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An Open Letter to 2011 by jason

Dear 2011,

You know what? You weren’t half bad. I often look at each new year as a chance for things to get better, but as far as years have gone, you were fairly decent. I mean, sure, we lost some musicians like Amy Winehouse, Heavy D, Warren G, but you know what? To quote a British Sit Com: “Death isn’t the handicap it used to be.” Just ask Tupac and Elliott Smith.

We also had some bland pop music, like that one song with the autotuned guy bragging about his car and asking a girl to come back to his place. You know the one I’m talking about, right? But every year has bland pop music.

However, we had some really good music, too, as my top 10 list and Jayson’s top best of list will attest. And even the bad music, such as Loutallica’s Lola, was entertainingly bad. “Hallucinaaaaaaation! Hallucinaaaaaaaation! I thought you were listening!” Heh.

And in 2012, we’re planning on moving the site over to a different server, getting another writer or two, and generally shaking things up at both To Eleven North and To Eleven South. This all means that we may look back at 2011 as “The year before shit got all fucked up.” That is, unless the 2012 apocalypse is the real one and we die before John Cusack can save us. Or, you know, if SOPA passes. Or that kid in North Korea launches nukes.

Damn. 2012 is looking worse and worse, isn’t it.

It is with this in mind that I say, “Don’t leave us, 2011.”

When the ball drops in Times Square, I sincerely hope the numbers light up to say “2011” again. We could really stand to have another one of you.

So stay if you will, but go if you must, and know that you were a good year.

To Eleven

Mash-up Monday: Warren G and Nate Dogg vs. Streets of Rage by jason
March 21, 2011, 2:00 pm
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I chose this in honor or the late Nate Dogg. Before you say anything about this, I realize that the sound mix is bad. Get past that, however, and I think that JMixerProductionz had a great idea here, mixing the song “Regulate” with the song “Slow Moon” from the video game Streets of Rage 2.

Any Asshole With A Guitar and a Camera: 90s Edition by jason

This week’s Any Asshole is setting the Wayback machine way-way back to the 1990s. Anthropologists think that this era was marked by a high production of flannel, teenage garage bands, and angst, but that’s just speculation.

The following Assholes are playing the part of historical reenactors, giving us a taste of what like may have been like in this era. Let’s begin.

Here is Paul Canetti covering Nate Dogg and Warren G’s “Regulate.” Apparently, in the ’90s, rap music sounded much different than it does today. For instance, I did some research, and it looks like no one used Auto Tune. I know…it’s hard to imagine. Anyway, Canetti is pretty smooth here.

Next, we have jedimindelss with their cover of the song “Out of my Head” by Fastball. Again, I did some research, and it seems that Fastball were a group from the ’90s that recorded two songs. This is one of them.

And here’s axl77 covering Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train.” Anthropologists have found artifacts that suggest that the band’s gimmick was that their lead singer wore a mop on his head. The ’90s must have been strange times. Anyway, axl77 is recreating what this band must have sounded like, sans mop.

According to historians, Nirvana were a trio of gods who created the concept of music. One of the gods, Kurt, became the martyred messiah that brought about the modern age. Even in our enlightened age, there are still sects that worship these guys, including the Nirvana tribute band Seether. Anyway, here’s starwarspunk with her cover of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box.”

If you like any of these Assholes’ reenactments, go to their YouTube page and tell them where you saw them!