May 092018
 

In Pick Five, great artists tell us about five cover songs that matter to them.

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Plenty of musicians write songs about politics. Fewer write songs about economics. But that’s the subject of all ten tracks on British singer-songwriter David Ford’s new album Animal Spirits, out Friday.

If an album about markets and trickle-down theory sounds kind of, well, dry – it isn’t. At all. Like all of his albums, Animal Spirits is brilliant: bluesy barn-stormers mixed with a few wedding-worthy love songs. Check out the title track: Continue reading »

Oct 142016
 

Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.

otis redding

Otis Redding built one of his greatest songs out of almost nothing. Guitarist and co-writer Steve Cropper explains: “‘I Can’t Turn You Loose’ was just a riff I’d used on a few songs with the MG’s. Otis worked it up with the horns in about 10 minutes as the last thing we did one night in the studio. Just a riff and one verse that he sings over and over. That’s all it is.”

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Oct 032014
 

Some covers are more equal than others. Good, Better, Best looks at three covers and decides who takes home the gold, the silver, and the bronze.

 
Aretha Franklin is back in the news again, promoting her upcoming cover album Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics and letting fly with her 72-year-old chops on Letterman. Meanwhile, Derek Jeter played his last game, and the Red Sox saluted him by inviting Michelle Brooks-Thompson from “The Voice” to sing “Respect.” She was promptly dubbed “Fake Aretha Franklin.”

Anyway, both events brought back memories of one of the undisputed greatest covers ever recorded. And the original’s nothing to sneeze at, either – this is Otis Redding we’re talking about, expressing as only he could what he’s got-ta, got-ta, got-ta have. “That’s one of my favorite songs because it has a better groove than any of my records,” Redding said. “Everybody wants respect, you know.” It was true – the song took him into the top 40 for only the second time, and the stampede to cover it began. Some of those covers were on the same level as the version by the nun in Airplane!, but a lot more of them rose far above that level…
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Sep 172012
 

Gossip (formerly known as The Gossip) is an indie punk- rock band that formed 13 years ago in Olympia, Washington. Singer Beth Ditto, guitarist Brace Paine and drummer Hannah Blilie make up the powerful three-piece act. Last month while ending up a tour down under featuring an appearance at Splendour In The Grass festival, the band stop by radio station Triple J. As part of the station’s “Like a Version” live cover series, Gossip performed a tune they have played in their live sets, “What’s Love Got To Do With It. Continue reading »

Jun 102011
 

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

Something of a dreamy electronic feel in today’s bunch. Hazy beats and watery synth burble along under most of these tracks in the service of what is, in several cases, really a folk aesthetic underneath. As the temperatures rise, these sounds soundtrack those moments sitting under the sun in a half-awake daze when it’s too hot to move. Well, except for the Tom Waits cover, which is a different approach from a familiar name. Continue reading »

Jun 102011
 

There are many words that could be used to describe Telephoned. Prolific; eclectic; unpredictable. Most bands have some standard approach to their covers, some templated way of making their covers seem like a break from the original. With Telephoned (DJ/producer Sammy Bananas and vocalist Maggie Horn), you never have any idea what you’re going to get. Continue reading »