to get a new fence?? 😎

      • 41 hopefruit2
        May 8, 2013 at 11:42 pm

        Yup, because he’s sitting on it 24/7 occupying the space, doing not a damn thing except blocking people on Twitter and passing off gossip as news. He’s a lazy hack!

  8. May 8, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Ladies and germs, I have had a good dinner and plentiful gimlets, so I’m off to bed. Stay frosty, stay fabulous.

  9. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    May 8, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    This is what Mission Accomplished looks like:

  10. May 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    If you are into macro economics, here is somebody who has a lot of time on their hands, but interesting nonetheless!

  11. 46 amk for obama
    May 8, 2013 at 11:46 pm

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    • 47 theo67
      May 9, 2013 at 12:18 am

      That looks like something I’d do… I used to just let them get on their way, but ever since I started living around a lot of trees that produce the most dangerous-looking spiders (that jump!), I’ve had to develop a thick skin. If I see the spider, it’s over for the spider.

  12. May 8, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Yardarm as if to make your point…..Navy in the news as well.

  13. 49 Dakota
    May 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Good Evening TOD family.

    I just made the most delicious pot of collard greens, if I do say so myself.

    Interesting news about fellow Santa Fean Deborah K. Jones. Valerie Plame also lives here in Santa Fe…just thought I’d throw that in.

    On a less happy note…the Warriors are…arrrggghhhhh!!!!

    • 50 Dakota
      May 9, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Well the “Dubs” hung on to win. Thank goodness! I know it’s pretty unlikely that they will go on to win the west, but you gotta understand…the Warriors in the 2nd round of the playoffs…that’s big for us long suffering fans.

  14. 51 globalcitizenlinda
    May 9, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Anything stand out for you in the PBO photo Chips posted in the prior blog entry???

    Did all the observant TOD eyes miss the presence of the navy blue handbag that is leaning on POTUS’ desk?

    Of course we have seen FLOTUS carry this bag on and off Marine One and on other occasions.

    FLOTUS must have left the handbag there when she went to participate in the 2013 National Medals for Museum and Library Service.

    It seems Mr Pete Souza focused on the fact that a lady’s bag was left for POTUS to keep safely.

    It may even be the first Oval Office photo in which a POTUS is a “subtle custodian” of the FLOTUS’ bag when she is not here herself.

    The bag’s presence is in contrast with the deep discussion POTUS is carrying on with his aides. To me the sole bag seems to remind us that Mrs. O is here (close to PBO and keeping watch) – he is not alone.

    Personally, it reminds me that although PBO is POTUS, to his wife he is first and foremost a husband and father.

    It also reminds me of the many times ordinary ladies have left their spouses to watch over their handbags and the other party dares not say anything (even if they object to carrying a lady’s bag in public)

    • 52 anniebella
      May 9, 2013 at 12:26 am

      That don’t look like one of FLOTUS handbag. It looks like something one of the gentlemen could be carrying their papers in.. And beside I remember FLOTUS saying when she was on Live with Michael and Kelly that she doesn’t carry anything in her handbags. When you see her with a handbag it is empty.

      • 53 carolyn
        May 9, 2013 at 8:58 am

        I looked at that bag…..it looks like a diplomatic pouch, or what used to be called an attaché case. It is for carrying important papers. Perhaps that is what the President uses to take papers from the Oval Office up to the family quarters.

  15. May 9, 2013 at 12:07 am

    This is getting more nuts by the day…..Russians only care about Oil/Gas $ b/c that’s the only thing propping Putin and his cronies up.

  16. 55 anniebella
    May 9, 2013 at 12:40 am

    The Bulls lost to the Heats, and the Warriors defeated the Spurs. I don’t think the Bulls have a chance cause they are not healthy, if Rose, and the other guys were there they might could beat Miami in this series. Now the Warriors can win the series they are in. Curry is a darn great shooter.

  17. 56 anniebella
    May 9, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Good night all.

  18. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    May 9, 2013 at 1:10 am

    I remember framing this for my son’s room, when he was little. Trouble is he couldn’t read yet. Might have to give him a new copy, since he can read now (Ha! he’s 44 years old), since it’s always been one of my favorites (even though it’s dreadfully long to post here!). I’m sure many of you remember it, too.

    Tonight, I shall dedicate it to Charles Ramsey, hero of Cleveland, Ohio, and say goodnight to y’all:



    Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

    As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

    If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

    Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

    Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

    Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

    Max Ehrmann, c.1920

  19. 64 sabreen60
    May 9, 2013 at 1:22 am

    • 65 nathkatun7
      May 9, 2013 at 2:34 am

      Thanks Sabreen60 for sharing this. It should re-tweeted over and over again!

