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They say “Don’t judge the book by its cover”. I say “Judge the song by its cover”. For when a certain song gets done by another artist, you can discover a lot more from it esp. when a different version is made. Sometimes, even the worst songs can turn into a good one when done by somebody else. Now, there’s lotsa good remakes or revivals out there but you can still handpick those that are genre-crossing, out-of-the-blue, surprising cover songs.
Here’s a long list of cover songs that will make you utter .. “How’d that go?”
Song (Originally Done By) Covered By
The Part I of this, I included a video of “Rolling in the Deep”, originally by Adele and covered by Linkin’ Park. Now, it’s only fitting that I start with it. Panic! At the Disco visited Ventura, my current county of residency. They had a poll asking the audience what they want the band to cover, being a popular song at the time, the poll reads “Rolling in the Deep” as most requested. Fun video, they looked like they really struggle. Ended pretty impressive considering it wasn’t rehearsed prior the performance. The vocalist blurted out at the end “Yey! We did it.” -referring to having the audience participation in getting through the cover.
- Travis, Fountains of Wayne - “Baby One More Time” (Britney Spears)
- Lily Allen, All American Rejects, Franz Ferdinand – “Womanizer” (Britney Spears)
- Greenday – “Why Doesn’t It Always Rain On Me?” (Travis)
Why “Womanizer”, it wasn’t because of its “deep political connotation”, they simply said “It’s because we can do it better than Britney”… A great accordion start, beer bottles for instruments and a lot of woohoo-ing from the guys of All American Rejects….
- Umbrella (Rihanna) – Mandy Moore, Linkin’ Park, Train, Manic Street Preacher
- Jamie Cullum - “Please Don’t Stop The Music” (Rihanna), “Frontin” (NERD), “GoldDigger” (Kanye West), “Chasing Pavements” (Adele) segue to Thriller (Michael Jackson)
- Ryan Adams – I Want It That Way (Backstreet Boys), Like A Virgin (Madonna), Vampire Weekend entire first album
- Incubus -Like A Virign (Madonna), Bump ‘N Grind (R. Kelly), No Scrubs (TLC) Careless Whisper (George Michael), Milkshake (Kelis) and even Spongbob Squarepants (Theme Song)
- My Humps (Black Eye Peas) – Alanis Morrissettes *PART I*
- Michael Buble – This Love (Maroon 5)
- Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) – Incubus, Amanda Palmer, Coldplay, Fall Out Boys and Civil Wars
- Coldplay - I Just Can’t You Out Of My Head (Kylie Minogue) *PART 1*
- (Coldplay) – Lady Gaga, Weezer, Taylor Swift “Viva La Vida”, Robyn “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”, Alicia Keys “Clocks”, Avril Lavigne, Aimee Mann “The Scientist”
Let’s go ahead and take a look Lady Gaga’s struggling attempt to cover Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”. Quite surprising, nonetheless, definitely not her alley and she did a good job giving it a different spin. Though, she did stop at the bridge to apologize for the mistakes. Here she is with piano…
- Daughtry – “Pokerface” Lady Gaga
- Robyn – “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” (Coldplay), “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart” (Alicia Keys), “Since You’ve Been Gone” (Kelly Clarkson), “When The Doves Cry”
- (Beyonce) – “Crazy In Love” Switchfoot because it’s power-packed with energy and … bling! , Snow Patrol, Beck, “Single Ladies” The Fray, Wilco, Sarah Bareilles *PART I* “Halo” Florence + The Machine
- Elbow - “Independent Women” (Destiny’s Child)
- Florence + The Machine “Take Me Now” (Rihanna)
- Beck – Medley of “Hot in Here” (Nelly), “Rock Your Body” (Justin Timberlake), “Beautiful” (NERD), “Not Gonna Get US” (t.a..t.u) “Ice Ice Baby” also, (Yanni’s) “Live At The Acropolis” album
- Beyonce – “Sex On Fire” Kings of Leon
- (Kings of Leon) – “Use Somebody” Craig David, Matisyahu, Paramore and Pixie Lott, “Radioactive “ Cee-Lo
- Ray Lamontagne, Paulo Nutini “Crazy” (Gnarls Barkley)
Kelly Clarkson is a fan of this outstanding troubadour singer-songwriter (Ray Lamontagne). Actually, it’s not surprising that a pop artist would actually claim to have one of his songs to be a favorite. Here is “Shelter”, please listen.
