Dec 09



This past Friday marked the day long event where the 57th Annual Grammy Award contenders were announced. According to Rolling Stone, the event concluded with “A Very Grammy Christmas” where the five nominees up for the Grammy’s biggest award, Album of the Year were announced. Beyonce, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith won most nominations (6 each) according to Mashable.

The most surprising nomination was Beck’s Morning Phase, the singer has not been nominated for Album of the Year since 1997 and 2001, however earlier in the day Beck was nominated for Best Rock Album, while the album single “Blue Moon” was nominated for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song according to Rolling Stone

Beyonce after just having missed the cut off for the 56th Grammys was a clear candidate, given earlier in the day she became the most nominated female in Grammy history, surpassing Dolly Parton and ended the day with 6 nominations for the 57th Grammys. 

Sam Smith totaled 6 nominations as well, gaining recognition in all major categories including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist to name a few.

Pharrell also racked up 6 nominations, however, impressively William’s name appears on the credits for three of the five albums nominated for Album of the Year which includes being featured on Beyonces and Sheeran’s X says Rolling Stone. Other competitive categories such as Best Rap Album, Song of the Year, and more were announced, we look forward to watching and seeing who take home Album of the Year February 8, 2015.

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Jul 07


Around June 19th of 2009, Beck announced that he was starting an experiment called Record Club.

For those who are unaware, the purpose of this project is to cover an entire album by another artist in one day.  Taken from the Record Club page - “The album chosen to be reinterpreted is used as a framework.  Nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time.  The songs are rough renditions, often first takes that document what happened over the course of a day as opposed to a polished rendering.  There is no intention to ‘add to’ the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording.”

Beck employs a diverse group of musicians to help him out with each project.  Notable musicians in the past have included MGMT, Wilco, Wolfmother, Sonic Youth, and many more.  The albums that have been covered have been very eclectic indeed - The Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico, Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Leonard Cohen, Skip Spence’s Oar, INXS’s Kick and most recently Yanni’s Yanni Live at the Acropolis

Today, I’ll compare the most recent cover from Yanni Live at the Acropolis - Yanni’s “Santorini” vs. the Record Club “Santorini” version.  I’m actually not going to do any comparing myself but simply posting the two videos side by side for anyone to do their own comparisons. 

I think it’s always interesting to hear other artists’ interpretations/renditions of songs that mostly everyone knows.  In this case it’s exceptionally interesting.  Be sure to read the little synopsis of the making of the song.  Enjoy! 

Original Version by Yanni:

Version by Record Club:

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