Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NCIS Murder Suspect Flowchart

Are you and your Gram-Gram having trouble figuring out who the murderer is on NCIS? Check out our handy flowchart to quickly find out who dunnit

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Friday, May 22, 2015

33 Non-English Covers Of English Songs (continued)

This is the second half of the list. For the first half of the list click HERE.


Beatriz Luengo - Alguien
Cover of Kings of Leon's 'Use Somebody'

Did you realize that your life was missing an acoustic, Spanish version of a Kings of Leon song? No? Okay, it's probably not, but here's one to explode you mind-holes anyway.

Santiago - Kokomo
Cover of Beach Boys' 'Kokomo'

We'd like to think Brian Wilson is smiling down from heaven, giving his thumbs up to this version. Yes, we know he's not dead. We still like picturing it though.

SINIESTRO TOTAL: Miña terra galega
Cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama'

We hope this version is big in Spain so that they too can experience the pain of every amateur guitarist trying to play it.


Dawen 王大文 - Creep
Cover of Radiohead's 'Creep'

Of all the international covers of Radiohead, this was our favorite. Plus there's a link under the video on youtube to download a free MP3 of the song. Now you can be a creep in Chinese!

林憶蓮 - 激情
 (Sandy Lam - Passion)
Cover of Berlin's 'Take My Breath Away'

Holy 80's Batman! This cover did little to differentiate itself from the original, except of course for the fact that it's in Chinese. Chinese-Goose, Nooo!


Saijo Hideki -Young Man 
Cover of Village People's 'Y.M.C.A.'

If you ever wondered why Village People wrote this song, this is the reason. It was always destined to be covered in Japanese.

MACO - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Cover of Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together'

Not a fan of Taylor Swift? Well, prepare to...probably not be a fan of this pretty straightforward cover. Love Taylor? Then you'll love Japanese-Taylor (she probably prefers to be called Maco).


Claude Francois - Ce Monde Absurde
Cover of Barry McGuire's 'Eve of Destruction'

With all due respect to Barry, when the apocalypse happens, it'll likely be in French.

Gael Boom - Mirrors
Cover of Justin Timberlake's 'Mirrors'

It's true what they say, Justin Timberlake's music just translates better into French. Sure, our French is a little rusty, but that only helps.

Eileen - Ces bottes sont faites pour marcher
Cover of Nancy Sinatra's 'These Boots Are Made For Walking'

What are boots made for if not for walking? This French version is not any closer to answering the eternal question.

Tukuleur - Afrika
Cover of Toto's 'Africa'

The singer of this cover is from Senegal, which if memory of our second grade geography lessons serves us right, is located in Africa. 


Anni-Frid Lyngstad - Liv Pa Mars?
Cover of David Bowie's 'Life on Mars'

David Bowie is always best when covered by other artists, and this is no exception. If you ever wanted to learn Swedish, the Youtuber who posted this was kind enough to include translated lyrics. 

Jonathan Johansson - Alla vill ha hela världen
Cover of Tears For Fears' 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World'

You remember the 80's? Well, they're back, and this time, they're Swedish (as if they weren't anyway).


Protopsalti Alkistis - Ola auta pou Fovamai
Cover of Nickelback's 'How You Remind Me'
We're not sure even covering it in Greek can make Nickelback good, but it sure helps a lot. Plus, dig this crazy video. Silly people, when there's lightning, you should play inside.


MC Rai - Everybody Hurts
Cover of REM's 'Everybody Hurts'

Tunisian born artist MC Rai delivers the Arabic version of REM's hit song you said could never be done. But it is done. And you were wrong, yet again.


Cornershop - Norwegian Wood
Cover of The Beatles' 'Norwegian Wood'

Technically speaking, Cornershop is a London based group. That said, the brothers who formed the group are Indian, and this amazing cover of the Beatles' classic is sung in Punjabi.


Jaak Joala - Öö Chicagos
Cover of Paper Lace's 'The Night Chicago Died'

Nothing quite like listening to Estonians singing a British song about a gang war in Chicago, where the history and geography is based on gangster films. No, seriously, what is like that?

That's it for our list. We hope you enjoyed globe trotting with us. If you have any suggestions for non-English covers, let us know in the comments.

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33 Non-English Covers Of English Songs

Whether you're studying another language, or just curious to know what Country Roads sounds like in Hebrew, we've got you covered. We scoured the internets to find some of the best, some of the oddest, and some of the most fun covers around.

Just a few rules were observed. One, the song had to be well known. Two, it had to be in another language. Three it couldn't just be some kid doing an awful cover in their bedroom (like Youtube is flooded with). And finally, much as we love hearing Johnny Cash belting out Ring of Fire in German, we avoided posting any songs where the artist themself was singing in a different language.

Happy listening, and make sure to let us know which cover you liked best.


Paola Turci - Questione di sguardi
Cover of Faith Hill's 'This Kiss'

Okay, so we're not sure what the deal is with the flying daggers in the video, but this Italian version of Faith Hill's song is magnifico. Better than the original, hands down.

