On Halloween 2015, I made my first ever first to the Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey, to see Sufjan Stevens one more time before he wrapped up the first leg of the tour for his stunning 2015 album, Carrie & Lowell (released via Asthmatic Kitty).
Even though I saw him three times earlier this year (at the Beacon Theatre, Kings Theatre, and Newport Folk Festival respectively) the Loew’s show was able to stand out on its own, just as all the other shows did. Although a majority of the songs we got were the same, their impact and emotional weight changed for both Sufjan and the audience. These are songs that speak to you differently based on your own emotional state and being, which makes their impact one that evolves and is forever changing. It also helps that the band give the material a more grand and experimental take live that is vastly different from the more stripped down recorded versions. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the best parts about HBO’s new show Vinyl is the wacky display of the 70’s rock and roll industry that it gives us. Not to mention a pretty killer soundtrack.
We can add a cover that The Strokes and Voidz frontman Julian Casablancas did of The Velvet Underground’s “Run Run Run.” His vocals take on an almost Dylan-like form here, diving into the past and chugging along with that signature New York cool. It’s a great and very faithful cover. There are definitely worse things to wake up to a Friday morning.
I’m excited to see how this song will be used in the show (maybe this Sunday?, but for now, enjoy a stream of his cover posted below (along with the original for reference): Read the rest of this entry »
On his new album Chet, Portland artist Temporary Hero offers his own take on classic songs from acclaimed jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and vocalist Chet Baker.
On Chet, Temporary Hero dives into the most beautiful of Chet’s vocal tunes, giving them a unique and haunting spin that is both an ode and a present day re-imagination. To go along with this, the album comes along with a visual compenant that listeners can experience at a website dedicated solely to the project. Head here to check that out.
I’ve spent plenty of time this summer with Day Wave’s summery Headcase EP. Even with the recent release of the EP, Day Wave’s Jackson Phillips still has some new music to offer to us in the form of a cover.
The song of choice is the classic New Order tune “Ceremony,” which Phillips welcomely embraces with that now familiar easy going sound of his, while still being faithful to the original.
Tomorrow night he will make his NYC live debut at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the show are still available. Hope to see you there.
I still gotta share my best of 2014 lists with you guys (I didn’t forget), but I can promise you that there won’t be a lack of Alvvays on there. Or for that matter, their ever so amazing track “Archie, Marry Me.”
Apparently I’m not alone with my love for the track. Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard covered the track at a solo show in Seattle that took place at the Neptune Theatre last October. He called it his favorite song of the year, and turned in a gentle, reflective, version with a heavy emphasis on the melancholy that the song is built with. It’s a great cover.
On October 21 Red Hot will release a tribute album to Arthur Russell (Via Yep Roc) that is titled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell. The compilation features covers from the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Hot Chip, Blood Orange, Jose Gonzalez, and Phosphorescent.
Sufjan Steven covered “A Little Lost” and he works his typical Sufjan Stevens magic on it, gearing it more towards his Age Of Adz sound. It’s a magical listen, a cover that does right by the original while still finding its own voice. Not an easy task, although Sufjan makes it seem that way.
On September 16 a collection of artists covering Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The U.S.A. will be released. It’s called Dead Man’s Town.
One of the most striking covers released so far is Low’s take of “I’m On Fire.” It’s one of the most memorable Bruce Springsteen songs out there, and Low manage to give it a completely different feeling. The same overall passion is there, its just through a different lens. I’m loving it. Find it posted below. Read the rest of this entry »
Real Estate recently released “Had To Hear” as their latest single off Atlas. The b-side is a cover of The Nerves’ “Paper Dolls.” Here’s bassist Alex Bleeker explaining why they choose this song:
I’m drawn to the Nerves’ intricate guitar work. We’re interested in creating similar guitar parts for Real Estate, but the Nerves have a more aggressive sound so I thought it would be fun to wear that “musical costume” for a while. Blondie already did a pretty good job with “Hanging on the Telephone” so “Paper Dolls” seemed like the next logical choice.
In typical Real Estate fashion they stay loyal to the original while added enough of their own flavor to make it somewhat their own. Stream it below.
The band recently stopped by The A.V. Club to perform a cover of The Cranberries’ “Linger.” Watch that right here.
The A.V. Club runs a video series called “Undercover”, where they bring bands in to their office and allow them to play a cover. Only, it has to be one of the covers that they have on a list, and once a song is taken, you have to choose from the songs other bands have passed over.
Real Estate recently stopped by and ended up cover The Cranberries “Linger.” It works out very well, sounding like it could have been one of their own songs.
Tonight Arcade Fire began their 3-night jaunt at Barclays Center. I got photos and a review of the show coming tomorrow. It was a powerful and memorable performance, as usual.
On The Reflektor tour they have been covering songs of a locally affiliated band at each show. For their first NYC regional cover of the weekend, they did Buster Poindexter’s (The New York Dolls’ David Johansen) “Hot Hot Hot.” This came after The Reflektors (big heads) rocked out New York Dolls’ “Personality Crisis.”
They also worked in a very brief cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” that went right into “Keep The Car Running.” It was all but a tease. Hopefully we get a full LCD Cover later this weekend.