Category: Music News

Ladies Love Covering (Cool) Drake

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Look, I love Drake, you love Drake, we all love Drake. But you know who really loves Drake? Etheral, indie, electornic pop songstresses. And so I decided it was about time to compile a list of some of my favorite Drake covers, as performed by some talented females (warning, duplicates ahead).

Florence + The Machine // Take Care

This is the OG of Drake covers IMHO. Debuted about four years ago during a performance session at the BBC One Live Lounge, Florence and the Machine tackled Take Care. I love how excited Florence is to perform the number, and I was memsmerized the first time I saw it. The strings also really take it to the next level.

 

Yuna // Hold On, We’re Going Home

I first heard this version when the rapidly rising Malaysian singer performed this little ditty during a Spotify Sessions performance. I’m sure I’m not the only one whose had it come up on their Discover Weekly and stopped what they were doing to find out just who exactly was responsible for some a magical rendition.

 

Glass Face // Hotline Bling

I had actually never heard of Glass Face, but recently stumbled upon their cover of Hotline Bling, and I’ll admit it piqued my interest. There have, of course, been more than a few various covers of Hotline Bling since the song made its meme-tastic debut in 2015. But I really like what Glass Face did with the arrangement, really stripping it down (it’s signature drum beat is absent the entire track) and adding in layers of harmonies until it finally builds to its final crescendo.

 

Tinashe // Days in the West

A cover that almost renders the original track “Days in the East” unrecognizable, Tinashe somehow takes the verses and makes them feel slightly delicate, until she hits it hard. Is it just me or does listening to this make you feel slightly more empowered?

 

ASTR // Hold On, We’re Going Home

See, I warned you. But this one is too good it’s worth two versions of the same song. Not a new one of course, released by the band about 2 years go – but I would be remiss in excluding it in case there’s anyone out there that hasn’t heard it yet (thought with over 4 Million streams on Spotify I supsect there aren’t too many of you left).

Tove Lo’s “Talking Body” Somehow Made Inexplicably More Attractive

I have a confession to make – I find Tove Lo’s recent single “Talking Body” to be like, crazy sexy (cool).  Those of you that know me well know that me writing that on the internet is a pretty big deal.  But there it is – out there for all the world to see.

So you can imagine I’m finding it difficult to figure out just what to do with myself after finding this cover by Thirdstory, because, somehow, impossibly, inexplicably, it makes the song even sexier with layers of harmonies and falsetto, a slowed down tempo, and a more R&B feel.  Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to go find a glass of ice water while I let you all enjoy this delicious musical treat.

h/t Fuse

 

8 Stills From Taylor Swift’s Blank Space Video That Are EVERYTHING

I do my best not to utitilze too much so-called “basic bitch speak.” I.e., “I’m dying,” “I can’t,” “This is literally, everything” “I can’t even,” “Stop,” etc.

But sometimes, it’s the only way to describe things.  Like Taylor Swift’s new video for Blank Space.  Because that shit is EVERYTHING.  I can’t with it.  I’m dying from it.  It needs to stop. But also NEVER STOP.

Since this video has clearly left me without words, here are 8 (+1 2 bonus) stills to prove my point.

1. We’ve just gotten started and already I can’t even.

2. This dip, this dress, it’s all just too much.

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3. Running in a ballgown? I want it.  I need it.  Oh baby, oh baby.

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4. This picnic + red lip combo is literally the best thing I’ve ever seen.

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5. THROWIN SHADE.

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6. This leopard and bleeding mascara is KILLING me. Also GET OUT OF HERE YOU ADORABLE TINY BABY DEER.

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7. Shut up with this crop top and shorts set.

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8.  An axe? A horse? That dress?  EVERYTHING.

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BONUS. This Mean Girls reference?  I AM LITERALLY DEAD FROM NOT BEING ABLE TO EVEN.

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In case you’re an idiot and haven’t devoted your morning/afternoon to this video.  Here it is in all it’s magnificent glory.

 

EDIT: Re-watching the video I’m ashamed to admit I did not include this beauty.  TWO HORSES, A CAT, AND MARBLE FLOORS?! I mean…

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Lady Antebellum have released a new music video starring Keith Apicary…and it’s glorious

Here’s a little dose of fun for your Wednesday – country trio Lady Antebellum have just released the new video for their song Freestyle.  But what makes this video so special, you ask? Well, it stars the one and only Keith Apicary – a loveable and overly-confident not so young gamer played by YouTube sensation Nathan Barnatt.  Barnatt as himself directed the video, which features Keith doing his signature gif-able dance moves all over NYC, ultimately finding himself on stage with Lady Antebellum.  The song and the video are both nothing but fun, so go ahead and allow this odd pairing to brighten up your hump day a little.

Also, if you haven’t ever seen Keith auditioning for the Kimberly Cole music video, do yourself a favor and watch it like, now. (Link here).

