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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

“Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near. Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp.”
-Narrator, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a holiday story originally written by Dr. Seuss in 1957. The story follows the meanness of the Grinch and his distaste for the Christmas holiday as tries to steal Christmas but later realizes that Christmas isn’t about the tangible. This is a feel-good story that criticizes the commercialization of Christmas and the prevalence of human cheer. It’s a cute holiday favorite.

There were quite a few adaptations of this story including a video game but the most well-known ones are the 1966 TV short and the 2000 film. Most of us have watched these movies about an Ebenezer Scrooge character trying to steal Christmas away from a bunch of happy Who’s. As we’re nearing Christmas, sharing Christmas cheer with a Christmas classic would provide some Christmas cover fun. Here’s the soundtrack for the 2000 and 1966 version if you’re feeling nostalgic.

The film (2000) and the TV short (1966) adaptations had one song in common “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”. The lyrics were written by Dr. Seuss and then sung by Thurl Ravenscroft (1966) and Jim Carrey (2000).

Here is a handful of phenomenal covers, for your audio pleasure. These range from classical, to punk, to jazz, to instrumental. Enjoy.

Jordan Smith provides a fantastic cover with amazing vocals. Accompanied by a large orchestra, the song sounds amazing. Together it’s a powerful song.

Famous for a century does a hard punk cover. The vocals are deep and smooth. Combined with the hard rock instrumentals, it’s a captivating cover or “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”.

The Moonshiners covered “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” with an awesome jazzy feel. Her vocals are phenomenal with good control over range and pitch. It’s a cover you can definitely dance to.

Alex Heflin provides an acoustic cover which sounds beautiful. He combines several instruments to create a mesmerizing cover perfect for the holidays.

Small Town Titans give a mind-blowing cover of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”. They describe it as a “dark, bluesy, sinister version.” And they’re right. The hard rock instrumental and the deep vocals give an amazing new sound to the song.

“I’m glad he took our presents. You can’t hurt Christmas, Mr. Mayor, because it isn’t about the… the gifts or the contest or the fancy lights. That’s what Cindy’s been trying to tell everyone… and me. I don’t need anything more for Christmas than this right here: my family.”
-Cindy Lou Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000

Let me know what you think about the Grinch in the comments and have a great Holiday Season!

Punk Goes Christmas: Deluxe Edition

Happy holidays from me, and of course from Fearless Records (I’m a bit biased towards punk music). Here is the Punk Goes Christmas: Deluxe Edition. If you’re looking to spice up your holiday with some alternative Christmas songs, then this album is perfect for you.

Here’s a list of punk Christmas covers thanks to the Punk Goes.. series. It’s been out since the November 2015, as a re-release of the 2013 Christmas album. The deluxe edition has everything from the previous Christmas albums and a bit more. This album doesn’t just contain covers, however. They have original songs from New found glory, all time low, real friends, among many others. It’s a perfect way to spike your gatherings.

Fearless Records is bringing the holiday season some punk cheer. Check out the fantastic tracklist, and the YouTube playlist.

  1. “Nothing For Christmas” by New Found Glory
  2. “Fool’s Holiday” by All Time Low
  3. “I Had A Heart” by Real Friends
  4. “12 Days Of A Pop-Punk Christmas” by Jarrod Alonge
  5. “Father Christmas” by Man Overboard (Originally By The Kinks)
  6. “This Christmas” by The Summer Set (Originally By Donny Hathaway)
  7. “There Will Be No Christmas” by Crown The Empire
  8. “Christmas Lights” by Yellowcard (Originally By Coldplay)
  9. “Home Alone Theme” by August Burns Red (Originally By John Williams)
  10. “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” by Issues (Originally By ‘N Sync)
  11. “All I Can Give You” by Jason Lancaster
  12. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Being As An Ocean (Originally By Judy Garland)
  13.  “I Don’t Wanna Spend Another Christmas Without You” by The Ready Set
  14. “Sleigh Ride”  by This Wild Life (Originally By Arthur Feidler And The Boston Pops Orchestra)
  15. “This Christmas (I’ll Burn It To The Ground)” by Set It Off
  16. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” by William Beckett (Originally By The Harry Simeone Chorale)

Tell me which ones are your favorites from this album and have an amazing holiday!

