Monday, November 5, 2007

week FIVE

First off: Thanks to everyone who called in this show. It's great to know who's listening and to get great feedback from my listeners. I hope to hear from all of you next week :)

1. Willy Mason did just about the coolest cover ever when he re-did the hip-hop classic "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash. You can collect it here and finally recognize how great the lyrics are.

2. In other folk artists covering rap songs splendor, Bonnie "Prince" Billy is creating a cover album which you can read about here. On the show, I played his version of "Ignition" by R. Kelly and it was fantastic. You can pick it up here (along with a bunch of other cool covers)

3. Xiu Xiu covers "Ceremony" by New Order and does a better job than anyone else who was smart enough to hop on the covering-New Order and Joy Division bandwagon. Pick it up here.

4. Jonathan Richman covered "Back In the USA" and he's coming to Santa Cruz! And we're giving away tickets! Start researching here and stay tuned on KZSC for those freebies :)

Remixes and covers (week FOUR) recap

1. Kanye West did his own version of Peter Bjorn & John's "Young Folks". I totally fell in love with it and it is now my favorite rework of the (much remixed, covered, reworked) song. Find your own copy here.

2. I got kind of obsessed with the song "Nothing Compares 2 U" which was made famous by Sinead O'Connor in the 90s. Turns out the original is by (just guess......) Prince! I also found an incredible version by Dan Kelly. The song makes me stretch my vocal capabilities to an unfortunate and antisocial extent. I suggest you discover the Dan Kelly version and re-discover the O'Connor versj.

>> Pick up the Dan Kelly version and notice how it's labeled as a Sinead O'Connor cover. Now feel smart for knowing better :)
>> Download the original by Prince - [via z-share]
>> Watch the amazing and tear-jerking video of Sinead O'Connor's version.

3. I rediscovered my love for Flosstradamus' incredible mashups. "Overnight Star" is simply amazing and everything else he does isn't too far behind. Pick up a couple of tracks here.

4. Music discovery in the key of "oh, that's a cover?": Blondie's "Hangin' On the Telephone" is, in fact, a cover of the same song by The Nerves. As an anticlimax, Blondie still does it better.