Kate Bush cover of the day #58: The Morning Fog by Sometree

April 17th, 2014 by Reinder

At this point, I'm deliberately searching for cover versions to complete the full set of songs from Hounds of Love/The Ninth Wave. I'll be honest: I don't like the distorted and rather strained lead vocal in this one, and I don't think this adds a lot to the original version.

But what can you do with "The Morning Fog", really? It is the last song on the original album, the lollypop after the emotional rollercoaster ride of The Ninth Wave. Its function is to bring the listener back to earth and the means it uses to achieve that end are fairly basic: "The Morning Fog" goes is one of Kate Bush's most minimal compositions prior to 50 Words for Snow: just a drum beat, fretless bass and acoustic guitar over which Kate declares her love for everyone in her life. It's beautiful, but it's not intended to stand alone.

And boy does this ever stand alone! There's hardly any context to this at all. The YouTube upload is by a third party, who has posted a small number of unrelated videos over the past five years. It has only a static image. Sometree is almost certainly the German band described in this rather rambling Last.fm bio. I probably should have heard of them before, because they've been around for a while and have several albums out. As it is, like I said, I only found this track by specifically for it. Last.fm members have played "The Morning Fog" twice in the past six months. It seems the group has a following and probably deserved better than to fade away like they apparently did.

Anyway. A cover of "The Morning Fog" exists. I hope I can find one that I like better though.

Kate Bush cover of the day #57: Mother Stands for Comfort (in Chinese) by Akatomie and Xxlillie

April 16th, 2014 by Reinder

Some ideas are obvious in hindsight. Translating "Mother Stands for Comfort" into Chinese is one of them - it has always sounded vaguely East Asian to me, anyway. This is apparently an all-YouTube collaboration that took two years to complete.

"Mother Stands for Comfort" was the only track on Side A of Hounds of Love that wasn't a single, yet multiple cover versions exist. Previous versions of "Mother Stands for Comfort": Jane Birkin; Michael Aaron.

Via The Homeground and Kate Bush News and Info Forum.

Kate Bush cover of the day #56: Under Ice by Alice Genberg

April 15th, 2014 by Reinder

Covers of "Under Ice" are just like busses: you think they don't exist, then suddenly two show up all at once. This version by Swedish singer Alice Genberg updates the original with a 2013-era sound palette but doesn't otherwise do an awful lot with it. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. Genberg's voice adds a more dreamlike tone to it.

I do think I could complete an Hounds of Love/The Ninth Wave in cover versions, including some bonus tracks. I still need "The Big Sky", "Hello Earth" and "The Morning Fog", and I'm pretty sure Theo Bleckmann did "Hello Earth", as it was the title of his Kate Bush inspired album/show.

Kate Bush cover of the day #55: Waking the Witch by The Little Unsaid

April 14th, 2014 by Reinder

Oh my God, this one made my jaw drop. "Waking the Witch" in its original form on Hounds of Love is a completely artificial construction, all Fairlight and multi-tracking and slowed down tape. Then in 2014, I stumble upon this, uploaded to YouTube while I was not working on this series: one man with an acoustic guitar and live loops, performing it live in a single take. It's stripped down, but it's still as eerie, even if it takes a smidgeon longer to get to the point. I'm in awe.

The Little Unsaid has also performed Running Up That Hill. Like everyone else, but I might come back to it later anyway.

Kate Bush cover of the day #54: And Dream of Sheep/Under Ice by Theo Bleckmann

April 13th, 2014 by Reinder

I've featured Theo Bleckmann before in this series, very early on, but it's been three years, and as he did a whole project and album around the songs of Kate Bush, it was inevitable that he'd get featured again. This live recording combines "And Dream of Sheep" and "Under Ice" in a similar atmospheric form as his version of Running Up That Hill featured as the thirteenth entry in this series.

Previous versions of "And Dream of Sheep": Happy Rhodes.

Kate Bush cover of the day #53: Jig of Life by Die 5 Percussionisten und das Beethovenorchester

April 12th, 2014 by Reinder

Via The Homeground and Katebush News and Info Forum.
Of the 11 songs on the Hounds of Love album proper, 7 8 9 have been performed live by artists who aren't Kate Bush (only one has been performed live by Kate herself, but that may change). I am still looking for "The Big Sky", "Under Ice" (see tomorrow's entry), "Waking the Witch" (see awesome entry for Monday), "Watching You Without Me", and "The Morning Fog" (see update for next Thursday).

The remaster process is done!

January 12th, 2014 by Reinder

The final four episodes of the Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan storyline The Corby Tribe have been remastered.

To read images with captions and all:
Paradise regained... for some! II
A Plain, yet Foodsome Repast I
A Plain, yet Foodsome Repast II
A Plain, yet Foodsome Repast III

The titles are the way they are because at the same time I redrew the final 2 episodes back in 2010, I split a bunch of double and triple episodes up into separate pages. These were originally conceived as extra-large bonus eps to celebrate the ending of the storyline itself, but the flow of the archived comics works better when each comic has its own page.

And with this, the remaster process is done! Unbelievably I started remastering comics in January 2006, while I was still working on Headsmen, Halloween and Feral. Once I got a day job, the whole process slowed down and I had to choose between either producing a slow trickle of new art every other month or so, or remastering the old stuff in the very limited amount of time that remained for me. I wanted to choose the former, but that became immensely frustrating to me because so much time would pass between art sessions. Eventually, about two years ago, I fully embraced the other option and at least got to be a bit productive again.

Now, though, I'm just glad this is done. With some changes to my daily schedule, I think I should at least be able to write and draw daily. I'm not promising new episodes this week, but definitely this year.

Comics for September 6-12, 2002 have been remastered.

January 11th, 2014 by Reinder

The Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan comics for September 6 through 12, 2002 have been remastered. We're still in the dénouement.

To read, including captions:
Impulsive implosion, or impassiveness?
Brush-off and morph-lust
Returns from a job hunt
September 10, 2002
Morph-lust sated
Paradise regained... for some

Watched Desolation of Smaug yesterday and actually enjoyed it. I don't have a lot of time for anything Tolkien usually, but as silly as some of the movie was, the cinematography was beautiful, the acting was stellar and the action and comedy sequences were thrilling/funny. I promised my wife I wouldn't giggle through the serious bits and was able to keep my promise.

Comics for August 30-September 5, 2002 have been remastered.

January 10th, 2014 by Reinder

Good morning, if you're on CET. I've got a day off, and so I'm a little later posting the morning's batch of remastered Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan comics. Here they are: the comics for August 30 through September 5, 2002.

To read, including the all-important captions:
Oththere saede to his hlaforde
Impiety and impropriety!

"Distribution" was redrawn in 2010. The story is substantially over at this point, but the dénouement takes another 10 comics. So... wrapped up by the weekend?

Comics for August 21-29, 2002 have been remastered.

January 9th, 2014 by Reinder

Two things:

1. I am drunk. Not super-drunk, but much drunker than I should be considering the relatively small amount of beer I've had. Fascinating.
2. I nevertheless managed to post another 7 remastered Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan comics without making any more mistakes. They're the comics for August 21 through 29, 2002.
To read, including captions on the first 4:
Running for it
Bovine Faecalisation I
Bovine Faecalisation II.

The last panel of "Excorcism" was redrawn in 2010 or maybe 2011. At that time, the two "Bovine Faecalisation" strips were also split unto different pages; previously, they were a double comic on a single page. I like them better this way, overall.