City Living: Kids birthday parties for adults

So long crowded bars, long lines and expensive
dinners. We’re bringing back old school birthday party ideas. We recently attended
a “trampoline dodgeball” birthday that brought us right back to the good old
days of pizza, pop and party rooms. While there was no alcohol in sight, it was one of the more memorable and fun nights we’ve
shared with friends in a while. It’s true – you can have a great time without drinking. 


If you’re stumped for your next
birthday and want to do something a little out of the box, we’ve compiled a list of kids birthday party ideas for adults. Get your friends on board and throw the party of the year.


Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
45 Esandar Dr., Toronto

Grab your shorts, t-shirt and sweat band, if you have one, because things are going to get intense. An hour straight of trampoline dodgeball is both incredible fun and a serious work out. Each group is given an hour on a court, complete with a ref and whistle. After the game (and lots of water) the party room is all yours and comes with pizza and unlimited pop (yes!). And if you have the energy and are so inclined, there happens to be the Amsterdam brewery next door to keep the party going. 


Note: Remember to bring socks, since you’re required to wear special Sky Zone shoes while trampolining. Don’t want to put your dogs in a shoe that’s been made pre-sweaty for you by someone else. *shudder*

Get some major air and really put some fire behind that ball.


1980 Eglinton Ave. E., Scarborough
1224 Dundas Street East, Mississauga

If the idea of being chased around in the dark by laser guns doesn’t freak you out, then Laser Quest is another great option for a grown-up birthday party. Bring back those sweet feelings of victory with an all-time high score. You’ll be impressed with your improved aim, patience and strategy skills that you’ve developed while sitting in your cube every day and using a mouse for eight hours.

Laser tag – show those kids how it’s done.

Bowlerama
5429 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke


Ok, so the fact that bowling and drinking go hand-in-hand doesn’t really fit in with the kid theme, it’s a nostalgic activity nonetheless. Get really crazy and go for a round of cosmic bowling. Remember to wear your all-white outfit to get the most out of the black lights. Who doesn’t love a black light still?


Typos aside, bowling is still an amazing group birthday party activity.


279 Danforth Ave., Toronto

Located in the east end of the Danforth, The Clay Room is a great option for a relaxed and artsy birthday party. They even have adult painting parties, where a room can be booked for a minimum of eight people, so you and your grown up friends can paint your very own flower pots, mugs or dinner plates to your heart’s content. Bring-your-own food and beverages are welcome. 

Have a chill, creative birthday party with your best friends, and take home a memento.


Mysteriously Yours
2026 Yonge Street, Toronto

Have you ever gone to dinner with your friends and found the conversation a little lacking? Fear boredom no more with Mysteriously Yours, the dinner theatre where anything can happen (hint: it’s usually a murder). Now you are part of the interactive mystery, trying to figure out whodunit while enjoying some delicious food. At the end, guess who did it correctly and win prizes! Now playing…


Playdium 
99 Rathburn Road W., Mississauga

As the ultimate place to play, Playdium has no shortage of activities. From a batting cage, to Dance Dance Revolution, there’s something for everyone. It will still cost you the same amount of money as an all-night rager (this stuff ain’t cheap) but at least you won’t have a hangover the next day, and will remember all your sweet moves on the Dance (Dance Revolution) floor.


Medieval Times
10 Dufferin St., Toronto

If chivalry, rivalry and revelry is more your thing (and really, who isn’t into that?), then you’ve gotta head to Medieval Times. You may have heard some buzz about this recently – the XX-year old dinner theatre hotspot recently revamped it’s menu and program, resulting in a more exciting show. Which gallant knight will eventually come out on top and win the hand of his fair lady? Book a reservation now to find out. You can indulge in as much delicious roast chicken and beer as you can handle without cutlery. Awesome. Hint: upgrade to the Royalty Package and get VIP seating, knight’s cheering banner and behind-the-scenes DVD. Because, why not?








