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Au Revoir Simone’s “Crazy” Night Out

September 19, 2013 Artist News No Comments

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Au Revoir Simone, the Electronic Dream Pop trio from Brooklyn, are big fans of Martin Scorsese. These days, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who isn’t familiar with his work. His longevity is unparalleled, having released numerous works that have served to define eras of film, later becoming popular culture icons. In the 1970s, it was Taxi Driver; in the 80s, Raging Bull. Even the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Bad” is on Scorsese’s resume. Then it was Goodfellas, followed shortly by Casino. Gangs of New York, The Departed, Shutter Island, Boardwalk Empire… if any of these names sound unfamiliar, you either a) have been living under a rock or b) simply have bad taste in films. However, I wouldn’t blame you if you had never heard of After Hours, a film of his released back in ’85.

In this film, the life of an ordinary word processor (yeah, that was a job in 1985) is turned upside down in a series of unfortunate events. While it may be one of Scorsese’s lesser known works, it has gained somewhat of a cult following in recent years, and is certainly worth checking out. It is this film that Au Revoir Simone decided to pay homage to with their latest music video, “Crazy.” In it, the three members of the band act out an abridged version of the film, each taking on the persona of characters from the original motion picture. Directed by Alex Braverman and Poppy de Villeneuve, the video has been picking up momentum since its premiere last week.

Crazy is the second single from Au Revoir Simone’s fourth and latest album, Move In Spectrums. Be sure to keep your eyes open; the album drops September 24th.

Throwback Time! Classic Hits Revisited by Orchard Artists

May 9, 2012 Artist News No Comments

right the stars, somebody that i used to know, gotye, coverAfter dabbling in YouTube for some time now, I can’t help but notice how many interesting renditions of notable songs have been performed by some of The Orchard’s artists.

Here are a few that have stuck out to me recently:

1. Artist: Right The Stars
Song: Somebody That I Used To Know
Original Performer: Gotye
Label: New Power Media

My take: This song is all over the place now: The Voice and Glee both covered it and artists all over are putting their own spin on it. This one keeps the eerie and echoey sound of the original, and I actually prefer this version because it’s slower and you have a chance to hear quality singing voices vocalizing — both female and male. You can appreciate the song more this way.

2. Artist: Chrome Division
Original Performer : ZZ Top
Song: Sharp Dressed Man
Label: Nuclear Blast

My take: Call me biased but I really like Nuclear Blast artists. They tend to be on the heavier side so this ultimately is a faster, louder version of the original. I’d say it’s just as good as the original — might even be a little bit better if I had to choose and the pace of the song is what would swing my vote.

3. Artist: The Chillout Sessions
Original Performer: Michael Jackson
Song: Thriller
Label: GLD Distribution

My take:  Ok, we all know Thriller is amazing on its own and covering it is going to be a risky endeavor but this one’s pretty neat. It’s slow and jazzy — and the best part — you can still dance to it!

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Soul Makossa Master Has His Revenge! Dibango Sues Rihanna, Micheal Jackson

February 6, 2009 Artist News 1 Comment

The king of Afro-Funk jam music, Manu Dibango continues his quest against the king of pop, Michael Jackson. The trouble all started when the Camaroonian saxophonist belted out the soon-to-be-classic line: “mama-koo mama-sa maku ma-ku-sa”. After the clip was lifted by NYC DJ’s at the outset of the disco move, Michael Jackson sampled it a decade later on his smash funk pop hit  “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin”, in the process turning the line into “mama-say mama-sa mama ma-ku-sa.” Dibango had previously sued Jackson and settled out of court, but has been roused again by an unauthorized sampling from one superstar female vocalist in Rihanna. The Guardian has this to say about the matter:

Dibango actually already sued Jackson back in the day, and the two settled out of court. But when Rihanna’s people cleared the Michael Jackson sample, they didn’t get Dibango’s permission, and now he wants his. Dibango is now suing Sony BMG, Warner Music, and EMI over the use of that chant.

Manu Dibango has an extensive back catalogue, including 1982’s Waka Juju , a breakthrough in Jazz/African Soul fusion, Afrijazzy and the recently released compliation The Very Best of Manu Dibango: Afro Soul Jazz From The Original Makossa Man . All Music Guide proclaims “Dibango is Cameroon’s, and perhaps Africa’s, best-known jazz saxophonist” and boasts that “Dibango’s output has been prodigious and multi-faceted. He has worked with musicians as diverse as Fela Kuti , Sly Dunbar , Robbie Shakespeare , Don Cherry , and the Fania All-Stars .” Read up on the drama at Pitchfork and do yourself a favor and familiarize yourself with the Makossa Man’s work by hitting up his official site here !

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