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Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Sesame Street

By Forward Staff

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who has recently been on the big screen with roles in such grown-up fare as “Lincoln,” “Looper” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” recently took a turn on children’s television with an appearance on Sesame Street. Watch below to see him talk about the word “reinforce” with Murray:

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Watch This Beastie Boys vs Sesame Street Mashup

By Forward Staff

Apparently this video has been around since the summer of 2011, but now there’s an expanded version. Watch the characters from Sesame Street performing the Beastie Boys’ “Sure Shot” (via boingboing):

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Just Plain Xylopholks

By Keith Meatto

Crossposted from Frontier Psychiatrist

Courtesy Xylopholks
‘X’ is for ‘xylophone,’ it’s good enough for me.

While many new indie bands are busy recycling the sounds of the 1980s, the Xylopholks look deeper into the past. With a blend of earnestness and irony, their zany music draws from ragtime and jazz from the Roaring ’20s and features the xylophone, an instrument now more prevalent in elementary school classrooms than in pop music. And because they always perform in furry animal suits, the Xylopholks didn’t even need to buy costumes to play on Halloween.

The star of the quartet is Jonathan “Skunky” Singer, a No-H Jon whose dexterity, speed, and precision on the xylophone are matched only by the casualness of his stage presence. At a Halloween party in Brooklyn on Saturday, Singer pounded his instrument at a breakneck pace while dressed in a skunk costume with a pink scarf and matching sunglasses. Meanwhile, the other Xylopholks accompanied him on banjo, acoustic bass, and drums, dressed as a chicken, floppy eared dog, and a giant banana, who attracted attention from a quartet of costumed gorillas lumbering on the dance floor.

Listen to the Xylopholks’ ‘The Moon, My Gun, My Baby’:

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