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Jan 262021
 

Pete YornPete Yorn is one of those names you know, if not always realizing or recognizing why. His debut album made him a Rolling Stone One To Watch for 2001, going gold to boot, thanks partly to the single “Life On A Chain.” (Aah, that Pete Yorn!) A further six albums have followed, as well as various other live albums and collaborations. He’s been the musical muscle behind some of Scarlett Johansson’s excursions into music, they making one LP and an EP together, another possibly on the way. He is also a regular on soundtracks and tributes, performing the songs of others as varied as The Ramones, Bruce Springsteen and New Order. We have featured him often.

Now comes album number seven, Pete Yorn Sings the Classics. Quite where the parallel galaxy is that considers this quirky set of songs classics, I don’t know, but it’s somewhere I could happily live. OK, many you will know, and some are fitting of that title, with others maybe vaguer memories, perhaps from childhood. But don’t dismiss this, the love here seeps thickly through the grooves and makes this just one great big grin of a project.
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Feb 162012
 

Ah, summer. While we’re still a ways off from warm weather, flip flops, and bathing suits, at least we can count on the legendary Beach Boys to hold us over until the season finally starts. They’ve got a whole bunch of summer-ready hits under their belts, but one of the most memorable is the sashaying 1963 single “Surfer Girl.” There’s no doubt that the Beach Boys did it right the first time around, but the L.A.-based (and Jersey bred) singer-songwriter Pete Yorn definitely clinches a close second with his updated cover, which he shared after watching the Grammys’ Beach Boys tribute on Sunday. Continue reading »

Nov 192010
 

Patti Smith, The Roots, and Pete Yorn are a few amongst the eclectic mix of artists slated to perform at a February 10 Neil Young tribute show at Carnegie Hall. The list also includes Living Colour, DeVotchKa, Shawn Colvin, Bettye LaVette, Aimee Mann, Keller Williams, Joan Osbourne, Cowboy Junkies, Mason Jennings, J Mascus, Larry Campbell and more.

The show, which will donate all net proceeds to various music and arts programs for disadvantaged youth, is the latest in a long list of tribute concerts produced by music industry entrepreneur Michael Dorf, perhaps best known to New Yorkers as the founder of the Knitting Factory and City Winery music venues. Other artists Dorf has honored in the series include Bob Dylan, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., and others. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $45 to $140, are available here, and you can check out the event’s official site here. Continue reading »

Jan 292021
 

‘The Best Covers Ever’ series counts down our favorite covers of great artists.

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In a 1994 interview with Rolling Stone, here’s how Kurt Cobain described the genesis of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

“I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to admit it. When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily that I should have been in that band—or at least a Pixies cover band. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard.”

Surprisingly, the Pixies’ most famous superfan – the man who said he should be in a Pixies cover band – never covered the Pixies. Nirvana were rarely shy about covering their influences, from the Vaselines to the Velvet Underground, but maybe the Pixies were just too obvious. Every Nirvana song, Kurt might have thought, was just a Pixies cover a few degrees removed.

That line of thinking didn’t stop many other artists, though. Pixies covers abound, both from obvious acolytes in the ’90s alt-rock scene to musician fans in other genres who found a way to make Pixies songs sound like bossa nova or doo-wop. We’ve narrowed it down to the best thirty for our list, below. We hope you la la love it.

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Aug 012019
 
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Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” has had an impressive roster of covers over the years. Artists as varied as No Doubt, Dwight Yoakman, Martina Mcbride, Pete Yorn, and even U2 have added the song to their albums and live shows. The most popular approach to the song seems to be a country, rockabilly vibe that closely mirrors Presley’s toe-tapping original. Continue reading »

Oct 302015
 

Cover Classics takes a closer look at all-cover albums of the past, their genesis, and their legacy.

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Bruce Springsteen may not be rock ‘n’ roll’s future anymore, but he’s been so prolific – by 1998, three-quarters of his catalog consisted of unreleased songs – that we could very well see new albums coming out from him long after he’s gone. That abundance of gifts he’s given have not only made him a natural for the tribute album treatment, they’ve also given the covering artists a lot to work with – top-ten hits stand shoulder to shoulder with the barely bootlegged, and with no loss in song quality. The 2003 tribute album Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen showcased the breadth of Springsteen’s catalog – two and a half hours long, holding over three dozen songs – just as surely as it showcased the depth of his songwriting.
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