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August 9th, 2011

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So yeah. I don't post here any more. You can remove your rss bookmark or whatever.

Check out my new stuff at my various other online lands:

MY WEBSITE: http://www.lucasheil.com
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I will not delete this account for historical and archival purposes, as well as the fact that I may wish to use this account to post comments on other people's entries without anonymity.

...And I think that's it!

GOODBYE LIVEJOURNAL!

December 28th, 2009

Cover Songs

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While tidying up my music collection recently, I discovered an interesting trend. I seem to have a LOT of cover songs in amongst my most-listened-to music. I decided to trawl through my entire music library, as well as adding in a couple of tracks I've discovered through the web and other sources over the years, to share with you, my fellow music lovers, some of these great cover gems. It's always impressed me how well some artists can do at bringing even the most mediocre song to life in their own imaginative and unique way, and there's some very interesting examples in this list. Enjoy!

YOUTUBE PLAYLIST:
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=446EC43557B36050
NOTE - A few songs are missing from the Youtube playlist due to them not being available on youtube.

Wonderwall - Paul Anka
(Original: Oasis)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx7XMOTbo20
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=79521697&id=79521673&s=143460
Fantastic Big Band Jazz take on the Oasis classic. Paul Anka belts out an incredibly classy toe-tapper with this one.

Pump Up The Jam - The Lost Fingers
(Original: Technotronic)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flnQuUfmvnI
Website: http://www.thelostfingers.com
Great acoustic string ensemble with a really warm sound. Loads of fun.

All That She Wants - Max Vernon
(Original: Ace of Base)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYtT9D219n8
Download: http://www.thesixtyone.com/TheMaxVernon/song/All+That+She+Wants/31774/
I had a weird fixation with Ace of Base at one point in my late teens. Actually, scrub that, I still do. Enter Max Vernon, rising internet star. This young guy can play piano like most people dream to. And how does he choose to use this amazing talent? Ace of Base cover. Brilliant.

Personal Jesus - Johnny Cash
(Original: Depeche Mode)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQcNiD0Z3MU
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=13620842&id=13412567&s=143460
I actually enjoy this version more than the original. Cash gives it a far more real and honest feeling, and I find this one great to slip into my playlists when I go for a walk. The guitar riff is just too catchy to not include it on this list.

Crazy In Love - The Puppini Sisters
(Original: Beyoncè)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUx_Wjx_2ek
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=303105180&id=303105176&s=143460
The Puppini Sisters are a relatively new discovery for me, having only just found out about them early 2009 with their cover of "Walk Like an Egyptian". Their ability to completely recreate a song in their own style really shows when they can make me fall in love with a song, the original of which I really had no time for. Vocal harmonies that almost make your brain implode with satisfaction. If you enjoy this, be sure to check out the rest of their catalogue.

Hand In My Pocket - Dino Martini
(Original: Alanis Morissette)
Amazon (Track 9): http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Swing-Nouveau-Royal-Crown/dp/B00000G4MO
This is flavour country. An Alanis Morissette song covered in Jazzy Big Band style. The way Alanis obviously intended it to be recorded, but, you know, forgot or something.

Paranoid Android - Tripod
(Original: Radiohead)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xOhTuPTmnI
Purchase DVD: http://www.sanity.com.au/ProductDetail.aspx?id=174352
Three Aussie comedians, two guitars.... Performing a Radiohead song? You bet your sweet bippy. This is an absolutely incredible cover and proof that Tripod are not only hilarious comedians, but also an incredibly talented musical group. Hardcore fans like myself will also speak highly of their somewhat-hard-to-find cover of "Throw Your Arms Around Me". Well worth tracking down if you have the time.

Just - Mark Ronson
(Original: Radiohead)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXHMfe7xDw8
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=252255813&id=252255426&s=143460
Another Radiohead cover, this time from a guy I hadn't heard of until a friend put me onto their album "Version", which is a whole slew of covers, all of which are pretty consistently good. This track is a highlight for me. Catchy and funky, great for parties, or as an accompaniment to beating someone up. YEAH! The music video is also a lot of fun.

