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Covers *Aloe Blacc, Bad Rabbits, Collin McLoughlin, John Legend, Adele

May 8th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop, R&B, Remix, Rock |

I have been pushing this back and continually forgetting about doing a covers post. Well know I got too many covers to post, so here’s five that have come out within the last few months worth listening to. Above is a picture of Bad Rabbits who recently embarked on a “Cover Sessions” feature. Below is the third cover in their series.

Aloe Blacc decided to do a cover/mashup with my favorite Jay-Z song, “99 Problems” with Kanye West‘s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”. Aloe Blacc is hands-down one of the best up-and-coming R&B/soul artists and I love his vocals in this, giving the song a retro soul feel. It’s ironic because each of these originals sample retro funk/soul material.
Aloe Blacc – 99 Problems x Can’t Tell Me Nothing
Next my favorite genre-blending funk, pop, R&B, rock band, Bad Rabbits, cover one of Smashing Pumpkins greatest songs and one of those songs I hate to hear on a Sunday because it reminds me of a new work week, much like any Bush song. Loving the instrumentals, vocals are better than I expected, personally I enjoy the cover more than the original.
Bad Rabbits – 1979
For some reason Collin McLoughlin is putting out more remixes/covers than originals which is cool but I want to see more originality before declaring me being a bigger fan of him than say Mike Posner. Here Collin cover’s Odd Future crooner Frank Ocean‘s “Nature Feels” which samples MGMT’s “Electric Feel”. When your doing a song over MGMT instrumentals, there’s a real good chance the song is going to be fantastic.
Collin McLoughlin – Nature Feels
Probably have all heard this but if you haven’t downloaded this yet, here’s John Legend‘s cover of Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep”. Love how John Legend uses hardly anything to support his powerful vocals.
John Legend – Rolling In The Deep
And on that note, let’s finish today’s covers with Adele‘s cover of The Strokes first mainstream hit, “Last Nite”. I still prefer the original, but this is still really good as Adele is one of the most under-appreciated musicians out there.
Adele – Last Nite

Hidden Gem: Bear Hands

February 20th, 2011 by | Hidden Gem, Music Video, Rock |


I discovered Bear Hands through watching the controversial MTV show, Skins. The song above is probably one of my favorite songs I have heard on the show and unfortunately I have seen all the episodes. The four-piece band has a post-punk feel to them but with a bit more electronic feel. The music video only makes the song better as it shows a variety of bad stuff like cheating and throwing firey objects at windows. However in the “Crime Pays” music video they also offers a bunch of other random things in teh video like a person walking the dog to people boxing.

Bear Hands are from Brooklyn, released an EP in 2007 then took 3 years to release their debut album last November, Burning Bush Supper Club (buy on Amazon). You should watch out for this upcoming indie rock band because they sound a bit like MGMT and Cold War Kids and have performed with MGMT (the lead singer was classmates with the two founding members of MGMT), Vampire Weekend, The XX, and Fitz & The Tantrums.

Here’s a few of my favorite Bear Hands songs.
Long Lean Queen
Crime Pays
Blood and Treasure
For more on Bear Hands, follow them on facebook and twitter.

Wiz Khalifa vs MGMT

December 3rd, 2010 by | Mashup |

Shouts to FNT for this Mr. Rogers Productions mashup. Hot flow by Wiz Khalifa followed by MGMT chorus plus the MGMT beat remixed.

Time To Be On Your Grind (right-click to download)

Mashup Monday: Mr. Rogers Productions x Weezer

September 13th, 2010 by | Mashup, Mashup Monday, Remix |
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As you can see in the video above, this isn’t a mashup between Mr. Rogers Productions and Weezer. Weezer does a cover/mashup with MGMT’s “Kids” and Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”. It’s an awesome cover/mashup and I love that Weezer performs this song at almost every live concert which I have featured video of them doing above.

