Meera-Devi and The Mad Terran's Music Blog

Monday, August 29, 2005

The Indian Invasion

I grew up listening to Indian film music from the 1950s through the late 1970s, which included performances by legends such as Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, and Talat Mahmood. My parents grew up listening to this music as children in Trinidad, so naturally they passed it on to me. Music was one way of staying connected to a culture that was so lost and changed during the migration of previous generations. Despite not understanding Hindi, these singers conveyed universal emotions of loss, love, and happiness. Unfortunately, Bollywood musicians today could never come close to the style and grace of these performers, but that’s an entirely different matter. Lata’s “Melody of 19 Songs” contains a great sample of what she has performed within 30 years (1950-1980s).

Lata Mangeshkar – Melody of 19 Songs

Over the last few years, there has been a growing trend to incorporate more South Asian (Indian/Pakistani) rhythms and melodies in typically western music, particularly of the electronic genre. This was, in part, sparked by the explosion of Bhangra on the dance floors in London. Bhangra appeared as a response to the growing need for first-generation westernized Indians to go clubbing and dancing, but due cultural restraints, were never allowed to do so. Bhangra is traditional Punjabi folk songs mixed and layered with Western rhythms. Traditional Indian music is the reflective sort, where you mostly listen. Traditional drums and stringed instruments cannot be played standing up, making the entire affair of going to an Indian concert a subdued experience. One cannot tear up the dance floor with traditional Indian dance music. It’s just not possible.

Recently, I came across several compilation albums, which contain many Indian artists creating music that contained an amalgamation of Indian and Western rhythms and melodies. Talvin Singh, classically trained in tabla, put together OK, a great album where contemporary electronic meets Indian tradition. I was very pleased with it because the art of playing the tabla was not sacrificed, but rather enhanced. Zakir Hussein, a superstar classically trained tabla player, formed Tabla Beat Science and put together Tala Matrix. Here his playing really shines in this album. Look out for other musicians such as Karsh Kale and Nitin Sawhney.

Talvin Singh – Traveller
Tabla Beat Science – Secret Channel

There is also the flip side: Western musicians, for example Thievery Corporation and Nicola Conte , have started incorporating Indian themes into their music. Ed Vedder worked with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan before his passing on Pearl Jam’s fourth album No Code and on the soundtrack for Dead Man Walking. 1 Giant Leap included a stellar traditional performance from Asha Bhosle in their self-titled album. All in all, I’m amazed and thrilled that Indian music does not have to be enjoyed by the elder community in such formal settings.

Pearl Jam – Who Are You

With that in mind, I have posted a few tracks for people to check out in their spare time. Look out for full mix sets of Indian music in the future.

Cheers,
-meera

Morning Chill

For the past week or two, I've been playing a mix that I showed to my cohort and she said "ooh, I like that," so we both decided it should be a show. I made it for opening at work and it seems to work quite well in keeping the store pretty chill for at least an hour. I even played it opening up the morning after the hurricane.

The Mingus that ends it was originally intended for one of those shows that never was. I don't know why it's called "Alice's Wonderland," but I was immediately drawn to it when I first learned it existed. It's from a live album called "Mingus in Wonderland" (and a couple other things too.) Something tells me that it's something I should research more.

1. Miles Davis - So What
2. Ray Charles - Birth of the Blues
3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - If Six Was Nine
4. Jimmy Smith - Stay Loose
5. D.J.Shadow - The Number Song
6. Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five
7. Röyksopp - Röyksopp's Night Out
8. Badly drawn boy - River, Sea, Ocean
9. Doors - Ghost Song
10. Porcupine Tree - Intermediate Jesus
11. Charles Mingus - Alice's Wonderland

Part One: http://box.net/public/themadterran/files/587895.html
Part Two: http://box.net/public/themadterran/files/587896.html
Part Three: http://box.net/public/themadterran/files/587897.html

Sunday, August 28, 2005

I've Got Power, I've Got DSL, and I Know How To Use It

After fighting with hurricanes, and work, I've finally been able to get back online and post these two shows up. One I kept trying to make during the hurricane itself, but I was interrupted by a couple power outages. It was intended to be a nice, kiss off to Hurricane Katrina as it moved through my area. Right now though, I'd like to wish everyone in New Orleans well and offer them some hope that it will all come out okay. The Miami area got it as a newly minted one, they're getting it as a strong, category five.

