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Morrissey at Kings Theatre (September 24, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 26th 2016 — with 1 comment

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This Saturday, September 25, the legendary Morrissey returned to us in New York for a sold out performance at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, a much more intimate performance that his show at Madison Square Garden last summer.

It’s been two year since the release of his last album, World Peace Is None of Your Business, but Morrissey’s setlist at Kings was still heavily loyal to the album, along with the usual favorites from his solo career (“Everyday Is Like Sunday,” “Irish Blood, English Heart”). Being a smaller show, you had plenty of Morrissey die-hards quite literally rushing the stage trying to deliver a huge or a personal gift to Morrissey, only to be taken down by his well-placed and quick-moving personal security guards that stand to his side on both direction.
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Temporary Hero – “Dumb” (Nirvana Cover)

By Will Oliver, September 26th 2016

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Portland indie pop/experimental artist Temporary Hero has returned with a new EP titled You’re About to Have Your Hands Full. The EP is full of surprises such as a left-field electronic cover of Nirvana’s “Dumb.” It’s definitely not the sort of cover that you originally picture when you hear “Nirvana cover” but they take your expectations and offers something from a different point of view that works in its own way.

Find their cover of “Dumb” posted below.
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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.
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Julian Casablancas

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):
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Temporary Hero

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.

Below, listen to the impressive cover of Temporary Hero’s otherworldy take on “Time After Time.” It’s a beauty.
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Day Wave – “Ceremony” (New Order Cover)

By Will Oliver, August 18th 2015

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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.

Enjoy his cover below.
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Ben Gibbard Covers Alvvays’ “Archie, Marry Me”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

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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.

Thanks KEXP for sharing the a video of the cover, which you can find below.
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Sufjan Stevens – A Little Lost (Arthur Russell Cover)

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2014

Master Mix

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.

Stream it below.
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Low – I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen Cover)

By Will Oliver, August 31st 2014

Dead Man's Town

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.
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