Some really good stuff out there for Record Store Day this year, but I found most of my must-have list leaning to the classics of my 80′s college radio days. All five of these artists were ones I first discovered as a DJ at WUSC, when they were ‘new.’
You’ve probably already seen the official video for Ed Scheeran’s huge hit “Lego House”, but have you seen the all-Lego version? It’s a frame-for-frame recreation of the clip that stars Rupert Gint as an obsessed Scheeran fan, and the attention to detail is impressive to say the least. This video shows both clips side by side so you can really see how good the Lego version is.
Sometimes a video is totally detached from the song it is used with, sometimes it’s quite literal, and often it’s sort of in between, as in today’s video. Olafur Arnalds is an Icelandic composer who is making waves in the modern classical world; his music has been featured on soundtracks such as The Hunger Games and Looper, and his latest album For Now I Am Winter just hit the top spot on the Classical Traditional chart. This clip features a song that’s more chillout vibe than classical, and the Gorton Fisherman looking main character takes a surreal plunge into his tub for a rave-like adventure.
The UU Coffeehouse series in Columbia is the longest-running listening room environment in the area, bringing in national folk acts on a regular basis for close to two decades now. In recent seasons they have begun to feature more local talent along with the headliners, including this acoustic group, Pocket Buddha, who opened a show there last fall. Featuring Darren Woodlief on lead vocals, this song was written by band members Julia Englund and Ken Mixon, who add harmony parts. With this and others in their set, they brought a bit of groove-rock energy to the more typically laid-back UU.