We hit 10k facebook fans! I can’t thank you enough, this is seriously crazy. I decided to do something special for you all. First, a little backstory:
Many many years ago my buddy Filipe gave me a burnt cd with this file on it. It was this new thing called mp3 and apparently it was the future. I happily installed winamp (2.9 for lyfe) and listened to this particular song on repeat. It’s all I had. That might not mean much, but it was just the start of what became my musical journey. I obviously liked music before that, but access was always a serious barrier. Napster came along and suddenly I had access to a lot more (On a 56k connection). A lot of people whine and whine about piracy but forget about the obvious benefit. I’m able to do music for a living today because mp3’s opened the door for independent music. It leveled the playing field. People are far more musically educated today than they were 10 years ago. It seriously educated me. There’s still a lot of horrible music today, but at least you know about the good stuff.
The song was 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. I figured it would be cool to do a cover. It had been a while since I did a track with my wife, so this seemed like a great opportunity for that. We tried to keep it relatively close to the original but definitely putting our own spin on it.
Porcelain Raft continues their string of excellent giveaways via Bandcamp and their label site with this haunting, dreamy take on Nirvana’s classic “Come as You Are” (credited at bandcamp as “Kurtvana”). You can grab it for free at Porcelain Raft’s excellent Bandcamp page.
On Good Call, Telephoned’s “third installment in their game-changing, telephone-pun-naming, and altogether great-listening series of explorations through cover music”, Maggy Horn and producer Sammy Bananas cover the likes of Twin Shadow, Mark Ronson, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Flight Facilities, Nicki Minaj and many others. Yes, this is definitely as fun as it sounds. Hear Good Call in its entirity below and download it over here.
This version was performed live at The White House on June 2, 2010. Yes, that is Paul McCartney and the Obamas sitting in the front row gazing up at Mr. White.
The Obamas - along with Jack, Elvis Costello, Jerry Seinfeld, Emmylou Harris, Dave Grohl, The Jonas Brothers and more - joined McCartney at the end of the night for a singalong rendition of “Hey Jude”.
The Walkmen swung by Seattle’s KEXP to perform a handful of tracks while in town on tour, and it turns out they were in a Johnny Cash kind of mood because they played all Cash covers. OneThirtyBPM was kind enough to upload those and share them with the music loving world. Here, is my personal favorite of the bunch, their acoustic take on “Mr. Lonesome”.
Revolving around Ryan Adams’ cover of the classic Oasis song, “Wonderwall,” this new remix produced by Inspired Flight incorporates multiple Radiohead songs and music from Bob Marley, Postal Service, Morcheeba, Simian, and Blur. This tribute to some of Inspired Flight’s favorite artists is achingly beautiful, emotionally intense, and manipulates the songs used to create a very original piece of music.