Tree (a.k.a. Oliver Tree) just released the video for his cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police,” which is featured on his debut EP Demons. You can watch the video and stream the EP in its entirety below. Tree’s singing voice can’t quite compare to that of Thom Yorke, but then whose can? What sets his cover apart is the brief verse that he raps and especially his arrangement of the song – a mix of electronic beats and lovely classical strings.
Guest Post by: Brendan
Muruch Editor Vic may not have been fond of Amanda Palmer’s ukulele era, but I’ve been enjoying her performance of popular Radiohead hits on her Magical Ukulele:
Even more awesome is the fact that she brought her ukulele to C-Span.
Amanda’s Ukulele anthem is among the free downloads available from her Soundcloud page.
“The Guacamole Ukulele Song” by Lauren Fairweather and Lena Gabrielle will worm its way into your head and stay there forever. You have been warned:
Here’s Jake Shimabukuro covering Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”:
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Over The Rainbow” is perhaps the most heard Ukulele cover. He was profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Finally, I dare you to sit still during this NPR Tiny Desk Concert from Tune-Yards (mp3).
Last week’s pick, Radiohead’s The Bends, was even better than I remembered. It’s not an album I’ve listened to much in recent years, simply because it’s tied to some intense memories and emotions that I’m not always prepared to relive (ah, the power of music-induced nostalgia!). When I do listen to it, though, I’m surprised at how inaccurate my memory is regarding the album’s mood. Radiohead’s music, particularly their early albums, has often been inaccurately described as depressing and time always seems to lead me back to that misperception. But listening to The Bends again, I was struck at how beautifully and brilliantly they embellished even their most melancholy melodies with rock riffs and electronic beats. The sneering rock “Just” reminds me why Muse is always compared to Radiohead, but “High and Dry,” “Fake Plastic Trees,” “Black Star” and especially “Street Spirit” remain unparalleled in their elegiac elegance. Now for something a little more upbeat and fun…
This week’s classic album is…Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual
To recap the procedure here: At the beginning of each week, I’ll post brief thoughts on the previous week’s listening experience along with the coming week’s classic album selection. Then sometime in the week that follows, we’ll all take the time to listen to the album from beginning to end with no distractions. It can be as simple as just getting away from the computer to listen alone or you can make an event of it with candles, beverages and friends. Whatever format you play the album in or the manner in which you listen, just give the music your full and undivided attention.
Feel free to comment or email your opinions of our selections and recommendations for classic albums (from any decade, including this one).