Feb 072012
 

Best (So Far) finds the finest first-round covers of the latest pop hits.

Gotye’s über-ctachy breakup jam “Somebody That I Used to Know” first hit the web last summer, but it’s only taken off stateside in the past few months. A small part of that popularity comes from Walk Off the Earth’s stunning viral cover. Lots of other artists have covered the song too, many delivering takes at least almost as memorable. Continue reading »

Oct 112011
 

It’s a rare enough thing to get a full covers album based on a conceptual theme. It is a once-in-a-lifetime cover album when that theme is space and the artist is the man who has boldly gone where no man has gone before. Canadian-born actor, musician, author, producer, and director, William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk from the ’60s TV series Star Trek, is that man.

Set for release this Tuesday October 11, Shatner’s Seeking Major Tom will be available as a one volume digital download, two CDs and three vinyl LP set. The album is being released along with his new book Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large. Continue reading »

Oct 032011
 

Over the weekend, Sting celebrated his 60th birthday with an all-star benefit concert at New York’s Beacon Theatre. It wasn’t a proper tribute concert, since the man himself performed most songs with the guests. Near the end of the evening, though, he ceded the stage entirely. Bruce Springsteen and an acoustic guitar took the stage to play “Fields of Gold” before tearing through a full band performance of “I Hung My Head.” Continue reading »

Sep 272011
 

This weekend, Sting celebrates his 60th birthday with an all-star concert in New York. One of the featured performers is Lady Gaga, and the duo gave us a preview of what they might do at Las Vegas’ I Heart Radio festival over the weekend. The two came together to belt the classic “Stand By Me,” a song they tackled once before, in May 2010. They follow it up here with the Police’s “King of Pain.” Continue reading »

Aug 162011
 

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

NYCTaper delivers yet again on this soundboard recording from Deer Tick’s recent show in Wantaugh, NY. The show benefited the Tommy Brull Foundation for disabled children, so if you enjoyed the tune, donate here.
MP3: Deer Tick – Waitress in the Sky (The Replacements cover) Continue reading »

Jul 152011
 

Though Diplo is the name most associated with Los Angeles label Mad Decent, another DJ/producer has also been with the label since the beginning. His name is Derek Allen and on his new DJA EP, he looks to marry the growing popularity of dubstep with more traditional club beats. The lead single, a cover of the Police’s “Spirits in the Material World,” does so nicely. Continue reading »