Foster The People – Helena Beat
I have been listening to the Foster the People album, Torches, nearly every day. This is quality stuff. Between FTP and Cults I have been busy!
Yeah yeah and it’s okay.
I tie my hands up to a chair so I don’t fall that way.
Yeah yeah and I’m alright.
I took a sip of something poison but I’ll hold on tight.
Justin Timberlake, Make Music Again
Miles Davis’s So What with animated sheet music.
When I’m Gone (cover)
View the original by Lulu and the Lampshades, cup routine and all.
Michael Jackson: Back In The Day
1979, the year of Off the Wall and his first nose job, marks an obscure crisis. Around the start of that year, they offer him the gay lead in the film version of A Chorus Line, but he declines the role, explaining, “I’m excited about it, but if I do it, people will link me with the part. Because of my voice, some people already think I’m that way—homo—though I’m actually not at all.”
GQ article, September 2009.
Miles Davis Kind of Blue in 8-bit & 80’s Album Covers Recreated With Comic Book Heroes
Kind of Screwed is an awesome read about fair use in which Andy Baio, writer of waxy.org, got kicked in the teeth to the tune of $32k for pixelating Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue album cover photograph for his Kind of Bloop project.
…Kind of Bloop [is an] 8-bit tribute to Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue, one of my favorite albums of all-time. I’ve always wondered what chiptune jazz covers would sound like. What would the jazz masters sound like on a Nintendo Entertainment System? Coltrane on a C-64? Mingus on Amiga?
To be honest, it’s sounds crazy but it’s an interesting listen for sure. Kind of Blue is one of my favorite albums. Hearing it in 8-bit form is strange, to say the very very least.
Linked below that story was 80’s Album Covers Recreated With Comic Book Heroes and I feel obliged to share. These were all done by Cliff Chiang.
The Breakfast Club
Ray LaMontagne – Crazy (Gnarls Barkley cover)
I’m heading to Kansas City this week to see Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs, opener Brandi Carlile, and special guest The Secret Sisters at the Starlight Theater. Show of dreams!
Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend
My favorite dance move is at 1:47
Jacksonville – Brandon Flowers
“The sky was blue and the night was all I wanted. Let me be your comet, I will fly.”
Michael Jackson vs Rick Astley
When I was 17, maybe 18, I went to Spain with other members of my high school on a cultural trip for Spanish class. My roommate and I would sneak out of the hotel at night and go shopping in the markets, drink in the local bars, and eat at the restaurants. One night, we stumbled into a music store and I picked up Madonna’s Ray of Light album and a Michael Jackson remix album that had a lot of cool tracks on it, including mashups with Rick Astley and Billy Ocean. I have been scouring the internet for this album for years and never really found anything. Recently, I did find the Astley mix on a youtube video, and then the actual track on another website.
It’s a great remix and easily one of my favorites. I will probably forever hunt for that CD. For all I know it’s tucked away in a box in my folks’ house in its original sleeve.
It looks like the album I am looking for is a rare remix unreleased album called “He Still Drives Me Wild”
1 Disco Mix Club Remix (10:20)
2 Disco Mix Club Remix (11:57)
3 Criminal Heart (Annie & Brother Mix) (7:32)
4 Smooth Criminal (Smokin’ Gun Mix) (6:47)
5 Human Nature (12” Remix – Japan) (4:09)
6 Speed Demon (Disco Mix Club Remix) (6:37)
7 Disco Mix Club – Compilation Remix (11:34)
8 Remember The Time (The Ultimate Mix) (11:15)
Criminal Heart – Michael Jackson vs Rick Astley
John Mayer 3/20/2010 St. Louis setlist
Amazing show. Here’s the setlist, with studio albums noted by number:
:: Heartbreak Warfare (4)
:: Why Georgia (1) with a semi cover, in the middle, of Message in a Bottle by The Police, which he also covered for Any Given Thursday.
:: Vultures (3)
:: Something’s Missing (2)
:: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room (3)
:: Perfectly Lonely (4)
:: Assassin (4)
:: Wheel (2)
:: Daughters (2)
:: Crossroads (4)
:: Steve Jordan drum solo that lasted 6 minutes!!
:: Waiting on the World to Change (3)
:: Semi cover of Just Like a Woman (Bob Dylan)
:: Half Of My Heart (4) (with a semi cover, in the middle, of Dreams by Fleetwood Mac) [John Mayer said it was the opposite of Half of My Heart, as told from a woman’s perspective].
:: No Such Thing (1)
:: Who Says (4)
:: Gravity (3)
Between the main set and the encore the entire Scottrade Center lit up with cell phone screens, like thousands of fireflies. John walked back onto the stage, and stated he had goosebumps at the sight. John requested, during Gravity, that the lights be off and that everyone use their cell phone screens for the first half. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
1: Room For Squares (2 tracks played)
2: Heavier Things (3 tracks played)
3: Continuum (4 tracks played)
4: Battle Studies ( 6 tracks played)