Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Humpday Covers Presents: Pomplamoose

I understand not everyone is Goo-Goo for Ga-Ga, however, you can not dismiss the impact that she is having on our society. Whether it is her outrageous costume attire, crazy nonsensical music videos, or ability to be on the radio pretty much 24/7, Lady Gaga is always being talked about. It would make sense to see a massive amount of covers sprouting up on Youtube. Here is a recent one that I have found.

The video is by a group called Pomplamoose. Pomplamoose is a great band but they pretty much shine in their music videos. Their video/cover for Telephone is below.

OR if you want you can just Listen: 
Pomplamoose - Telephone (Lady Gaga Cover)
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Awesome things on the internet!

The internet is great. Seriously, where else can you find exactly what you want with just a few clicks? Music is more accessible than ever, artists that are not signed can gain instant and rapid exposure and you can listen to pretty much whatever you want thanks to sites like Youtube,lastfm,and 8tracks.

In my everlasting quest for new music I have found these fantastic sites.

1. TuneVision - Is just listening to music getting boring? Do you want to also watch music videos of your favorite songs? And Do you want to be able to control which songs and artists you can skip? Well you kind sir or madam are in luck because TuneVision does just that. TuneVision also has a really cool way of organizing playlists. Enter in artists that you want to listen to and TuneVision will generate a playlist that will feature your favorite artists and some you may not know yet. This site is better than any "Genius" feature on iTunes and it comes with a rating option, so you could organize the playlist by ratings. Oh and did I mention I have heard so many bootlegs and covers I would have never found if it wasn't for TuneVision. Seriously check this site out.

2. 8tracks - You may have noticed that our bi-monthly feature, "Mixtape Mondays", features a player from 8tracks. 8tracks is a unique site in which you can make playlists by either uploading or using tracks in their massive database. There are other sites similar to 8tracks but most of them are not as user friendly or as easy to navigate. By allowing users to upload their own songs, 8tracks has a forever increasing music library. However, there are a lot of mislabelings which can drive any anal retentive music geek into a mad frenzy. All in all it is a great site to explore new avenues in the large world of music.

3. Thesixtyone- If you like to play video games but also love to listen to music, thesixtyone is where you should level up. (Literally.) This site forces you to listen to unknown artists and gives you Hearts, Experience Points, and has quests you need to carry out in order to level up. thesixtyone has ingeniously used the same instant gratification you get when you level up in your favorite video game and paired it with music exploration. If you are an musical artist you can upload your band to the site for insured exposure, if the community likes what they hear your track will be featured on thesixtyone homepage. Try it. But please be careful it can get addicting.

4. Essential Mixes - Essential mixes is another site you should check out, especially if you are in love with DJs or dance music. They have every essential mix that has been broadcasting on BBC Radio one since 1993. If you missed it, or if you just don't have access to BBC Radio One where you are from then this site can be a refreshing dance loving option.

That is all for now. Let me know how these sites sit with you.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mixtape Monday: Do You Doo Wop?

 Do You Doo Wop Mixtape Tracklist:
The Silhouettes - Get A Job
The Del Vikings - Come Go With Me
The Edsels - Rama Lama Ding Dong
Regents - Barbara Anne
The Prisonaires - Don't Say Tomorrow
The Cadillacs - Speedoo
Frankie Lyman & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Gene Chandler - Duke Of Earl
Robert Parker - Barefootin'
Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up (12 inch Version)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Humpday Covers Presents: Major Lazer

You would not expect Major Lazer to produce a cover of a Beyonce song. But Major Lazer is continuously producing tracks that seem to come out of nowhere. I have no idea that my mind has been blown until I look at it on the ground. Why does Major Lazer cover Beyonce, I think the question is did they actually pull it off?

Major Lazer - HALO (Beyonce Cover)
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Whats Going On Tonight :Easy Star All Stars.... plus Interview!!!

We were fortunate enough to have grabbed a quick interview with the indie-Reggae power house: Easy Star All Stars. The masterminds that created Easy Star are Michael Goldwasser, Ticklah, Eric Smith and Lem Oppenheimer. These four were the team behind the album Dub Side of the Moon (2003), which was a complete reggae re-vision of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. That record has sold 90,000 copies to date, making it one of the most successful reggae albums of the 21stcentury. After Dub Side Of the Moon, Easy Star tackled the monumental OK Computer with the album Radiodread. More recently, the band decided to challenge themselves by recreating The Beatles' own Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band with their new masterpiece: Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band.

