I Like Covers But Not Cover Bands

I’ve always liked cover songs. The good ones at least. I know that some people detest them. They say things like “What’s the point, if I want to hear that song I’ll listen to the original”. Obviously, they’ve never heard Spanky Wilson’s funky assed version of “Sunshine of Your Love”. Or the Blind Boys of Alabama’s transcendant version of the Rolling Stones’ “Just Wanna See His Face”.
The best covers use the originals as a starting point and then go off into directions unknown. They are surprising. It’s that mix of the familiar and the strange that make them so much fun to listen to. The artist makes the song their own, no matter how familiar the original may be.

That’s why, on the other hand, that I’ve never liked cover bands. Totally different ball game here. The job of a cover band is to perform note for note covers of the originals. To which I say, “What’s the point…?”

Each weekday afternoon at 5:00 PM, I present the 5 O’Clock Shadow, an original and a cover back to back. Do you have any suggestions?

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Site of the Day: Cool Hunting

This is probably one of my favorite blogs. Cool Hunting is a blog that finds cool and interesting things from around the world. Being that I was practicing Architecture in a past life and have a fetish for all design related things, they have a slant to designers. They even have a cool video podcast which you can subscribe through Itunes.

Cool Hunting is a daily update on ideas and products in the intersection of art, design, culture and technology, and features weekly videos that get an inside look at the people who create them. Money can buy you a lot of things, but it can’t buy you coverage on Cool Hunting. All of our content is editorially based using the standard of “stuff we like.” Published since February 2003 as a personal catalog and reference tool, the site today attracts and inspires more than 250,000 regular readers from around the world. The site is edited by Josh Rubin, Evan Orensten and Ami Kealoha.

The Guys becames so popular they created other sites:
Needled: The fine art and culture of Tattoos
Tropolism: A site close to my heart. It deals with everything Architecture and Design related

Cool Hunting

Site of the Day: Zoho Notebook

Zoho Notebook

Do you want a place to do research and collaborate with other people without emailing files back and forth. Maybe Zoho Notebook is the answer.

Screenshot

From Techcrunch

Not surprisingly, Notebook follows a notebook metaphor, consisting of books, with pages that you can drop content from services like Zoho Writer and Sheets onto. The pages currently supports adding spreadsheets, word processor, task, planner, contacts, and calendars as pages or embedded widgets on the pages. Other embedded objects consist of text, images, video, HTML, RSS, javascript, Flash embeds and webpages. Images, video, and audio can be drawn from third party services or recorded right from within the program using recorders from Flixn. Notebook will also come with a browser plugin for Firefox and IE you can use to cut and paste web clips into the notebook. If you can’t find what you need on the web they also have some simple drawing tools (text, box, circle, line, comment bubble) to get the job done. Each object on a page can have its z-depth changed.

Get in the Pool for free Music

Warm and Scratchy

Adult Swim has probably one of the most innovative and ‘out there programming on tv. Yet that is not enough for them. They want to put out innovative and ‘out there’ music, and better yet give it away for free. Their new compilation called ‘Warm and Scratchy’ is no different. Artists such as TV on the Radio, The Rapture, Broken Social Scene and others appears on the album. You can download the full album from here.

Tracklisting:
01. Me-I – TV On The Radio
02. Dead Sound – The Ravenettes
03. The Equestrian – Les Savy Fav
04. Crimson Red – The Rapture
05. Justine – 120 Days
06. Canada Vs. America – Broken Social Scene
07. Color of the love You Have – SOUND Team
08. The Bunting Song (acoustic version) – The Good, The Bad and The Queen
09. Half Century – The Brother Kite
10. Silver (Original Beats) – Jesu
11. Back to Flash – Amusement Parks on Fire
12. Stay Awake – Asobi Seksu
13. Winter – Fennesz
14. Sunset Rodeo – Liars

Video for Me-I from TV on the Radio

Site of the Day: Create your own Myspace!

Ning

Today’s Site of the Day is very interesting one. With everybody on myspace and facebook, why not have your own social network for your own interests. Think of having your own social network for single moms, Green Bay Packer Fans, or even for your own High school. Ning allows you do this and it is for free.

Here are some of the features

  • Full Customization (make it look how you want to)
  • Photo Sharing
  • Video Sharing (your own personal youtube)
  • Disscusion Forum
  • Member Profiles & Blogs

Here is a screenshot of an example network called Brooklyn Art Project. It is a social network for emerging artists
Brooklyn
Give it a try, and If you create something let me know and I will post the link here on this blog.

Site of the Day

Starting today, I will be featuring a website I come across that I find interesting and unique. So from Monday through Friday, you will get a new site to check out. These sites will cover all kinds of topics such as music, politics, culture, etc.

The first site is a very moving and emotional site. The Site is Alive in Baghdad.
Alive in Baghdad

Alive in Baghdad is a video blog that takes a different perspective of life in Iraq during the war. It takes it through the eyes of the Iraqis themselves. Each video is different aspect of life in Iraq told through the Iraqis.

From the website:

Alive in Baghdad was formed to counter the sound-bite driven, “Live From” news model. Through the work of a team of Americans and Iraqi correspondents on the ground, Alive in Baghdad shows the occupation through the voices of Iraqis. Alive in Baghdad brings testimonies from individual Iraqis, footage of daily life in Iraq, and short news segments from Iraq to you.

Take a look at it and let me know what you think.

Surprises and Disappointments in Louisville

I just returned from the 7th Annual Triple A Radio Convention in my home town of Louisville,KY. Two days of music, meetings, music, panel discussions, music and more music. Radio programmers, Music Directors, Label Reps and artists from around the country convene to talk radio and records and of course listen to live music. A partial list of this years performers include Angelique Kidjo, Ryan Adams, MOE, Suzanne Vega, Gran Bel Fisher, Paula Cole and the legendary Charlie Louvin to name a few.

The biggest surprise for me was Gran Bel Fisher. I really like the album so it’s not like I expected them to be bad. But since I’d never seen them live before, I really didn’t know what to expect. They played on the 16th floor of the Brown Hotel on Saturday afternoon.
They came out and just tore it up for their short 20 minute set. Fisher has a such a big, strong voice that cut clearly through the glorious racket created by his three piece band. His piano playing provided great balance and contrast to the raucous, old school, guitar, bass and drums accompaniment.

The biggest disappointment was hands down Ryan Adams. He headlined the Saturday night listener appreciation concert at the Brown Theater and proved once again that he couldn’t care less about his fans who sell out their hard earned money to see him perform. Just before Adams and his band, The Cardinals, came on, the stage lights were brought down to a very dim, deep, dark blue. The appeared as near silhouettes. Adams had a hooded sweatshirt pulled securely up over his head obscuring his face. This was topped off with a pair of big, dark sunglasses that rendered him completely unrecognizable. I later learned from a stage hand that he also had a shower cap on under the hoodie!?

Adams didn’t take center stage, instead he sat on a stool next to the drummer at the rear of the stage. He kept his head down with a microphone to his mouth and started to sing. He kept this position the entire evening. He never moved, raised his head or said a word between songs. The lights were never raised from blacklight level the entire show.

Was it Adams or someone else mouthing the songs? No way to tell. When they finished their short set he said thanks and exited the stage. There was no encore.