    • 66 anniebella
      May 9, 2013 at 6:21 am

      No outrage because those people lives didn’t matter to the Republicans like Issa, just like the 4000 and more didn’t matter who died from that big lie, Iraq. Lives only matter when it’s a Democratic President who they hate and they want to play politics.

    • 67 pkayden
      May 9, 2013 at 9:13 am

      THANK YOU FOR POSTING THAT PHOTO!!!!!! Why aren’t the media reporting this when covering the Benghazi “scandal”?

  20. May 9, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Still awake and keeping watch 🙂

  21. May 9, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Off to bed for me, no more studying my brain hurts

  22. 70 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 9, 2013 at 2:22 am

  23. 71 susanne
    May 9, 2013 at 4:19 am

    aloha tods
    dropping in for a night cap– what, no more gimlets? 🙂

    here’s a piece from sam wong of the princeton election consortium. he’s trumpeting pbo’s brain initiative:

    ‘ I’m currently in heavy neuroscience mode. Here’s one example: the unveiling of the BRAIN Initiative, an NIH/NSF/DARPA/private research initiative announced by President Obama in April. It focuses on new technologies to map brain connectivity and function.
    Dig beneath the public rollout, and there’s a roster of scientific advisors that provides a clue as to where it’s headed. Listed are some of the best leaders and technology developers in understanding circuit-level brain function. It’s a promising start. I predict that next we’ll see new Requests for Applications (RFAs) issued by NIH and NSF. That would be a prosaic route, but without a single central goal…let a hundred flowers bloom! ‘

    gotta love sam! also, he has video of his appearance on mhp’s program. he says, ‘ watch me spar with the pundits!’


    • 72 99ts
      May 9, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Hello susanne – sam is always worth reading/listening to – hope all is good in your part of the world

  24. 73 Jovie
    May 9, 2013 at 6:03 am

  25. 74 Jovie
    May 9, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Benghazi, and they got him now? Boy oh boy they got him. Whatever !
    One name: Petreas… Until we hear from A big name republican who was in charge of Benghazi CIA at time, this is just a Witch Hunt.

    • 75 99ts
      May 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

      And after we hear from Petraeus – it will still be just a witch hunt. They cannot believe the President was re-elected – or that there is NOTHING he has done which is other than good for the country. Sad lot of weasels.

    • 77 pkayden
      May 9, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Exactly. So has President Obama stepped down now that the Benghazi hearing has concluded?

      I heard that Idiot Issa plans to hold many more hearings. I hope the Dems target his seat in the next election.

  26. 78 Jovie
    May 9, 2013 at 6:34 am

    A unit of Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. plans to invest $1.9 billion to build additional wind farms in Iowa that would increase its wind generating capacity in the state by about half.
    MidAmerican Energy Co., Iowa’s largest utility, plans to build as much as 1,050 megawatts of new wind power plants in the state, adding to about 2,285 megawatts of projects that it already owns and operates, the Des Moines, Iowa-based company said today in a statement on its website.
    MidAmerican is the largest U.S. owner of wind generation capacity among rate-regulated utilities, according to the statement. Iowa ranks third in the U.S. for states with the most wind generating capacity, behind Texas and California, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
    The projects may include as many as 656 new wind turbines and be completed by the end of 2015, and the proposal requires approval from the Iowa Utilities Board, according to the statement.
    MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. is a subsidiary of Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A)
    To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Herndon in San Francisco at aherndon2@bloomberg.net

  27. 79 mtmarilyn
    May 9, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Very early good morning everyone. LL, I love these music posts. They make the end of the day My music appreciation has been stretched!

  28. 80 Ladyhawke
    May 9, 2013 at 7:45 am

    13 Benghazis That Occurred on Bush’s Watch Without a Peep from Fox News

    By Bob Cesca


    So I thought I’d revisit some territory I covered back in October as a bit of a refresher — especially since it appears as if no one, including and especially the traditional press, intends to ask any of these obnoxious, opportunistic liars about why they’re so obsessed by this one attack yet they entirely ignored the dozen-plus consulate/embassy attacks that occurred when George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were allegedly “keeping us safe.”

    The Benghazi attacks (the consulate and the CIA compound) are absolutely not unprecedented even though they’re being treated that way by Republicans who are deliberately ignoring anything that happened prior to Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.
    Nearly every accusation being issued about Benghazi could’ve been raised about the Bush era attacks, and yet these self-proclaimed truth-seekers refused to, in their words, undermine the commander-in-chief while troops were in harm’s way (a line they repeated over and over again during those years).



