It’s Always Sunny In The Alternate Universe

March 7, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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If the new Animal Collective and Dan Deacon just aren’t far enough out there for you, here’s one hot from my mail box today. Step inside the electronically twisted world of Spanaway, Washington’s Chad Imes as Loudspeaker Speaker on his new album Recorded Sound.  Inside the mostly plain brown wrapper the trip kicks off with Hump Like One Leg’s Shorter, a sonically demented pastiche of sound that is what I imagine you’d get if Ween, Barnes & Barnes, and Brian Eno hung out and jammed during a drunken all night bender. The cover of the late 60’s chestnut Sunny that follows is equally twisted and hazy.  Other highlights include the faux horn and drumbeat driven Shimmer Step and the chiming ethereal Mind Of Bryan. The press sheet for the album describes it as “sounds like being drunk on dandelion wine while listening to radio transmission from the center of the Earth in spring” and as abstract as that may sound, it’s pretty damn accurate. It’s definitely not for everyone, but it can offer a respite for the adventurous from typical indie rock fare.

Loudspeaker Speaker – Sunny
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BOS Exclusive : Brand New – Canadian Invasion Covers Fugazi

August 6, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Sorry about the lack of posts over the past few days, Google’s automated web scanning misidentified the site as a bag of spam and quarantined me for a few days until they could verify it was really legit. Back today with a special treat, a Bag Of Songs exclusive from Philadelphia’s Canadian Invasion who have taken the track Public Witness Program from Fugazi‘s
In On the Kill Taker and covered it with their own decidedly cool Brit Rock spin. Brilliant.
Keep your eyes peeled as well for their upcoming full length, Three Cheers For The Invisble Hand, I’ve heard it, and it’s one of the year’s best records on it’s way to a release date real soon.

Canadian Invasion – Public Witness Program (Fugazi cover)


The Teardrops Fell Like Rain…

April 1, 2008 by · 5 Comments
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When the newest version of the song Teardrop hit my inbox this afternoon, I just couldn’t resist posting these for you to compare and contrast. Massive Attack‘s classsic original, Jose Gonzalez‘s brilliant acoustic version from last year, and Newton Faulkner’s brand new reworking of the song. Which do you like best ?

Massive Attack – Teardrop
Buy Mezzanine

Jose Gonzalez – Teardrop
Buy In Our Nature

Newton Faulkner – Teardrop
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Random Song Of The Day : Jockey Full Of Bourbon

November 29, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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When you’re playing in band, every once in a while you have one those nights where the planets just align or something and the songs you play end up a step beyond where you thought they would ever go. Those are the nights you remember the most. Here’s a song from one of those nights, a blistering, set closing cover of Tom Waits Jockey Full Of Bourbon. Rock on.

MP3: Spare Tire – Jockey Full Of Bourbon (Tom Waits cover)
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Creeping Weeds On A BOAT

November 21, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Big thanks to You Ain’t No Picasso for tipping me off to a hot new song by Bag Of Songs favorites Creeping Weeds. The band BOAT asked people to submit covers of their songs and have been posting them on their website all this past month.
Here’s Creeping Weeds excellent take on on (I’m A) Donkey for Your Love and in case you’re not familiar with it, BOAT‘s version as well. Rock on.

MP3: Creeping Weeds – (I’m A) Donkey for Your Love
MORE Creeping Weeds
MP3: BOAT – (I’m A) Donkey for Your Love

5 On A Friday : Neon Bible Studies

September 7, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Last year’s cover song of choice du jour was Crazy by Gnarls Barkley. This year in somewhat of an unexpected surprise it’s turning out to be songs from the Arcade Fire‘s Neon Bible. Here’s five for you, don’t miss the especially amazing acapella version of the title track by Operation Bumblebee, it’s absolutely stunning. Sorry,to keep it to just 5, I skipped over Calexico‘s version of Ocean Of Noise, are there any more I should know about.

