This weekend, folk trio Daughter take on “Get Lucky”, the ubiquitous new comeback single by Daft Punk (whose official artwork is above). It’s exactly what you might expect, in the most unexpected way, and a definite “must listen”. Check it out.
As music bloggers, our mindset often gets caught up in the new. New singles, new remixes, new albums, etc. Everything is about the here and now, and providing the latest and greatest material for all you ninjas out there. Sometimes though, it’s good to reflect on the old, and see how far we’ve come over the last few years. Pentatonix takes that exact concept and stretches things back all the way to the 11th century.
The California-based a cappella group takes us on a journey through history, showcasing some of the most popular music of the last century, and more, in merely four minutes. While every classic isn’t present (that would be kind of tough to fit within the time constraints), the band does do a tremendous job of summing up the sounds of each decade. This is more than just a gimmick too, as the group is able to demonstrate their vocal range and talents superbly through the mashup. See if you can name all the songs used in the medley, before peeking at the list after the jump. After hearing this, let’s all hope the band decides to make a part two. Also, make sure to check out more from Pentatonix on their official website.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard new material from Bethany Cosentino, aka Best Coast, but I think the music world will go on just fine thanks to little surprises like this. The surfy-vintage-pop-rocker takes on “Crying”, the beautifully somber classic ’60s track originally by rock legend Roy Orbison. Though not as heavy-handed as the original — it’s got Cosentino’s signature sweet, lo-fi shagginess — the cover still shows a good dose of tender yearning and romanticism. Cry to (or fall in love with?) it above.
The ever-charming and talented British songstress Jessie Ware stars in a new performance video for her lovely cover of “What You Won’t Do For Love” (found on her If You’re Never Gonna Move EP, out now). The visuals are courtesy of the geniuses over at Yours Truly. Check it out! Stream’s below, too.
As the calendar turns over, so do our sights for upcoming events in 2013. The experiences, shows, live performances, breathtaking nights and jaw dropping moments have passed, and a new set is just on the horizon. With the release of Coachella’s line up, we couldn’t help but get overwhelmingly excited. Postal Service? Sigur Ros? Baauer? Dillon Francis? There’s honestly just too many artists to name at this point.
We booked our flights. We booked our house. Our cameras are packed, and our Music Ninja shirts are laundered, pressed and ready for full on desert festival action. Yes, we’re going to make the pilgrimage deep into the California desert for what is set to be one of the most amazing musical weekends ever. We’ll be tweeting, instagraming and facebooking. Make sure to stay tuned.