Goosebumps Voice SAM CASEY Impresses With ETTA JAMES Cover

3 May 2022

SAM CASEY is a Toronto-based artist, blessed with a goosebumps voice.

She just shared her cover of the 1967 Etta James classic I’d Rather Go Blind
written by Ellington Jordan and co-credited to Billy Foster and James.

Casey about her cover choice: “My producer, Joe Thompson, and I have always wanted
to cover Etta James’ tune, “I’d Rather Go Blind.” The way James speaks so directly about the struggle of losing someone is such a genuine act. At the time of recording this song and
video, I was going through a challenging time in my life.

It feels so vulnerable to see the results of my raw emotion and struggle that this is almost difficult to watch. As soon as we started filming, the lyrics (and most likely, the fact that I was crying between takes) took everyone to this dark yet loving place where tears were being shed, but there were hugs and kisses floating around all night.”

Here’s the heart-and-soul touching interpretation sending shivers down your spine…

Original Etta James performance…
(Grandiose live version)

SAM CASEY: Facebook – Instagram

SCREAMING FEMALES Cover Ska Legends THE SELECTER

4 April 2022

New Jersey‘s indie rock force SCREAMING FEMALES decided in about 30 seconds
that they would cover a ska song, one by Coventry (UK) heroes THE SELECTER.

And when you say The Selecter everyone thinks immediately about
their classic hit ON MY RADIO, so did Screaming Females.

Their version sounds like recorded in one lets-have-some-fun take.
It’s frisky and brisky. I dare you to dance to it without falling over
your feet.

Right here, right now…


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The original

SCREAMING FEMALES: Facebook

8-Year-Old ZOE FRANZISKA Covers Metal Legends KORN

This is just brilliant!

Eight-year-old ZOE FRANZISKA just became
a YouTube star with a jaw-dropping cover of
KORN‘s 1998 classic FREAK ON A LEASH .

Press statement: “When eight-year-old Zoe isn’t drawing unicorns, playing hopscotch
and watching cartoons, she likes to utterly destroy Korn songs. She did just that with four
other young destroyers from around the country. Dominic Donile (15) on lead guitar, Evan Harris (16) on drums, Fritz Dannemiller (18) on bass and Ashton Hall (13) on rhythm guitar.”

The cover/video is presented and uploaded by O’Keefe Music Foundation.

A nonprofit music organization that offers FREE music lessons, FREE music camps, FREE recording sessions and FREE music videos to young musicians from around the world! With your help, all children, regardless of economic circumstance, gain access to high quality music education, top of the line instruments, professional recording equipment, and the ability to follow their dreams!

ZOE is growling and howling like the
best. She’s a new nu-metal heroine…

The original

O’KEEFE MUSIC FOUNDATION: Website

DAVE GAHAN And His SOULSAVERS On A High When Covering PJ HARVEY On TV

21 March 2022

DAVE GAHAN, frontman of melodramatic darkwave popstars
Depeche Mode released a covers album, entitled Imposter last
year along with his SOULSAVERS.

Last weekend they were invited on the American TV Show Fallon
and astounded with a cover of a PJ Harvey song The Desperate
Kingdom Of Love
. A magnetic ballad from her sixth album
Uh Huh Her (2004).

Gahan‘s take is splendiferous. He goes on a high along with
his bewitching performance. Tremendous version executed
with fervor and ardor.

Here’s why…

The PJ Havrey original

Full Imposter album…

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DAVE GAHAN & SOULSAVERS: Facebook

Wartime Ain’t No Party – THE DEREVOLUTIONS Cover TALKING HEADS

2 March 2022

Boston’s DIY indie duo THE DEREVOLUTIONS loves Talking Heads and hates, as we all do, inhuman and devastating wartimes. Countless anti-war songs were written in history and will still be written as long as war-and-power-greedy lunatics rule the world. To hell with them.

The pair’s take on Life During Wartime is a feverish, jittery
and nerve-wracking nail-biter. Spot-on version!

Love to the Ukraine people. Love to peace. Love to love.

“Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons, Packed up and ready to go”
“The sound of gunfire, off in the distance, I’m getting used to it now”
“This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, This ain’t no fooling around”
“But I ain’t got no speakers, ain’t got no headphones, Ain’t got no records to play”

Fuck Putin

Original version…

THE DEREVOLUTIONS: Facebook

DAVID BYRNE & YO LA TENGO Cover YOKO ONO

22 February 2022

Last week legendary all-around artist and John Lennon‘s famous
widow YOKO ONO celebrated her 89th birthday (18 February).

