Crate Digging 101 Lesson 6: Cover Songs

Cover songs might be a tip off to a cool record.

Great music, like any art form, is always open to interpretation. Many songs are covered by a wide variety of musicians in a spectrum of styles. The Beatles’ Yesterday is the top recorded song of all time, with versions by Elvis, jazzman Bud Shanks and boogaloo kings Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers.  A fresh take on a classic, for me, is exciting in a mix, because it is something familiar in a new wrapping...

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Posted by Prof Louzlounge on Aug 12, 2010 @ 7:07 am

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Lollapalooza: Sunday

We catch X Japan, Frank Turner and the Arcade Fire during Sunday's line-up

Sunday may have started with a drizzle but definitely ended with a bang.  With acts like Soundgarden, Arcade Fire, Yeasayer, and the National dominating the end of the fest concert goers had loads of options on how to spend the last day of Lollapalooza.  Dominick parked himself at the Budweiser stage to be a front-line warrior for Arcade Fire, while Amy wandered around and caught some amazing acts on the North stages...

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Posted by Amy Dittmeier on Aug 09, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

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Lollapalooza: Saturday

The south field takes over our coverage with Social Distortion, Gogol Bordello, and Against Me!

Saturday was unofficial punk day at Lollapalooza.  Social Distortion, Gogol Bordello, and heavy hitters Green Day dominated the South field, while indie rock acts stayed on the North field.  Dominick braved the South field to witness some real rock and roll.

The Morning Benders: Noon-12:30, Sony Bloggie stage

Maybe it was the combination of post-Friday night lethargy and the Morning Benders’ brand of dreamy, spacey pop, but the crowd only managed light applause throughout...

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Posted by Amy Dittmeier on Aug 08, 2010 @ 9:09 am

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Lollapalooza: Friday

Dominick and Amy tackles Friday's schedule and catch Lady Gaga, Foxy Shazam and Matt & Kim

Lollapalooza has returned to Chicago.  This year’s festival is bigger than previous years, with over 120 bands over about a mile of festival ground.  Decisions were tough but Dominick Mayer hit up the best of Friday, with a little help from fellow writer Amy Dittmeier.

Foxy Shazam: Noon-12:30, Sony Bloggie stage

A couple years ago, I saw Foxy Shazam at Warped Tour, mostly because I thought the name was awesome...

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Posted by Amy Dittmeier on Aug 07, 2010 @ 9:09 am

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Crate Digging 101 Lesson 5: Musican-Run Music Labels

Take a look at some prominent musician-run record labels.

I am of the opinion that, generally speaking, musicians know music and love music at least a little bit more than the average person- and certainly a lot more than the average corporate record company executive! So it makes sense that record labels run by musicians might put out some cooler releases than labels run by bean counters, right?   A lot of the artists who become successful, and then go on to form their own label play on and/or produce the musicians they sign...

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Posted by Prof Louzlounge on Aug 02, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

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