- Kelly Clarkson (Black Keys) “Lies”, (The White Stripes) “Seven Nation Army” , (Kings of Leon) “Use Somebody” segue to (Alanis Morissettes) “That I Would Be Good”
- Robyn, A Day To Remember “Since U Been Gone” (Kelly Clarkson)
- The Fray - Hip Don’t Lie (Shakira), Single Ladies (Beyonce) with the bending of the wrist and the shaking of the hips :D, Heartless (Kanye West)
- NOT A COVER: But, did anybody know about Thom Yorke of Radiohead dancing to the tune of Beyonce’s “Sexy Ladies”? Very surprising, he was so into the tune of it.
- Shakira - “Islands”, “Crystallized” (The xx) *PART I*
- (Justin Timberlake) – “Cry Me A River” Paolo Nutini, Glen Hansard, Michel Buble
Corinne Bailey Rae jazzing up Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack”. Whoa factor to the fullest scale.
- Paolo Nutini – “Rehab” (Amy Winehouse)
- KT Tunstall – “Get Your Freak On” (Missy Elliot) Who’s that bleep! Also. Eels
- Postal Service – “Against All Odds” (Phil Collins)
- Lana Del Rey – “Goodbye Kiss” (Kasabian)
- Ben Howard – “Call Me Maybe” (Carly Rae Jespen)
Since this song is quite popular this year, I go ahead and post the video of this UK singer-songwriter Ben Howard. Highly Impressive! He turned this bubbly song into something of a troubadour-type, with layers and layers of sound.
- Mumford & Son – “Cousin” (Vampire Weekend)
- Feist - “November Rain” Guns & Roses
- James Blake – “Limit To Your Love” Feist
- Prince – “The Best of You” Foo Fighters
- Aretha Franklin – “Touch My Body” Mariah Carey
- Weezer – “Pump Up Kids” Foster The People (more above from Weezer)
- Fall Out Boy – Medley of “Beat It”, “Don’t Matter”, “American Boy”
- Tori Amos – “We’ve Only Just Begun”, “Bonnie And Clyde” (Eminem), “Whoops! There It is”
- Dreamtheater - “Winter” (Fiona Apple)
- Katy Perry - “Electril Feel” (MGMT)
- John Legend – “Umbrella” (Rihanna), “Wake Up” (Arcade Fire)
- Joss Stone – “Fell in Love with a Boy” – feminized version of “Fell in Love with a Girl” (The White Stripes)
I’m not familiar with the artist, she is most likely a filipina. It’s a great thrown-out cover of a very popular song. Here is an acoustic version from a sweet-looking lad,y named Julie Anne, scatting and boom-boorooming to the tune of “Superbass” from Nicki Minaj.
WOOO Boy, that’s a lot of covers. Anything you want to add? Remember these are genre-crossing cover songs. “Covers” are basically remakes/revivals that are performed live and/or on stage.
Ow, do let me know which of these that surprised or made you interested.
Some of you may expect something obscure, an acquired taste, serious or substantial musicians. With emphasis, these are MY favorite Italian music.
An Italian co-worker sang over and over something of a significant to Neapolitan culture. He even explained to me what was the song all about. Back then, I didn’t pay “that” much attention. Months later, the song was remixed and was all over the radio, not just in Europe but all around the world. I was talking about a Renato Carosone original, “Tu Vuo Fa L’Americano”.
The remix from Yolanda Be Cool was not the only one. Christina Aguilera and Lou Bega have different version of the song as well. Sophia Lauren, a Napoli native, danced to the tune of it in a movie. It was also performed by Matt Damon and Jude Law in the movie, The Talented Mr. Ripley. The song tis reflected when American military’s stay in Naples that booms the economy of Italy years ago. The song is roughly translated to “You wanna be an American”. It’s definitely not the same anymore.
When it comes to Italian music, there are, of course, sound names such as Andrea Bocelli and Pavarotti. I’m just not an opera listener.
