Saturday Night Studio – Four Winds

So a while back, Pharrel Williams teamed up with Daft Punk (and movie score composer Hans Zimmer!), among others, to record an album. One of the singles released was “Gust Of Wind,” which is a fun, upbeat tune with some real depth to it –

The song has become so popular that the internet is saturated with people doing their own covers of it. A few of them are surprisingly good… and sometimes surprisingly different.

Stephen Jerzak did a guitar based cover which sounds pretty good. But watch his buddy Joel in the background…

At around the 3:05 point, Joel is playing three instruments at once.

Morgane & Waxx do a more low-key version, but it still has its appeal –

Valter Kabas brings the funk in an instrumental version, with some heavy awesome bass –

He’s got quite a pile of videos, there’s some terrific stuff. Especially if you’re a Jamiroquai fan.

Finally, Grace Rodgers and her band take a spin. Her version take s a minute to get used to, but once they set their groove, it works very well.

I would love to hear this group do more covers.

Speaking of… I’m not sure if that’s Grace in Nuclassica or not, but they have a number of covers on their site here and here.

Heard any excellent cover songs lately? Post ’em in a comment.

You Never Know Someone

Back in the late 80s and early 90s, one of my favorite comics writers was Gerard Jones. At the time, he was writing some really fun – and sometimes really different – stuff in the trio of Green Lantern-related books. He did some Batman work, which I could take or leave, and he worked on a Justice League comic (at first with a co-writer and later solo) that was pretty funny. He was clearly liberal, but he was a lot more intelligent than most lightweight armchair libs writing comics, and even went against the liberal line at times. Mostly, his work was just smarter than the usual by-the-numbers crap that was and still is being published.

His work seemed to take a dip around 1993, though, and in a few years he didn’t seem to be writing much for comics anymore, if at all. I believe part of that had to do with clashes with editorial, which was undergoing changes at the time. I saw his name again in the local newspaper’s comics page around 2000 – he was writing a Pokemon strip.

He wrote a few non-fiction books in the 2000s, but I didn’t keep up with those. I heard very little about him after that until today, when I discovered he was arrested about a week ago for possessing kiddie porn and uploading it to YouTube.

I’ve long learned to separate the art from the artist. And he hasn’t been proven guilty yet. But there are limits. I doubt I’ll ever really enjoy his work again.

Dave Barry’s Year In Review

Dave Barry reviews the past year.

SPOILER: It’s for 2016.

In the future, Americans — assuming there are any left — will look back at 2016 and remark: “What the HELL?”

They will have a point. Over the past few decades, we here at the Year in Review have reviewed some pretty disturbing years….But we’ve never seen one as weird as 2016. This was the Al Yankovic of years.

Read it all here.

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a great time ringing in 2017! I did watch the ball drop in New York, but it really hasn’t had the same attraction without Dick Clark.

Enjoy this prime number of a year.

Saturday Night Studio – New Year’s Eve

Have some music to rock out the old year and ring in the new!

See you in 2017!

2016

2016 has managed to make the last couple of batdip-crazy-years looks positively sane.

Hope you all have a great new year!

When Did Russia Become The Moral Leader?

 

In Current Year, Russia criticizes you for being Godless.

Vladmir Putin’s Christmas speech criticized the West for abandoning its Christian roots (video from iBankCoin.com) –

I grew up in the 80s, when things were quite the opposite. A short and not-really-exaggerated summary –

Merry Christmas!

Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Christmastime with family and friends.

The Last Christmas

I just read over at Vox Popoli that George Michael of Wham! died today, Christmas Day.

I liked some of their music back in the 80s, and this has been a perennial radio staple this time of year ever since it was released –

Black Friday 2016

It’s that time of year again…. load up your machine guns and storm the stores for those Black Friday sales!

Stores should be required to play nothing but Steely Dan songs today. Maybe it would chill some of the more… frenetic… shoppers out. Well, at least until they got to “Don’t Take Me Alive!

Some Steely Dan for your shopper-survivalist weekend –