Media Darling: Marichka Melnyk

Marichka Melnyk has worked at the CBC since she was 18 years
old, which was a long time ago now. Following ten years in national television
news, she switched to local radio where, among many other opportunities, she
presented the daily Go-2-It arts/community segment on the Toronto afternoon
drive time show Here and Now. She became producer of
Here and Now in 2007 and
is now safely behind the scenes away from the microphones.



Twitter: @Marichka

Did you always want to be in the media? If
not, what other careers were on the horizon?

Pretty
much always seemed to be in the cards. I liked to write, and since I wanted to
make a living, journalism seemed the easy way to make both those things happen.
Even more, I like to talk… so although I didn’t go into broadcasting with a
plan to be on air, getting into radio and doing the Go-2-It segment was a
lot of fun and felt natural. I consider myself more of a producer than a
journalist. I like crafting a show and creating illusions and using
 theatrical elements, but am glad to have the journalistic training and
critical thinking for news judgement. 
If I was
going to do it all over again, I think I might have tried engineering. But I’d
have to be better at math.


Where would you like to be five years from
now?

Still here
– no one else does what CBC does – but producing a different show perhaps;
something new, with a lot of creative elements and useful, interesting
information. Or perhaps producing and hosting the world’s most fascinating,
popular podcast. A one-woman radio service!


Any advice for people getting started in your industry?
At the
start, try everything, and see what suits. I spent ten years in television news
before I figured out I should switch to radio, but doing a lot of different
jobs in TV served me well in moving forward and clarified what I liked and
didn’t like to do. Also, learn to appear calm and in control, even when you’re
not. When I was working my way up, I noticed that the people who stayed calm and composed when all hell was breaking loose always seemed to
project the most competence, and carried the most credibility. And now, when I
look at new hires and interns, I find I am impressed by the ones who don’t get
freaked out or panic or flap around when things inevitably get crazy. They may
be scared on the inside, but as long as they don’t show it, they instil confidence in their colleagues. 
My favourite advice that I got when I was starting out: Always carry a
clipboard or notebook around so that even if you’re just going to get a coffee,
you look busy and like you’re on a way to a meeting. It works.


What are your favourite media outlets, not
including your own?

I like The Star for a current overview of what’s going on in the city, the Globe and Mail for  thoughtful explorations of issues both large and small, and the
National Post for a bit of irreverence and spicy writing. For kicks, I like
Entertainment Weekly, an actual journalistic take on pop culture, and the
Atlantic Monthly is my favourite brain food. 
CBC is
always on, but sometimes in the car I pop between 1010 to check out the
competition, and 99.9 for fun driving music and to keep current. TV is all over
the dial…I’m more loyal to series like Mad Men and House of Cards and Game of
Thrones
than to networks. 


Best interview you’ve ever had? Worst?
After so
many years and so many conversations, I can’t think of a particular best or
worst interview. I can say that my favourite interviews in general are the ones
with smart people who are slightly loose cannons, who can surprise you and make
you laugh with offbeat perspectives or commentary in between their useful
viewpoints (former MPP Peter Kormos comes to mind as a good example). Or the
ones that tell a story that keep you hanging and listening and waiting to hear
what happened next. The worst interviews are those that are vague, or get
lost in jargon, or stay firmly on message track and never loosen up to let the
real person come out. Those conversations are so boring and unhelpful, they
literally make me cringe.


Best
advice you’ve ever been given?

It sounds so cheesy, but honestly, the most important thing is to be nice to
people. It’s an easy thing to forget…but when my father, who was possibly the
nicest man in broadcasting, passed away, I realized from the numbers of people
who came out to speak well of him how rare it can be, and how much that
matters. You interact with a lot of people every day; make those encounters
as pleasant as you can, and leave the other person feeling good as much as you
can. You never know how the smallest nicety, or the most fleeting rudeness can
be well remembered, but the longer you live, the more you realize how those
passing impressions can come back to haunt, or help, you down the line. It
actually matters, and it pays off professionally and personally in ways you can’t
even imagine.



What
rule(s) do you live your life by?

