I was unaware until recently of the creeping musical imperialism of the Bluegrass hordes.
Apparently it’s become a thing now, in a very subcultural kind of way, to test the proposition that one can mountainize any piece of music whatever. So, while I know that the tune involved is as hoary as last week’s cod, I’ve got one more for you. I guaran-damn-tee y’all have never seen a horse dance like this:
Got my Valentine’s Day musical choice coming up later. I bet you can guess where it’ll land.
You may consider this your elevenses open thread
Happy Valentine’s Day fellow jackals and hyenas. I made you a post with a cute kitteh and puppeh in it. Its a bit mushy, must be the chocolate and the sugar..
ETA: Why are they are all wearing silly hats?
Steve from Antioch
Check out the Cleverly’s version of All the Single Ladies,
And, to have your mind fully blown, check out Gangstagrass and other groups melding hip hop and bluegrass.
Here’s a decent bluegrass take on an Arcade Fire song via The A.V. Club
Like the original, too.
So, what is being covered in the first video (can’t watch at work)?
@Belafon: “Walk Like An Egyptian”
On a similar note, I have a friend who can take any song with vocals and turn it into a pitch perfect lounge singer act version. Kind of like a parody of a lounge singer parodying Sinatra.
It’s a little freaky how so far there has been no song I can think of that’s immune to this treatment.
Global pop culture FTW!
Hey, well, that’s music for you.
Just like the popular notion of what folk blues is, is very old school folk blues that bounced to high class East Coast nightclubs and got popped up, and then back to various parts of the south.
Or some of the most popular classical tunes are Mozart and Beethoven having a little fun with Turkish military band music. And modern decadent composers riffed off ragtime and jazz.
I guess you could make the same comment back when a lot country music got ‘bluesed up’. Heck, where did that come from?
Musicians miscegenate musically, and have always done so. That is why they are suspicious people. But then, there is Ted Nugent, so always a few exceptions.
Anyway, it sounds good. Thanks.
Okay, it is a bit dated, but a favorite tale of romance and discovery.
Actually Vanilla Ice used Old Man Whickutt’s version of his Ice Ice Baby for his shoe Vanilla Ice goes Amish. I find it better than the original
Sweet Child O’Mine, New Orleans Style.
I love this one.
If he can do it in tempo and in its entirety, props to him. It’s a tough challenge.
(Have for some reason always pictured a Pythonesque sketch of the heads of a piper band exploding one by one as they tried to play that same thing on the bagpipes.)
Look up Punch Brothers. who do a whole bunch of Radiohead (and other famous bands)
Here is 2+2=5
Hell, it’s popular on Pop radio now too:
A Swedish DJ has managed to successfully mesh Bluegrass with dance music:
http://youtu.be/6Cp6mKbRTQY – This one actually features Dan Tyminski (of Oh Brother Where Art Thou? fame)
Open thread? Post from my valentine on not being disappointed on Valentine’s day
I listen to the bluegrass station on Sirius every so often. It’s a nice change of pace.
On an unrelated note, for reasons I don’t understand, I was just looking at 2016 GOP presidential polls. Hewitt seems to think it’s all about Cruz, so if we know anything, it won’t be Cruz. And looking at the polling, it seems to be Paul, Cruz, Christie, Jeb, and Huckabee in some order. Rubio and Paul do well nationally, but not in any individual states other than favorite son status. I am at a loss, this is the best they got?
Don’t Stop Believin’
Stan of the Sawgrass
Why hasn’t anyone mentioned Acey-Ducey, the bluegrass AC-DC tribute band? I can’t cite a full source, but I heard it on NPR a couple a’ years ago (sorry, DougJ.)
@NotMax: None of them stay true to tempo. That’s the schtick of the lounge act.
Thanks, great cover.
Oh come on. You made that up.
::goes to Teh Google::
OK, that turned out even wackier than I thought. Thanks, ET, for directing me toward my chuckle of the day!
It’s all Steve Martin’s fault.
You can anything-ize anything, of course.
