The Needle 015: "Rocket Man" on #covers, #rock from the psych era, Popcorn Time for music and more

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For the week of September 14, 2015

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One of the more appreciated sounds this week was found over in #covers. It’s not easy to capture the complete essence and feel of an original, while unmistakably bringing forth your own sound and creating a unique avenue for the listener to arrive at the intended destination. I’ve heard nothing but praise for this cover of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” by Astronauts, Etc. (who just released a new album) with the help of Toro Y Moi.

Over in #rock, @pedronunes introduced us to a group out of London called Magical Mixture who put out their first and only album in 1968 under Saga Records. With the combination of a ridiculous amount of things happening in the world at that time and a label known for very poor quality recordings, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that they never reached the level of fame that others in the psychedelic rock era achieved. But that, as in so many cases, doesn’t mean they’re not good.  Here’s “Urge To Leave”:

Magic Mixture - Urge To Leave

What else is going on?

 

Ever since the introduction of Popcorn Time, it was only a matter of time until the principals were applied to music. Looks like that time is now as Aurous is in it’s alpha stage and quite frankly looks awesome. #devs will go ham with it as it’s completely customizable and people who care about owning the music files will rejoice. Not everyone will be happy though...looking forward to hearing Taylor Swift’s thoughts.


Sticking with the theme of free music, here’s something that will bring more people together than drive apart. An 81-year-old man in South Central LA has been putting on donation-only blues shows in his garage for the past 10 years...and has no intention of slowing down. Anyone is allowed to drop by the Sunday gig and come together with community through music. Full story by NPR here.

Don’t sleep on…


Swedish #electronic duo, Gidge. Almost exactly a year ago, they released their LP, Autumn Bells and are still bringing a sound many music lovers crave in a flood of sometimes tiring party music. Their music turns landscapes into soundscapes - this may be exactly what you’re looking for. Here’s a tune that @davehawkins shared with us called “Norrland”:
Gidge - Norrland
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