Cover me Weirdly: ‘Royals’ by Lorde

People can compare her to Lana del Rey as much as they like but in contrast to Lana del Rey’s bored-ass non-singing I actually enjoy the smart lady from New Zealand and even though Lorde is your typically mopey intellectual teenager, she probably (hopefully) enjoys Weird Al Yankovic’s parody of her summer hit.

Man, Weird Al. For very long, I pretty much hated parody music like this but since this ridiculous video:

I am a total Weird Al-fan and enjoy his parodies so much that my five-years-ago self would probably cry out in embarrassment. But what can I say, there is wit, stupid puns and a very joyful silliness to everything he does. For Christ’s sake, this guy did a “Pokerface”-parody called “Polka Face”. I don’t even have to hear the song to start laughing on inconvenient occasions just by thinking about that name.

By the way, this is one of 8 planned music videos that Weird Al releases in anticipation for his new album. When Beyonce did it, I actually didn’t watch a single video even though I like me some Queen Bey now and then but this time around, I am excited for every new ridiculous song.

Favourite Song: Spoon ‘Do You’ – yes, I do

One secret effect a really good popsong has to have on people is the need to push the repeat button. A good popsong is nice and enjoyable whenever you happen to hear it but a really good popsong simply slips into your subconscious and urges you to listen again and again.

The new single by “Spoon” – once again a marvelous recommendation by the great J. Hubner – is such a repeatable summer miracle, an essentially very 90s sounding alt-song that has a little retro-vibe in its flowery chorus (which is the kind of chorus that the Stereophonics came close to a few times in their career but never quite managed as effortlessly as Spoon do) and you can even sing endless rows of “duh duh duh duh” and “aahaahaah” and “huhuhu” and “mhm mhm” – I am actually wondering how deliberate the sheer amount of “doahmhms” is and if so, love the humor behind that decision.

Keep an eye out on John’s blog because when the new album comes out in August, I am sure he’ll write a few and a few more kind words about it.

Favourite Song: Jesca Hoop ft. Guy Garvey “Murder of Birds”

I actually know someone who doesn’t care for Guy Garvey’s voice. I think that person is just crazy because I think his voice goes with everyone else’s, is amazing and fitting at all times and might be the single-most calming thing next to Morgan Freeman talking about penguins.

Well, Garvey’s guest performance with the lovely Jesca Hoop on her song “Murder of Birds” is absolutely sweet and subtle and leaves a lot of room for Jesca‘s otherworldly voice to soar through her nearly Joanna Newsome-esque song which was originally released on “Hunting my dress” and is a bitter-sweet lovesong. The duet was released on her album “Undress” which contains reworks a nice list of her songs in an acoustic setting (another one with Willy Mason, who I heart like hardly anyone else).

The acoustic album might be especially great for everyone who has seen her live because on tour, she sometimes relies on her voice and guitar only and that is honestly all you need with a skilled songwriter like her.

By the way, her connection with Guy Garvey is not really coincidental because Jesca’s manager is also Elbow’s manager and Jesca was a touring background-singer for Peter Gabriel who is constantly bro-ing it up with Garvey. I have to say, what a wonderfully talented group of musician friends. Let them write a pop opera, please.

Words always fail me whenever I see a singer/songwriter who just commands the stage by sheer presence.

Favourite Song: Tina Dico ‘Someone you love’ is a song y’all love

Apparently, the days when I proudly proclaimed that “Country is out, the Blues Brothers are in” (after ignorantly singing “Rawhide” while my parents laughed their asses off), are long gone and I finally get the beauty of standing in a field in the south of ‘Merica, longingly looking towards the distance, dreaming of truck drives, deceitful women and the devil in the bottle.

Ok, Tina Dico is not an outright country artist and has played with a lot of genres (and effortlessly so) but her new single has not only the world weary guitar to a T but also uses her voice in that certain way that women on front porches of farm houses use who wait for their husbands to return.

Honestly, though, “Someone you love” is a beautiful country song and does the genre proud (and it can use it, there are way too many things in the Billboard Charts that make the genre pretty embarrassed). The song is from her upcoming album “Whispers” and I can’t decide whether I want it to be fully committed to country or as versatile as previous records.

OMG, the live version has a banjo! Instant win!

By the way, Tina is from Denmark, Aarhus specifically, which I visited once and fell in love with (Sweden and Denmark are so pretty, it hurts my heart to sit in a trash-heap like Berlin).

Quickie: The Dirty Panties destroy Las Vegas’ dazzle

I saw the name on the tracklist of the punktastic Sampler “Fresh Ink Vol. 3″ and knew I had to write about this band no matter how crap they might be. And surprise! They are a super awesome female punk-outfit from Las Vegas of all cities. I always thought that it is mandatory to do lounge-music to be allowed to make music in Las Vegas. It might even be true because the band was founded 2001 in New York, secretly probably. And secretly, they gathered a secret fanbase in the basement clubs of Las Vegas, deep deep under the big Britney Spears-stage and far far away from lip-sync horridness.

They have the drum/bass sound that I really love with my punk-tea and they sound more 70s alt-punk than 80s mohawk-punk, which – let’s be honest here – is mainly superior with a few exceptions.

By the way, the sampler is a frikken gem because it featuers mainly Las Vegas-punk which is surprisingly diverse – apparently, the underground is a gigantic maze of punks that roar beyond the dazzling showgirls.

Please don’t Freeze: before and after white dudes stole Rock ‘n’ Roll

I don’t fight people who say that Elvis is the king of Rock ‘N’ Roll, neither do I fight people who say that Led Zeppelin are the godfathers of metal and that the Beatles were the best songwriters in the world – but come on, everyone who knows a little about rock music knows that all these artists stole not just a little but truckloads of moves, melodies and money from the black artists that came before them.

The sampler “Please don’t Freeze” puts emphasis on the most influential (and sometimes forgotten) artists of the 50s and 60s and its third volume, released in Germany under the Trikont-label, is a darn good overview not only on the black artists of that time but also the different styles that the origins of Rock ‘n’ Roll inhabited.

From the bluesy slow-burners to the ass kicking pipes of Tina Turner (who I never would have recognized hearing her voice) – the collection is fun, surprising and obviously features some guitar- and piano-parts that kick the lame-o versions of some of the radio-friendly rock songs of that era.

This guitar is absolutely gorgeous and unfortunately, I have no idea who is playing because not even the official Atlantic Records page has the names of the band.

THIS is probably the origin of Eric Burdon’s vocal styles.

So yeah, get that sampler and dig into it because I want to post every single song on it because there are no boring ones on there. As someone who usually despises most samplers for their usual fillers, this is the one to beat.