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“A Black American” by Smokey Robinson July 16, 2015

  
  

  
  

 

Peace and Love July 6, 2015

  
  

  
  

 

BABY GOT BOOKS June 24, 2015

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BOOKS

  
  

(Via 9Gag)

  
  

 

Cymatic Frequencies June 16, 2015

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Haiku – BB King May 29, 2015

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#BBKing

 

guitar named “lucille”

King is gone, the thrill remains

mississippi blues

  
  

 

Truth and Beauty: A look back at “Strange Fruit” on the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth April 8, 2015

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Truth and Beauty: A look back at "Strange Fruit" on the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birth.

 

Cover Battle – “Shake it Off” November 21, 2014

 

Oh dear Lord –

 

I LIKE A TAYLOR SWIFT SONG.

 

 

Yeah, let that shite sink in, why don’t you.

 

Shake it Off” is one of those perfect little pop songs that will just not leave you alone. It’s got a really catchy hook, and it actually says something. Swift is basically taking all the crap that people say about her (“I go on too many dates; But I can’t make them stay; At least that’s what people say“) and basically saying “whatev”: that no matter what you do people are gonna say what they want to say (“haters gonna hate hate hate hate“) and I’m just gonna do me. That is such an excellent message for young girls, who are her chief fan base, and for people in general. I like that.

 

And I recently saw her on The Graham Norton Show, with John Cleese and cricketer Kevin Pietersen. She was intelligent, well-spoken and very engaging. She was funny, and she held her own – with John Cleese, for goodness sakes!?! And … and … she named her cat Olivia Benson, after the Law & Order: SVU character played by Mariska Hargitay! How cool is that? She’s probably like a really good best friend. Also a bit of an annoying best friend ‘cuz she’s so sweet and so charming, and so good at stuff and ugh, my god. Okay Taylor – I almost kinda like you. Sort of. Gosh darn it!

 

Kelly Clarkson put a gospel-tinged, bluesy-soul spin on the opening lines of the song. It’s unexpected, but it works. I would have liked to hear her do the whole thing that way, but I’m not sure it would have fit. After that first chorus she brings it back to the original pop sound. There’s a quick section, around the 4:00 mark where she and her backup singer trades licks and really throw down. Over all, it’s a nice fun cover.

 

All About That Bass” singer Megan Trainor sounds very light and sweet in her live radio performance. It’s just her and an accompanist playing guitars in the studio.

 

At first look I wasn’t sure about this parody video, by Youtube user Lisbug: the lyrics sung were so snotty and rude, but then I realized what was going on. She perfectly illustrates the message of the song by using some of the negative comments that she herself has received in the past, but then ‘shakes it off’ with the positive encouraging comments she’s also gotten. It’s a shame that people can’t just dislike something and move on; they have no problem saying ugly disgusting things. I would love it if we could all just be a little more human to each other.

 

Another parody video, from MyLifeSuckers, is pretty cute. It’s basically about mommy guilt from not being perfect and getting everything done. Her vocal skills aren’t all that stellar, but that’s not really the point. Everybody’s having fun, so it’s all good.

 

The last parody video I have (’cause there are quite a few out there) is from morning show Live with Kelly and Michael, featuring Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa. It’s not even a parody, really; it’s pretty much a faithful recreation of Taylor’s official video. Same lyrics, setups and moves. That doesn’t make it any less enjoyable, though.

 

The cut I found from Alex Boye & Changing Lanes is listed as an “African Hipster Version”. It rocks, it swings, and it’s seriously fabulous. It’s even more up-tempo than Taylor’s version. I love this so much.

 

The loveliest and classiest cover is an instrumental violin version from the stylish ladies of Chargaux. They definitely elevate the composition to something more, yet they still keep it relatable and modern.


 

   

   

 

Cover Battle – “Fell in Love With a Girl” November 14, 2014

 

 

I had never heard this song until I got into the cover version from Joss Stone. Actually she switched up the gender and changed it to “Fell in Love With a Boy”. I’m a big fan of Joss Stone. She’s got an old-soul, rhythm voice that’s just amazing for someone so young. (Damn, whippersnapper!) She gives this a funk-tastic, sexy vibe. I love how the song opens with the scratch of an old 45 single. The great drumbeat is provided by producer and The Roots drummer Questlove.

 

The original version -“Fell in Love With a Girl” – was written and performed by The White Stripes. It’s a seriously fast-paced track that goes by in under 2 minutes. That’s practically unheard of these days. Hearing this original version is jarring compared to the smooth soul of Ms. Stone. This is very hard rock, loud, punk like. And just like Joss’s cover has an old throwback style to it, the White Stripes version also feels retro. Can’t say it’s something I would put on repeat, though, but the Lego video is pretty cool.

