Rave: Best Cover Songs

Let’s just preface this whole thing by making two things
clear. The first thing is
 when we say we love covers, we don’t mean you should attempt to perfectly
imitate your favourite artist or song 
(we are looking at you, guy at a house party with an acoustic guitar and a roster full of DMB). Second thing, Glee doesn’t count and if you’ve
ever said “I like the Glee version more” then we’re going to have to clear our
schedules for a little sit-down music appreciation talk. So while it’s true
that we aren’t
anti-remake,
we are a little picky about  them. We like to think of a well-executed cover as an homage: a piece that honours the integrity of the original
while still putting a unique or personal spin to it. That’s why these are some of our
favourite cover songs.

Hugo – 99 Problems

If you’ve ever needed a sexy banjo, boot stomping anthem
about the problems you may or may not have, this bluegrass Jay Z reinterpretation is
exactly what you’re looking for. While it may not exactly be considered a
“cover” by some since it only shares a chorus, it is one example of how
well a song can translate across genres.

Civil Wars – Billie Jean


One does not simply do
a Michael Jackson
cover. To try and emulate the King
of Pop
would be a mistake. Instead, the folk duo took the iconic tune and
spun it into a sultry, harmonic acoustic jam that is more like the Chris Cornell version
than the original. It’s the most fun we’ve had with questionable paternity
since, well, any episode of Maury.

Ben Taylor – I Try


Macy Gray’s signature raspy voice is what made the song
famous, but is nearly impossible to replicate without giving yourself a vocal
polyp. When Ben Taylor’s pretty lullaby version appeared in a Cheerios commercial, the world was finally able to sing along.

Hey Ocean! – Sprawl II


If somebody came to us and said “You’re going to love this cover of an Arcade Fire song” we’d
probably be like “Yeah, and you’re going to love
this over the top eye-roll” but Hey Ocean! pulls it off with a goose-bumpy,
harmony-layered version with a full band (including horns!) that they filmed in somebody’s basement.

Ray Lamontagne – Crazy


“I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind” because we could not have listened to the radio for more than ten minutes without hearing this Gnarls Barkley song and by the end of it, yes, it did make us
crazy. But along comes ol’ rumbly voice Ray with a soulful, bluesy rendition
that we have yet to get enough of. 


Did we miss anything? If you know of any cover jams that are as good as (or better) than the originals tweet them @rockitpromo for our next instalment!

Rave: Top 10 Viral Vids for 2011

Everyone loves a good viral video.  Whether it’s shocking, hilarious or ridiculous, we love a good laugh or witty joke. We have to admit, we’ve watched a lot, but there were a few stand-out favourites this year.  We’ll let these videos speak for themselves.

10. Kanye West, Jay-Z – Otis
One of our favourite music videos of the year, Kanye and Jay-Z chop up a Maybach, rebuild it and drive it around all while being super awesome.   


9. A Harvey Nichols Christmas 2011 – Ever faced a walk of shame? 
Though less viewed than our other selections, Harvey Nichols created a brilliant idea to promote their store during the holidays. Haven’t seen it yet? Only 500,000 have, check it out!


8. Old Spice – The Man Your Man Could Smell Like
Great example of an amazing marketing campaign. With almost 38 million views, it’s by far one of the best commercials we’ve seen in a while. 

7. Denver Official Guilty Dog!
Denver that scoundrel. 

6.Ryan Gosling talks about F*ck Yeah and Hey Girl
Self-explanatory.


5. YouTube Challenge – I Gave My Kids a Terrible Present
A follow-up to “I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy,” Jimmy Kimmell once again reached out to parents and asked them to trick their children and film reactions. These poor children… but hilarious all the same.


4. Nicki Minaj – Super Bass by Sophia Grace Brownlee
It’s hard to find things more adorable than two little girls rocking out to Nicki Minaj.  These two were featured on Ellen and had the chance to go shopping with Minaj after their little music video went viral.

3. The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger
Ever wonder what a honey badger gets up to? This video takes you on the daily adventures of our favourite marsupial, the honey badger.
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2. Marcel the Shell with shoes on
An adorable shell with shoes. What’s not to love? 

1. Shit Girls Say
Our favourite of the year for sure. Let’s be honest, we’re guilty of most (if not all) of these phrases. We can’t stop smiling! 

Rave: Best songs of summer

Music is the soul of the earth. At least we think so. Music has the power to take you back to special times, romantic moments, cool places. And of course, it makes you want to dance. Almost no music is as good as a summer anthem, the one song that you’ll forever associate with a specific summer.

It may almost be September, but you can make summer 2011 last a bit longer with some of our favourite sunshine-worthy tracks. Here are the top jams that our team loved best this summer. A little fourth floor mix-tape, if you will. Enjoy.

Ellie Goulding ‘Starry Eyed’

Flo Rida – Club Can’t Handle Me ft. David Guetta


The Weeknd – High For This

Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend

Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix & Criminal Minds Intro Mix)

Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill

The Black Keys – Everlasting Light

MNDR – Cut Me Out


Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis

So, what song made your body move on the dance floor all summer long? Comment below or share @rockitpromo.