The Site of Thoreau’s Cabin
"Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" - Erasure
This is a remixed version, E-nertia’s Manhattan Clique Extended Edit to be specific, of Erasure’s cover of Steve Harley’s song. I’m a big fan of the original, but I’m also a big fan of Erasure and I happen to love most of their covers anyway.
(Also note the subtle working in of “Breath of Life” at the beginning of the track. I tend to like the common trend of incorporating Erasure originals into a lot of the remixes of other Erasure songs. The Dave Aude Extended Club Mix of “Gaudete” does this nicely too.)
The video Erasure made for this song is just so bizarre and fantastic. It will make you blink at the screen going ‘what the hell did I just watch?’ I recommend watching it, and then playing it again just listening, no video, so you can appreciate the song without the mesmerizing lederhosen gnome fondling Underground autumn disco party distractions. This isn’t just the remix video, this is the actual video they released for this cover. Erasure is the best.
You can decline of course
I’m talking to you girlfriend
Give me some chilli sauce
WAÏF: When architecture is just perfect
Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España
Fernando Higueras (1930-2008) and Antonio Miró (1931-2011)
"The Ghost In You" - Robyn Hitchcock
I’ve been sitting on this post for quite some time now. This cover of The Psychedelic Furs is so good. So good. It’ll make you completely forget about the Counting Crows cover (yeah, that was a thing). Robyn Hitchcock has an album of covers coming out in August called The Man Upstairs. The track list features, among others, songs originally by Roxy Music and The Doors, along with this one by Psychedelic Furs. So, obviously I’m super excited for its release.
Henry David Thoreau
Walden - Conclusion
For tumblr user bumhooler who asked me a question about what I thought Thoreau would be like if he was born in the modern era. I loved your question and will be answering it soon. In the meantime, I happened to come across this picture of Hipster Henry and felt it was relevant.
"My name is Henry David, mom, I don’t go by David Henry anymore. It’s way too mainstream."
"Laura Palmer" [Imagine Dragons Remix] - Bastille
I always have a fondness for bands that remix each other’s songs (see Bastille Remix of “It’s Time” (actually don’t—it’s not great)). Anyway… But this remix of an already good song is worth a listen. It’s got an MGMT vibe going on that I totally dig. Not a huge fan of the last 10-15 seconds, but that’s a personal preference for not enjoying repetition that doesn’t climax into anything (cf. R.E.M.) I am actually recommending this track, despite how much of a backhanded compliment this has turned into. Just listen, I’ll shut up now.