 

I found an acoustic version from the White Stripes as well. I’m kind of a sucker for stripped down, acoustic stuff and I could get into this more than the fully produced punk one. It’s making me wonder what it would sound like if Joss and the Stripes did a collaborative version. Could be amazing; could be a mild train wreck.

 

I also found something by The New Royales. It’s definitely more in line with the White Stripes feel. It adds a pulsing electronic sound that can get annoying, and possibly seizure inducing. It’s a good cover though. Pretty well-done.

 

The strangest cover I discovered is probably the most unexpected. It’s done as a “Lullaby Rendition” (?!?) and it’s just too freakin’ cute. I love this thing.


 

   

   

 

PRINCE!!! ON THE INTERNET! November 10, 2014

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I fully expect this to get taken down at any moment, so enjoy it while you can

   

   

 

Cover Battle – “Helter Skelter” November 7, 2014

 

It took me several listens to decide which Beatles version of this song to bring you. I wasn’t really sure if I could discern the subtle differences, so I kept going back and forth between two of them. Then I decided – what the heck? – I’ll bring you both!

 

The “original” recording of “Helter Skelter” sounds rough and raw and primitive. Not unprofessional, by any means, but there’s a sense of wildness to it and an improvisational grit that’s common in early recordings without benefit (?) of modern technology. It has texture. There’s a remastered version from 2009 that sounds a shade cleaner. I think I prefer the first one, but just by a hair. I actually think, however, that some of the covers I’ve heard are better to listen to than either of these “originals”.

 

My first introduction to “Helter Skelter” was through the album Rattle and Hum. I think I knew there was a song named “Helter Skelter”; I knew it was by the Beatles, and I knew that Charles Manson had used it for his own purposes or whatever (resulting in a book by Vincent Bugliosi and a subsequent movie with the same title), but I had never actually heard the song before U2 recorded it.

 

I took an immediate liking to it. Even now, writing this, I’m rocking out in my chair, furiously bobbing my head and putting it on repeat. It’s done before a live audience so you have the energy and appreciation of the crowd, that big arena sound, and the skill, talent and enthusiasm of a band at the height of their worldwide popularity and acclaim. The U2 version takes a rock classic perverted by a madman and, with jangly, driving guitars, hard drum beats and Bono’s impassioned voice, reclaims it for the people.

 

I heard bits of the song, again, in the movie, Across the Universe. It’s performed as part of a scene that starts peacefully with the title song and then goes into the more rebellious fury of the cover battle song. It’s a powerful segment exemplifying the spirit of the 60’s: war, social unrest, groundbreaking activism, and a radical rethinking of the established view of government, citizenship, war, peace, death and life.

 

The figure that you glimpse performing “Helter Skelter” in the movie is actress/singer Dana Fuchs. I have her doing a full version in a live performance. It’s really nice to see this done by a female artist that rocks out just as hard, if not harder, than some of the male artists that usually tackle this. Her voice is strong and raspy ; bluesy and soulful. She has a take-no-prisoners intensity to this and just blows it out of the water.

 

Another take charge, balls to the wall female rocker that handles this without apology is Pat Benatar. Her commitment level is perfectly matched by her band. This is another great performance from a solid artist.

 

Motley Crue gives this the heavy metal treatment: big, bold, noisy and head-bangy. It doesn’t bring in anything different or innovative but it’s a fine enough version.

 

Sir Paul McCartney delivers a truly incredible performance of this during the 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund concert in NYC. There’re a few instances of vocal strain, but so what? It’s Paul freakin’ McCartney!!! The dude continues to be fantastically awesome. At the age of 72 the man is still creating, still expressing – still kicking major ass onstage, and he never half-steps it. And his band (including Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters) is right there with him.

 

As for Siouxsie & The Banshees:

 

 

stahp

 

 

‘Nuff said. Moving on.

 

I happened upon a sample sound clip from Roger Daltrey of The Who. It’s from an all-star tribute album, The Art of McCartney, that’s due out on November 18. Just this tiny little snippet makes me excited to hear a full version. Should be quite wonderful.

 

The cover version from Oasis really had to grow on me. My first impression was that it was quite unremarkable, and I couldn’t really come up with what, in particular, made me see it that way. But after several replays I’m finding more of an appreciation for it. Paying more attention to the music and the arrangement on the back end of the song, without the vocals, helped me to reevaluate things. Now listening to the whole thing a little deeper I can see that the vocals fit in very well. It sounds like they were using some throwback technology that made the recording, especially the vocals, sound like they were recorded back in the day. There’s an almost tinny echo underneath the whole thing that takes it slightly out of time from modern musical production advances.

 

With Steven Tyler’s trademark yelps, Aerosmith stays faithful to the song while still maintaining their signature style. The guitar work is strong and on point, if a bit rushed. A really good interpretation.


 

   

   

 

 
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