INXS via Beck

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So it’s been three months and ten days since I’ve written here. After that last Alive and Kicking post, I bet some of you thought Ol’ Swap would be back in the saddle with the posts here… but NOPE. DIDN’T HAPPEN.

Why, Swap? WHY???

Well, I’ll tell you… because some stranger went through my stuff (including my GOOD underwear) and stole some of that said stuff. Yes, I was robbed. And THIS time, it wasn’t of a Grammy, Oscar, or Emmy… it was of my computer, digital camera, video camera, and some other electronics. My good underwear was (thankfully) spared. Right now, some bloke thinks he’s pretty clever with the climbing over my wall and the breaking my door down, but little does he/she know that I’ve got Batman on the case, and I bet that soon I’ll get a call from Bats telling me that he’s got the Bat-suspect dangling by the Bat-rope off a REALLY tall Bat-building.

“What do you want me to Bat-do?” Batman will ask.

“Drop the Bat-jerkwad off that Bat-building but film it so I can post the video on YouTube. But first get my s**t back!”

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Ah, if I were only that lucky. Chances are, my stuff is in the hands of someone new right now who bought it all for a song.

Anyhow, the point of this is to say that I finally got a new computer and it’s time to start writing here again.

I’ve been on an INXS kick for the past month or so. Their breakthrough hit “What You Need” came on my iPod and I said to myself, “Self? That’s pretty frikkin’ awesome.” It was then that I discovered Beck’s Record Club. For those of you that don’t know who Beck is, he’s simply the most popular cheese in the world. Here’s a little ditty on what Beck’s Record Club is all about (taken off the official site):

Record Club is an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day. The album chosen to be reinterpreted is used as a framework. Nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track is put up here once a week. The songs are rough renditions, often first takes that document what happened over the course of a day as opposed to a polished rendering. There is no intention to ‘add to’ the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens.

Apparently, they’re working on INXS‘ 1987 smash album, Kick and have already covered “Guns in the Sky,” “Mediate,” “New Sensation,” and others. Here’s the recordings session for “New Sensation.”

Below, I’ve posted a couple of selections from the sessions so far… hop on over there and check it out because A) it’s cool and B) we all want to be cool.

And finally, to the bastard that stole my stuff… stop stealing from people. It’s not nice. It makes people angry. It doesn’t look good on your resume. And finally, what goes around comes around, so be ready for the hammer to fall on your head. I only wish I could be there to witness that moment.

I just got an email from my bank saying that there has been irregular card activity as of today. So I called and the nice customer service representative told me of three transactions that I did not do. Great. When it rains, it pours. STOP STEALING, PEOPLE!!!!!!

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Never Tear Us Apart (original)
Download: Never Tear Us Apart (Beck’s Record Club cover)
Download: Devil Inside (original)
Download: Devil Inside (Beck’s Record Club cover)

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