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Mathowie's Community Blog

September 3, 2006 10:40 PM

This song is called mathowie's community blog, and it's about mathowie, and the community blog, but mathowie's community blog is not the name of the community blog, that's just the name of the song. - lyrical brilliance by It's Raining Florence Henderson, with extra bits of artistic license taken in the studio. - Arlo-esque lead vocals by French Fry, aka Alex Millard, aka my brother.

posted by cortex (102 comments total) 232 users marked this as a favorite

37 seperate takes comprise the final lead vocal mixdown. I played that whole goddam 22 minute guitar part in one take, and just left the fuckups in.
posted by cortex at 10:42 PM on September 3, 2006 [4 favorites]


Sweet Mercy Our Sound Baby Is Born!

And it's all sticky
posted by French Fry at 10:44 PM on September 3, 2006 [1 favorite]


Christ on a popsicle stick. You're a machine. Excellent.
posted by gsteff at 10:48 PM on September 3, 2006


Holy hell! This thing clocks in at almost 22 minutes. I'm at work and can't listen to it yet (my co-workers would be bemused, if not annoyed) but damn cortex... you deserve some kind of award or something for pure dedication to keeping us MeFites happy/amused/distracted. Kudos!
posted by Effigy2000 at 10:49 PM on September 3, 2006


Well, French Fry was the poor sumbitch who had to sing/say it, and listen to me yelling "cut" every two minutes. I just plied him with water and whiskey until he spit the whole thing out.
posted by cortex at 10:50 PM on September 3, 2006


I just plied him with water and whiskey

AND HOW!
posted by French Fry at 10:54 PM on September 3, 2006


Man, the Arlo impersonation is dead-on. Nicely done!
posted by adrian_h at 10:59 PM on September 3, 2006


Awesome... just awesome.
posted by stefanie at 11:01 PM on September 3, 2006


This is very nice, thanks.
posted by marxchivist at 11:01 PM on September 3, 2006


Well done - Thank you both! The "Photoshop... Tee Em" bit brought tears to my eyes.
posted by False Dichotomy at 11:21 PM on September 3, 2006


Thats great, dude. Serious kudos.
posted by cholly at 11:23 PM on September 3, 2006


Very, very cool. Pony request? Can somebody whip up a piece of cover art for the iTunes crowd?
posted by cgc373 at 11:28 PM on September 3, 2006


Ok, "jiff"? Nerd war!

No, seriously, this is great.
posted by amery at 11:36 PM on September 3, 2006 [1 favorite]


I was so hoping this would happen. It's a beautiful thing. Thank you, all of you.
posted by b33j at 5:39 AM on September 4, 2006


Magnifique! Give that man another bottle of Scotch. And don't water it this time.
posted by languagehat at 6:10 AM on September 4, 2006


Majestic! I really liked the post, and didn't realize until now that the "-IRFL" in the sig stood for "It's Raining Florence Henderson."

Well done, both of you.
posted by planetkyoto at 6:16 AM on September 4, 2006


And don't water it this time.

Oh, give us some credit! Separate glasses, sir.

posted by cortex at 7:09 AM on September 4, 2006


Seven shades of awesome.
posted by slimepuppy at 7:13 AM on September 4, 2006


We know cortex is married, but is brother French Fry available for sexing up?
posted by blasdelf at 7:20 AM on September 4, 2006


Sweet mother of God.
posted by ColdChef at 8:31 AM on September 4, 2006


Nicely executed.
posted by senor biggles at 8:38 AM on September 4, 2006


cgc373: Can somebody whip up a piece of cover art for the iTunes crowd?

I'm no graphic artist, but for what its worth, here's my humble effort:


posted by RichardP at 9:02 AM on September 4, 2006 [10 favorites]


awesome!
posted by Quietgal at 9:50 AM on September 4, 2006


holy jesus.

I bow before you all.
posted by kalimac at 10:01 AM on September 4, 2006


Here at Dialupville, I am going out to haul brush while my phone line grudgingly allows me to download this over the next hour and 45 min. Can't wait to hear it!
posted by Hobgoblin at 10:43 AM on September 4, 2006


"We're not worthy!"
posted by ZachsMind at 10:44 AM on September 4, 2006


Fantastic. This is just great!
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 11:12 AM on September 4, 2006


RichardP is on the job! Thanks, everybody!
posted by cgc373 at 11:21 AM on September 4, 2006


Awesome!
posted by furtive at 11:28 AM on September 4, 2006


A truly beautiful team effort. Kudos to all!
posted by occhiblu at 12:10 PM on September 4, 2006


remarkable
posted by mr.marx at 1:07 PM on September 4, 2006


HORRIFYING! and by horrifying I mean totally awesome.
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 1:38 PM on September 4, 2006