“Live
happily ever after” sounds like a fairytale, but “live
happily” is actually pretty doable. That, and “open every door”. I tend not to turn down experiences or learning opportunities, and try everything
new I possibly can. It keeps things fun and interesting, and you never know
when you might trip over your next great passion. I have a bracelet engraved
“Do More” that I literally got from a cereal box purchase, but I
actually really like that sentiment. You can always do more, in everything.


What’s
the most important tip you can give PR pros?

Know who
you’re pitching to, and what kind of show it is. It is frustrating, and wastes
both your time and ours, when you put effort into a pitch and then have to hear
that that is not the kind of story our show does (i.e. it’s national, or
commercial, or too visual, or the guest isn’t available until after we’re off-air, etc.). Figure out how to skew your pitch to our tone/mandate, so that your
pitch becomes an opportunity for real storytelling, rather than a sell job just
to get a company name out there.
Another
critical tip: if you’re going to put out a press release, HAVE SOMEONE READY TO
SPEAK TO IT! There is nothing more infuriating than being asked to consider a
story, being persuaded by the copy to call up in hopes of getting an interview,
and then being told the principal talker is out of town or unavailable for a
five minute chat. Better to wait till the main speaker is available, than to
send out a release that can’t be followed up on. 
Also,
remember we’re radio. If you have audio material – clips, music, sound effects
— send them. We love that stuff.



Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro?
We love to hear about #wins.

I can’t
name them all because there are so many I’d hate to risk missing one, but I
have had a lot of luck with PR pros representing arts, and particularly
theatre, in this city. I love the reps for both a major arts festival, and a
local theatre company who each asked to meet with me and introduced me to their
lineup with an eye to finding interesting stories we could build conversations
around. Together we found concrete ways to showcase various productions in
meaningful, colourful and interesting ways that served both our objectives, and
the listeners. 
I also
deeply thank the many PR pros who know our show and needs and are efficient in
delivering opportunities for interviews, background material, and the guests to
studio in a painless, hassle free manner. Our show is a small, fast-moving
little shop, and we are grateful to the PR pros who make setting up an
interview easy.

I hate?
Oversleeping.
If only it didn’t feel so good to be lazy.


I love?
Travel
travel travel, and not just visiting places but really hanging out and getting
to know them. When I win the lottery, it’ll be a one way ticket around the world
for me. 
Also,
stationery. I have a weakness for beautiful notebooks and fountain pens.


Reading?
Everything from fun novels like Dave Barry’s Insane City to The Canon, a layman’s tour
of scientific theories and principles. My favourite genre is literary
fiction: I really liked The Paris Wife, and well written historical
non fiction; Devil In the White City is one of my all-time favourites.


Best place
on earth?

In a car, on a roadtrip somewhere new and interesting with my husband. 


Dinner
guest?

I never
know how to answer that one. 


Hero?
I don’t
know if I have one. I admire different people, from my parents down to my girl
scout troop, for different things.  


Favourite
app (or whatever you are downloading these days)?

Groupon
and the other group-deal apps. I am a sucker for all the new experiences they
offer — so far this year alone they’ve led me to Pilates, horseback riding,
snowshoeing, and Kangoo jump classes. And the list continues!


Pool or
ocean?

Pool. The
ocean is noisy (although wave jumping is admittedly really fun).


Voicemail
or email?

Email.

Theatre
show or cultural event you’re most looking forward to this year?

BOOK OF MORMON. I’ve heard so much about it for so long, I’m dying to see what all
the fuss is about, and I love Trey Parker’s work. He’d be one of those great
smart, funny loose cannons that I bet would make a fascinating interview. Him, I’d have over for dinner!
RACE at Canadian Stage is another show I’m looking forward to, because I’m curious
to see Jason Priestley act (on stage) and love pretty much anything by David
Mamet.

Fave 5: Style icons for our spring shopping list

There’s a little spring in our step and we’re ready to shed our winter coats and rejuvenate our wardrobes with a little somethin’ new from the shops. Today, we’ve pulled together a few snaps from our favourite style icons to build our spring shopping list.


