Mar 062010

“We are ready, we are ready for the floor”

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I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile, but here’s an awesome video of British DJ and electropop artist Little Boots, covering Hot Chip’s “Ready for the Floor”.

That funky little box of awesome she’s playing is called a Tenori-on, and I have to say, I want one with a fierceness.  Apparently, in addition to being a stand-alone instrument, it can be used as a midi controller, which is kind of cool.

Feb 222010

“I tried to let you know I’m fine…”

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Here’s a sweet little video.  Ken Stringfellow (producer and musician extraordinaire, formerly of the Posies, R.E.M, Big Star, the Minus Five, etc.) covers The Long Winters’ “It’ll Be a Breeze” on a bench in Vienna:

Absolutely perfect.

Feb 072010

“You need a little time to wake up”

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I was listening to Oasis’ great (What’s the Story) Morning Glory album this weekend with some friends while driving down a bunch of back highways.  A perfect soundtrack for an awesome weekend.  I’m sure I’ve posted this tune before, but here’s a great live version of the title track off the album:

Jan 262010

Gorki Aguila – Punk Rock Anti-Communist

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Here’s a great interview with Porno Para Ricardo frontman Gorki Aguila.  It was filmed by Reason TV and the aim of the interview is largely political.  That being said, it’s interesting to get a glimpse into just how hard it is to be a musician in Cuba.

Also, being arrested for “Social Dangerousness” is punk as fuck.

Dec 092009

Hey, at least it’s not a cover? Or something?

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It’s an Elvis Costello kind of night.  But New-Wave-y Costello, so it’s all good.

“Radio, Radio” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Dec 072009

“You float like a feather”

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So lately this has basically turned into a covers blog.  I say “turned into”, it’s always been sort of cover-heavy.  Still, the potent combination of my obsession with covers and my hellish work schedule means that I haven’t had time to really listen to or review new music or to write anything new or interesting.

So in the spirit of trying my lovely readers patience a little longer, here’s another one for the “awesome covers” file.  This is Amanda Palmer performing Radiohead’s “Creep”:

Dec 062009

P-p-p-poker face p-p-p-poker face

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So ran across this awesome cover of Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface” a little while ago.  It’s by an artist named Molly Lewis, and it’s all sorts of awesome.  As a bonus it features both a sweet wig and a stylophone!

Also available from Molly Lewis is an EP on DFTBA records called I made you a CD, but I eated it.

Nov 302009

Foo Fighters + Serj Tankian + Dead Kennedys = Crazy Awesome

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Foo Fighters and Serj Tankian covering “Holiday in Cambodia” by Dead Kennedys.

Fuck.  Yes.

Come for the awesome cover, stay for Serj’s endearingly spastic dancing.

Nov 292009

“I used to have a scene with him…”

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of covers.  I think that the myriad ways in which a song gets covered says something both about the songs importance and value, but also makes a larger statement about the paradoxically personal and universal nature of music.  All of that’s to say that I found Lisa Mitchell’s cover of “Romeo and Juliet” (originally by Dire Straits) absolutely enchanting:

Many thanks to Fifty Two Tuesdays’ Music-Pusher-in-Chief, Ann, for inspiring the Lisa Mitchell YouTube wander that turned this up.  Mitchell’s debut album, Wonder, is out now in the UK and Australia, and available on the import market for the committed.  I also hear it’s available on the iTunes, but I haven’t been able to confirm.

Nov 242009

You there!

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You look sad.  This will cheer you up…

Many thanks to the many people who sent this to me, though I think that my friend Heather sent it to me first, thus winning the grand prize.