Sep 162016
 

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

Marc-Bolan

Marc Bolan died in a car crash 39 years ago today, just short of his thirtieth birthday. Tragic as this was, it was a perfect cap to the legend of the former Marc Feld, a man determined to be a near-myth of a rock star; live-fast-die-young had to be the closing number. But as other would-be legends (hi, Jobriath!) might tell you, an image won’t last without talent to keep it up, and Bolan’s talent for writing simple, catchy glamthems has kept him in the front of public consciousness, even for the ever-growing segment of the public that was born after he moved on.
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Oct 232015
 
Sturgill-Simpson

“Country pop.” “Slick country.” “Bro country.” All terms, of varyingly negative connotation, used to describe the current landscape of country music. It can be hard at times to put your finger on exactly what makes a song with some twang, electric slide and a rock beat fall into the “pop” camp or the alt-country camp, but that fine dividing line often causes consternation among listeners who prefer one over the other. Sturgill Simpson seems to get lumped into the “outlaw” or “alternative” country camp, but however you describe the up-and-coming country star he can belt out a tune, as we saw when he cracked our top 5 best covers of 2014. Continue reading »

Apr 232014
 

Coachella has taken over the music blogosphere for the past two weeks, so it was surprising when this gem popped up from a radio station on the opposite side of the country from the desert festival. Philadelphia’s WXPN has a free concert series appropriately titled “Free At Noon,” and Atlanta-rockers Black Lips teamed up with Boy George for a gritty rock rendition of T. Rex‘s glam-rock staple “Bang a Gong (Get it On).” Continue reading »

May 032011
 

Download This! scours the web’s dark corners for cool cover freebies. View past installments.

If someone were to give a word-association test for the term “music,” one might respond with “dancing.” Music and dance go hand in hand, whether it’s literally a song about shaking your groove thang or just a song that inspires you to move. Dance is as universal as music; both do not require great intellectual thought, but require our emotions to respond with joy or sadness. Dance is a physical representation of our emotional response to music. Continue reading »

Apr 182011
 

As you probably heard, Saturday was Record Store Day. In fact, you probably heard that here. Many, many times. Yes, we’ve already done plenty of RSD cover coverage. In brief:
Of Montreal Record Buffalo Springfield Cover for Record Store Day
Listen: LCD Soundsystem Covers Franz Ferdinand’s “Live Alone”
Listen: The Decemberists Sing the Louvin Brothers for Record Store Day
Listen: Foo Fighters Release Two New Covers on ‘Medium Rare’
Peaches, ESG, and Stephin Merritt Cover Franz Ferdinand for Record Store Day
LCD Soundsystem’s “Someone Great” Receives a Folk Makeover by the Toadies
Green Day Celebrates Record Store Day with “Don’t Want to Know If You Are Lonely”

Well, believe it or not, there’s more. Lots more. So below we round up our favorite Record Store Day covers we haven’t posted yet. They include new covers by the Flaming Lips, Built to Spill, Steve Earle, The Twilight Sad, Clinic, and Ty Segall. Check ‘em out below! Continue reading »

Dec 132010
 

In 1972 T. Rex pioneered glam rock. In 2009 Neon Indian pioneered chillwave. Do these two genres have equal historical significance? Perhaps not. Still, hearing the intersection between two such disparate genres offers a chance to find unexpected common ground. Maybe.

Alan Palomo of Neon Indian apparently decided his fans weren’t listening to enough T. Rex, prompting a web freebie cover of “Children of the Revolution.” If this turns someone onto Marc Bolan, fantastic. It does present a pretty big departure though. Folks who like this spacey electro-thump wouldn’t necessarily make the leap to the glam-grunge original. Continue reading »