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It’s no secret how much I adore coversongs. But…

I have to say that I really enjoy the art of the revamped cover song as opposed to the straightlaced “Glee-esque” (Gleesque?) karaoke style cover. Trust me. If I had the ability to play an instrument without having a massive panic attack I would be pounding these out like crazy. Think… Lounge singer. I’ve talked about how I can sing but am intimidated by those that can play an instrument. Except for Rockband. I can kick booty on medium… okay… easy. To be fair, I just got an XBox360 this year and I have had little time with it, as I’m just not that invested.

So I decided to compile a list of my favorite coversongs from YouTube clips. Blame it on the alcohol. You will eventually be right. I maintain I started this post sober.

The Noisettes – When You Were Young (The Killers)

Shingai Shoniwa has such a phenominal voice. Her sweet velvety voice has slight hints of grit. True grit. [Why am I laughing hysterically right now?]

The Lost Fingers – Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)

Hey, have you ever wanted to feel like you were strolling on a Parisian street but were too afraid to embrace another language? THIS IS THE MUSIC FOR YOU! The Lost Fingers have covered a lot of songs from the eighties ranging from Pump Up the Jam to Careless Whisper.

Skindred – Electric Avenue (Eddy Grant)

Admittedly, this is VERY close to Eddy Grant’s version, but it seems a bit harder with the guitar and the industrial scratch samples added in. It makes you want to dance like an idiot then punch someone in the face for laughing at you.

Richard Cheese – Closer (Nine Inch Nails) – NSFW

Not only is this a lounge version of something composed by Trent Reznor, but it also sounds like the intro to Sesame Street. Pretty awesome. Plus, the dude’s stage name is Richard Cheese. Think about it…

Amanda Palmer – I Will Follow You Into the Dark (Death Cab for Cutie)

The song is beautiful, and it is infinitely more beautiful when it feels like there is a massive amount of emotion behind it. Whatever pushed her to perform the song, especially like this, makes me want to ship up to Boston on her next jaunt home and give her a huge friggin hug.

The Baseballs – Hot N Cold (Katy Perry)

The Baseballs are a coverband from Germany that my friend introduced me to. They’re all ridiculously adorable.

Molly Lewis – Toxic (Britney Spears)

Not only is Molly adorable, she is dextrous. MARVEL I SAY! MARVEL!

Son of Dave – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Daft Punk)

I will continue telling you how much I love Son of Dave until it is no longer true. I love Son of Dave.

Far – Pony (Ginuwine) NSFW

Obviously this isn’t safe for work, unless you slide up and down poles all day. I’m not judging. You could be a fireman! A SEXY fireman!

Zeromancer – Send Me An Angel (Erasure)

Don’t know who Erasure is? They sang the theme song to Neverending Story (aaaaaaaaah. Had to be done.) You have to admit that playing tribute to one of the lamest bands is pretty damn inspired. Oh wait… You liked Erasure? … … *coughmetoocough*

The Vitamin String Quartet – Supermassive Black Hole (Muse)

Oh Muse… I loved you before Twilight… Now I suffer. I SUFFER! Damn you Stephanie Meyer! Damn you! Meh. They’re still amazing artists and if someone wants to take me to one of their concerts I am available.

Muse – Feeling Good (Nina Simone [actually from the 1965 musical The Roar of the Greasepaint but that’s the closest we’ll get to original singer.])

I really love this song. But it is very close to the original version, so I really shouldn’t put it on here, but this is my list!

Pomplamoose – Single Ladies [Put a Ring On it] (Beyonce)

I like their Gaga cover of Telephone, but I already posted a Gaga cover and this one is just as splendiferous.

Jonathan Coulton – Baby Got Back (Sir Mix Alot)

I’m so happy I decided to add this because I didn’t know there was a recording of Paul and Storm backing up Baby Got Back. So happy.

the Biovon – Money (Pink Floyd)

Oh hey, I’m going to essentially create myself a pipe organ from PVC pipe and I’m going to wail on it with ping pong paddles. You know how to play the saxophone? Sweet. Let’s form a band.

AND IT WORKS!

Hard N Phirm – Rodeohead (Radiohead Mashup)

Not only is it a mashup of many Radiohead songs, but it’s been mashed up with FIREFLY! You love a bluegrass cover of Radiohead songs. It’s like Amanda Palmer’s cover album on uke, except it was done first and it’s completely different. Okay… so it’s nothing alike. Except they are both completely awesome.

What’s that you say? Need more bluegrass covers? Well HERE YOU GO INTERNET! Okay, it’s probably just for me, but whatever. Quit hating.

Hayseed Dixie – Roses (Outkast)

I believe that their first cover was “Shook Me All Night Long”, hence the humorous name (Hayseed Dixie… AC/DC… Say it out loud. It’s okay.)

Crap… I can find a bunch of bluegrass covers. This search just made my week. I can’t top it. I cannot top all of this. THIS IS AMAZING!

Cornbread Red – Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Green Day)

I didn’t think this song could make me cry harder. Never underestimate the power of a fiddle.

Thank whatever diety is sitting somewhere other than here that just locked me out of YouTube. I would’ve been stuck in a Y-Hole with no chance of escape.

Happy Birthday Molly Lewis!