Jane Birkin
Jane Birkin
Short dresses. 
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JB + SG
Tall boots.
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Jane Birkin.
White swimwear.
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Jane Birkin
Pretty flats & elaborate dresses.
Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde
Carefully draped scarves.Image source

Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair
Slouchy turtlenecks.
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Faye Dunaway
Big hats paired with oversized shades.
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Faye Dunaway's post-Oscar Breakfast, March 29 1977 Photography by Terry O'Neill
Post-party dressing gowns.
Faye Dunaway’s post-Oscar breakfast 

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Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve
False lashes.

Catherine Deneuve
Push-up bra, t-shirt & jeans.
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Catherine Deneuve
Black & white tunics.
Catherine Deneuve in St. Tropez, 1965. Photo by Milton H. Greene
Cute rompers with bare feet.
Jean Shrimpton
Jean Shrimpton, 1960s.
More bare feet.
Jean Shrimpton, 1964.
Jaunty hats.
Jean Shrimpton
White jeans.
Jean Shrimpton.
Snug sweaters.
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Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks
Graphic tees.
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Stevie Nicks
Aviators.
Stevie Nicks
Lace.
Stevie Nicks
Black. Always black.

Rave: The perks of eating at home

It’s 6 p.m. Work
clothes are off, couch mode is fully activated. The tell-tale rumble of an
empty belly reminds you it’s been hours since sustenance. You: 


a)    Download the Pizza
Pizza app on your iPhone. Rollin’ with garlic dipping sauce in 40 minutes or
less (and with minimal human interaction).
b)    Treat yourself to a
can of Zoodles and a margarine sandwich.
c)    Take three shots of
NyQuil and pretend it never happened.

If you answered yes
to any of the above, for shame! Food is fuel for your bodies, people, and you
wouldn’t put sugar in a gas tank would you? Granted, stepping into the kitchen
for the first time can be a little daunting, and while there are a million and one
reasons not to, learning basic cooking skills is an integral part of an adult
life. Before you go spouting off the same old excuses as to why you should stay true to
take-out and frozen food staples, like “But I’m a terrible cook”  (Have
you tried trying?); “But it’s just so hard cooking for one!”  (It’s
called a freezer, rookie); “My kitchen is infested with raccoons and I’m
afraid to go in there.”  (
You need to address that ASAP); take a look
at all the perks of learning your way around a kitchen.

Start small and dedicate a week to eating at home and in no time you’ll find yourself:
1. Happier

We all have to start somewhere.

Just like with
anything, practice makes perfect. If it’s day one in the kitchen, we wouldn’t
suggest trying to whip up some coq au vin or puff pastry but there are plenty of recipes for beginners that are so delicious and straightforward, you’ll wonder why you
ever ordered Swiss Chalet in the first place. Even if your first forays into
culinary excellence are not so much Giada at Home and more Kitchen Nightmares,
learning to cook can be a hilarious and rewarding experience.
There’s a reason why
the cliché about the way to the heart being through your stomach exists. Think
about it. Being able to make a meal for somebody is proving that you’re able to
provide one of their most basic needs. Aside from how impressed your
friends will be when you coyly wink and say “Oh this? It was nothing”, the personal
feeling of pride and accomplishment that accompanies putting together a
beautiful meal for yourself is a real attitude changer. You could have that
every day!
2. Healthier
Make the healthy choice.
When you make the
decision to put together your own meals as opposed to relying on
take-out, delivery or pre-made meals, you’re taking charge of everything that goes
into your body. It is much easier to keep track of what’s going in when you’re
sourcing ingredients yourself, as opposed to making sense of nutritional labels
or in the case of most restaurants, having no nutritional information at all.
What do you think your body wants more: fresh food from your friendly
neighbourhood grocer? Or a stranger showing up to your house with food that
has passed through the hands of two or three other strangers before getting to
you? And it’s not just your health on the line, preparing food on your own
reduces the amount of packaging involved with take out and pre-packaged foods,
and Mother Nature thanks you for that.
3. Wealthier
A day at the market is more fun than fast-food any day (and cheaper in the long run).

