Apr 202011

Every Wednesday, our resident Gleek Eric Garneau gives his take on last night’s Glee covers.

In “A Night of Neglect,” the glee club decide to put on a benefit concert to raise money for their trip to Nationals. The theme of the concert: neglected artists! Of course, scheming Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) vows to make sure the show shan’t go on.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Glee’s a comedy. Usually the show drenches itself in melodrama, which can be one of its charms, but the laughs don’t always flow. I warmly welcomed, then, last night’s embracing of the ridiculous. The guest stars really helped in that regard — kudos to the show’s producers for bringing back the characters played by incredibly gifted comic actors Stephen Toblowsky and Cheyenne Jackson. I think Glee gave Jackson more to do in his three scenes tonight than 30 Rock has all season. Continue reading »

Jul 232010

Song of the Day posts one cool cover every morning. Catch up on past installments here.

Oh, Yoko. Your husband gets killed and six months later you put out an album in which you openly deal with the tragedy through song. It moves everyone who hears it. But on the album cover you put Lennon’s actual bloody glasses. Was that part really necessary?

Creepy cover or not, with Phil Spector along to ring out every drop of emotion the songs will break your heart. “Nobody Sees Me Like You Do” in particular features the tearjerking line “I want to see us together again / Rocking away in our walnut chairs.” Holly Miranda, frontwoman of New York rockers the Jealous Girlfriends, gives the tune an indie-art update on her new covers EP, Choose to See, which also features covers of Lauryn Hill, David Byrne, Swans and more. TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek takes Spector’s spot in the production chair, so it’s got the Brooklyn arty groove to it without losing the feeling. Continue reading »