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Test your TV Knowledge: TV Out of the Box

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One of the awesome things of being in California is the opportunity to experience stars and glamours. That’s it, the entertainment media. I have never really exploited it nor have shown much of it throughout this blog. Well now, I am enthusiastic to present to you a minute museum that showcases props and costumes seen from WB TV shows.

Here’s what we do. I won’t put any caption and just let you see if you recognize any of the paraphernalia and clothings they exbihit in Paley Center of Media.

This next one, I’m sure Jo Bryant of Chronicles of Illusions will be pleased to see …

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My favorite is their set pieces of the sitcom FRIENDS. WEEE!!! I get to see Central Perk!

If you’re a big fan of the show, see if you can remember which episodes these appeared in.

The outfits …

Paley Center for Media is located in Rodeo Dr. where you can also visit California’s version of Rome’s Spanish Footstep. Look for free one-hour parking around the area. The entrance to the museum is $10. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 to 5 pm.

How did you do at the TV knowledge? Did you get bamboozled?

Surprising Cover Songs (part deux)

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 BubleThis 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! :D , Snow Patrol, Beck, “Single Ladies” The Fray, Wilco, Sarah Bareilles *PART I* “Halo” Florence + The Machine
  • Elbow - “Independent Women” (Destiny’s Child)
  • Florence + The MachineTake 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! :D 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.

SURPRISING COVER SONGS [PART I]

Ow, do let me know which of these that surprised or made you interested.

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Hi, my name is Rommel.

I named this blog The Sophomore Slump mainly because I had a wordpress blog before it. The first blog gotten into a point where it wasn’t as wrapped into myself as I wanted it to be. I just wanted to a more established blog that I can call my own. I also had Multiply, and I liquidated it as well because it was too self-indulgent. And so I created this blog, something in the middle. I didn’t want it to be so overwhelming so I started slow, doing a picture-lyrics style. I also transferred some of my old entries that I (and my girl) managed to salvage from my old blogs.

Even though the blog was receiving zero to less-than 10 views in a day (or week), I continued on. Blogging is basically our outlet. Other than an outlet for creative growth and sharpening writing skills, it really is a great medium to chronicle life experiences, and share it. The stats really is supposedly just something extra. Well like you and I, who are only human, are reeled in to the stats’ addictive nature.   Still, I think bloggers at least should not forget that core reason why we blog.

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Philippine Music Scene

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.

Jazz-Pop Band Sinosikat?

 Also seen: Paramita, Jeepney Joyride, Matilda, Join The Club, Spongecola (I hate their gig!!!), Featured Photo is Pupil with Ely Buendia as the vocalist

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So, who are your favorite pinoy musicians? Who are the active bands/artists in the Philippine music scene of today?

Running of the Bull

Other than the thrill and excitement and anything that the event dictates, my bullrun experience was certainly one of the most memorable. Why? I got rammed by the bull, that’s why.

I had a check-off list of things-to-do when I was in Spain for 6 months. Bullrun was a top priority. Thankfully, everyone was interested.

Our destination, Jerez. 

When the roads got narrower, we were anticipating how close we were to our destination. We were navigating through small alleys but still couldn’t sight the suspected crowds. We finally asked the locals, and we were told to go there, there and there, not by wheels …. but on foot.  A little turn from where we parked and we saw the pandemonium. All of us must had our mouth open thinking Ahhh that made sense.

The long street where the bull is supposed to run was blocked by barricades and rails for the onlookers to be behind it. A lot of them are cramped in higher positions to where the bull can’t reach.

    

  

Others are brave, willing and silly enough to be in level or near the bull. That’s where we got stupid.

Fortunately, or should I say unfortunately, where we set to watch was where all the actions were. They released the bull, and it ran towards the center of the street where everyone seemed to have expected it’d stay. I, for one, couldn’t help but to step out of the rails and get closer to the action.

The machos would jump in front of the bull and off they risk to show off their bravados. What they do is get the bull’s attention by distracting it, making noises and the matador way of waving colors to attract the bull. Ultimately, the idea is to make the bull run its course in the street.

In lesser pain of explaining, I took the liberty of taking a harder task of uploading and editing a video, something I don’t do.

The intense ending is where my story started. The person who was taking the video was lucky enough to get away, while I …

I wasn’t aware and active enough to run back behind the barricade that the bull had the chance of ramming his head against me with his horn on my legs. I could only imagine the wide eye OMG expression on my face when the aggravated bull was right in front. It didn’t register what just happened to me until I managed to stay alive from the attack. I think the bull threw me. My friend did got rammed too, and had an S-shaped scar on his left cheek. As for me, there was no major injury. No broken bones or even slight wound. The damage was my pants which recounted a close call to my family jewel.

