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.
A few weeks back La Blogothèque posted the session they did with Real Estate in Paris. It all went down in a living room, where the band (just Martin, Matt and Alex) did an acoustic set that featured their usual material, plus a few treats. They played unreleased track “White Light” as well as a fun cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”
James Blake’s set took place on the third and final day of Governors Ball, right about when the sun was on its way down. Sure, it would have been a bit more fitting for Blake to play in the dark of the night, but hearing him croon as the sun was setting was the next best thing. Read the rest of this entry »
Andrew Bird is releasing a collection entirely of The Handsome Family covers called Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of… It will be released on June 3. This follows Bird’s EP I Want To See Pulaski At Night, which he released last year.
Last week former Wolf Parade member Dan Boeckner’s new band (in addition to Divine Fits and Handsome Furs) Operators (read more about them here) played a show during Canadian Music Week 2014.
During the show the band brought out Japandroids to join them as Dan led them all through Wolf Parades “This Heart’s On Fire.” This is probably the cloest thing we will get to hearing anything from Wolf Parade for now, so it’s cool to see, especially considering Japandroids are involved as well.