Jan 312022
best cover songs january 2022
Butcher Brown ft. Alex Isley – Best Friend (Brandy cover)

Virginia jazz collective Butcher Brown throws it back to ’90s R&B with this cover of Brandy’s 1994 slow jam “Best Friend.” Though it’s a little out of their usual wheelhouse – for one, it has a singer, Ernie Isley’s daughter no less – they ably blend their own leanings with the retro soul-pop feel. If you like this, don’t miss their rooftop NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

Kate Clover – These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ (Nancy Sinatra cover)

“If Suicide produced a Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood song” is a hell of a tag line, and Kate Clover’s “These Boots” delivers on that premise. The menacing guitar seems pulled straight from “Frankie Teardrop,” while Clover’s vocals channel Sinatra’s swagger. Bonus points for the fun Twin Peaks-esque video. Continue reading »

Jan 172022
rhoda dakar man who sold the world

For many, “The Man Who Sold the World” is one of David Bowie’s most famous songs, due to Nirvana‘s not-actually-unplugged cover on their MTV Unplugged in New York album. That cover, which is not that far off Bowie’s original, introduced a whole generation in North America to a song (and album) that dates before Bowie’s commercial peak. (There is a Lulu version that was a hit in Europe but I don’t think that ever crossed the pond.) Continue reading »