While my friend was walking with a bigger than Harry Potter bloody mark on his face, I had to walk around with this air-conditioned pants …

So there goes my warnings. You’ve seen the pictures. I’ve uploaded the video for it. In case or any chance of you seeing the running of the bull, it’s up to you to stay back and be behind the bars or step out and risk it. I guess I’m supposed to suggest to be smarter and faster if you did involve yourself.

It was a definite horrid moment at the time. Looking back now, I can only say that it was quite an adventure.

The crowd …

Just thought I’d end the year with a BANG. Happy New Year everyone!

My Top 10 Music Videos of 2011

Lotus Flower – Radiohead

Thom Yorke dancing on the video!? I thought it was a joke. I was more intrigued than surprised.  I saw him get so mesmerized by his own music, closing his eyes, doing some kind of exorcist moves but I just didn’t think they’d actually put him dancing in their video. I mean, performers can do whatever on stage. Videos are sticky and more official. I didn’t think it was candid like some did. As a fan, it’s too awkward to see him that way.

Last Friday Night – Katy Perry

What!?  Hanson brothers and Kenny G. in the video of the Katy Perry, those cameo appearances are unexpected and worth noting. I give props to this video. It’s old school. It’s fun to see the after-party franks. And it’s just that Katy Perry is an eye-candy.

All of the Lights – Kanye West

This video has been identified by Epilepsy Action to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy.

Limit To Your Love – James Blake

If I had a glass of water on my dashboard when I first listened to his album in my car, the water probably created ripples just like the video. I was booming with pleasure knowing I also get that tangibility of his music when I felt it pulsating, palpitating, booming inside my car.

 Midnight City – M83

Sorry but I can’t help to think that they’re Xavier’s students escaped from the academy, running wild and free to exercise their powers outside the mansion.

Will Do – TV on the Radio

For a forgetful person that I am and the relationship I’m in right now, I would love to get my eye on that device.

Call It What You Want – Foster The People

The director sure just got a very very popular band to create a video for. He did an awesome job swaying to the obscurity side of the band. I don’t know who’s benefitting the most? The director or the band?

Holocene – Bon Iver

Not only the location sceneries of mountains, rocks, ice and water are stunning. The video is an incredible accomplished visual representation of Bon Iver’s music.

See, you get instant tour guide to a beautiful travel spot.

Countdown – Beyonce

Better believe it. She has topped Adele as that mainstream artist who’s getting all the critics approvals. Beyonce even outfitted Lady Gaga’s weird fashion sense. Katy Perry can get all the pop attention she needs. All the females got nothing on her, Beyonce’s album “4″ and  the video “Countdown” are getting entered in many end-of-the-year countdowns.

Cruel – St. Vincent

There’s a lot of ways that can illustrate cruelty on a video. With that title, this one sure have to do it the best. This video is creepy. A little thought-provoking too. Watch.

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Also, an special mention to Kina Grannis video of “In Your Arms” which is made with 280,000 jelly beans.

I like my list last year better.

My 10 Most Favorite Foreign Films

Do you watch foreign movies? Film stranieri, Mi Piace! Ako ay nanonood ng mga dayuhang pelikula. I love me some foreign movies.

Y Tu Mama Tambien is “technically” the very first foreign movie I’ve seen. Trusting my poor memory, I remember the narrations being creatively vague; it still conveys the story but it gives those additional information whether about the situation in the story or the events happening in the place they travelled to. I remember where one of the main character was asking the other every inch of  details about a certain incident I dare not reveal. It said in the narration something about “answering with the less painful truth.” I really love that [narration] part. Luckily,this movie is very memorable. Just as fine, it just sets very well for the rest of foreign movies I see. 4

Persepolis is another movie about a journey filled with history. Those histories I was not privy to when I was watching each of both movies. I was just enjoying following the rides. Persepolis about a girl, curious, involved and somewhat of a rebel, who set out to the chaotic world she lives in. Given the situations that she’s in and witnesses, she either adopt, accept and still have an environment of her own. The great part is that it’s an animated movie. You can instantly vouch for some good belly laughs from the illustrations, amidst the daring and weighty subjects. 4

La Vita E Bella. This movie had me laughing out loud and had my tear glands activated in an instant. This movie is indeed pure love. If you seen or heard from Roberto Benigni, he’d tell just the same. Half comical and half sad. Bitter and sweet, rough and tender, warm and cold. It’s in the title. The movie displays just how Life is Beautiful no matter how good or bad it may get. 5

You cannot compile a foreign film list without this movie. You just can’t snob it.

I air-quoted “technically” because English is actually my second language. According to my realible friend wiki, World cinema is a term used primarily in English language speaking countries to refer to the films and film industries of non-English speaking countries. I’m originally from Philippines and arrived in the U.S. about 8 years ago.

