May 012018
 

That’s A Cover? explores cover songs that you may have thought were originals.

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If great songs are romantic flings—seizing you by the ears and locking you in a passionate, three-minute embrace before they leave you breathless and aching for more—there’s precious few that compare with the record-buying public’s three-year infatuation with the song “Hey, Joe.”

Hundreds of renditions have been recorded, several making the charts. But none proved more lasting than a version committed to wax in late 1966, the debut 7” by a young guitarist you may have heard of. We’ll get to his story in a moment, but first the phenomenon of multiple concurrent covers demands a little exploration. Continue reading »

May 142015
 
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First and foremost, I will start off by admitting I had no clue this was originally Cher‘s song. Then again, on first hearing Nancy Sinatra in Kill Bill Vol.1, I should have expected no less from Quentin Tarantino than to feature yet another brilliant cover song to accompany his film (after all, he did do it in Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown). Continue reading »

Dec 102014
 

Though King Creosote has released over 40 albums, he first came to a lot of people’s attention in 2011 when the Scottish singer’s album with Jon Hopkins was nominated for the Mercury Prize. His gorgeous falsetto lilt was a revelation, and it works perfectly on his new cover of Cher‘s “Believe.” Continue reading »

Oct 042013
 

Under the Radar shines a light on lesser-known cover artists. If you’re not listening to these folks, you should. Catch up on past installments here.

Tara Jane O’Neil’s artistic work crosses multiple boundaries – she’s a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and a drawer and painter whose creations have been exhibited worldwide. She calls Portland, Oregon home, with additional residencies in the hearts of thousands. Her website states that “her work innately crosses genres and boundaries,” a point brought home by her collaborating on an album with Nikaido Kazumi, despite their not sharing a spoken language. Perhaps most important, her skills at karaoke are unparalleled – people are still talking about her performance of “Xanadu” at the Experimental Filmmaker Karaoke Throwdown in 2008.
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Feb 072013
 

Sky Ferreira has been on a hot streak and shows no sign of cooling off. The 20-year-old has collaborated with Dev Hynes, did a stunning campaign with Yves Saint Laurent, and has just released a cover of Cher‘s (yes Cher’s…Nancy Sinatra covered her) “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” with 2Cellos. Continue reading »