Jun 262019
 
emily mure covers

Emily Mure has a simple, pure quality to her music which translates well to the songs she has released so far for her upcoming six-track covers EP.

First to hit the headphones is her cover of The Shins’ “Gone for Good”. It’s a not too saccharine, perfectly melancholy rendition, with simple guitars and breathy harmonies on the chorus. Mure’s distinctive voice gives the cover its own life, despite the overall feel of the song being similar to the Shins original. Continue reading »

Apr 202017
 
beck elvis

As we covered a few weeks ago, the soundtrack for the Amazon original show The Man in the High Castle is chock full of big names covering classic songs. The album is out now, and one of the highlights is Beck covering Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Like many of the songs mentioned previously, Beck didn’t get too adventurous on this number, opting to stick with what worked the first time. Continue reading »

Sep 272011
 

This week, in case you didn’t know, is Pink Floyd Week. At least, it is on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In honor of the band’s extensive new reissue series (a six-disc Dark Side of the Moon dropped yesterday), Fallon is turning over much of his program to the legendary Brits. That includes nightly covers, beginning last night with the Shins performing “Breathe.” Continue reading »

Jul 202011
 

The free cover EPs are dropping fast! Yesterday the Postelles released theirs and now there’s another set for your listening enjoyment. Indie pop-punk band The Coastals just released their Under the Covers EP, covering favorites like Elliott Smith (whom The Civil Wars covered this past week), Modern English, and The Beatles. Under the Covers, while not the most experimental set, offers pleasant takes on familiar favorites like Modern English’s ‘I Melt With You’, The Shins’ “Know Your Onion”,’ The Buzzcocks “Ever Falling in Love” and The Beatles “Help!” Continue reading »

Jan 172011
 

They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

There’s no denying that it takes a versatile artist to write songs about love in ways that are both consistently inventive and precise. It takes an artist like Stephin Merritt to create songs that not only are beautiful individual pieces, but also paint a broader picture of hope and despair, murder and joy, beauty and hideousness. Merritt somehow manages to create a comprehensive picture of love with his songs, all while bringing his distinctive indie-pop sensibility to it. This book of love is never boring. He turns forty-five today. Continue reading »