Kesha has blown up out of nowhere, and is taking the world by storm. Not a fan of her music, but I guess her following is pretty strong. I really can’t believe she is blowing up. These women all taking up beats that are, I don’t know if you want to say stolen, but very well-produced homages to Kylie Minogue.
Bark+Bite blog has the best rant review about her stuff.
I was listening to a radio bit on National Public Radio, and I was stunned by the riff I heard.
Hitting me, was a bass riff that was so familiar and so soothing; it came at me as a backup song during the credits of an interview. I listened, not thinking of its importance, for all backup music to endings of radio bits are made up of obscure pieces from other musicians ( or musicians pertaining to the interview/ journalist piece at hand ).
As I comforted myself into the NPR piece, the bass line hit me. It was an exact ( almost exact ) riff of an R&B song that I heard when I was a kid:
But it wasn’t this song at all. The surprise came first with the intuition that the former song took the riff from a piece that was older:
It is one of those times that you would be upset that you didn’t know a song you liked was semi-covered, but you are comforted somehow with the fact that the riff did exist some time before, and that it was liked by others. It was liked by others who wouldn’t neccesarily be privy to any hip-hop or R&B. Not others who would give any importance to those who used the riff for their albums.
But to hear it, and hear where it was given birth, it gives me a better love for those who “covered” it and felt it was a good enough riff to exchange it in a tengent genre for others to listen. It makes me like the songs that use this riff so much more. It makes me want to find other similar ventures of current and past music; to find musical pieces that have been used in history to create mainstream music.
Let’s be honest: Could you ever think a Chingy song would be derived from a Jaco Pastorius bassline? I don’t think so.
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Tagged chingy, chingy cosby show, chingy jaco, chingy sample, jaco pastorio, jaco pastorios, jaco pastorius, R&B, r&b bass, r&b music, svw jac, SWV, swv jaco, swv rain
Eon Blue Apocalypse from Tool’s Lateralus
Intension From 10,000 Days
The guitar riff from the 1st track sounds very alike to their Intension melody from 10,000 Days. The motion, the timing, and the note structure are almost identical ( although Intension has a higher pitch ).
A lot of their riffs are re-immersed in their albums, but as such with Tool, you wonder how intentional it was to place the riff in the song, and if there is any relation to the two tracks.
I am having a very tough time trying to understand what it is with The Killers, although I enjoy listening to them, getting themselves muddled in all this controversy every year. If it isn’t a tussle with bands in his own label, lead singer Brandon Flowers has made an effort to stir up some anger with bands that have garnered a heaping amount of success.
A couple of years back, Flowers had criticized Green Day for exploiting Anti-Americanism by playing “American Idiot” outside of the US. He felt that, the DVD taping of the song was a stunt because the recordings were all in England and Germany. Flowers felt that the meaning may not be felt the same way to non-Americans the way Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day had written it.
Last week, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers was interviewed and had called out U2, saying that they were “getting old”, and that Flowers “feels like its time” for the Killers become as popular as Bono’s band.
The interview isn’t as bad as people made it out to be. It comes off as controversial, but the quote about U2 seems to come from more of an admiration for the band than anything else.
The Killers’ new album, Day & Age, will be out in stores November 25th.
For all you kids ( including myself ) who weren’t blessed with hearing this band on the radio, I bring to the band responsible for such good hit as ” Don’t Bring Me Down” & “Mr. Blue Sky,
Electric Light Orchestra!
“No one will ever – ever – be having this f***ing nonsense!”
– A high senior executive of a huge record company says as he throws the first album of an unsigned band called the White Stripes, out of a 4th floor window.
Read this wonderful article on A&R life here; its pretty fucking hilarious.
I remember this song from a while back. I thought this song was by the Presidents of the United States but when you are twelve, you still hold onto the Santa Claus dream as hard as you can. With that mindset, anything is possible. Even throwing rocks at passing busses ( wasn’t that so much fun growing up? Oh wait, this was only a pastime for people in the projects or Southie. My bad).
Note: This song is a cover from the band Mission of Burma ( Boston band, fuck yea ).
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Tagged 90's, 90's music, 90's rock, cover songs, Mission of Burma, Moby, Music, post-punk, Potusa, Presidents of the United States of America, revolver, Rock, rock cover