Symphonious Thursday #33

A little different approach this time. I’ve discovered something about myself and caught myself doing something I really enjoy without being fully aware of it. That thing is discovering covers of Where Is My Mind? by Pixies.
You guys already know I love the song. I think I mentioned it’s because of the simple riff throughout the song. It’s one of the few songs that can have the same simple melody almost entirely throughout the song without it getting boring, and apparently I’m not alone in thinking so.
This song has so many different covers. When covering a song it is so easy to just copy the original, especially when you already love the style of the original, but since the main focus of the song is on the melody itself and doesn’t take many liberties with fancy instruments or interrupting the main flow if the song it is very easy (and probably fun) to put your own style to it. Pixies already have a pretty distinct garage band style to their songs, not to mention this song, which makes it so fun to hear different versions of it.
I am quite open to different genres, even though I do have a very particular taste in music, which I thought would help me in this “quest”.

So to give you a taste I wanted to show you my top 10 most interesting and different, yet similar covers of this song, starting from “least original” to “most original” in my opinion. And remember that “original” doesn’t necessarily mean “good”.

Just a heads up: this list do contain A LOT of different styles and genres, and I can immediately promise you that not all of these will fall into taste. You might even find that this list was incorrectly organised, but keep in mind that this is my personal opinion. Also keep in mind that these are just the top 10. There are soooo many covers out there that I just couldn’t possibly put them all on this list.

WARNING! VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED: I guess I’m obliged to do this. Some of these videos (more specifically number 2) contains nudity and violence. So… if you don’t think you can handle that, don’t watch it. I’m not putting an age restriction on here, because people have different sensitivity levels. Some eight year old might find violence okay, but I know I couldn’t stand horror movies until I was 16, so… you’re reading and watching at your own risk. Don’t sue me.

10. Hello Bye Bye

Obviously on the list for it’s slow start and sudden change somewhere around the middle. Also great backing vocals gives this song a completely new and original sound. I think this version really highlights the familiar guitar riff by making it slower.

9.  I’m Not A Pilot

For this one I’m actually going to have to send you to a different WordPress site: http://creamcitysound.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/im-not-a-pilot-where-is-my-mind-pixies-cover/

I love the classical mix with rock style to this song. Other than that it pretty much bear a strong resemblance to the original, which is okay too. But thumbs up for originality!

8. Nada Surf

Not particularly different from the original, but it does put its own style on the song, and changes the general feel of it, and I like the subtle change they made towards the end. Slow, easy, simple and pays homage to the original.

7. Trampled By Turtles

Pulling a completely different style altogether, this band makes it sound like it’s a different song. Putting so much effort into making the song unique to their style.

6. Supervillains

I love how in the beginning it sounds almost identical to the original and then it hits you in the face with something completely new. This is the only reggae version of this song I’ve come by, and those who know me I like me some reggae now and then. I love the unique twist on this, but, and I hate to nitpick, but I don’t like what they’ve done to the riff. But points for originality.

5. Noah and the Whale (feat. The Vaccines)

A somewhat popular band, with a distinct style takes this song and gives it that distant, slow, calm style of their original songs. It’s the little things that counts, so try and pay attention to the details, because they’re the things that makes this version unique. (Jump to 1:12 for the actual song).

4. Total Warr

Not exactly my go-to music genre, but I find this version absolutely amazing. It manages to keep the essence of the original while still putting their own (completely different) style to it, which is the main reason I did this in the first place. There’s a difference between creating a remix and making a completely different version of something.

3. Frank Black Francis

Can you put the original composer of the song on a list for originality? Yeah, turns out Frank Black made another (solo) version of his most famous song, and it stands OUT! There’s even barely any melody in this one, and most of it’s just distorted sounds mixed with a bass that carries the original melody along in the traditional Kim Deal style. It is quite… strange.

2. Telepathic Teddy Bear

I love that this just isn’t an electronic/techno version of the song, but the style makes in nearly fantastical, mysterious and almost creepy. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something “off” about it, which makes it all the more enjoyable.

1. THePETEBOX

Very good mixing of different styles and genres. What makes this so unique and original is that while it still keeps the melody and the general tone of the original, it completely renewes it, and even uses the bare minimum of instruments (above none, obviously): only one. The rest is done by the artist’s mouth. I haven’t found any version that compares to this song’s originality.

All great covers of a few simple chords that never gets old.

