KURT VILE Runs, Rolls And Rocks On His VELVET UNDERGROUND Cover

4 October 2021

Two weeks ago album I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground
and Nico
came our way, with a group of big rock names honoring the iconic band
and more specific their debut masterpiece LP of 1967.

As it goes with these sorts of albums, some covers work, but mostly it’s about
a couple of exceptions. Yet, here on this tribute of an (almost) uncoverable band
several interpretations actually work. Michael Stipe doing ‘Sunday Morning‘, Sharon
Van Etten
turning into a ‘Femme Fatale‘, Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney trashing ‘European
Son’
, The National‘s maestro Matt Berninger with ‘I’m Waiting For The Man‘ and my
favorite: Kurt Vile‘s pumped up version of ‘Run Run Run’.

Let’s run, roll and rock with Kurt…

The original VU stroke…

Stream full tribute album here.

When CHELSEA WOLFE Covers JONI MICTHELL

22 September 2021

Although she wasn’t at the historic three-day Woodstock festival
in 1969, singer-songwriter legend JONI MITCHELL wrote a song
about it. It appeared as B-side to her single Big Yellow Taxi. Several
artists, including her friends Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young covered it.

Goth heroine CHELSEA WOLFE about why she wanted to cover Woodstock:

“While preparing for the ‘Birth Of Violence’ tour, I was watching a lot of Joni Mitchell videos.
One night after working on the live set I was just letting the Joni videos roll. “Woodstock” came on and I started singing along. After that I simply asked Ben if he’d be into covering it with me for the tour. The cover came together quite naturally and it was a treat to play on stage every night. Joni is obviously such a big inspiration to this side of my music, so it felt right to pay tribute to her.”

Here comes Wolfe‘s soft alter ego…

Original version…

CHELSEA WOLFE: Facebook

Here Is Your VELVET UNDERGROUND Mirror… COURTNEY BARNETT

30 August 2021

Album: I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR: A TRIBUTE TO THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

What: A star-studded (see tracklist below) tribute to iconic band
The Velvet Underground
, and more specific to their 1967
masterpiece debut LP.

Release: 24 September via Verve Records

One of the covering artists is the wonderful
Australian songstress Courtney Barnett.

Here’s her I’ll Be Your Mirror version…

COURTNEY BARNETT: Facebook

Pearl Jam Maestro EDDIE VEDDER Covers R.E.M. Hit ‘DRIVE’ For Sean Penn Film

24 August 2021

Inflammable actor/director Sean Penn orchestrated a new movie
called Flag Day, a crime drama. The film’s soundtrack features lots
of ’90s alt-rock.

Pearl Jam‘s maestro EDDIE VEDDER is part of it with a cover of the superb
R.E.M. hit DRIVE from their outstanding 1992 LP Automatic For The People.

Vedder‘s version resonates sonically almost identical to the original,
the only difference is that he, just like ichael Stipe, has a great voice.

Press play here…

The original version…

Movie trailer…

TOYAH & ROBERT Talk About Their Generation…

26 July 2021

No, I’m not getting tired whatsoever of Toyah and Robert and Sydney.
As long as they continue their hilarious Sunday Lunch Cover Sessions the
way they do now for months and months I’ll be in the front row.

I’m sure you can bet every week, somewhere on the Internet,
on which song the trio will splash and smash.

This Sunday the YT stars only wanted to talk about their generation.
Toyah looked like an adult teenage doll showing her sensation(s) exclusively
to Robert and in the end, she smashed the camera, à la Pete Townshend,
with her (not so) giant guitar.

Don’t try to put Toyah d-d-d-own…

The original stutter…

TOYAH: Facebook

Young Misfits BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD Cover… ABBA

21 June 2021

Band: BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD
Who: Seven young London misfits who made
an immense impression with their wayward
prog-post-punk-and-post-jazz debut album
For The First Time, released last February.

Covered song: MAMMA MIA (1975)
by Swedish hit machine ABBA

Here’s the live version as played yesterday at
a (socially distanced) gig in Birkenhead, UK.
Big fun, folks!

Mamma mia, here we go again…

The original

BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD: Facebook