Nov 222013
 

In Memoriam pays tribute to those who have left this world, and the songs they left us to remember them by.

Michael Hutchence was born to be a frontman. With hair and shirtlessness that would make Jim Morrison proud, and a singing style that could be both passionate and cool in equal measures, Hutchence helped the songs of INXS stand out; they’re clearly from the ‘80s, but timeless in a way that most hits of the decade can’t claim.
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Aug 102012
 

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

Let It Be was the soundtrack of a band falling apart. That was never the plan, of course – the Beatles conceived the album as a back-to-basics effort, in which they would rediscover the joys of playing together without overdubs, only to find themselves bored, angry, and miserable, each one trapped with three bandmates who couldn’t understand what he was going through. They were unhappy with the results and shelved them, but a known goldmine won’t stay untampered, and Phil Spector was brought in to make something of the mess. Upon its release, the highest praise any Beatle gave it came from John, and his quote – “When I heard it, I didn’t puke” – scarcely counts as a ringing endorsement.

Today Let It Be is still seen as one of the weakest albums in the Beatle catalog – but then, this being the Beatles, that means there are only three or four immortal classics, plus a few more that would be high points in the catalogs of 98% of the world’s bands. Somehow, this dying gasp of an album, recorded in notoriously joyless circumstances, found its way into the hearts of millions; somehow, that’s where it was always meant to be.
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Nov 112011
 

This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.

Today’s set takes on an unusual twist: no bands. These are all nominally solo artists (one duo), though most have friends playing with them on cello, bass, or, in one case, pots and pans. For the truly solo approach, check out the bonus covers that all feature just a singer and a guitar. Continue reading »

Nov 082011
 

Last month we saw St. Vincent cover the Pop Group’s “She Is Beyond Good and Evil” at a New York concert. The song has made regular appearances in her live sets ever since and last night she gave it its biggest airing yet on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It’s of course the same basic performance, but it’s great to see it in such good quality. Continue reading »

Oct 062011
 

When St. Vincent picks up her guitar to do a cover, she tends to knock us out. Her version of Big Black’s “Kerosene” in May is still being discussed as a touch point for new album Strange Mercy and her pair of Tom Waits covers in July should be as well. Her latest live cover swings in a different direction, to post-punk pioneers The Pop Group. At a New Yorker event a few days back, she performed their debut single “She Is Beyond Good and Evil” and, not surprisingly, slayed it. Continue reading »