Toxic - Yael Naim
(Original: Britney Spears)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWxy142kIMk
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=266126345&id=266125243&s=143460
There are literally tons of covers of "Toxic" out there. LITERALLY TONS. It was hard to choose one, and I had to stop myself from choosing Mark Ronson's version as I already chose his version of Radiohead's "Just" (Be sure to check out Mark's version of "Toxic" if this one doesn't take your fancy). Dark and brooding, a great chillout track.

Gravedigger - Willie Nelson
(Original: Dave Matthews)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzz8jG2SO1Y
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=273138922&id=273138849&s=143460
I would never have believed I could enjoy a cover of a Dave Matthews song by Willie Nelson prior to actually hearing this. While I still have fondness for the original, I have to say, Willie Nelson actually brings something new out of the song in his version. Nice work, old man!

The Joker - Fatboy Slim
(Original: Steve Miller Band)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOVrCS9_1O4
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=278730755&id=278730713&s=143460
I love both the original and the cover of this song, but what makes the Fatboy Slim's cover just that bit better than the original is the music video. You can't get better than kittens.

Word Up - Korn
(Original: Cameo)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q-k-uN73Gk
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=193613943&id=193613931&s=143460
You've probably already heard a few of these covers, and this is one of the more likely ones. Sure, it might be Korn, but you can definitely bust out a move on the dancefloor with this one. Let's face it, they could very easily have butchered this song, and I'm very glad they had the tasteful restraint to do it justice.

Gone Daddy Gone - Gnarls Barkley
(Original: The Violent Femmes)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZbeiXZVWbM
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=145544386&id=145545207&s=143460
In my opinion, an improvement on the original. As with The Violent Femmes' cover of "Crazy" (still to come in this list), Gnarls Barkley really understands how to take a song and make it their own - in the right way. Synthy and carefree, but still keeping the aggressive feel of The Violent Femmes' version.

Baby Got Back - Jonathan Coulton
(Original: Sir Mix-A-Lot)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyJeC99QO8A
Listen/Download: http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songdetails/Baby%20Got%20Back
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=192510502&id=192510434&s=143460
So much fun to sing along to. It may be worth checking out his online catalogue if you enjoy this, as he has a sense of humour as refined as his musical abilities. Laid back, chillin' music.

Billie Jean - Heath Brandon
(Original: Michael Jackson)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h3d_eppZfI
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=281101243&id=281101132&s=143460
One of the discoveries presented to me in my facebook request for new music in September of 2009. A great tribute and interpretation.

Boyz-n-the-Hood - Dynamite Hack
(Original: Eazy-E)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsqONjjMDfw
I don't know what to say about this one. Better than the original?

I Kissed A Girl - Max Vernon
(Original: Katy Perry)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCTHvfzJ2eY
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=295122881&id=295122668&s=143460
As much as I've tried to avoid multiple tracks by any one artist, I've had to make a couple of exceptions, Max Vernon being one of them. As with his cover of "All That She Wants", Max seems to pick and re-orchestrate songs for piano so well. Plus the quirkiness of this one means I'm obligated to share it.

Talk Dirty To Me - Reel Big Fish
(Original: Poison)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKK1oz-FUiI
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301395719&id=301395709&s=143460
Reel Big Fish's cover of "Take On Me" was too obvious a choice. This is a cover from their latest all-covers album "Fame, Fortune and Fornication". Other notable covers would be an acapella of Sinatra's "New York, New York" from the album "Cheer Up!" and a great swing version of "Hungry Like The Wolf", but I like this one for it's mellow laid-back style, and harmonies. I'm a sucker for good harmonies.

In Between Days - Ben Folds
(Original: The Cure)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCIrE445BXw
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=203732297&id=203732287&s=143460
Eyy, Foldsy! I'm quite a fan of Ben Folds, so perhaps I'm being a little biased. The fact that I've included two of his covers on this list suggests that to be the case, but the piano really gives life to this song, and the amount of times this ends up in my playlists means I'd be making a special effort to leave it out of this one.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Greg Laswell
(Original: Cyndi Lauper)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_dSjHmmOOM
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=293001021&id=293001016&s=143460
I'm not sure if this was supposed to be tongue-in-cheek or not, but it's a damn great interpretation. Plus you come off looking like less of a wanker listening to this version, so it's a win-win in my books.