A Leo Moracchioli Cover

“I fink you freeky” is originally produced by Die Antwoord and then later covered by Leo Moracchioli. This cover song popped up on my YouTube feed and I thought it is a fantastic combination of a great band and phenomenal cover artist. It is only been out a little more than a week and the music video has already gotten over 33k likes and 515,351 views. 15 of those are probably mine but that’s beside the point.
Anyway, it has some mature themes so you have been warned.

Let us start with the original song to compare.

It’s a fantastic song, to begin with. Die Antwoord have a distinct style. So it’s always interesting to see how cover artists cover the song, to see how similar or dissimilar the cover ends up being.

Then we go into the cover, which is fairly different from the original. Obviously, the first main difference is the style. Die Antwoord is very much a hip-hop, electronica style whereas Leo Moracchioli covers songs with a metal flair. It’s really cool to listen to it. Check it out.

The introduction was really well done as it mirrored the original but it probably could have done without it. It did add a bit to make it similar to the original and to add some intrigue to the music video but it seemed to be a bit extraneous. That’s really minor though as Leo has created a phenomenal cover.

For the main part, the music is fantastic. His use of instrumentals is great. Leo copies the beat to give the same upbeat feeling but with a metal flair. He takes the music and really makes it his own.

The impressive part is Leo’s rapping. Yolandi and Ninja are awesome rappers, he does a really good job of mimicking both of them. Yolandi has been compared to Nicki Minaj as a female rapper. Female rappers should be highlighted in the music world more because they are fantastic. Leo takes the entire song with lyrics from both Ninja and Yolandi into his own vocal style. They translate really really well into the metal cover. He then adds vocal growls throughout the song. The timing of these is really well-chosen. It adds a more metal flavour to the overall song.

The outro of the song is the same in both, where the instrumentals die down and the last few lines are essentially whispered. It’s done extremely well.

The actual music video was fantastic. Its different from the original’s video that has the entire video mainly in dark colours and rather dark themes. Leo’s music video was dark but in a whimsical metal sort of way. There were bright colours glowing under black light. The use of black lights and black light sensitive paint are an amazing touch. It’s quite pretty. Then the editing matches the music fantastically. The transitions match the beat of the song to create an energetic feel. As always, the contacts are great.

Overall, Leo has made another breathtaking cover. Check out some of his other covers on his YouTube channel here.

 

Let me know how you feel about it in the comments below!!

While We Wait For Season 4……

Rick and Morty is a science fiction animation for an adult audience. The whole show is satirical and cynical. It’s described as a dark comedy which makes complete sense. Rick and Morty takes seriously dark and solemn topics and jokes about them. It’s a show that will make you laugh about the universe being meaningless, about not understanding your own mind, and about crippling existential crisis’. It’s not exactly what I would call feel-good family entertainment, but it’s still fantastic. Not to mention, it has a cult following.

It’s a hip show that lets the audience relate to the somewhat less than ideal or even moral characters. The series began in 2012 and has produced three seasons over the years. A new one is greatly anticipated for some time in the future. A message at the end season 3 hinted that it would be a really really long time until Season 4 is released. If it follows the pattern of earlier season releases, there would be about 18 months to wait. Christmas of 2018 is the going guess but there hasn’t been an official release date.

Fans greatly anticipate the next season. Though, fans must wait an undetermined period of time as their anticipation grows. However, the fans can only rewatch the series so many times. That’s where the joy of remixes come in. YouTube has provided a perfect solution to deal with the missing of the series. Let’s get introduced to Rick and Morty Remixes!

Here are some remixes for your viewing pleasure and your Rick and Morty withdrawals.

[Profanity Warning] Let’s start with ‘Get Your Sh*t Together’ by RoyishGoodLooks. This song somewhat encompasses the cynical nature of the show and discusses needed to get your sh*t together as the title suggests. It takes its lyrics from quotes within the episode, “Big Trouble in Little Sanchez”, (Season 2, Episode 7). Adding this to music, they have a rather cheerful song with a rather pessimistic message. They did a good job of matching the lyrics with the added beat. Combined, it’s a song with a wonderful flow to make a toe-tapping tune.

“I’m Mr. Meeseeks” is another song by RoyishGoodLooks. This song focuses specifically on the episode about the Meeseeks. All the audio clips are from “Meeseeks and Destroy” (Season 1, Episode 5). Meeseeks are a creation that only exists to serve. Once they finish their task, they stop existing completely. These characters are a comical and cynical way to look at human existence. This song takes that comedic cynicism and puts an energetic beat to it. The lyrics and the accompanying music go well together. It has a good beat making you want to dance to its gloomy lyrics.

