Jul 212010
 

Cover Commissions is a monthly series in which a featured artist covers a reader-selected song for this blog. Any artists interested in participating, contact us.

Corey TuT first crossed our radar with his Lady Gaga covers, so it seems fitting that you all picked Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” as the song for him to tackle in last month’s Cover Commissions. The man’s got a talent for off-kilter female songwriters. And off-kilter it is, as TuT took Morissette’s megahit into Nine Inch Nails territory. And you thought the original was angry!

Corey says:

This is definitely one of my favorite songs of the ’90s and I knew I could really squeeze the hell out of the angst in this song, but I wanted to do something a bit different. I secretly was hoping the Nine Inch Nails song [“Something I Can Never Have”] would win, because it is so spare and dark, yet very powerful. When the Alanis song won, I thought, well, what if Trent Reznor was doing it? That was my initial inspiration. I slowed it way down and started playing around with different piano lines. I love a looping, melodic, hypnotic instrumental line, and I really wanted to bring a mix of electronic and organic instruments. Continue reading »

Jun 122010
 

Cover Commissions is a monthly series in which a featured artist covers a reader-selected song for this blog. Any artists interested in participating, contact us.

June’s Commissions artist Corey TuT has been rocking his way around New York City for the past ten years, playing legendary venues like Joe’s Pub and CBGB. His poppy punk is what you imagine modern rock radio should sound like (as opposed to the Nickelback garbage they actually play). It’s like Social Distortion if Social Distortion had tried to write hit singles.

Corey’s latest album is Everything and we’ve a track from it below. “So What?” has been featured everywhere from the CW show Life Unexpected to a Totino’s Pizza Roll commercial (so if it makes you hungry, you know why).
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