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Fun and Clever Covers of Popular Songs by ClevelandBloggers
February 26, 2010, 6:25 am
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It’s alway fun to hear when a band tries to take one of your favorite songs and make it their own. Here are a few songs that I think have covers that deserve to be recognized.

  1. Toxic: A Static Lullaby

Want to enjoy an old Britney Spears song in a new light? A Static Lullaby has taken the pop hit and added in their touch of guitars, drums, bass, and, of course, screams.

2.   I Wanna Love You: The Maine

    A pop-punk band has covered an Akon hit. And The Maine has done it well. Melodic lyrics have taken the place of the rap-filled verses, and if not for the similar choruses, it would be hard to tell the two songs were alike!

    3.  When I Grow Up: Mayday Parade

      A song that I normally did not care for by the Pussycat Dolls was turned into something that I constantly wanted to dance to by Mayday Parade. They replaced all the electronc beats with drums and guitars for a cleaner, catchier sound.

      4.  Flagpole Sitta: Chiodos

        In middle school, Flagpole Sitta was one of my favorite songs. I didn’t think it could get any better until Chiodos covered it. Craig Owen’s vocals are at just the right pitch that the cover can’t go wrong. Although the two songs sound very much alike, Chiodos did a good job in subtly adding in their own touch.

        5.  Smooth: Escape the Fate

          It’s extremely, extremely difficult to take on the challenge of covering a Carlos Santana. Yet, I believe Escape the Fate did the song justice and worked hard to create a catchy cover of a Santana classic.

          6.  Ziggy Stardust: AFI

            This cover is hard to find, because it has not been professionally recorded. But I have provided a link for it here. AFI were able to take a David Bowie classic, and cover it in creative way that must have made him proud.

            7.  Halloween: AFI

              The Misfits are a hard band to cover, because of they are a legend among the punk scene. Although the two songs sound quite different vocally, AFI’s cover of the Misfit song is just as good as the original.

              8.  Umbrella: All Time Low

                Everyone knows Rihanna’s song about those lovely plastic canopies that save you from the rain. One again, another pop-punk band has taken a pop song and turned into something ridiculously catchy.

                9.  Personal Jesus: Marilyn Manson

                  Considering the amount of scorn Marilyn Manson is under right now, it may be nice to at least recognize one of his feats. It must be intimidating beyond belief to try and tackle a Johnny Cash song, but I believe that Manson really tried and succeeded. The two songs are so different that it’s refreshing. Some covers sound exactly like the original songs, yet Manson disposes of guitars and goes for full on electronic beats.

                  10.  Stripped: Shiny Toy Guns

                    Depeche Mode is a legendary band, and also intimidating to cover. Yet again, Shiny Toy Guns did it, and did it well. Using female and male vocals, they tackled the song with mellow beats and synthesizers.

                    11.  Feel Good Inc.: We The Kings

                      We The Kings has taken another hit, and substituted their guitars for electronics, as well as changing some of the vocals to provide everyone with their own well-done, catchy version of a Gorillaz classic.

                      -Natalie Knipe

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                      Get Crazy With the Cheese Whiz!!! by ClevelandBloggers
                      February 17, 2010, 7:11 am
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                      I know what you guys are thinking: “Wuzzup with all the lists???” So, I deeply apologize for repeatedly giving you guys lists…but here’s another one! We’ve all heard that random funny song on the radio, and been like “Say whattttt?” But often times these songs don’t get as much play. Whether it’s Beck who puts lyrics that make no sense together; creating a whimsical sound…or Afroman who simply tells us why drugs are bad. So, as a little after-the-three-day-weekend cheer up (and the fact that I have no time to write a full essay)…let’s listen to some funny songs!