Wow. Just, well, wow.
posted by mygothlaundry at 1:53 PM on September 4, 2006


As a 35-year Arlo fan, I am blown away - absolutely amazing!!!
posted by garypratt at 2:22 PM on September 4, 2006


There.... there are no words. *brushes tear*
posted by jokeefe at 2:36 PM on September 4, 2006


Aw, dood, you left out the Coulter joke (I guess it wouldn't really translate) and "this treason-- it vibrates?" but small and niggling criticisms. This is beyond awesome. I will have ten thousand of your babies.
posted by jokeefe at 2:52 PM on September 4, 2006


Absolutely Amazing! Muchos Kudos!
posted by ktrey at 3:02 PM on September 4, 2006


*standing ovation*
posted by jeversol at 3:10 PM on September 4, 2006


Definitely Best of the Web ("at mathowie's community blog"). The original was wonderful enough, and now the recorded version (plus the album cover) make things even better. Congratulations to all involved.

May you be wired much funds (from Nigeria and elsewhere).
posted by LeLiLo at 3:12 PM on September 4, 2006


^_^ \m/
posted by casarkos at 3:27 PM on September 4, 2006


I have no idea who Arlo is, but this is fucking fantastic.
posted by jack_mo at 4:20 PM on September 4, 2006


Inspired and brilliant! Kudos!
posted by buriednexttoyou at 5:37 PM on September 4, 2006


BRAVO! BRAVISSIMO!! BRA-FREAKIN-VO!!!
This MetaMegaMagnumOpusVegeMin is the absolute
Bestest.
Of.
The.
Web.
Evar!!!11!!@@@22@@
posted by wendell at 7:02 PM on September 4, 2006


I have no idea who Arlo is

Better not let the baby Jesus hear that. You'll make Him cry.

A dead-on impersonation.
posted by kindall at 7:16 PM on September 4, 2006


wow.
posted by mookieproof at 7:20 PM on September 4, 2006


Would you call this "MetaFilker"?
posted by wendell at 8:10 PM on September 4, 2006


I don't want you going to hell happy

Thank you IRFH, thank you cortex.
posted by F Mackenzie at 8:21 PM on September 4, 2006


It's scenarios like this that make me lament the fact I play music for a living and have no time to do it for fun.

Though I suppose that drunken crowds and willing women ten years my junior does qualify as fun, I suppose.
posted by sourwookie at 8:25 PM on September 4, 2006


I believe in the concept of reincarnation, because I believe I *WILL* have a life where I possess actual musical talent. It clearly ain't this one.

Now I remember why I value it so highly. Thanks to all involved.
posted by booksherpa at 8:42 PM on September 4, 2006


awesome.
posted by juv3nal at 10:49 PM on September 4, 2006


Stunning.
posted by Colloquial Collision at 5:38 AM on September 5, 2006


Thanks all.
posted by dame at 6:44 AM on September 5, 2006


BOTW - Yee-haa!
posted by Shave at 6:45 AM on September 5, 2006


!!!!
posted by Quartermass at 6:45 AM on September 5, 2006


This is amazing! Congrats!
posted by MythMaker at 5:34 PM on September 5, 2006


So who'd you recruit for the concluding chorus?

And, need it be said a trillionth time, holy cripes. MeFi filk ...
posted by WCityMike at 6:53 PM on September 5, 2006


It's over (all 22 minutes of it -- sweet jeebus) and I'm still grinning. Fantastic. Nice job, all.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 9:21 PM on September 5, 2006


So who'd you recruit for the concluding chorus?

My wife and French Fry's girlfriend. Anyone else would have thought we were nuts!

posted by cortex at 7:00 AM on September 6, 2006


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posted by cortex at 7:01 AM on September 6, 2006


I love the way he says "d00d". Awesome.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:28 PM on September 6, 2006 [1 favorite]


I've been looking at metafilter several times a week for almost three years now. This is why i paid my $5.
posted by Kudos at 12:46 AM on September 7, 2006


... I love you guys.
posted by cmyk at 4:55 PM on September 7, 2006


Thank you, metafilter! You all restore my faith in humanity.
posted by tidecat at 6:31 PM on September 7, 2006


Quite awesome.

(also, is it just me, or does Cortex's brother sound kinda like Cleveland from Family Guy?)
posted by Afroblanco at 9:16 AM on September 9, 2006 [1 favorite]


Sourwookie, whether or not cortex is a professional musician, and I think he is, there's professional musicians doing stuff like this, just as there are professional writers writing stuff for fun. You don't think you have the time. That's fine. Other people do.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 9:22 AM on September 9, 2006


Hoof, ease up, EB. I don't think sourwookie meant anything negative, and there's nothing that odd about the notion of not having the time/energy/will to do something recreationally when you're already doing it as work. It's not a universal, of course, but it's more than plausible. It's all good.

