Taylor Swift Covers Vance Joy’s “Riptide”

I only recently became a fan of Taylor Swift, so some of her past performances are still “new” to me…

Her cover of Vance Joy’s song “Riptide” is an incredible stripped-down take on an already excellent song. You can tell just how much she loves this song by watching her perform it in this video.

Vance’s original version of “Riptide” can be found here:

Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood Video

This video had been hyped a lot, so I was prepared to be disappointed. But, once again Taylor Swift has delivered an excellent, extremely fun music video!

I suspected that the video might feature a remixed version of the song once I heard Kendrick Lamar was associated with the video — glad to see that I was right! I think the remix version with the added verses by Kendrick elevates the song a bit more, giving it a slightly harder feel, which is perfect!

Christa Wells “Covers” EP

The other week I downloaded Christa Wells’s “Covers” EP from NoiseTrade. It is a great collection of covers of some great songs from the 80s and 90s.

  1. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me [The Smiths]
  2. Come As You Are [Nirvana]
  3. One (feat. Kaleb Jones) [U2]
  4. Waiting for the Night [Depeche Mode]
  5. Tonight Tonight [The Smashing Pumpkins]

I especially love the beautiful version of “Waiting for the Night”, which has always been one of my favorite Depeche Mode songs.

The full album is no longer available from NoiseTrade, but you can download “Waiting for the Night” for free. And the full album can be purchased from iTunes.

Katy Perry Halftime Show

I didn’t watch the Super Bowl last night, but I saw lots of talk on Twitter about Katy Perry’s halftime show, so I had to check it out. Great pop performance — she sure has come a long way from Katy Hudson (which I still think is a pretty decent debut album, if a bit overproduced). And it was great to see Missy Elliott at the end!

Apologies for the poor video quality — this was the best I could find.