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Tara King Th. (The Tara King Theory) free download

Posted in Music by Will on Sunday, November 30th, 2008 ~ 3pm

If you can find the free download of this French Electronica group on their difficult (and mostly French) website, you will be happy:

(Go to TKth.com, click on SHOP, and a small window of their albums will appear. You must scroll down in this little window frame to find their free downloads of their earliest EPs — they aren’t visible at first).

I’d love to get the Tara King Th’s current album but it is not available on CD in America. Amazon has it as a $7 download (along with some newer EPs) but I’d prefer a CD.

Updated my Facebook profile

Posted in Personal by Will on Sunday, November 30th, 2008 ~ 3pm

I updated my Facebook profile to say:

I’ve lived in Boulder for three years; it is similar to Cambridge/Somerville where I’m from. I’m a lover of imaginative tv/movies, use photoshop a lot, and am kinda spiritual but not part of any religion (I’d likely pick Buddhist if I had to choose). I’m 5’10”, I don’t drink, I don’t exercise either, the only sports I like are the Olympics (which I know hardly counts), I have a prominent nose, I enjoy decorating my room in an Ikea/World Market kind of style, I’m on the shy quiet introspective side, and though I like Boulder very much I’d like to find a quirky elfin uber-sexual shy alt girl from another planet, straight or bi (woman), with whom to share life, love, and whatever else is involved in life.

And I updated the movies and tv shows a bit too:

Music explorations of Black Friday

Posted in Personal by Will on Friday, November 28th, 2008 ~ 6pm

So… I “braved” the non-existent crowds today, the supposed uber-shopping day of the year. The crowds were not around, at least not in this hamlet. I set out with the intent not to succumb to low prices for things that I do not need. And I succeeded. When everyone is saying “times are tight”, it reinforces restraint. I spent only $20 — on four used CDs and 1 dvd.

My Music Discovery of the Day is different, in that here I am only saying that I liked some cover songs, NOT that I liked the bands beyond their covers.

I was searching for cover versions of Queen’s “Under Pressure” and the other Queen ballad “Who Wants To Live Forever”. There are many cover performances of these songs, and about a third of them are good! (I was reading about Highlander recently, thus the interest in the signature song from the films and tv series.)

  • Xiu Xiu do a nice cover of “Under Pressure”. I found their album Woman As Lovers today at Bart’s for $4. UPDATE: The rest of Xiu Xiu’s album is just noise. Only the cover song is any good.
  • Jennifer Rush (with guest Brian May from Queen) does a strong version of “Who Wants To Live Forever” that is only marred by supporting vocals that sound as if they’re by someone who studied under Andrew Lloyd Webber. I don’t plan to explore Ms Rush beyond that one song, because her collagen-injected lips frighten me — however, of all the bands mentioned in this entry, she appears to be the most professional singer.
  • Dune, a now-defunct Swedish group, does a new age version of “Who Wants To Live Forever” that sounds just like — but predates — Sarah Brightman‘s version of “Who Wants To Live Forever”. Both Dune and Brightman’s versions are worth keeping but neither “own” the song. I listened to some other music by Dune and I can’t recommend them. Sarah Brightman — a Broadway performer who, come to think of it, has sung in several Andrew Lloyd Webber productions — has the better voice, but be warned her albums are adult-contemporary.
  • Breaking Benjamin does a strangely accented version of “Who Wants To Live Forever” with a male lead, and though it threatens to be radio-friendly, I want to check out more of Breaking Benjamin in case some of the quirky bits indicate that the band has some original style. See comments for more about them — I am endorsing them in an extremely limited fashion: only for angry moods. They’re too heavy metal for me, though some reviewers suggest they are starting to mellow.

Moral of this blog entry is that cover tune performances cannot be used to judge music groups, but, sometimes even bands that one does not like can turn in a cover that will be worth hearing.

Japanese prank

Posted in Personal by Will on Thursday, November 27th, 2008 ~ 4pm

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