Hi, I'm Erin. Some of my musical interests include:
Trying to understand what can make a cover more appealing than the original
Genre mashups and oddities
Appreciating lyrics as poetry
Electronic music cribbing from and remixing older conventions
Poking fun at myself for the stuff that makes up the soundtracks to different stages of my life
Started watching Homecoming today. (It's great! I just didn't have 2 hours to be glued to the couch and I had put it on because I thought it would be good background music like most live music-to-video stuff, and it's absolutely not. It's riveting to watch.)
Anyway, what struck me is how old "Crazy In Love" is because of the lyric "Got me hoping you'll page me right now." And that there's a cover of it by Emeli Sandé and Kid Koala on The Great Gatsby soundtrack, which I had to check, that keeps the "page me" line. Which truly is the best mashed up multilayered anachronism Baz Luhrmann has ever put together - a song from 2003 with a reference to 80s-early 2000s communication which was reaching general obsolescence when the 2013 movie set in the 1920s was released.
Hugely disappointing that there aren't many rock/punk/hiphop covers of Leslie Gore's "You Don't Own Me" because the lyrics could fit a loud/fast arrangement so well. (Sadly, Joan Jett's version is good but not quite there.)
Sidenote: Men covering and genderswapping it can get in the sea - it's subversive because it's a woman telling a man to stop treating her like property. (Oh hey, 1961 you still manage to be relevant today? 😓)
Sidenote II: Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" is a good mixtape accompaniment for it: same era, similar arrangement, almost opposing lyrics. Also would make a good girlpunk cover? Kind of surprised The Donnas didn't cover it? (Or not girls: Me First And The Gimme Gimmes?)
Jill Sobule's cover of "Don't Let Us Get Sick" (originally by Warren Zevon) is altogether gentle and lovely, but the part I like best is a soft feminine voice singing about being a blue collar worker:
"The sky was on fire
When I walked to the mill
To take up the slack in the line
I thought of my friends
And the troubles they've had
To keep me from thinking of mine."
Did you see her interview? https://daily.bandcamp.com/2018/12/21/artist-reflections-witch-prophet/
Witch Prophet's website describes her sound as "Think Erykah Badu meets Lauryn Hill meets Jill Scott", but she's got way stronger chops for a cappella than any of them, and a looped jazzy sound entirely her own. She also has the same positive radiance of India.Arie, especially on the tracks featuring other singers; and Indigo and Reprogram have a bit of a Janelle-Monaé-as-Cindi-Mayweather vibe. (Indigo especially, it reminds me a lot of Monaé's Oh Maker.)
Lyrics from "Curse of the I-5 Corridor" - Neko Case
You were a good man before you knew it
And I'm not vain enough to think that
I'd have been good for you if I'd stayed
In the current of your life
I was an eyelash in the shipping lanes
And now I'm so scared about mystery
I fear I smell extinction
In the folds of this novocaine age coming on
I miss the smell of mystery
Reverb leaking outta tavern doors
And not knowing how the sounds were made
So I left home and faked my ID
I fucked every man that I wanted to be
I was so stupid then
Why should mystery give its life for me?
Neko Case's "Curse of the I5 Corridor" is one of my favourite songs released this year. In addition to Mark Lanegan's voice pairing beautifully with hers, the lyrics about feeling insignificant and aging out of and becoming numb to new experiences fuck me up good.
Hope Sandoval's ethereal voice and that dreamy slide guitar make Quiet, The Winter Harbor both a song to feel wistful to, or to dance in the living room with the lights down low
I can't believe I missed Ibeyi's newest album when it was released last year. Their self-titled debut is really good but Ash is even better. It combines Afro Cuban, South American, and Nigerian music and instruments with synthy trip hop and spoken word in the same way Sudan Archives puts together traditional music with current day sounds and lyrics.
#Weirdbrainradio started in on Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus just now, and I realized it’s one of those songs I think is way better gender swapped.
Of course Mary Lambert did a version which is beautifully slow and more soulful. I’d love to hear her or a similar voice with more up-tempo version. https://youtu.be/sZi69cid9ak
"The acoustic sand I’m interested in is rare sand that generates a deep hum when it is put in motion, whether by the wind or by your hand. This acoustic sand occurs only in a few remote locations around the world: a hill in the desert of Mongolia and an area in the middle of the Namib Desert, to name a few. Sliding these layers of sand over one other generates vibrations that emit a deep, low rumbling pitch. This principle can be compared to a bow striking a cello string. In volume, this concert of sand can be as loud as the sound of a helicopter flying over your head."
Dutch artist Lotte Geeven is collecting singing sand from deserts across the world. Interview with sound clips.
"Imagine that you and I were standing in the middle of the desert right now, and all of a sudden the wind rose, making the whole desertscape around us hum like a gigantic brass band. We would be in total awe. We would tell that story, and it would make its way into local culture because of its extraordinary nature."
"The Scientist" by Coldplay could be a good song. It's got an all right melody, and the lyrics are solid. But, Chris Martin's voice does not do it for me. However, there are a few covers that manage to pull together tempo and sadness and even though I can't call any of them great, one lyric stands out: "I was just guessing at numbers and figures/Pulling the puzzles apart/Questions of science, science and progress/Do not speak as loud as my heart." Who hasn't wanted something that can't be explained with a formula, and doesn't make sense?
If you were sentient in 1993, I will accept your thanks now for directing you to this episode of Song Exploder in which Liz Phair unpacks the creation of Divorce Song (and generally the album Exile in Guyville). And if you weren't yet sentient then, maybe give it a listen and imagine how badly we needed her voice.
“Dirty Computers! Feel what it’s like to be cleaned, and update your playlists with me.”
An amazing collab: avant-garde Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq and Damien Abraham of hardcore band Fucked Up cover Iron Maiden's "Run for the Hills" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=610qI7EuJ9c (via @email@example.com)
Both artists are former Polaris Prize winners—Fucked Up in 2009, Tagaq in 2014. I've thought for a long time that they should do a thing together!
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