The first mix I'm putting up today, however, was one made by Dellessa, one of our readers. Frankly, it's really damn good, so we thought we'd put it up here. I played it at work, and it got better reviews than my own companion mix.

Here's the mix:
Part One: http://box.net/public/themadterran/files/572566.html
Patt Two: http://box.net/public/themadterran/files/572567.html
Part Three: http://box.net/public/themadterran/files/572568.html

And the playlist:

1. Gary Jules - Mad World
2. artist - Darling Violetta-Ophelia
3. Rasputina - The Quitter
4. Rickie Lee Jones - Sailor Song
5. Damien Rice - Silent Night (Hidden Track from "O")
6. Johnny Cash - Hurt
7. Rasputina - Our Lies
8. Josephine-Tori Amos
9. The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
10. Coldplay - The Scientist
11. Arcade Fire - Crown of Love
12. Jakalope - Nothing Nowhere
13. Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
14. Silent Hill OST - Room of Angels
15. Rasputina - Wish You Were Here

The second is my attempt blow off to Katrina. I'm afraid that the first couple times I worked on it, I lost power, otherwise I'd have been finished and posted sometime during the storm. In hindsight, it probably works quite well now. I was pleased that I was able to get the recordings of the Hurricane information from an old record I obtained that came from a radio station. It says it's property of the US government, but I doubt anyone is looking. I don't know how old the record is, but based upon a lot of the other stuff i obtained in that little deal, it seems to be from the fifties or sixties. Also, the final track isn't from the famous Seattle band, but from a moderately famous English group from the late sixties. "Rainbow Chaser" was one of their few "hits."

Part One: http://box.net/public/themadterran/files/570924.html
Part Two: http://box.net/public/themadterran/files/570925.html
Part Three: http://box.net/public/themadterran/files/570926.html
Part Four: http://box.net/public/themadterran/files/570927.html

And the playlist:

1. Astrud Gilberto - Here's That Rainy Day
2. National Weather Bureau - Hurricane Information 01
3. Scorpions - Rock You Like A Hurricane
4. Doors - Riders on the Storm
5. Muse - Butterflies & Hurricanes
6. National Weather Bureau - Hurricane Information Winds and Floods
7. Led Zeppelin - Fool In The Rain
8. Placebo - English Summer Rain
9. National Weather Bureau - Hurricane Information Eye of the Storm
10. Willie Nelson - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
11. Neil Young - Like A Hurricane
12. National Weather Bureau - Watches and Warnings
13. Uriah Heep - Rainbow Demon
14. The Beta Band - Dry The Rain
15. Nirvana - Rainbow Chaser

Finally, we've also been doing some housekeeping on our server, so some of the earlier shows have been taken down. We've still got them tucked away safely on our harddrives. If anyone would like one of the old ones, email us and we'll see what we can do.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Groove: The Stars Will Not Shine

Greetings –
During a drunken stupor, I’ve concluded recently that earning a master’s degree and/or PhD in the natural sciences, psychology, and possibly anthropology is an elaborate way of informing people of your ability to count. In short, this is how you count in Science. When you have finished counting, all the finalized numbers are entered into overrated incomprehensible mysterious statistical software, which probably depends on the Gods rather than on actual mathematical formulas. Before you click “complete”, you say a prayer, cross your fingers, and hope that the gravitational pull of the earth at your location the very moment you click “complete” helps your software to generate a little asterisk above your data point indicating that the number you counted is beyond chance that it occurred. In other words, your count is significant. While the calculations are running, your heart pounds until it is ready to break through your sternum, your palms drip anxious sweat, and all the thoughts of possible mishaps from the start of the experiment until the final count run through your chaotic mind. If the calculation generates a star, more than likely, you will bounce off the walls with joy and you show it to all the other scientists in the lab, who are trying to achieve stars above their data points. More than likely, they will be critical of your little asterisk because they are just jealous that you have one and their data set is still in the dark: there are no stars above to shine light on their data. The alternative is that your overrated mythical statistical program never generated an asterisk. Fuzzy logic and alcoholic beverages of your choice force you to come up with every excuse as to why data does not have a star. It is likely that you will be thinking of excuses.

