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I love Buddy Holly’s music. His music is simple, charming, innocent, light-hearted, and a litany of other adjectives that all add up to “great”. As a tribute, the Concord Music Group has put together a collection of covers that do what so many of these albums fail to do: pay proper homage to the artist without simply parroting the original records.
The line-up on the album is an impressive list of artists that includes The Black Keys, Modest Mouse, Julian Casablancas, Paul McCartney, and more, but if you ask me, the album is worth listening to for Patti Smith’s cover of “Words of Love” alone. It’s just fantastic.
I have a pretty bad jones for Holly’s music, and I’m loving this. Definitely on the to-buy list.
yewknee’s Summer Mix Series 2010
Somewhere around the first minute of June, I start jonesing for yewknee's Summer Mix Series. True to its name, the Summer Mix Series opens its doors near the beginning of summer, and the moment it does, people start submitting their carefully curated and themed mixes. So if you’re lookin’ for some new music, I suggest you start here.
Chris Thomas King - “Hard Time Killing Floor”
You might recognize him as “The Guy Who Played the Character Who Was Supposed to Be Robert Johnson” in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and if you do, then you probably also recognize this song from the movie. Well, I started this morning with a fresh cup of coffee and this song. From now on, all my Sundays will start this way.
Pogo - “SplurgenShitter”
I first heard about Pogo when Tuneage posted his “Alice” video, and he’s been in constant rotation ever since. Most of Pogo’s music is made almost entirely out of pre-recorded samples from movies (to date, Pogo’s made songs out of Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Mary Poppins, to name a few), and each song is as charming as it is good. “SplurgenShitter”, one of the few songs that isn’t built on samples from a single movie, mixes laid-back drum machines with ambient keyboard loops while sneaking in samples that never feel forced or out of place. This is exactly the kind of song I reach for on a Sunday afternoon in the summer.
You can download Pogo’s entire catalog for free from his Last.fm page, or if you’re more visual, the videos that accompany some of his songs are similarly well done.
M.I.A. - “Paper Planes” (remix for the children by Adrock)
This song was the first thing posted to mine and Richard's humble little music tumblelog. February 17th marked Tuneage's first birthday, and somehow we let it come and go without any fanfare. Shame on us.