Sep 212011

Every Wednesday, our resident Gleek Eric Garneau gives his take on last night’s Glee covers.

In “The Purple Piano Project,” Coach Schuester rallies the troops after last spring’s devastating Nationals loss in New York City. New Directions needs to recruit, and it needs its mojo back. But the antagonistic Sue Sylvester — now running for a seat in Congress – has once again made up her mind to squash the glee club’s dreams. Also, alliteration abounds.

Hi everybody! Welcome back from summer break to my weekly Glee write-ups. I enjoyed writing this feature last year, and it seems like enough of you enjoyed reading it to warrant my continuation, so on we go into season three!

The show made a few subtle (not often a word we associate with Glee) changes coming into this latest season to address criticisms from the last – most notably, that the show had grown aimless. To guard against that happening again, the creative trio behind Glee did something new over the summer – they outsourced their writing. Now Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan have a co-executive producer, two consulting producers and two staff writers to help them craft stories (most interesting to me is Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a veteran of Spider-Man comic books and, yes, the recent musical). Continue reading »

Jun 232010

Song of the Day posts one cool cover every morning. Catch up on past installments here.

Electric Light Orchestra gets no love. Sure, in some ways they embodied everyone wrong with popular music at the end of the ‘70s, but come on, “Mr. Blue Sky” is so catchy! Catchy enough that Randy Newman wrote an only-slightly-mocking tribute to the band (who, fun fact, hold the record for the most U.S. Top 40 hits without ever hitting #1).

Five Iron Frenzy loves ELO though. The ska “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” cover on their Quantity Is Job 1 EP displays nothing but feel-good affection. The horns and peppy backing vocals show why for eight years this Denver octet was one of the most unabashedly fun (and funny) ska bands. They’ve also covered “It’s Not Unusual” and “Mama Mia,” so don’t say that Christian musicians never have a sense of humor.
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