“Wondering Where The Lions Are”
In an attempt to ramp up my energy level for what’s sure to be a busy and active summer, I’ve gotten back to the gym recently. I’ve been taking some intense classes that are quite challenging and I’ve noticed that the music selection can really play a part in the whole experience.
Today towards the end of a class called “Butt N’ Up” (yup), this song came on. I immediately recognized Bruce Cockburn’s melody and lyrics and wondered who was covering it so beautifully. The teacher informed me it was Donovan Frankenreiter, and after a bit of poking around, I found it on an old EP of covers he put out in 2007 called Recycled Recipes. I thought that was a pretty fitting album title, since he’s taken this tune and really made it his own. I love the slower pace and gentle harmony…it sure made my trembling muscles relax just a bit more today in class. Thanks, Donavon!
*catch him LIVE on MV this summer
“Can You Get To That?”
Alex Lilly, Inara George (the Bird and the Bee), Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond) and Eleni Mandell make up this folk super-group, and they recently put out an EP of covers with this gem on it. Lately every time I hear this tune (originally done by Funkadelic) I’m singing and clapping along!
The Living Sisters
“Oops…I Did It Again” [cover]
PJ played this song during his “Live Acoustic and Cover tunes” feature on mvyradio today. I’ve heard it many times before but it doesn’t seem to get any less entertaining to witness Richard Thompson channeling Britney Spears:
“Just Breathe” [Pearl Jam cover]
Have you heard Willie Nelson and his son Lukas cover this Pearl Jam tune? I can’t stop listening to it. The track is from Nelson’s new album Heroes, that just came out on Tuesday. He has some special guests on the album including Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and…Snoop Dogg.
Galactic – “Magalenha”
I’ve been listening to Galactic at the gym lately…their album Ya Ka May is GREAT for getting me pumped up and moving. They’ve got a new album out that I’ve yet to explore called Carnivale Electricos and they cover the tune “Magalenha” on it…check it out, sounds good!:
Mumford & Sons – “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight”
A Friend Of mvyradio came into the station today to record an hour-long program called The Hot Seat and he chose some great tunes…including Mumford & Sons covering The Beatles! He said his family doubted that anyone could really do a Beatles song better than John, Paul, George, and Ringo, and I think they have a good point. But there’s really something to be said about an artist making someone else’s song their own and bringing a fresh sound or mood to the table. I dig this version of “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight”:
Mumford & Sons
The Civil Wars – “I Want You Back”
Well, I’m simply thrilled with my experience on the morning shift this week for many reasons. One of them stems from our Live, Acoustic and Cover tunes feature… where the morning jock seeks out alternate versions of songs and spins them at 8:20am on weekdays (a second set is featured at 5:20pm as well). In the 4 days I filled in, I found some real gems, including this hidden track from The Civil Wars… I’ve never heard “I Want You Back” done quite like this. They really give the words a sweet sweet sentiment.
The Civil Wars
Jose Gonzalez – “Heartbeats”
I really love putting these alternate versions of songs out there in the mornings… yesterday I asked for suggestions from friends on Facebook, and my friend J reminded me of the tune “Heartbeats” that appears on Jose Gonzalez’s album, Veneer. I was familiar with the song, because my friend here on the island performed it out one night last summer and I asked him about it. I remembered him telling me he was covering the Jose Gonzalez version, but I never went and listened to the original – from the electronic Swedish band, The Knife. Well here’s the beautiful rendition from Gonzalez, and be sure to check out a little of the original… WOW! SO different.
The Tallest Man On Earth – “Graceland”
Man, Kristian Matsson never ceases to amaze me with his distinctive voice and quality of performance. I’m not sure how else to describe it… there’s that certain something about the way he sings a song… listen to his GORGEOUS cover of this classic Paul Simon tune and I think you’ll hear what I mean.
The Tallest Man On Earth