                      1. Because I Got High“, by Afroman – “A, E, I, O, U…and sometimes…W?”
                      2. Pool Party“, by The Aquabats – “Holy guacamole! We’ve got chips! So c’mon take a dip, ’cause my pool rips!”
                      3. I Love College“, by Asher Roth – “I can’t tell you what I learned from school…but…”
                      4. Loser“, by Beck – “Get crazy with the Cheese Whiz!” (And pretty much every other line in the song)
                      5. What’s My Age Again?“, by Blink-182 – “My friends say I should act my age…what’s my age again?”
                      6. Fire Water Burn“, by Bloodhound Gang – “If man is 5, and the devil is 6, then that must make me seven.” (A play on the Pixies’ song “Monkey Gone to Heaven”)
                      7. Pepper“, by Butthole Surfers – (No specific lyrics…the song itself is just funny)
                      8. She Don’t Use Jelly“, by The Flaming Lips – “When he’s at home, he blows his nose. But he don’t use tissues or his sleeve. He don’t use napkins, or any of these…he uses magazines…”
                      9. Handlebars“, by Flobots “Me and my friend saw a platypus.”
                      10. We’re All Dudes“, by Kell Mitchell “I’m a dude, he’s a dude, she’s a dude…we’re all dudes!” (This song only available on the Good Burger soundtrack)
                      11. Flagpole Sitta“, by Harvey Danger – “Hear the voices in my head, I swear to god it sounds like they’re snoring!”
                      12. No One’s Leaving“, by Jane’s Addiction – “Now they parade around New York with a baby boy…he’s GORGEOUS!! (He says “gorgeous” funny)
                      13. A Message From Cookie“, by Jay Reatard – “With the smells…the smells of THINGS!”
                      14. I Kill People“, by John Lajoie – “Maybe I should kick you in the face with my fist!”
                      15. My United States of Whatever“, by Liam Lynch “So this chick comes up to me, and she’s like ‘Aww’ and I’m like ‘YEAH WHATEVER!’ ‘Cause this is MY United States of Whatever!”
                      16. YES!“, by LMFAO – “Check my MySpace and I got a lot of friend requests…YES!”
                      17. Eat All the Old People“, by No Time – “A sandwich is a sandwich…but your grandpa is a meal.”
                      18. Man (Opposable Thumbs)“, by The Presidents of the United States of America – “You lose your hair, you wear a tiny wig.”
                      19. Frizzle Fry“, by Primus – “I don’t believe in Captain Crunch…for I am the Frizzle Fry.”
                      20. I Saw Your Mommy“, by Suicidal Tendencies – “Chewed up toes on her chopped up feet. I took a picture, ’cause I thought it looked neat! I saw your mommy, and you’re mommy’s dead…”
                      21. Tribute“, by Tenacious D – “All of a sudden, there shined a shiny demon…”
                      22. Boss of Me“, by They Might Be Giants – “So I just stare at the stain on the wall where the TV been, but ever since we’ve moved in it’s been empty. Why I’m in this room? There is no point explaining!”
                      23. Buddy Holly“, by Weezer – “Wee-ooh…I look just like Buddy Holly!”
                      24. The Hardest Button to Button“, by The White Stripes “I got a backyard with nothin’ in it…except a dog, a stick, and a box with something in it.”
                      25. Smells Like Nirvana“, by Weird Al – “No we don’t sound like Madonna. Here we are now, WE’RE NIRVANA!”
                      26. Boyz-N-The Hood“, by Dynamite Hack – (It’s funny because it’s a soft mellow guitar version of a hardcore rap song.)

                      Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today, people! Sorry for the rough-ness of this post…I’ll add a better one later when I’m not half asleep! Enjoy, and PLEASEEEE fill out the poll below! Thanks!

                      
                      

                      -Brenna

                      (P.S.) Click the names of the songs to see the music video!



                      It takes 30 Seconds to get to Mars. by ClevelandBloggers
                      February 17, 2010, 5:34 am
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                      30 Seconds to Mars is a band with an unusual story. Not many bands can claim that their lead singer has worked in the movie industry alongside actors such as Brad Pitt and Nicolas Cage; but 30 Seconds to Mars can do exactly that. Unfortunately, such a history has not proved in their favor. Many critics began to follow the band around with haunting criticism that the vocalist, Jared Leto, was more focused on his on-screen career rather than his musical one. Yet, with the release of the band’s latest album, This is War, not only have the critics fallen silent; all listeners have.

                      The “rock” group’s previous album, A Beautiful Lie, was their first skyrocket up to recognition. Its catchy beats and husky vocals didn’t fail to quickly grab the attention of the music world. The single off of the record, “The Kill”, raided airplay all across the country, gaining 30 Seconds to Mars even further recognition. However, listeners were shocked into silence with the release of This Is War, for the pure reason that it is nothing like the band has ever released.

                      The group took a daring leap to change their sound, and succeeded. The album takes the notion of an alternative rock album, and adds in electronic beats and booming choirs that will catch you off guard no matter how many times you put that song on repeat. Furthermore, 30 Seconds to Mars proved all of their critics wrong; no matter what Leto felt like doing as a career, the band would not be affected. I promise, that with the listen of the first song “Escape”, you will be indefinitely hooked. The album is the likes of a sound never heard before. All risks taken have proved to be undeniably successful.

                      -Natalie Knipe



                      Happy…Single Awareness Day? :-/ by ClevelandBloggers
                      February 14, 2010, 10:36 pm
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                      So…today, February 14, 2010 is Valentine’s Day. Woo-hoo? For some of you, this is a day dedicated to that special someone. For others, it’s a day dedicated to candy, sad movies, and…more candy. (JUST KIDDING!!!) Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to completely suck! Soooo, in honor of this cheesefest I’ve made a list of some of my favorite puke-tastic love songs. Listen to these with your mom, boyfriend, cat, grandma, bestfriend…ANYONE! So, without further stalling and trying to fill up as much space as possible (Is it working?) I give you…THE VALENTINE’S DAY PLAYLIST!!!! HUZZAH!!!!

