“Zombie” Jay Brannan (The Cranberries)

From an artist that I will definitely be learning more bout, here’s a minimalist Cranberries cover. Learn more about Jay at www.jaybrannan.com or find him on Facebook.

He’s put out an album of covers and also has a great body of original work, which you can find on iTunes.

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Published in: on February 10, 2011 at 10:49 am  Leave a Comment  
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“In the Pines” Louvin Brothers (Traditional)

I’m a little slow to this, but rest in peace, Mister Charlie Louvin. Along with brother Ira, the Loudermilks from Alabama became the Louvin Brothers and shaped harmonies that influenced bluegrass, rockabilly and pop artists such as the Everly Brothers, the Byrds and the Beatles. The Louvin brothers are now home with Jesus but their contributions continue across several genres of music.

This song dates back to the 1870’s. But Leadbelly made it popular outside of the south and Appalachia in the 1940’s. Then Nirvana brought it out of retirement in their MTV Unplugged set. I highly encourage you to seek out alternate versions of this song.

Published in: on February 5, 2011 at 11:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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“Mad World” Gary Jules (Tears for Fears)

I cannot believe I’m just getting around to posting this hauntingly beautiful cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” by Gary Jules. Did you first catch onto this through Donnie Darko, a video game commercial or some other means? I’d love to hear!

Published in: on February 5, 2011 at 10:39 am  Comments (1)  
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“The Promise” Blue October (When in Rome)

Wow. Has it really been late December 2009 since the last post? Color me embarrassed.

I guess having our second son in early January put this blog on the back burner. Even so, it’s been averaging over 500 hits a month on a consistent basis – with no new content in almost 9 months.

Here’s new-wave ballad “The Promise” by When in Rome, performed acoustically for a radio show by Blue October. This tune gained some renewed interest when it was used in the closing scene of Napoleon Dynamite. I really enjoy being able to focus on the well crafted lyrics, which are brought out in this cover.

I’m back!

“Hazy Shade of Winter” Salim (Simon & Garfunkel)

Open Mic Monday!

Here’s Salim of Kenya with a cover of Simon & Garfunkel or the Bangles, depending on your age. I love this because there are animals making noise around the microphone while the man sings and plays. Cool guitar too.

“Last Christmas” Manic Street Preachers (Wham!)

Sweet acoustic version by James Dean Bradfield in a pub. Interesting tidbit about the band: one of their members vanished some years ago and is presumed dead.
Err…Merry Christmas!

Published in: on December 23, 2009 at 1:24 pm  Comments (1)  
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“I’m Yours” Some Kid on a Ukelele (Jason Mraz)

OPEN MIC MONDAY!!

OK, I promise the next post will be un-cute and depressing. But I love this guy! And remember, we all learn to play at some point, usually by learning a popular song.

Published in: on December 14, 2009 at 12:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Breaking the Law” Hayseed Dixie (Judas Priest)

Bluegrass meets metal? Well, yeah!

“I Want You Back” Jer Coons (Jackson 5)

I think we’ll be hearing more from Jer Coons very soon. It seems he’s an artist who could break out in the next year. Here’s a cool little song that you can play around the campfire to impress a girl, which I’m guessing is why 95% of guys learn to play guitar. It worked for me.

“Rock With You” Jane Lui & Gabe Bondoc (Michael Jackson)

Open Mic Monday! They called him the King of Pop for a reason. This is going to be stuck in my head all day, which is just fine by me. Here are Jane Lui and Gabe Bondoc having an impromptu jam with acoustic guitar and little keyboard. I love their confidence in posting this, foibles and all. Very endearing guys!

Published in: on September 28, 2009 at 7:20 am  Comments (1)  
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