None like Joshua has quite a few Rick and Morty raps. These aren’t just remixes as they have one more added element. Yep, rapping. Instead of these songs taking the lyrics mostly from the show itself, they use their own lyrics and pepper in the audio from the show. This first example is “The Evil Morty Rap”. None Like Joshua raps about Evil Morty, one of the infinite versions of Morty’s that have taken to the dark side. It focuses on the synopsis of “The Ricklantis Mixup” (Season 3, Episode 7). The intro is the final speech from the end of that episode, highlighting aspects of Evil Morty’s rise to power. Some background of this antagonist is skillfully provided in the lyrics. This rap brings in a great summation of the plot by having good rhythm in the rapping and a good balance of the elements. The beat, rap, and sound clips were combined well. None Like Joshua certainly brings in the background of the character and then adds some additional fantastic musical flair.

[profanity warning] None Like Joshua also did a collaboration with GameBoyJones to create another Rick and Morty rap, “The Schwiftiest Rick and Morty Rap!” It’s another fantastic combination of rapping, beats, and sound clips. It has its basis on the song “Get Schwifty” from the episode with the same name (Season 2, Episode 5). The premise of this episode is an alien comes and demands music. Throughout the episode, Rick and Morty write a tune for the Intergalactic Song Competition. Besides the awesome rapping, the lyrics include a lot of clever references from other episodes. They also add in voice clips from the series and edit them into the background. At parts, they have sound clips that echo the rhythm of the beat, and they layer the rapping above them. It sounds fantastic. The timing, placement, and editing of the voice clips are great. It’s a Schwifty rap.

“The Universe Is Yours” by Chetreo takes its concept from “The ABC’s of Beth” (Season 3, Episode 9). This episode provides a look into the emotional bonding between children and their fathers. Both the episode and the song offers tidbits of fatherly advice. It’s sweet in a cynical Rick and Morty kind of way. Chetreo brings that sentiment forth in the remix with lyrics and fantastic audio clips. Well, the emotion and the inevitable satire of it. This remix is a bit slower than some of the other Rick and Morty remixes but It works well to highlight somber topics that the show discusses indirectly. Overall, It’s a terrific calm remix.

“A Really Long Time” is a perfect one to end this article on. Chetreo takes audio from the last episode of season 3 to commemorate the end of the season. Together with music, he adds them in from throughout the episode. He adds in quotes from the end of the episode where Mr. Poopybutthole (yes that is indeed his name) hints at the release of the fourth season. It’s a fun remix to end the season and start the waiting.

Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite Rick and Morty Episode!

“See you for season 4 in like a really long time. I might even have a big white Santa Clause beard” –Mr. Poopybutthole

Cover Artists: Leigh And Liam

Leigh and Liam are a fantastic duo for cover songs. Together as Mr. and Mrs. Trask, they make music that shares a common message, that “life is worth living, and love is worth trying.”

I mentioned them before in the blog post, Major and Minor Key covers, with their cover of Love yourself. It’s a gorgeous duet cover done in the minor key.

Leigh was born in Forest, Virginia, and Liam is from Memphis, Tennessee. Currently, they are based out of Nashville. Their influences include Radiohead, Muse, Civil Wars, The Bird & The Bee and Lorde. Beyond these influences, they bring forward their own classical, yet bluesy kind of sound.

They have two main sections or sessions of music; On the Moon Sessions and Living room Sessions.

“On The Moon Sessions are inspired by the whimsical nature of the world around us. These live(ish) videos seek to work with nature and man to highlight love in any environment — whether we be on the moon, under the sea, or in a tree.”

These showcase a few original songs of theirs. Check them out….

“Living Room Sessions are our homage to some of our favorite tunes. Come hang out on the couch with us!”

These are their main playlist of fantastic covers.

 

Tell me what you think below!
If you have any suggestions for cover artists in your area, let me know in the comments.

 

Major And Minor Key Covers

Minor and Major key song covers are songs that change the key in a particular song. It’s simply a switch from one to the other. Even though it’s a simple idea, it changes the feel of the song completely. If you want to learn the logistics of major and minor keys check out this study guide. For this post, I’m focusing on the overall effect of the cover.

