The Stars are Mine

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Americana Deluxe (1998)

I’m not sure why I picked these guys this week. Perhaps because I’ve been looking through some old stuff I’ve written and am thinking about recording, and these guys came to mind. I’ve had these guys on my list of things to share for quite a while. Continue reading

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Everything’s Gonna be All Right

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

>Reel Big Fish – Turn the Radio Off (1996)

I know Tim isn’t really a fan of ska, but this is week marks our 241st week playing this game and I just couldn’t not share possibly the king of ’90s ska albums from the biggest west coast ska band. Continue reading

Tomorrow, the Sun’s Going to Shine

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

KTiKat Tingey – Innocence (2001)

A couple of weeks ago, I shared an album from a local artist and so I wanted to follow up on that this week. Not that Kat is in any way musically similar to Avenue. Continue reading

It’s So Hard to Keep This Smile From My Face

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

It was a state holiday on Tuesday, so chances are nobody’s worked much this week. And probably nobody’s going to listen to my suggestions anyway. I have a plan for August, but this week, enjoy something simple.

I’m sharing a couple songs which I was introduced to via the 1992 Reservoir Dogs soundtrack. If you look up the soundtrack on Spotify or something, you’ll notice it’s 16 tracks long, but half of those are dialogue. So that leaves 8 actual songs, the best of which is a cover:

Blue Swede’s cover of Jonathan King’s cover of B.J. Thomas’s Hooked on a Feeling (1974)

It’s actually a cover of a cover, and each time the song improves on the original (which was already a fine song). Most people now know it from Guardians of the Galaxy. Continue reading

It May Seem Like a Stretch

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Summer is crazy, and I’m not even in school anymore. There was a holiday, so you get a single video!

Postmodern Jukebox’s cover of The Postal Service’s Such Great Heights (2015)

I know I’ve shared a couple songs of theirs before, but Postmodern Jukebox does all kinds of jazzy covers of non-jazzy tunes. Here’s their version of Such Great Heights. I like the original, the Iron & Wine cover, and the Streetlight Manifesto cover. All for different reasons. But this is my favorite. Continue reading

Just for One Day

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

cdatsg hCaptain Dipper and the Strawberry Girl’s cover of David Bowie’s Heroes (2016)

I went camping for a few days this week, so I just shared a single music video. I love the original, but I love this cover even more. Continue reading

We are Master’s of Our Fate

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Two weeks ago, as way of introduction to Regina Spektor, I suggested my friends check out her cover of a John Lennon song. In that same vein, I present to you three of my favorite Beatles covers – and one remix. For your convenience, I’m sharing YouTube videos of all of these so you don’t have to look them up yourselves.

But first! David, one of my current coworkers, shared something with me.

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me soundtrack (2017)

This is a two-person musical. She’s a musician who writes scores, including for video game designers who want everything to sound like John Williams. He’s an Antarctic explorer who’s recruiting people for an expedition … in 1914. And they meet on a dating site for people who don’t have many options left: Cupid’s Last Chance. The story is driven by the non-love-love story between the two characters. Continue reading