Monday, November 22, 2010

I Like to StarMonkey Around

My (very white, largely nerdy) cousin's band, StarMonkey - yes, StarMonkey - played at a local venue last Friday, so my mom, my boyfriend, my whole extended family & I made plans to see the show.

I must admit: I wasn't hoping for much. My mom, who'd seen them play before, warned me to bring earplugs & lax standards, so the bar was set low. What I neglected to take into consideration, though, was her characteristically librarian dislike of loud noises (...she's a librarian, after all) - so while she covered her ears (& left early!), the rest of us rocked out to the sweet mash-up sounds of StarMonkey. Stupid name or not, they were damn good.
[Bizarre name-dropping interlude: StarMonkey once opened for Wang Chung. But no, it wasn't in the '90s - it was, like, a few months ago. Also, Friday's show involved a kazoo solo. Who isn't a sucker for kazoos?]

StarMonkey's mash-ups are far from the Girl Talk & Ratatat style the word "mash-up" evokes. Rather, they take hard rock & '90s Top 40 tunes & blend them... however the eff they feel like blending them. Friday's show started with a bit of Snoop rap & went on to cover everything from Nirvana to Britney Spears to the Beastie Boys to Sir Mixalot, as evidenced by their set list:


("Milkshake"?! Hells to the yes.)

I tried to take video but largely failed. This one is the only one that turned out all right, a quick clip of StarMonkey performing Rage Against the Machine's "Pocket Full of Shells" mashed up with... I forget what. Please forgive my obnoxious "WOOOOO!"ing halfway through & instead focus on the fact that isn't my cousin weirdly baller? Even though he's wearing an argyle sweatervest & a pair of sunglasses that make him look like a total alien.

video 

And in case you're not yet sold on the awesome, here's the kicker: The show ended with some strange & unknown top-hatted man taking the stage to thank StarMonkey for playing... before regaling the crowd with an inspired little ditty... on the jazz flute. A la Ron Burgundy. Seriously.

7 comments:

Tiffany said...

I LOVE DANIEL TOSH! I met him one time and we hung out... He was kinda DRUNK lol... it was right before a show of his. I kinda wish my boyfriend at the time wasn't there HAHA!

Fab Brunette said...

It sounds like an awesome time. I'm a sucker for good mash-up, in Montreal there is a sick group who does mash-up, oh, it's so good!

Ryan Mason said...

And by "pocket full of shells" you mean bulls on parade..........

Sandy a la Mode said...

never heard of them!! but anything with monkey, my husband would like haha!!

emmysuh said...

Gonna need to hear Pour Some Medley on Me.

traci@www.herdingsquirrels.com said...

Thing the first: Love the Peruvian monkey logo. Thing the second: AWESOME, awesome set list.

Arielle said...

This sounds awesome!!!

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