1: Foo Fighters – Keep The Car Running
More Foo Fighters
2: Operation Bumblebee – Neon Bible (Acapella)
More Operation Bumblebee
3: Norah Jones – Ocean Of Noise
More Norah Jones
4: The Atom Spies – Black Waves
More The Atom Spies
5: Final Fantasy – No Cars Go
More Final Fantasy

Buy Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

Here’s a 5 on a Friday bonus for you. Feeling inspired by all the reverie and want to join in ?
Go to Supernatural Things for this : How To Play Ocean Of Noise By The Arcade Fire

Why not record your Neon Bible favorite and send it to me.
Who knows, you just may show up 5 On A Friday.

Bad Covers : WTF Was I Thinking ?

May 28, 2007 by · 3 Comments
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In the words of Jenny Owen Youngs, “What The F_ck was I thinking” is a line all of the artists below must be saying to themselves after recording these recent “gems”. Here’s a few of my picks for the worst cover versions of the year so far.

I’m sure there’s many more, what are some of your picks ?

On a tribute disc chock full of clunkers, Sufjan Stevens still manages to distinguish himself from the pack with this especially lame rendering of a Joni Mitchell classic. WTF was he thinking ?
MP3: Sufjan Stevens – Free Man In Paris
Buy A Tribute To Joni Mitchell
UPDATE : 05.30.07 The Asthmatic Kitty website posts a brief essay by Sufjan explaining exactly WTF he was thinking when he covered this song.
Jesse Malin‘s obviously a big Replacements fan, but I guess he couldn’t make up his mind whether he wanted to cover Androgynous or Bastards Of Young and ended up with this mess which does both songs a disservice. WTF was he thinking ?
MP3: Jesse Malin – Bastards Of Young
Buy Glitter In The Gutter
I don’t even really know how to describe this next one. Chris Cornell takes one of the biggest dance floor hits from the “King Of Pop” and turns it into a seventies style sludge rocker. WTF was he thinking ?
MP3: Chris Cornell – Billie Jean
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A p:ear Grows In Portland

May 2, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Portland’s Arena Rock Records took some of Portland’s finest musicians – The Decemberists, Dandy Warhols, Chris Walla and more and paired each of their talents up with a classic cover song. The end result was the excellent 19 song collection called Bridging The Distance.

Not only is it a fantastic collection of songs, all of the proceeds benefit a Portland organization called p:ear.
p:ear programs build positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth, through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year p:ear serves more than 350 homeless and transitional young people in the Portland, Oregon area.

There’s nothing but highlights on this one, but some of my favorites are Pat McDonald’s(Timbuk 3) rocking take on The Harder They Come, The Thermal’s smoldering version of Zeppelin’s Tangerine and Britt Daniel’s(Spoon) percussion workout on Bring It On Home to Me.

Buy it. Not only will you get some great music you’ll be investing in a brighter future for someone at the same time.

Bridging The Distance – A Portland OR covers compilation
The Decemberists – Think about Me (Fleetwood Mac)
Pat MacDonald – The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff)
The Joggers – Long Distance Runaround (Yes)
The Snuggle Ups – Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
The Thermals – Tangerine (Led Zeppelin) MP3
Christopher Walla – Shattered Dreams (Johnny Hates Jazz)
Viva Voce – Eye in the Sky (The Alan Parsons Project)
The Minus 5 – That Smell (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Talkdemonic – Sombre Reptiles (Brian Eno)
The Minders – Don’t Bring Me Down (Electric Light Orchestra)
The Kingdom – Sister Christian (Night Ranger)
Lackthereof – What a Fool Believes (The Doobie Brothers)
Whip – White Wedding (Billy Idol)
Wet Confetti – Invincible (Pat Benatar)
The Dandy Warhols – She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult)
Point Juncture, WA – Pearl of the Quarter (Steely Dan)
Blitzen Trapper – Crazy on You (Heart)
Crosstide – (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? (Nick Lowe)
Britt Daniel – Bring It on Home to Me (Sam Cooke)

[BUY IT] [Arena Rock Records] [p:ear]