It seems fitting, after Michael Brown, and Walter Scott, and Freddie Gray, and with the Baltimore Uprising in full swing, to post this. I love this album, I think it's one of the best ever made, and it opens with a quote you'll hear if you play the song, a quote from Malcolm X, which, … Continue reading Mos Def, aka Yasiin Bey — Supermagic ::
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbqBXkmukr4 Every sound in this song is ideal. The final minute alone is invaluable. And whoever made this video decided a fitting image to accompany this music would be a man crawling around in a field cramming mushrooms into his mouth and then blissing out really, really hard. Found money.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e8t908XhVI A cover of the Allen Toussaint original, to which I was introduced by the inestimably valuable and brilliant HBO show Treme. Give this song two or three goes at the plate for it to catch up with you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-KulvW2TUQ I have been trying not to post this song ever since I heard a pre-release stream of it in March. It is too obviously enlivening; I was sure I'd end up saying something stupid, being too bombastic in my praise. It's like choking on jelly beans.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I9GqxDA4ac A lazy, flawless, American vignette from a man who is himself an ever-changing American story. My favourite parts are the narratorial cough at 0:41, and the quiet, almost non-diegetic chuckle in the final seconds.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWogKxTzdLA As my English friends would say: 'choon.' #playitloud
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWG2dsXV5HI I'm not a huge The Sound of Music fan but silver linings don't get finer than this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9w6FKYfcu4 An unhappy, perfect, Australian classic.
There is room in my heart for country music and this occupies a lot of it.
True album covers that surprise and delight #2.
True album covers that surprise and delight #1.
In recent years remixes have taken on a quality of reinvention only great covers have embodied before. See also: Florence & the Machine -- You've Got the Love [The xx Remix].
Hip hop is as synonymous with insight, passion and empowerment as it is with everything to which it is thanklessly reduced.
A cover that redefines the original is rare. See: Joe Cocker -- With A Little Help From My Friends; James Blake -- A Case Of You; Lior -- Needle And The Damage Done; Johnny Cash -- Hurt; and of course, Jeff Buckley -- Hallelujah.