LP’s cover of Leadbelly’s blues classic “In The Pines” is distinguished by her use of the ukulele. Traditionally found to be an instrument in jazz more than blues, LP manages to keep the integrity of “In The Pines” while still taking the risk to experiment with style.
This week, specifically on July 7th, marks the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary of their first show ever at London’s Marquee Jazz Club, when they were billed as the Rollin’ Stones. It’s a profoundly nostalgic moment in music history, and throughout the month of July, BBC 6Music will be celebrating the occasion by having some of the station’s personal favorite bands play Rolling Stone tracks.
Getting your band’s song into an Apple commercial is one of the best publicity moves imaginable. Even if “Tongue Tied” by Grouplove doesn’t seem recognizable by name, you’ve most likely heard it in an iPod Touch commercial. It’s an infectious summer song, and the band gives off the impression they like to have a good time, which explains their choice to cover “Party Hard” by Andrew W.K. for A.V. Undercover.
Stars released their third album, Set Yourself on Fire, in 2004. It was fairly well received, gaining popularity with tracks like “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead,” and “Ageless Beauty.” Not quite riding on the coattails of that success, but also not leaving enough time for people to forget the album, Stars released a remix album of Set Yourself on Fire in 2007, called Do You Trust Your Friends?
Easily recognized as something intended to be silly, let us all admit that we would listen to a full-length album of Wainwright singing chewing gum jingles. Rufus quickly summarizes his accomplishments at the beginning of the sketch, perhaps the funniest being “written an opera,” which he says with a slight head shake, implying his prowess as a musician is really that articulate and that literary and probably tantamount to genius.
Iron & Wine have already released a cover of George Michael’s “One More Try” for Two Sides of George, their limited edition 7” as part of Suicide Squeeze’s singles series. The recently released B-side is “Trouble” by Little Feat (written by Lowell George, in case you were wondering how the George part played in). Pre-order of the 7” is already sold out.