Apr 032015
 

Mark Ronson‘s “Uptown Funk” can seem inescapable at points. It is one of those songs that fits every radio station’s genre standards, whether it’s a JACKFM-esque or only plays Top 40. The track has been in at least twelve trailers of films starring Kevin Hart. Your Dad likes it. Your boss adds a pep to his step when it plays over the office PA. Several drunk girls at a party “WOOOO” in unison as soon as its instantly recognizable introductory “Duh-da-duh-da-duh-da-da-doh” ripples over the speakers. It’s not even a few days into April, and this has already become the “Blurred Lines” of 2015, minus the glaring problematic lyrics and Marvin Gaye lawsuit. Continue reading »

Aug 092011
 

Australian radio station Triple J recently hosted Kaiser Chiefs for a short acoustic set that included a cover of Mark Ronson‘s “Record Collection.” Stopping off during their tour Down Under, the Leeds indie rockers took on the title track of Ronson’s latest album as part of the Like a Version series. Ronson has a long history with the band; the DJ/producer worked with the Kaisers on their 2008 album Off with Their Heads, and drummer Nick Hodgson collaborated with Ronson to write “Record Collection.” Continue reading »

May 182011
 

Every Wednesday, our resident Gleek Eric Garneau gives his take on last night’s Glee covers.

In “Funeral,” the glee club prepares for their pending trip to Nationals, but are hit surprisingly hard by the death of club nemesis Sue Sylvester’s sister.

I imagine some viewers out there feel cheated by the identity of the person who dies in “Funeral.” I thought for sure the smart money was on Kurt’s dad Burt (Mike O’Malley). On last week’s post commenter Jason supposed it’d be Karofsky, closeted football player and Kurt’s one-time enemy, whose death would’ve provided a surprising end to his arc but didn’t seem impossible. Yet “Funeral” took from us Sue (Jane Lynch) Sylvester’s sister Jean, an almost non-character who appeared a few times throughout the course of the show to remind viewers that Sue indeed had a heart. Continue reading »

Mar 302011
 

In the Spotlight showcases a cross-section of an artist’s cover work. View past installments, then post suggestions for future picks in the comments!

Florence + the Machine songstress Florence Welch recently capped off a breakout year with performances at the Grammys and Oscars. Considering her affinity for covers, it’s appropriate that she took on Aretha Franklin’sThink” at the Grammys and handled Dido’s part with Best Song nominee A.R. Rahman at the Oscars. Florence + the Machine’s debut, Lungs, arrived less than two years ago, but Welch has already performed more covers than some musicians do in decades. Here are a few highlights, from Florence solo and with the help of her band the Machine. Continue reading »

Mar 222011
 

It’s no secret that British producer Mark Ronson loves a cover. He dedicated his second album, Version, entirely to remakes of other artists’ work. His latest, Record Collection, is cover-free, but he visited Sydney’s Triple J last week with his Business Intl. bandmates and Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt to perform Tame Impala’s “Solitude Is Bliss.” Continue reading »

Dec 012010
 

Every Wednesday, our resident Gleek Eric Garneau gives his take on last night’s Glee covers.

In “Special Education,” the McKinley High School glee club travels to the sectional competition, where they face off against octogenarian show choir the Hipsters as well as the Warblers from Dalton Academy, where ex-club member Kurt Hummel now makes his home. Personal tensions threaten to tear the group apart when they need to secure a win that will take them on to regionals and then nationals in New York City. Continue reading »