Thursday, April 8, 2010


I ran across this recently and although it is not really up my alley I am putting it out there for two reasons.

1: This guy's use of pedals, especially the digital delay, is pretty remarkable but still this side of a gimmick.

2: Rush, who he is covering, is an odd case. On paper they suck, in reality they often suck( not as technical musicians of course, but in theme and flavor) but occasionally, musically and lyrically they stop singing about bad fantasy novellas and lame abstract half-ass philosophy bullshit and get it exactly right. For my money "Spirit of Radio" is one of the best songs ever. Impossible, but true. And subdivisions ain't bad either.


Caitlin said...

I think that, generally, Rush is only good if you don't listen to the lyrics.. and even then it's debatable.

The Morholt said...

O how i loved me some Rush back in the day, though even then i was a bit queasy with Ayn Rand and bytor and the snow dog. But they had some solid stuff for young rockers back when being a rocker didn't feel like the punch line to some ironic 16 year old hipster's joke.
They were sincere and they might have been juvenile in their philosophy, but then i was a juvenile back then... And songs about something besides the grotesquery of heterosexual adolescent angst and the repulsive fantasy of romance was a nice change from the usual fare for me. This guy re-imagines the song in a way that reminds me of the poignancy and hardness of some of their lyrics. thanks for the link (as always).

Edo said...

I see your singer-songwriter and raise you an 11 year old Japanese girl playing YYZ:

attempting to silence the voices in my head.