I happened to like pop music in Italy. This is my most favorite video I’ve seen throughout my 2-year stay there.
Don’t we all do this…???
I really enjoy watching the video. I especially like the last part. The song is from Zero Assoluto.
My favorite females are the most recognizable ones as well, Elisa and Laura Pausini. These two are actually internationally acclaimed. They both sing in English and Spanish. Laura Pausini actually has a single with James Blunt. Elisa’s song “Dancing” had been used three times in the TV contest, “So You Think You Can Dance”. Both of them are part of the artist line-up of the song “Domani” together with other new and old famous Italian musicians.
Yes, this is sort of like their “We Are The World” song. A Mauro Pagani’s original, the song is called “Domani” or “Tomorrow“. In May 21, 2009, an Italian artist ensemble got together to compose a charity single to benefit the victims of L’Aquila Earthquake.
This brings me to my MOST favorite Italian artist, the ever-poetic, Jovanotti. He’s the man behind that project. I actually bought one of his 2007 album, L’Albero, just for this awesome song …
I love this song to death. I can sing this feel-good song over and over and over again. “Bella” is indeed a very “Beautiful” song where Lorenzo Jovanotti compares a woman to all things beautiful. I love the bridge part when it paused to make room for the flute solo.
This song is not in Italian nor Italian-based but from an English rock band, Skunk Anansie. It just so happened to be a constant-airplay single in Italy when I was there. You may have heard about Skunk Anansie from an internationally-acclaimed song, “Because of you”. They may be a “clit-rock” group, but my most favorite is this vocal-heavy song called “Squander”.
There goes my favorites. I encourage everyone to embrace the culture of the country you are in or travel to, not just tourism-wise, or food, but other areas like music, perhaps clothing, language and traditions as well.
They also have versions of familiar songs like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You“, which my Italian co-worker is also fond of singing aloud. During my time there, “Weirdero” was also a hit, which is a remake of Radiohead’s “I’m a Creep“. I always sing “Io Canto Sotto La Pioggia” every time it rains. The song is the Italian version of “I’m Singing in the Rain“.
I got rammed by a bull. I climbed a tree. I got some of it in places I was not supposed to -inside a church, during an intimate concert, a play, a museum, etc. I got lost in the wilderness. I once got asked by a street vendor to retract what I took. I wrestled against a crowd, not literally of course. I have waited for more than 30 minutes just for that one moment. I lay in the ground when I need to. These are just some of the drastic measures I have done just to take pictures of what I wanted to capture. I once borrowed a lens from stranger in order to take pictures of how I wanted the subject to come out. I take pictures even when my hand’s behind the wheel. Shhh!!! I do it when I have the road to myself. *sticks tongue out*
I, somehow, can still manage to keep my sanity in tact, from time to time. There are itsy bitty things that go over the line that I don’t dare cross.
These images were taken during the first day of a music fest called FYF in Los Angeles early this month. I had a ticket for the second day that I didn’t get to use. Don’t think it’s because I was already content with the Saturday’s images result. The Sunday line-up includes Beirut, an indie band I gravely admire. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t take the risks involved over that pleasure.
Again, I am proud of my captures of James Blake and M83 night performances. But, I knew even as I review these images I took during the day that I was going to turn these into black and white. I like to think that I wasn’t wrong even then.
- Guitartist: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart -
- I love this pic. This is Ruth Radelet, vocalist of Chromatics, moving away from the microphones as she lets other band members shine. -
- Kip Berman, Vocalist: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart -
- Morgan Kibby of M83 on the keyboard -
- Top: James Blake – Bottom: Ben Assiter -
Below: Rob Andrews
Some of the pictures I didn’t completely turn into B&W. I hope the reasons are obvious. I love these three images, and it hurts to shrink it into a collage.
Now to the needy greedy. These images come with a price, and not just the monetary value of that ticket I didn’t use. I didn’t attend the second day mainly because of the stoners. I just cannot take the risk of sniffing their smoke, and get easily popped in for the drug test, and ultimately pay the price of ruining my career. I had to had to sacrifice giving up the chance of seeing and experiencing live music of a favorite band of mine, and being able to share more pictures that I could’ve been proud of or would be happy to show. Call it naive, gullible, I call it open-mindedness. They do what they do. I honestly don’t have anything against these youngsters blazing doobies. It’s their business. I just wish they are more considerate and mindful of others esp. when they see three or more people showing repressions around them.
