Jan. 20th, 2009

when_i_go_deaf: (Yoda & His iPod)
Happy new week all! I took a little holiday from posting, but we're back now with a bunch of new stuff for y'all.

Prosaics were a band that appeared all too briefly back in 2005 with a four-song EP of garage rock goodness. Most who heard them might have dismissed them for sounding a little too much like Joy Division, but then again Interpol has gotten away with that since they showed up. My favorite track from the EP, "Teeth", still sounds like the best opening theme to a TV show that has never been used. I wonder what those guys are up to now...

Saw Beatallica Sunday night with my buddy Mick at High Noon Saloon here in Madison. For those of you not familiar with Beatallica the band plays Beatles songs in the style of Metallica, and takes the concept a step further by mashing the lyrics and songs from both with fantastic results. The band comes out wearing uniforms similar to the ones the Beatles wore for Sgt. Pepper, but they all have the long metal manes that Metallica sported prior to 1996. If none of you have heard them before, try these out:
Beatallica - Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band
Beatallica - A Garage Dayz Nite
Beatallica - Hey Dude

I keep forgetting how well Sam Beam and Calexico work together. I'm glad I dug that album up again this past weekend.

Whilst digging for some Nirvana covers I stumbled upon the Japanese tribute to Nirvana entitled All Apologies. Granted I would have usually ignored such a tribute because the results would more than likely be too painful to endure, but there are some interesting takes of Nirvana classics on here. Lunkhead's take on "All Apologies", with it's noticeable Engrish lyrics, is one of the problematic tracks you would expect on here. Art-School's acoustic take on "About A Girl" includes a rather prominent drum beat to help keep the track bumping along. Hige's "Scentless Apprentice" is a fuzzed noisy mess, and I kind of like it that way. The best track of all is Miyavi's propulsive rendition of Bleach's"Blew", which catches your attention almost automatically. Not to be blasphemous, but I almost prefer Miyavi's version of Cobain's original.

A guy I used to talk to quite regularly asked me to hunt up The Other Ones' "Holiday" a couple of years back, and I found it again yesterday. What a goofy track... Gotta love the German dance tracks from the 80's. ;)

The soundtrack to the new Underworld movie popped up over the weekend, and it has Maynard James Keenan and Wes Borland all over it again. What I find kind of funny is how the movie is set in medieval times, yet the soundtrack is consists (again) of all modern rock and industrial tracks. I guess Danny Elfman was busy(?) The tracks that jumped out me is the Renholder remix of Deftones' "Hole In The Earth" (quite possibly my all-time favorite track of theirs) and two names I never thought I'd see together: VNV Nation remixing AFI's "Miss Murder". I thought I'd see Ronan kick out a new album before seeing him remix AFI tracks.

There is some pretty good music coming out early on in 2009 here. My previously stated views on Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion are still mostly valid, but I'm finding myself powerless against the track Summertime Clothes". The chorus of "I want to walk around with you" gets stuck in your head so easily it's (dare I say) infectious. The upcoming Dark Was The Night AIDS benefit compilation looks to have a killer line-up, including "Train Song", a tasty collaboration between Leslie Feist and Death Cab's Ben Gibbard. The new M. Ward is more long-playing goodness from one of the Northwest's best musicians at the moment, though I am mystified that the catchiest tune "Never Had Nobody Like You" features Zooey Deschanel's backing vocals during the chorus. If none of you have gotten into Asobi Seksu before now, try out the song "Sunshower" off of their new LP coming out next month. For those who have yet to hear the new Andrew Bird that came out next week, I have to strongly recommend giving Noble Beast a listen. If you still need convincing, try "Fitz & Dizzyspells". Yum yum yum. ;)

Finally, one of these posts can never be complete without a few more covers, and here some doosies for you. Natacha Atlas gives us a bossa-nova take on James Brown's "(It's A Mans's Man's) Man's World", which might the one version of the song trippier than the Concrete Blonde's version. Katy "I Kissed A Girl" Perry decided to reinterpret Outfield's "Your Love", except she altered the lyrics and re-titled the track "Use Your Love". If you're familiar with her work, you kinda know what to expect. The gem that still has me tweaking an eyebrow in mock horror: Dolly Parton's reading of Collective Soul's "Shine". No, that's a typo. Even more shocking: it's not that bad.

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