Jan 182017

NYC jazz quartet Joelle & The Pinehurst Trio have been making music for a couple years now. Their 2014 debut album Take Me There blended originals with jazzy covers of The Cars and Tears for Fears. For album number two, they’ve renamed themselves JoJo & The Pinecones. Why the rebrand? Well they’ve added a few members, but more importantly, that new album Night & Day is a family record suitable for children and parents alike. It blends original songs with kid-friendly jazz standards. But there’s one odd-boy-out on the tracklist.

Throwing a bone to the adults who may soon be listening to this record on repeat on drives to school, the band covers an alt-rock lullaby: the Smashing PumpkinsMellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness classic “Farewell and Goodnight.” True to their style, the band turns it into a lovely jazz ballad. If only all so-called “kids music” were this classy. Continue reading »

May 242013

Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!

Every day, more music is released. Most of it will be quickly forgotten, some of it will resonate with an audience, and a very, very small percentage will be listened to for years to come. An even smaller subset can fairly be said to embody a particular moment in time. Surrealistic Pillow, the second release by the Jefferson Airplane, is one of those special albums. Released in early 1967 by a group of hippies who also happened to be extraordinary songwriters and musicians, it is both a classic and a reflection of its era.
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May 232012

Remember when MTV used to play videos? Probably not. Music videos have moved to the realm of the internet, with most playing on YouTube just as videos used to play on MTV. Very few groups, however, have taken advantage of the interactive qualities of online video. A couple notable cutting edge videos were MGMT’s video for “Electric Feel,” which allowed for 625 to the 229th power user generated versions of the video, and the Arcade Fire’s HTML5 epic “We Used to Wait,” which pulled images from users’ hometowns to supplement the video. London duo Paper Crows released their cover of Smashing Pumpkins‘ “Disarm” in January, and now they’ve included it in an interactive video that continues to push the genre. Continue reading »

Mar 072012

Recognize anyone in the picture above? If you said, “the bald guy looks familiar,” you win. Billy Corgan, lead singer and only remaining original member of the Smashing Pumpkins continues to forge ahead under the Smashing Pumpkins moniker. Along with new material expected from the band this year the Pumpkins’ first two albums, Gish and Siamese Dream are now available as deluxe reissues. Those albums, as well as any other songs from the band’s early era, were fair game for a recently announced covers contest at Act IV. Continue reading »

Jan 102012

Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.

Toronto quartet the Darcys recorded a full-album cover of Steely Dan’s Aja, which they’ll release later this month. For now, they released their version of “Josie,” trading in the original’s reggae-funk for an echoing, ambient-folk vibe. We can’t wait to hear the rest.
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Dec 092011

The Big Pink may have found the ultimate in hard-to-Google band names. Generally, even something vague like “Air” or “Justice” can be easily found by adding “band” afterwards. However, searching for “Big Pink The Band” is somehow less than helpful in tracking down this British indie duo. Thankfully, they’ve hit an SEO-friendly level of success thanks to a 4AD signing, a Lykke Li cover, and a 2009 album that dipped a toe into the charts. Continue reading »