Saturday Night Mash-Up

by lizard

When Montana blogger Dave Budge isn’t bashing labor for killing Twinkie jobs, he’s making cheese, and anyone interested in his cheesy knowledge can attend a class at the Missoula Food Co-op on Nov. 27th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm for an introduction to cheese making.

Cheese pairs nicely with wine, or so I’ve heard, and I’m going to try and make that a smooth segue to a wonderful musical pairing that popped up on my twitter feed today.

Musical mash-ups are nothing new. One of the more well known efforts is Danger Mouse’s controversial mashing of Jay-Z and the Beatles, producing the Grey Album.

Pulling off what Danger Mouse does takes chops.

The musical pairing I urge you to watch is not edited to fit perfectly together, it just does. The culture of what’s buzzing says so:

In his review of the Miles Davis-written score to the 1958 film Elevator to the Gallows, critic Phil Johnson called it “the loneliest trumpet sound you will ever hear, and the model for sad-core music ever since. Hear it and weep.” Replace “trumpet” with “piano,” and the same description could work for LCD Soundsystem’s “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.” Especially when you remember that it’s the last song the band performed.

So without further delay, here it is: LCD Soundsystem’s New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down with Miles Davis’ Elevator to the Gallows:


  1. Dave Budge

    That would be “Missoula blogger” who happens to write at ECW. For that, no Twinkies for you either! Thanks for the mention.

    For anyone interested there is more information here.

    • lizard19

      oh, I just assumed. I’ll split the difference and call you a “Montana” blogger.

  2. JC

    I couldn’t post up a pic over at ECW, Dave, so here… this is for you guys:

    • Dave Budge

      As I said, JC, the rumors of Twinkies demise are premature, The industry is awash with excess capacity and someone will buy the brand, etc. In not the too distant future you’ll see the chemical laden, insulin inducing, marvels of modern chemistry on store shelves near you.

      • Big Swede

        Don’t think so Dave.

        Parasites always kill the host(ess)……eventually.

        • JC

          I agree with Dave that the rumors of Twinkie demise are premature. There is a lot of oomph left in Hostess’ brands, and the PE vultures are looking to gin up as much hype about losing Hostess and Twinkies, and blaming the unions as they can, as they prepare to market the brands out.

          Who buys the brands, and where the products get manufactured is anyone’s guess right now, but it will happen. Then again, I don’t expect you to know much about brand marketing, or the value of a brand… except for the brand you put on your cows’ asses.

          So what is your “Zombie Twinkie?”

          • Big Swede

            With a shelf life of a couple years I’m thinking Twinkles will be made some where south of Beijing.

            • Big Swede

              Imported, yes.

              China, no.


              How’s union pay south of the border?

  3. AFL/CIO President Richard Trumka’s take on Hostess bankruptcy.

    Wall street vultures are blaming workers for getting rid of your sweets—and that’s just not right.

    You might have heard that Hostess Brands, the company that makes Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other desserts, filed for court permission to go out of business, and that its blaming a worker strike for the shutdown.

    The Wall Street hedge fund managers who run the company have squeezed every cent out of Hostess for eight years. And they’ve put their friends with no experience in the baking industry in high-level management positions.

    Hostess workers believe in their company, and we need to stand with them—sign our pledge to support workers, not greedy CEOs who will cut and run for a quick buck.

    What’s happening here is a classic Bain Capital-style assault—blame the little guy to cover the greedy corporate policies that are gutting the middle class.

    It’s not just happening to the workers who make the great products Americans love. What’s happening at Hostess is happening to workers all over this country. It’s wrong. And it has to stop.

    Crony capitalism and poor management drove Hostess into the ground, not the workers who are now paying the price. In this struggling economy, the greedy corporate executives are willing to let 18,000 people lose their jobs—just so they can pad their pockets.

    Hostess’ executives are now blaming workers who’ve offered their company multiple concessions and want it to succeed. This is what’s wrecking our country.

    Workers have borne the brunt of bad decision-making by executives who didn’t know anything about the baking business. And they’re the ones getting fired?

    These brave workers need to know we stand with them—and we’ll stand with everyone who will take a stand against the corporate race-to-the-bottom.

  4. JC

    Here Dave, this is for you:

    What’s your “Zombie Twinkie?”

    • Dave Budge

      Well, I don’t eat much prepared food at all but I think I would suffer a deep social sadness in a zombie induced shortage of any junk food of fluorescent color – like Cheetos.

      • JC

        I do little junk food too, but if suddenly the zombie apocalypse found itself feeding off of cacao trees, I’d start hoarding Milky Ways and KitKat bars…

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