Short term, hitting
up the McD’s dollar menu might seem more wallet friendly than going to the
grocery store but the trick is to keep a well stocked pantry of dry goods. Once
you’ve got the basics (things like rice noodles, pasta, rice, herbs and spices – all
stuff you can get on the cheap), you can supplement with fresh produce, tofu and meat
for meals that cost under $5 .
Places like Kensington Market, Chinatown, and St. Lawrence Market are a mecca
for frugal foodies, or if you’re really ambitious, roll your sleeves up and
start urban farming for unlimited fresh fruit and veg. If a
day in the market or digging in the garden just isn’t your bag, sign up for
organics delivery (like Organics Live) for delivery that won’t leave you with a wicked food hangover (but slightly lighter in the pocketbook).



Some of our favourite blogs for getting started with cooking are:

1. Smitten Kitchen: some recipes are advanced, but there are some very good basics here with tons of helpful tips and tricks. Plus, these dishes always turn out. 


2. Skinny Taste: Appealing food, pretty photos, lots of options for entrées and desserts, and most importantly, the recipes are healthy.


3. Food Network: This site, home to the popular chefs that you see on TV, has some great recipes and a ton of hints to get started if you’re a noob. Chef Michael Smith and Rachel Ray (seriously) are good ones to look to first.

Stage Write: David Mamet’s RACE at Canadian Stage

We just love going to the the-a-tah. Last night, we were thrilled to attend the buzziest opening night of the 2013 season, the much-anticipated Canadian
Stage
production of RACE. In fact, we loved it so much, you should probably stop reading this and go book your tickets now (pro-tip: check out Canadian Stage’s Facebook ticketing app to score $10 day-of rush tickets between 10 a.m. and noon). Seriously. It was intense, controversial, very well-acted and the 90 minute production flew by.

A new Canadian production featuring some of this country’s top talent (*cough* Jason
Priestley
*cough*) take the stage in this provocative drama written by David Mamet (who you may know as the outspoken and award-winning playwright who wrote classics like Glengarry Glen Ross and Oleanna, or as the father of Girls star Zosia Mamet).


Brandon Walsh goes from sweet to gritty. We like.
Image courtesy of Canadian Stage.*

Sharply written with wit and incendiary dialogue, Mamet
crafts a social commentary on race relations, prejudices and gender politics. The play
is bound to spark plenty of debate, as well-off white guy Charles Strickland (Matthew Edison) embarks on a legal
battle
after being accused
of raping a young black woman.



The cast feeling some tension in RACE.
Image courtesy of Canadian Stage*



The one act play takes place in the office of cut-throat interracial legal team Jack Lawson (played by Priestley), Henry Brown (Nigel Shawn Williams) and legal associate Susan (Cara Ricketts), as they find themselves the attorneys of record on a controversial case that no other lawyer in town will touch with a ten-foot pole. As the case unfolds, it exposes much more than a vicious crime. 

Jason Priestley and Nigel Shawn Williams command 
the stage as legal duo Jack and Henry.
Image courtesy of Canadian Stage*

The dialogue-driven drama delivers heavy subject matter (with some quite spicy language) in a way that is thought-provoking and challenging without being intimidating. The incredibly talented cast knock it out of the park under the guidance of director Daniel Brooks
Don’t miss RACE at the Bluma Appel Theatre until May 5.
Image courtesy of Canadian Stage*
One of the best moments from opening night happened after the show – you may have heard about a recent episode of How I Met Your Mother on which Priestley appeared as a guest star. In the episode, he fantasized about a strawberry jelly doughnut stuffed with a chocolate Timbit as his dream doughnut. The restaurant responded in a savvy way by tweeting a photo of a mock-up doughnut they created. A win, all around. 
As a surprise for Priestley last night, Canadian Stage got a few The Priestleys made and presented to them to the visibly surprised star of the show. He took a bite and pronounced it delicious. A sweet surprise to cap off an amazing evening!
Tickets for the show start at $22, and will be on stage now until Sunday, May 5 at the Bluma Appel Theatre. 

