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Jun 272011
 

Rave On Buddy Holly, arguably the most hyped cover album of the year, finally drops this week. Rampant previews hinted that the album would be something special, and the A-list lineup of artists doesn’t disappoint. Rave On is a solid, carefully curated collection of tracks from Buddy Holly‘s surprisingly extensive catalog, a worthy tribute to the rock pioneer.

Choosing standouts from such a varied and high-profile set of covers is a challenge. Some of the best moments come from contributors who chose to keep their covers low-key. Dan Auerbach’s vocals gracefully carry the Black Keys‘ quiet, percussion-based opener “Dearest,” while Fiona Apple and Jon Brion trip through a pitch-perfect duet in “Everyday.” My Morning Jacket offers the elegantly subdued “True Love Ways,” embellished with a lovely string section. Continue reading »

Nov 162011
 

Turn up your speakers, because L.A. duo Tashaki Miyaki want you to hear Buddy Holly a little differently than you ever have before. Despite the oversaturation of Buddy Holly covers this year thanks to a couple of tribute albums, no artist yet has oversaturated a song with this much guitar noise and scuzz. Holly’s sugary sweet lyrics drip out of a shoegaze haze, sung unaffectedly by Tashaki Miyaki’s lead singer and drummer, Lucy (maintaining an air of mystery, Lucy and guitarist Rocky have not revealed their last names). The coyness fits well with the sound, as the dreamy waves of music seem to obscure the original song. Continue reading »

Sep 062011
 

Had he lived, tomorrow would have been Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday, and today marks the release date of the second full-length Buddy Holly tribute of the past ten weeks. Due to the proximity of the release dates, the two collections are destined to be linked together and compared. On the surface, similarities abound: both Rave On Buddy Holly (review here) and Listen To Me: Buddy Holly feature big name stars and a bevy of classic rockers. Rave On boasts Paul McCartney, Nick Lowe, Patti Smith and Lou Reed while Listen To Me offers Stevie Nicks, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne and Ringo Starr. The differences lie in the roster of contemporary contributors. Where Rave On is stocked with indie cred, Listen To Me relies on a list of chart-topping pop stars.

Less innovative than its slightly older cousin, Listen To Me: Buddy Holly has a few oddities that tend to tarnish an otherwise pretty solid compilation. First on the list of disappointments is Linda Ronstadt’s 1976 Hasten Down The Wind version of “That’ll Be The Day.” Really? Does a 35 year-old song get a pass on an otherwise “new” collection simply because the legendary Peter Asher produced both projects? Did they think we wouldn’t notice? Continue reading »

Aug 102011
 

Who would have guessed 2011 would be the year of Buddy Holly? We’ve already seen one all-star tribute album and now we’re gearing up for a second. Despite its godawful cover, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly boasts an intriguing roster. The artists lean a little older than the Rave On Buddy Holly set, but Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump proves an exception to that rule. He also delivers our first listen to an album cut. Continue reading »

Jul 252011
 

When it rains, it pours. It seems like half of our posts in May/June detailed song releases leading up to the Rave On Buddy Holly tribute album. On June 25th it came out, we reviewed it, and we figured we could let our Round-the-Clock Buddy Holly Tribute Coverage News Team go. Well, looks like we’ll have to hire them back again, because now there’s another all-star Buddy Holly tribute album in the works. It’s called Listen to Me: Buddy Holly and includes contributions from Brian Wilson, Lyle Lovett, Stevie Nicks, Ringo Starr, and Zooey Deschanel, who, amusingly, also appeared on the other tribute. Rolling Stone has a teaser video for the album here. No tracklist has been announced, but the album comes out September 6th. If it rolls out anything like the last one, expect hourly updates on its progress. Continue reading »

Jun 102011
 

You know the story by now. Rave On Buddy Holly drops later this month and the label has been releasing a steady stream of preview tracks for weeks now. Well, here are two more.

First, She & Him deliver a by-the-books cover of “Oh Boy.” The duet angle adds a little beachy vibe, but otherwise it’s not a huge departure (via Stereogum). Fiona Apple and Jon Brion’s version of “Everyday,” on the other hand, offers a quiet acoustic breath of fresh open air. The simple melody shines through with quiet strumming and xylophone.

Check out both tracks below. Here are links to all the previously released songs:
The Black Keys cover “Dearest”
Modest Mouse covers “That’ll Be the Day”
Cee-Lo Green covers “You’re So Square (Baby I Don’t Care)”
Paul McCartney covers “It’s So Easy”
Julian Casablancas covers “Rave On”
Florence and the Machine covers “Not Fade Away”
My Morning Jacket covers “True Love Ways”

She & Him – Oh Boy (Buddy Holly cover)

Fiona Apple and Jon Brion – Everyday (Buddy Holly cover)

Rave On Buddy Holly drops June 28th.