Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Humpday Cover Presents: Magnetic Fields

It may seem that I am playing favorites when it comes to record labels but seriously Merge offers so much. (Ok, ok so I am a little biased seeing that I live in Durham where Merge is located). This humpday we will be looking at covers of the Magnetic Fields, another Merge signed band. Personally, I did not get into the Magnetic Fields until I was much older and they grew on me.

We have three covers today,
A special treat indeed.

The first two are from other Merge artists, which isn't surprising at all seeing that Arcade Fire's Win stated that one of the main reasons they signed on to Merge was due to the fact that the Magnetic Fields were on Merge. The Arcade Fire covered "Born On A Train" l

Listen:
The Arcade Fire - Born On A Train (Magnetic Fields Cover)

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The Shins also have supplied their fair share of Magnetic Fields covers in their time. A lot of people say that they prefer the Shins version of "Strange Powers" to the Magnetic Fields version but I really can't pick between the two. This has to be one of my favorite Magnetic Fields covers and I hope that you can enjoy this as much as I do.

Listen:
The Shins - Strange Powers (Magnetic Fields Cover)
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Lastly, (I think that's a word), we have !!! (Chk, Chk, Chk) covering the Magnetic Fields. Despite their "I'm so Indie I'm going to have symbols as my group name" attitude, this cover isn't bad at all. Their annoying name does not give the band it's justice when it comes to covering the Magnetic Fields' "Take Ecstasy With Me". It is kinda funky, upbeat, a little trippy and very likable. (More so than their other stuff)

Listen:
!!!- Take Ecstasy With Me (Magnetic Fields Cover)
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That's it for this week.

What's your opinion of of these covers?

Monday, February 22, 2010

New Feature: Mixtape Mondays

A brand, spankin' new bi-monthly feature is coming to Happiness is a Warm Gun!!! Yes, you heard that right, the same blog that gives you concert reviews, Humpday covers, Sunday Shuffles, and news is now bringing you something that has been a long time coming. At least twice a month we will have MIXTAPE MONDAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!! (note how many exclamation marks there are, that means its serious)

Whats that? There's more?

Of course there is!! We want you, (that's right you) to help come up with songs that should be on the bi-monthly mixtape. You can either comment what you want to be on the next mixtape or email us a list of songs to put on the blog. You can EVEN tell us what kind of music you want!!! Feel free to even MAKE an 8-tracks mixtape and email us the link! If we like it, YOUR MIX GOES ON THIS BLOG!!!!

exciting?

Anyways, this month we have a mixtape that is eargasmly fantastic and fun. This months first mixtape is called "Let Me Here You Say Whoop Whooooppp!"




Here is the Track List:
1.)Discovery - Osaka Loop Line
2.) Major Lazer feat. Nina Sky & Ricky Blaze - Keep It Goin' Louder
3.) Crystal Castles - Vanished
4.) Adventure - Poison Diamonds
5.) OCDJ - Wooeash
6.) Animal Collective - Fireworks
7.) Dan Deacon - The Crystal Cat
8.) Yeasayer - Sunrise

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Shuffle: Neon Indian

This Sunday Shuffle meet Neon Indian. The group is made up of a guy from Texas and a girl from Brooklyn, but not much else is known about them. All I know is that there has been speculation the the guy is from VEGA but no one knows who the girl is. If any of you have any information about this band please let me know. Their sound is organic and their hit "Deadbeat Summer" seems to be stuck on repeat. The beat in "Deadbeat Summer" reminds me kind of the Sebastian Tellier beat in "Divine". Irregardless, this unsigned band is drawing a lot of attention and is a great band to listen to on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Take a listen:

Neon Indian - Deadbeat Summer
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Humpday Covers Presents: The White Stripes

This Humpday get your cover fix featuring The White Stripes:

A lot of people know of the White Stripes due to their popularity of the song "Seven Nation Army". There was a lot of flack against the White Stripes but founding member Jack White really is the main creative force in the band. Jack White has been in at least three new bands within the last four years, all of which have their own distinct sound and catchy tunes. Many of his bands have covered a variety of artists; however, it had never occurred to me that the White Stripes would have covered Country idol Dolly Parton.

The White Stripes transform the hit "Jolene" into a hard rocking, falsetto reaching, lament.

Listen:

The White Stripes - Jolene (Dolly Parton Cover)
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Black Violin


This past weekend I trekked down to UConn to see one of the most widely listened to mash-up artist out there right now, Girl Talk. Although his music is completely composed of other artists work, his incredibly unique style has leant to his enormous popularity on college campuses across the nation. Considering this popularity, its likely that you already knew all that.

Surprisingly, the most notable aspect of the show (aside from the sickening amounts of neon spandex) was Girl Talk's opening act, Black Violin. Anticipating a night long rave, I (along with the rest of the crowd) was taken by surprise when two men took the stage wielding violins, followed by a DJ who began to lay down a beat. Soon thereafter, the two lead men complimented the hip-hop backing with their traditionally classical instruments. As their set continued, the music grew in complexity, drawing from a multitude of genres to create far and away the most unique sounds I have heard in ages.

While at first this synthesizing of hip hop, jazz, funk, and soul with classical may sound like a horribly unappealing mix, Black Violin manages to pull it off. This is largely due to their mastery of the most versatile of classical instruments, which they use in lieu of vocals on each of their tracks. By manipulating traditional musical styles to create something entirely new, Black Violin showcases their ingenuity as musicians. Considering they are opening for Girl Talk, it is likely the duo will soon gain greater popularity. To get ahead of the curve, check our their Myspace here. Below is a video of Black Violin on Current TV.



Listen:

Black Violin - Brandenburg
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day

Everyone has mixed feelings about Valentines day. Some people love it (usually when they have someone to celebrate it with) others (usually single people) loathe the holiday because it is filled with mixed expectations and the constant reminder that you are single.

This Valentines Day cheer up.
Girls, take a minute to appreciate that you are not dating one of these guys in the following video. Guys, take a minute to appreciate that you are not one of these guys.




And how about some good tunes for this Valentines Day? I think so.

First up we have a song by Bark Bark Disco. The twee electro-pop group sounds as if the Eels and the Strokes had an illegitimate love child with an drum machine. If you like this song, check out the music video (probably NSW).

Bark Bark Disco - Song For The Lovers
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Next we have a ditty from The Mountain Goats. The Mountain Goats take the subject of love and display the nostalgic, sweet, and painful sides of love. Perfect for all you mopers on Valentines Day.

The Mountain Goats - Love, Love, Love
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How about something from electronic power house Justice? It would be dumb of me not to post Justice's "Valentine" today. Don't expect this to be like "Genesis", "Valentine" is more mellow but definitely worth listening to. After all, it is Valentines Day.

Justice - Valentine
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New radio show!


For the past semester I have been working at WZBC, the radio station here at Boston College. This semester, my friend Kailey and I have our own show from 8-10 on Wednesdays called "Studies in Existential Realism". My roommate/blog contributor Jake is our intern for the semester, so while there is a lot of joking around on the air we certainly have some great music. From here on out, I'll put our playlist up on the blog. The entire stream archive is available online here. While your there, check out some of the other shows..they're great. If you live in the area, be sure to tune in to 90.3 WZBC Wednesday mornings from 8-10.

To recap the past few weeks:

January 27th

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