Magnifico is THE ONE. It sits just very well as to not be deemed overdramatic like the most scenes we use to have in the Philippines. It isn’t one of those “indiesized” gay-themed films. No offense but they really are just overkilled. Magnifico is that pinoy movie that catches that very grain, spot on characteristics of an obscure Philippine cinema piece that can reach, deservingly and be proud of being internationally recognized. The movie is set in an impoverished major city in the Philippines in the very wake of a boy who sees the harsh environment and the unforgiving situations in an amenable, positive light and spreads it with acts of generosity and kindness. The name bares it all. Magnifico is truly magnificent. 5

That brings me to Amelie. Amelie is another great good-deed movie about listening to other people’s problem and trying to satisfy their needs and feed their longing to whatever barrier or how absurd the execution was, or that the solution turned out to be a false hope or phony deviation from the reality of a painful situation. Amelie is two hours of quirky, odd, cutesy, funny, dewy-eyed, gooey and eccentric scenes. Those two hours wasn’t enough, I wanted more. I just couldn’t get enough of Amelie. 5

Speaking of imaginations, there is another movie that brought again the fullest, most impressive use of imagination into storytelling. Pan’s Labyrinth is not my most favorite foreign film. It IS the best foreign film for me. It’s gotta be one of my top 3 all-time best movies.

  I think that’s enough description. You just gotta see it to “believe” it.

City of God. The movie follows the life of Rocket, an aspiring news photographer. Appropriately so, he is a misfit resident of a dangerous gangster corner of Rio de Janeiro, where racketeer is the big wheel in the street and violent crimes is a common habit. 4

Can one scene ruin a good movie? I don’t think so. Can the quality of a movie be based on one scene? Watch Cache

Frankly, I don’t like it as a whole but this slow-moving film earns my most memorable deepest gasp moment ever. It was the car falling from a tree scene from Jurassic Park for a while, but Cache replaced the throne for that particular jaw-dropping scene where that guy [no spoiler].  The slow pace of the movie was totally invalidated to build the intensity to that one shocking scene. 3

After praising “Let Me In“, I just couldn’t make a note of this original movie. I’m not a big fan of horror movies, much less with vampires. Seeing both and having read the book, I have become a fan of the story. Like so, Let Right One In does give vampire movies a good name. 3

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has it all. It flies. It soars. It dances. It fights. It is action. It is art. It has heart. It has blood. It’s visually gorgeous. It’s beautifully scripted. Masterful. Spectacular. Superb.

 

All images are taken from Yahoo! Movies.

  • Paris, Je T’aime
  • A Prophet 4
  • In A Better World 4
  • The Secret is in Their Eyes 2.5
  • Of Gods And Men 3
  • Gomorrah 3
  • Red 4
  • 4 Months,3 Weeks and 2 Days 3
  • Amorres Perros 3
  • Incendies 4
  • Chronicas 2.5
  • The Diving Bell and The Butterfly 4
  • MicMacs 4
  • La Vie En Rose 4

Those are my top favorites. Tell me yours so we can compare. Also, can you tell me what I’m missing?

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Surprising Cover Songs

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?”

Let us start with Scottish band Travis in Storytellers covering a song from a pop sensation. Before the performance, an audience even asked “Why did you chose that Britney Spears cover of that “awful” song? It was talking of course by the ever-infamous “Baby One More Time”. (song starts at 1:45)

That was 2003. Fran Healy, the vocalist, is now on solo and still plays the song in acoustics to his concerts. Lily Allen also redid “Womanizer”, as well as All American Rejects and Brit band Franz Ferdinand. :D

Now let’s go to one of the most recent releases, again with a band from a female song. “Umbrella” has been redone by Mandy Moore, Train, Linkin’ Park and parodied by Vanilla Sky with its matching video. Linkin’ Park always do “Umbrella” quite half-pass. But they do an incredible sincere cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”.

Performers take a breather after the end of a song by being a story-teller or a stand-up comedian.  And one of their ways to be funny is to toy around with a hit song. Ryan Adams used to use Backstreet Boys’ hit “I Want It That Way” :D to take a pause. Incubus had plenty of it such as Like A Virgin (Madonna), Bump ‘N Grind (R. Kelly), No Scrubs (TLC) Careless Whisper (George Michael), Milkshake (Kelis) and even Spongbob Squarepants (Theme Song). :D

This one is totally, totally unexpected… An even weird video to match it. I don’t know what Alanis Morissette is doing. …to be funny, just trying to get attention and be seen again or really mocking the lyrics.