This event also tells me that as childish I can always be or act to be, I actually felt like I was getting old that day. I was showing all kinds of frustrations, acting like a grandpa to these youngsters. The crowd was wild. Anyhow, I’m a big music fan and that I’ve been to many large crowd events but, I hate to say this LA, (and I hate to compare), against Jazz Fest in New Orleans, I never experience such reluctance of going to this kind of event because of the crowd.
To this day, I still wonder what it would’ve been like listening live to Beirut. Then again, I wondered about the consequences of me going to it. I just couldn’t bare that thought and take that chance. It’s sad but I think it’s best that I didn’t continue.
MY OTHER B&W POSTS:
Fleeting Moments in LA
By the way, I never released any of the pics I took from the places I was not allowed to.
Now, care to mention at least one of your haphazard picture-taking acrobats?
I want to thank everyone who appreciated the challenging photography of M83 that I took during FYF Fest in LA this weekend. James Blake’s set is tamer so I was able to get even more better shots than M83′s. I’m going to praise it myself. Considering that these are action shots, these are some of my proudest event photos. I enjoyed the performance. There are 14 pictures total so please bear with it. I hope you enjoy these images…
Above is Rob McAndrews on guitar. I had to leave early from the performance stage of Pains of Being Pure At Heart and I had to sacrifice not watching Sleigh Bells. I wanted to ensure good position amongst crowd to see James Blake up-close. I managed to do so; I was at the second row from the front barriers. My view is directly towards Rob McAndrews that I have more images of him than James Blake’s. Below is James Blake, electronic, dubstep, singer-songwriter.
More of Rob Andrews …
Above is Rob McAndrews on the sampler.
I love what the smokes and the lighting give, but these images with no extensive lights or smokes are just more natural, and are equally appealing.
This is Ben Assiter on drums.
When I first popped in the self-titled debut album of James Blake, it surprised me so much. The kind of a stunner moment that grips to your memory and leaves massive impression. My car was booming. It was shaking and trembling that I had to hold on the wheel tighter thinking it was something else. It works wonder. Magnificent! Watching the video of “Limit to your Limit” where a glass of water was creating ripples and was inchly moving from the table as if there’s an earthquake, I didn’t realize that the album would actually provide that same effect just by playing the physical copy of the album. That’s the music of James Blake- one of a kind, entrancing, eccentric… wonderful. Hearing it, and much more physically possessing it, it’s tangible and it gets so real, something you can really feel. Now imagine hearing it and “feeling it” live, and everything right up-front.
It blew our minds. The audience were looking at each other with wide-eye amazement of what was happening. It was during the two-liner song “I Never Learnt to Share”. The ground was shaking, we were all vibrating, and it was as if our bodies and belongings were going to be lifted in mid-air. It felt exactly like in the video of “Limit To Your Love” where things are suspended in the air. It was an incredible surprise having to experience his music like that. We, literally, were “uplifted” by his music. It was unbelievable, so surreal. This is exactly what separates from watching a performance live from watching a video or playing the album, and it’s far from listening from downloaded tracks. FYF Fest campaigns to support your local record bars. A hats off coup de theatre, James Blake really puts on a show show.
This is the live band ensemble…
Last Call… I kept close focus on James Blake and wider for Rob McAndrews because of the dramatic effect that the smoke and lighting brings. This is the last shot I took where I focused on Rob McAndrews much closer. I didn’t realize how cool the result was. Here, I caught his facial expression showing how he’s really absorbing the music.
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For a long time, you, my followers and commentators, have complimented my pictures. I can acknowledge the great feedback and I accept it all, to an extent. It’s just that I look at pictures of other blogs, esp. from professional photographers, and also those who can “create” images, and I always feel like most of what I got is still incomparable from theirs. This time however I’m going to own it. I thank you all for those who appreciate the images I have shared. I love these pictures I took and I pride on all of it.
