Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Humpday Covers: As Found On Youtube

This Humpday we will be looking at covers that I have found on Youtube.  Most of these people are unsigned and pretty much unheard of, but that doesn't stop them from making great sounds.

Before I continue, please allow me to apologize for the lack of posting recently and the bare bone posts. I am sorry to say that this is all due to the amount of work that has been piling up in front of me. Trying to finish school is proving to be a difficult task. (Duh!) So if the post's are not up to par, you know why.


Anyways,
First up, someone sent me this link in an email stating that "he puts together beats but makes an amazing medley of the Fugees, The Roots, and Bob Marley". I was intrigued so I decided to give it a chance and watch the scene unfold. Youtube user and artist Eebsofresh set the stage with some great audio layering, making some pretty remarkable loops while demonstrating his vocal range. Surprisingly enough, Eebsofresh can drop a beat and sing pretty damn well. The only qualm I have with his "MarleyLa" song (other than the lame title) is that it ends pretty abruptly. If this is a work in development, which I am pretty sure it is, I can not wait for the polished result.
Check the video and after the jump take a listen:

 


Up next we have a track that I found on Youtube while looking for alternate takes of the Beatles.  Turns out that "alternate takes" on Youtube sometimes means mash-ups but that is Google's problem not mine. Anyways, I came across "Let It Be Me" a mash up by Dj duo Loo and Placido that samples "Let It Be" with Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me". Sounds crazy but it actually works. I will spare all of you the dumb video of nothing but a photoshopped hill and just post the track. It's definitely worth listening to.

Listen:

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mixtape Monday: Nice Trip?

Did somebody order a Mind Melt?

 

Tracks:
  1. When Tomorrow Hits x Spacemen 3
    Album: Recurring
    Year: 1991
  2. Sleepy Silved Door x Dead Meadow
    Album: Dead Meadow
  3. Leaf House x Animal Collective
    Album: Sung Tongs
    Year: 2004
  4. Sleepy Son x Sleepy Sun
    Album: Sleepy Son
  5. Everybody Daylight x Brightblack Morning Light
    Album: Brightblack Morning Light
    Year: 2006
  6. My Only Swerving x El Ten Eleven
    Album: El Ten Eleven
    Year: 2005
  7. Drippy Eye x Black Moth Super Rainbow
    Album: Dandelion Gum
    Year: 2007
  8. Feel It All Around x Washed Out

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday Shuffle: Dead Meadow

Dead Meadow Doesn't Smile, only melts minds
Acid infused garage rock can be heard in echos from the band Dead Meadow. Yeah, it may sound like Black Sabbath had a drug induced child with Mother Earth creating a new sound with an old psychedelic feeling. The beginning riff turns into a monotonous, hypnotic rhythm that will completely rock your world. Dead Meadow has got my mind in places that I have never gone before. Take a listen.



Dead Meadow - Sleepy Silved Door
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Saturday, October 9, 2010

John Lennon: Happy 70th

As all of you probably know, today is John Lennon's birthday. If Lennon was not gunned down in 1980 he would be a respectable 70 years old today. To celebrate, we have a couple of great covers of the man who became the beaming icon of peace.

I particularly like the Flaming Lips tribute to Lennon with their rendition of "Nobody Told Me". The Flaming Lips put more chaotic distortion sounds while still keeping true to the same melody. Take a listen.

Phish does a pretty good cover of "Instant Karma", the only thing I wish is that they dragged out their rendition of it so that we could hear more of the Phish-y sound.

Also, we have two drastically different but amazing cover versions of "Jealous Guy". The first is a live cover from indie rock legend Elliot Smith. Which is steeped in the stereotypical Smith style, including a break for a guest whistler?

Our other version of "Jealous Guy" is one of my favorites. Soul-infused and a pretty much forgotten version of "Jealous Guy" by Donny Hathaway is the staple of this post. If you do not listen to this one track you are doing yourself and John Lennon a huge misjustice.

How about a super special gift for those who look below. That's right I won't even tell you about the gem at the bottom of the post...heh.

Happy 70th, Lennon. 

Listen:
Flaming Lips - Nobody Told Me (Lennon Cover)
buy Flaming Lips


Phish - Instant Karma (Lennon Cover)
buy Phish


Elliot Smith - Jealous Guy (Lennon Cover)
buy Elliot Smith


Donny Hathaway - Jealous Guy (Lennon Cover)
buy Donny Hathaway

John Lennon - Medley: Honey Don't/Don't Be Cruel/ Matchbox (from Studio Sessions)
buy John Lennon

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Humpday Covers Presents: She & Him

Zooey Still looks cute in that pilgrim suit!
This hump day please indulge yourself in the beautiful duet of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel. They make up the group She & Him and we have talked about them before here at Happiness, but they do bring an amazing revitalization to old classics. Recently, I have been really impressed on their rendition on Smokey Robinson's "You Really Got A Hold On Me". Of course it doesn't sound like the original and in fact I really love the original. However, there is something raw and intimate about the She & Him version that is both comforting and hallowing.  They did this cover on their first album titled Volume One, but for some reason it still resonates with me while their new stuff is great. I think this live performance is pretty top dog.

