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Really Rad Covers Of Already Rad Songs

Let’s face it, covers usually blow. See Madonna’s cover of American Pie or Counting Crows ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ if you contest.

It makes you wonder what kind of person would take something so beautiful, so perfect, so pure and make it suck as much as screwing up the space time continuum. (which reallly sucks, btw, sorry about that whole market crashing thing last week, I punched a t-rex in the face on my last adventure, he had it coming though).

Hey Michael J, what's shaking?

Hey Michael J, what's shaking?

But sometimes, you make it to the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance on time and don’t make out with your mother and then you hooverboard back to the 80’s. What I’m saying is that sometimes (rarely) covers are really really effing good.  Good like dinosaur boxing and this.

Firstly, Meet Neil Young. If you do not know Neil Young, you should get to know Neil. There’s no better way to ‘find yourself’ than to put on Harvest, grab a beer and have a existential crisis in the forest. You should find the meaning of life before the album ends. Suck on that, Elizabeth Gilbert.

Here’s ‘Harvest Moon’ from the man himself.

OK, now here’s ‘Harvest Moon’ by Poolside. The nu disc0-y DJ’s call their steez  ‘daytime disco’, which is fine, because I’m really sick of putting ‘nu’ in front of everything (nu-bloggin, nu-walking, nu-ALL-THE-THINGS!).  The daylight restriction is curious as it definitely narrows down the amount of gigs they can play, especially up here in the northern winter months.

I wanna make out with this song. I don’t even know which one I like better. It’s that good.

Now the perfect as prose ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Dire Straits. If you’re currently not in love, you will be after listening to this song. Most likely to me, for introducing you to this auricular beauty (or my stunning good looks). You’re welcome, and let’s take it slow cause I wanna do this right.

OK now The Killers? I’ll admit, back when they burst onto the scene, I was sceptical of their artistic integrity. It was as if they were from Shenzen, China (manufactured). They were only a band for a month before their photo-shopped little faces were everywhere. And when I saw them in 2005, I’m positive he was lip syncing. It wasn’t Britney, bitch.

But as time wore on, and they grew into their own, their facial hair and feathered apparel, the music got pret-tay good. But none as good as this cover.

The lyrics of this song is how I imagine unicorns would speak to each other during the courting process.

What emo kid (don’t lie, you totally were, or at least thought about it at some point) doesn’t love Joy Division and ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

Now check out the William Shatner-spoken-word-esque cover by the Swans. Creepy, enchanting, cutting edge video technology! Just me on this one?

Isn’t it weird that all these songs are about unrequited love? Also I can’t really think of an artist today who can rival the lyrical prowess of the classics artists. What is wrong with our generation? I guess it’s time to stop texting and start use grammar good n’stuff. Like Omg, wtf, bbq!

Is daytime disco a real thing? Are we making this a thing?

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On Heavy Rotation: The National, Matt & Kim, Bon Iver and Kyoto Protocol

Last Friday, I found two dead birds on the top floors at work. One was a robin and the other was a black bird that’s not a crow. I’m not really into ornithology so I don’t really know if it’s its a blackbird or a black bird.

I do not have one of these today.

I also listened to these songs a lot.  They are good. I encourage you to listen to them too.  You will be a better person for it.

Matt & Kim – ‘Block After Block’

I got to see them live last month in New York. They are one of those bands who are really great live, so if you ever have the chance, you should go. Also that is not CGI,  Kim has really sweet guns in real life too.

The National – ‘Exile Vilify’

I found this song for the first time this week! I love it! His voice is quite a bit higher than his vocals on High Violet, but I do love the piano! Apparently this song is for a video game? Looks like the National are making it big in the indie scene which means we’ll be hearing their tunes in car commercials and teenage melodramas any day now.

Givers – ‘Up Up Up’

This song is happier than a cat in tuna pants.  Givers are pretty new on the scene, but their debut is strong. It’s call In Light.  They kinda remind me of Vampire Weekend a bit and are also from Louisiana which makes them possible, real Vampires.

Bon Iver – ‘Michicant’

If you haven’t listened to Bon Iver’s new album,Bon Iver, yet – then you have not lived! At least not well.  While I really like this song, it’s one of those albums where you need to listen to the whole thing. But be warned, it’s not like a working out/party album. You might cry.

Kyoto Protocol – ‘Never Know’

Turns out this song does not have a video. So I made one, well it’s just a picture of my llama, which suits the song very well I might say. You should also most likely check out Kyoto Protocol and get An Album here. If it’s good enough for llama’s, it’s good enough for you.

Oh also, you can check out all these songs and more on my August playlist. If you need an invite for Spotify, give me a holla!

And I Literally Died….

If you’re anything like me and hear literally used improperly so often that when you do see it used properly, you get so excited you literally throw yourself off an 53rd storey balcony. (That sentence saved lives..think about it).  Yknow when someone says ‘Like OMG you guys, I literally stabbed myself in the eye because it was so funny’ -you can’t help but wonder- ‘really did you? Not only does that seem excessive and stupid, you clearly have two eyes so you either have a loose grasp on the concept of ‘literally’ or your ‘eye’.

But that brings us to today’s playlist. Songs that are so literal you can’t help be nothing less than proud of yourself when you use them for their intended purpose. Don’t get it? Read on, you will literally DIE if you don’t. Srsly, this post is like one of those chain letters your aunt sends you from her hotmail account,  it can and will kill you without remorse.

First up – ‘The Bike Song’ by Mark Ronson and the Business International.

Ever since spending spring in Stockholm, all of a sudden I’m smitten with biking ( Although my love affair with alliteration spans ages). This is the perfect song, lyrics and tempo wise. I’m pretty sure I high five myself, turn my bike around and head home when this comes on the old shuffle.

‘It’s Tricky’ – Run D.M.C.

Have you ever tried to rap? Even as a joke? Then you understand this one. I always repeat this song in spoken word style when I’m consoling a friend who just lose a rap battle. Perfect every time.

‘The Festival Songs’ – Pez

Aussies love their festivals and festivals love me, so I …would love to be in Australia one summer, festival hopping. If you ever wonder what the weekend in the life of a Convict islander during the summer months, wonder no more, as this song will clear things up for you.

‘I found A Whistle’ – MGMT

I’ve never actually had the pleasure of finding a whistle but oh boy, when I do I know what I’m gonna play! I hope it’s a rape whistle!

And if you’re one of those people who use literally wrong. It’s ok, I never learned how to tie my shoes until 4th grade. But the important thing is that I did learn, and that the words you are looking for is figuratively or metaphorically.

Also, I’m leaving out ‘Friday’. I think we’ve all had enough.