It was tough and rough to take these concert pictures. The crowd was shoulder to shoulder. M83 brings an amazing set and that people were responsive to it. Everyone is actively taking in the explosive performance. I have to wrestle as I tried to keep my camera in focus and steady. Against riotous attendees, moving bodies and elevated raising hands, it was hard accomplishing a clear shot. Include the band’s hyper movements, and the spectrum of light and dispersed smoke, taking action shots was really a challenge.
Obviously, I also wanted to absorb their music, and to be with the crowd. M83′s sound is as elevating as it is overactive. That’s exactly what I wanted to get from listening to their music live. I would put the camera down and just feel their music. M83 did not disappoint, I was elated and I was high-strung. This (right above) is one of my proudest shots. There are errors here and there. It’s not the most accomplished, and it may not be the most favorable judging from other images here but I really love it. I constantly had to find time for the band to dial down the frenzies before I bring thr camera back up. Here, I caught Anthony Gonzalez tuning his guitar during a break from one song to another. The small amount of smoke and illumination was just perfect.
Anthony Gonzales was the easy one to capture. Other members, I have to improvise. Guitarist/Bassist, Jordan Lawlor, was the most transient.
Jordan Lawlor doesn’t stay put. Never I have really seen a bassist taking over the stage, he leaps around the stage from one end to the other. I think it’s a good thing. Here he is again dominating the stage, he stood up at the center before the big bang of the performance end.
Here Morgan Kibby is heavily striking the cymbals. Her melancholic vocal parts never ceased to surprise and astonish me.
The best part of their performance is during their most popular song “Midnight City”. Completing the ensemble, the entering of saxophone solo to the stage when most of the songs were already played was a very pleasant surprise by Ian Young.
FYF Fest, though often ugly and full of disorders, is aboveall a lively event that brings live acts and fans together to celebrate music. It was nice having a good enough spot to capture these images among the raging and equally eager music fans who wants to see them perform live. Taking concert shots, esp. bands like M83, is always painstalking. You can never be accurate, you always have to adjust camera settings, and that it requires patience. In the end, no matter how it turns out, catching an event of something you are passionate about is worth all the difficulties that you have to go through. It was a magnificent experience that I get to put both of what I love together.
M83 is a band playing retro synths with layers and layers of sounds that swoosh around the space and drop its turbulence from unreachable heights into a halt like a tornado. They can be exhausting, gritting and exuberant. All the while, their music floats blissfully. It gets so entrancing. As much as their sounds, and their performance, are full of energy, the vocals and the lines of their songs echo and that it never gets overshadowed. Like their album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming it was, for lack of a better word, EPIC.
You travel around a place and sometimes it just feels incomplete. No matter how colorful and vibrant the scene is, sometimes it just feels like something is missing. it still feels empty. This is where street musicians come in to “play”. They add life to travel destinations.
I especially love it when street musicians are dressed appropriately for the location, or the occasion…
- Left: Mariachi costumes and guitars, Top Right: A Spanish weeding band, Bottom Right: A street band in Seville -
You pass them by and before you know it, suddenly your heart skip a “beat”. You stopped and paid attention, and you know that you can’t help but “lend an ear”.
- Together with a traditional dance called Kurindang, I enjoyed watching and listening to Luboc Choir while boarding and dining in a floating restaurant, making it a favorite stop of mine during our city tour in Bohol. -
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- Right: San Francisco, Left: Memphis, Tennessee -
These are the unsung artists. They work by providing us background music while we travel. And just like music we have in the comfort of our home, it forces us to pause, slows us down, to take a break by “letting the rhythm take control”. Music, it truly “hath power to soothe the savage beast”. Traveling is primarily of sight-seeing and tasting culture food and delicacies. Let’s not forget, traveling is of all five senses. It only testifies that
…street musicians are not to be ignored.
You think you can blog? Angelia Sims definitely can. She’s been Freshly Pressed multiple of times to prove it. When I first checked out her blog, I found out how we have so many things in common. I admire her blog in an instant. If you like my blog, then you certainly will LOVE her eloquent writing, adventurous traveling feet, professional photography and her pleasing personality. One of my many favorites is a concert post – I’m a Creep, I’m a Weirdo. Follow her enjoyment with Living, Loving, Laughing, Snapping….
