In case I didn’t mention it before, I’m pretty much in love with Kurt Vonnegut. It’s completely inappropriate considering the age difference, not to mention my marital status. But I am a victim of his intellect and sarcasm. So anyway, I think this page is very cool since it contains a list of bands and songs apparently influenced by Kurt and his writing.
From the new Johnny Cash biopic I Walk The Line. Yes, that is really Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon singing a cover of the classic duet originally recorded by Cash and his wife, June Carter. I’m not as impressed with Joaquin’s vocals as most of the critics who have reviewed the film seem to be, but Reese sounds surprisingly good and very similiar to June.
And here’s the real Man in Black, this time singing a duet with Nick Cave. I am a huge fan of both singers, so I was so excited to find this song. It is quite a cheery, jaunty tune for the two usually dark artists, and I think their voices really suit each other. The song was featured on Cash’s Unearthed box set, a collection of duets and other previously unreleased recordings from his “American Recordings” era.
I got in the mood to listen to The Waterboys the other day and so now you can, too. While I think “The Whole of the Moon” seems to be the better known of their songs (at least it’s the most frequently covered), I think “Fisherman’s Blues” is their best song and also a great song in general. And “She is so beautiful” (from lead singer Mike Scott’s solo album, Bring ’em All In) could easily be a classic Dylan tune. Though Scott was born in Edinburgh, Scotland (a.k.a. my favourite city in the world), the band’s music was obviously heavily influenced by their time living in Ireland.
Every time I play this song, I have to put it on repeat. It is what a great power pop (pop/rock?) song is supposed to be. Catchy tune and chorus (“You gave me the best mixtape I have”), poetic lyrics, nice vocals. And I have a thing for anything related to mixtapes. Butch Walker used to be with Marvelous 3.
Are there certain things that are almost guaranteed to make you like a song? (If so, tell me:p) For me, it’s hand claps. There are exceptions, but it seems if a song uses clapping as part of the beat, I love it. I blame Mary Timony. Anyway, this is a clap happy tune from The New Pornographers contributor Daniel Bejar’s band. Pretty, a little trip hoppy. Or Brit poppy, as it sound like it could be a song by James.
I’ve mentioned my love of Grunge before. As much as I love Nirvana, this is probably my very favourite song of that era. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/) and Eddy Veder together on one song? Come on! And. It’s a good song in itself, too. I don’t mind stealing bread from the mouths of decadence either.
Three versions of the same song. I know, I need help. But I was looking for a particular version of it, the one that was played in an episode of Nip/Tuck. And there are about eleventy-one mixes of the damn song anyway, so I was the true victim here. The Gabriel/Dresden mix is my favourite of the three I’m offering up above. It has a slow, trip hop beat to it that emphasizes the sexy tone of the female vocals rather than overwhelming them. The Tiesto mix has a faster, dance club beat. I don’t usually like that in a remix, but on this one it works well. Probably because the original radio edit had a similiar dance beat.
The song I mentioned in my Jandek post. I can’t help but imagine the pretend horse coconut knocking in Monty Python’s Holy Grail every time I listen to this.
And finally, a requested repost:
The Lemonheads – Into Your Arms
Ps. I finished with Nanowrimo earlier than expected. I’m back, baby!
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