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bonnie bella

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Hi there, music lovers!

A simple, stripped back theme this week.  Live studio performances.

We'll start with Australian Brooke Addamo, better known as Owl Eyes, and her cover of Pumped Up Kicks, a Foster the People's hit song from 2010.




Next is another lesser known group, Wolf Alice, although rapidly gaining popularity in their home country, the UK, and almost knocking Shania Twain off her number one position last year with their latest album.  Here is one of the songs from it. Don't Delete the Kisses.  Ellie Rowsell on lead vocals.




The more familiar R.E.M. and their song about New Orleans.  Apologies for the 35 seconds of talk at the start of this one.  Oh My Heart.




Finally, the Beach Boys in 2012 taking us back to Surfer Girl, still capable of creating beautiful melodies despite all that water under the surfboard. 




For reference, here are the original versions of each song:

Pumped Up Kicks 

youtube.com/watch?v=SDTZ7iX4vTQ

Don't Delete the Kisses

youtube.com/watch?v=WqxE-zppu30

Oh My Heart

youtube.com/watch?v=eN1f4AFgiAc

Surfer Girl (not sure this one is necessary, but I feel like I'm leaving it out otherwise).

youtube.com/watch?v=lHNcMs8W660


I'll put $20 bucks on Surfer Girl romping home this week.  Make that $50.  



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Here are my votes, Bonnie.

GOLD - Surfer Girl Live by the Beach Boys.  Not just the best of this grouping, but OUTSTANDING!!!  Surfer Girl would win my gold vote in most any other opponents.

Silver - Oh My Heart. REM.  

Bronze - Owl Eyes for Pumped Up Kicks.  I like it much better by Foster the People, but this is ok.

Tin/Pewter - Wolf Alice for Don't Delete the Kisses.  It has a decent melody, but when she's singing, I can't make out the words.  

My final answer and I'd swear to it in court!



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Voting live in our house:

Gold -- R.E.M. -- They used to be one of my favorites, but they ran out of gas, musically speaking, a long time ago. But this is quite good. Very atmospheric.

Silver -- Owl Eyes -- Good job on a great  very good song.

Bronze -- The Beach Boys -- These gentlemen should start singing about women their own age, e.g. "Used To Be A Surfer Girl". And where's that next album, Brian? I'm getting impatient.

Pewter -- Wolf Alice -- Impressive that she could remember all those words, but I'm not sure she remembered them correctly, since there weren't any subtitles.


Elliott Smith, "Waltz #2" (live in Dutch TV studio)(his remarks at the end are totally unexpected)
youtube.com/watch?v=a13BLo-OhJo

Thank you, bonnie bella.

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Lee Marshall

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I tend to agree with Larry here...at least to an extent...Grandfathers should NOT be recording songs about hangin' with young girls.  Several of the songs on the BB's 2012 album [TWGMTR] struck me as totally cringe-worthy exactly because of that.  Yick!!!  Wrong!!!

BUT...when these grandfathers get together to sing one of their [now] 55 year old 'oldies'...well that's a different story.  This live, mid-interview, rendition is quite well done and although there were obvious flaws within the rendering of it...it was fondly presented and thus so remembered.  That said then?

Gold?  The Sand Pail Sailors.  I'm often pretty tough on Jeff in regards to his falsetto...but he was right on here.  THAT was worth the effort for me to participate in this week's 'battle'.  After that?  Not so much.  This song and performance is light years ahead of the rest of the pack who all will spend the week battling it out for last.  If not for the fact that they're all lumped together under the same outhouse roof...surely they would, in fact, all come last.

So?  Way back in the silver position...just a nostril above suffocating comes the first contender...one I dismissed about 90 seconds in...Owl Eyes.  Whoo?  Nobody.

Then ... bronzed ... REM.  Perhaps there's still time for the producer to reposition them somewhere else in the room?  They've lost more than their religion.  Oh well.

And finally in the toilet paper position...'cause tin sounds too good in this case...Wolf Alice.  Delete.
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Al Forsyth

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Bonnie - I LOVE the in-studio performances.  No way that the BB's are live with this but it sounds SOOOOOO good!  I always like the Wolf Alice that you add. 

FUV does their little live segments here in NYC. I'll put some on. They usually call it "new dig" or just live in studio - whatever/whichever. 