There is a sub-reddit devoted to remixing Thomas The Tank Engine – because, the internet

We all know that Reddit is a place where you can find just about anything.  Makeup tips, photos of Gene Wilder, spoilers and in-depth analysis for pretty much any show that has ever been on television, the list goes on and on.

But what you might not know is that amongst all of this internet-ness, lies a sub-reddit called Thomas The Dank Engine.  This sub-reddit is a location for one thing and one thing only, remixes of the theme song to Thomas The Tank Engine.  Yes, that Thomas The Tank Engine.  The kids show that features trains with eyes and mouths who talk and go places on tracks.

Even more impressive than the mere existence of such a thing is that what started as a small online community has now grown to a sub-reddit with 25 thousand users.  Simply put, that is a fuck-ton of Thomas the Tank Engine Remixes – ranging from Childish Gambino, to Biggie Smalls, to Queen.  Don’t see the remix you want?  Request it.  Someone will likely post your jam shortly.

So enjoy this weird and wonderful corner of the Internet, and good luck getting the theme song out of your head ever again.

Strong Bad Is Back With A New Number One Jam

Yes you read right, THE Strong Bad, of homestarrunner.com fame, is back.  Joined by none other than Coach Z to deliver us, the peorple, a new “number one jam.”  And boy do they deliver.  “Fish Eye” is everything you need in a weekend banger – rap, gratuitous booty shots, old timey jazz, you name it!  I almost feel a bit of sacrilege posting the YouTube embed, as it takes away from the fun of trying to click every possible area of the screen to find the easter eggs, waiting around staring at your screen hoping for additional footage (spoiler alert: it’s the best part of the video) – but regardless, here it is.  Now if only I had the ability to summon a cieling pizza…

Kristen Stewart Makes Her Acting Debut In “Just One Of The Guys”

By now you have probably seen the new video for Jenny Lewis’s latest single “Just One of the Guys” from her forthcoming album “The Voyager.”  It stars Jenny Lewis, Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson and Kristen Stewart alternating between white suits with pretty/punk-rock hair and makeup and full Adidas jumpsuits with flat brims and mustaches.  The video is pretty run of the mill aside from it’s all star cast goofing around and pretending to play intstruments, but there was one thing that struck me: Kristen Stewart. Is it just me or she actually acting in this?  And well!  She’s almost, dare I say, funny?  Of course, this is only while she’s in her “guy” look – as a lady she’s her usual pouty old self.

So props to you Kristen Stewart for making me chuckle.  Perhaps you missed your calling as the hilariously douche-y dude in a Disney channel original sitcom.

Now Playing: Ryn Weaver – OctoHate

 

In the past 24 hours, something magical has happened.  A summer track has emerged seemingly out of nowhere.  Ryn Weaver’s new track OctoHate has taken the internet by storm, and with good reason.  The all-star produced track (Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos, Charlie XCX, Benny Blaco, and Cashmere Cat) is everythign you could want in a summer pop song.  Light, upbeat, catchy, strong vocals, easy to learn lyrics, etc.

This is currently the only track on Ryn Weaver’s Soundcloud page, but one can only hope many more of the same appear soon.  In the meantime, I can’t wait to figure out how many listens it will take before I get sick of this…I have a feeling it’s going to be alot.

The Hop Jam – Brought to You by Hanson

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And in today’s Hanson news, it seems that my three favorite brothers are taking their love for craft beer and music and combining it into a FESTIVAL.  And yes, it’s called The Hop Jam.

I know, you’re wondering if I’m okay.  Yes, I did nearly pass out when I first read about this, but I have no recovered and am fanning myself profusely while I drift away to a day dream filled with three-way harmonies and a tall glass of MmmHops IPA (yes, you knowitall, it IS a real thing.)

The festival will take place in Tusla, OK – and currently only has Hanson and Robert Randolph and the Family Band listed as performers (which isn’t a bad start if you ask me), bur promises to feature contest winners from around the state.

So for those of you looking for a breath of fresh, new, lucious-locked air in the festival world – you can stop looking; Hop Jam is here.

 

Behold, the most diverse festival lineup ever…

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In case you hadn’t seen already, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival released their lineup announcement video today, and it might quite possibly be the most inclusive lineup I have ever seen.  Ranging from Phish to Public Enemy, Solange to Foster the People, Trey Songz to Jason Isbell, Arcade Fire to Avett Brothers, Eric Clapton to Christina Aguilera (seriously).  Not to mention the smattering of traditional NOLA jazz and gospel acts.   I can’t decide if this is the most amazing strategy ever since people have already been going to Jazzfest for years regardless of the lineup, or if it’s going to result in the biggest clusterfuck in the history of music festivals.

Thinking about going?  I know…so am I.  Here’s a nifty to guide for everything you need to know if you’re planning a trip.

Best part of this announcement?  It’s put a (temporary I’m sure) damper on all the Coachella-philes.