Mouth Off 06.05.11

Posted on June 5, 2011 by MouthOffTeam

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Cool Chord of the Week
Christopher gets shivers from a passing chord in Chris Juengel’s version of Elliott Smith’s “Say Yes.”  Download it FREE here.

Song Suggestion
Lea DeLaria’s jazz take on the epic “Black Hole Sun” inspires Dave to suggest that a cappella groups cover the popular Soundgarden song.  Paul Anka, the Vitamin String Quartet, the Tufts Amalgamates, N.A.M.B., and Alice pave the way for dramatic reinterpretations of the song.

Music from the Future
Christopher has a premonition that UO Mind the Gap might maybe release a new album that he calls a “pop music dream,” with lively takes on the Neon Trees’ “Animal,” Sara Bareilles’s “King of Anything,” and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”

Album Review
Even if it’s a bit scattered in focus, the still-new Danish quintet Postyr’s debut release Postyr Project fascinates both Dave and Christopher, and spurs some pondering questions about avantgarde pop, the capabilities of the voice, and the future of a cappella.


  • Freddie on June 6th, 2011

    What the JODO?!?!

  • Karissa on June 16th, 2011

    It’s worth noting that Mind the Gap’s cover of Teenage Dream is actually a cover of The Rescues’ cover of Teenage Dream…which is brilliant.

  • admin on June 16th, 2011

    Thanks for the note!

  • Povl Barkler on June 19th, 2011

    Oh boy! Have I been excited to hear what my favorite and wisest a cappella fiends had to say about Postyr. May I call you friends? Anyway, you were totally worth waiting on and spot on in your review.

    I first experienced Postyr when my choir “Rockkoret” (The Rock Choir) shared a concert with them in Copenhagen in December last year. I lack words to fully describe the experience, but in short it would be YES!!! Or if I had to extrapolate OMG YES!

    I love contemporary a cappella music. And I want everybody to experience just what the sheer human voice can accomplish and add to just any genre of music. But guess what? A cappella is not exactly main stream in Denmark. And unfortunately I can see why. When an a cappella tune is finally played on national radio, it usually a somewhat cheesy imitation of a well known song.

    When I listen to music, I hear melody, lyrics, and arrangement before I hear technique. I can appreciate the a cappella technique, because I sing in an a cappella choir. But if you have no experience with singing what should turn you on to a cappella, if it adds nothing but technique?

    That is why I love Postyr. They bring something new and unexpected. Like the music or not – they are original. I can live with them not being a cappella puritans, because they can take a cappella new places. Having seen Postyr live there is no doubt in my mind that they are singers first. I would call them an a cappella (plus) band. And they are very nice people.

    I hope you had a nice weekend off. I missed you guys but apparently even geniuses need a vacation. You deserved it. My vacation, you ask? Well I start off with Bobby McFerrin solo at Copenhagen Jazz Festival (I enjoyed his concert in Aarhus so much I had to see him again), and I end it with one week of a cappella workshop with Line Groth Riis (yes from Postyr!). I can’t wait for July…

    Keep the podcasts coming. You are so much the BOMB.

    Sincerely yours


    PS It’s pronounced Paul
    PPS Danish is not that hard. Every child speaks it over here! :-)

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