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Al, considering two of the songs in the C50 concert were lip syncing to the album tracks, nothing would’ve surprised me, but why do you think ‘Surfer Girl’ is a pre-record? Watching particularly Brian’s mouth, I see no evidence.
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bonnie bella

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Thanks to the three amigos who voted early, Cindy, Larry, and our Lee.

Interested to know if that is a live performance from the Beach Boys.  I had assumed it was, and on closer inspection I still think it might be.

And who knows, maybe she's just been surfing a really long time.

Lee, I picked those songs especially for you and Darren.  [biggrin]

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So the days of 'reading' the Sears and Roebuck catalogue have been replaced by pickin' 'tunes'? [tongue]  That rendition of Surfer Girl was real and live.  NOT the 'retired' version I would think. [wink]  Rock on Bon... ... ...
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too many great singers all on stage at the same time, not to give 'Surfer Girl' 2012 the gold (1).  Brian still sings it like he means it = nothing better.

2. "Don't Delete the Kisses"  Wolf Alice

I'm a sucker for that kind of ...overly intellectual female, or at least was back in the day.  even though I doubt a girl wrote these words.  Beautiful singing, though, so 2nd place.

3. "Pumped up Kicks" by Owl Eyes

I actually I like this better than the hit version.  but.   I don't like this jaunty song placing me into 'Robert's' mind set.  you better run, bang bang.  is this what they call juxtaposition?   are killers this happy?  I don't think so.  So, yes, very catchy, but docked to 3rd for sneaky/making mass murdering sound fun.

4.  "Oh My Heart"

R.E.M.'s dirge about New Orleans.  Pretty Johnny 1-note.  Why couldn't this have been a happier song?  New Orleans didn't really die you know. 
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Al Forsyth

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A lot of groups show up and have it pretty well "available" - but they are good to watch.  I prefer to hear the bumps and live-ness.  I think that an up and coming act has to show their best and in this case did the BB's?

I STILL love the concept of this week, Bonnie. 

Live or memorex?

I just think that there is so much riding on these little promo performances that the band may be there but they have it down already:

One would hope that fully live...but, Abbey Road Studios and a promo concert:

This is the only one I would say IS fully live:

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Darren,

It's too rich a sound - studio quality.  In the beginning Mike says something that gets Bruce and Al laughing - oops - laugh without hearing am arrant chuckle (not there)?  Al puts his water bottle down - voices remain the same - oops.  David turns away enough from the mic and Scott isn't even singing.  There's a lot of vocal sound in there.  The lip synching isn't even close.

STILL - it's beautiful.  The vocals are perfect - too perfect!  Studio quality, but where - Capitol? 

In my above clips, both Macca and Katie of Austra are using sibilance screens - which is a good cover.


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I disagree, Al. It’s a quiet chuckle at best from Al and a smile from Bruce. I don’t see who plays that opening chord, but it could be Scott. Where do you think it’s not close lip-syncing? Looks spot on to me. You can easily hear Brian’s and Al’s notes matching their mouths, especially Brian in that solo and coda.

There was a lot about C50 that was orchestrated. I just don’t see or hear any evidence that this was.

As for those other clips, no way is Macca lip-syncing. Why would he anyway? It’s just him and the guitar.
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bonnie, but I’ll be the one listening to songs I don’t know several times, in full over a few days, before passing judgement. 😊
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Larry Franz

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I'm not even sure I'm live.

Arcade Fire, "My Body Is a Cage"
youtube.com/watch?v=tTUNmFavgxw

The Secret Sisters, "He's Fine"
youtube.com/watch?v=1g6Y7oC9p3Q


Off topic, I guess:

Dale Turner, "Brian on the Brain" & "God Only Knows" (semi-available; it's obvious which Brian is on his brain)
youtube.com/watch?v=eQ8jR5TFH_w

"God Only Knows" 
youtube.com/watch?v=0IZc0nOj2ys

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Lee Marshall

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Disagree with Al.  Agree with Darren [except for listening to these songs all week long.] 

You really think 'Rolling Stone Live' is gonna forego it's reputation just to feature the Beach Boys doing a Milli Vanilli 'thang'?  No way.  AND there are too many little 'nuancey' things just off to ever pass Brian's scrutiny.  "Old Dog Ears"...remember.  And 'the cousin' is watching him like a hawk for cues.  It's LIVE.
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