Jan 172023
 
scary pockets purple haze cover

Though “Hey Joe” was his first single, it was “Purple Haze” that really introduced the world to Jimi Hendrix and his revolutionary guitar playing. It’s iconic, but because it’s so iconic, it can be a hard song to reimagine.

Reinterpreting iconic tracks is Scary Pockets‘ thing, of course. The funk band have a long history of reinterpreting famous songs by major artists, fronted by a guest vocalist. So it’s no surprise their take on one of Hendrix’s most famous songs is an interesting one. (It’s fun, too!) Continue reading »

Jan 102023
 
The Libertines Windmills of Your Mind

Nostalgia cycles move in uncanny ways. Just when you think your favorite indie rock act might’ve faded into vapors, you can count on them to spin around, twenty years later, with something brilliant. Case in point: writing about a La Blogothèque live cover from The Libertines feels like a byline we could have published in the early ’00s. But like clockwork — or, say, the swivel of a windmill… — good things tend to come around again. Continue reading »

Jan 092023
 
sondre lerche anti-hero cover

Every Christmas for well over a decade now, Sondre Lerche releases a new cover of his favourite pop song of the year. He doesn’t always follow the rules exactly – last year he covered both Lady Gaga and Bob Dylan – but, normally, he releases a distinct cover of a recent pop hit. This year, he’s taking on the biggest hit of autumn 2022, Taylor Swift‘s latest #1, “Anti-Hero.” (Apparently it’s huge on TikTok too.) Continue reading »

Jan 052023
 
Trey Anastasio and Jack Antonoff

Back in 2011, I attended a couple shows by The National at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The first night, I remember being surprised to see Trey Anastasio of Phish in the audience. It seemed mildly shocking to see one of the coolest bands in the world collide with one of the least cool (if still massively popular). The second night, Trey even sat in with them on a bunch of songs! Within a few years, The National helped curate the Day of the Dead indie-rock Grateful Dead tribute album, and since then “indie-jam” has become a buzzword. The indie and jamband worlds don’t seem nearly as far apart as they did in 2011. Continue reading »

Jan 052023
 
byrne cyrus let's dance

One of the biggest stories in cover song news this week was Miley Cyrus teaming up with David Byrne to perform a cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” on Cyrus’ New Year’s Eve special. Coincidently, I actually spent most of Dec. 31 thinking about Byrne and the Talking Heads’ musical legacy. Continue reading »