Today marks the anniversary of gestational liberation for two of my favorite people that I don’t know, but follow on the internets: Chris Hardwick and Molly Lewis.

I’m sure that you know who these two fraktaculous people are, but for those that read what I write who have NO idea… Well, here’s a quick lesson. Grab a pen and paper… I’m about to educate (not really).

This post is all about the happy for Molly Lewis. The one for Chris will be linked at the bottom.

Squee!

Today is Molly’s 21st birthday. I am probably not the only person letting out a sigh and muttering “FINALLY!” Molly is an extremely talented musician who had some pretty rough experiences this year when asked to join in on the w00tstock fun (among other appearances). Even though she was a performer, she was not able to chill inside the venue when w00tstock held hands with SDCC the weekend of July 23-25, 2010. So, being the adventurous (and most likely bored) girl that she is… NINJA GIG outside! She took requests and hung out with people until she was able to go in to perform, then I believe she returned and chilled some more. I didn’t get to go. I was stuck on the East Coast. If anyone has vid of the NINJA GIG I would love to see it. Link it up!


Anyways, I had first been introduced to the awesomeness that is Molly Lewis when my friend Jackie sent me a link to her song “My Hope” a few years ago. After laughing like a bastard, I lost track of her only to be reintroduced to her on Twitter. I started following her and wasn’t disappointed. She began to twitpic something she called “Hipster Dinosaurs”.

She also does doodle recaps of superfun events she has attended, my favorite being the “Personal Highlights From W00tstock 2.X”. Seriously. Her drawrings are so cute (yep… I just started singing “Well you know her name is Mol-ly… and she likes to do DRAW-RINGS!”) sometimes I think the internet will cave in. But, if it hasn’t crashed from all them damn adorable cats… we MIGHT be safe.

Okay! I’m just rambling now, but Happy Birthday Molly! If you ever make it East, I can actually buy you a drink. Unless you don’t drink, in which case I would buy you a whatever you want to drink.

OH I Almost Forgot!
Molly Lewis will be going JoCoCruiseCrazy in January!

And now, for a buttload of links!

Hipster Dinosaurs

Happy Birthday Hardwick post is here

Happy Birthday Chris Hardwick!

Today marks the anniversary of gestational liberation for two of my favorite people that I don’t know, but follow on the internets: Chris Hardwick and Molly Lewis.

I’m sure that you know who these two fraktaculous people are, but for those that read what I write who have NO idea… Well, here’s a quick lesson. Grab a pen and paper… I’m about to educate (not really).

This post is all about the happy for Chris Hardwick. The one for Molly will be linked at the bottom.

Chris Hardwick aka “the Nerdist”

Yes, yes, the Singled Out guy.

If all you know Chris Hardwick from is that show, well… how the eff did you find my site? For realzies.

I professed my “comedy lady boner” for the duo Hard’N’Phirm in one of my older posts about Mike Phirman. You’ve gotta love a duo that had created a song about the numerical value of Pi, a bluegrass cover of Radiohead songs called “Rodeohead”, a “love ballad” in Spanish that is not actually about love at all but a detailed explanation of the human heart and I need to stop this run-on sentence or my brain will explode. *pant pant pant*

(I just found a lyrics site that has the lyrics for their song “Pi”… I can’t stop laughing. There is another way to find these lyrics. It’s called a calculator.)

Besides his time as “Hard”, Chris also has his hands in many other pots. So many, I’m thinking he’s part octopus. An octopus with pots of something. Chris writes for Wired, hops into reviews for G4’s AOTS most recently sporting an admirable lipwarmer (That’s a mustache, ya’ll), hosts Web Soup on the G4, rocks the stand-up stage, tweets like a maniac, live-actions (Yep. I just made that a verb.) in some stuff and lets Rob Zombie kill him, does a lot of voiceworks, hosts his own podcast, blogs for his own website, and co-birthed a nerdsourcing website that he provides bandwidth for.

Chris, if you happen to read this man… I’m so happy I joined the Node. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be one of the NiB’s (NiB=Nerds In Babeland. Currently a blog. Hopefully it will eventually be a podcast as well.) and wouldn’t have met some phenominal people.

Yes, I was first introduced to Chris through Singled Out. After that show ended, it was awhile before I spotted him again in one of those Comedy Central shortset shows (Premium Blend maybe?). I remember watching it and wondering why I was laughing louder than the audience. Then I raised the volume. Problem solved. Being a fan of the Comedy Central Presents series, I remember seeing the episode of Hard’N’Phirm for the first time and went “Oh hell yes. This is my humor” followed by me yelling at both my television set and Comedy Central for only making it a half hour show.

Once I made my inevitable dive into Twitter, one of the people I followed RT’d something by a dude called @nerdist. I thought “clever nickname” and followed the link. I saw who it was and danced a little in my chair before clicking “Follow”. Since then, I have added his site Nerdist.com to my RSS feed and joined Node.

So this was more of a “How I found Chris” post than a “Why I Like Chris” post which it was meant to be for his birthday… But I’ve already written so much I can’t turn back now!

So instead, here are a bunch of links as to “Why I Like Chris Hardwick”. Rock your faces off.

Clipped from: www.pbs.org (share this clip)

Happy Birthday Molly23 post is here