Sep 292023
best cover songs
Al Green — Perfect Day (Lou Reed cover)

It’s been 15 years since the last Al Green album. Does “Perfect Day” signal the beginning of his comeback? Unclear — I thought so after his last single, another cover, and that was five years ago. But we can hope. “I loved Lou’s original ‘Perfect Day’—the song immediately puts you in a good mood,” Green explained. “We wanted to preserve that spirit, while adding our own sauce and style.” Continue reading »

Sep 152023
sally shapiro rent

Swedish duo Sally Shapiro, featuring vocalist Shapiro and synth maestro Johan Agebjörn, have released an expert cover of the Pet Shop Boys’ “Rent.” The original from 1987 is a poetic paean to relationships where one member of the couple apparently has more power than the other. This might be financial or because one is more invested in the relationship than the other. However, there is no adverse judgment or particular regret in the tone or delivery. Each party gets what they need. Continue reading »

May 202011

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Toronto-based indie label Paper Bag Records boasts an impressive roster of bands, featuring both Canadian and international artists. SXSW breakthrough band P.S. I Love You, The Rural Alberta Advantage and Born Ruffians all call the label home. You Say Party! also worked with the label before breaking up last month. Continue reading »