Posts Tagged ‘acoustic’

The Bull Pit #129 – Heaven Adores You (an interview about an elliott smith project)

Friday, November 11th, 2011

elliot-smith-723154Director and cinematographer Nickolas Rossi joins me to discuss his upcoming documentary, Heaven Adores You, about singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. Music by Elliott Smith, Earlimart and Heatmiser. Go here to view the trailer and find out how you can be part of this exciting project.

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The Bull Pit #109 – Smells Like Glowing Wieners and Ponk Ruckers

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

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Songs by Troi Irons, 900 Pound Gorilla, Hyde Park Showdown, Straight Outta Junior High, Bump-N-Uglies, Surgeon Marta, Neon Wiener and the Vast Delicatessen, Trashmind, Loomis and the Lust, Revolution Riot, Late Cambrian, Loose Fruit Museum, Mutant Press, The Big Shapes, The Maudlin Hounds, Thee Spivs, Zombie Met Girl and Big Gunz.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Bull Skull logo by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com). Music provided, in part, by MusicAlley from MEVIO. 
 
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My Flesh of Things EP FREE on NoiseTrade

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The Bull Pit #85 – 1000 Paper Stars for Mick Karn

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Mick-Karn-2I open the show with a trbute to Japan / Dali’s Car bassist, Mick Karn, who the world lost this week to cancer. Songs by Dali’s Car, Pu$$y Cow, The Hopelessly Devoted (featuromg Ian Webber of The Idyllists), Sonic Avenues, The Living Deadbeats, Moovalya amd The Vanes.

Also, Episode 9 of General Kranken Haus. GKH is a brand new comic variety soap opera featuring gypsy punk rock legends Kranken Welpen and the band The Goodys – two very different bands having to live together for their punishment, and our amusement.

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Naïve Medley: This Must Be The Coverville Tribute to the Talking Heads

Monday, December 20th, 2010

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Here is another brand new covers tribute I recorded a song for. The Talking Heads, according to Brian Ibbott of the Coverville podcast (who commissioned all the songs from independent artists) is a band who ”sadly, has never had an official tribute album”.

My choice was a version of “This Must be the Place (Naïve Melody)“. I picked the song because my friend BC has always talked about it being one of his favorites. After spending a few days internalizing it while recording my version, I agree that it’s probably the best Talking Heads song I’ve heard. It was a lot of fun to do, and a challenge as the song really doesn’t have a chord progression.

Here’s a quote about the lyrics by David Byrne: 

“That’s a love song made up almost completely of non sequiturs, phrases that may have a strong emotional resonance but don’t have any narrative qualities. It’s a real honest kind of love song. I don’t think I’ve ever done a real love song before. Mine always had a sort of reservation, or a twist. I tried to write one that wasn’t corny, that didn’t sound stupid or lame the way many do. I think I succeeded; I was pretty happy with that.”

Thanks to Brian Ibbott for letting me be a part of tribute album history by contributing to the world’s very first Talking Heads tribute album!

Download individual tracks or the entire album for free here at the Coverville website. And if you are a fan of covers, definitely check out the Coverville Podcast.

Conceptual Continuity: A Cover Freak Tribute To Frank Zappa

Monday, December 20th, 2010

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Tomorrow is Frank Zappa’s 70th birthday. Steve, who runs a covers blog out of Chicago called Cover Freak, commissioned covers from independent artists and put together a tribute to Zappa called Conceptual Continuity.

My contribution to the project is an acoustic version of “Dirty Love”. The original was on Zappa’s 1973 Over-Nite Sensation album. The following is from a review of the album on AllMusic.com.

While the music is some of Zappa‘s most accessible, the apparent callousness and/or stunning sexual explicitness of “Camarillo Brillo,” “Dirty Love,” and especially “Dinah-Moe Humm” leave him on shaky aesthetic ground. Zappa often protested that the charges of misogyny leveled at such material missed out on the implicit satire of male stupidity, and also confirmed intellectuals’ self-conscious reticence about indulging in dumb fun…

I had the help of two great musicians; bassist/percussionist, Hector Feirreiro (who helped me produce the track as well as play bass and percussion), and singer, Myra Washington (who provided some extremely hot background vocals).

Download individual songs, or the entire comp for free at the Cover Freak blog here.

The Bull Pit #80 – These Boots Are Gonna Come All Over You

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

BootsFeaturing music by Ginger, Lucifer Star Machine, The Shotgun Break, The Bloody Muffs, Patty Hurst Shifter, The Fast Takers, Unquiet Nights and Switchblade Justice.

Also, Episode 7 of General Kranken Haus, “Boot Polish”. GKH is a brand new comic variety soap opera featuring gypsy punk rock legends Kranken Welpen, and the band The Goodys – two very different bands having to live together for their punishment, and our amusement.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Bull Pit skull logo by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com). Music provided, in part, by MusicAlley from MEVIO.

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The Big 0-3: Three Years of Cover Me

Monday, November 1st, 2010

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Ray from the Cover Me blog emailed me a few weeks ago asking if I’d like to participate in a birthday covers compilation to commemerate the blog’s 3rd birthday. Nothing could have made me say no, especially after I decided on a song: “Happy Birthday” by Concrete Blonde.

We contacted a bunch of artists we’ve worked with in the past – terrifically talented folk who have all played a role in Cover Me’s history. We asked them to record birthday-themed cover songs for a special three-year celebration album. Find the fruits of their labor below. Eleven brand-new covers of birthday songs both famous (“It’s My Party”) and obscure (“Birthday Boy”), all recorded just for the occasion.

Download all the songs, or individual tracks (for free), here.

Do You Want to Dance?

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

One of the first solo acoustic songs I ever recorded was called “Do You Want to Dance”, originally released as a single by Bobby Freeman from 1958 (backed with “Big Fat Woman”). I listened to both songs often as a small child as my mom had the 45 (you can get a copy of the classic 45 here if you’re interested).

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There is a Myspace page for Bobby Freeman’s recent album, also called Do You Want to Dance (Rhino) which includes both songs.

I originally included my version of “Do You Want to Dance” on my very first solo acoustic CD as a bonus track for my friends. The song was also covered by Del Shannon, The Beach Boys, Bette Midler, John Lennon, Cliff Richard, The Ramones and The Mamas & The Papas.

I just posted the song on my Secret Covers page. If you want access to it, and over 25 other free downloads, go to my website and sign up for the email list.

The Bull Pit #55 – Sandbox Rebel

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

sandboxrebelMy guest this episode is Shane Sweet from Sandbox Rebel who joins me for an interview and live acoustic performance via Skype.

A multi-instrumentalist, Shane performs and composes all facets of Sandbox Rebel and blends countless styles into one. Described as “Elliot Smith meeting Zack de la Rocha,” often within a single song classical music can be heard intertwined with hip hop and alternative, or acoustic melodies meet dance with dramatic soundscaping all aimed at creating an image in the listener’s mind complete with characters, a scene and dialogue. Sandbox Rebel is a merging of the arts through music.

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