*Production photos by David Hou. Set design by Debra Hanson.

Rant and rave: Songs we should not have been singing as children

Did you know
there are over 6,500 distinct languages in the modern world? B
eing the articulate wordsmiths that we are, it kinda blows our
mind when we think about how many other humans there are that we simply
can’t communicate with. That’s why we love music, the universal
language. If there is anything that makes sense to everyone, it’s a phat beat.
No matter where or how old you are, ain’t no other experience in the world as
simultaneously personal and unifying than appreciating a piece of music and
that’s great, right? Let’s all just spend a couple minutes looking at babies dancing. Okay. What could possibly be wrong with this? OH YEAH, LIKE 85% OF
POPULAR MUSIC IS ABOUT SEXUAL INTERCOURSE. Suddenly by accident, we’ve got all
this innuendo spilling from the mouths of babes! Think we’re exaggerating? Take
a walk with us, through dance parties of yore. Revisiting the lyrics of some of
these teeny bopper tunes, we’re no longer surprised our moms went grey early.


O-Town – Liquid
Dreams

Hooo boy, did
we ever love watching this boy band come to life on Making the Band every Friday on ABC (and again two months ago when
we realized all the episodes are on YouTube). The emotional turmoil of a bunch
of adult dudes living in a house together just trying to make it as popstars,
the beginning of reality television as we know it, Jacob Underwood’s facial hair/attempt at white-guy dreadlocks – truly revolutionary stuff. So when they
came out with their first official single as a fully formed band about their
DREAM GIRL, we were so excited to sing along that we didn’t really even stop to
think. Liquid Dreams? What the what?! The song lists all of the boys’ fave
celebs and their body parts and mashes them all together to make one super babe
(although it’s not all superficial, they do mention they want her to have a
good personality-like Halle B,), who stars in their liquid dreams. That’s just gross, you
guys.  

B4-4 – Get Down

In this
little ditty, a pair of male twins and a guy named Ohad came together to fill
our adolescent minds with promises of being the ones to love and comfort us
until the day we die. It’s a happy-go-lucky tune with such a cool built-in
dance routine that we probably didn’t notice sideways looks from our parents
when we were belting out “I’m gonna make
you come tonight
over to my
house”.
We’re all adults here (now), and we realize that this little “game
of give and take” is just really creative propaganda for oral sex. We’d also
like to note that twins Ryan and Dan are now billed as pop/classical/opera
vocal duo RyanDan and are performing in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace with Shania Twain for the next two years.

Spice Girls –
2 Become 1

Luckily
everyone under the age of 14 skips all the slow jams, so this song about
revisiting a former lover more or less went under the radar [Ed. note: speak for yourself! Some of us loved this song when it came out]. Now if we just put
this in text form at 2 a.m., it would make a pretty impressive drunk booty
call. Although we don’t agree with pre-teens asking “are you as good as I remember, baby? Get it on, get it on” we
gotta give props for also alluding to the importance of safe sex “be a little bit wiser baby. Put it on. Put
it on.”
Well done, ladies. Unrelated note – if anyone knows the story with
the hologram deer at the end of the video, we’d love to know what that was all
about.

Next – Too
Close

An elementary
school dance staple, this touching duet between a man and a woman discusses the
intimacy of young love and relationships moving too fast. Just kidding, it’s
about boners.  Poor mid-pubescent boys going
through the terrible NRB phase probably really related to this grinding anthem (“Girl I know you felt it, but oh ya know I
can’t help it”)
while being misled by girls who had no idea what this song
was actually about.

Salt n Pepa –
Push It

This song isn’t about dancing.


*This post is titled Rant and Rave, because we can’t quite decide whether it really was a good or a bad thing that we were singing these songs as pre-pubescent teens.








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!