Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cover me, an out-of-nowhere edition

Well, here I am again, blogging! I'm not sure what's gotten into me, but I'll take it.

I seem to have run out of clever names to title my blog entries about cover songs and their originals, but you get the idea. I was inspired to post this last night when my boyfriend, a Sonic Youth fan, told me he was listening to the deluxe edition of Goo and discovered that on the second disc contained a cover of the Beach Boy's song "I Know There's An Answer" from Pet Sounds.

Now, I've never gotten into Sonic Youth, so don't shoot me. I admit I've not really heard much of their stuff, but I've never been quite sure that they were my "type" of music anyway. That aside, when I heard their cover of the Beach Boys' song, I was pleasantly surprised. It still has the jangly whimsy and innocence of the original. The vocals and harmonies stay pretty true, but have a more raw and earnest tone than the Beach Boys' sweet, near-perfect harmonies. (PS - is it Thurston singing in the Sonic Youth version?)

I think what really ties Sonic Youth's version to the Beach Boys original is the syncopated tambourine that remains in both. I gotta say, I really like Sonic's Youth version - I love that guitar line in the second verse.

The original song:

Sonic Youth's cover:

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Still obsessed...

I haven't blogged in forever. I'm not entirely sure why.... I mean, I do know, in that, I haven't been overly inspired to write and it's been hard to find time. But I thought I could just write a quick one, insert a video and call it a day, knowing I've updated my blog.

So yes! Dum Dum Girls' second full-length album, Only In Dreams drops today. I pre-ordered it on Sub Pop the moment I could (on August 8, so says my confirmation email) and with the streaming link provided, I've literally listened to this album HUNDREDS of times since then.

I'm a little bummed that I probably won't get my pre-ordered LP (plus bonus 7" single) today (you know, on album release day), since my order was shipped last Thursday and it takes about a week for packages from the US to get to Canada (if not more). I'm a bit upset by this, Sub Pop, but I will have to deal with it.

Check out the swirling, mesmerizing video for the first single off Only In Dreams, "Bedroom Eyes."