                      1. “Like a Stone” – Audioslave
                      2. “All I Want Is You” – Barry Louis Polisar
                      3. “Josie” – Blink-182 (Ode to the PERFECT girlfriend. Just sayin’….)
                      4. “Is This Love?” – Bob Marley
                      5. “You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will.” – Bright Eyes (Yes, I’m using it again!)
                      6. “Comedown” – Bush
                      7. “Free Love” – Cage the Elephant
                      8. “Dreams-Come-True-Girl (feat. Karen Black)” – Cass McCombs
                      9. “Bruises” – Chairlift
                      10. “Speed of Sound” – Chris Bell
                      11. “Yellow” – Coldplay
                      12. “Thanks to You” – Copeland (My current favorite song)
                      13. “Crash Into Me” – Dave Matthews Band
                      14. “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” – Death Cab for Cutie
                      15. “Lover” – Devendra Banhart
                      16. “Home” – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
                      17. “Everlong” – Foo Fighters
                      18. “When They Fight, They Fight” – Generationals
                      19. “Laura” – Girls
                      20. “Tree Hugger” – Kimya Dawson
                      21. “Eddie’s Gun” – The Kooks
                      22. “There She Goes” – The La’s
                      23. “You! Me! Dancing!” – Los Campesinos!
                      24. “Say Hey (I Love You)” – Michael Franti & Spearhead
                      25. “Anyone Else But You” – The Moldy Peaches
                      26. “I Want to Be Buried In Your Backyard” – Nightmare of You
                      27. “About a Girl” – Nirvana
                      28. “Wonderwall” – Oasis
                      29. “Last Kiss” – Pearl Jam
                      30. “Young Folks” – Peter Bjorn and John
                      31. “So Lo So Hi” – The Presidents of the United States of America
                      32. “Lazy Eye” – Silversun Pickups
                      33. “Superstar” – Sonic Youth
                      34. “12:51” – The Strokes
                      35. “Someday” – Sugar Ray
                      36. “I Got a Girl” – Tripping Daisy (Ends with “I got a girl…and she’s got a guy.”)
                      37. “Let Me Know” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
                      38. “Your Arms Around Me” – Jens Lekman

                      So there you have it, folks! The Valentine’s Day playlist. Notice the excellent lack of Michael Bolton? Anyway, have fun and be safe on this lovely day! (Ohh, man! That totally rhymed!)

                      -Brenna

                      (P.S.) Happy almost Presidents Day!



                      THE DODOS!!!!! by ClevelandBloggers
                      February 4, 2010, 3:30 am
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                      Ok, first of all…they called themselves The Dodos. ‘Nuff said. The Dodos are an interesting group composed of two people: Meric Long and Logan Kroeber. The Dodos are an indie rock band with an uber unique sound. If you click here you can find a few of their songs for…FREE!!!! Yayyyy!!! The Dodos mostly compose their songs using a relaxed yet oddly playful guitar, and super catchy drum beats. The song “Fables” sort of sounds like “Let Me Know“, by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs…mainly because of the drums.

                      The Dodos give a nice refreshing sound with their music (literally…I think of fresh air and trees when I hear them). And they’re muy bueno for relieving the stress of finals week! Just a fun-ish fact: the song “Fables” is NOT about lawyers. (Thanks Google…you’ve just shattered my entire universe.) Some of my favorite songs by The Dodos are “Fables”, “Red and Purple”, and “The Season”. “Red and Purple” is a really cute song. It sounds like something a little kid might write for their kindergarden crush. The Dodos’ best albums are Time to Die and Visiter (spelt wrong intentionally). They have really wacky cover art that goes PERFECT with the music!

                      The Dodos are really eclectic and talented…but have not yet claimed their fame. I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from them in the future though.

                      Hope you guys like The Dodos; you can go to their website by clicking —-> here.

                      -Brenna

                      (P.S.) My recent song obsession: “Kissing Families”, by Silversun Pickups…enjoy!



                      All Time Low could defeat Chuck Norris. Nothing Personal. by ClevelandBloggers
                      February 1, 2010, 6:40 am
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                      All Time Low is one of those bands that can make a party come to life, even if just one of their songs comes on the speakers. “Lost in Stereo” can turn a boring get-together into a full-out dance party. Their music caters to a wide array of tastes, and because of this, they have reached incredibly high places in the music world. It’s just too hard to resist their catchy music. The band has been described as “pop-punk” commonly, most likely due to their fast-paced guitars and drums, set with poppy undertones.

                      I’ve been lucky enough to see the band quite a few times live, and they are always light-hearted, fun, and extremely enjoyable. Between each song the band makes a point of cracking the most ridiculous jokes on stage that are impossible not to laugh about. During songs, each member is filled with explosive energy that can leave no fan sitting. I always find myself gripping my friends’ hands and jumping up and down for hours, as we sing their lyrics at the top of our lungs among a sea of moving people. It’s refreshing to see another band that can nail each note of a song perfectly, thus proving they are not just one more “studio band”.

                      Just last summer All Time Low released their third full-length album called Nothing Personal. This album accompanied their rise to the big stages, and has seen radio play all over the country. “Nothing Personal” has fast songs, slow songs, and downright catchy songs. My personal recommendations off of the new album are: “Weightless”, “Lost in Stereo”, “Damned if I Do Ya”, “Hello Brooklyn” and “Therapy”. Be sure to check out these tracks to get a feel for the band. Also check out their last two albums, which are just as great as Nothing Personal: So Wrong, It’s Right and Put Up, or Shut Up.

                      You can listen to the music and learn more about the band –here-.

                      -Natalie Knipe