JULIEN BAKER – Her Vocal Rendition Of BLEACHERS’ Beauty ‘EVERYBODY LOST SOMEBODY’ Is Amazing…

21 May 2019

Last November, NYC’s indie rockers Bleachers announced via their mastermind Jack Antonoff the release of a 4-part vinyl club record of reinterpretations of 4 songs of their 2017 album Gone Now. The project entitled Terrible Thrills Vol. 3 featured the artists Mitski, Julien Baker, Ani difranco and Muna as well as demos and new versions of songs by the band. Now the reworked tracks will be shared digitally too.

Here’s the wonderful Memphis singer/songwriter JULIEN BAKER‘s take on EVERYBODY LOST SOMEBODY‘. One of the highlights of that Bleachers‘ album, and she’s truly amazing. Baker turned it into a passionate humdinger with a stirring vocal performance. Enjoy the splendor here…

JULIEN BAKER: Facebook / BLEACHERS: Facebook

BECK Turning DAVID BOWIE’s Classic ‘SOUND AND VISION’ Into A Gigantic Symphony…

13 May 2019

The Cover

Musical centipede BECK covered ‘SOUND AND VISION‘, one of DAVID BOWIE‘s highlights of his groundbreaking electronic 1977 album LOW six years ago in a truly fantastic way, with an 157-piece orchestra on a slowly rotating stage creating an 360 audio version. The massive band was conducted by Beck’s father, the acclaimed arranger David Campbell. It happened at one-off event in Los Angeles on 5 February 2013. Enjoy the grandeur here…

The Original

Belgian Daydreamers SUN GODS Cover THE CURE’s Classic ‘PICTURES OF YOU’…

23 April 2019

Belgian pop daydreamers SUN GODS celebrate the 30th birthday of THE CURE‘s darksome masterwork DISINTEGRATION with an interpretation of their own of PICTURES OF YOU, the best track on that much-lauded longplayer and to Turn Up The Volmume‘s ears the Goth stars’ most magnetic pièce de résistance.

Considering the song’s classic status SUN GODS‘s choice to cover it, is both daring and bold. It’s the passionate vox of frontman Brent Buckler that colors this beauty differently from the original score. Suddenly it feels like there is still hope for a better future after
Pictures Of You‘ instead of a never-ending grief as reflected in the doom-loaded impact
of Robert Smith‘s performance. One outstanding song, two different, affecting renditions.

Absorb the impressive cover here…

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SUN GODS: Facebook


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Iconic Veteran TODD RUNDGREN Inflames WEEZER’s ‘Hash-Pipe’…

14 April 2019

Wow! Double wow! Triple Wow! Flamboyant iconic veteran TODD RUNDGREN was always hungry to do something unexpected throughout his long career. This time he kept it real simple by giving WEEZER‘s classic HASH PIPE a heavy kick upon its doped ass during a live in-studio session for Sirius XM Satellite Radio in Manhattan, New York. Rundgren has covered this nasty rocker regularly for some years now, on his live shows or on special occasions. But this inflaming rendition beats any other of his versions available on YouTube. Wow…

TODD RUNDGREN: Facebook

It’s Official Now! J MASCIS Covers TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS…

10 April 2019

After J MASCIS was captured singing DON’T DO ME LIKE THAT, a top track
from the late, great TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS that appeared
on their 1979 album Damn The Torpedoes in a mostly empty Massachusetts
karaoke bar last summer he has now recorded the song officially. Check here…

Here’s the less impressive, yet lively karaoke version…

J MASCIS: Facebook / TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS: Facebook

When A CERTAIN RATIO Covers TALKING HEADS…

3 April 2019

To celebrate their 40th birthday Greater Manchester‘s post-punk dance legends
A CERTAIN RATIO will release ACR:BOX, an extensive compilation featuring more
than 20 unreleased songs among its total of 54 tracks, on 3 May. More info here.
One of those previous unreleased cuts is ACR‘s rework of Talking Heads‘ stellar
cracker HOUSES IN MOTION from their great, fourth LP Remain In Light (1980).

Here’s the funky cover…

A CERTAIN RATIO: Facebook

YOU ARE NUMBER SIX – French Synth Pop Outfit Has A ‘Heart Of Gold’ For Legend NEIL YOUNG…

6 March 2019

YOU ARE NUMBER SIX is a French electronic collective from Montpellier with a colorful taste for atmospheric synth-pop waves. They are working on their new EP but made time to cover one of NEIL YOUNG‘s timeless classics, also his greatest hit ever, No 1 in the US, HEART OF GOLD. Maybe folk purists will raise their eyebrows on hearing this vibey and new wave-ish interpretation but I’m sure the diehard Young fans will immediately think
of their hero’s experimental 1982 album TRANS when the legend employed a vocoder
to synthesize his voice on some of the tracks. To my ears, this smooth You Are Number
Six
cover with its sensual duet vocals fits right in there on that misinterpreted longplayer. Check it out for yourself right here…

YOU ARE NUMBER SIX: Facebook – Bandcamp


Four Numbers Six

Bristol Punks IDLES Perform Surprising And Crushing Mashup Of THE STREETS…

Today infamous punk combo IDLES played some songs live for BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge Session series. One of the performances was entirely surprising. It was a mash-up of songs by rapper Mike Skinner aka THE STREETS. The Bristol band made a collage of the following The Streets tunes: Turn the Page, Has it Come to This?, Geezers Need Excitement and Don’t Mug Yourself. Check it out right here…

IDLES: Facebook / THE STREETS: THE STREETS