The word “significant” and its variants have haunted me and plagued my research ever since I learned that I needed to achieve asterisks above my data. Here I was thinking that achieving stars ended in grade school. I was wrong and rightly so. In grade school, we got candy and valuable treats that boasted our egos and helped us to achieve that extra gold star. It is not so different in graduate school and science as a whole. A publication in a high-end science journal or awarding a person their degree after spending years of counting is the reward. A piece of paper hangs on the wall and declares in a glorified way that, in part, you have learned to count. The Count from Sesame Street would be proud, but I am certain the word “significance” never haunted him. He only had to reckon with Cookie Monster.

As scientists, we are expected to use counting and statistical programs to explain the mysterious ways of Nature. We are expected to explain why the world works the way it does with the help of little stars. At the end of the day, I think it is a cosmic joke, and Nature has difficulty breathing because it is laughing so hard at us: we will never understand no matter how much we count and, most importantly, how many stars we have achieved. It is almost like great game of chess with Nature: do we defeat Nature and explain it with stars or do we let Nature win and accept Nature for what it is?

But under the cynicism of Science, there is a glimmer of optimism that keeps me counting and attempting to achieve those stars. Everyday I hear Nature’s laughter as the counting continues and try my hardest to tune out the laughter. No matter how loud you turn up the music, how much you drink and/or smoke, or how much you do anything else, you can still hear the giggles. It is a reminder that Nature cannot be explained.

Over the last two weeks, I used Sasha and Digweed to tune out Nature, but S+D eventually stopped working. Finally, cynicism took over and my tiny glimmer of optimism started to fade. The laughter was deafening, and I could not stand it much longer. Suddenly, I felt the urge to dance not because I achieved a star, but because Nature has temporarily defeated me, and I allowed it. Dancing was the only thing I could do. With that in mind, I arranged a show to ease my frustration. Hopefully, you will find it enjoyable.

Next week, the next round of chess with Nature begins. Will my data shine in the brightness of a star hanging above or will I become deaf with Nature’s laughter?

Cheers!
-Meera

PS: The mp3 tracks have cue files, which will allow you skip to other tracks within the file. If you’re interested in this ability, please follow
these directions. First, download and install the plug-in for Winamp. The cue files should already be embedded in the mp3 track, but are available for download in external files. Please direct any questions to meeradevi@gmail.com.


Part 1
01 – The Bee Gees – Staying Alive
02 – Fatboy Slim – Praise You
03 – Erlend Øye & Jolly Music – Radio Jolly/Prego Amore (Acappella)
04 – 2raumwohnung – mit viel Glück

Part 2
05 – KC & The Sunshine Band – Boogie Shoes
06 – Barry Adamson – Something Wicked Comes This Way
07 – Thievery Corporation – Liberation Front
08 – Black Eyed Peas – Hey mama

Part 3
09 – The Crystal Method – Busy Child
10 – Up, Bustle & Out – Emerald Alley
11 – Sneaker Pimps – 6 Underground

Part 4
12 – William Orbit – Say Anything
13 – Röyksopp – So Easy
14 – Röyksopp – Message
15 – Röyksopp – Eple

Part 5
16 – Spiller – Cry Baby (Röyksopp's Malselves Memorabilia Mix)
17 – Hey – Un Sourir En Passant
18 – Boozoo Bajou – Under My Sensi
19 – Govi – Rising In Love

Monday, August 22, 2005

Herbie, Boston, Purgation and a little Brubeck

Recently, I was listening to the Herbie: Fully Loaded Soundtrack at work. I'm sure you're wondering why we play something like that regularly at the store since it is filled with all things that are essentially "crap," but it works for staying awake during a long, dull day of music retail. On the album, there's a cover of Boston's "More than a Feeling" by Ingram Hill that isn't particuarly special, other than it's a cover by a fairly popular band on a Disney soundtrack. But in listening to the fairly by-the-numbers cover, it got me thinking about the original and songs like it.

For the moment, I'll speak about a few mid-seventies/eighties hard rock songs. These are the songs that are more or less fairly popular, but also have a deeply personal impact upon the listener. "Comfortably Numb" or "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd come to mind, as do quite a few others. They are songs that seem to soar, and when they are over, they've purged the listener of whatever it was bothering them. Three Dog Night's "Old Fashioned Love Song" or "Maggie Mae" by Rod Stewart have this affect too. They are songs that tell a story, convey some personal meaning and usually have hit it big.

