Friday Night Videos: A Cappella

Today’s Friday Night Videos is dedicated to Liza.

The Achordants: Such Great Heights (2005)
A college a cappella group covers The Postal Service song, complete with hand gestures and “dancing.” CAUTION: CONTAINS A CAPPELLA SINGING.

The Carleton Singing Knights: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (2005)
It’s sad that excited shrieks drown out parts that I expected would be hard to reproduce a cappella. Everyone knows that music should be enjoyed by people sitting quietly in their seats.

Who knew there were so many college a cappella groups covering pop songs with a significant electronica component? Not I, until I started searching YouTube. But it’s not all Daft Punk and The Postal Service. Sometimes it’s Sufjan Stevens. And you know what that means, right? BONUS VIDEO.

The Carleton Singing Knights: Chicago (2006)

And now I am done inflicting a cappella videos on you.

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4 Comments

  1. Liza
    on February 24, 2007 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    RARRRRRRR

  2. on February 25, 2007 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I saw a couple of groups from Georgia Tech doing a cappella versions of modern pop stuff. It’s pretty fun to watch, because they usually get into it with neat stage performance extras (like the “Such Great Heights” video above).

    I actually agree with your preference, Stephen, for quiet respectful audiences (see also why I almost never watch movies in the theater). These performances have such an informal feel, though, that it’s hard to blame the audience. Too bad the videos didn’t have sound from those microphones up on stage. That with a bit of crowd response would have been okay.

  3. on February 26, 2007 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Heh, I don’t actually prefer quiet respectful audiences — the problem here is with the recording equipment. I bet you could hear the groups just fine over the crowd if you were there in person.

  4. on March 4, 2007 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    I know it took me a while to get around to these. I used to follow the a cappella scene quite a bit. The Bobs were the main group I’d followed since college. However, there was another group called SoVoSo (dunno if they’re still together) which included a friend of mine who used to play with the group I’d hear at pubs on a regular basis. So most of the sound-effect sort of things I’ve heard from these groups before. Makes me wish that I’d pursued vocal performance closer.