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Remix Me Maybe

- July 4th, 2012

Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen has infected the charts, and our hearts, with her charming ear-worm “Call Me Maybe.” Of course, in the hyper-fast world of the Internet, there’s already a remix album devoted entirely to re-interpreting the song in a multitude of ways.

This 43-track album from Los Angeles-based Mabson Enterprises offers a myriad of re-interpretations of “Call Me Maybe.” Dan Deacon turns a slice of vocals into abstraction by piling more and more of the same sample on top of one another, where DJ Colostomy Bagpipes strips out the vocals and amps up the 8-bit bleep-bloopery in “Call Me MIDI.”

It’s actually surprising to see where some of the songs go. Geoff Geis turns a YouTube user’s vocal cover of the track into a weird, dirged-out version with a John Carpenter horror vibe. EAR PWR re-interprets “Call Me Maybe” with Devin Booze singing Jepsen’s vocals over hyper-kinetic drum ‘n’ bass instrumentation. Meanwhile, Superstars turn the song into a lo-fi guitar-rock screamer.

Overall, Call My Maybe has something for everyone (as long as you can stand hearing “Call Me Maybe” repeated ad nauseam). With 43 different tracks, it’s a surprisingly entertaining listen which transforms Jepsen’s sugar-coated pap into 43 very different songs distinct from the original.

If you want to buy Call Me Maybe, you can download it for whatever price you want here.

Royal Wood gets 2 videos for price of one in Mexico

- July 4th, 2012

Royal Wood, Canadian singer-songwriter-pianist-arranger-producer, is not only multi-talented in music but he likes to make distinctive videos.
“I’ve always been location driven,” said Wood during an interview with QMI Agency in his homebase of Toronto.
To that end, for his newest single, Not Giving Up, from his new album, We Were Born To Glory (out Tues, July 10), he went all the way to the seaside Mexican town of Todas Sandos, with director Jeff Weinrich, back in May.
“About an hour outside of Cabo, it’s where the Pacific and Sea of Cortez meet, this tiny little sleepy fishing town,” said Wood.
“(Weinrich) used to live just outside of this little town so he called in a lot of favours. So you can go in and make a $30,000 video that looks like it was $100,000.”
Weinrich did Wood’s previous video for Do You Recall – in Iceland.
“Because I wanted something that wasn’t everyone’s video,” said Wood. “So many videos are like, ‘Okay, they’re in the east coast of Canada or they’re standing in the prairies again by the train tracks.’
‘And I wanted something that seemed as unique as what I felt like my record was.”
Wood already shot another video for I Want Your Love, the second single from We We Born In Glory, while in Mexico.
“One was shot during the day along the water,” he said. “The second video was shot at night, mostly behind close doors, so you wouldn’t really as much even know it’s in Mexico.”
Still, Wood has even bigger ideas for the new album’s final track.
“The Glory is the one I really want to make a video for and that one I still have to figure out how to do it justice. I almost want it to be like stop animation and overexposure like when you can watch plants grow, like I just want things to be more like an artful statement, not like me singing or something.”
Wood begins a cross-Canada festival tour on July 5.

ROYAL WOOD’S CANADIAN SUMMER TOUR DATES:
July 5 and 7, Winnipeg Folk Festival (July 5, solo acoustic, Main Stage, July 7, full band, Snowberry Stage)
July 14, Vancouver Folk Festival, Peak Stage
July 15, Ottawa Bluesfest, Barney Danson Theater
Aug. 10, Edmonton Folk Festival
Aug. 18 and 19, Owen Sound Summerfolk
Aug. 25, Jackson Triggs Amphitheatre, Niagara On The Lake, Ont. w/ Niagara Symphony

Donald Glover drops glorious new mixtape

- July 4th, 2012

Donald Glover is the modern renaissance man. The former 30 Rock writer turned Community star — who also co-wrote, acted in and penned the score for Derrick Comedy’s film Mystery Team – goes beyond your Hollywood typical triple threat. After releasing his Camp album in 2011, he’s decided to drop his new Royalty mixtape for free today.

Royalty crackles with life, as Glover is joined by a host of some of the best upcoming rappers out there. Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul guest on “Unnecessary.” Detroit’s Danny Brown shows his stuff on the sick “Toxic” which samples, chops and screws with Britney Spears’ quantifiably best track. Meanwhile, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah spits a couple verses on “It May Be Glamour Life” and RZA shows up on “American Royalty.”

Of special importance is the fact that Tina Fey, who recruited Glover to write for the first three seasons of 30 Rock, closes out the tape with her own brand of awkward white-bread rapping. Fey’s verse ends the album with a bit of a laugh, as she screams “This is the part where most people would say something crazy and drop the n-word after it!/Not going to, not going to do that I don’t feel comfortable/I’m out!” over the tinkling piano line on “Real Estate.”

The backing production on Royalty is gorgeous, which shouldn’t be surprising considering who’s involved. While a lot of songs are produced by Glover (in the Childish Gambino persona), Beck does production on “Bronchitis” and “Silk Pillow.” Community composer and frequent Gambino collaborator Ludwig Gorannson helps out no a pair of tracks with “We Ain’t Them” and “Won’t Stop”

Like many of Childish Gambino’s albums, Royalty is a deeply personal album mixing Glover’s childhood, his family and how they interplay with his current wealth and celebrity. “Are you proud of me?” he asks on “Won’t Stop” — a common throughline also found on another previous mixtape, Cul-de-sac.

Grab the album, a 122 MB .rar, over on Donald Glover’s website.