Looking for a bit of a pick-me-up on this Monday? Let me point you in the direction of a video that seems to have gone viral in a matter of hours this past afternoon. After a lot of attention was paid last week to Kanye West’s new music video for “Bound 2” (which features a topless Kim Kardashian, among other things), those who watched it realized it’s the sort of thing just begging to be parodied. Kim and Kanye riding on a motorcycle in front of a green screen? There’s humor in that, even though I’m sure Kanye didn’t intend it to be that way. If there are some “Bound 2” parody videos that came out late last week, nobody really took notice until today, when actors and good friends Seth Rogen and James Franco chose to make their own shot-for-shot remake of the video. They’re working on a film together, and I guess had enough down time to put together what they’re calling a “tribute,” with Franco playing Kanye and Rogen playing Kim. Part of me wonders whether or not they asked Kanye for permission before doing it, because you’d suspect the unauthorized copyright violations might result in lawyers getting the video pulled from YouTube. But no, it’s still there, Rogen’s hairy back, man on man kissing and all. It’s a little reminiscent of what Kanye himself did in his video for “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” which features Zach Galifinakis and Will Oldham lip syncing the lyrics while playing around on a farm. Through that video, we know that Kanye has a sense of humor, even if it hasn’t been on display much recently. I mean, the guy became furious and started a Twitter fight with Jimmy Kimmel when the late night talk show host had kids recreate a portion of an interview Kanye did with the BBC. So I guess Kanye draws a line somewhere. I suppose we can wait and see in the coming days whether or not the hip hop star lashes out at Franco and Rogen for what they’ve done. For the time being though, we’ve got this parody video, and might as well enjoy it for the next 24 hours before the next viral video comes along to steal away our attention. Speaking of stealing away attention, maybe today’s Pick Your Poison will grab yours. Don’t miss tracks today from The Appleseed Collective, Ghost Beach, Lakutis, Squalloscope and Stats. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from ceo, Death Vessel (ft. Jonsi), Guerilla Toss, Jess Williamson and Marram.
Victory – Soothing Me So (Yalls Remix)
ceo – WHOREHOUSE
Death vessel – Ilsa Drown (ft. Jonsi)
Guerilla Toss – Pink Elephant
Jess Williamson – Blood Song
Marram – With Us Instead (ft. Owen Pallett)
Say Lou Lou – Better in the Dark (Tiger and Woods Remix)