How music is related.

The first two songs I have posted in this blog, “Get Misunderstood” by The Troublemakers and “She’s Not There” by The Zombies are two seemingly unrelated songs that have been turned into relatives of sorts by the third song. The question posed by some about the third is was it a rip-off or is it a piece of music to be enjoyed for the new blend of elements? I do enjoy Malcom McLaren’s “About Her”, but I am glad to have learned the background of it. I think if fits well into Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” soundtrack. The whole “Kill Bill” is an homage to several films and viewers of this film have had the same critique as listeners of “About Her”. In the end, only the viewers and listeners can come to their own conclusion about what they like and what they consider to be good music/film/art.

Thank you to the people who commented on this first video for enlightening me to the origins of this song. In the 3rd video, another YouTube user took the time to put a clip of Bessie Smith singing the refrain, “My man’s got a heart like a rock cast in the sea.”

“and the text is actor Jean Pierre Léaud in the beginning of “Liberté , La Nuit”, dir. Philippe Garrel, 1983.
gr0upthe0ry 2 months ago
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@ELSHADAZERI This is the song that was stolen in 2004 by Malcolm McLaren, and appeared, reworked in Tarantino’s Kill Bill v2. The original refrain is of course Bessie Smith’s “St. Louis Blues”… the refrain being, ‘My man’s got a heart like a rock cast in the sea.’
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Cover Songs that Wow You!

Sometimes a great song or good enough song gets covered by another musician/band that wows you with a new rendition of the original. Here are 3 songs with their covers that I can’t listen to enough.

“True Love Waits”  as done by Kevin J. Deal and the original by Radiohead.

“Psycho Killer” as performed by Bruce Lash and the original by Talking Heads.

“Guns of Brixton” as performed by Nouvelle Vague and the original by The Clash.

Space. The Final Frontier. A Music Video Tribute.

Us earthlings have a fascination with space. Artists, writers, film makers and musicians continually turn to space for inspiration. Lately, I’ve been on a kick of watching music videos with great music and space travel. Here is a selection for your listening and viewing enjoyment.

I had to include this as it so fits in with the theme of this entry.  “I’ll Sleep When I Die” by Daniel Perez:

“Four Three” by All India Radio:

“Solar Apex” by Chateau Marmont:

“Pump Up the Volume” by M|A|R|R|S:

 

***This blog is also dedicated to NASA’s last Shuttle launch today.

Rest in Peace Leon Botha.

Rest in Peace Leon Botha aka DJ Solarize.  Artist, DJ, and amazing individual with a unique perspective.  Until his death this past weekend, Leon was the oldest living person with progeria (rapidly aging disease.)

Many will recognize him from Die Antwoord’s videos:

DJ Solarize scratching it up!

Leon Botha’s Flickr Page:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/solarize-liquidswords/

Wiki’s Entry on Leon Botha:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Botha

My tumblr post on Leon Botha:  http://photoetrist.tumblr.com/post/6258452406/rip-leon-botha-you-were-a-unique-individual-with

The Last Day at Metro Diner – Gaston Avenue

Yesterday morning, I finished my first and only breakfast at Metro Diner on Gaston Avenue. I had been to this location on several occasions for dinner options and easily fell in love with its charm.  It’s a little slice of a time past where you are greeted with friendly hellos and your waitress (I know some prefer server) will fondly call you sugar or honey.  The food, though it may not have been the leanest, was good, old-fashioned American diner fare with some southern, home-style favorites.  For this type of food and this certain atmosphere, you could never go wrong.  Many types of people poured out to visit the little diner for the very last time.  I even ended up sitting in the booth in front of the founder, James Adams, and the current owner, Wayne Adams.  The jukebox was playing some of its last tunes and Channel 8 WFAA’s Shon Gables and team were there interviewing patrons and founder, James Adams.  The place was alight with life, fondness, and a bittersweet feeling for some. I couldn’t help but think I might be part of a certain generation that will be the last to remember, “how things used to be.”  These are not even things from my lifetime, but they were left over remnants of a time gone.  More and more historical landmarks are being torn down around Dallas and other parts of Texas. They are irreplaceable keys to the past that you could use to step back through time’s door and see how life was in yesteryears. Although, I was only a patron for several months, I can say I’m going to miss this little joint. I’m sad to think about the old-timers, the students, the hipstsers, the late-night-shifters, the drunkards,  the I-don’t-know-whatsters, neighborhood residents, artists, performers, lonely-hearters, weirdos, and I’m just stopping by crowd not having a place to feed them at all hours of the day.  This was one of the few spots, at least in this part of Dallas, to serve food 24 hours.  Metro Diner was sold to Baylor Hospital so they could expand their facilities.  I know the hospital employees, patients, and families will also miss this place.  It truly was a Dallas landmark. I wish the Metro Diner Staff the best of luck in their new endeavors.

If you get to take my picture, I get to take yours. 😉

Shon Gables of Channel 8 WFAA.

The Woody – Classic Metro Diner Breakfast.

Metro Diner’s Oak Cliff location will remain open. – Farewell Bulletin Board in back of diner.

So farewell, Metro Diner, you were a joy to know even if for me it was only a short time. This song, which is one of the last songs I heard here, was an appropriate fit.

Links to articles about Metro Diner:
One Last Cup of Coffee at the Metro – by Robert Wilonsky with photos by Dylan Hollingsworth
Landmark Dallas diner closes after 43 years – by Shon Gables
Metro Diner Closes After 43 Years – by Amber Fisher with video

Link to a cute video that features Metro Diner and several other Dallas Landmark made as a tribute to the Dallas International Film Festival.

On The Shoulders of Giants Part II: Amazing Female Vocalists/Musicians

I was so sad to find out that Trish Keenan of Broadcast passed away 11 days ago.  Her voice was so amazing and unique. Her lyrics were not your typical love fare.  She truly was mesmerizing.  I felt a void in my musical heart.  I kept thinking to myself, there has to be something new. This can’t be it.  Please let there be new music to inspire me.  The musical world answered my cries for help in the form of First Aid Kit.  Trish Keenan will never be replaced, but I was very happy to discover Johanna and Klara Söderberg. These two sisters are absolutely amazing!  They site Fleet Foxes, another awesome band,  as a major influence.  Klara and Johanna describe themselves as making Focal Music (Folk and Vocal).  That, they certainly are!  They produce lovely ballads that are so full of emotion. Although, I don’t know of them siting Broadcast as an influence and the fact that they stay more towards the folk side of music, I can’t help but find a similarity. Such passionate vocals with deep lyrics and a tendency towards dream pop.

Music Lives On, Music Inspires Us, Music Connects Us!

Thank you Trish Keenan and Broadcast for musically enriching my life. Trish’s work will keep living on and inspiring.

Their Fleet Foxes Cover that got these two young ladies noticed!

Check out this interview with live performance mixed in.  Johanna and Klara are talented and wise beyond their years. First Aid Kit – 10.22.2010 at Rockwood Music Hall