Amateur Youtube Covers Worth Watching

 

When five people are crowded around one guitar you KNOW things are about to get intense.

 

Youtube covers. All the cool kids do it.  We wouldn’t be surprised if you knew at least two people with a channel devoted to their covers. It goes without being said that there are some pretty terrible covers out there and with social media on the rise it’s almost impossible to find a half-decent amateur cover these days. Lucky for us, we have websites like reddit and iwastesomuchtime to show us the light. We found a few gems that range from adorable-to-the-point-of-tears to completely badass.

Maria Aragon-Born This Way

This Lady Gaga tune has become a worldwide anthem for empowerment. Ten year old Maria Aragon is a perfect example of what the song is about. She’s a cute as a button with a voice that will take you to church.

After posting the video, Aragon has performed on Ellen and  with Lady Gaga herself.

Pinn Panlle-Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites

Okay, okay. So, admittedly, this one may not fall under the “amateur” category but it can’t go without being mentioned. The Skrillex song was released in 2010 and is still heard blasting in the halls of dormitories all over the country. Pinn Panelle gives it a rock spin with state-of-the-art technology and a cutthroat demeanor.

The coolest things: the bassist and the fact that the lead singer samples his own voice for the cover. We’re willing to bet that you’ve hit “replay” on this video at least twice already.

AJ Rafael and Jess Delgado-Such Great Heights

It’s really a cover of a cover. With around 15 covers by famous recording artists, saying this song is a huge success may be a bit of an understatement. This version is a heart-warming cover of Iron and Wine’s take on the Postal Service song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyYwsj_S5C0&feature=plcp&context=C328e365UDOEgsToPDskLGJ1CDXgDcSOCCpC3XlrTo

Rafael has over 250 videos on his channel and is currently touring in Asia.

Walk Off the Earth-Somebody That I Used to Know

Gotye‘s single has become a world-wide hit and has found home in the hearts of many of our DJs. This cover is so simplistic. Five people. One guitar. Words cannot describe the awesome. You’ll have to watch it for yourself.

How crazy is it when the girl looks straight into the camera? This cover is so popular that a lot of people hear it before the original track.

Jorge and Alexa Narvaex-Home

If you thought the Postal Service cover was heart-warming, brace yourself for the aww-ness of this cover. Father and daughter perform the popular Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes song. If you don’t feel a twinge in your chest during this then you have no soul!

That little girl has such a great ear! This duo has 169 videos but none quite as touching as this. This song may never be the same.

 

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Five Australian Artists We Love

Lately, our DJs have been stumbling upon more and more Australian artists, old and new. At first, they were chalking it up to mere coincidence but now it seems like the Aussies are onto something, something good. Say goodbye to tired old stereotypes about crocodiles and throwing shrimp on the barbie, and say hello to artists that you may or may not know and who will blow your mind regardless.

Jet

Made famous in 2003 with their hit “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” Jet skyrocketed to the top of the charts with their album Get Born. The album is ranked at #25 on Triple J’s “Hottest 100 Aussie Albums of All Time.”

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Jet's rock-and-roll is so pure that two of the members must permanently wear shades.

 

Why We Love Them

Early 2003 was a dark time for many of us. With myspace.com being the number one social networking site and Trapt’s “Headstrong” being a smash-hit, some of us look back at that time and give ourselves an internal face-palm. Jet was a much needed wakeup call to the rise of the computer age. Get Born is pure rock-and-roll. No effects. No nonsense. They’re reminiscent of classic rock with a contemporary energy that ignited something deep inside of us.

 

Cloud Control

Formed in 2005, Cloud Control began to make music for a band competition. Though they claim on their facebook page that they weren’t very good. In 2011, they released their debut album Bliss Release which has since been named #56 on the “Hottest Aussie Albums of All Time.”

Photo Courtesy: http://resources3.news.com.au/images/2011/03/03/1226015/481463-cloud-control.jpg

First they will control the clouds, next they will conquer the jungle.

 

Why We Love Them

They’re organic. Bliss Release is a pop-rock symphony recorded on tape in their producer’s basement. Cloud Control is open-hearted without being too sentimental. They’re perfect for days when snow descends upon us like an angel’s bad dandruff. In other words, they’re perfect for every day in Ellensburg from November to April.

 

Missy Higgins

Missy Higgins struck gold in high school when she won a song writing award and contracts with Eleven and Warner Brothers. In 2004, the first single from her debut album The Sound of White won an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Award for “Best Pop Release.” The album was ranked #29 on, wait for it, the “Hottest Aussie Albums of All Time.”

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Even her stare is thoughtful.

