Monday, March 29, 2010

Mixtape Monday: When Children Run In The Spring

This Monday enjoy a lengthy mix that is perfect for a warm spring day.






Tracklist:
Memory Tapes - Run Out
Slow Cub - When I Go
Data Rock - Fa-Fa-Fa
Karen O and the Kids - All Is Love
Great Lake Swimmers - See You On The Moon!
Four Tet (with Princess Watermelon) - Go Go Ninja Dinosaur
Royksopp - Happy Up Here
Sparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life
The Boy Least Likely To - Be Gentle With Me
The Apples In Stereo - Same Old Drag
Of Montreal - Old Familiar Way

Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Humpday Covers Presents : The Lion King

The Lion King. 

Some call it "Emotionally Stirring and Richly Drawn", I call it fucking awesome. Not only was this movie power packed with stars, (James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick, and Cheech...to name a few) it also has the best story out of all of the Disney Movies.

Hell, the only way the movie could be better is if it had incredible music... OH WAIT the  music in The Lion King is a FUCKING MASTERPIECE!!!!!

You may think I am biased.

Damn Right I am.

How Could I Not Be?!?!?

The Lion King is Gangsta...
 
If you disagree, than argue with Drake, TI, and Lil Wayne on these Mash-Ups courtesy of djDOYOU:


djDOYOU - Can You Feel the Best I Ever Had (Drake vs. Lion King)

djDOYOU - I'm a Lion King (TI vs. Lion King)


djDOYOU - Stuntin' Like Mufasa (Lil Wayne vs. Lion King)





Shout Out to All my Homies in the Pridelands!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Go Outside!

Finally, a nice day in Boston! It's a balmy 58 degrees here today after what seems like months of persistent misery. For all those soaking up this weather both here and wherever else the sun is showing itself, here's a song which is guaranteed to brighten your day even more.




The song, "Go Outside", comes from a band called Cults. While I have no idea who they are except that they are a boy-girl duo from New York, their music it is absolutely fantastic. This particular song is the perfect for a day like today. Check it out on their website where they've posted it for free, or download it here.

Happy listening and enjoy the weather while it lasts!

(While you're here, let us know what you think about the song by leaving a comment below)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Wait!!! This Sounds Different!?!?!

Music is an evolution. It always has been an ever changing form of expression. I really love watching music evolve which is why I really enjoy covers. Covers are reinterpretations of other peoples work, which often sparks new life into old songs. (Well maybe not all covers, only the good ones) I also love hearing an artist experiment and change up their old songs with new interpretations of them. This point kind of brings up why I like to go to concerts. At concerts you are able to listen and become part of the moment, a moment that often is never like any other moment in that artists career. (Unless you are at a Britney Spears or Ashlee Simpson concert where they pretty much lip-sink their entire performance)

Real artists are constantly perfecting their music and today I am going to share some different versions of some really great songs.

First up,
we have Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy",
Gnarls Barkley, made up of Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse, have never really gotten enough credit as musicians. Sure, Danger Mouse has been sought after due to his incredible production skills, but still people do not give credit where credit is due. One reason for this could be the spontaneous popularity of "Crazy".  Standing in the wake of "Crazy" seemed to effect peoples interpretations of the group, stating that they are a one hit wonder and that they wouldn't produce anything like it again. The follow up album to St. Elsewhere wasn't well received but The Odd Couple produced as many gems as the previous album.  Gnarls Barkley's musicianship can be seen at any live show and I hope to show this musicianship through this live rendition of Crazy. This version  is both slow and soulful, I prefer it to the original.

Listen :

Next, how about something from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs?
I have always had a soft spot for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, quite frankly when I first heard Fever to Tell back in 2003 my world was completely rocked. I had never heard a band like that before with the lead female singer that was just as bold as the music. Their music is incredibly enjoyable and constantly evolving (It's Blitz is very different from their first two albums). The Yeah Yeah Yeahs pretty much opened me up to an entirely new type of music and with the single "Maps" being on video game consoles I am sure they have opened millions of 12 year old's to their music.
Say what you want about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs putting their music on consoles, it doesn't change the fact that "Maps" is a great song. I am sure if you are a fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's then you have undoubtedly heard "Maps" a million-gillion times. However, have you heard their acoustic version? The band slows down "Maps" and adds violin accompaniment to the acoustic guitar. Karen O.'s voice brings the same feeling as the original but with out the intensity. The song is hauntingly beautiful.