Smoke On The Water - Kabuki-za Orchestra
(Original: Deep Purple)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tujga5JdP1M
This is strange, yet incredibly absorbing - Smoke On The Water performed with traditional Japanese instruments. This cover was part of a live performance commemorating the anniversary of the Great Fire of Edo, along with the Great Eruption of Fuji-san. I only point this out due to the fact that the choice of song for such an event holds even more haunting resonance when you listen to it.

Stayin' Alive - Ozzy Osbourne
(Original: The Bee Gees)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWhj0e60jyc
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=158046848&id=158044388&s=143460
Yup. Call me crazy, but I actually really like this version. Not really an Ozzy Osbourne fan at all, but I reserve the right to enjoy one of his songs and this one is just plain fun.

Hey Jude - The Templeton Twins
(Original: The Beatles)
Download MP3: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=7ALDQVT0
This one was hard to find. I first heard it on a podcast a few years back, and the album it is from has been discontinued, with no trace of it elsewhere on the internet. I've done the hard work tracking it down, so now you can enjoy it. From a now-extinct band who took 70's songs and covered them in a 30's style. There should be more of this kind of thing out there.

A Hard Days Night - Sonny J
(Original: The Beatles)
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=271998187&id=271998079&s=143460
Another Beatles one, this is an example of taking a song in a death-grip and throwing it in a completely different direction. A good around-the-house tune.

Mr Blue Sky - Lily Allen
(Original: Electric Light Orchestra)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHD5Ho14xjM
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=315922562&id=315922192&s=143460
Okay, I'll probably lose a lot of points on people's cred-o-meter for this one. But god damn it, sometimes you just need a ridiculously happy, over-the-top, cheesy pop-song. Trust me. You do. Someone could be playing this song while repeatedly punching me in the face and I'd still be grinning from it.

Crazy - The Violent Femmes
(Original: Gnarles Barkley)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD-SMLTfuVw
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=281792873&id=281792857&s=143460
Simply a good solid cover. The sound is as you'd expect for a Violent Femmes song.

Bohemian Polka - "Weird Al" Yankovic
(Original: Queen)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfLX7zE6jxw
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=250493189&id=250491521&s=143460
I'm sorry. You know it had to be in here somewhere. The most amusing part of this one to me is that Queen obviously gave their stamp of approval for Al to commercially release it. Nice.

Motorcycle Mama - The Sugarcubes
(Original: Sailcat)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFxvhvTsW20
Ah, the Sugarcubes. The band Bjork used to be in before she went off and did her own weird and wonderful thing. This song makes me smile, and I have a feeling it might be for slightly racist reasons. They enunciate so deliberately, and I can't help but smile. Anyway, I like it.

Irreplaceable - Robbie Fulks
(Original: Beyoncè)
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=301677860&id=301677851&s=143460
I'm not sure what it is about Beyoncè, but her songs seem to be very coverable. Robbie Fulks gives this one a nice country twang, while not messing with the structure of the song or melody too much.

This Must Be The Place - Miles Fisher
(Original: David Byrne)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G29d6RDSK1c
Download: http://amiestreet.com/music/miles-fisher/miles-fisher/
This is a cover that very quickly grows on you. Also has a very entertaining videoclip referencing the film "American Psycho". As an aside, Miles Fisher also played Tom Cruise in "Superhero Movie", but don't let that put you off checking this song out - it's really good.

Bitches Ain't Shit - Ben Folds
(Original: Dr. Dre)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMCGl8ac1PU
The other Ben Folds song on my list. So pretty.

