Few musicians (if any) have re-defined the technique of their instrument the way Jake Shimabukuro has with his revolutionary ukulele arrangements. He introduced himself to the world when his technically-ambitious reworking of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” hit YouTube in 2006, and he has continued to release a steady stream of equally impressive covers and originals since. Inspired by Adele‘s Grammy sweep, Jake recently brought his unique style to her massive single “Rolling In The Deep,” which he performed recently in an exclusive for Perez Hilton’s website.
Despite initial detractors, Lana Del Rey’s album Born to Die debuted at #2 a few weeks ago. Moreover, judging by the number of covers churning out, her fellow musicians seem to be pretty unequivocally behind her. We’ve fallen behind with some recent LDR covers, so we’re gonna put ‘em together in a big roundup post.
Classic country star Patsy Cline is having something of a revival recently thanks to an unlikely group of fans– British rock bands. Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner performed her “Strange” for Australia’s Triple J last month, and now The Kills are getting in on the action. At their 10th Anniversary gig in New York last week, the garage rock duo added a minimalist take on Cline’s “Crazy” to their set.
You might think doing an a cappella cover of a song that only includes one guitar and one voice would be a pretty easy task, but when Nick Drake is doing the singing and playing the difficulty of the task certainly increases. Drake’s hushed, iconic voice and intricate guitar patterns don’t scream out for the Glee treatment.
Back Track looks back at an old cover that deserves a new spotlight.
The Pixies released their last studio album, Trompe le Monde, in 1991. With an album cover of eyeballs, and several songs exploring the world of sci-fi, it seems an unlikely place to hear a Jesus and Mary Chain song, but nestled within the tracks is an explosive cover of “Head On.”
If you’ve yet to watch one of AaronicStuff‘s a capella covers on YouTube, we suggest you take a look at this one. It’s one thing to cover Daft Punk — the French duo has been in the electronic dance music game since the early ’90s and are big dogs in the business. But it’s something else entirely to come up with an a capella cover of “One More Time,” one of their best-known tracks to date.