Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Oh My Lorde: Scott Bradlee, Postmodern Jukebox & Puddles The Clown - "Royals"

for their latest video-remix treatment, Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox recruited Puddles The Clown (aka Big Mike Geier), a 7-foot-tall sad clown and Atlanta-based performance artist with a voice not unlike Tom Jones; together, they recorded a sprawling "throwback"-style cover of Lorde's recent mega-hit, "Royals" in Bradlee's living room. It's a pretty amazing track, nonetheless, which wouldn't have been entirely possible without Robyn Adele Anderson, Cristina Gatti, Adam Kubota, Allan Mednard, and of course, Puddles' gold-plated vocal chords. "Royals" is far from Postmodern Jukebox's first go-round; in fact, they've recorded genre-shifting covers of everyone from Robin Thicke to Katy Perry and even laid down an entire Nickelback album, A Motown Tribute to Nickelback! Bandleader-pianist Scott Bradlee has composed a staggering mix of re-arrangements, including all sorts of broad-spanning styles: Doo-Wop, "Grandpa Style," 1920's Great Gatsby, Jazz, Country, 1940's Swing, "Bluegrass Barn Dance," Motown, Ragtime, etc. all under the veil of post-modern hits, mind you. Bradlee recently set up a Kickstarter-like Patreon campaign to help make better quality Postmodern Jukebox music videos, which has already raised $1,000+, and a little birdy told me that we'll actually see a new Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox video as early as this afternoon (Tuesday).

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