Wrapped in the Covers: Paramore “Grow Up”

Search the “Paramore” tag on this site and you’ll find a lot on their self-titled album. Still one I can put on and lose myself to, I am forever enamored by the reality of the lyrics. Coming into my life when I needed it most, it’s a personal favorite that continues to hold my hand when life takes some drastic turns. Most importantly, this song – “Grow Up” – continues to remind me that I’m not the 16-year-old fat kid who whispered under her breath most days about this and that, but in fact a woman who is almost 30. A woman who needs to face even the toughest times head on because sitting there and whining about life, it gets jack shit done. Yeah, life is unfair but I’ll cry just a little and then dry my eyes. Listening to this on repeat in recent weeks, it had to be the main dish of this week’s covers. Now let’s listen to these gals and guy’s take.

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Lazertits On Legolas, Calendars and Boss Bitches

Photo Credit: Simon Aubor
Photo Credit: Simon Aubor

Amy feels that she and her four best friends that make up the Lazertits have been like a snowball of sorts when it came to meeting and coming together. Two school friends that later met their third thanks to a Vines obsession, they found their fourth through a series of parties and then five years ago landed their fifth and final BFF when Vick moved to their neck of the woods from Sweden. Just friends at first who bonded over any and everything, they soon found themselves playing music together a few years ago – thus Lazertits was born. Fast forward to today and they are stronger than ever, making calendars for charity and raising money to bring new music to the world. We covered all of that and more when we sat down with all five for a little back and forth chat.

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Mega Bog: Happy Together

Looking at Mega Bog, listening to Mega Bog, I would assume Mega Bog came up in a small town in Europe, but then came to the states and settled in the heart of Brooklyn because the sound is out there and very well, different. Happy Together pulls from an audible history, and could really be the score for a number of films when you break it down. A variety of styles intertwined into one, it was like listening to a hip flea market on a Sunday afternoon.

A lot of scenarios came with Happy Together, but the most present seemed to be the 1920’s. A speakeasy overtaken by someone with a Bjork approach to music, that’s what came to life with play was hit and “Diznee” began. We moved from one decade and scene to the next with each. A ‘60s spy movie came with the more uptempo “Mariane” while detectives took over with “19204.” What I found interesting is that the start of the record showcased more of the arrangement and composition that comes from Mega Bog. Her voice was lost until things started to settle down at the end with a cabaret feel in “Worst Way” and a lot of drama in “Black Rose.” Two sides of one artist, each done with a distinct touch.

There was a lot to hear and imagine when listening to Mega Bog. Like the soundtrack to a movie with a million and one plots that actually somehow worked happily together. Which is ironic and fitting all at the same time. If you’re a fan of artists like Bjork and Lana Del Rey, make sure to check out Happy Together, out now.