Feb 012013

Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!

The Doors are in the unfortunate position of being overwhelmed by their mystique. They were never a band that coasted on an image – they released eight albums (six studio, one live, one best-of) in the five years before Jim Morrison’s death, and two more studio albums afterward. Their dark voice was not always welcome in the peace ‘n’ love sixties, but they never stopped raising it. Some of their albums are spotty, but the best of their work has stood the test of time better than that of many if not most of their contemporaries. Alas, too many people today know them as nothing more than a vehicle for Morrison to wield the persona that famously led Rolling Stone to declare him hot, sexy, and dead. But in 1967, there was nobody like them, and their self-titled debut album proved them to be a cohesive unit with a vision only those four men could convey.
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Dec 052012

This year Petty Fest made the leap to a bi-coastal event. On November 14 & 15 at the El Rey in Los Angeles, the Tom Petty tribute brought the stars out in force to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. Special guests included Johnny Depp, Sarah Silverman, Har Mar Superstar, Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes, Peter Ericsson Stakee of Alberta Cross, bassist from Kings of Leon, Ke$ha, Eagles of Death Metal, Karen Elson, Nicole Atkins, Patrick Carney from The Black Keys, Cory Chisel, Butch Walker, the lead singer from Guster, the drummer from Guns-n-Roses and more. All proceeds went to the victims of the storm via Sweet Relief Musicians Fund which provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Continue reading »

Mar 162012

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen something of a renaissance in Leonard Cohen covers. The trend continues today, with three new installments in Columbia Records’ Old Ideas With New Friends series.

A.C. Newman and friends perform quite a neat trick with “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.” They don’t change the song that much, although Newman brings a broader vocal range than Cohen; rather, they create a track that makes Cohen’s sound like the rendering, even when listening to the two in close comparison. They create something that sounds like an ages-old folk tune (which it is, in a sense, Cohen being perhaps the greatest bard of the twentieth century); they create a track that sounds like they took the pulpy orange juice of the original and, somehow, brought all of their collective talents to it to present to us a whole, unperforated, ripe orange, peel and all. Continue reading »

Feb 282011

We’ve told you about the Voice Project before. The non-profit supports efforts towards peace in North Uganda, helping in particular the women so often victimized in such conflicts. To spread the word, they record regular cover videos by well-known performers for their website. What’s the connection between cover songs and Uganda? Nothing – but a cover allows a site like ours to inform readers about their noble efforts, all while providing a great new tune. Win-win. Continue reading »

Feb 112011

To promote the launch of her fifth solo project, Mondo Amore, Nicole Atkins has been doing a lot of crying. The bluesy-rock album walks the oft-trod path of heartbreak, shedding tears most poignantly (and literally) in second track “Cry Cry Cry.” So it’s probably not surprising that when she stopped by the Rolling Stone offices to perform a few songs, she covered Roy Orbison’s “Crying.” At the top of the song, Atkins’ tips her hat to her grandma saying that she always wanted her to be a country singer. Atkin’s sugary vocals share that gloomy-quiver that’s present in the Orbison original and makes you believe in their heartbreak. Watch the video and download the MP3 below. Continue reading »

Nov 152010

Despite her folksy leanings, Nicole Atkins has a wild side when it comes to covers. In 2004, while playing a residency in her native Jersey, she got so sick of the constant Springsteen/Bon Jovi requests that one night a trashed Atkins performed a very irreverent “Livin’ on a Prayer.” She was not asked back.

Thankfully, her venture into krautrock sounds far more sober. Airplane-hanger drums and B3 organ blasts propel her version of Can’s “Vitamin C.” Originally on 1972’s Ege Bamyasi, “Vitamin C” retains its slinky bass line and gains a new sexiness to match. Atkins’ cover comes off her new Vultures 7”, which you can pick up here. (via Stereogum) Continue reading »