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Jaybird is Birdmojo on Xbox Live and Jaybirdmojo on Playstation's network. He's been playing consoles since the Atari 2600 and it was Zork that taught him how to touch-type. If you've got a song for Wednesday, a commercial for Saturday, a recommendation for Tuesday, an essay for Monday, or, heck, just a handful a questions, fire off an email to AskJaybird-at-gmail.com

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  1. Avatar Chris says:

    I’m trying to figure out if I like that Gilmour-Bowie version. I can think of some Pink Floyd songs for which I think Bowie’s voice would be better than this one.

    I’ve been listening to Sonnymoon. You ever hear a voice that, once you hear it, you have to hear it over and over again until your neurons finally reach a merciful refractory period and you can break away? Anna Wise has such a voice for me, and since I heard her while listening to stuff for the hip hop post, I haven’t been able to stop listening to her music. It started with this, but transitioned to this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-tlDZw7egE

    and then this (which always makes me smile; the video is awesome):

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    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      What I like about the Bowie/Gilmour version is that Bowie seems to be screwing the song up.

      I mean, sure, he’s nothing but talent. He’s David Freaking Bowie! And yet you wonder “does he even understand this song???” and then Gilmour starts singing and you sink back into remembering this song. Thank you, both of you. It wouldn’t have worked if it had worked.

      If you know what I mean.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        I…don’t think I know what you mean, except that I don’t think it worked very well, all right.

        Still trying to figure out if I can get around the vocals in this new Deafheaven (which I only realized just now was not called Deafhaven) – not being a black metal aficionado, I am unsure what the point of having that style of vocals on this style of music is.

        I don’t need to understand lyrics, mind, and I certainly don’t mind the use of vocals as just another instrument – but vocals that do not appear (to my untrained ear) to ever vary much in pitch or rhythm are mostly useless as an instrument; they are really monochromatic, which is even more apparent against music that is really textured and dynamic (and, yes, melodic) like this. Imagine Black Francis’ vocals from “Rock Music” (which I LURVE), but way less nuanced, applied again and again and again over the course of an hour, with no other vocal styles interspersed.

        If they were used vary sparingly, I could maybe see them as texture or “spice”, but they are cropping up often enough that I find myself thinking “here we go again”, and wishing they had released a version of the album without any vocals at all.

        That said: the music, while clearly heavily in debt to your MBV’s, Mogwai’s, GYBE’s, EITS’s, etc., is remarkably well-executed, even beautiful at points; and the drumming is BONKERS.Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        I tried it again. I see what you’re saying, about how it creates this mishmash of Gilmour, who knows exactly what this song is, and Bowie, who clearly doesn’t, but at the same time takes himself very, very seriously in singing it, but… it’s the sort of thing that, if I didn’t like Bowie, I might listen to in order to have a chuckle at his expense, but I do like Bowie, so it just kinda makes me sad.Report

      • Avatar greginak says:

        I’m not sure about Bowie, but i’d love to hear what Cmdr. Chris Hadfield would do with it.Report

  2. Avatar Anne says:

    Listened to a whole bunch of Sisters of Mercy last night…ah my goth daysReport

  3. Avatar Reformed Republican says:

    This past week I realized I had not listened to much Bjork lately, so she spent a lot of time in my CD player. When her debut album came out here in the States, I was young, and I did not get her. When I got older, I realized just how much talent there was behind the weird persona.Report

    • Avatar Glyph says:

      Big, big fan of Bjork here. I had been a casual fan ever since her Sugarcubes days, and loved Homogenic & Vespertine in particular, but went through a huge Bjork obsessive phase a few years back, gobbling up anything I could find (if you haven’t seen Vespertine – Live at Royal Opera House, it’s revelatory – even my parents seemed impressed when I made them watch it).

      She is just ridiculously, endlessly creative – fearless in pushing forward, while seemingly-effortlessly pulling up deeply-primal emotions with that force-of-nature voice of hers. I would put her right up there with Bowie and Sioux, art-pop giants (and Bjork somehow comes off as less studied and more intuitive than either. Seriously, I think she’s a genius).Report