Oct 072011

They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

After a whirlwind New York visit last week to promote Radiohead’s The King of Limbs, Thom Yorke has returned to England. No word on when we’ll hear from him next, but the wait might not be too long. Bassist Colin Greenwood told NME a few days ago, “We’re getting together this week to talk about our plans for the rest of the year. We’re having a brilliant time, so obviously we want to keep it going.” Continue reading »

Apr 182010

Each week Shuffle Sundays features a cover chosen at random. The songs will usually be good, occasionally be bad, always be interesting. All downloads will only be available for one week, so get them while you can.

When Adele won Best New Artist at the 2009 Grammys, viewers’ collective reaction was: who?  With Amy Winehouse the previous year’s champion, Academy voters seemed to be on a female soul revival kick.  They dug a bit deeper for a follow-up, and it looked to be Adele’s big break.

“Chasing Pavements” and her follow-up single “Cold Shoulder” got some decent airplay, but she pretty soon disappeared back into the London streets from whence she came.  Releasing as a single her bland cover of “Make You Feel My Love,” the worst Bob Dylan song since “Wiggle Wiggle,” didn’t help. 

The Marches, whose cover of Thom Yorke’s “Black Swans” we featured in February, give “Cold Shoulder” the rock and roll kick in the ass it needed.  The arresting melody gains new legs with the energetic delivery, complete with Adele-approximating falsetto.

The Marches – Cold Shoulder (Adele)  [Buy]

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