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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Syncopation cover

Some of you may remember when I mentioned Syncopation from the Japanese version of Metal Resistance, which rapidly became one of my favorite Babymetal songs. You still can't hear the proper recorded version on YouTube, but it has rapidly become a favorite of skilled YouTube musicians. Here are a pair of good ones for guitar and bass.



Even if you're not kitsune, you can't help but develop a keen appreciation for just how good the Kamis are when you see these awesome young guys playing cover versions. It's startling to see how much better they are than the guitarists who were playing professionally in bar bands 20 years ago. Particularly if you've got someone in the house learning how to play No Rain, No Rainbow....

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Anonymous I wrote the Magna Carta June 14, 2017 4:24 PM  

Baby Boomers at Woodstock 1969 would be scratching their head confusedly.

Blogger dvdivx June 14, 2017 4:25 PM  

Ever tried Hanzel und Gretyl? Another good band but not Japanese.

Anonymous patrick kelly June 14, 2017 4:33 PM  

What impressed my most about the Kamis was their ability to switch between metal schred and old jam classics like Stratus or Led Boots effortlessly. They love being musicians and performing. Such passion goes a long way toward the self motivation and discipline necessary to master any instrument.

Anonymous MDZ1985 June 14, 2017 4:40 PM  

Once I had seen all the Babymetal vids on Youtube (or so I thought at the time - there turned out to be many more), I moved on to covers. Yeah, there are some scary-talented young musicians on Youtube. They've helped me appreciate the guitar parts even more.

The only good YT vid for Syncopation I've found was a phone recording. You couldn't see anything because he was obviously trying to keep his phone hidden, but it has good sound. I'll have to hunt for it again. It would be wonderful if they play it this Friday at the Palladium, but I wouldn't expect it.

Blogger Nate June 14, 2017 4:40 PM  

Baby Metal is freaking awesome.

Blogger Jon D. June 14, 2017 4:49 PM  

Thanks for turning me onto them. I use them almost exclusively for writing action scenes now. The best.

Blogger James Jones June 14, 2017 5:19 PM  

What is all the stuff with the Fox God? Sui Metal says he comes down on them when they gig and they don't remember anything about the gig.

Anonymous MDZ1985 June 14, 2017 5:43 PM  

The Fox God is in charge of heavy metal. Su-metal, Moametal and Yuimetal are his chosen avatars. He sends them out to battle to save the soul of heavy metal and aids them by coming into them, and also by sending them the Gods of Guitar, Bass and Drums (the Kami Band). Occasionally things get a bit rough and Su-metal has to be crucified. The second time was so she could be reborn as a pure goddess, so remember that when you watch them and show proper respect to her deity.

Blogger Fenris Wulf June 14, 2017 6:17 PM  

patrick kelly wrote:What impressed my most about the Kamis was their ability to switch between metal schred and old jam classics like Stratus or Led Boots effortlessly.
Pretty cool that they're covering Jeff Beck. George Martin told a story about producing "Blow by Blow." Beck was such a perfectionist that he kept going back into the studio to re-record his parts. Finally, he gave George Martin a call and mentioned some part that was still bugging him. George Martin said, "Jeff, the album has been in the shops for three weeks!"

Anonymous Mr. Rational June 14, 2017 8:47 PM  

Speaking of kitsune, I'm just going to put this here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xe72U7mXNg

Blogger Aeoli Pera June 15, 2017 1:33 AM  

Very impressive solo work by the amateur guitarist there. I know a perfectionist when I see one.

Blogger Aeoli Pera June 15, 2017 1:35 AM  

I'm no expert on bass technique but that looked pretty good.

Blogger Aeoli Pera June 15, 2017 1:44 AM  

It's startling to see how much better they are than the guitarists who were playing professionally in bar bands 20 years ago.

The sheer quantity of musical talent on YouTube beggars comprehension. It goes to show that our pop culture sucks because the gatekeepers and the consumers suck.

Anonymous Timpaul June 15, 2017 3:18 AM  

Guitar translates

Blogger wreckage June 15, 2017 8:47 AM  

The dude at the top is the *prettiest* guy I have ever seen. Does he have an older sister?

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