Here is the brief interview I grabbed with Micheal:

Happiness Is A Warm Gun (HWG): What inspired you guys to create Easy Star All Star?
Micheal Goldwasser of Easy Star All Stars (Easy Star) :The original Easy Star All-Stars were the studio musicians that we (Easy Star Records) used to record the tracks for our first album, Easy Star Volume One.  I gathered the musicians that I thought would be best to play with me for each session.  Then we started performing live shows around NYC, doing our own shows and backing up visiting singers from Jamaica.  After releasing Dub Side of the Moon, there was a great demand for the band to tour, but most of the musicians from the recording could not tour at that time, so I put together a new version of the band to hit the road.  Some of the members of the current touring outfit have been with the band ever since.

HWG: When growing up what one album(s) had a significant impact on you?

Easy Star: That's tough - I was so in love with music and I listened all of the time, so there were many albums that had a major impact on me.  If I keep it to reggae, then the most influential albums for me were Catch A Fire by the Wailers, Handsworth Revolution by Steel Pulse, and You've Got the Power by Third World.  They taught me that the best reggae, just like any other style of music, is based on great songs and arrangements. 

HWG: Why have you focused solely on reggae/dub versions of hit albums? And how do you decide what album to tackle next?
Easy Star :We started Easy Star Records as a reggae label.  While we love all kinds of music, the four founders of the company really came together over our love of reggae.  While our releases span a wide variety of styles and influences, they are all connected by reggae in some way.  So since we had established ourselves in this genre, it made sense to keep building on this foundation.  We know how to adapt albums to reggae and how to market them.

Our decisions on what album to tackle next are pretty complicated.  We want to start from source material that is great in itself, and where all of the songs are pretty strong.  We also want to try different things each time, and not just keep making the same basic album over and over again, both for our fans sake and our own.  We also don't want to take on something that is too obscure because we want it to reach as many people as possible.

HWG: Was the success of Dub Side of the Moon surprising?
Easy Star: We knew that when we had finished the album that it was very good, but yes, it is a bit surprising to have sold so many copies and reached the hearts of so many people.  Everywhere we go, we meet people who love the album, which is why we've been able to tour the world.

HWG: What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
Easy Star: Making the albums is a huge challenge for me as the producer, and I spend about a year and a half working on them to make them as interesting as possible.  The touring band has a different challenge in terms of keeping the music fresh every night, even after performing certain songs hundreds of times.  But that's what we do!

HWG: On Easy Star All Star's new album," Easy Stars Lonely Hearts Dub Band", you decide to tackle the enormously successful Beatles album. Which song was the hardest to cover? I would imagine that "A Day In The Life" took a great deal of production work in addition to re-working it into a reggae tune.

Easy Star :"A Day In the Life" probably was the most difficult since it is so iconic.  Once I stopped fighting the original arrangement and decided to incorporate the orchestral parts into the reggae version, it all clicked for me though.

HWG: Can we expect you guys to cover another iconic album in the future...say Micheal Jackson's "Thriller"? Or Queen's "A Night At The Opera"?
Easy Star: We will definitely be continuing the series, but you'll have to wait to find out what it's going to be.

HWG: Aw, Well what do you guys do in between recording and preforming?
Easy Star: There is no in between!  We're pretty busy with both. 

HWG: What are your favorite songs to preform?
Easy Star: That's also tough - my favorites often change.  In general, it has been great to perform the Beatles songs because we get so much of the audience singing along.  I think that my current favorite though is "Exit Music For A Film" from Radiodread - I just really love the song, both the recorded version and live version, so even if it is not the most popular song with the biggest reaction, it usually feels really good to me.

If you want a little preview of what the new album sounds like have a listen:
Buy Easy Star All Stars

ALSO!!!!!!!  The Easy Star All Stars are playing tonight April 6th at the Greene Street Club w/ opening guest The Hypnotic Conquest.  Info below!

Greene Street Club
113 North Greene Street
Greensboro , North Carolina
(336) 273-4111
$13/$15 At Door
w/ The Hypnotic Conquest
Doors open at 9


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