Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Happy Pi Day!

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Belated Happy Pi Day everyone. I almost missed it. Ok, I did miss it but I'm not waiting another year to post my π songs!

Hard 'n Phirm - Pi
My favourite all-time π song. And check out the awesome music video here. The funniest is when that chubby kid starts to wander off the set and then gets wrangled back on by an angry production assistant. Keith Schofield's other music videos are worth a look too.

The Specifics - 3.1415
Very pleasant tune about how love is like π (my interpretation). "3.1415, the non-recurring story of my life..."

The Seatbelts - 3.14
This a strange little ditty from the Cowboy Bebop movie soundtrack with Ed singing what sounds like a Japanese nursery rhyme then reciting some π-ness

Also, a Pi Day treat: some requests! Don't let this lead to a bombardment of requests now, I'm just in a good mood today. :)

A couple more from Osaka Popstar:
Osaka Popstar & The American Legends of Punk - Astro Boy
[originally by Donald Rockwell & Tatsuo Takai]
I didn't recognize this cover at first, then I found out that this is the 60's Astro Boy and not the 80's Astro Boy that I grew up with.

Osaka Popstar & The American Legends of Punk - Man of Constant Sorrow
[traditional; made famous by the Stanley Brothers]
Upon closer inspection, Sailor Moon and Astro Boy are the only anime covers on the Osaka Popstar album, though 75% of it is still covers (like this one). You can see the full tracklist here.

Five months ago I made a post called Life on Mars? to the Max, with about 30 covers and versions of one of the best David Bowie songs. You can all thank Joe for me re-posting the "Life on Mars? Collection" with a few changes:
-Tino Casal's cover was incomplete the first time around so it's been cut
-I lost my David Bowie live in Edmonton version (don't worry the quality was terrible)
-I've replaced the Dresden Dolls version with an official version I got from the .2 Contamination Bowie Tribute album, although I suspect it was recorded from the same show
-I've added a Caecilie Norby jazz cover

The Life on Mars? Collection: [EDIT: I"M NOT RE-POSTING THIS AGAIN!]
Part 1 (A - L)
Part 2 (M - Z)

Word on the street is that experimental jazz surrealists The Bad Plus offer up a Life on Mars? cover on their new album that comes out at the end of May (not to mention covers of Tears for Fears and Rush!). Anyone got any other Mars covers?

The Onion AV Club posted their "14 Cover songs that are better than the originals". I originally wanted to post some of my picks, but I'm a little bogged down with work so that'll have to wait until maybe next week. Also check out their interview with Andrew Bird about his upcoming album, the Scythian empire, and his appearance on Jack's Big Music Show. Can't wait 'til next Tuesday!
One last bonus track: Andrew Bird as Dr. Stringz

Alright, going to the mountains this weekend for some skiing! See you next week.

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