Working on the weekly radio show for Saturday, April 2 and looking for good songs to celebrate April Fools... not songs _about_ April 1, but songs that are themselves tricks, jokes, fake-outs and deceptions. Some examples... [more inside]
I have been pretty sad about David Bowie's recent
death return to his home planet. But then I listened to this gorgeous cover of Life on Mars by Sarah Blasko, and I felt better.
So, gentle mefites, can you give me your favourite David Bowie covers?
I was recently asked by the conductor of a well-known classical music ensemble if I'd be interested in illustrating the programs for some of his upcoming performances. A collaboration like this would be a cherry gig for me, and I'm very excited, but I'm worried about messing it up. [more inside]
Doing a design project for a record store and am looking for iconic album covers that only feature text? For instance, Live at Leeds, Masters of Reality, or Ornette! would all be good examples. Looking for ones where if someone were to substitute other words, what was being referenced would be obvious. Thanks!
My question is two-fold: I am looking for songs from the late 90's to now that would be good candidates for reinterprating in vintage Jazz styles from the 20's to the 40's. I am also looking for a name for this group--a portamentaou that combines the name of an entertainer from the 20's, 30's, or 40's with something from the modern era. An example would be "Lauren Bacall Me, Maybe". [more inside]
I'm looking for indie pop with mariachi elements, specifically the soaring trumpet fills, but jangly acoustic guitar is cool too. Something in the vein of Calexico, but less folk-y more pop-y. Barring actual good music I'd gladly take recommendations for mariachi style covers. You know how there's albums of Bossa Nova style covers and reggae style? Someone must make mariachi style covers? Okay, screw it, I want cheesy pop hits of yesteryear transcribed into a mariachi idiom.
I am looking for late twentieth-century pop music covered in earlier styles. I know The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, I know The Puppini Sisters, I know Big Daddy (although that is kind of an edge case because the song and the style are only a decade apart, but it was a tumultuous decade musically). Tell me more that I have yet to learn about. [more inside]
I'm getting a really nice queen-size bed in a few days and I want to outfit it with top-of-the-line, premium pillows, sheets, covers, blankets, and a world-class mattress pad. What's the best that money can buy?
The designer who normally does my ebook covers is no longer working out. Creating my own covers is not an option for me given my current lack of design chops. Some members of my writing group suggested Fiverr as the go-to place for covers. Looking around there it seems there are some decent "gigs" that would serve my needs. However, I have some questions about Fiverr itself and about the possible knock-on effects of using Fiverr for graphic design. [more inside]
But I'm pretty sure a woman (or, I guess, a band with a woman vocalist) has covered the Clash's "Lost in the Supermarket". Anyone know?
I'm doing a mix CD challenge with my friends, and want to win. [more inside]
I want a definitive list of hit songs that were covers or written by other artists. More specifics inside. [more inside]
What cover songs or remixes add a dance beat or strong rhythm to the original? [more inside]
I am looking for a book that was published in the late 1980s. I cannot remember the title or the author, only that it is a memoir, and that the cover of the book (oft advertised in the New Yorker) had a small picture of a boy jumping between two rocks. The design of the cover was very much like this one for Lewis Thomas' The Fragile Species, with the picture of the jumping boy there in the center. The only other thing I can remember is that the author's name started with two initials, i.e. T R Something or A R Something. Please help!
I recently have become very fond of some vocal track only versions of pop and rock songs that someone had reversed engineered from DVDs and posted online, and I would like to find more music like this. [more inside]
It seems (could just be confirmation bias) that book cover/dust jacket materials have changed over the years. I find a lot of trade paperbacks and hardcover dust jackets now have a "soapy" feel to them rather than the previous plastic feel. What is this material? Is it new? What drives choices of materials?
I heard a cover of the Seals and Crofts Song Summer Breeze while shopping in a mall store last week. Can you help me figure out who the artist was? It was in a mellow R&B style probably contemporary from the last 5 years or so, with kind of a hip-hop/reggae influenced groove, and (most likely) a female vocalist. The general mood was mellow and groovy and a little sexy.
Looking for a hip hop or rap song that samples Nina Simone's "Young, Gifted, and Black." Any ideas?
looking for a cover version...? [more inside]
What are some examples of country artists covering R&B/soul songs? [more inside]
I'm looking for quite a few marching band/concert band covers of rock, especially punk rock bands. [more inside]
What is this mellow, electronic version of "Pumped Up Kicks" I am hearing? [more inside]
I'm looking for folky and bluegrassy covers of popular songs. Examples inside. [more inside]
I need a slim iPhone holster, and I can't find one for the iPhone4. [more inside]
Can you recommend darkwave covers of sacred music? [more inside]
How/where to order custom protective fabric sleeves for a pair of speaker cabinets? [more inside]
Looking for examples of good bold / striking book covers and other graphic design [more inside]
Looking for nostalgic bar band songs for my new female-fronted cover band. [more inside]
I'd love your recommendation for songs my very amateur band can cover. Some criteria inside. [more inside]
I heard an instrumental, surf (ish) version of Torna Surriento at brunch today... help? [more inside]
What are some good classical covers of popular songs? [more inside]
I want to create my own covers of anime/game music, what kind of resources/skills do I need? [more inside]
Using Youtube-to-MP3 tools found online, I've recently started putting some of my favorite acoustic covers of popular music on my iPod. Some of these favorites are within, along with other popular examples of the stripped-down cover trend, but I would appreciate discovering yours as well. [more inside]
I'm looking for mashup performances like Omar Afuni's Born This Way / Express Yourself or Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up/Together Forever/So Lucky [more inside]
Calling all music nerds: has Tom Waits ever covered Leonard Cohen? Has Leonard Cohen ever covered Tom Waits? [more inside]
Recommendations for acoustic covers of pop songs that add emotion? [more inside]
Software to create 3-d book cover image that is being held by a girl? [more inside]
Suggest some technically competent YouTube artists who cover well-known songs on different instruments or re-arranged for a different genre. I love when someone takes a song I thought I knew, and shows me a whole different way to perform it. Vocals are okay as long as they're not shrill or cookie-monster growls, but instrumental is preferred, especially if it involves strings and/or double pedal bass. [more inside]
I'm looking for acoustic covers of techno songs, can you help me? Not necessarily acoustic, but using analog instruments, whether amplified or not (e.g. Clara Engel covers Born Slippy, Stance's ukulele cover of Harder Better Faster Stronger, Acoustic Instruments cover Star Guitar). Other electronic dance music genres also welcome.
For a smile, they can share the night. It goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.
I like listening to different versions of the same song back to back to back to back to back. What songs have been covered many many times? [more inside]
Can you recommend music remakes into completely different genres? [more inside]
Help me find interesting, dark Beatles covers. [more inside]
I need examples of gender-specific songs covered by singers of the opposite gender. For instance, Jack White's cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene". [more inside]
Why are there so many covers songs on youtube? [more inside]
I love the Dope metal cover of You Spin Me Right Round, and the Reel Big Fish ska cover of Take On Me. What other awesome covers are out there I should be looking for? [more inside]
Help me find a version of the song "Mercy" I heard on the radio. [more inside]
Is it still, technically, a cover song when the original songwriter records a track that they wrote for someone else? [more inside]
I'm traveling to NYC soon and I'm looking for locations of where iconic album covers were shot. [more inside]
I'm looking for mashups / bootlegs that are classics or defining moments of the genre. [more inside]
Having recently discovered the original northern soul version of Tainted Love by Gloria Jones, I'm keen to find more songs like this, i.e. acoustic, rock, folk, soul, etc. songs which have a later and well known synthpop or electronic cover version. [more inside]
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