Run For Cover: A Compilation of a Few Great Cover Songs

It’s always interesting to hear a fresh perspective on a popular song and sometimes it may even appeal to you more than the original version.

Simply put, when famous musicians cover other people’s songs, it’s cool.

With this in mind, I thought I’d put together some of my favorite cover songs in no particular order:

 

Record Stores Celebrate 7th Annual Record Store Day

Music is timeless and national Record Store Day is proof of that!

According to the Record Store Day website, the idea for Record Store Day came about in 2007 when independent record store owners came together and decided that this would be an excellent way to celebrate the unique culture surrounding record stores.

On the third Saturday every April, staff, customers and artists come together to appreciate records and record stores.

The Record Store Day website says that special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.

Mashable reported that even though music-streaming services like Spotify and Pandora are becoming more and more popular, vinyl sales increased 32% last year, up from 4.5 million (2012) to 6 million (2013), according to Nielson SoundScan.

According to the NY Times, Record Store Day featured some 450 items, mostly vinyl records, that were created to be sold only on Saturday, April 19th. These rare items include releases from Nirvana, Regina Spektor, Haim, Bruce Springsteen and one noteworthy piece from Jack White that was a disc recorded, manufactured and sold, all in one day.

Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008.

There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

Be on the look out next year to see what some of your favorite artists will come out with!

Photo: Diana Colapietro

Photo: Diana Colapietro

TriBeCa Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival will be going on between Wednesday, April 16 and Sunday, April 27.

According to the Tribeca Film Festival website, films will be screened at Tribeca Cinemas on Varick Street, Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas and AMC Loews Village.

To buy single tickets online, you should create a wish list of the films you’d like to see and purchase tickets from the schedule on the website.

Matinee and Late Night tickets cost $9. This includes screenings beginning prior to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or beginning at 11:00 p.m. or later everyday.

Evening and Weekend tickets are $17. This includes screenings beginning at or after 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and all screenings on Saturday and Sunday (except those that begin at 11:00 p.m. or after).

Side note: There is a service charge of $3.50 per ticket for tickets purchased online or by phone. I’ll never understand why service charges like this exist.

There are also a variety of passes and packages available ranging from $30-$1,200 if you’re really into this kind of stuff.

One of the featured movies, Begin Again stars Keira Knightley and Adam Levine and looks really good. Unfortunately, tickets are currently unavailable on the Tribeca Film Festival website. But, I am hoping that the movie will be successful enough so that it will eventually make it to regular movie theaters.

 

Single tickets go on sale April 14 for the general public.

 

Sara Bareilles Joins VH1 Save the Music to Launch Keys + Kids

“A piano symbolizes the centerpiece of all of that for me, and I’m so happy to join with VH1 Save the Music to launch the Keys + Kids Program to bring 10 piano packages into deserving classrooms. I believe arts education to be vital to the health and balance of our students and it is my privilege and my honor to lend my voice in support of this mission.”-

Sara Bareilles

 

As a huge fan of Sara Bareilles, I was delighted to hear about how she is joining forces with VH1 Save The Music to create the Keys + Kids Program.

Between March 10th and April 30th, public schools (K-12) can submit an application to receive one of ten piano packages.

Each package includes a Yamaha NU1 Upright Hybrid piano, a Yamaha StagePass 600i Portable PA system, and a Shure MicrophoneSM58® Legendary Vocal Microphone valued at $10,000.

Side note: As a true obsessive fan, I can confirm that Sara Bareilles uses both a Yamaha piano and Shure microphones on stage.

Web Pro News revealed that in order to apply for this grant, schools must have a full-time certified music teacher on staff and teach music classes during the school day.

The applications will be judged by members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Sara Bareilles, VH1 senior staff and patrons of the Keys + Kids Leadership Circle.

When reviewing the applications, the judges will take into consideration school curriculum, quality of music instructor/s, and potential student impact.

Grant winners will be announced on the VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s website on May 30, 2014.
Hearing about this makes me so proud to be a fan of Sara Bareilles not only as a musician, but also more importantly as a philanthropist.

Here is an awesome video of her playing her new single “I Choose You” acoustically. It’s worth it.

Sara Bareilles performing for a captivated audience at Radio City Music Hall on October 9, 2013.  Photo: Diana Colapietro

Sara Bareilles performing for a captivated audience at Radio City Music Hall on October 9, 2013.
Photo: Diana Colapietro

 

 

 

 

 

TED Talk: Evelyn Glennie on the importance of listening

 

I recently had to watch this TED talk for my music class and I was really inspired by it. It’s about 30 minutes, but I promise it’s very interesting.

According to her website, Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist.

As a drummer myself, I was very fascinated by her talk and her entire career. Her emphasis on the importance of listening inspired me to be a better listener, not only with music but also with the people around me.

She is a truly unique musician who challenges and inspires her audience.

Glennie has won 3 Grammy awards for her solo percussion recordings (among countless other awards).

She is very fascinated by instruments and her own personal collection is now estimated at over 1800 instruments.

One of the most interesting facts about her, however, is that she is deaf.

Glennie’s sentiments on how her deafness influences people’s impression of her taken from her Hearing Essay (1993):

“I hope that the audience will be stimulated by what I have to say (through the language of music) and will therefore leave the concert hall feeling entertained. If the audience is instead only wondering how a deaf musician can play percussion then I have failed as a musician. For this reason my deafness is not mentioned in any of the information supplied by my office to the press or concert promoters.”

Fun fact: Her favorite movie is Dirty Dancing! (one of my personal favorites, too!)

 

 

 

What’s Going On In The Music World Right Now?

Based on the information I gathered from RollingStone, here’s what is going on in the music industry this week:

  • The Strokes are scheduled to return to stage at the Governor’s Ball in New York in June. The band hasn’t performed live together since their Angels tour ended in November 2011. They released their 5th album (Comedown Machine) in March 2013 but they did not promote it with interviews or appearances.
  • The Black Keys announced that their 8th studio album, Turn Blue, will be released on May 13th.
  • A collection of John Lennon’s writings and drawings are coming up for auction this summer in New York City. These writings and drawings highlight Lennon’s comic literary talents.
  • Someone who attended the Arcade Fire concert in Bridgeport, Connecticut last week stole one of the band’s bobblehead masks, a significant stage prop on the Reflektor tour. The band released a statement of theft regarding the stolen model of Richard Parry’s head and indicated that they have evidence against the culprit. Instead of going to the law, they would rather just have the bobblehead back in tact.
  • The Sasquatch! Music Festival is canceling the second weekend of the festival. The festival takes place during Memorial Day weekend every year. Last June, they announced that they would expand into Fourth of July weekend this year, but the second weekend failed to generate enough support from fans. Ticketmaster will issue refunds for the canceled weekend and the Memorial Day lineup from May 23rd through May 25th will remain the same.
  • Coldplay performed some of their hit songs as well as their new album Ghost Stories (that is set to be released on May 16th) on a movie soundstage at Sony Studios in Culver City, California on Friday, March 21st. The performance was recorded for a future DVD connected to the new album release.
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    Coldplay. Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images (rollingstone.com)

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    Sasquatch! Music Festival. Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images (rollingstone.com)

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    John Lennon. Photo: Harry Benson/Hulton Archive (rollingstone.com)

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    The Black Keys. Photo: Scott Legato/Getty Images (rollingstone.com)