Sondre Lerche Covers Owen Pallett

Posted: March 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Sondre Lerche Covers Owen Pallett

I’ve always been a huge fan of cover songs.  I love hearing an artist take a unique approach to someone else’s song and completely make it their own.  I especially love it when the cover crosses genre’s.  I have been collecting covers for quite some time now and I am going to slowly start sharing them with you.  Starting today you can count on getting a cover song from me every Wednesday.

To start us off I bring you a great track from Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche.  This cover is the first thing I have heard from him since his fantastic soundtrack to the hilarious Dan in Real Life.  The song is called “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt” and it is my favorite song from Owen Pallett’s indie-rock musical, Heartland.  Like all of Pallett’s work, Heartland is quite the orchestral feat.  There is quite a bit going on in the original, which is why I enjoy Lerche’s stripped down version all the more.  Take a listen below.

Sondre Lerche – Lewis Takes His Shirt Off (Owen Pallett)

Remember, don’t judge a song by it’s cover.

Song of the Moment: (David Bowie I Love You) Since I Was Six

Posted: April 6th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , | Comments Off on Song of the Moment: (David Bowie I Love You) Since I Was Six

212304203_l-1jpgA few years ago when I first got turned on to the idea of podcasting, one of the first Video Podcast that I got turned onto was one called Four Eyed Monsters. This weekend I was watching the movie that their entire video podcast was advertising. It was fantastic. I watched it once on YouTube, but watching a film on YouTube sucks away all the quality away. I was blown away.

Well I’m not here to review the film, today at least.

The DVD comes with a CD soundtrack of songs featured in the film and podcasts. One of the songs on the soundtrack is a song by a small psychedelic rock band from California called The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The song, “(David Bowie I Love You) Since I Was Six”, was a part of their 1996 album Take It From The Man. The song has a very strong, very thought orchestral quality that is absolutely stunning, and exactly the kind of song that belongs in the soundtrack of a movie. It makes me think of 70’s psychedelic acts that used lots of orchestral strings in their music. I got to say; this is the kind of thing that makes my ears bleed all over the place.

When I started to write up this article, I did some google searching, as any good writer should. The first thing that gets my attention is a result called “the BJM covers project”. Apparently, dedicated fans have been recording cover versions of their favorite BMJ songs, how sweet!

So today I have compiled four versions of this great song.

The original album cut by The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – (David Bowie I Love You) Since I Was Six

Cover version, recorded by Paper Jones, also included on the Four Eyed Monsters soundtrack.

Paper Jones – (David Bowie I Love You) Since I Was Six

A fan recorded cover version by The Parking Lot Experiments

The Parking Lot Experiments – (David Bowie I Love You) Since I Was Six

A fan recorded cover version by The Koolaid Electric Company

The Koolaid Electric Company – (David Bowie I Love You) Since I Was Six

Alright, writing this has convinced me to write more about this album. I’ll pick another song to write about this week, plus my remix on wednesday. I hope your ears have enough reasons to bleed between now and then.

Guilt By Association Round 2

Posted: December 6th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Guilt By Association Round 2

So I don’t know how I missed this project the first time around.  This is exactly the kind of music that I love.  I mean my Gnarls Barkley cover by Ray Lamontagne and that acoustic cover of Hey Ya have become two of the most played songs in my library.  So in fact I am even upset that I didn’t discover this collection of covers til now.  But not too upset.  Because now I have lots of incredible new cover songs to love and cherish. I will let the music speak for itself. But first I want to complain a little about the title.  Yeah it’s really clever and all, but I just really don’t like the idea of guilty pleasures.  I mean why feel guilty about liking a song.  So what if it’s not cool to like it.  So what if there’s an Avril Lavigne song that you secretly love.  Or that you listened to that One Republic collaboration with Timbaland over and over. Now I’m not saying that I’m about to start praising these artists and comparing them to The Beatles or any of the other greats.  But I will freely admit to both of those confessions.  Without guilt.

Anyway. Back to the matter at hand.  Engine Room Recordings has announced the release of the second edition of the Guilt By Association cover series. The cd is set to hit stores on February 17th, but it has already been released for download on Itunes.  But for those of you short on cash, you can go ahead and stream it over on the Engine Room Recordings web-site.  Also here is My Brightest Diamond’s installment in the series. I know that I just wrote about here not too long ago and that I had thirteen others to choose from.  But I was just so excited that she chose to record this song, because I actually saw her play this song when I saw her open for The Decemberists a couple years ago and it was seriously the highlight of the show. Shara Worden is an incredible performer, with one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard.  I cannot recommend seeing her live enough.  Or the Decemberists for that matter.  Well to wrap things up, here is the tracklist for Guilt By Association Vol. 2.  I hope your ears bleed (but not really).

1 My Brightest Diamond – Tainted Love (Gloria Jones/Soft Cell)

2 The Bloodsugars – Self-Control (Laura Branigan)

3 Robbers on High Street – Cool It Now (New Edition)

4 Frightened Rabbit – Set You Free (N-Trance)

5 Matt Pond PA – I’m Not Okay (My Chemical Romance)

6 Takka Takka – In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins)

7 Kaki King – I Think She Knows (Justin Timberlake)

8 Francis and the Lights – Can’t Tell Me Nothing (Kanye West)

9 Lowry – Africa (Toto)

10 The Forms – We Didn’t Start the Fire (Billy Joel)

11 Rafter – If You Leave (OMD)

12 Cassettes Won’t Listen – Need You Tonight (INXS)

13 Jukebox the Ghost – It’s a Beautiful Life (Ace of Base)

14 Max Vernon – I Kissed a Girl (Katy Perry)

Wilco Covers Big Star

Posted: October 18th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , | 5 Comments »

I have no idea who Big Star is.  But I just recently found this fantastic cover of one of their songs done by Wilco. I can’t really give an opinion on which is better since I’ve only heard the cover, but I am so enamored by the cover that I don’t really have a desire to hear the original.  I can’t imagine it being any better than this. But I guess it’s only fair that I give them some credit for writing a great song.  Who knows maybe I’ll be writing a whole piece on this mysterious Big Star soon. But until then, enjoy this great cover, by the great people formally known as Wilco.

Wilco – Thirteen (removed 2/13/09)