What's a shame is when songs like this hit the airwaves, then find themselves so popular that they've become so a part of of the modern culture that they seem to take on vein of cliche. They're still great songs, however.

"More Than Feeling" starts out quiet with this almost church bell guitar work, it also begins with sunrise. The brief guitar solo sounds like it is in the process of excising demons from the soloist, especially how he slides down the neck. You almost don't need the lyrics to really capture the effect of the song, the musicianship does that on it's own. But, like I did when preparing for this post, you beign to listen, and the lyrics begin to work on you. You hear the bit of hopefilled sorrow in them. The whole image of watching your lover walk away in the morning while you do anything you can to avoid the emotionality of it.

Songs like this can be like a long, slow, cheep beer drank from the bottle after a night full of them. When everything has settled down and you're left to your memories. Songs like this bring up those universal memories of love and loss that are also so intensly personal that there's nothing you can do about it. After all, haven't we all known a Marriane?

And the Song: http://box.net/public/themadterran/files/510942.html

Also, something I'd like everyone to check out. This is a version of "Take Five" done by The Dave Brubeck Quartet in the seventies. It's a whole hell of a lot of fun. It also was the first time Brubeck played with Paul Desmond, which was not long before his death.

Take Five was one of those songs with a strange creativity that's become pervasive in Western culture. What I find interesting is how the song doesn't seem to have much of a core to it, like the players are rolling around a bassline that's not quite there. When you listen carefully, you realize that the real experimentation is within the rhythm section. For something that's so iconic, it's rather brilliant.

Of course, the more I've read, and the more I've talked to Meera about it, the more I've learned that that was just the idea they had back in 1959 when they cut the record to begin with. She was also the one to send me this version. So sit back, take about sixteen minutes out of your day and enjoy.

http://box.net/public/themadterran/files/572695.html

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Mini-show, number 2

Second mini-show

This is a second mini-show, (and the second attempt at the this post). Play it after the last "mini-show" the one that began with Imogen Heep's "Hide and Seek." I tried to go fun and relaxed with this one where the songs were a bit wild. The song by Kinky has been a bit of a personal anthem of mine where I could easily relate to it from the first time I heard it. It also finds its way onto a lot of my personal mixes I've done since I got the album.

It's about 20 minutes, so enjoy.

1. Queen - Fat Bottomed Girls
2. Doors - Love Me Two Times
3. Kaiser Chiefs - Every Day I Love You Less And Less
4. Green Day - American Idiot
5. The Human Beinz - Nobody But Me
6. Kinky - The Headphonist

PS: I plan to have DSL quite soon, so these mixes will be going up faster. I'm also looking to stream a show or two live for everyone. We'll see how that works though.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Now Hear This!

Spoken word, particularly with musical accompaniment, has always interested me because it can be just as complex as when somebody sings with musical accompaniment. It really is an art to do spoken word well and so few accomplish that. What’s really cool about spoken word is that it still has the same ability as instrumental and lyrical music to capture powerful emotions and move the listener in a variety of ways.

Included in the show are a few foreign language tracks. Federico Aubele’s “Mona” is in Spanish, for which I haven’t quite worked out a translation. Tool’s “Die Eier von Satan” (Satan’s Eggs/Balls) is in German. This track sounds like it promotes Nazism, but in reality it’s a cookie recipe that does not contain eggs. Check out an accurate translation here. Herman van Veen’s “Van Dijk” is in Dutch. He’s a rather popular spoken word/performance artist in the Netherlands. I listened to one of his recorded concerts and he has a wonderful speaking voice.

A few tidbits about some of the tracks and choices:
Handsome Boy Modeling School is simply downright funny and whimsical.

It's a shame that Eddie Vedder does not incorporate more spoken word in Pearl Jam's music because he has a great voice, which commands a certain amount of attention and stage presence.

Radiohead’s “Fitter Happier” is unique because it was recorded using a voice program on a Mac computer. Those familiar with Mac computers would recognize the voice.

Three Fish got their name from the poem “Three Fish” by Rumi. They incorporated the poem into their first self-titled album.