To start, let’s discuss how the originals start. Songs in minor key sound more somber, and slow. These are typically seen as sadder but that’s not always the case. Songs like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day or “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye or “Mad World” by Gary Jules are all in the minor key. Then, songs in major key are a lot more upbeat and energetic. Though they’re seen as happy songs, that’s not always the case. Consider Happy Pills by the Weathers as an example. Major songs are usually the songs with a happy upbeat tone like “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper, “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift.

Let’s start with the minor covers. These take songs that are typically in a major key and play them in a minor key. A minor key cover brings upbeats songs down a few notches. I first found out about this style of covers from a friend who posted one on Facebook. He posted a minor key version of “You are my sunshine” by Alone. It’s an amazing song. Check it out, it gave me goosebumps

There are a lot of cover artists that are simply amazing. Here are just some of the highlights of Minor key covers.

…..and now for the other half: Major key covers. Major key covers are covers of songs that are typically in a minor key. These are covers that transform a typical slow song to a more energetic one. These are rather odd in a wonderful kind of way. Just check out Metallica’s song “Enter Sandman” in major key and I think you’ll understand.

Here are some other major key covers for your listening pleasure.

Having heard the originals of these songs beforehand, both the minor key and the major key covers took a moment to realize what song it was. It’s odd at first but in an enchanting kind of way.

 

Let me know in the comments!
What do you think of this style of covers? Do you have a favorite major or minor cover?

Death Note Cover Songs

I watched the Deathnote Movie last night with my roommate. Both of us have watched the anime and were excited about the American adaptation. On the plus side, the cinematography was well done. The actual filming of the movie was rather gorgeous. In that sense, I can appreciate the film. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the film. From online comments and discussions about the film, this is a rather common opinion. Personally, it was a bit disappointing overall as someone who has watched the anime and that likes continuity. There were issues as the plot points, and character personalities didn’t match up at all between the anime and the movie.

After watching this film version of the death note, I thought that it would be a good time to showcase some covers for The Death Note anime.

The World By Amy B

The World by Paulo Cuevas

Misa’s Song by Cammie Mile

Misa’s song by Musicbox Covers

Zetsubou Billy by 태이드 TADE

Zetsubou Billy by the Kira Justice

Nightmare Alumni by Cansu Genç

 

And for some fun, here’s a death note parody of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space

In the Comments below, tell me what you think about the Death Note film, the anime, and these awesome covers.

Best.Cover.Ever.

There’s a new musical competition in town. And this one revolves around covers. Exciting, right?

The Best.Cover.Ever. is the new hit competition hosted by Ludacris. Shows like this are a really good way to not only find the next top talent but to showcase the musical talent that’s out there. Interestingly, it premieres exclusively on YouTube, as one of the first ad-supported originals on the site. This is rather cool as YouTube has been a launching pad for new talent. There are countless artists that started their music career because of YouTube including Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson, Pentatonix, and Soulja Boy. Beyond that YouTube has thousands of cover artists on YouTube. Best.Cover.Ever may be just the break they’re looking for.

This series, produced by Ryan Seacrest is going to provide a platform for new and upcoming artists. In a press release, Seacrest says “These new young artists will also have the chance to work alongside some of the most renowned musicians in the world, which we hope will generate some great experiences for the artists and contestants alike, and in turn produce some memorable performances.”

The way the competition works is that you submit a video of you singing a cover of your choice of provided songs. There’s a range of artists including Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys, Charlie Puth, Flo Rida, and Jason Derulo. The submissions for those artists are already closed, however, the submission deadline for Keith Urban, Nicky Jam, and Bebe Rexha isn’t for another few days on August 18th. Each of the artists will choose two finalists that will appear in the series. Those finalists will compete for the prize of performing a duet with their chosen artist. A Launch date has yet to be announced but more musicians are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

Here’s a showcase of a few amazing entries from the Best.Cover.Ever’s YouTube channel.

Bebe Rexha’s “I got you” by Future Sunsets

Nicky Jam’s “El Amante” By Jess, Reijy, Juandop & Chilo

Demi Lovato’s “Confident” By Chase Holdeflder

Charlie Puth’s Attention By Johnny Rez

“The internet is the ultimate vehicle for creative discovery,” Keith Urban tells Variety. “It connects people, lets their talents be heard and sometimes produces stars. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens — to hearing how people interpret my songs — and, fingers crossed, to find a killer duet partner.”

