Angela Hughey

Angela Hughey lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and is ruled by two tiny people and a Boston Terrier named Rocko. When not Mommin’ it, she’s in her photography studio taking fine art portraits of other people’s tiny people. A musician of 30 years with a piano degree, she has been in several bands, most recently The Summit, an alternative/indie cover band consisting of music nerds who love to pick apart songs and talk about diminished chords. “If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music” Kurt Vonnegut

May 082017
 
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Oklahoma singer/songwriter Cade Roberts is a masterful musician, composer, and producer who seems to think permanently outside the box. Case in point: his fabulously dramatic, minor-key version of the epic Beauty and the Beast ballad “Tale As Old As Time.”

From the Desert Rose Franciscan dinnerware to the glowing candles, Roberts presents a scene worthy of the darkest dungeon in the Beast’s castle – if the Beast’s castle was run by Queen doing a remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Cue Roberts in a velvet burnout shirt, dark sunglasses, ringed fingers, and distinctive coif of hair. Continue reading »

Apr 172017
 
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Eddie Veder and Brandi Carlile are two artists that just exude cool. Whether they are banging out a heavy rock song or waxing poetic with a melancholic ballad, the result is always something heartfelt and musically satisfying.

It stands to reason that Pearl Jam would be among a very solid lineup of talent covering Carlile’s 10-year old album The Story for charity tribute album Cover Stories. On the heels of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Pearl Jam shows no sign of slowing as they continue to produce fantastic music such as their new version of “Again Today”. Continue reading »

Apr 112017
 
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When someone thinks of the song “Love Hurts”, the hit version from 1970s Scottish rock band Nazareth would be the popular choice. Big guitars, heavy drum downbeats, wailing tenor vocals, and just overall big-hair greatness.

Going back a bit further in the history of the song will take you to its first recording by The Everly Brothers in the 1960s: easy guitar and harmonies with a light touch in terms of emotion.

Fast forward to today, and the Vermont trio Mountain Man have forged their own path with the simile ridden song- gorgeous three part harmony, soft guitar, and an emphasis on the emotion of the lyrics. It’s an interesting choice of cover for the Indie Appalachian Folk inspired trio, but not too far fetched considering the roots of the song. Continue reading »

Apr 032017
 
Aurora Metallica

Cover Me has seen a sudden influx of Metallica covers…a discovery by a new generation of some deep and dark 80’s/90’s hard rock music. Interestingly, the most compelling covers are coming from female singers with serious chops. We recently heard Caroline Baran and Postmodern Jukebox cover “Nothing Else Matters” with a jazzy, soulful vibe and now we can add Aurora to the mix as well.

Aurora consists of Louise Roussety and Owen Chesterton from Australia pumping out “stripped back, southern tinged, folk inflected” songs with a simple recipe of voice and acoustic guitar. Much like the Postmodern Jukebox jazz band, it’s an unlikely setup for a Metallica cover. Continue reading »

Mar 272017
 
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“17 years after America lost WW2, the country is divided and controlled by Japan and Germany. From out of the lawless neutral zone comes The Man in the High Castle’s Resistance Radio, a secret network of pirate DJs broadcasting sounds of hope.”

That’s a cooler introduction than most musical compilations get. This incredible soundtrack for Amazon’s popular TV series The Man in the High Castle was produced by Danger Mouse and Sam Cohen, who adds his own musical talents to covers of “The House of the Rising Sun” and “Get Happy.” Cohen joins a high caliber line up of musicians including Beck, Karen O, The Shins, and Norah Jones as they imagine a world where the Axis has won and musicians have gone rogue.

The current trend seems to be a marked return to the golden age of music and this influx of nostalgic talent works perfectly for the producers of the soundtrack. On advanced tracks, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, and Benjamin Booker perform covers that are nearly identical to their predecessors. Continue reading »

Mar 202017
 
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Cheap Trick’s “I Want You to Want Me” has traveled a varied path, covered by Letters to Cleo, Dwight Yoakam, and Chris Isaak, to name a few notables. This stripped-down version, however, is a far cry from the many incarnations of the song – starting with the fact that it is sung by a clown.

Throughout its cover evolution, “I Want You to Want Me” has stayed decidedly upbeat, with full bands, peppy harmonies, and an overall pop feel. Consider for a moment, however, the lyrics to the song:

Feelin’ all alone without a friend
You know you feel like dyin’
Oh, didn’t I, didn’t I, didn’t I
See you cryin’

Which begs the question: why is this an upbeat pop song in the first place? It sounds more like a lover’s lament, which is exactly what Puddles Pity Party finds in his version. The tempo is slowed down to a rate where you can really let those lyrics sink into your bones. His voice oozes over the notes with a clear, affecting tone. A guitar is the sole accompaniment. Continue reading »