NEAR AND ALSO FAR
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Travels - "My Funny Valentine". One of the first postings at Said the Gramophone to achieve any recognition was a contest we held for the song "My Funny Valentine". It is my favourite jazz standard and I asked for covers that rivaled Chet Baker's. Nobody really did. And so I am happy that in Travels' version of "My Funny Valentine", released special for Saint Valentine's Day, they take their inspiration from Baker. This is a song undersung, underplayed. It is not whispered, but there is a scared tremble in Mona Elliott and Anar Badalov's hearts. (I can't tell if this song is a cinder or a bud.)
Travels - "Dogs". On their 2nd album, Travels travel a little more widely. From noisy flare-ups to ticktock murmurs, it's a music that recalls Hood and Logh as much as it does the members' previous bands, Metal Hearts and Victory at Sea. There's something beautiful & familiar in a mutter that feels like a shout, a shove that feels like a kiss, and I like how "Dogs" reminds us of this. It's a photo raising papercuts.
[Travels launch their album in Somerville, MA on Saturday night. / MySpace/BUY!]
The Sarcastic Dharma Society - "You Swan Go On (by Mount Eerie)". I am usually hostile to covers, when those covers are close to the originals. And on Other People's Songs, a collection of covers, Mat Vuksinich does not diverge far from most of the originals. However he is redeemed by two things:
[download the Sarcastic Dharma Society's discography, and more, here]Posted by Sean at February 12, 2009 12:33 PM
kudos for the mention of the sarcastic dharma society. mat is a faraway friend i have not seen in quite some time.Posted by phil at February 12, 2009 1:59 PM
Fans of mat's stuff would probably also dig this manipulator alligator album: http://cllct.com/release/weraisedthemPosted by Tinyfolk at February 14, 2009 11:05 AM
Saw your post for Clem Snide a while back. Thanks!
Hope to hear from ya!
My Funny Valentine is my favourite too - apart from maybe Billie Holiday's Come Rain or Come Shine. And I never fail to clamor for more versions of it. Thankyou.Posted by Laura at February 24, 2009 7:54 PM