SLS ~ Smells Like Sour


SLS Submission: Crazy

SLS SubmissionI just submitted a tune for SLS15 consideration. I submitted "Crazy" from Gnarls Barkley.

I'm trying not to make snap decisions these days. In the past, I'd hear a tune I totally dug and I'd submit it for SLS consideration that day. Now, I try and sit on it for bit, giving tunes multiple listens before making such a decision.

After about 30 listens, I've decided "Crazy" is SLS worthy. It's different, funky and fun. There's room on SLS15 for different, funky and fun, right?

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SLS Submission: Woman

SLS SubmissionI just submitted a tune for SLS15 consideration. I submitted "Woman" from Wolfmother.

This is precisely the kind of great tune that should appear on SLS. I've been digging it for weeks and weeks but I'm only now getting around to submitting it. You can actually hear "Woman" here.

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The Great SLS X-Post Experiment

slsHenry David Thoreau was on to something when he said "simplify". Actually, he said it twice and it would have been more economical had he said it but once. Why double the effort if you don't have to?

The same principles can be applied to SLS. We started the SLS blog a couple of years ago, but rarely do Mark or I actually write an entry. Having said that, I frequently write SLS-related entries on my personal blog. What if, when I write an SLS themed entry on my personal site, it automatically showed up on the SLS blog? That's the kind of simplification HDT was talking about!

And so begins the great SLS cross posting experiment. If successful, this entry will appear simultaneously on both my personal site and Smells Like Sour. What an age we live in.

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SLS Submission: Hate Me

SLS SubmissionI just submitted a tune for SLS15 consideration. I submitted "Hate Me" from Blue October.

I instantly liked this song, but hesitated to submit it because it's a little poppy. But what the hell! This might be 2006's "Since You Been Gone"... a guilty pleasure I can't help but like.

Or maybe not. Maybe I'm a total loser for liking this song. Hate me... go ahead and hate me. See if I care.

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SLS Submission: Steady, As She Goes

SLS SubmissionI just submitted a tune for SLS15 consideration. I submitted "Steady, As She Goes" from The Raconteurs.

Jack White of The White Stripes contributes vocals, guitars and keyboards to The Raconteurs, a very promising band from the sounds of it. "Steady, As She Goes" is their first single and fantastic. You can hear it on their official site.

Speaking of which, this may very well be the best "official site" for a rock band I've ever seen. It's absolutely brilliant. You'll have to click on over to see what I mean.

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SLS Submission: Blood On Our Hands

SLS SubmissionI just submitted a tune for SLS15 consideration. I submitted "Blood On Our Hands" from Death From Above 1979.

There's more to You're A Woman, I'm A Machine than "Romantic Rights". For example, there's this tune, which is worthy of SLS15 consideration.

I've already got a solid 1:04 of material for the next installment. As you know from the guide, we cut it off at 80 minutes. With more submissions expected over the next two months, something's gonna haveta give.

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SLS Submission: Lonely Day

SLS SubmissionI just submitted a tune for SLS15 consideration. I submitted "Lonely Day" from System of a Down.

I love the band and it's a nice enough song, but I submit it for SLS15 under protest. Too much Daron and not enough Serj!

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SLS Submission

SLS SubmissionI just submitted a tune for SLS15 consideration. I submitted "Cash Machine" from the Hard-Fi.

When I first heard this tune I thought it sounded like the Stereo MC's. I liked it though, and when I heard it on the radio the other morning I found myself groovin' to it. I think there's room on SLS15 for a little Hard-Fi.

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There's Nothing New Under The Sun

slsSomeone who goes by the name freiherrin wrote an interesting piece about plagiarism in the Sour Talk forum. He/she stumbled upon the SLS page for Neverending White Light's "The Grace" and caught Carter and I discussing the songs "The Grace" reminded us of. In response, freiherrin went off about the fact there's nothing new under the sun and it's all been done. It was a pretty interesting rant and here's an excerpt.

Music has been a part of mankind's existence from the beginning and whilst it is marvellously plastic in its tonality, composition, instrumentation, the fact remains that at a certain point one cannot help but imitate, apporximate or copy - unconsciously or otherwise - from those who have gone before, and the music they created.

In fact, music is taught, much as painting is, by imitation and permutation and improvisation. In order to create, one must know not only what has gone before but also how music is structured. One learns that by practical experience.

When I hear a new song, I always hear echoes of songs I've heard before. Often I'll write about songs that sound alike, daring to compare "Pieces" and "The Scientist" or "Walk Idiot Walk" and "I Can't Explain." It's a sport of sorts. Name that tune!

As the great freiherrin says, "Music is another language. It has grammar and syntax and rules and a body of common knowledge about how notes can be put together. Eventually someone will copy a song that has gone before, even if he has had no conscious knowledge of the song imitated."

Amen.

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SLS Submission

SLS SubmissionI just submitted a tune for SLS15 consideration. I submitted "Dead Flowers" from the The Miniatures.

Sometimes a song will grow on me, and other times I'll instantly like it. I immediately really liked "Dead Flowers" from The Minatures.

I had to Google these guys to learn who they were, and lo and behold they're practically local. The six-piece band is from Kitchener, Ontario. Bonus points!

Yes, there's a David Bowie / Elvis Costello feel to the tune, but it's tres cool. This tune will make SLS15.

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