So for your veiwing and listening pleasure I have the MTV Canada's live version of She & Him's version of "You Really Got A Hold On Me".


 

LISTEN:

Monday, October 4, 2010

Mixtape Monday: Death Of Summer

This monday feast your ears on a massive playlist (32 songs) featuring songs that say "hey, summer you are dead. It's cold out now."

Tracklist:

1. All I Need x Air
Album: All I Need
Year: 1998
2. Come with Me x Ceo
Album: White Magic
Year: 2010
3. Villages x Our Husband
Album: Nathaniel Morse's Album
Year: 2010
4. Summer's Almost Gone x The Doors
Album: The Best Of The Doors (Disc 1)
Year: 2000
5. Beach Foam x Future Islands
Album: Future Islands
Year: 2009
6. Sunrise Sunset x We Are Trees
Album: Boyfriend
Year: 2010
7. Warm Night x The Concretes
Album: The Concretes
Year: 2005
8. Ghost Train x Summer Camp
Album: Summer Camp
Year: 2009
9. Let's Go Surfing x The Drums
Album: Let's Go Surfing
Year: 2009
10. Sanity x Slow Animal
Album: Slow Animal
Year: 2010
11. When I'm With You x Best Coast
Album: Best Coast
12. Daydream x Beach Fossils
Album: Beach Fossils
Year: 2010
13. Warm Heart of Africa (ft. Ezra Koenig) x The Very Best
Album: Warm Heart of Africa
Year: 2009
14. Summer Holiday x Wild Nothing
Album: Wild Nothing
15. No Summer x No Joy
Album: No Joy
Year: 2010
16. Marathon x Tennis
Album: Tennis
Year: 2010
17. Pure x Bye Bye Blackbird
Album: Pure
Year: 2010
18. Automatic x Yuck
Album: Aaaa
Year: 2009
19. Lately (Deuxième) x Memoryhouse
Album: The Years E.P.
Year: 2009
20. Living In America x Dom
Album: Living In America
Year: 2010
21. Linus Spacehead x Wavves
Album: King Of The Beach
Year: 2010
22. Feel It All Around x Washed Out
Album: Washed Out
23. Nantes x Beirut
Album: The Flying Club Cup
24. Blessa x Toro Y Moi
Album: Toro Y Moi
Year: 2009
25. I Was Thinking... x Gauntlet Hair
Album: Gauntlet Hair
26. Gonna Listen To T. Rex (All Night Long) x Burnt Ones
Album: Black Teeth & Golden Tongues
27. Gay Human Bones x Harlem
Album: Hippies
28. Bang Pop x Free Energy
Album: Free Energy
29. Go Outside x Cults
Album: Go Outside
Year: 2010
30. Lust for Life x Girls
Album: Lust for Life 7"
Year: 2008
31. Another Sunny Day x Belle And Sebastian
Album: The Life Pursuit
Year: 2006
32. Sunny Afternoon x The Kinks
Album: The Kinks

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Shuffle: The Standells

This Sunday we are bringing you a nice greasy heap of music all the way from 1966. The Standells area an early 60s garage band from California. However, a ton of people think they are from Massachusetts because of their song "Dirty Water". Although "Dirty Water" was the only single that ever made it to the billboard top 40, the Standells had a couple of pretty good run. Their musical career effectively died due to the release of their fifth album "Try It". The media deemed the lyrics too raunchy and obscene but in retrospect, the lyrics are remarkably tame. You should check out the Standells, they are pretty great...if you like California acid-esque garage rock.



LISTEN:
The Standells - Dirty Water
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Ben Folds and Nick Hornby's New Album

Ben Folds has collaborated with Nick Hornby to create a brand new album. Ben arranged most of the music and sang lyrics that Nick wrote. If you are unfamiliar with Nick Hornby look no further than High Fidelity. If you didn't actually read the book, I am sure you saw the epic movie with Mr. Cusack. I picked up the album recently and each song is a story. It's pretty great, it's not often professional writers collab with artists. Turns out Nick has been a Ben Folds fan for a while. However please do not expect Nick to be speaking on the album, this isn't like the Folds produced Shatner album. But a song that is not on the album showed up on Ben's website with no other than Pomplamoose and Nick Hornby enlightening all of us. It is worth getting the album (titled Lonely Avenue) and the additional song. enjoy the video and check to see when Fold's will be in your area!!!!


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