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Just like it says in the subject line. Give it a minute and a half to get out of the intro and into the main body of the song.

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So it turns out that Queensryche has out an album's worth of cover songs, Take Cover. Here are the lads from Seattle giving a really excellent treatment to Pink Floyd's great "Welcome to the Machine".

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Hat tip to Sean Collins for pointing at this guy's cover of the Talking Heads' "This Must Be The Place" a while back. I went to milesfisher.com and discovered that you can get 4 of his songs in 320 Kbs MP3s free, and immediately fell in a big way for this one.

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A very great thanks to Lisa Harney for tipping me off to this wonderful moment from Belgian TV:

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Swiped from Jonquil:

Name five effective uses of songs in movies or tv shows.

#1. In Lost Highway, when the protagonists first notice each other, Lou Reed's cover of "This Magic Moment":

#2. In Until the End of the World, as the characters fly deep into the Australian interior, a nuclear explosion in orbit kills their plane's electronics. Peter Gabriel's "Blood of Eden" accompanies them to the ground (and yes, she's been handcuffed to the plane door, and they don't have the key):

#. In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, James Horner's wonderful music for the Mutara Nebula battle scene. I couldn't easily decide between something from this or The Rocketeer, the two movies that I think show off Horner's generic action music to best effect, but settled on this as the one where it really lodged in my head:

#4. In the Children of Dune mini-series, Brian Tyler went far, far beyond the call of duty in actually writing a song in Fremen for the scene cross-cutting between Chani giving birth and Paul's agents rounding up the conspirators:

#5. In Koyaanisqatsi...okay, the whole movie, but I love the moonrise:

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I've been listening to the Beatles remasters, courtesy of the local library. (Yup, there they were, just shelves. I snaffled. Will return them now that I've ripped them so that others can enjoy them, too.) First I note that they are amazingly glorious albums and that if you have any fondness for the Beatles at all, you want these. Like the remastering of the Yellow Submarine movie a few years back, these albums now sound as vibrant as if they'd been recorded last night and uploaded for sharing this morning.

I was freshly struck by how smart and distinctive a lot of these songs are even now. Take "With A Little Help From My Friends", reproduced here for your listening convenience. (Ignore the 4:20 running time. The song's only 2:45 or so long, and then there's silence after that.)

There are a lot of songs where the backup singers complement the lead singer, including "She's Leaving Home" on the very same album as this. (What a pure heartbreak it is, too.) But how often is there an actual conversation between lead and backups? Not often, I'm thinking.

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Sarah Wilson, take it away!
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One of my favorite mellow tunes, on repeat play because I'm in an awesomely mellow mood, which I'll document after some rest:

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Time for me to get some late supper together. But I'm in the mood for sharing some really high-class cynicism. Max Raabe is a German musician; he and his band do serious modern classical work (their performance of Three-Penny Opera is excellent), and revivals of German cabaret music of the decades between world wars...and they do cabaret-style arrangements of rock and pop. Two embedded clips here. There's more where these came from, including Soft Cell, ABBA, and more.

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I was reminded in conversation with a friend last night that a lot of people who like Kansas' music have no idea that the band put out several two good albums in the late '80s and early '90s. In the Spirit of Things and Freaks of Nature should be better known. So here's my two bits on the subject:

"Stand Beside Me", which instantly leaped onto my list of favorite romantic ballads:

"One Big Sky", not the best quality live recording there ever was, but very serviceable, and with some very distinctively Kansas lines and riffs:

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I have done so much creative work to this track over the years; for me it's practically a tone poem of resolving obstructions and advancing into new insights.


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