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Yet another "Cups" cover (…but I can't stop listening to it)

I'm a fan of covers, which will usually give a song like the "Cups" song a little longer shelf-life for me. About a week ago Kurt Schneider released a cover of the Cups song performed by himself, Alex G, Kina Grannis, and Sam Tsui. When I first heard it I didn't think too much of it, but I just can't get this version of the song out of my head. P.S. I'm also a sucker for bell tones in singing groups, so that may have something to do with it. (Click here for the direct link if you're on a phone or something)

Glee Rips Off JoCo

So, I watch Glee. I don't know if I would say I'm a fan of the show as much as an interested observer. One thing I do actually enjoy about the show is hearing original covers of songs. So when a friend of mine, who is a huge Gleek and Klainer (I think that's what they call themselves) sent me a link to the early release of a new Glee cover of  Sir MixALot's "Baby Got Back", I was a little confused because it sounded a lot like a cover I had heard before. No sooner did I think this than I saw a tweet from Jonathan Coulton confirming my suspicion. Coulton (or JoCo as he is sometimes known) had done a cover/parody of this song several years ago and Glee pretty much took his cover note for note without even consulting him, let alone compensating him. Because I hadn't heard the JoCo cover of the song in a year or so, I had to go back and listen to it again. Then, just for fun, I recorded some of the playback from both versions and layered them over the top of each other (no edits or augmentation) and found that the songs are almost identical. Aside from a little difference in phrasing you can barely hear where one version ends and the other begins. You can listen to the excerpt here, it's funny but they actually compliment each other pretty well. Joco feat Glee - Baby Got Back (side by side) Now,

The Voice is Producing Quality in it's 3rd Season

The Voice is NBC's answer to "American Idol". It's a show where contestants audition to be selected by one of four coaches for a team. The teams are then whittled down by different methods until only one person is left in the whole competition. I've been watching this show since it first came on television. I have enjoyed the show overall. The gimmick of the contestants being chosen only based on their voice made the audition process interesting. More importantly, the show was devoid of the "wannabes" that usually plague these kinds of shows. I realize I may be in the minority here, but I don't tune in to these shows to watch people who are bad at singing (or dancing or whatever the contest is about). The good about this show is it's talent pool. The contestants are talented and their coaches are active and visible members of the mainstream music scene. Every song isn't a hit, no one could expect that, but each season has it's own set of standout performances. The best thing is that the artists are pretty good about putting a unique spin on the songs. The bad about this show is that they have a tendency (at times) to make things too much about the coaches and gimmicks in the show. Aside from just having auditions and voting the voice has several ways of knocking out contestants. The most consistent knockout method has been the battle rounds. I do not like the battle rounds. The coaches

Sometimes it's not too early for Christmas music

Normally, I'm a strong proponent of not starting up with the Christmas music until after Thanksgiving (and maybe even longer than that). But, I can be persuaded to make an exception to that rule if the music is good enough. This year PTX (Pentatonix) has given a reason to make that exception. I am subscribed to their youtube channel and so I came across this video on my daily scan of youtube. Their stuff is usually good, but I especially like the Christmas tunes they've done the last couple of years because it takes me a while to even think "wait I'm listening to Christmas music". Carol of the Bells

Gersberms (Yer Gervin Mah)

Sure it feels like this might be riding in on the tail end of this meme (which should've died so long ago) but this Ermahgerd video from Nerdist has the production value to warrant stomaching another round of this speech impediment inducing phenomenon. Nerdist's Gersberms Video