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awesome covers

Here are some awesome covers I have recently come across. If you see a graphic in the middle of the box, please press that so that you may see the song list. Please click in the top left corner of each box to download the song.



1) “When Doves Cry” (Prince cover) - Covered by Damien Rice. As Damien is known for, he makes this cover of “When Doves Cry” into a truly depressing song. Though the site I found this song on listed this as only a cover of “When Doves Cry”, Damien gracefully blends in a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” in the middle and then goes back to covering “When Doves Cry.” Truly a brilliant and outstanding cover.

2) “Down in a Hole” (Alice in Chains cover) - Covered by Ryan Adams. There are not that many AIC covers out there and they’re one of my favorite bands. (The reformed AIC that’s formed after Layne’s death is a blasphemy!) This slower, even more morose version of “Down in a Hole” is really good. My only criticism would be the one part where the band members try to recreate Layne’s unique voice. They fail. I’d also like to point out that I normally cannot stand Ryan Adams but I do really like this cover.

3) “Leif Erikson” (Interpol cover) - covered by Lotte Kestner. Considering how much I love Interpol and this song in particular, it means a lot when I say that this cover comes very close to being favored over the original.

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Apr 03
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This is my paternal great-grandmother, Nanny. My mother sent me this picture to remind me that I descend from a long line of strong women. It looks she uprooted that tree by sheer force of will.

This is my paternal great-grandmother, Nanny. My mother sent me this picture to remind me that I descend from a long line of strong women. It looks she uprooted that tree by sheer force of will.

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Feb 15
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Feb 09
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Ok. So apparently, hot pink/magenta IS the cosmetic color of choice for Spring. Two posts previous to this one,  I discussed my negative feelings about the Nars cosmetic collection for Spring. We could call that collection, “Pink: Done Wrong.” On the other hand, we could retitle Lancome’s “Pink Irreverence” Spring campaign as “Pink: Done Right.” Look at the picture of the model displaying the Nars Spring cosmetic collection and now contrast her appearance with the model displaying Lancome’s Spring collection. The Lancome makeup makes model looks vibrant, healthy, and sexy. The colors (and their application) of the Nars Spring collection make the Nars model look ill or as though she’s been injured in the eye area. I think one of the key things to notice is that there are no clear lines of  demarcation in the eye makeup of the Nars model. Her entire eye area (eyelid, lower lid, inner corners, brow bone area, etc) are a haze of pinks, mauves, browns, and magenta. The fact that these colors are all seamlessly merged together is part of what makes it appear as though she’s recovering from a black eye. She might be wearing a bit of black eyeliner on the inner rims of her upper eyelids but it does little to take away from the “recovering from black eyes” look. On the Lancome model, we can clearly tell she’s wearing eye makeup and it’s fine that we notice that. The pinks in the Lancome collection are sharper, brighter than the colors in the Nars campaign. Also, take time to note the heavy black, smudged eyeliner on the upper and lower lids. The strong eyeliner serves as a fine contrast with the multiple pink shades and prevents that whole “my eye is puffy and pink with infection/injury” problem in the Nars picture. The most potent hot pink shade is reserved for the crease where it a) looks lovely and b) is far enough away from the eye that it does not highlight any red, tired eye look. A light cotton-candy esque shade of pink has been used on the lids. It’s colorful enough to be noticed but not in that pinky-purple-maroon family of color that was chosen in the Nars lineup. Please also compare the lipcolors of the two different women. On the Nars model, the lipcolor is mostly matte and is extremely similar (if not identical) to the main eyeshadow shade. On the Lancome model, the lip color is, quite literally, “Electric Pink.” The strong shade brings a wonderful pop of color to the model’s face and it is a much more pigmented hot pink than that used on her eyes. With a bit of toning down (but certainly not removing altogether) the eyeliner (perhaps only doing one layer instead of two with smudging) you could easily wear Lancome’s “Pink Irreverence” lineup during your normal, daily activities. The full look is obviously more suited for a night out or other special occasion. As for the Nars lineup, when exactly is a good time to look like you’ve been attacked or have/are becoming a member of the undead? I don’t know. I do know that I splurged and bought Lancome’s “Laque Fever Electric Pink” lip color and “Irreverent Madame” eyeshadow collection yesterday.

