The Grahams are an Americana duo based in Nashville but originally from the east coast. They have put out four albums over the last decade and have a new one dropping in October. But, before then, they tackled American dream pop band Mazzy Star’s oft-covered “Fade Into You.”
Ska Punk International is, you’ll be shocked to learn, a music label which promotes ska and punk music from around the world. They recently released their second Songs for Moms compilation for charity. One of the artists on the comp, Lumpy, is that rare thing: a (nearly) one-man ska band. Though he works with guests, Lumpy is primarily the work of multi-instrumentalist Bryan Highhill. For his cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” for Songs for Moms, Lumpy goes full third wave with a heavy dose of ’90s irony.
Now that Elvis is in theatres, we are making our way through the covers that litter the soundtrack. One of the highlights is American country singer Kacey Musgraves’ version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
We’ve featured singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen, until recently of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, on Cover Me a number of times over the years, as she’s covered songs from the past from multiple genres. Now that she’s gone out on her own, she’s chosen to cover a slightly more recent song. The surprising thing is that she picks, as she explains in the video, a song she doesn’t even that well: Björk’s “Human Behavior.”
The Todd Terry remix of “Missing” changed Everything But the Girl’s entire career. “Missing” was the band’s biggest hit ever, going to #3 in the UK and #2 in the US. Originally a jangle-pop/alternative pop duo with a bit of a jazz, they altered their sound to follow up on the surprise success of the remix, and they began incorporating much more dance music.