Morning Mixtapers! Welcome to another stunning, flawless, amazing, SNATCHING THE FALLOUT SHELTER FROM YOUR FAVORITE edition of the Majak Mixtape, where pop culture goes when it's left behind. It's Friday, the end of the work week and potentially the last day before the world comes to a conclusion tomorrow as a variety of folks have been predicting that Saturday will bring us The Rapture. We generally don't believe God would be cruel enough to have us sit through a whole season of the continuity crap-fest of "Glee" and then have the Rapture before we at least got to see the season finale this coming Tuesday. But since we've never met an event that we couldn't put a Mixtape together for, today we're putting together a mix as we party like it's 1999. But before we start decorating for the apocalypse parties, it's time for us to:
First up, finally a silver lining has come from the whole Arnold Schwarzenegger love child sex scandal that has been captivating gossip blogs for the past week. While Maria Shriver has hired a high-price divorce attorney allegedly and one of Schwarzenegger's kids changed his last name to Shriver on his Twitter, we've been blessed to find out that the sex scandal has apparently brought Schwarzenegger's plans for returning to acting on hold. We know, a tragedy upon the world. Schwarzenegger had plans to make a cartoon with Stan Lee called "The Governator." Lord, we can only imagine what his super powers would've ended up being. Able to mount a household staff member in a single thrust? Maybe? We're just throwing the idea out there in case Schwarzenegger makes some sort of comeback return.
And while Schwarzenegger is temporarily saying hasta la vista to his acting career, Katie Couric had a more permanent goodbye yesterday as she signed off from her post as anchor for the "CBS Evening News." Poor Couric. After making an initial big splash as the first solo female national evening news anchor, her tenure was fraught with complaints about Couric not being serious enough and whether or not she had been worth all the money CBS was paying her as the ratings for CBS still kept the network in third place. But god bless her, without her time on the news desk we would've never gotten that amazeballs interview with Sarah Palin being unable to name newspapers she reads. That interview alone needs some sort of medal from the United States government.
In other news, they are remaking "Carrie" again, much to the bemusement of Stephen King who took time out of his busy schedule of writing horror stories about murderous lamps or something to comment on it in an interview with "Entertainment Weekly." Stephen King wondered what the point of remaking the film when the original was so good, a question that could be said about almost every film ever to be remade by Hollywood. Besides, they already did a remake of the film that aired on network television as well as that god awful sequel film. We're way more interested in bringing back "Carrie: The Musical" to the Broadway stage than anything else because there really needs to be a show that has pigs' blood AND high energy choreography combined together.
And that, my friends, is the tea for the today! Now look out to see if the world has ended and then get yourself into the rest of the Mixtape!
Oh the Rapture. How are you doing? You're all over the press like you're ending your talk show after 25 years or fathered a child with a staff member. Congratulations to you and your public relations team for getting you out there. If don't know, the Rapture is this big event where Jesus makes like Cher and has a huge comeback. But before his Second Coming, Jesus will take people from Earth to heaven who are good Christians, leaving behind the sinners to be dealt with.
The Rapture has become its own booming industry. Scores of books and films have been made about this topic. The "Left Behind" series written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have been hugely successful with some 16 books in the series. The plot summary via Wikipedia:
And thanks to the series, Kirk Cameron of "Growing Pains" fame found himself becoming the matinee idol of the hyper-religious set when he went on to star in the "Left Behind" films.Based on dispensationalist interpretation of prophecies in the Biblical books of Revelation, Isaiah and Ezekiel, Left Behind tells the story of the end times, in which many have been "raptured," leaving the world shattered and chaotic. As people scramble for answers, a Romanian politician named Nicolae Jetty Carpathia rises to become secretary-general of the United Nations, promising to restore peace and stability to all nations. What most of the world does not realize is that Carpathia is actually the Antichrist foretold from the Bible. Coming to grips with the truth and becoming born-again Christians, Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe, their pastor Bruce Barnes, and young journalist Cameron "Buck" Williams begin their quest as the Tribulation Force to help save the lost and prepare for the coming Tribulation, in which God will rain down judgment on the world for seven years.
According to some folks, tomorrow is supposed to be "The Rapture," which means a) a lot of families and friends are potentially going to be ripped from one another AND b) the lines at Festival Foods are going to be a lot shorter. See, always finding the silver lining in this situation.
So while we wait to see who Jesus picks to take to heaven like this is some Biblical version of "My Super Sweet 16" and Jesus is rolling around in some Escalade, handing out invites, we've put together this Mixtape to dance around to.
First up, if you're going to do a Mixtape about The Rapture, you obiviously have to lead off with the band The Rapture, right? Exactly.
The Rapture is seriously one of our favorite bands ever since we heard them on the soundtrack of the film "The Rules of Attraction." A dancey post-punk band, The Rapture makes some seriously killer tunes like their song "House of Jealous Lovers" from their album "Mirrors."
And "Don Gon Do It" from their album "Pieces of People We Love"
Next up, of course we have to have Blondie and their tune "Rapture."
Debbie Harry has more street cred than you would believe. You don't play CBGB's and not get a little gangster in the process.
Next up, Super Furry Animals and their song "It's Not the End of the World."
Next, The Cure and their song "The End of the World." We're pretty sure that Robert Smith would be pissed if he WASN'T left behind. And judging by that makeup, he won't have to pack any bags.
With The Rapture allegedly happening tomorrow and 2012 just around the corner, we're going to be getting a flurry of music videos with post-apocalyptic themes. Beyonce recently put out a very Mad Max-esque music video for her lackluster single "Run the Worlds (Girls)" off her upcoming album "4." If being left behind means we get to roam around the world in couture while dropping it like its hot, sign up us up for this version of the end of days.
And lastly, we end this mixtape with a fantastic mash-up featuring Rihanna, Bloodhound Gang, Pet Shops, Britney Spears and Adele and more.
And with that, we close out this Mixtape! As always we wish you love, peace and downloads! See you Monday. Hopefully?