Ligabue - A che ora è la fine del mondo?
Cover of REM's 'It's The End of The World'

It's safe to say that with most of the songs we can't say for sure how the translations match up to the original lyrics, and this cover is no exception. At least the video is... Just watch it.

Adriano Celentano - Pregueró
Cover of Ben E. King's 'Stand By Me'

There have been a lot of covers of Stand By Me over the years, but few match the passion and power being belted out by Adriano Celentano.


חוה אלברשטיין - זמן בבקבוק
(Chava Alberstein - Time in a Bottle)
Cover of Jim Croce's 'Time in a Bottle'

A simple, quiet, version of Croce's beloved song. Enjoy in particular the chorus, where she has to work hard to fit all the words in.

גבי שושן בהיר מחיוורון (ע"פ השיר
(Gabi Shoshan - Bright Shade of Pale)
Cover Procol Harum's 'Whiter Shade of Pale'

We tried to avoid posting multiple versions of the same song, but this is an exception to that rule. 

יואב יצחק - מה מצאתי בך
(Yoav Yitzhak - What I found in you)
Cover of Bryan Adams' 'Everything I Do'

We know what you're thinking, and the answer is yes, Bryan Adams is amazing when sung in Hebrew.

אריק איינשטיין - אני מרגיש כמו מלך
(Arik Einstein - I feel like a king)
Cover of Donovan's 'Mellow Yellow'

Don't have any idea what Donovan was singing about in English (at the time it was widely speculated it was about using bananas to get high), then nothing should change as you enjoy this Hebrew version. Unless of course you speak Hebrew, in which case, what's this song about?

חנן יובל קאנטרי רוד
(Hanan Yovel Country Road)
Cover of John Denver's 'Country Roads'

There are at least a few words English speakers still be able to sing along with as you're not likely to find a Hebrew word for "West Virginia".


Hans Hass Jr - American Pie I & II
Cover of Don McLean's 'American Pie'

A German version of American Pie is everything you didn't know you wanted all in one song.

Romina Mercedes - Ich liebe nur dich
Cover of Leona Lewis' 'Bleeding Love'

If you thought the original was catchy, just wait till you find yourself singing 'ich liebe nur dich' in the shower.

Marianne Rosenberg - Wer Liebe sucht
Cover of Tammy Wynette's 'Stand By Your Man'

German really isn't considered one of the romantic languages (okay, so that probably has more to do with not originating from Roman, but that's neither here nor there), but try not to melt with this rendition of the Tammy Wynette classic.

P.B. and M.D. - Bohemian Rhapsody
Cover of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

There are more than a few covers of Queen, and in particular Bohemian Rhapsody, but watch this video and you'll understand quickly why this was the one we had to post.


Topmost - Merisairaat Kasvot
Cover of Procol Harum's 'Whiter Shade of Pale'

The other version mentioned earlier, but this one's totally different cause it's, ya' know...in Finnish.

Kai Hyttinen - Nosta lippu salkoon
Cover of Tony Orlando and Dawn's 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree'

We always expected the heartwarming message of this song could transcend all language barriers and here's proof. I bet dolphins even have a cover of the song, but about squids or something.

Päivi Paunu - Oi niitä aikoja
Cover of Mary Hopkins' 'Those Were The Days'

Technically, what you're listening to, is a Finnish version of a Russian song that had English words written for it. You can split hairs or you can enjoy your damn dinner the song.

Danny - Kesäkatu
Cover of Lovin' Spoonful's 'Summer in the City'

Dude owned the name Danny like he was Cher. If you can't love him for that alone, well, we probably can't be friends.

We're not done yet. Check out page two (deux, dos, שתיים) for the other half of the list.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Our Picks For Best And Worst Children Books In 2015

Looking for some good books to get your children started reading this summer? Our staff sifted through stacks of upcoming titles to highlight the winners and point out the duds.

Young readers will get a kick out of learning their ABCs while learning to count. As a bonus, it has a section that'll help children learn about the importance of seafood freshness. B+

Explaining to children where their pets go when they die can be a tricky topic to cover. Luckily, everyone's favorite giant red dog is here to help. A-

Sure we all had a pocketful of blood at one time or another when we were kids, but this book doesn't cover what you should do with it. Plus it's full of cutesy misspellings which will just confuse the child who's learning to read. D-

The niche might be a little narrow on this one. But if your relative was recently devoured by bears, this book is the best way to help your kids understand nature. C-

Unanimously our top pick, The Killing Tree uses clever rhymes and fun drawings to tell the terrifying history behind Bella in the Wych Elm. A+

What were they thinking when they published this book? It teaches children that it's okay to go back on your promise. Without the suicide, it's just like reading this book: Murder. D+

Friday, May 1, 2015

Cat vs Cat Reviews: The Avengers Age Of Ultron

Two cats, one movie. Both with different opinions. EXTREME! Who will win, who will lose? Gary Cooper. Melvin. EXTREME! No more time for words.

Gary Cooper vs Melvin

I thought it was the best movie ever.

Gary Cooper: 
I thought it was even better. 


Gary Cooper


Gary Cooper: 
Oh, yeah. Also, I have Melvin's nose.

What? I need that!

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