The Common Good

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 6, 2012

For all those of us who are Downton Abbey obsessed… see stars on screen vs. stars off screen. (Check out Brendan Coyle, aka "Mr. Bates" and Siobhan Finneran, aka the dreaded "O'Brien" - who knew?!)  [via Paper Mag]

After turning down a request to play at the 2012 Grammys, Bon Iver amazed Saturday Night Live with their Grammy-nominated track, “Holocene.” The eight-piece band showcased a variety of instruments with an incredibly warming sound.

If you’ve ever played a 33 LP on 45 rpm, you’ll know that music sounds different depending on its speed. Recently someone took to slowing down a couple of old Dolly Parton songs to reveal a tolerable, fun folksy jam. And in case you missed the same thing with Justin Bieber (slowed down 800 percent -- think ambient), head over to soundcloud to check that out. [Waking Up Now]

In a bit titled “Irritable Bowl Syndrome,” Bill Maher argues that socialism is what makes professional football so great. [Slate]

The masterminds at Improv Everywhere are celebrating ten years of spontaneous fun by remastering videos from their archives. Take a look at the first remix, “Best Buy” below.  [Improv Everywhere]

Since they couldn’t air the full four minute music video during the Super Bowl, here’s the video for OK GO’s new single “Needing/Getting,” that aired briefly during yesterday's game. The creative quartet generate sound from their vehicle as it plays pianos, guitars, and a ton of homemade instruments as the car passes by.

In anticipation of the fifth season of Mad Men, promotional posters have adorned the outside walls of buildings and public transportation stations for the past few months, featuring a minimal design – a man falling with the words March 25. See some ways mischievous passers-by have altered them. [Gothamist]    

The only thing that might be better than pizza and beer is… pizza beer? [Urban Daddy]

Puppy Bowl VIII proved to be an exceptional day for cuteness, sport, and a little rough-housing. See all the highlights from Animal Planet's bowl game, including the Most Valuable Puppy and the historic double touchdown. [Animal Planet]

Take a trip back to a bygone era of karate training and tacky rap music in this video from 1986. 

Joshua Witchger is an online assistant at Sojourners. Follow him at hail fellow well met.

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