Marissa Nadler – No Surprises
Posted on Jul 28th, 2008 by Alan @ 3:00 pm

This was featured a while back on Stereogum’s collection of Radiohead covers, which was a bit of a mixed bag, to be honest. Radiohead must be a pretty difficult band to cover, and credit to all of them for what was an adventurous set of interpretations.

I love the original version of this one, and didn’t expect to enjoy a cover of it half as much as this. I’d not heard of Marissa Nadler before, but checked her last.fm page out and there’s some great stuff on there. And I also found out she’s apparently part of the “New Weird America” movement! Which is nice!

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Sufjan Stevens – The Upper Peninsula
Posted on Jul 28th, 2008 by Alan @ 2:23 pm

This is lovely. There are few sounds that put a bigger smile on my face than the banjo, and Sufjan has a really languid style on this record. Add to that some chilled-out organ and perfectly matched female vocals, and I’m in heaven.

My one gripe about Sufjan Stevens is that he seems to have gone into hiding! Two albums into a notional 50-release series commemorating each of the states of the USA it’s all gone very quiet. It always sounded an ambitious plan, but if he’s only going to cover two states every five years (Michigan was released in 2003 and Illinois in 2005) then he’ll be rewriting medical science by the time he finishes the job! With a bit of luck though, the reason it’s all gone so quiet is that he’s hard at work and is going to release the rest of the north eastern corner of the USA as a box set. Can’t wait!

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Drum Solos – The Good, The Bad and The Funny
Posted on Jul 23rd, 2008 by Alan @ 2:13 pm

I’ll not tell you which category I’ve put each of these in… view the whole post to watch the videos!
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Gnarls Supertramp – Crazy Logic
Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 by Alan @ 3:53 pm

Back to mashups today, and this wee gem for your enjoyment. It was done by a fella called Arty Fufkin, who used to have a website with his various mashups on it but doesn’t seem to any more. Shame, as he’s a master of his craft. This one is probably not the best example of his expertise, the two main tracks (Crazy by Gnarls Barkley and The Logical Song by Supertramp) fit together so well that it was probably pretty straightforward to make – or is this in the “deceptively difficult” category of genius??? Either way it’s the only mashup of the two tracks I’ve heard and I can’t imagine it being bettered, so credit where it’s due.

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Elbow – Mirrorball
Posted on Jul 10th, 2008 by Alan @ 5:15 am

A bag of elbows, yesterday.

I’ve no idea how I missed out on Elbow before now. I’d heard a few of their tracks on various blogs and seen clips of them on TV playing festivals, but it was only when I heard three or four tracks from their new album “The Seldom Seen Kid” back-to-back that I grasped the fact that they weren’t some random indie oddballs after all.

A couple of clicks later (and I’m making it even easier for you by posting a direct product link below!) and the album was ordered, and it’s hardly been out of the CD player in the week that’s passed since.

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