Aug 312023
Amanda Palmer and The Righteous Babes — The Last Day of our Acquaintance (Sinéad O’Connor cover)

You’re going to notice a theme here. We have the usual grab-bag included below (see “Best of the Rest”), but, for our featured covers up top, it’s all Sinéad. There were so many wonderful tributes performed, often in concert and always powerful and moving. Many did “Nothing Compares 2 U,” technically a Prince cover but really a Sinéad song now and forever, but others selected from elsewhere in her catalog. Of this one, which just came out Tuesday, Amanda Palmer wrote, “This song means a great deal to me, as does the artist who penned it, along with everything she still stands for.” A portion of the money from sales will be donated to The Irish Women’s Survivor Support Network. Continue reading »

Aug 142023
jon bellion meant to live

Jon Bellion’s genre-swap cover of the 2003 post-grunge song “Meant to Leave” has a forward-moving impetus that will make anyone’s ears perk up. Whereas The Beautiful Letdown original was gritty a la Shinedown, Bellions recreation is orchestral, ethereal, and poppy all at the same time. The vocals have a pleasant dose of autotune, while still keeping the singer’s crystal-clear tone at the forefront of the song. From the bed of sound that is created at the beginning to the hold-your-breath pause in the middle, you’ll be surprised by this one.  Continue reading »

Aug 022023
wolves at the gate stupid deep

Wolves At the Gate are a Christian hardcore band hailing from Cedarville, Ohio. And lately? They’ve been on a serious cover kick. The band recently released versions of Twenty One Pilots’ “Heathens” and Thirty Seconds To Mars’ “Attack”. Now, they’re onto Jon Bellion’s “Stupid Deep,” a song about trying to fill the holes in one’s heart, and not always succeeding.  Continue reading »