  29. 81 Jovie
    May 9, 2013 at 8:14 am

  30. May 9, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Moooooooorning everyone, happy Thursday! R&S is, oh, 27.3% done, so see ya in a bit.

  31. 96 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

  32. 100 carolyn
    May 9, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Entirely OT…..but I love the smile on Steve Benen’s face on the new blogroll…….

  33. 101 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

    RIDDLE: Why did Mark Knoller cross the road?

  34. 109 desertflower
    May 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Excellent read this morning in response to that idiot Steve Stockman about babies with guns.


  35. 110 Jovie
    May 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

    And the republicans are blocking the EPA administrator.
    They are not letting anything through, not passing anything.
    Is this how the voters want the country to be governed?

    • 111 desertflower
      May 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

      I’d venture to say that most of the country isn’t paying attention. They’re too busy trying to keep their jobs and a roof over their heads to care about what the freaking Republicans are doing…or NOT doing. With the help of the MSM and the “both sides do it” meme…..it gets pushed back to the back of people’s minds…they figure “same shit, different day.” So on and on we go….

      • 112 hopefruit2
        May 9, 2013 at 9:38 am

        Yes, the voters are not informed, and unfortunately the MSM is not doing it’s job. One shouldn’t have to be a political junkie to get basic info and facts about how the country is being governed, and who is not doing their jobs as elected. The MSM is giving “Benghazi” 24/7 coverage, when they should be featuring PBO’s appointees in very important areas who are being blocked by the GOP with unprecedented frequency.

        • 113 jacquelineoboomer
          May 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

          *One shouldn’t have to be a political junkie to get basic info and facts about how the country is being governed*

          That about says it all, hf!

  36. 114 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

  37. 115 vcprezofan2
    May 9, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Morning! Is it because I’m around today that the Rise and Shine is late? 😉

  38. 123 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Here’s a cool 2-min video from the “Dogs Against Romney” campaign – basically summarizing their grassroots activity during the 2012 election campaign. PBO is featured a couple times – at the WHCD in 2012, and at some other time. Very nice! 🙂 🙂

  39. 125 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I know Mark is thinking “how can I drag Obama somehow into this?”

  40. 127 desertflower
    May 9, 2013 at 9:34 am


    It’s been widely pointed out by liberals that much of the discussion of fiscal issues conducted by supposedly “neutral” reporters actually does take sides in a pernicious way. It often treats it as a given that near term deficit reduction is a good thing — sometimes even cheerleading for that outcome – when in fact there is an actual policy dispute over this point, with many arguing that immediate deficit reduction is destructive to the recovery, and that dealing with the deficit should be deferred until the economy is stronger.
    And that’s why today’s big New York Times piece quoting a range of economists arguing that Washington’s deficit obsession has proven a drag on the recovery is so important and welcome. The piece states clearly and unequivocally that the consensus view among economists is actually the one that’s often marginalized — i.e., that short term deficit reduction and spending cuts hurt the economy:
    The nation’s unemployment rate would probably be nearly a point lower, roughly 6.5 percent, and economic growth almost two points higher this year if Washington had not cut spending and raised taxes as it has since 2011, according to private-sector and government economists.
    After two years in which President Obama and Republicans in Congress have fought to a draw over their clashing approaches to job creation and budget deficits, the consensus about the result is clear: Immediate deficit reduction is a drag on full economic recovery.

  41. 129 desertflower
    May 9, 2013 at 9:45 am


    On Tuesday, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the nation’s debt is $231 billion less than the budget shortfall for the same period last year, and they also highlighted the fact the declining debt is entirely due to increased revenue and not Republican spending cuts that do more harm to the economy than good. The report proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Republican economic theory of taking money out of the economy to spur growth and reduce the debt is as absurd as their insane idea that spending cuts that kill millions of Americans’ jobs is crucial to create millions of American jobs. Despite the good news that increased revenue and not spending cuts that cut the debt, Republicans are bracing for a fight to impose more “debt-reducing cuts” and give greater tax cuts to the rich as a ransom for the debt ceiling increase approaching this summer.

  42. 130 jacquelineoboomer
    May 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Okay, VC, you want a new Rise and Shine? I’ll post this here, and you’ll get one! Mornin’.

    Something to start our day with a smile …

    Richard Blanco, the President’s Second Inaugural Poet, reads another of his poems for us, called Betting on America:

  43. 131 yardarm756
    May 9, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Good morning!

  44. 133 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2013 at 9:51 am

    • 134 desertflower
      May 9, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Perfect question. Wonder if he’s finally hit his “basement moment?” So worried about changing the rules to fix this because then R’s will have that ability if they ever take Senate…well, how about we make sure they never DO, and change the rules to GET SOMETHING DONE AROUND HERE!

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