Tom Krell, AKA How To Dress Well, has been on every Pitchfork readers’ radar for the past couple of years. His ethereal, R&B influenced music is more concerned with textures and mood than a hook or melody. His latest, Total Loss, has been met with critical praise and focuses around personal losses Krell has faced. Fittingly, Krell has covered Janet Jackson‘s 90s hit “Again” for the Total Loss Bonus 7″.
Every Wednesday, our resident Gleek Eric Garneau gives his take on last night’s Glee covers.
In “Hold on to Sixteen,” New Directions and their rival glee club the TroubleTones compete in the Sectionals competition. Meanwhile, Quinn (Dianna Agron) plots to get Shelby (Idina Menzel) fired and an old friend returns to McKinley High.
Just last week I was thinking about how, in the future, we’ll be able to look back and pinpoint lackluster Glee episodes with an alarming degree of certainty based solely on the presence of Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet), a character who appeared only in season two, which seems generally agreed-upon as the worst of Glee‘s output to date. It should be no surprise, then, that when Sam returns to the show this week he brings with him a very season two-styled episode that feels the need to rush through a whirlwind of plot points without really doing justice to any of them. Even though “Hold on to Sixteen” is one of those special “competition” episodes that brings plots to their culmination by design, everything about it feels so hurried that nothing really has a chance to land – it’s 20 minutes of plot, then 20 minutes of performances, then a tacked-on happy ending. Honestly, I did not enjoy it.
It was a sad day when Brooklyn’s favorite electronic indie trio, Mobius Band, decided to go on hiatus. But thankfully at least one of its talented members – guitarist and vocalist, Ben Sterling – is still making music, albeit under a different name with new band members. Sterling, bassist Melissa Metrick, and drummer Ian Ainley comprise indie pop band Cookies. If the name isn’t appealing enough (who doesn’t like cookies?), just let the music speak for itself. Cookies’ creative cover of R&B veteran Janet Jackson’s “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” will leave you hungry for more – guaranteed.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
Today’s sort-of theme: stripping back big songs. Whether that’s Sonic Youth burners or T-Pain travesties, most of these songs take big ideas and pull them back for intimate performance. Except, you know, when they don’t.