Have you or someone you know submitted a cover for this competition? Let me know in the comments.

Patreon For Covers

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Our mission? Oh, nothing short of helping every creator in the world achieve sustainable income. We’re making this happen by building the best platform for creators to make money, run their creative businesses, and connect with the fans who matter most.

I’ve heard a bit about Patreon, mainly from the several webcomic artists I follow. (You should check it out, it’s a phenomenal literary genre). Up until recently, I hadn’t given much thought to what Patreon actually was or who actually uses it.

The way that Patreon works is that the patrons pay to subscribe to their favourite creators. This subscription gives them sneak peeks, behind the scene information, amazing extras, and so much more.

Patreon is a way for creators to create completely freely. The ownership is completely the creators as is the marketing. If a creator wants to deal with ads, brands or sponsors, then that is completely fine. There are no contracts so you can create whatever and however you like. Patreon takes on the other stuff so all you have to do is create. They deal with patron questions, declined payments, patron payments, and fraud issues. The only cost is approximately 10%, 5% that goes to Patreon and an average of 5% for transaction fees. The creator keeps 90%. An average patron pays their chosen creator about $7 a month. It doesn’t sound like much but depending on how many patrons you have, makes a big difference. Within 3 years the amount of creators making at least $100 each month rose from 13 in 2013, to 7,960 in 2016.

As far as the creators themselves, Patreon facilitates creators of all kinds. They have categories for video and film, music, writing, comics and illustrations, podcasts, games, drawing and painting, animation, science, photography, education, crafts and DIY, dance and theatre, writing, education, comedy, and they even have an everything else category. Patreon is used by pretty much any kind of artist and that includes cover musicians. It’s a great way to directly support and connect your favorite artists.

To illustrate, here are two impressive cover artists that are promoting their Patreon page.

Jonathan Young

Nick Pitera

Let me know how you feel about patreon in the comments below.

Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7

You’ve read about Fearless Records and the punk goes… series. Now I’m here to introduce you (if you weren’t already introduced) to the newest addition to the Punk Goes… series; Punk Goes Pop Volume 7.
As of July 14th of this year, we have a new album full of punk cover goodness. This is a much-anticipated album, as it has been over two years since Fearless Records released the last Punk Goes Pop album. There are 13 tracks of some current pop songs. The majority of these songs are rather popular beyond the mainstream media. There are many of these songs that are extremely popular for covers. I say this because I have heard a lot of different styles of “Stitches”, and “Love Yourself,” to name the most common one.

Here’s the tracklist! Check out the full playlist on YouTube

Tracklist
“Stitches” By State Champs (Originally By Shawn Mendes)
“That’s What I Like” By Dance Gavin Dance (Originally By Bruno Mars)
“Gansta” By New Years Day (Originally By Kehlani)
“Can’t Feel My Face” By The Amity Affliction (Originally By The Weekend)
“When We Were Young” By Andy Black Ft. Juliet Simms (Originally By Adele)
“Love Yourself” By Grayscale (Originally By Justin Beiber)
“Fake Love” By Capsize (Originally By Drake)
“Shape Of You” By Eat Your Heart Out (Originally By Ed Sheeran)
“Let It Go” By The Plot In You (Originally By James Bay)
“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” By Ice Nine Kills (Originally By Zayn And Taylor Swift)
“Closer” By Seaway (Originally By The Chainsmokers Ft. Halsey)
“In The Name Of Love” By Too Close To Touch (Originally By Martin Garrix And Bebe Rexha)

It may be the nostalgia but overall I enjoyed this album. As far as favorites go, I love things that are weird or obscure. Dance Gavin Dance’s cover was my absolute favorite song out of the album. To me, the cover is better than the original. I prefer the vocals of Tillian Pearson and Jon Mess over Bruno Mars for this song, specifically. The main vocals and the instrumental are rather similar to the original. This means that the screamo style vocals Reall juxtapose the rest of the song. I think it’s an amazing contrast. Their music video doesn’t hurt either. It’s downright interesting. It seems to be a compilation of stock imagery and photos in a seemingly random order. Odd but intriguing. It’s a different style of music videos and it’s appreciated as you can tell with over 1.3 million views on the video just below.

What do you think of this album? Did they improve upon the originals or did the original artists shine?

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section!