Daily Archives: February 6, 2009

Stop Stealing My Lunch

These new clever anti-theft lunch bags will deter even the hungriest of workplace refrigerator poachers.




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10 of the Most-Covered Songs Ever

1. Yesterday, the Beatles. It has been covered more than 3,000 times, including by Joan Baez, Liberace, Sinatra, Elvis, Daffy Duck, En Vogue and Boyz II Men.

2. Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles. It’s been covered 131 times by artists such as Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Aretha, Kansas and Swedish industrial metal band Pain.
3. Cry Me a River, Julie London. This jazzy number from 1955 has been covered by a huge range of people including Barbra Streisand, Joe Cocker, Aerosmith, Rick Astley, Bjork, Merle Haggard and Olivia Newton John.
4. And I Love Her, the Beatles. Covered by Bob Marley, Smokey Robinson, Sarah Vaughan, Barry Manilow and Vince Gill, among numerous others.

5. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones. Covered by Britney Spears, Jimi Hendrix, Cat Power and Vanilla Ice.

6. Imagine, John Lennon. Joan Baez’s cover of this is no surprise, nor is Ray Charles or Elton Johns. Some more unconventional versions have been done by Avril Lavigne, Dolly Parton and Queen.

7. Summertime, Abbie Mitchell. She’s the one who originally sangit in the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The Janis Joplin cover is probably the most well-known, but Sonny and Cher did a version as well, and so did REM.

8. Blackbird, The Beatles. Also performed by Dave Grohl, Phish, Bobby McFerrin, Eddie Vedder and Elliott Smith.

9. Over the Rainbow, Judy Garland. Cover versions include Willie Nelson, Patti LaBelle, Eva Cassidy, Eric Clapton, Chet Atkins, Tori Amos and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. That last version is the Hawaiian rendition that’s mixed with What a Wonderful World that has gotten a lot of play in the last few years.
10. The Look of Love, Dusty Springfield. Written by Burt Bacharach and originally sung by Dusty. Covered by The Zombies, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Shirley Bassey and Diana Krall.

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The Virtual You

A viral website has been created to promote the upcoming Bruce Willis movie, The Surrogates.  VSI stands for Virtual Self, Inc., the company in the film that creates the personal surrogates.


Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others’ surrogates.The film is scheduled for release in September 2009.


Click HERE to create you own surrogate.




Top 10 Moments Caught on Google Street Maps View

HERE is a neat round up of 10 strange, funny, and plain surreal scenes caught on Google Maps Street View. The list includes things like passed out drunks, hidden Chinese subs, accidents and fire – and even a Viking fight!


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Indies Get Wilco DVD Early For Record Store Day

In an effort to boost excitement for Record Store Day (April 18), Wilco is making its new Nonesuch concert DVD, “Ashes of American Flags,” available early, and exclusively, to indie retail for the occasion, Billboard has learned.

The film — recorded in Tulsa, Okla.; New Orleans; Mobile, Ala.; Nashville; and Washington, D.C., during the band’s 2008 tour — will go on sale to all retailers two weeks later. It will serve as a teaser for Wilco’s next studio album, expected this summer.

“My introduction to a lot of great music and to the ‘music business’ came from hanging around and eventually working at independent record stores in Belleville, Ill., and St. Louis many years back,” Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy tells Billboard.com. “It’s the life I know. Nothing beats browsing in your favorite store, listening to music, finding something new or old that you’ve been searching for, being ignored by the store clerks, all that. And without these stores, there’s just no way Wilco would still be around. They’ve been with us from the very beginning, through thick and thin. Even if I wasn’t in a band, I’d still support Record Store Day. It’s a great thing and I’m glad we could do something special with them for our DVD.”

“When we learned that Record Store Day was confirmed and would even merit an industry-wide Saturday release date, it seemed like a perfect matchup,” says Nonesuch senior VP of marketing Peter Clancy. “This idea was enthusiastically received by the band and their management, who have always been supportive of the indie community — as the indies have been of Wilco for over a decade.”

Clancy adds that traditional retail remains important to Nonesuch, as about 80% of its sales are still physical.

Other labels are getting into the act with exclusives of their own. Matador is releasing a 7-inch with Sonic Youth covering Beck’s “Pay No Mind” on the A-side and Beck doing Sonic Youth’s “Green Light” on the B-side; a previously unreleased LP of a 1997 Pavement gig from Cologne, Germany; and another 7-inch with Jay Reatard’s “Hang Them All” on one side and Sonic Youth’s “No Garage” on the other. Two thousand five hundred copies of each record will be available at participating Record Store Day outlets.

Music Monitor Network president Michael Kurtz says Record Store Day exclusives include a double 10-inch pressing of My Morning Jacket’s “Evil Urges,” a series of Radiohead EPs on vinyl and reusable Record Store Day shopping bags produced by WEA. (From Billboard)


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Disneyland’s It’s a Small World Gets Facelift

You can climb back on the ride “It’s a Small World” at Disneyland in California. The attraction was closed for more than a year, getting a facelift that adds more than a dozen new Disney characters.


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