Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Songs to Hear: We Versus the Shark cover Radiohead

We Versus the Shark



If you've followed my posts on this blog, you probably know how much I like We Versus the Shark. One reason I like them is due to their current prolific nature; not only have they released the excellent full length Dirty Versions this year, but they've also been releasing a new cover song every month, which will eventually make up a full album called Murmurmur, for free on mp3-based donation label Quote Unquote Records. So far they've provided unique takes of songs by well-known artists past and present, such as Tom Waits, Deerhoof and Television, and this month they cover the grandaddy of them all, the one band that's almost forbidden to be covered: Radiohead. Not just settling with any old Radiohead song, We Versus the Shark takes on Kid A centerpiece "Idioteque".

Amazingly (or not so amazingly, considering how skilled We Versus the Shark are as musicians), the band's cover is immensely enjoyable, displaying few, if any, of the qualities that made Radiohead's song so great while still creating a song just as good, if not better than, the original version. This is the way covers should be, a total reworking of a song as opposed to a song that adheres strictly to the original band's template. We Versus the Shark changes Idioteque from a somber dance song to an even more depressing-sounding rock opus, with a slow-stomping chorus, verses that just get louder and louder, and a haunting outro. It's unquestionably one of the best covers I've heard, and you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not checking it out.

Listen to We Versus the Shark's cover of "Idioteque", as well as all their other covers, for free here.

Fifty/Fifty {10/7}

[artist - track]

*Red Sea Station - The Streets Are Whispering
*Final Fantasy - The Butcher
*The Decemberists - Valerie Plame
*Pale Young Gentlemen - The Crook of My Good Arm
*Daniel Martin Moore - It's You
*Animal Collective - Fireworks / Essplode [live from Pitchfork]
*Passion Pit - Cuddle Fuddle
*The Soiree - Perfect Crimes
*Marnie Stern - Transformer
*Stereolab - Neon Beanbag
*Santogold - L.E.S. Artistes (Left/Right Remix)
*Daft Punk vs. Adam Freeland - Aer Obama
*C$H - El Buho de Minerva
I. Klaxons - No Diggity (Cover)
II. Jaques Renault - Sweet Rollin’ On
III. Purple Crush - Marry Me
IV. CSS - Move (Cut Copy Remix)
V. Le Tigre - Deceptacon (DFA Remix)
VI. Plimsouls - Contact
VII. $jammie the Money - $jammie Getting Warm
VIII. Bounce Camp - Big Dancin’
IX. Pnau - Baby
X. The Rolling Stones - You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Soulwax Remix)
*Simian Mobile Disco - Run: Nike+ Sport Music

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Ambient Signal - 10/7/08 - TALKDEMONIC interview!

WRPI 91.5fm! for webcast
Tuesdays 6-8pm

We got to interview talkdemonic today! yeaaah..will be posting the interview in a few days when i find hosting for it

Talkdemonic - Dusty Flourescent
Talkdemonic - Andean Twilight
Ghost Orchid - Ana mir
Slow Six - These rivers between us
This will destroy you - Quiet
Brooke Waggoner - Lungs Speed/Lungs Sped
Talkdemonic - Blackwood Crimson and March movement
Women - shaking hand
Loquat - harder Hit
Land of talk - some are lakes
Deerhoof- Tears of music and love
Antony and the johnsons- another world
These united states - Get yourself home
Spinto band - The carnival
Forget Cassettes - Ms. Rhythm and Blues
St. Vincent - Jesus saves, I spend
Georgie James - More Lights
Ester Drang - I don't want to live (in a world of infinite keys)
Styrofoam - Couches in alleys
Lymbyc Systym - Fall bicycle (Album leaf remix)
Sigur Ros - Ba Ba

pinkie swear.

artist -song

portishead - plastic
lali puna - faking the books - dntel remix
near the parenthesis - modernisme

baja - meth arrow
bitcrush - no bridge no water
alias - oakland in the rearview
modest mouse - baby blue sedan
portishead - sour times
casiotone for the painfully alone - a normal suburban lifestyle is a near impossibility once you've fallin in love with an international spy
bjork - wanderlust
lali puna - grin and bear
death cab for cutie - i will posess your heart
the appleseed cast - sunlit and acending
the notwist - sleepy
vhs or beta - bring on the comets
radiohead - fake plastic trees
brazilian girls - good times
beck - orphans
fujiya and miyagi - knickerbocker
stereo image - your collapsed state

chemical brothers - block rockin' beats
heartbreak - regret
css - let's reggae all night
hot chip - touch too much -kollektiv turmstrasse remix
the faint - the geeks were right
sbach - 06
adventure - wild wild ride
kraftwerk - pocket calculator