Symphonious Thursday #32

Maybe it’s about time to post one of these again. I hope you don’t mind me posting these whenever I can. I don’t always have time to sit down and write about new music. Also, finding new music is fairly easy, but trying to interpret it or write down your thoughts about it is somewhat difficult to do in one sitting, without being able to think about it properly.
I’ve had a period of listening aimlessly again, and thought about listening to Eels on random to find something new and break out of my mindless loop , but when I decided I didn’t need to be depressed the next month. I then remembered a band I hadn’t listened to for nearly six months: Barenaked Ladies. However, when it comes to bands I am fairly familiar with, I end up playing the same songs I’ve heard before and never end up discovering something new. But after listening to them on random for about 30 minutes I came across this song.

I don’t know if this is a popular song or not, but I rather enjoy it. A lot. In fact, I’ve been listening to it for the past 3 hours (don’t judge me). I love songs with a scenario, and I will now try to interpret this song for you all.
I think it’s about a couple of guys, girls whatever arguing whether their friend should date this Katie, or not. One is positive to the idea, the other is negative.
The first verse:

What’s the use in hesitating?
Can’t you see that Katie’s waiting?
Just because her youth is fading
Doesn’t mean she’s not worth dating.

is obviously positive. This person (I’m going to suggest friend) can see no reason why his friend shouldn’t date Katie. Sure, she might not be a young supermodel, but she’s a great girl and there’s no reason to hesitate the relationship.

The second verse:

I don’t know
What the fuss is all about
Just take it slow
It’s not like you can’t live without her
To and fro if you’ve got a shred of doubt
Then it’s not worth it

is obviously negative. He doesn’t understand why he should rush the relationship, or even go there in the first place. If he’s unsure about the decision he should just take it slow, and suggests that if he’s even doubting it’s not worth trying to build a relationship with her.

The third verse is the positive again saying:

Can’t you see her with her arms wide open?
She’s everything that you’ve been hoping for
Forever’s not so long, stop moping
She’s got a daughter and you’re just not coping

Again, trying to persuade him into a relationship with Katie. Even if he’s going to be stuck in the relationship it’s still worth it, because they’re perfect for each other, and he suggests that the only reason he’s even doubting is because of Katie’s daughter (probably suggesting she’s a little older, which would explain the previous part).

The last verse:

Do you know everyone you ever swore you’d love for life?
I don’t know them anymore
I know their names, I’d recognize them on the street
And I don’t love them

is the counterpart speaking again, making an argument that love doesn’t love forever, probably referring to both Katie and the person they’re talking to. He may love her now, but in a few years he’ll be over it and forget about her. Since Katie has a child she probably had someone special in her life at one point, but now he’s gone.

The chorus:

What’s so maybe about
What’s so maybe about
What’s so maybe about Katie?

is them both asking that question, but putting something different in it. “Maybe” can mean both yes and no. They’re sort of saying “Why are you even question it?”, but one sees it in a positive way, the other in a negative way. The positive is saying “Why wouldn’t you date her?”, while the negative is saying “Why would you date her?”.

The other thing that leads me to this conclusion is the change in style throughout the song. The first and thrid verses are slow, soft and easy, while the second and fourth are fast-paced, harsh and heavy (light and dark). Also, the mentioning and literal use of a metronome in the beginning suggests the main character (if I can call him that) is trying to decide between two options, and he’s tilting between them, because he can’t decide. In other words, there’s an equal amount of pros as there are cons.
Basically this could be  a conversation between a person’s conscience.

Even if this song is very popular, it still isn’t one of their most popular songs, and I think it is extremely underrated. It has that typical happy, feel-good style of Barenaked Ladies and it could easily replace one of their more popular songs.

Hope you enjoy this song as much as I did. I’m still listening to it right now.

Trying not to get sued

So I’m not particularly worried about this, but just in case I’m changing the general theme of this blog (Batman). I’m a big Batman fan, and I am rather proud of the design of the header, but because of the high risk of DC actually visiting my homepage I’m changing the design to something more personal. I hope you like the new design (even though it’s not nearly as nerdy).

As for the name, you might recognize the phrase.

Although it’s a pretty well known part, I’m sure Monty Python won’t mind me borrowing their phrase for a blog that’s never even going to take off. And if they do, I’m crediting everything to them, obviously. I took that phrase from them without permission, and I’m sorry for not asking first, but the name was so good!
There, I think I’m safe for now.

Feel free to give me some feedback on the new design. You might have noticed me messing around with it a while now, but I think I found one I like (and hopefully you will too).