@KG: Sen Cruz is currently the best friend the Democratic party has in Congress.
My own personal rankings this far out are:
Tie between Romney and Jeb, then Christie, rounding out with Rand Paul as the outsiders outside chance.
Gotta share this: Girl Scout cookies at medical marijuana dispensaries? Genius!
Who knows, some Emmett might yet show up with the Piece of Resistance and become the greatest of the Master Builders, leading the
LegosRepublican Party to victory over Lord BusinessPresident Obama.
On another unrelated note, I’m not on certain email chains so I didn’t realize that the rightwing has been disputing the very high US infant mortality as skewed because as a wingnut wrote in a local paper the lower imr in those other countries, most use a different standard. Wingnut wrote, “a baby has to live 24 hours before ruled an infant death. Anything before that is an extended abortion. Here a baby born dead is an infant death”.
Knowing the sources, I’m sure the rightwing skewing has been strong but what’s the real story on differing infant mortality reporting? Anyone know?
@DougJ: Speaking of Richard Thompson, for Valetimes Day
A Heart Needs a Home
eta actually it’s Linda with Richard
The Other Chuck
@bemused: Burden of proof is for librulz.
Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism
@bemused: I’d love to know the answer to that, too. I’ve been hearing that for years.
@The Other Chuck:
Always. I’m just curious how they spun this into our imr ain’t so bad.
@ranchandsyrup: Sounds to me like your valentine kinda likes you, at least just a little bit!
I noticed that she has a link to the recently started blog by Cole’s former student. I am reading that, too. I am in my 50s, so I am a lot older than she is, but it’s kind of nice to be reminded of how bold and brave we can be when we’re young and life is an adventure just ahead of us, always just a bit out of sight.
Can’t leave out The Gourds’ cover of Gin and Juice.
@Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:
Years? Boy, am I ever out of the looney loop. I thought I had heard just about every theory they had but clearly the depths of derp is deeper than I realized.
Better without the lyrics?
You Belong With Me
Anna in PDX
I love bluegrass. One of my favorite bluegrass covers is the Austin Louge Lizards doing Pink Floyd.
The Republic of Stupidity
Hell, 20 years ago, we referred to them as ‘the bluegrass nazis’….
once at Merlefest, i saw a bluegrass supergroup do all of Zeppelin II
and, i had the bright idea a few months back to gather up my musician friends and do a bluegrass version of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless”. but there’s already a band out there doing it.
i’ve also seen a bluegrass version of Britney’s “Toxic” (Nickel Creek) and Psychograss does a bluegrass cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone From The Sun”
here’s David Lee Roth doing “Jump” with a bluegrass band:
which is certainly cooler than the bluegrass VH tribute record: Strummin With The Devil:
It doesn’t mean anything until the governors get it. That’s why Christie was so devastating to them. They want to run a governor against Clinton. It’s really the only advantage they have over her. I think they’ll be loathe to give it up. I’d knock out the Senators, and Paul Ryan, right now. They’ll be great for fundraising and their own careers, but they actually have to WIN some swing states.
“DC is broken, commonsense conservatives, blah blah blah”
I think Scott Walker is a terrible candidate, so I bet immediately after the midterms all political media and pundits start promoting Kasich, in much the same manner that they promoted Christie!
They really, really need a governor. Without that, they have nothing.
and Gillian Welch doing Radiohead’s “Black Star” is a classic of the genre:
@cleek: Yos should like this Going to California they did here in town a while back. (With John Paul Jones)
indeed, that was epic. i actually saw them a few nights prior to that.
@cleek: I’m sure you are aware of this heartbreaker
Throw Me a Rope
@cleek: The time before this tour they played the Melting Point but also in one of the (now gone) indy record stores. I guess Gillian had some hassle with the record label and stopped recording under her name.
eta I guess the recording thing is a long while ago
oh yeah, i love that one. those minor-key CSN-style harmonies are awesome.
and that was from 2004? wow. that song wasn’t released until 2011. (sounds exactly the same!)