 

Why We Love Her

She is a sincere lady. Her ageless music is a perfect balance of uplifting tracks and ballads. She came to us in a time of disposable pop-music and delivered genuine tracks that listeners of all tastes could enjoy. Furthermore, she performed with Nic Cester of Jet in 2007 which can only mean that she’s a total badass. To top it all off, she’s super nice. In her spare time, Higgins works with charities for mental health patients and efforts to make all of her tours carbon neutral.

 

Wolfmother

Wolfmother made their break in 2005 with their single “Woman.” Their self-titled album raced up the ARIA charts to position #3. They immediately became an international success, performing at Seattle’s very own Sasquatch! Music Festival in 2006. Oh and guess what. Wolfmother is ranked as the #8 “Hottest Aussie Album of All Time.”

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If you look into their eyes you'll turn into heavy metal.

 

Why We Love Them

While the rest of the world was freaking out about Y2K, a group of guys withdrew from their fallout shelters and began forming a band that would slap us all in the face with its hard, driving riffs and heavy swagger. Wolfmother makes us want to turn it up to 11 and head-bang until our brains rupture. They’re eclectic, producing many songs from a wide range of awesome. Wolfmother enters 2012 with the promise of a new album which, according to their website, is going to be beastly.

 

 

Gotye

We instantly knew we loved Gotye when we found out that he released three studio albums independently. His third album Making Mirrors became a huge international success after he released the first single “Eyes Wide Open.” Gotye has been nominated for five ARIA awards and the MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act. His sophomore album Like Drawing Blood also made it on Triple J’s “Hottest Aussie Albums of All Time” at position #11.

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Gotye isn't likely to fade into the background any time soon.

 

Why We Love Him

Imagine that your favorite poem was a piece of music composed by the higher power of your choice and you may have an idea what Gotye sounds like. Several DJs—who shall remain nameless—nearly wet themselves when they first saw the video for “Somebody That I Used To Know.” As if the lyrics aren’t thought-provoking enough, the video is insanely moving. The track is one of those spine-tingling, set-on-repeat-until-your-roommate-wants-to-kill-you sort of songs. The best part is that Gotye is witty as hell. His lyrics may be a little depressing but he is one facetious fellow. His personal bio on his website is strangely poetic as he mocks self-worshipping biographies. Gotye is an up-and-comer that the world knows has the potential to blow our minds all the way to the moon.

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Contest Rules and Regulations

 

KCWU-FM C-Port Survey

Terms, Conditions, and Eligibility Requirements

 

Overview, and contest advertisement as broadcast over KCWU-FM between 1-9-2012 and 1-16-2012:

 

KCWU-FM, 88.1 The ‘Burg, is giving away four (4) prizes over the air to eligible CWU students who have responded to a campus-wide e-mail radio listenership survey.  The survey is designed to collect important demographic and listenership information for use by KCWU-FM to improve its services to students.  The survey is being administered by the CWU Registrar’s Office, and campus-wide e-mail distribution to all CWU students attending the Ellensburg, Washington campus is being conducted using technology known as C-PORT.  The initial e-mail survey was distributed before the end of Fall Quarter, 2011.  A reminder e-mail is scheduled to be distributed to students who have not yet taken the survey on Monday, January 9th, 2012, to encourage maximum participation and response.

 

BROADCAST ADVERTISEMENT SCRIPT (BELOW): – Broadcast between 1/9/2012 and 1/16/2012

ATTENTION C-W-U STUDENTS: YOUR TIME IS RUNNING OUT!! CHECK YOUR C-W-U EMAIL ACCOUNT, TAKE THE ‘BURG’s RADIO SURVEY, AND AUTOMATICALLY ENTER TO WIN ONE OF FOUR SWEET PRIZES, INCLUDING A TWENTY-DOLLAR GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM D&M COFFEE, A FIFTY-DOLLAR iTunes GIFT CARD COURTESY OF THE WILDCAT SHOP, A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE MUTEMATH AT THE SHOWBOX SODO ON FEBRUARY TENTH, AND A PAIR OF 4-DAY, FULL FESTIVAL PASSES TO THIS YEAR’S SASQUATCH MUSIC FESTIVAL AT THE GORGE IN GEORGE DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. WINNING NAMES WILL BE DRAWN ON-AIR, THURSDAY, JANUARY 19TH DURING NEWS CENTRAL AND THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE, AND AGAIN ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH DURING THE KINGDOM AND GEEK SPEAK. THE SURVEY CLOSES ON MONDAY, JANUARY 16TH, SO ACT FAST! FOR MORE INFORMATION, SHOW TIMES, AND FULL CONTEST RULES, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT EIGHTY-EIGHT-ONE-THE-‘BURG-DOT-COM. GOOD LUCK!  SOME RESTRICTIONS APPLY – SEE STATION OR STATION WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.

