Hope Silverman

Hope Silverman of NYC grew up actually wishing she could work in a real live Record Store. The wish was manifested beginning with a long stint at CBGB's Record Canteen where Johnny Thunders called her "sweetheart", and then carried on through many colorful years at HMV and Virgin. Her retail journey culminated in running Rough Trade Shop in NYC. She currently works her music muscle by both kicking out the occasional record on her tiny label 80N7 and flexing hard at her nerdy music blog showcasing the under-appreciated, underrated and undiscovered in the glorious pop universe. https://pickinguprocks.com

Aug 122019
 
juliana hatfield the police

One of the more surprising cover projects released in 2018 was Juliana Hatfield’s gloriously sprawling Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton John. As tribute albums go, it was a complete love fest, honoring its subject’s perfect pop radio confections with enormous reverence and heart. It also seemed to come out of nowhere. For all the inveterate melodicism Juliana has displayed over her 30-plus-year career, you’d have been hard pressed to make any connection between her extraordinarily personal, lo-fi, dirty guitar anthems and Olivia’s light-as-air pop.

As it turns out, she is not finished paying homage to the music that’s inspired her, and she’s about to unleash yet another surprise. November sees the release of her second in what now is officially a series of tribute albums, Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police. Continue reading »

Aug 062019
 
tanya tucker the house

Life experience can transform a song. While Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails went deep into the emotional hell pit on “Hurt” in 1994, Johnny Cash’s 2002 cover took it even further, transforming the already heartbreaking into the emotionally devastating.

Like Cash, Tanya Tucker is a country legend. She was only 13 years old when she had her first hit record, 1972’s anthem “Delta Dawn.” And in the tradition of those “blessed” with huge success at a young age, she embarked in earnest on her mission to be country music’s wildest child. A female outlaw in the mold of Waylon and Willie, she became as famous for her partying, drinking, drug-taking, and relationship choices as she was for her music (check out her excellent, revealing autobiography Nickel Dreams for all the painful details). Continue reading »

Aug 052019
 
pop etc strange magic,

If you are a longtime listener of Cover Me with a photographic memory, you may recall our feature on acclaimed band The Morning Benders and their outrageously sweet Bedroom Covers Collection from back in 2011. The band have since changed their name to POP ETC, but their rapturous love for classic pop remains intact.

Their latest release, the career-spanning Covers Collection 2007-2019 features a staggering 21 songs (including a few of the old Bedroom Covers) and covers tracks from a wide range of artists including The Ronettes, The Strokes and Fleetwood Mac. The band’s main man Chris Chu says: “Ever since I started making music, I’ve loved covering songs. Aside from the sheer joy of it, it was a way for for me to study songwriting and practice my home recording skills. Listening back to them now, I’m reminded of just how enjoyable it is to cover a great song, how much these songs mean to me, and how much I’ve learned from these amazing songwriters and bands.” Continue reading »

Jul 252019
 
hawthorne heights kacey musgraves cover

If we were to look into a crystal ball and get a preview of the tribute albums that will exist in the world a decade from now, it is a near-certain bet that one will be devoted to Kacey Musgraves. Her genre-mashing, Grammy-winning 2018 album Golden Hour is already regarded as a classic only a year after its release. It seems on track to follow in the footsteps of Dusty Springfield’s seminal Dusty In Memphis, remaining enduringly influential on a whole generation of new artists.

But here’s the weird thing: The band that has officially set the bar for stellar Musgraves covers of the future is not some hot thing in the bloom of youth, it’s the long-running, rock-with-a-pinch-of-emo band Hawthorne Heights. Continue reading »

Jul 192019
 
nick cave cosmic dancer

Nick Cave was 14 years old when T.Rex’s seminal Electric Warrior LP was released and still references it as one of his favorite albums of all time. On his current tour he’s been covering it’s lynchpin ballad “Cosmic Dancer” and delivering it with such wistful, evocative melancholy, it is impossible not to think of the teenage Nick being completely besotted with it upon his first exposure. Continue reading »