(And I'm not a professional musician, in a meaningful sense—maybe once I make some money, though.)
posted by cortex at 11:39 AM on September 9, 2006


Glad to see I wasn't the only one who had no idea about the whole Arlo thing... this is still damn impressive though guys. Rock on.
posted by ryran at 10:05 AM on September 10, 2006


Among the listeners, I have to say I am most impressed by the endurance of those of you who have no context for Arlo or Alice's Restaurant. What an exceedingly mysterious exercise this thing must have seemed to you on first listen.
posted by cortex at 3:38 PM on September 10, 2006


Indeed. Now i have to find out who this Arlo is :)
posted by dhruva at 9:27 PM on September 14, 2006


Genre: Arlocore.

Haha.
posted by danb at 8:32 AM on September 15, 2006


Amazing work.
posted by tdismukes at 7:24 AM on September 18, 2006


The "group W chatroom". The small touches like this make it great.

This might be the best parody I've heard in a long time. I just opened it, let it play and browsed MeTa, amused as hell.
posted by caution live frogs at 9:59 AM on September 18, 2006


This is freaking genius. Dead on Arlo, gang. Hysterical.
posted by dejah420 at 5:38 PM on September 18, 2006


elephant shitting on an american flag
posted by 29 at 10:43 PM on October 1, 2006 [2 favorites]


There's a fascinating +favorite feedback loop on this tune; it just never dies. I'm not sure whether to be delighted or embarassed.
posted by cortex at 12:05 PM on February 8, 2007


Delighted.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:10 PM on February 9, 2007


De-Barassed?
posted by French Fry at 1:47 PM on February 15, 2007


You mean be-pantsed?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:13 PM on February 15, 2007


Disunenchanted, to be sure.
posted by cortex at 8:55 AM on April 5, 2007


I don't know what to say. Best of the Web? No, this is the Best of the Best of the Web.
posted by RussHy at 8:38 AM on May 22, 2007


[this is good]
posted by dg at 4:05 AM on August 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


[this is still good]
posted by DMan at 4:34 PM on October 3, 2007


Latest late pass ever, but man that was just nuts! the part about a digital taint, or something to that affect, got me.
posted by cashman at 9:53 AM on November 10, 2007


Uh, this thing is so long, it took me two years to get through it. But the awesomeness remains.
posted by davejay at 1:22 AM on November 14, 2009


Heh. We still had the img tag when it happened, even.
posted by cortex at 8:06 AM on November 14, 2009


The thing I like about "Mathowie's Community Blog" is how well "Mathowie's Community Blog" holds up, even after all these years since "Mathowie's Community Weblog" was first posted to the MetaFilter Music.
posted by steef at 6:33 AM on November 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


Wow - this is awesome!
posted by jpdoane at 11:27 AM on November 25, 2009


Happy Thanksgiving!
posted by wheelieman at 9:46 AM on November 25, 2010


Just commenting to commemorate Miko's excellent post, and how much I love this song!
posted by potch at 9:53 AM on November 25, 2010


Mmmm pancakes!
posted by billsaysthis at 5:15 PM on November 27, 2010


Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!
posted by longtime_lurker at 6:22 AM on November 24, 2011


Recent Activity is so cool.
posted by cgc373 at 6:58 AM on November 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


And friends, they may thinks it's a movement.
posted by cortex at 7:23 AM on November 24, 2011 [2 favorites]


I am here yet again
posted by wheelieman at 9:34 AM on November 24, 2011


This bit of brilliance has become a Thanksgiving tradition here as well. Love you all!
posted by vers at 10:55 AM on November 24, 2011


Good wishes to all Mefites; I'm thankful for the site and everyone on it!
posted by longtime_lurker at 6:59 AM on November 22, 2012


Awesomesauce!

"All kinds of criminals, self-linkers..."

"in Comic Sans..."

Pure gold.

Well done!
posted by Argyle at 9:02 AM on November 22, 2012


Dude!
posted by wheelieman at 9:58 AM on November 22, 2012


God this is great. How did I not come across it before?
posted by motty at 8:15 PM on November 22, 2012


Superb.
posted by Comic Sans-Culotte at 12:40 PM on February 12, 2013


Another thanksgiving here. Good to be here
posted by wheelieman at 9:23 AM on November 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Happy thanksgiving!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:25 PM on November 28, 2013


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