Lissie


As is wont to happen on Youtube, stumbling upon one video (namely the cover of bad romance by Juliana Richer Daily in the previous post) led to yet another cover of the same song, which is absolutely incredible.

Lissie Bad Romance (Lady Gaga Cover)
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I had never heard of Lissie before this. I’m not all that tuned into the actual music scene and living on the other side of the planet from the states doesn’t make keeping up on music any easier, but apparently she is “notable” enough to have a wikipedia article, so she must be famous right? =D

Anyway, the above cover is amazing, and pretty much everything else from Lissie I’ve listened to thus far is just as incredible. Highly recommended.

Wanted to post her new song as well, but Youtube is telling me it is “not available” for some reason, so have her cover of Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters instead.

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Juliana Richer Daily


A wonderful new Youtube discovery, Juliana Richer Daily, who describes herself on her website:

Juliana is a 21 year old cat-loving pescetarian who loves garage sales and getting mail, afternoon naps with lots of pillows, good long runs, grass between bare toes, being on the water and dancing all night…and at the end of the day, all she really wants to do is make music.

http://julianaricherdaily.com

There’s a lot of great stuff on her website and Youtube channel. I actually ran across her first doing the below cover of Bad Romance by Lady Gaga. This is another one of those songs that struck me as being something with the potential to be much better minus all the weirdness and creepiness that Lady Gaga feels the need to put into it, and here’s a video of Juliana Richer Daily proving me right.

Juliana Richer Daily – Bad Romance (Lady Gaga Cover)
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I also really enjoyed her cover of the Eagle’s Hotel California:
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And her version of Hallelujah, which has got to be fast approaching the most covered song ever:
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I’m sure there are tons of other great things in her youtube channel (including original compositions), but I haven’t had the chance to go through it all yet. Covers tend to be more attention grabbing for me, because it’s generally something I already know to some degree or another, and I always think it’s great when someone can cover a song I know, and make me like their version better than the original.

Some photos:

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Kanye West – Heartless & Cover


Messing around on Youtube I ran across Kanye West’s song Heartless, which, surprisingly, even though it isn’t generally the type of music I like, I thought was a pretty good song. Other than a few (obviously intentional) grammar/pronunciation mistakes, the lyrics are also interesting and well written, which seems a pretty rare thing for a lot of pop/R&B/HipHop/etc. music anymore.

I dug through a bunch of covers of it too, because I thought the song seemed like it would work well as a guitar song, unfortunately most of them weren’t very good, but I did find one acoustic cover, apparently by (a member of?) a band called Stealing Jane that was pretty good, so here’s the original:
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And the cover by Stealing Jane
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