Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Road to Nowhere: Attack of the Clones Division

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Sometimes I’ll cruise iTunes looking for covers of songs I like. While doing so for Talking Heads’ “Road to Nowhere,” I discovered that one ensemble had released the same cover of “Road to Nowhere” under multiple band names.

Eleven times.

Indeed, the versions of “Road to Nowhere” on iTunes by the following bands (all of which clock in between 3:49 and 3:53) are all exactly the same:

  • Burning Down the House
  • The Insurgency
  • Klone Orchestra
  • The Minister of Soundalikes
  • Monsters of Rock
  • Psycho Killers
  • Secret Popstars
  • Studio Sunset
  • Studio Union
  • Tribute Stars
  • Wildlife
  • Moreover, several of those incarnations of the same band (Studio Sunset, Burning Down the House, Psycho Killers, Wildlife, Klone Orchestra) appear to have issued the same entire album of Talking Heads covers (with the same tracks) multiple times. Indeed, they appear to have done it three times under just their Studio Sunset name!

    (BTW, if you really want that album, the cheapest version is Burning Down the House’s A Salute to Talking Heads, which is a mere $5.99, compared to $7.99 or $9.99 for some of the others.)

    But wait! There’s a completely different group that did the exact same thing with the same song.

    Eleven times.

    All these covers of “Road to Nowhere” under these band names (all of which clock in around 4:01) are the same:

  • Ameritz
  • The Hit Co.
  • The Hit Group
  • The Hit Crew
  • OMP Allstars
  • Party City
  • Rock Fest
  • The Rock Masters
  • Singing Mouths
  • Studio Group
  • Finally, here eight cover versions that are not only exactly the same, but the underlying track is so close to the ones above they might be the exact same version with a different vocal mix:

  • The Comptones
  • Dynamite
  • Driving Masters
  • The Falling Downs
  • Graham Blvd.
  • Road Demonz
  • Rock Playlist Masters
  • TMZ TV Tunes
  • Shoegazer Sunday: Spokraket’s “Just Go Spit Out Another Lie”

    Sunday, April 20th, 2014

    Danish band Spokraket offers garage band psychedelic surf rock married to Here Come the Warm Jets-era Brain Eno, offering plenty of distorted guitars and end up sounding like a low-fi version of Black Tambourine. “Just Go Spit Out Another Lie” is pretty much a steady state Shoegaze song: Like the riff and groove? Just wait around and there will be plenty more of it coming down the pike…

    And here’s an earlier live version of it, when it was called “(Drifting Away In) Solitary Dreams”

    Shoegazer Sunday: Lights That Change’s “Beautiful Soul”

    Sunday, April 13th, 2014

    Lights That Change is a neo-Shoegaze band out of the UK. With “Beautiful Soul” they offer up a bright, gauzy, floating slab of prettiness with some great female vocals.

    Sadly, it seems that vocalist Lisa VonH has already split with the band.

    File Under: Technical Proficiency

    Monday, April 7th, 2014

    Given that 2Cellos‘s first video here already nearly 15,000,000 million hits, there’s a good chance that you’ve already seen the bad boys of Croatian classical music cover AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” If not, you’re in for a treat:

    But only about half a million have seen their equally impressive (if less showy) cover of U2′s “Where the Streets Have No Name.”

    Shoegazer Sunday: Terminal Sound System’s “Lords Of The Living, Masters Of The Dead”

    Sunday, April 6th, 2014

    Terminal Sound System is the latest incarnation of Skye Klein, who I first encountered A Beautiful Machine, whose “Breathe in Space” has been ensconced in my personal top 10 list ever since. On “Lords Of The Living, Masters Of The Dead,” the heavy side of A Beautiful Machine (see, for example, “Home”) get’s slowed down for a doom-laden piece hailing from the netherworld between Shoegaze, Post-Rock, and Doom/Depressive Metal for a sound that reminds me of Talking heads’ “The Overload” with a bit of acid rock thrown in for good measure.

    A most appropriate sound for a band whose name suggests the end of all things (though I could do without the hippie ashram bit in the late middle…).

    Swell Documentary on the Making of Paul Simon’s Graceland

    Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

    Dwight’s linking of this piece on accordions got me listening to my favorite album featuring accordions, Paul Simon’s Graceland, one of the all time great albums. I was vaguely aware that a 25th Anniversary edition had come out, and poking around online I find that a documentary on the album had come out last year, all of which is available online.

    If you like the album, ths documentary is well worth your time.

    Shoegazer Sunday: Center of the Sun’s “Home”

    Sunday, March 30th, 2014

    There’s still some Sunday left, so here’s Center of the Sun again with “Home”.

    Hayajan Covers Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” in Arabic

    Monday, March 24th, 2014

    It’s taking me some time to catalog those signed Jack Vance book and do my taxes, so here’s a musical oddity: a Jordanian band covering Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” in Arabic. Enjoy!

    Shoegazer Sunday: Stumbleine Covers “Fade Into You”

    Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

    Yet another cover, this one UK’s Stumbleine covering Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You.”

    Shoegazer Sunday: All These Fallen Trees’ “God Created Earth, We Created Heaven”

    Sunday, March 16th, 2014

    All These Fallen Trees sounds a bit more post-rock than Shoegaze, but “God Created Earth, We Created Heaven” hits a sweet mellow spot between Midsummer and Explosions in the Sky.