One final answer

Well, you guys know I contacted HBO several times, and this last time I actually told them that I’ve already asked them before and didn’t receive an answer. I guess they got fed up with my nagging and gave me an answer, which I will share with you now:

Wayward pup

I guess that’s fair, since that episode aired 15 years ago. I guess they can’t keep record of everything. That is understandable. It is kind of ridiculous to assume the people who got the song for the show are still working there.

But mark my words, I will be damned if I die before this song is brought out to the public. The search continues!

Colour songs

I’ve just realised something very strange. Something I wasn’t aware of until just a few days ago, when I was taking the bus home from Trysil. Approx 3 minutes of those 4 hours I was listening to a particular song (which I will mention later) and looked out the window at the bypassing trees, (GREEN!!)grass, bushes and so on. And then I noticed something: this song is green! I couldn’t find myself enjoying the song looking at the ocean or something with a different colour, nor could I imagine something different fitting this song.
Then I started to wonder whether there were other songs with a particular colour to it. And there was. Lots. The strange thing is that it’s not like the music video is portraying anything with the specific colour or anything, it just feels that way.

Here are a few examples:

Green

Red

Blue

Yellow

Please let me know if you agree or if you have some other suggestions. I would love to know. It’s intresting how the mind works, and especially if it’s like a collektive consciousness like this.

Songs I never skip

Many of you don’t know me, but those who do… could probably guess that I like to play lists on random, and in particularly my starred list on Spotify. My starred list is probably my most mixed playlist, because I listen to a lot of different songs.
But with a list of many different songs come many different moods, so you might understand that I skip a lot of songs. Though there are some songs that I never skip. I don’t know if it’s because of the mood, or if it’s simply how it starts, but there’s something about these songs that stop me.
These are the songs that I don’t intentionally put on, but I always end up playing if they happen to pop up. These are the songs I never skip.
So I’m just gonna list them right here. In no particular order.

1. The Polyphonic Spree – Lithium (Nirvana cover)

I’m not a particularly big fan of neither The Polyphonic Spree nor Nirvana, but first of all we can thank Kurt for giving this song a great tune, and we can think the Polyphonic Spree for their upbeat version of it. Great on both parts. I don’t think I’ve ever skipped it.

2. They Might Be Giants – The Statue Got Me High

Now, you might think obviously there would be a TMBG song on here, but I’ll tell you that it really wasn’t that obvious. I love all of TMBG’s songs, but my favourites usually only lasts a month or so, and I’ll be hooked on another song. I love them all but this always catches my ear.

3. Pixies – WhereIs My Mind

I grew up with this song, and I loved it since the first time I heard it. Usually the songs that I’ve heard countless times grow old and uninteresting, however this never seems to bore me. There’s something about that simple riff that never gets old.

4. Flight Of The Conchords – Leggy Blonde

I don’t think it comes as a surprise that I love this show. Not to mention my favourite character is Murray Hewitt. This song is just too cute and too pitiful to skip. I love it to death.

5. Morten Abel -Lydia

I even hate to admit that I am extremely embarrassed for being a Morten Abel fan (don’t tell anyone), but I am, and I have been since I was 13. This song isn’t on my starred list, but it’s on another private list (for dark secret guilty pleasures). This song always pumps me up for the day, and it makes me happy (plus the video is pretty cool).

So that’s my list. I think we all saw somewhat of a theme here (slow start, upbeat melodies, but dark themes, yeah, I know), but maybe you learnt something new about me, and maybe even yourself as well.

An answer

You may call me crazy, but I went ahead and asked a band I found, called The Satellites, straight up if they were the band who made the song (Wayward Pup). I think I mentioned that I found several bands called The Satellites, but none that matched the style of the song. However, these did.
This band was the same who made the song Soothe Me, which can be found on YouTube, and right here:

Now, I know I said, and I quote: “The only other thing I’ve heard of this band is the song “Soothe Me” (which you thankfully can find on YouTube)”. Here’s the story.
By scrolling down in the comments on this video I found a comment that said “I love this song. I think it’s brilliant, very beautiful and the voice is amazing. Jordi is very special singer. I love satellites!!!!”. By reading this I made the obvious conclusion that Jordi was the singer of this particular Satellites. By doing a quick Google search for “Jordi the satellites” I came across a Wikipedia page in Catalan for this band. I found that the vocalist’s full name was Jordi Herrera. I then did a Google search for him and after a short amount of time found their website.
You can easily contact them on their website, so I did. I got a dignified and a somewhat funny answer from them today.