Pop-Jazz singer Michel Buble does an impressive hilarious Michael Jackson impersonation, the hat, the voice, the groin-grabbing and, of course, the Moonwalk to the tuune of “Billie Jean” :D. He also once did Maroon 5′s “This Love” :D but he just kept messing it up as he doesn’t completely know the lyrics of the song in the first place. “Billie Jean” has also been suprisingly covered by Incubus, Amanda Palmer, Coldplay, Fall Out Boys and The Civil Wars. :D

This next song is a topnotcher when it comes to surprising covers. Coldplay covers Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out My Head”. :D

Lady Gaga then did her rendition of Viva La Vida by Coldplay but kept messing up the lyrics. She even paused before the bridge part to apologize for the mistakes. Alicia Keys also did “Clocks” while Robyn did the most recent Coldplay‘s song “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” AND Alicia Keys’ “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart”. Swedish electropop artist Robyn also has done “Since You Been Gone” and a horrible, nonetheless surprising, version of “When Doves Cry”.

Since we are now making chainlinks, actually more like a maze, why don’t we go ahead and do nth degree of separation. Let’s start with Beyonce‘s originals. Switchfoot said they chose to cover Crazy in Love because it’s power-packed with energy and … bling! :D Snow Patrol also had their own rendition of the same song. Beck also performed a 2003 medley of “Crazy in Love”, “Hot in Here” (Nelly), “Rock Your Body” (Justin Timberlake), “Beautiful” (NERD), “Not Gonna Get US” (t.a..t.u) and a thrown out “Ice Ice Baby”. :D He mixed up all of these songs at the end of the medley.  “Halo” was vocally enhanced by Florence + The Machines. “Single Ladies” was once out-of-nowhere done by Jeff Tweedy, lead singer of Wilco. The Fray also loosely covers it. Yup, with the bent wrist and the shaking of the hips. :D Sara Bareilles also did it in a finger-snappy version.

Beyonce then did “Sex on Fire” by Kings of Leon. While Craig David,  Matisyahu, Paramore and Pixie Lott all revived “Use Somebody”. Cee-Lo Green also has once done a Kings of Leon original called “Radioactive”. On the other hand, troubadours Ray Lamontagne and Paulo Nutini have done “Crazy”, a song from Cee-Lo Green’s former group Gnarls BarkleyKelly Clarkson is also surprisingly a fan of Ray Lamontagne. She always sing one her favorite “Shelter”.

Keeping the long chain and loops still together. Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” has been suprisingly remade by a metal punk band, A Day To Remember. Then we can loop the chain back to Robyn, who also did “Since U Been Gone”. Or, loop it back to Kings of Leon because Kelly Clarkson also has done some more quite surprising list of covers including Black Keys “Lies”, The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” and Kings of Leon “Use Somebody” segue to Alanis Morissettes “That I Would Be Good”. Boy, I’m having a headache.

[Sigh] I can go further more, but I’m going to end it with this link. Going back to The Fray, who also did funny version of Hips Don’t Lie” :D by Shakira. Shakira is surprisingly a fan of a Mercury Prize Album of the Year Awardee The xx. She often covers their songs ” Islands” and “Crystalised”.

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I have plenty of more, but I’m out of breath. What about yours?

HAVE FUN EXPLORING THE COVERS ON YOUTUBE! :D

My Top 10 Music Videos of 2010

Do yourselves some favors. Check these videos out on Youtube, will yah.

 10. F*ck You – Cee-Lo
If you don’t know this song by now, don’t even bother scrolling down the rest of the list. Go ahead and push the BACK button on the upper left.

09. Tightrope – Janelle Monae

08. Crash Years – The New Pornographers
Harmony in human representations.



 07. Telephone – Lady Gaga and Beyonce
Big production, whoa! Isn’t that nobody make big budgetted music videos anymore? Fortunately, it paid off. The most expensive, most parodied undeniably earns a spot in the list.

06. Runaway – Kanye West
And if you have time to kill, you can also check out a 35-min version that’s comprising of other songs from the best reviewed album this year, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

05. Cousins – Vampire Weekend
The boys set out a track on a backstreet alley. If you love Vampire Weekend’s drum poundings, for sure you’ll love the bell poundings at the end. ;) [Also: Giving Up The Gun - Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas and Lil Jon guest appearances inside a tennis court, how can you not be intrigued?]

04. Born Free (original) – M.I.A. Born Free is the supposedly proposed single for the album MAYA. It’s video is banned due to violence, nudity, graphic images and overt portrayal on an issue of discrimination. It is exaggerating, too much of a political rage of a message that it’s obviously a no-no for a music video.

03. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
And if the above video is too long and too harsh for you, you can settle for this shorter but nonetheless equally substantial video.

02. This Too Shall Pass – OK GO
The boys went to a basement and fashioned an elaborate bigger-than-domino video-long physics-motivated knock-on effect. Watch.

01. Drunk Girls – LCD Soundsystem
Harassment in the funniest form. [Also: Home - a walking, clubbing, smoking, drinking robot made out of aluminum foil]



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