Listen:

The Man....
Alaska´s own, Portugal. The Man is another favorite band of mine. (For you that are grammar hounds the band has a period in the middle of their name, yeah that's right) Their new album The Satanic Satanist has been in my rotation for the last couple of months. It is an album that grows on you until you can not seem to get the songs out of your head. The Satanic Satanist features more electro-pop sounds than that of their previous work but the artistic ventures of the group is still present. This album is the easiest to like for people who are not familiar with the band and the song "Work All Day" should be digestible by all. Portugal. The Man is known for experimenting with their songs and it really wasn't surprising when I came across an acoustic version of "Work All Day". The sound is similar to the regular version, but there is a more organic sound. It is if they are chanting more rather than singing. I once again think I prefer this acoustic version over their studio release, but that may just stem from my hippie-loving drum circle chanting days in the woods.

Listen:

BONUS!
Because I have already done a post(s) on Bon Iver I will not be writing a big ole' thing about Justin Vernon and Friends. This alternative live take of "For Emma" has a more prominent drum beat and a completely different feel from that of the album. I prefer the album's version, but it is still refreshing to listen to a different version.

Listen:


If you liked this post please let me know because I literally have hundreds of different takes on songs from a wide variety of artists.

What do you think about these alternative takes?




Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Humpday Covers Presents: The Hood Internet

Before you get on my case about these actually not being "covers", just hear me out. This artists is a mash-up/dj artist and in their line of work they do a lot of sampling with a lot of other songs. So, that means that they are re-discovering and re-working old songs into new tracks...kinda like a cover song. (kinda, sorta, not really.)

Anyways, I have been following the Hood Internet for some time now, and if you aren't familiar with them well... you my good sir (or lady) have been missing out. These DJ's are known for mixing rap, indie, indie-rap, hell they have even mixed Dr. Dre with Radiohead.  Also, all of the Hood Internet mixes and mixtapes are 100% free. This weeks (kinda) cover is their response to the new decade: A chronicling of popular music over the last ten years into about six minutes. This mix is titled "Decalogue".  If you are familiar with DJ Earworm's United States Of Pop mixes you will be blown away by the Hood Internet's superior skillzzzz.

Here is what you will hear on the mix...

2000 - Dr. Dre vs Radiohead, 2001 - Missy Elliott vs Daft Punk, 2002 - Ludacris vs The New Pornographers, 2003 - Kelis vs The Rapture, 2004 - Twista f/ Kanye West vs Arcade Fire, 2005 - Three 6 Mafia vs Sufjan Stevens, 2006 - T.I. vs Peter Bjorn and John, 2007 - Rich Boy vs LCD Soundsystem, 2008 - Lil Wayne vs Hot Chip, 2009 - Jay Sean vs Phoenix.

Listen:
The Hood Internet - Decalogue
buy the Hood Internet

Monday, March 1, 2010

Mixtape Monday: Crawl Back Under The Covers

God, it's March?

Finally, a sliver of hope for the upcoming spring and summer weather! As promised, we are still continuing our plan of posting a mixtape twice a month. This week's mixtape "Crawl Back Under the Covers" is comprised out of only covers. (Get it?, Clever huh?) It features some of the favorites that have already posted here on our Humpday covers segment, but it also features a lot of brand new covers that are amazing.

It is a great mix to listen to in the afternoon, or in class when you are doodling instead of paying attention to your physics teacher. Whatever the case, I am sure you will enjoy it.



Here is the track list:
Bon Iver - Your Love [live] (Outfield Cover)
The Shins - Plenty is Never Enough (Tenement Halls Cover)
TV On the Radio - Walking the Cow (Daniel Johnston Cover)
Elliot Smith - Thirteen [live] (Big Star Cover)
Daniel Mustard - Creep (Radiohead Cover)
Patti Smith - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana Cover)
Phoenix - Playground Love (Air Cover)
Mates of State - California (Phantom Planet Cover)
Adem -To Cure A Weakling Chile (Aphex Twin Cover)
Of Montreal - Color Me In (Broadcast Cover)
Matt Weedle - Hey Ya (Outkast Cover)
*please note that the order will change if you have listened to it more than once*

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