First off, this is a fantastic Beyonce song. Second, if you’re going to do a full-on rock version, this is probably as good as it gets.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Why Don’t You Love Me? (Talking To Strangers*) (by live2cd)
Didn’t get into Thrice until “The Artist and the Ambulance,” but this makes a hell of an argument for the old stuff. From the new live album “Anthology.”
Pitchfork reviews Muse’s “The 2nd Law,” feels it’s actually not outlandish enough
"Wait, this is Muse we’re talking about, right? Hear me out, because the first half of The 2nd Law does indeed indicate that Muse have absolutely no interest whatsoever in staying within the boundaries of good taste. For about 45 seconds of “Supremacy”, they actually sound like a real band, immediately after which hushed military snare rolls, chesty timpanis, and anticipatory string wells lead you to believe Matt Bellamy has unwittingly sauntered into a Michael Bay movie or Metallica’s symphonic tragicomedy S&M. And titans shall clash as Bellamy speaks with the conviction of a man who is either going to tell us they’ll never take our freedom or to release the kraken. With dramatic flair, he intones “your true emancipation is a fantasy,” which… OK. But “the time…” Go on. “…it has come,” that “it,” perfect. “To destrooooyyyyyy…” Destroy what? Make sure you put your drink down as Bellamy screams “YOUR SUPREMACYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!” because all of a sudden having The 2nd Law only in audio form feels pathetically inadequate — next time you will place it against footage from Starship Troopers, although the closest visual equivalent to this batshit moment is a dinosaur with a cowboy hat manning a F-15 and blowing evil aliens to bits while scoring the game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl. That’s not even the most ludicrous part— wait until that bit of spy guitar comes in at the end, bearing no melodic resemblance to what just transpired and inferring Muse believes they’ve made their James Bond theme. No, really.”
Read the whole thing: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17281-the-2nd-law/
Adam Scott explains the deeper meaning of “Ice, Ice, Baby” lyrics.
"Doctor Blind" is off the Emily Haines solo album, but there’s a Metric version. This is it.
“Dr. Blind” - Metric
From the music-centric viral video collective cdza comes another fun one: seven talented musicians play variations on Kanye West and Jay-Z’s hit track — on one piano.
When I cranked up the amp I also cranked up the surface noise, all the clicks and pops. Someone younger might yearn for that stuff, but it’s a turnoff for me. Once you put a needle to a vinyl record, it’s never as good as the first time, and the more you love it, the more it wears out. I can see there being something romantic and analog about that fact, something that makes this YOUR record, but frankly, I just want to hear the artist’s intent and not my turntables imprint on it. My guess is that people buying vinyl these days are buying objects to have and to hold, but more often listening to the free downloads that come with the record.