WATCH IT | Mash-up: Ethiopian Students Learn English by Learning & Singing Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow”

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Anyone who sang along to “Frère Jacques” (or any other imported sing-along) as a kid gets the global impact music has on language. In an especially endearing case, Peace Corps teacher Matt Westerberg decided to use Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” to help teach his 9th grade English students in Northern Ethiopia. “After class one day I jokingly wrote the chorus line to Pearl Jam’s ‘Even Flow’ on the chalkboard,” he explained to Alternative Nation. “I thought it would be funny to have the kids try and learn it. They laughed their way through it. The next day, they demanded to try it again. After a while we went through most of the song day by day as a motivational tool.” As a huge fan of Pearl Jam and 90’s rock, Westerberg thought it was a fun way to introduce his students to grunge music and the English language. “At first it was all just a joke, but after awhile, the students began to really build confidence through learning the song,” said Westerberg.

August 24, 2016 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Mash-up: William Shatner’s Cover of Pulp’s “Common People” Gets the Fan-Made Music Video it Deserves

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When #FBF-meets-new stuff. Back in 2004, William Shatner released a sprechstimme album titled Has Been, and even if you didn’t listen to anything else on his album, your ears have likely been graced by the glory that is his cover of Pulp’s “Common People,” featuring vocals by ‘80s icon Joe Jackson. The cover was so well received, even Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker weighed in to say, “I was very flattered by that because I was a massive Star Trek fan as a kid and so you know, Captain Kirk is singing my song! So that was amazing.” In a moment that was long overdue, a fan going by username LordRicco666 edited a video that perfectly times Star Trek: The Original Series clips to the rhythm and theme of the lyrics. Hooray!

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Watch Father John Misty Cover Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs”

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Okay, so if you haven’t already heard it, the Father John Misty cover of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” might just be the best cover of 2015 (thus far, at least). Of course, in the last 18 months, we’ve also heard him perform six other covers, which include his take on Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box,” Cat Stevens’ “Trouble“,” Johnny Cash’s “Baby Easy Ride,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on the Wire” and “I’m Your Man.” NME spoke the Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, about why he chose to cover Arcade Fire’s 2010 anthem. Voicing a sentiment that is very much in line with his hyper-intelligent, albeit rather surly persona, Tillman’s explained, “On the Internet it gets spun into, like, I just fucking love doing these covers, I’ve got so many under my belt,” he says. “[As if] I just love whipping them out at a moment’s notice, and regaling the Internet with re-appropriated music… but I do love that song.”

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Listen the “Strings Of Life” Cover by Four Tet & Legendary Jazz Drummer Steve Reid

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Electronic music producer Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) collaborated with the late great New York jazz drummer Steve Reid for various projects. Their previous work together includes albums 2007’s Tongues, 2008’s NYC and (posthumously) 2011’s Live At the South Bank. Before Reid passed away in 2010, the two had recorded a cover of Detroit-based producer Derrick May’s techno single “Strings Of Life.” Though the cover was played on a Gilles Peterson podcast celebrating Reid’s life, the track had not been formally released until Hebden’s announcement today. The limited 12-inch for “Strings Of Life” will include another collaborative track, “Tongues,” and is due to be released soon.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Erykah Badu & the Roots Cover Kanye, Wu-Tang, Nas & More in a 17-Minute Medley

In May, Erykah Badu performed with the Roots at the 8th annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia—and made the whole occasion even more exciting with a 17-minute mash-up medley ode to hip-hop. Badu and The Roots put together to pay tribute to the last 35+ years of hip-hop and performed the mash-up with guest appearances from YG, the LOX, Freeway, and more. As for the mash-up itself, the epic includes Badu’s “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)”, the Roots’ “Act Too (Love of My Life)”, Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message”, Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.”, Kanye West’s “Gold Digger”, Nas’ “Made You Look” Beanie Sigel and Freeway’s “Roc the Mic”, the Lox’s “Money, Power, Respect” and even some Afrika Bambaataa.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Watch Hot Chip Transform Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” Into a Party Anthem

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Dancing in the Dark” was one of Bruce Springsteen’s greatest hits—and also one of his least Springsteen-y tracks. It’s the closest the man has ever gotten to that ‘80s syth-pop sound, and for the last month, Hot Chip has been performing their cover of “Dancing in the Dark” at their live shows. A clip of the Hot Chip’s version has surfaced, and we really like how the cover manages to infuse the track with Hot Chip’s signature whirling instrumental motifs while keeping the original’s vocal melody and lyrics. It’s definitely party anthem material, and with summer settling in, we imagine Bruce Springsteen would want to dance to the Hot Chip’s faithful yet new take on the classic.

June 09, 2015 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Watch Spoon’s Killer Cover of The Cramps’ Rockabilly Classic “TV Set”

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Last night, Spoon served as the musical guests on Conan and delivered a hi-fi but utterly chill-inducing cover of The Cramps’ classic ’80s jamTV Set”. The blues-infused cover is the band’s contribution to the soundtrack for the upcoming reboot of the ‘80s horror classic, Poltergeist. Though Spoon adds a little more polish to the mad punk-y original, the screeching guitars and foot stomping boogie made for a very faithful interpretation. Between the more rockabilly-themed styling and the stuttering delivery the haunting “TV Set” lyrics, singer Britt Daniel was definitely channeling The Cramps’ late frontman Lux Interior.

June 04, 2015 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Sia Covers “Like A River Runs” for Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers Project

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Leave it to Jack Antonoff to have Sia cover of a song alongside a 15-minute spoken word track. Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers project released a live EP titled Like A River Runs that features an orchestral cover of “Like A River Runs.” Sia’s cover of the song is heightened by her signature haunting and slightly possessed howl (it’s Sia, so we wouldn’t expect anything less). The spoken word track in question is actually a 15-minute conversation with a dream specialist, titled “Dreams Aren’t Random,” in which Antonoff discusses his most poignant dreams over layers of moody synths.

MOMENTS | Best Of: Akihiko Miyoshi Merges Digital x Analog Photography, Giorgio Moroder x Britney Spears, Iggy Pop, Rihanna Released “James Joint,” Fabrizio Moretti’s “Inside Out” Remix

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Start your week out right with BAMIN’s (Build And Make It Now) run down of this week’s best moments in user-generated content, remixes, mash-ups, collaborations, and trends.

1. Check out “CMYKRGB,” Akihiko Miyoshi’s latest visual series that blends analog and digital photography. The work is on display at Circuit Gallery until May 9th.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Giorgio Moroder x Britney Spears Cover Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner”

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After a 30-year hiatus, Giorgio Moroder’s comeback album, Déjà Vu, has been a glorious thing of endless pop star collaborations. In what is arguably his most genius move yet, the disco legend has Britney Spears covering Suzanne Vega’s 1987 a cappella hit “Tom’s Diner.” The classic track is named after the real-life restaurant used in Seinfeld, and Spears’ reinterpretation gives the iconic ‘80s song a very club-pop twist. It may seem almost blasphemous to do anything to the unforgettable doo-doo-doo hook, but believe us when we say this cover does “Tom’s Diner” sonic and spiritual justice. Moroder actually hinted at the collaboration in an interview with Rolling Stone, stating he and Spears were working on “a song which came out about 30 years ago as an a cappella, just a voice.”