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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

premiere: bodies of water | "dear boy"

Our good friend Justin Gage, proprietor of Autumn Tone Records and founder of L.A.'s best music blog, has recruited some of the finest bands from his hometown of Los Angeles to cover the twelve songs that make up Paul McCartney's classic 1971 solo release, RAM. The ambitious, not-for-profit compilation project, appropriately titled RAM On L.A., features stellar, inspired contributions from Earlimart, Radar Bros., Le Switch, Amnion, the Broken West, and more, including this perfect rendition of McCartney's "Dear Boy" from one of my own favorite L.A. bands, Bodies of Water.

bodies of water :: dear boy

The not-for-profit RAM on L.A. compilation will be released as a FREE, high-quality download next week at Aquarium Drunkard. Listeners are encouraged to make donations to No More Landmines, a cause that "helps and empowers communities around the world by removing the threat of landmines and unexploded weapons."


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome. I cant wait for this.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Super cool.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous sarah said...

yay Bodies of Water!

11:57 AM  
Blogger kyle said...

son of a bitch, i love that album.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh nice

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It reminds me of the Spree.

I like it!

4:41 PM  
Anonymous mally said...

her voice sounds great on this

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's very brave. Ram is an absolute classic album

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Oliver said...


3:21 AM  
Blogger Dodge said...

Monkberry Moon Delight here.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous uwmryan said...

This track is so awesome. Can't wait for the whole thing!

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Paul Ramon said...

And let me guess... not one will be one tenth of the originals. Great. But at least now we can all pretend we've always loved Ram.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Paul Ramon said...

And let me guess. Not one of these covers will come within a million miles of the original. Dear Boy? Check. But at least hipsters can now pretend to have always known and loved Ram.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Paul Ramon said...

I like to comment twice.

P.S. they managed to strip all the chord inversions away. Great. Probably don't even know they did, but it blows.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Paul Ramon said...

But not as bad as that AWFUL Monkberry Moon Delight cover. People put effort into this? Huh. Looks like this might not get rid of land mines entirely.

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm paul ramon and i like to comment my stupid bullshit 4 times. look at me, i'm paul ramon.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Cole said...

Whoever's doing Uncle Albert has got their work cut out for them.

4:08 AM  
Blogger Bobby said...

Tom Scharpling is also compiling a RAM covers album as a part of the premium for his show (The Best Show on WFMU) during the WFMU fundraising marathon! Weird.

Here's his tracklisting:
"Too Many People" – Aimee Mann
"3 Legs" – ??
"Ram On" – Portastatic
"Dear Boy" – Death Cab For Cutie
"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" – Dump
"Smile Away" – Hank IV
"Heart of the Country" – ??
"Monkberry Moon Delight" – Danielson
"Eat at Home" –
"Long Haired Lady" – Spiderbags
"Ram On" – Themeweavers
"The Back Seat of My Car" - Ted Leo
"Another Day" The Barbaras


6:45 PM  
Blogger jacksfork said...

Paul Ramon = lame. Quit commenting ya miserable old hag.

Enjoyable cover. Bodies of Water is good.

7:44 PM  
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