 

Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible to win any of the prizes to be drawn in accordance with this promotion, the following criteria must be met:

 

1)      Individuals must have completed the online CWU C-Port survey for KCWU-FM by or before 11:59pm on Monday, January 16th, 2012.  No survey respondent submission will be accepted after this time.

 

2)      Individuals must be CWU students attending the CWU Ellensburg campus, and they must be enrolled for at least six (6) credits during Winter quarter, 2012.  Individuals who are current KCWU-FM volunteers and/or paid employees, or those who have been KCWU-FM volunteers and/or paid employees anytime between August 19th, 2011 and January 19th, 2012, are not eligible to win.

 

Contest Terms and Conditions:

Only one entry per person will be allowed, and will be verified prior to commencement of all prize drawings.

 

A total of four (4) prize drawings will be conducted.  Winning names will be randomly selected from the list of all eligible survey respondents, during live on-air programming.  Each drawing will be witnessed and certified by a pre-selected individual who is not an employee or volunteer of KCWU-FM, to ensure the contest is conducted equitably and in accordance with this published policy.

 

Winning names will be randomly drawn live over the air, from the primary KCWU-FM broadcast Studio, SURC Room 125 (or alternate broadcast studio should technical concerns require).

The first prize drawing will occur on Thursday, January 19th, 2012, during the “News Central” program between Noon and 1pm, Pacific Time.  The winning name drawn will win a $20 Gift Certificate from D&M Coffee Company of Ellensburg.

 

The second prize drawing will occur on Thursday, January 19th, 2012, during “The Feminine Mystique” program between 1pm and 3pm, Pacific Time.  The winning name drawn will win a $50 iTunes gift card, donated by the CWU Wildcat Shop.

 

The third prize drawing will occur on Friday, January 20th, 2012, during “The Kingdom” program between 1pm and 3pm, Pacific Time.  The winning name drawn will win one (1) pair of tickets to see Mute Math live at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle on Friday, February 10th, 2012.  These tickets will be issued on Will Call basis, and are non-transferrable once claimed.

 

The fourth prize drawing will occur on Friday, January 20th, 2012, during the “Geek Speak” program between 3pm and 6pm, Pacific Time.  The winning name drawn will win one (1) pair of4-day, full-festival passes to this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival at The Gorge in George, WA.  The Sasquatch Music Festival will be held from Friday, May 25th, through Monday, May 28th, 2012, during Memorial Day Weekend.  These passes allow general admission to all four days of the festival.

Winners must claim prize winnings, if selected, by 5pm, Thursday, January 26th, 2012.  This includes any and all concert/event tickets, whether issued in hard copy or by Will Call.  This ensures legitimate receipt and acceptance of the prize by the intended recipient, in honor of full contest rules.  Any prizes unclaimed after 5pm, Thursday, January 26th, 2012 will be issued to another eligible winner, by internal promotional means.  Eligible winners for unclaimed prizes will be those individuals who responded to the KCWU-FM survey, who meet all eligibility criteria, and whose names have not already been drawn during the official live on-air drawing process.

 

Prizes are non-transferrable and are assigned to the person whose name is drawn for each specific prize.  The prizes will be given away chronologically, from lowest monetary value to greatest.

 

Please note that, by officially claiming a prize, an individual certifies that he/she accepts such prize.

 

No Will Call tickets, once claimed and the winner’s name is submitted to the venue, may be transferred or exchanged!

 

KCWU-FM, in so disclosing these policies, hereby releases itself from any and all responsibility for organizing or coordinating any transfer of prizes which may independently occur, by mutual consent of prize winners, once KCWU-FM has released the prizes to their recipients as defined by these contest rules.

 

Prize winners must comply with any and all other pertinent instructions and requirements shared with them by KCWU-FM staff at the time prizes are awarded and claimed.  This is in order for KCWU-FM to satisfy the interests, expectations, and requirements of its donors who have contributed prizes of legitimate monetary value.

 

 

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88.1 Mobile Site

We are please to announce the launch of mobile website site. Please, check it out at http://m.881theburg.com. This site is the prelaunch to the long a waited ‘Burg App. This app is schedule to launch mid to end of winter quarter.

With the app you will be able to listen to your favorite show right from you mobile device anywhere in the world. You will kept up to date with news that is happening around the CWU campus. Be able to win exclusive prizes offered  by the ‘Burg and special savings from the ‘Burg’s sponsors.

You will not want to miss out on this.

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