Hi-Fi Friday: January 8, 2016

I guess I kind of picked out the music theme for the month. Hopefully Blobby agrees with it. At some point in a previous discussion, he brought up the idea of popular artists doing old timey music. I love old timey music. Well, I guess it depends on who is defining old timey music. Or if you’re a Doctor Who fan, old timey wimey music. I enjoy listening to music from the 1920s to the 1950s. To me that’s old timey music. So I’ll be focusing on songs by modern artists who have more-or-less either covered or been inspired by a song from that time zone. Hopefully Blobby will be able to run with this. Hopefully I will as well.

I’m kind of going out on a limb with this one: it’s a cover, done by a modern artist, but in a old timey style. Granted, most of what this band does is this style. But still. So I’m going with it. Blobby can flog me if I’m wrong.

I’m speaking of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. I think I have most of the stuff they’ve done. Which is probably just as well, because of my love of modern covers AND old timey music. Screw Reese’s cups!

I had a challenge narrowing down a song selection from them for today, because they’re seriously all that good. Especially if you know the song that’s being covered. (And they’re pretty darn good too if you don’t know it!)

So I went with one that makes me feel like I’m walking down Main Street, USA at Disney. There’s a certain musical memory/sensation that gets evoked when I hear the just right combo of sound and instruments and for whatever reason it takes me back there. And oddly enough, this song would probably be the LAST thing one would hear at Disney. But it’s the “feel” of it that reminds me of it. Something almost ragtime-y.

They could have left out the part at 1:48 – 2:06, because that’s the only part of the song that really doesn’t feel like it fits the rest of the song. The rest of the song has that ragtime feel to it, with the exception of that part. And the close out goodbye at the end of the song. But I didn’t write it. I can crop it though!

I present Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox version of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”:

How can you not like it? Now go buy his stuff! Or at least listen to some of it. I left the playlist option enabled in the YouTube video so you can check out more of his stuff.

Until next time...

2 thoughts on “Hi-Fi Friday: January 8, 2016

  1. I have a huge problem w PMJB. While this one changes it up a little bit, I find that no matter what song or genre they do, everything they do always ends up sounding the same. It was novel for the first few……and then they became tiresome.

    Adding a 6’7″ clown doesn’t help either.

    1. I do agree that a large part of his/their work sounds very similar, which is probably why there’s a few select songs I really like. The rest are more or less background music for me.

      *shudder* Evil clown.

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