Over the years she received lots of critical praise on a regular basis (not followed by big commercial success) for her musical exploits (14 solo albums, 8 with Lennon). To celebrate her birthday several famous artists (David Byrne, Sharon Van Etten, Death Cab For Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo, and more) paid tribute to Yoko with an album of mesmerizing covers of songs of her, called Ocean Child: Songs Of Yoko Ono.

To my ears, the highlight of the record is David Byrne and Yo La Tengo joining forces for a wonderful rendition of Who Has Seen The Wind. A song recorded in 1970 and the B-side of Lennon‘s hit Instant Karma.

Hear the thing of beauty here…

Original Yoko version…

YOKO ONO: Discography – Instagram

ZWAREMACHINE Transform MINISTRY Classic ‘EFFIGY’ Into A Herculian Haymaker

14 February 2022

Band: ZWAREMACHINE
Who: Minneapolis’ own fully realized industrial worship. With an eerie
hum Zwaremachine embraces early ebm, cyber and darkelectro soundscapes
while keeping a persistent live band approach. With a clear focus on classic
sounds and modern production they describe their style as “Minimal Hypnotic
Industrial Body Music
.”

Cover: EFFIGY
The original is by Ministry led by charismatic Industrial rock maniac
Al Jourgensen from their debut LP With Sympathy (1983). Over the years
Ministry‘s sound and Jourgensen‘s looks changed drastically.

Zwaremachine‘s take on this 80s synth-pop tune is pretty bang-on.
They transformed it into an industrial disco corker with a booming synth
beat triggering your adrenalin production instantly. Add frontman Mach
Fox
‘s creepy Jourgensen-esque growl and your stereo will never be the
same again after playing this herculean haymaker.

Turn it up, folks…

Buy via Bandcamp…


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The Ministry original…

ZWAREMACHINE: Facebook

TALKING HEADS With The Song Made Famous By SYL JOHNSON Who Passed Away Yesterday

7 February 2022

Yesterday the 85-year old Chicago blues/soul musician SYL JOHNSON
passed away (only six days after his older brother died.)

Family statement: “It is with extreme sadness that our family announces the passing
of Soul & Blues Hall of Fame Legend, Syl Johnson (born Sylvester Thompson). Dad, Brother, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle, Friend & Artist, he lived his life as a singer, musician, and entrepreneur who loved black music.”

Syl was born in 1936 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He had a fantastic career with
countless LPs and several hit singles with funky groove TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
written by Al Green and Mabon “Teenie” Hodges as his biggest triumph in 1975.

Talking Heads‘ chief David Byrne spotted the song immediately upon its release
and decided to record it and put it on the band’s second LP More Songs About Buildings And Food (1978). So many people had no clue that it was a cover as it sounded like it was written by Talking Heads themselves.

The three versions…

– TALKING HEADS –
(Splendid live version)

– SYL JOHNSON –

– AL GREEN –

SYL JOHNSON: Story

Canadian Dreamweavers PICASTRO Cover THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

10 January 2022

Band: PICASTRO
Who: A musical project that started in Toronto in 1998
and has continued on in many forms with various members.
Picastro has existed as a musical entity for a long time, too
weird to be a pop band, too many songs to be considered
experimental.

New EP: I’VE NEVER MET A STRANGER
Containing covers of The Velvet Underground, The Silt,
Richard Dawson, Fire on Fire, and Elfin Saddle
tracks.

“All the songs were chosen based on their lyrical content starting from
Pale Blue Eyes “sometimes I feel so happy, sometimes I feel so sad” at
the start of the pandemic, running to Richard Dawson’s “Man’s been
struck down by hands unseen”.


(Artwork by Victor Gáspari)

TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s favorite: PALE BLUE EYES

Although countless artists have covered/cover one or more songs from eternal legends The Velvet Underground, not many succeed(ed) in doing it with the same mystique and spell that made the NYC mavericks such a special and influential band. But here we have
a winner. Why?

Picastro‘s piano driven version transferred me immediately to starry-eyed la-la land.
It’s less minimalistic in execution than the original and works in all his magnificence
all the way. Then there’s the grand voice of Liz Hysen (who also plays the piano here)
floating somewhere between Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval twilight timbre and Cocteau Twins’s Elizabeth Fraser magic touch. Bewitching, just bewitching.

Dim the lights, close your eyes and enjoy this beauty…


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Don’t go away yet, keep on dreaming
while listening the full EP…


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PICASTRO: Facebook

(Info/images via Cannonball PR)