Just for fun, a guy and his friends record a Christmas song in his living room. More than three years later, he walks into a grocery store and hears that song playing. Alex investigates.
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A man in California is haunted by the memory of a pop song from his youth. He can remember the lyrics and the melody. But the song itself has vanished, completely scrubbed from the internet. PJ takes on the Super Tech Support case.
Who will take the Iron Throne? Will the Iron Throne still exist? Will Jon kill Daenerys? Or will Arya kill Daenerys? Will Tyrion survive? Where does Sansa end up? With just one episode left, Vox staffers weigh in on what they think will happen — and what they’d like to see.
For this episode I chose a subject that had too many possibilties, so I’ve ended up with a ‘Double Troika’ like I did with Tearjerkers!
I wanted to look at music that just used the voice, and choose some examples that were just a small part of that huge spectrum. ‘Mouth Music’ has so many variations globally, that it would impossible to cover properly, so instead I’ve picked 6 of my favourites. Starting with the music you might expect (the polyphony of the Trio Mediaeval) and ending with the more modern sound of Björk’s ‘Who is it’ from her vocal-only album, Medúlla.
‘Salve Mater Misericordie’ by Trio Mediaeval (Traditional hymn, ‘Holy Mother have mercy’)
‘Sleep’ by Eric Whitacre
‘Boy 1904’ by Jonsi and Alex (the last known recording of a castrato singer, fact fans!)
‘Hide and Seek’ by Imogen Heap
‘Song for the Siren’ by This Mortal Coil (yes, this one is a bit cheaty as it has a guitar as well!)
‘Who is it (Carry my joy, the left, Carry my pain on the right)’ by Björk
Lindsey Buckhingham of Fleetwood Mac breaks down "Go Your Own Way" from the band’s seminal album "Rumours."
Arcade Fire is a Grammy-winning six-piece band originally from Montreal. They’ve released five albums, and the last three have all debuted at number one on the charts. In this episode, frontman Win Butler takes apart “Put Your Money On Me,” from their 2017 album Everything Now. You’ll hear the orignal demo, and an alternate version of the song that was never finished. The story begins when Win and his wife and bandmate Régine Chassange moved to New Orleans.
What makes a great cover song?
Is it a total reimagining, like Devo singing “Satisfaction,” Ike and Tina Turner taking on “Proud Mary” or Jimi Hendrix playing “All Along The Watchtower?”
Is it a performance that brings a new energy or feeling to the original, like Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Got To Get You Into My Life” or Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah?”
Or can a covering artist bring a weight to a song that makes it feel all their own, like Johnny Cash singing “Hurt?”
The answer is yes.
While taking on another artist’s hit can seem like an easy way to please fans, it can also be a risk. Covering a song invites a comparison to the original. When done right, it’s a beautiful tribute that can become a hit all its own. When done wrong, it can be the pop equivalent of dancing on a grave.
Turn up your headphones and get ready for a music-filled examination of the art and craft of the cover.
Michael Stipe and Mike Mills of R.E.M. break down "Try Not to Breathe" from their seminal album Automatic for the People.
This is a Troika I’ve been planning for a while now, and it all started with listening to Spiritualized’s ‘Broken Heart’ from ‘Ladies and Gentlemen We’re Floating in Space’. I’ve always thought it was the most heart-wrenching thing I’d ever heard and it was the catalyst to thinking about a Troika of sad songs.
- Anais Mitchell – ‘Shepherd’
- Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – ‘Tearjerker’
- Spiritualized – ‘Broken Heart’
- Kate Bush – ‘This Womans’ Work’
- Nick Cave (featuring Else Torp) – ‘Distant Sky’
- Radiohead – ‘Harry Patch (In Memory Of)’
Revisionist History goes to Nashville to talk with Bobby Braddock, who has written more sad songs than almost anyone else. What is it about music that makes us cry? And what sets country music apart?
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