Ok. So apparently, hot pink/magenta IS the cosmetic color of choice for Spring. Two posts previous to this one,  I discussed my negative feelings about the Nars cosmetic collection for Spring. We could call that collection, “Pink: Done Wrong.” On the other hand, we could retitle Lancome’s “Pink Irreverence” Spring campaign as “Pink: Done Right.” Look at the picture of the model displaying the Nars Spring cosmetic collection and now contrast her appearance with the model displaying Lancome’s Spring collection. The Lancome makeup makes model looks vibrant, healthy, and sexy. The colors (and their application) of the Nars Spring collection make the Nars model look ill or as though she’s been injured in the eye area. I think one of the key things to notice is that there are no clear lines of  demarcation in the eye makeup of the Nars model. Her entire eye area (eyelid, lower lid, inner corners, brow bone area, etc) are a haze of pinks, mauves, browns, and magenta. The fact that these colors are all seamlessly merged together is part of what makes it appear as though she’s recovering from a black eye. She might be wearing a bit of black eyeliner on the inner rims of her upper eyelids but it does little to take away from the “recovering from black eyes” look. On the Lancome model, we can clearly tell she’s wearing eye makeup and it’s fine that we notice that. The pinks in the Lancome collection are sharper, brighter than the colors in the Nars campaign. Also, take time to note the heavy black, smudged eyeliner on the upper and lower lids. The strong eyeliner serves as a fine contrast with the multiple pink shades and prevents that whole “my eye is puffy and pink with infection/injury” problem in the Nars picture. The most potent hot pink shade is reserved for the crease where it a) looks lovely and b) is far enough away from the eye that it does not highlight any red, tired eye look. A light cotton-candy esque shade of pink has been used on the lids. It’s colorful enough to be noticed but not in that pinky-purple-maroon family of color that was chosen in the Nars lineup. Please also compare the lipcolors of the two different women. On the Nars model, the lipcolor is mostly matte and is extremely similar (if not identical) to the main eyeshadow shade. On the Lancome model, the lip color is, quite literally, “Electric Pink.” The strong shade brings a wonderful pop of color to the model’s face and it is a much more pigmented hot pink than that used on her eyes. With a bit of toning down (but certainly not removing altogether) the eyeliner (perhaps only doing one layer instead of two with smudging) you could easily wear Lancome’s “Pink Irreverence” lineup during your normal, daily activities. The full look is obviously more suited for a night out or other special occasion. As for the Nars lineup, when exactly is a good time to look like you’ve been attacked or have/are becoming a member of the undead? I don’t know. I do know that I splurged and bought Lancome’s “Laque Fever Electric Pink” lip color and “Irreverent Madame” eyeshadow collection yesterday.

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Feb 02
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Today’s big accomplishment: learning to backcomb my hair.

Today’s big accomplishment: learning to backcomb my hair.

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Feb 01
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Ok….so this is the spring look from Nars. What?!?? Look at this model. Those cosmetic shades do not suit that model nor would they suit me and I have very dark hair and very pale skin like the model. If I wore those colors, I (much like the model) would look as though 1) I have some kind of horrible eye infection, 2) I’ve just had a terrible allergic reaction, or 3) I am recovering from two black eyes. I don’t know about you but my goal for my makeup application is to look healthy, pretty, and possibly alluring. My goal is not to have people look at me and go, “Dude! What is wrong with her?!?”
The colors in the Nars spring palette are fine but they would be much better suited on perhaps an African-American woman whose skin color is enhanced (not washed into oblivion) by strong jewel tones. As for pale, pasty white people like me? It’s generally not a good idea to put hot pinkish tones around your eyes if you’re trying to look healthy and not as though you forgot to wash off your Halloween makeup.

Ok….so this is the spring look from Nars. What?!?? Look at this model. Those cosmetic shades do not suit that model nor would they suit me and I have very dark hair and very pale skin like the model. If I wore those colors, I (much like the model) would look as though 1) I have some kind of horrible eye infection, 2) I’ve just had a terrible allergic reaction, or 3) I am recovering from two black eyes. I don’t know about you but my goal for my makeup application is to look healthy, pretty, and possibly alluring. My goal is not to have people look at me and go, “Dude! What is wrong with her?!?”

The colors in the Nars spring palette are fine but they would be much better suited on perhaps an African-American woman whose skin color is enhanced (not washed into oblivion) by strong jewel tones. As for pale, pasty white people like me? It’s generally not a good idea to put hot pinkish tones around your eyes if you’re trying to look healthy and not as though you forgot to wash off your Halloween makeup.

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Jan 28
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This picture has made my day infinitely better.

Picture via Jezebel

This picture has made my day infinitely better.

Picture via Jezebel

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Jan 27
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Jan 25
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Who is allowing Miley to dress herself? It looks the ’80s exploded on her. (via dlisted)

Who is allowing Miley to dress herself? It looks the ’80s exploded on her. (via dlisted)

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