Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Sampling samples has been a recent interest of mine. What I love about this one is that Girl Talk seems to have latched on to M|A|R|R|S as a precursor of his style of mashups and possibly entering into a game of sampling one-upsmanship. Here is Girl Talk's sample of M|A|R|R|S' sample of Eric B and Rakim.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Radiohead's Kid A, and "Idioteque" specifically, pushed the band decisively in its avantish, electronica-soundplay direction. What I didn't realize until recently (after following up a song blog comments from the Willens post earlier on Monday) that "Idioteque" was sample-based.

Part of the story is here on Paul Lansky's site. A sample from his composition, "Mild und Leise", based itself on a theme from Wagner's (in)famous Tristan chord, forms the harmonic center of Radiohead's song.

Mild und Leise - Paul Lansky

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


A week late, but time here is relative. Everyone who comes into contact with this song remains a teenager forever. R.I.P. Alex Chilton.

Monday, March 22, 2010


"It's a mind and ear-opening exercise to think cross-musically like this, and besides, it's what we're all doing consciously and subconsciously every day." Tom Service, Guardian, 3/19/10.

A great article on the links between indie rock and 20th-century classical with a link to another great article by Max Willens.

Willens article has some Lala-driven comparisons in the SFTD style, which I will leave there for sampling... recommending particularly the Monteverdi influence in Sunday Day in Glasgow and Dirty Projectors.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Sympathy for the Double has made it to 100 posts about samples, covers, mixes, and various other musical doubles. To celebrate, here are some of my favorite posts of the past six months...

John Oswald & Michael Jackson
Nirvana & Devo
DJs on film
Pavement & Prince
Elastica & Wire
Sufjan Stevens & The Beatles
Built to Spill & Classic-Rock Philosophy
Everybody Else & The Rolling Stones
From The Lovin' Spoonful to Girl Talk
Beck & Serge Gainsbourg

Monday, March 8, 2010


Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous, a sad story. Here is a cover of a Daniel Johnston song that Linkous did with the Flaming Lips a few years ago.

[A side note, I really love the way this covers record, The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered, is packaged, disc one with the covers and disc two with the originals.]

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Peter Gabriel released a covers album this week. The songs are slowed down, stripped down, and generally down. Here is his Bon Iver cover which by comparison manages to make the original sound positively upbeat.

Monday, March 1, 2010

China Girls

Bowie and Pop wrote "China Girl" for Pop's 1977 album The Idiot. As the story goes, Bowie recorded it for Let's Dance to help Pop with the royalties.