Air's tracks are from soundtrack for The Virgin Suicides. "Suicide Underground" is directly from the book by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Enjoy the show!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Set list
1. Rancid - Intro
2. Air - World 'Hurricane'
3. Handsome Boy Modeling School - Modeling Sucks
4. Federico Aubele - Mona
5. Handsome Boy Modeling School - The Biz
6. Three Fish - The Intelligent Fish
7. Louie Austen - One Night In Rio
8. Handsome Boy Modeling School - Look At This Face (Oh My God They're Gorgeous)
9. Tori Amos - 97' Bonnie and Clyde
10. Radiohead - Fitter Happier
11. Tool - Die Eier von Satan
12. George Carlin - Ebonics Language Lesson
13. U.N.K.L.E- Getting ahead in the lucrative field of artist management
14. Herman van Veen - Van Dijk
15. Tori Amos - Sarah Sylvia Cynthia Stout
16. Three Fish - The Half Intelligent Fish
17. Handsome Boy Modeling School - Dating Game
18. Talvin Singh - Decca
19. Laika - Badtimes
20. Air - Suicide Underground
21. Handsome Boy Modeling School - Father Guido
22. Pearl Jam - Untitled
23. Three Fish - Stupid Fish
24. Tori Amos & Leonard Cohen - Silent All These Years (Acoustic Poem)
25. Pearl Jam - I'm Open

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Rush and some bootlegs.

Recently, I was sent along this. It's a nice, long list to more than a few websites for Roio's of quite a few bands. It really ranges from Mars Volta to Donna Summer to Keller Williams. Give it a look if you're into it. There's a few broken links, but nothing like that will ever be perfect. Right now, I'm working on downloading something from one of the Floyd sites listed. I'm hopeful, I really am. I'll probably hit the Mars Volta and the Radiohead at some point before I'm done. Unfortunately, I'm still stuck on the 56k, so this two disc set could take a couple days. Alas, I'm not too worried.

Secondly, I seem to have come into the motherload of RUSH albums on LP. One of my usual places had tons for sale. I think I wound up picking ten different albums, though not "2112" which I was surprised not too find. WHat surprises me most is that the records themselves are in really good condition. Right now, I'm working my way through the album "Signals" and I listened to the first side of "Moving Pictures" earlier. Aside from the couple albums I have on CD, as well as the few songs that really get radio play in Miami, I'm amazed at how good a lot of their lesser known stuff was. Then again, the complaint most people have with Rush really has to do with Geddy Lee's wail of a voice rather than their talents as musicians. Alex Lifeson and Neil Pert can really play their asses off when it comes down to it.

Still no sign of Pink Floyd LPs, I think I'll be stuck to ordering them from other degenerate addicts like myself online.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

The Test Show (redux)

Back when I first was investigating this idea, I made a quick, three song show that I uploaded and let people listen too. To be frank, it sounded worse than things currently do. I really hadn't learned how to copy and paste properly and I was still figuring out how to record my own voice. (Which is something I am still working on, but I won't have down until I've got my own studio and professional recording equipment.)

And since I've decided to start the thing with the mini-shows as a long running mix that will go on as long as I can make it, I decided it was best to redo the mini show. Also, "Whiter Shade of Pale" should never sound as bad as it did originally, nor should "Wish You Were Here."

So here it is:

Test Show

1.Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
2.The Mad Terran - A Hello
3. Malcolm McLaren - About Her
4. Procol Harum - Whiter Shade of Pale

The High Strung, Deviants, a 14 Year Old Boy and Other Tales from the Front

I was listening to the This American Life on NPR this morning and they had a story about a few libraries in the midwest where they started holding rock concerts. The concept was pretty cool, they had a regular band who was coming in and performing, then holding Question and Answer sessions with the kids. All of this was designed to change the image of the libraries from being fussy places where you go when you've got a paper due the next day, to being a miraculous place where you can learn and discover new things.

During the story, they featured some clips from the band who has been heavily involved in the project: The High Strung. I was pretty impressed with this litle band from what I heard, then I went to seek them out on the net. They've got a couple mp3's up for downloading, and an album I'll probably try to get once it comes out in September.

They remind me of this strasnge mix between the Flaming Lips, the B52's and Placebo. The lead singer kind of sounds like Placebo's and lyrically, they sound like they could have a couple things in common, such as "A Real Meal Ticket." They've also got that real homemade, guitar, drums, bass sound that the Lips had in their early days and the B52's never really got rid of. They sound like they are really having fun playing these songs. (That was also evident from live snippets they had on This American Life).

The more and more I listen to them; the more and more I want their CD to be out now and in my player.

Moving on, I should probably dig into the other portions of my subject line.