Download: Weezer – Kids x Poker Face

The other mashup today is by Mr. Rogers Production, who recently produced “Testify To The Kids” a mashup between MGMT’s “Kids” and Kanye West’s “Testify”. I like this mashup because it’s not just one song’s instrumental’s over the other songs vocals but “Kids” instrumentals are mixed around the lyrics of “Testify”.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F5281242%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-vc6HZ&secret_url=false  Mr. Rogers Productions – Testify To The Kids by BeforeBigsZach 

Enjoy!

Check out our last week’s Mashup Monday post!

Hidden Gem: The Naked and Famous

August 24th, 2010 by | Electro, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Miscellaneous, Pop, Rock |
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Above is my favorite song by The Naked and Famous, an electro-pop/rock band from New Zealand who can be described as MGMT/Passion Pit but with female vocals. I really like MGMT and love Passion Pit and am loving this up-and-coming band who release their debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You on September 6.
“Young Blood” has a similar tone as “Kids” by MGMT with a nice summer sound to it. Below I have included “Young Blood” and their second single off the debut album, “Punching in a Dream”.
ENJOY!
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fversastyle9%2Fthenakedandfamous-youngblood&secret_url=false  The Naked and Famous – Young Blood by versastyle9 
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fbeforethebigs%2Fthe-naked-and-famous-punching-in-a-dream&secret_url=false  The Naked and Famous – Punching In A Dream by BeforeTheBigs 
Check out their website if you like their music.

Lollapalooza 2010: An Event Like No Other

August 13th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Miscellaneous |

Last week BTB went to Chicago for the sixth annual Lollapalooza festival. This great concert series brought in over 250,000 fans to Grand Park for three full days and nights of music.  BTB has a quick recap of our favorite shows.

Friday – The main headliner had to be Lady Gaga. While not a fan, BTB was amped to see her show and see what all the excitement was.  Overall, we were very disappointed in her show as she seemed to try and over do it with her crazy “statements” and over the top antics.  We also got our first live look at J.Cole at Perry’s which is pretty much just a huge dance party.  Our favorite show of the day was Matt and Kim who not only did a great job with their music, but seemed to be having as much fun as the crowd and really got them excited and amped.  From jumping in the crowd to climbing up the side of the stage their performance was wild.  Of course, they finished off with “Daylight” which was a perfect ending to a great show.  We also loved Chromeo where we got a great spot in the 10th row.  Chromeo put on a great show that was worth getting a bad spot for the Gaga show as crowds of people skipped it to see her.  Though we missed most of their show, The Strokes also did an phenomenal job from what we did see and lived up to their hype of being a great live band.  Unfortunately, the crowd was so small because of Lady Gaga so they did not get the hype they deserved.

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Saturday – Saturday started with a trip to see Blues Traveler which was more of a laid back watch for us as we tried to relax after a long day before. We checked out PerryEtty vs. Chris Cox at the Perry’s (named after PerryEtty) Sound Stage which was one of the more wild exciting moments of the concert.  Though a pretty young crowd, the dancing, jumping and fist pumping were a great way to wake up the day crowd.  We also checked out one of the best shows of the weekend, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes which did the best job of putting on a performance.  Saturday’s main headliners were Green Day and Phoenix.  We decided to check out Phoenix who did not disappoint.  They played every song from the album and opened with “Lisztomania” into “Lasso.”  They closed with “1901” which was a great finish to the day.

Sunday –  I was most excited to see Chiddy Bang and they didn’t disappoint.  While the weather was super hot and the crowd at Perry’s was uncomfortably crowded, Chiddy Bang put on an awesome show, with Chiddy showing off his rapping skills by doing a solid freestyle with suggestions from the crowd.  He finished off with “Opposite of Adults” which was a perfect way to leave Perry’s for good.  The last act we saw was MGMT which we found very disappointing.  MGMT had a very poor crowd. People were crowd surfing during mellow songs, though many people didnt feel like they were into it and everyone seemed like they were there just to have something to talk about on Monday.  The main act that night were Arcade Fire and Soundgarden and though we wern’t able to hear either of them, we heard great reviews from people later.
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Overall, Lollapalooza was an amazing experience. The entire event is special.  From the amazing bands to the people watching, there is not may events quite like it in the world.  I dont think anyone can describe it better than our friends from Up Chicago.


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