- Not a street musician, it’s King of Leon performing during 2008 Jazz Fest in New Orleans -
I started driving along Route 66 peering through a galore of vintage toys, candies and memorabilias while drinking homemade sodas and licking ice cream inside an old establishment called Fairoaks Pharmacy. Then, I had a flowery day in Los Angeles Arboretum.
In continuing of turning back the time, I decided to get some driving music. Just as well, Canterbury Records stores just what I need! This music bar holds more old records than new. They have international foreign music like you wouldn’t believe, the usual vinyl, world music, movie VHS tapes, instrumentals, speech, genres from pop to indie, everything. If you think physical album is dead, Canterbury Record is one of the few remaining record stores that still hold everything music and movie related, old and new. I bought me five 90′s music albums from the Used Section. I also bought Jack White’s solo album Blunderbuss which, by the way, is my frontrunner for the year’s best.
Going back to the parking lot, I spotted an old bookstore named Cliff’s. I went inside and came out of the bookstore with a smile. I got me a book called “A Separate Reality”, something I couldn’t find anywhere.
Both stores are located in the Old Pasadena. Now, I remember it as a place where I get to dig some old treasures, dust off some shelves and score rare finds and hidden gems. I also scanned the area for a little bit.
Moving right along. Now that I got a book to be excited about in reading it, and some CD’s to listen to, I continued my drive along Route 66 through East and West Foothill Blvd. My first stop is a Drive-In Theater, another lost recreation of the old days.
It was close as it was already late at night. I also passed along a SONIC, a fastfood place normally can be found in the eastside. I really wished I knew this before hand. I WILL go back some other time. I couldn’t stop because I still have two food places I wanna hit before the end of the day. One is a classic Mcdonald’s.
It’s has very small space. But for first- time visitors, choose dine-in instead of the drive-through. They have old pictures that show how they do business back in the day.
My last stop is Buffalo Inn. No, this isn’t a hotel but you can rest here after a good drive along Route 66. They have been serving buffalo burger since, as the sign says, 1929! Plain in simple, it’s a great food exploration if you want a different taste of meat in your burger. Their buffalo burger is not the only thing great about the place. I enjoyed and love their potato chips. It’s basically real potato slices dipped into oil and made crispy. It’s way better than french fries!
So if you’re in LA and want to take a break from modern lifestyle and all those technologies, take a drive in Route 66. It guarantees you a trip down memory lane and a transport back in the golden days.
Historical Los Angeles?
It didn’t take me a long time to love this blog. Her posts about Union Station, a haunted place in San Diego, a 50-cent uphill railway ride and this favorite post of mine, the birthplace of “French” dip, all excited me. I will surely follow all that she posted about California. LA, SD, Hawaii, Mexico and San Fran, to name just few of Christina’s Couple of Travel
My sophomore blog right now contains images of my own. My old blog, circa 2008, was combined with other web finds. I just thought I’d resurrect a sample of my old blog …
A video collection of Americans singing in Tagalog, the native language of the Philippines.
First off is Tara Lynn, a member of Peace Corps, who took a liking to a song by Yeng Constantino.
Most of the videos here are taken from circa 2008. Since then, she has learned a lot of Tagalog words and already performed in front of a crowd in the Philippines. She has also successfully encouraged her friend to sing Tagalog songs with her.
The next one is arguably the most famed foreign musician singing in a different language. AkosiChrisTV made his own youtube page of his recordings. Like Tara Lynn, he has been featured to a lot of TV sightings in the Philippines.
His slogan: “It’s OPM with an American twist, I call it jOePM.” His recordings has been digitally available since April this year. He also have visited the Philippines a number of times before and after Filipino recognition. Throughout the existence of his Youtube page, he has gained over 5,000 subscribers and 1.5 mil views. He now has an album and has been a favorite guest player of Filipino bands in the Philippines.
Isiak Holiday Jr. has performed to a popular noontime show in the Philippines. Here he is and his piano playing a song from a Filipino star veteran, Gary Valenciano.
