Aug 032015
 
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So it’s the day of that concert you’re looking forward to. Naturally, your first instinct is to improvise a cover song of the artist you’re about to go see. Not the case? Perhaps Will Cuming is one-of-a-kind – a claim few would refute after listening to his impromptu acoustic rendition of MØ’s “Waste of Time.”

The Melbourne musician, operating under the moniker LANKS, effortlessly jams to the tune, offering a gentle guitar take on the Danish singer-songwriter’s 2013 single. Soothing plucking in the form of rain drop mimicry patter down while Cuming’s ethereal Bon Iver-esque vocals float in the foreground, resulting in a hauntingly calm cover of “Waste of Time.” Continue reading »

Jul 312015
 

In Defense takes a second look at a much maligned cover artist or album and asks, “Was it really as bad as all that?”

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When it comes to parenting, there are really only two rules you need to follow:

1) Mammas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.

2) Mammas, don’t let your babies grow up to listen to bad music.

I’m sure there’s something else in there about head injuries and not touching the stove, but I don’t have kids so that’s not really my area of expertise.
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Jul 312015
 
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The release of the deluxe edition of indie quintet Delta Spirit‘s Into The Wide (2014) last month came with a pleasant surprise: a cover of Cream‘s psychedelic rock staple “I Feel Free.”

The Californian five-piece seamlessly work their way through the tune, opting to step up the tempo with frantic drum lines, rowdy guitar phrases and pumping handclaps –  ultimately culminating in a raucous and adrenaline-inducing rendition of the ’60s classic. Continue reading »

Jul 302015
 

In Defense takes a second look at a much maligned cover artist or album and asks, “Was it really as bad as all that?”

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It is easy to understand how someone could find a pre-school appropriate cover of “Big Pimpin” musically lacking. By stripping all lyrical content from hip-hop and infusing a heavy dose of xylophone, artistic value becomes shaky. While this style of cover might fit well in a high school talent show, superficially they offer little more than a tight chuckle and warrant slightly more than a participatory prize.

So, why are these covers being defended?
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Jul 302015
 
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Brains behind alt-folk act Former Belle and guitarist of Philadelphia-based indie-pop quartet CRUISR, Bruno Catrambone treats us to a hauntingly serene rendition of Broken Social Scene‘s “Lover’s Spit,” taken from their critically acclaimed You Forgot It In People (2002).

Operating under the alter ego Spirit Haus, a side project the Pennsylvanian musician started in 2014, Catrambone tackles the Canadian collective’s tune, delivering a delicate and mellow take on the song. Continue reading »

Jul 292015
 
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This year the Newport Folk Festival featured a lot of two things: surprise sit-ins and covers. Roger Waters played with My Morning Jacket, and they covered John Prine. Iron and Wine and Band of Horse’s Ben Bridwell formed a band, and they covered Talking Heads. Most notably, Dawes, Hozier, First Aid Kit, Gillian Welch, Deer Tick, and many more all formed a supergroup to cover a bunch of Bob Dylan songs (for the 50th anniversary of his legendary going-electric performance there). Continue reading »

Jul 272015
 
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Long time friends Sam Beam (better known under his stage name Iron & Wine) and Ben Bridwell from Band Of Horses finally get around to fulfilling their longtime wish of collaborating on a covers album with the release of Sing Into My Mouth earlier this week. Continue reading »

Jul 242015
 

Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!

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Sticky Fingers is the third of the Rolling Stones’ three records (the other two being Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed) that defined their transition from great singles band to “the greatest rock and roll band in the world,” which at the time seemed no mere hyperbole. Furthermore, the 44 years on re-issue set is just out, both uniting and dividing its critics, and the band have just revisited the album by way of a complete live concert performance, arguably their strongest work this century (and it’s now available on iTunes).
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