An answer

So I’m sorry for potentially getting your hopes up, but no, they are not the same band. I still can’t find anything on them, and I still have no answer from HBO. Their songs are definitely as good, though.

BUT turns out this band is really good. They’re from Mallorca and make great music. You should visit their website and buy some albums. I know I will! You can also read about the band there and check out some pictures. You can also like them on Facebook (they post only Catalan (Spanish) updates, though… so).

Give this band some love. At least listen to some of their music.

No answer

Remember almost a year ago I talked about a song that was featured on Sex and the City, called Wayward Pup? You can read it here, if you haven’t already.
Anyway, I haven’t given up my search yet. I don’t remember if I told you that I contacted them and got no answer what so ever, but  I just wanted to let you guys know I sent them another e-mail, and have apparently encouraged other people to do so as well.
Also, in those ten months since I uploaded that video to YouTube, I have gotten a little bit in touch with my fellow hunters. If you go to the video on YouTube, you can check out some of our conversations in the comment section.

Please, if you’re one of them, send HBO an e-mail craving this song!
Here’s their contact page: http://www.hbo.com/#/about/contact-us.html/
(I had some trouble finding it, so I’m posting it here).

My logic tells me if enough people keep pestering them they will eventually give in and tell us something about this strange case.

Also wanted to tell you I’ve noticed the rather sudden rise in followers to my blog, and wanted to thank you guys! You’re obviously the ones who keeps this going. I could make these entries entirely for myself, but it’s nice to know someone out there are actually interested in reading my stuff, even though it’s not particularly interesting.

Also, I just wanted to share with you some of the wonderfully hilarious spam I get sometimes.

University

Being sorry for not wishing someone “Merry Christmas” is apparently a university topic. I had no idea my blog entries were so intellectual.

Hacker

I don’t know how many of you who follow my blog follow me on Twitter as well (btdubbs: everything I post here is posted there), but those of you who do might have noticed something strange the past… month? Maybe? I’m not sure how long this has been going on, since I don’t regularly visit my Twitter, but something was brought to my attention by one of my friends. He asked me what the frack was up with my Twitter and that it had been taken over by some “Renay Whinnery”.

Renay Whinnery
My username is compdiff and when I logged in like usual I was brought to this site. I can see no reason why anyone would want to hack my profile, but I guess it happened… by a 15 year old girl. I realise this could be anybody. It could be a serial killer or whatever. Thankfully, I don’t take my Twitter very seriously and haven’t saved my phone number, address or even real name to my profile. So really, there is no reason whatsoever for this Renay to want my profile so deeply. Maybe she just loved my username so much. Or maybe she secretly wants to be me.
Anyway, if you go to my Twitter now you’ll find everything is back to normal, except from a couple hundred ridiculous tweets posted every minute, not written by me.

Just wanted you guys to know that I didn’t suddenly give up my Twitter or change my name and decided to be “deep” or trying to be funny or clever… I know I’m not.

Now that that’s over with I also wanted to tell you I passed all my tests and I’m embarking on a new semester filled with new exciting things. Looking forward to it!

Trying to post regularly now. I hope I can keep it up. And remember:

“The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten.”

–  Renay Whinnery (Twitter, 2014)

Symphonious Tuesday

I know it’s not Thursday yet, but I just stubled over a song that I think everybody should hear, especially those who share my love of They Might Be Giants.

This was shared on TMBGareOK (Tumblr):

Obviously I visit this site regurarly, and noticed this today. They said:

Johns, the video for Adam Rivera’s “Grey World” has just been released and it’s all about you!

Kind of.

I directed it with a friend and we’d be honored if you’d check it out and share the love.”

I will certainly share the love the best I can right here, because I absolutely LOVE this song! If you’re a huge fan of TMBG like me, and these guys, I’m sure you’ll spot all the refrences. I just love how they worked all those songs into one. This song is just wonderful!

Adam Rivera, Philip Maniaci, Kyle Graham, Ethan Harper and Bryan Rusch (I hope I got all the names!): you guys rock! You speak to all the TMBG fans out there. It’s people like you that give us a good name. Great job guys! I can’t ephesize enough how much I love this song. Keep up the good work!

You can buy the song here, yay!

Here’s a link to their website: http://www.tofubanditmedia.com/
And here’s a link to the artist’s website: http://www.adamriveramusic.com/

Please check them out!

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