Win A $15 iTunes Gift Credit!


Hey everyone! Lisa Timmons and I are giving away a free $15 iTunes gift credit plus a free Sade song download of your choice! That’s right — we’re giving away iTunes swag! All you have to do is come up with the most amazing .com domain name. For instance, something like would play very well with us. I would also welcome something along the lines of

Here’s what to do:

1) Go to and sign up if you need to.

2) Create a domain (must end with .com) and use the promo code “banter” on checkout. You will only be charged $1.99, which is about as much as you’d pay for a soda or a taco (or both, depending on the establishment).

3) Once you’ve signed up your domain, post it on our Facebook page, specifically on the comments section of this post.

That’s it! We’ll accept new entries until noon on September 18th.

Good luck!

iTunes Unleashes One of Its Most Bizarre Free Downloads — UPDATED

The buzz today is that The Beatles have finally come to iTunes. Yeah, yeah, yeah — that’s cool and everything, but what truly got my attention instead was the bizarre and catchy free Discovery Download. It’s a song called “Baby Monkey (Going Backwards on a Pig)” by Parry Gripp. Listed under “Children’s Music” and with a run-time of only fifty-six seconds, I was kind of pissed off at iTunes at first. Really? You’re going to give us a song that’s less than a minute long as one of the two English-language free downloads of the week? And a CHILDREN’S SONG, no less? Seemed like a rip-off (sort of like the time they once offered up a song called “Tacit” that was two and a half minutes of SILENCE). But then I sampled “Baby Monkey (Going Backwards on a Pig),” and I had to admit it was kind of catchy. Annoying, but catchy. Intrigued, I went to YouTube and listened to the full song. It’s totally weird and ridiculous, but… I had to download it. Besides, you gotta love that name (and the underlying sense that the tune was most likely conceived in an altered state).

So for those of you who want a brief, strange addition to your iTunes library, be sure to click the following link anytime before next Tuesday (11/23/10). It’s free until then!

Baby Monkey (Going Backwards on a Pig) by Parry Gripp

UPDATE: Apparently the song’s popularity and inspiration stems from a viral video. This all makes much more sense now. Thanks to everyone for the heads up. Video after the jump… Continue reading