If you’re posting a Cleverlys video on Valentine’s Day, you really should go with their amazing cover of “Owner of a Lonely Heart”
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs”
@cleek: Hell I didn’t know till now they called it “They Way it Will Be”!
@WaterGirl: Heh fortunately for me, she does like me. Feeling is more than mutual. She’s an amazing woman. :)
@OzarkHillbilly: I think it’s a shoop. Here’s the picture of the dispensary in Wikipedia. Same angle and lighting.
Cute! I have found over the past 14 (!) years of first dating, then living together, then being married, that my need for material demonstrations of affection (i.e. presents, fancy dinners, etc.) has gone down as I feel more secure. I don’t need another book or DVD to prove that my spouse loves me. I’d rather have both of us save up for a trip together than get another tchotchke.
Normally, we go out to brunch around (usually not on) Valentine’s Day because we don’t want to have to fight the crowds and go somewhere on a weeknight, but we can’t do that this year because my brother-in-law is flying in Sunday morning and will want brunch (what can I say, we’re a brunch family). And I’m okay with that. I’m making a beef and butternut squash tagine in the slow cooker, and we’re going to watch Unfaithfully Yours or maybe Trouble in Paradise and … that’s about it, because it’s been a long week and at least one of us will fall asleep by 9:00 pm. But because I get plenty of affection the other 364 days of the year, that will be all I need.
@Mnemosyne: Thanks Mnem! I passed this along to her. :)
I view Valentine’s night at restaurants the same as I do clubs on NYE. Amateur night. Since it’s so crowded, food and service quality goes down and they’re trying to maximize volume so they move you through quickly.
We’re brunch people as well. Your menu for tonight sounds tasty. I just got a new pizza peel and stone so we’re going to do pizza at home. Enjoy!
Paul in KY
ROMP 2014 lineup was just announced. If you would like a low-key, camping style 3 day festival where you would see the best Bluegrass, then you need to google ROMP.
It will be in late June in Owensboro, KY. Have some good BBQ in Owensboro.
i went last year & loved it.
Paul in KY
@Tom_23: Punch Brothers headlined last year’s ROMP. Have also seen them at Bonnaroo. Highly recommend them for any Bluegrass lovers.
Pink Floyd seems to be quite the target for bluegrass re-imaginings. Luther Wright and the Wrongs released a complete remake of The Wall about a decade ago. Here’s their take on Comfortably Numb…
Interesting. So the Cleverlys are basically the bluegrass equivalent to Postmodern Jukebox, which converts contemporary pop into jazz-based genres of the 30s, 40’s and 50’s.
Resistance is fyoo-tile. Y’all gon’ be asssssssimilated.
The Borg Mountain Boys
MC Simon Milligan
Saw these guys open for the Butthole Surfers yonks ago;
We’re certainly no infamous stringdusters, but a bluegrass band I played in years ago used to do Fearless also. Great tune.
oh, kids, come on, don’t tell me you never heard of rebuild the wall, an entire bluegrass re-imagining of the wall (the complete album), by luther wright and the wrongs?
also, not bluegrass, but i laughed my ass off misunderstanding that faith hill was not doing a parody with her country version of piece of my heart back in the 90’s…
A friend and I like to burn CDs for each other to introduce the other one to music we like that the other one hasn’t heard much. He’s a big roots music guy, especially blues and bluegrass. He knew from one of my CDs that I’m an avid David Bowie fan. So he made a CD of the bluegrass group The Gourds for me, and I’m driving down I-5 listening to it for the first time. Damned if I wasn’t suddenly listening to their version of “Ziggy Stardust.” I almost ran the car off the road. I returned the favor later: I play the ukulele and am a fan of Hawaiian and other uke music, so I burned a CD of the Langley Ukulele Ensemble for him, and included their cover of “After the Gold Rush” (he loves Neil Young).
@Paul in KY: Thanks. It wasn’t the radio head cover but saw this when I had an inkling for some Beatles and was blown away. Also, too – the lead in is quite humorous. “Folks. it is time to talk to you about Amway. ”
Then they nailed it.