Mama Told Me Not To Come - Tom Jones & Stereophonics
(Original: Randy Newman)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwN2uOFcpHg
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=205121726&id=205121583&s=143460
Yeah, that surprised you, huh? From the album "Reload", which was a whole album of cover song collaborations with the likes of Robbie Williams, Barenaked Ladies and Portishead to name a few. This is one of my favourites, and a great party song, despite what the lyrics may suggest.

My Sharona - POLYSICS
(Original: The Knack)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXHEVcYTZYQ
Amazon (Track 7): http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007OP194/190-7878525-8918705?SubscriptionId=0PZ7TM66EXQCXFVTMTR2
Crazy cool New-Wave Electro J-Pop fun. Polysics are a Japanese band and I discovered them through their incredibly creative and trippy music videos a few years back. Crank it.

Nookie - Richard Cheese
(Original: Limp Bizkit)
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/nookie/id307578010?i=307578032
Richard Cheese has been doing lounge cover versions of songs for years, and is a great accompaniment to any party. This is a great example of his work - short and to the point, but entertaining nonetheless.

Come Together - Michael Jackson
(Original: The Beatles)
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS-HbaQO3uQ
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=186047800&id=186046029&s=143460
Since Michael Jackson owned a large portion of The Beatles' catalogue, it seems only fitting that he put it to good use. It's up to you to decide whether this constitutes good use or not, but I like it.


There are probably many I've missed or overlooked, but these are the ones I've collated at this particular time. Happy New Year!

July 9th, 2009

AudioBoo

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Just discovered this thing. This will be very cool to use when I travel around Japan next year.

July 3rd, 2009

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DEAR POSTSECRET.

YOU ARE SO COOL BECAUSE ALL YOUR SECRETS ARE TRUE AND NOT IN ANY WAY JUST WANKY TRY-HARD ANGSTY TEENS AND WANNABE ARTISTS.

HERE ARE SOME SECRETS I HAVE COLLECTED FOR YOU.

PLEASE LET ME JOIN YOUR GANG.

FROM LUCAS HEIL, AKA "ANONYMOUS".




















January 26th, 2009

Mum, I did an art.

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January 14th, 2009

Sneaky Peek....

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Well that was fast. www.lucasheil.com is underway. Still a mess at the moment (lots I need to add, which I will do over the following weeks), but it's getting there, and I welcome you to take a gander and plop some feedback in the proverbial bowl.

January 11th, 2009

Plans

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It's shaping up to be a good year.

I've set myself a few New Years Resolutions this year, and so far they're working.

I know we're not even two weeks in yet, but it's a fucking start for Christ's sake! Get off my back, you pack of fetid cunts! Jesus!

But yeah, these resolutions are working for me this year, because unlike previous years, they're not intangible, unmeasurable things.

For example, I have enrolled for a Japanese language class, and that starts on the 19th. Something long-term that I'm committed to and is locked in. Done. Tick.

Other things though are less set in stone, and are going to be interesting to keep an eye on. For example, at the end of every month, I want to look back and see that I've achieved something significant (in my eyes) for that month. The aim is essentially to get to the end of each month and surprise myself with what I've done. It's not easy to surprise one's self, which is again why I'm looking forward to this particular "challenge".

It's also looking like I'll soon be abandoning this journal entirely for something a little more robust and versatile, where I can blog, but also build out into a portfolio with my short films and stuff. An advancement into Lucas Heil Dot Com, if you will. This has been something I've wanted to do for a while now, and I've been researching and experimenting with a couple of platforms for this.

Should be fun.

But yes, here's to 2009. The most recent year to date!

January 4th, 2009

Awesome Job, Google!

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A new version of the Google Application for iPhone has been released. I love the new features in this version!!!



GO, GOOGLE! GO!!!!

December 23rd, 2008

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This is one of the reasons I love Lemon Demon and Neil Cicierega so much.

Also, Merry Christmas, everyone!

November 16th, 2008

At midnight on February 17 next year, all analog TV signals in the U.S. go off air and switch entirely to digital TV. Basically what this means for U.S. citizens is that if you don't have either a digital TV or set top box by that date, you won't be able to watch TV.

This video about it is simply classic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTSS8E7bKXg
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