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No, not One Republic’s popular version, but “Apologize” as sung by Silverstein.  According to ChartAttack, Silverstein has their cover of “Apologize” on the MySpace page for Punk Goes Pop 2.

It’s not a free download, but you can get a streaming sample of a few tracks from the upcoming cover album.  Here are some of the other tracks on the CD:

Alesana — “What Goes Around… Comes Around” (Justin Timberlake)
Silverstein — “Apologize” (OneRepublic)
August Burns Red — “…Baby One More Time” (Britney Spears)
Mayday Parade — “When I Grow Up” (Pussycat Dolls)
A Day To Remember — “Over My Head (Cable Car)” (The Fray)
Escape The Fate — “Smooth” (Santana featuring Rob Thomas)
There For Tomorrow — “Ice Box” (Omarion)
Chiodos — “Flagpole Sitta” (Harvey Danger)
Bayside — “Beautiful Girls” (Sean Kingston)
Breathe Carolina — “See You Again” (Miley Cyrus)
The Cab — “Disturbia” (Rihanna)
A Static Lullaby — “Toxic” (Britney Spears)
Four Year Strong — “Love Song” (Sara Bareilles)
Attack Attack! — “I Kissed A Girl” (Katy Perry)

Sounds like a cool CD.  I’ve always been a fan of The Cliks’ cover of Cry Me A River, so this CD seems like it’s up my alley.  What I like about the track list is that it’s not restricted to songs from this year…I’ve heard those plenty of times!

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I shouldn’t make it a secret that a lot of the free stuff I link to are courtesy of Red Flag Deals.  It’s a fun web site and they’ve got a large forum with various topics.  It’s where I got that link to Love Song.  And it’s where I got pointed to a new music site (at least, new to me): Amie Street.

They have an interesting pricing model, where all songs start at $0.00 and move up to a maximum price of $0.98 – depending on the number of purchases.  The more popular songs will likely cost the maximum $0.98.  They also seem to give you rewards for song recommendations that lead to an increase in price (i.e., more purchases).  All the music is DRM-free, so it will work in any media/mp3 player.

I’m not sure how they are able to do this – it’s not really explained in their “about” page.  I would venture a guess that they pay a blanket licence fee that allows them to set their own prices.  That would at least explain how they are able to start songs at $0.00.

They claim to be a place to discover new artists – and from the looks of things that is the case, although they are featuring Cold War Kids as one of their “new” artists.   I suppose the mainstream might not be familiar with them, but a lot of people already know how great they are, I’m sure.

In any case, looks like another resource for free music – and it is apparently legal.  I think I’m going to send an e-mail and find out for sure what their deal is.

As well, to make up for a lack of a Friday Morning Free Music last week, here are some cover songs of music by The Band courtesy of Cover Lay Down.  I’ve always loved The Band (and actually, one of my projects at school was a short documentary about them), and I like me some free covers.

I heard Britney’s latest song on the radio this morning; is this another one of her come back attempts?  I’m not sure what to think of the song at all, to be honest.  I’m rather neutral – I don’t hate it, but I don’t particularly like it either.  Probably would prefer something from her last album (what was it called?  Blackout?) than this track.  As a side note, I appreciate that she called her latest album “Circus”, as that seems to describe the Spears family of late.

I meant to write about something else yesterday I forgot about; came across a blog post about some Pete Seeger covers, and I wanted to let people know about it.  I have no opinions on the music listed there as I haven’t had the chance to listen (don’t you hate it when you are away from the house for almost 14 hours?  At least I got free yogurt).

I should point out that sometimes, for me, “tonight” might mean “tomorrow” as I can get pretty busy sometimes.  I’m posting this from work and I shouldn’t even be doing that.  I digress.

“Americano: The Bluegrass Tribute to the Offspring” (amazon.ca)

This album is fantastic!  I wish I had heard of it before – apparently it was only released in April 2007.  I will admit that my only thorough experience with The Offspring is their album “Smash” (amazon.ca), but I do recognize most of the stuff on this album.

For some reason, iTunes put the album out of play order on my ipod, so I’m effectively listening to it in random/shuffle (whatever they want to call it).  That’s okay, because I’m finding it doesn’t really affect my listening pleasure.

It’s standard bluegrass when you get down to it, and its ridiculousness is matched only by Paul Anka’s “Rock Swings” (amazon.ca), and “The String Quartet Tribute to the Offspring” (amazon.ca).  While the cover art on the latter album makes it a tempting buy, I think I can safely pass on it.

Speaking of the album art – I love it on Americano.  Nice and bright, very colourful.  I kept my ipod screen on (vs locked) just to look at it while it played.

Bottom line: if you enjoy bluegrass and The Offspring this is the perfect marriage of the two.  Even if you just like bluegrass you’ll probably enjoy it.  It’s a really great out-of-genre cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDIT: I’m not sponsored by amazon.ca or anything, that just happened to be the site I used today.

Sept 4

I haven’t made any progress with regards to the “Funkmobile” project – haven’t even started any work at all, actually.  That’s alright – plenty of time for that one.

Some new stuff I’ve heard though.  Hawksley Workman came out with a new album last week.  I bought it on itunes, and I was pretty damned pleased.  It’s more of a rock/alternative album than “Between the Beautifuls”, which I guess explains why he’s got a second album out within a year of the last one.

Other things: I have a long list of music floating around in my head to download (or buy, I do have that $10).  So here’s the list from what I remember:

  • Blink 182 (anything I guess)
  • Sum 41 (select songs…we’ll see)
  • Rheostatics (or is it Reostatics?  I don’t know)
  • Two Hours Traffic – “Little Jabs”

So far, that’s it.

There’s an mp3 on the “Hero Hill” blog I want to listen to.  I forget why, but it will determine, I suppose, if I want to hear more.

Oh and I just remembered I need to get Red Jumpsuit Apparatus from Mike, and look into the latest Offspring album.

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Sept 5

Is it a coincidence that after listening to Rae Spoon’s “Come On Forest Fire Burn The Disco Down” on Radio 3’s podcast yesterday, I’m reading a review on it today on Hero Hill?

It’s a pretty damn good song – and so were many of the tunes from R3’s Pride Podcast.  I’ll have to get a list of the tracks later.

I got a copy of the latest Offspring album, but I haven’t listened to it yet.  I’m more interested to find out about this other album I got:

“Americano: The Bluegrass Tribute to the Offspring”

I always love out-of-genre covers so I can’t wait to hear this one.  Add the fact that it’s The Offspring covered in Bluegrass and I think I found a winner.

Will post later tonight what I think of it (hint: it’s great).

But I’m writing it out anyway.  There are a ton of music blogs out there, I know, and I’m probably not adding anything new.  However, I don’t share my music-related opinions often enough.  Several things are going to happen very shortly:

– I have a music journal I write in, and I have a few entries dating back to early August.  I’m going to type them up (and combine the short ones) so you can see what kind of stuff interests me

– I have stuff I wrote today in that very same journal that I’m working on, involving a Bluegrass version of Offspring music.   (Yes I am serious and very enthused.)


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