Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

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.

Two Guys In a Pizza Parlor Nail Toto’s “Africa”

Friday, March 14th, 2014

I saw this on John Skipp’s Facebook page, and it came up at the SDC, so despite it already having 3 million hits, here’s two guys in a pizza parlor doing the best cover of Toto’s “Africa” you’ll hear, well, probably ever.

Mike Massie seems to have done a lot of other impressive covers, like this one of U2′s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”:

Or this one of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”:

And even Genesis’ “Home By The Sea”:

Indeed, it’s hard to go through this guy’s YouTube list and not find a great cover version.

Want to feel old? “Africa” came out in 1982, or 32 years ago. Go back 32 years before “Africa” and “Rock Around the Clock” was still 5 years away…

Shoegazer Sunday: Meeks’ Covering The Beatles’ “Across the Universe”

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

A Shoegaze cover of The Beatles’ “Across the Universe”?

Yep.

Would you believe that Japan’s Meeks has done an entire album of Shoegaze Beatles covers called Beatless?