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Ray LaMontagne – Crazy (Gnarls Barkley Cover)


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Gnarls Barkley or at least Cee Lo. That said, you’ve also probably seen their…quirky…sense of style. Well, if you thought Cee Lo Green and Danger Mouse were an Odd Couple then you must have never heard this Ray LaMontagne cover of Crazy.

I found it today while searching for other songs on Sound Cloud. If you were digging the lyrics and can stomach some raspy folk, then give this track a listen. I promise it won’t hurt!

Crazy (Gnarls Barkley Cover) – Ray LaMontagne

Top 5 Songs To Mope To


Let’s face it, you feel like shit. Maybe not right this second, but you did yesterday, or maybe you will tomorrow. OR, you could be one of those “happy-go-lucky” folks that won’t cry for the next six months, then BAM! Remember that stray kitten you’ve been nursing back to health for the past 3 weeks, yeah, well it died the night you decided to go fundraise for starving children in Africa and you asked your stoner roommate to watch Sir Delmac Darcy. Now you’re on your floor in the fetal position, weeping like a small child. Yet, for some reason, your grieving soul isn’t entirely content with the pity party you’re currently throwing yourself. What’s missing? That horrendously depressing soundtrack to complete your wail fest, that’s what’s missing. You grope for your iPod — I say grope because you can’t see through the Atlantic Ocean of tears that has welled up in your pathetic little eyes — and place those precious earbuds in your ears and you freeze …What the $%&^#@ (insert appropriate explicit here)? You begin to cry even harder, you know, that snot-coming-from-everywhere cry, because you’re at a loss for what to listen to. Have no fear, you poor little thing! Lawron is here and I’m gonna help you create the most perfect mope mix. Here’s my “Top 5 Songs to Mope To.” I would say enjoy, but that would be contradictory, wouldn’t it?

1. Radiohead – How to Disappear Completely: Radiohead, in general, is an aching soul’s dream group with their, uh, occasionally, dreary lyrics. However, this song is one of the band’s best “I’m in the worst mood” songs. I’ve started many a morning in tears and tuned in to this depressing ballad.
Theme: Not quite yourself.
Best Line of the song: “That there, that’s not me…”

Radiohead – How to Disappear Completely

2. Gnarls Barkley – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul: Normally, Gnarls Barkley entertains listeners with their quirky persona. However, in this track from the album “The Odd Couple” seems to vividly express the emotions of a love lost.
Theme: Lost love.
Best Line of the Song: “Did I never stop to wonder, was it possible you were hurting worse than me?”

Gnarls Barkley – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul

3. Ray LaMontagne – Burn: If you don’t know Ray LaMontagne, you should. A folk lyricist like Dylan, LaMontagne has got some good stuff — stuff that’s normally more up-tempo. Okay, but when it comes to the track “Burn”, you can’t help but feel an insane urge to shed a couple tears.
Theme: Lost love.
Best Line of the Song: “Oh so kiss him again, just to prove to me that you can…”

4. Lauryn Hill – Gotta Find Peace of Mind: When you think about real R&B, Soul, and Hip-Hop, Lauryn Hill has to be on your mind. While her debut solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” was an overwhelming success, her MTV Unplugged album was nothing to sneeze at. The tracks provided more depth than the singles from the previous record, but were just as accessible. This particular song, although long, is a wonderful expression of the mind and its patterns of thought during particularly trying times (in her case, love).
Theme: Mental clarity.
Best Line of the Song: “Sometimes I, I fight myself…”

5. The Smiths – Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want: In contrast to Song 4 on the list, The Smiths said everything they needed to in less than two minutes. The perfect song to close out the list, “Please, Please, Please” is simple in its efforts to express how you feel when things just aren’t going your way. Although it is less specific in what Morrissey was going through when he wrote the song, its omission of detail makes it the perfect “one size fits all” mope song.
Theme: Bad string of luck.
Best Line of the Song: “See the life I’ve had, can make a good man bad.”

The Smiths – Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

James Vincent McMorrow – Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree

James Vincent McMorrow

From a commercial, to your favorite primetime drama, or the car next to you in rush hour traffic on the freeway — musical treasure can be unearthed. And, my god, when you find them, they can change your life—at least for the moment. James Vincent McMorrow is one of those treasures. This amazing artist came to me while watching one of my favorite shows on a ho-hum Tuesday night. From the mouth of the Liffey flows pure serenity presented in the form of ten masterfully fashioned songs. McMorrow released his debut album in February for our friends across the pond. Yet, hearing his melodic tone, you can’t help but want what they’ve got over there in Ireland.

The album, Early In The Morning, can best be described as a mix of down-home comfort with a sprinkle of bluesy-folk edge. James offers simplistic musical variation with gutsy vocals like that of Ray Lamontagne or Bob Dylan. I encourage listeners to not be thrown off by fast paced guitar riffs like those present on the track entitled Sparrow & the Wolf. Point blank, the man pours out his soul into his work and that is particularly evident on tracks like Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree–my favorite.

James Vincent McMorrow is a treasure that is waiting for the world to receive. I honestly believe that and so does Vagrant Records. He was recently signed with the label for US distribution and released his self-titled EP in October. The full album will be available Jan. 25th, 2011. For a sneak peek of the album, visit his website, MySpace, or check him on Vagrant’s website. Oh yea, don’t forget to friend him on Facebook!

Here’s to good music and more to come, Slancha!

James Vincent McMorrow – Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree

ED. NOTE: Please welcome Lawron to 1146 miles! This is the first of hopefully many posts.