As we all know, I work in an unnamed music store in Miami. So a lot of strange things will come up. This first story isn't quite music related, but I think it should be shared. I was cleaning up some video games and this kid comes up to me with one of the soft porn DVDs. He asked if he could buy it. I looked at him, shaking my head, saying "no" in disbelief. Then I looked at him a little more and finally asked his age. "Fourteen," he said. I looked at him, ready to smack him upside the head. He walked away and I shared the story. Then we got close to he and his friend, making their trip through the story difficult. If they can't buy it, they might want to steal it instead is the logic. Also, we like kicking out kids who do stupid stuff like that.

Earlier in the day, I had a woman so concerned about the music that had could possibly be explicit. I had to dance around the whole issue that it was Aerosmith and that typically, you don't find Aerosmith releases with Parental Advisory stickers. Eventually, she didn't buy anything. I hate stupid parents.

And finally, the Pimp. If you visit out main page, you'll see a link for Prints by Dellessa. Other than being a wonderful girlfriend and booster for this little project of Meera's and mine, she's one hell of a photographer. She also has begun to offer some of her prints for sale, so if you're looking for wall art and like cats and flowers and things, check out her gallery.

Friday, August 05, 2005

A couple things

I was in such a hurry a bit ago to post that I forgot a couple things. First, the final track was made by me when I editted a couple clips off the Wall, a little of "Personal Jesus" and something from the Silent Hill Sountrack. I had fun, and apparently, it scares my girlfriend.

Secondly, this Mini-show may not be for the feint of heart, so we'll see. It does make me wonder where we're going next.

And finally, the playlist:

1. Imogen Heap - Hide And Seek
2. MadTerran Music - Message from the Mad Terran
3. Type O Negative - Machine Screw
4. Norah Jones - Turn Me On
5. Tool - Prison Sex
6. Placebo - Special K
7. Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe
8. The Mad Terran - Reaching Numb Hill

Mini Show

Well, this is the first Mini-show for Madterran Music. Meera dared me to do a mix with Norah Jones and Tool in it, switching between the two in one move. I took it up.

I also decided it would be fun to do a few of these and have them mix into each other. In the end, I hope for them to transfer slowly into one, long mix for everyone to enjoy. Soon, I'll have a redone version of our original test show. That wone will be the beginning of this voyage, so keep an eye and an ear out.

In the meantime, I am enjoying "Meddle" by Pink Floyd, since the copies of that album and "Animals" arrived today.

Well, that's all for tonight. Back top "Echoes"

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Cover Versions and Books.

Over the years I've heard, many, many astounding covers of songs originally made famous by mediocre talents. One usually thinks of most covers of Dylan songs, since Bob Dylan really wasn't that much of a singer. Or even the covers of “Hallelujah” originally written by Leonard Cohen around the time he seemed to have gained that gravely, grating voice and lost all sense of production that was eventually covered so beautifully by Jeff Buckley and then later by Rufus Wainright.

More recently, I think more about some of the covers that the Flaming Lips have done, such as their bizarre send off “Can't Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie on one of the EP's released in conjunction with Yoshimi. (Though, when I get around to make a mix, I'll probably chose their cover of “What a Wonderful World” Priest Driven Ambulance). As much as I love their original material, I do enjoy some of their covers. They've also got a version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" that they've recently covered that I want to hear the full version of. If anyone knows how to obtain it, feel free to email me.

What really got me thinking about this lately was Snow Patrol's recent cover of Beyonce's “Crazy in Love.” Frankly, the give the song what it needed. They kept her vocals, not quite to the point of mocking her, but they give it an intensity that Beyonce can't seem to grasp. They also gave it something I seem to be quite partial too, guitars. It really is a testament to what guitars, drums, and someone who knows how to play a bass rather than program a drum machine can do. They manage to turn a mediocre club song into a really sexy, rock song. It also shows an ability to rock out that doesn't seem to be on their self titled release from a couple years back. I hope that this version they did for the BBC is a hint at a new, musical direction for a future release. I've got to admit, I've got a weakness for a serious band that can find a groove and stick with it until you're moving along with them.

For your listening pleasure: Snow Patrol, "Crazy In Love"

Finally, I'd also like to mention project a friend of ours is doing on another blogspot she's basically doing a book review blog for books you wouldn't normally think of. Basically, whatever that crosses her desk that she enjoys.

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