I hope everyone got to come out and see EMPAC!
Madlib and Juiceboxxxx were really fun!
Monday 10/6/08 ::12-2am

-Darkwave in hang yourself grey
-New Wave in 80's pink
-New stuff in sweet green

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Cities in the Dust (Ext Eruption Mix)
Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
Duran Duran - Girls on Film (Night Version)
David Bowie - Up the Hill Backwards
John Foxx - Burning Car
Joy Division - Isolation
Front 242 - Quite Unusual
Riot Squad - Visa Versa
Ministry - Over the Shoulder (12" mix)
Fad Gadget - Pedestrian
Joy Division - She's Lost Control
Bauhuas - Bella Lugouis is Dead
Cocteau Twins - Wax and Wane
Echo and the Bunnymen - Silver (Tidal Mix)
She Wants Revenge - Tear You Apart
The Killers - Shadowplay (yes its by Joy Division...I know...I like Joy Division)
Boris - Statement
Battles - Tij
Mochipet - Laffy Taffy Core
Arling and Cameron - Spaceclub 1999
The Knife - Marble House
M83 - Kim and Jessie
Something for Rockets - Might as Well

Gold Sounds 10/7/07: Pinback, etc.

Here from 12-4 today! Lots of Pinback/Rob Crow/Zach Smith-related stuff today, 'cause I saw Pinback last weekend and they were awesome. That stuff is in green, and new stuff is in red.

Pinback "Boo"
My Morning Jacket "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream pt. 1"
Blitzen Trapper "Furr"

Chad Vangaalen "Phantom Anthills"
Xu Xu Fang "The Mourning Son"
All Girl Summer Fun Band "Trajectory"

Land of Talk "Death by Fire"
Tired Irie "IM Keller"
Tokyo Police Club "Graves" (you traded me for the lump sum, you can try but I'll never be a gentleman)

Pinback "From Nothing to Nowhere" (The Breakfast Club dancing to Pinback here)
Appomattox "Either Way"
The Dismemberment Plan "Gyroscope"

Los Campesinos! "Death to Los Campesinos!"
The Anniversary "The D in Detroit"
Georgie James "Look Me Up"

So Many Dynamos "Progress" (we watered the sidewalks and interstates sprouted)
Ra Ra Riot "Dying Is Fine"
Oxford Collapse "Electric Arc" (our plans fell through, what will we do?)

Adem "Loro"
Death Cab for Cutie "Grapevine Fires"
The Walkmen "In the New Year"

Delta Spirit "People C'mon"
Dr. Dog "The Old Days"
Pinback "Offcell"
Talkdemonic "Shattered into Dyes"

Fourth of July "Pimps in Paris"
Heavy Vegetable "Crash"/"P.O.E."
Women "Upstairs"

Ghost to Falco "Maupin"
Mercury Rev "Runaway Raindrop"
Jackson Browne "Lawyers in Love" (request!)

Animal Collective "Fireworks"
90 Day Men "We Blame Chicago"

Team Sleep "Princeton Review"
Pinback "Shag"
Hella "Cafeteria Bananas"
sBACH "08"
We Versus the Shark "I Am a Caffeinated Corpse"

MakeUpBreakUp "Blame Game"
31Knots "The Breaks"
TV on the Radio "Dancing Choose"

Johnny Foreigner "Eyes Wide Terrified" (your life is a song, your life is a song, your life is a song but not this one!)
Lykke Li "I'm Good, I'm Gone"
Fujiya & Miyagi "Knickerbocker"/"Uh"

Talking Heads "New Feeling"/"A Clean Break"/"Don't Worry about the Government"

Digitalism "Pogo (Mentalism Remix)"
Flying Lotus "Camel"/"Melti"/"Comet Course"
Adventure "Loredo"