He succeeded on his goal to perfect pronunciation of Tagalog words he uses in the songs he sings. He also have recorded this song producing physical and digital copies.
There have been many foreigners who followed suit in pursuing of singing in the native language of the Philippines. Again dates back in 2008, this last one has also been featured to small TV news segments. Not as popular, but one I really love plainly because he’s covering an all-time favorite song of mine, “Buloy”.
Singing a song not of our own tongue is something most people won’t even dare try, even speaking it is a challenge. For us Filipinos, we can’t help but smile to the amusing attempts and accents that are squeaking by their lines. What really admires us in is their extensive appreciation to our language and their passion to Original Pinoy Music.
is a Weekly Photo Challenge god. He does WPC through his skills of graphic designs. It’s JakesPrinters and his blog Time After Time. As a matter of fact, the whole blog is all about WPC entries. He even started his own photo challenge, Sunday Weekly Post, that is being participated by a lot of other wordpressers. His blog is an impressive wide collection of WPC done with graphic arts. Moreover, he’s one friendly blogger who reaches to almost anybody he comes across.
My favorite is titled The New Beginning, his entry for WPC’s HOPE.
Also, if you are participating in postaweek or postaday, you can use one of his modified logo badges. I’m using one actually. No worry, like said, he is one friendly fellow. He’d be glad to have you use the logos.
My submission for the recent WPC is a set of concert pictures.
The last one is not distorted. *sticks out tongue* It’s just one of my proudest. Haven’t had a chance to show it to my blog.
Allow me to take a blog moment to visit my motherland, Philippines. There’s no time that I visit my homeland without checking out music gigs.
The best one for me is Up Dharma Down. I remember how I Indian-sat in front of the stage looking up and just being in awe on how eargasmic they are. Up Dharma Down is THE Philippine band with the most definitive quality of being globally recognized.
Coincidentally, I came across a nicely uploaded video of an online buddy of mine, purpleheadd. She’s on my blogroll. Here’s a song with minimal lyrics but grand in delivery, “Blessed”.
Moving on, I love the energy that Bamboo exerts in concert. He moves like a bee in flight jumping and hopping around the whole stage. His battery didn’t run down ’til the end. The closing suprise fireworks was explosive, and was fun to see.
Sadly, Bamboo took on a solo flight and the group is now disbanded.
Speaking of which, I had the chance to see Sugarfree perform live before they got disbanded.
I was really sadden when I heard the news. To me, it felt like a death of the whole OPM (Original Pilipino Music), which is also unfortunate to say that it is what likely is currently happening. I’m optimistic though. I believe that Sugarfree was the band initiated the second band break-out of our music history. I think that there will be another band like Sugarfree who will rise up and make the scene lively again.
On the same token, Sugarfree shared the stage that night in SaGuijo Cafe with Itchyworms.
They are not disbanded. Band member, Jugs [middle in the picture], however, is now hosting a dance contest show called “Showtime”. Itchyworm is an all-member vocals/instruments ensemble.
On lighter notes, these are two more of comedic bands of the Philippines. Parokya ni Edgar and Kamikazee …
What I love about Parokya ni Edgar is they really are THE people’s band. They are just cool. They make it feel like they’re just hanging out, playing song and the audience are invited to listen or join in.
This band is sprightly energetic as well. The vocalist, Jay Contreras, is such a character. He does all kinds of thing onstage. More so than any other bands I must note. He dances, does comedic skits, sprinkles water all over his body, flirts, acts, fixes his hair, and all at the same, perform their songs.
I should say, I caught them the first month I moved here in Oxnard. The event was unexpectedly just more or so 5 mintues away from where I lived. They shared the concert with the lovely, gorgeous, sexy, intelligent singer-songwriter Kitchie Nadal.
She’s so tiny. She’s sweet too. She invited a little girl in front of the stage to sing with her.
I’ll leave you with this song by our poet musician, Dong Abay. Note: It’s in Tagalog.
Also seen: Paramita, Jeepney Joyride, Matilda, Join The Club, Spongecola (I hate their gig!!!), Featured Photo is Pupil with Ely Buendia as the vocalist
So, who are your favorite pinoy musicians? Who are the active bands/artists in the Philippine music scene of today?