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.
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…
CHELSEA WOLFE: Facebook
6 September 2021
Now that her beloved husband Robert Fripp is on tour with his legendary mates
of King Crimson, sexy wife Toyah is on her own for Sunday Lunch. But the burning
love between the two of them is unquenchable.
Toyah lights a fire and Robert starts to sweat, and his 3 hairs stand up.
Hot stuff in the air (again)…
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
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…
16 August 2021
Scottish electro-pop darlings
Cover: THE KILLING MOON
Original by: ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
From their grand 1984 album Ocean Rain
It’s hard to cover this magic Bunnymen classic, but Chrvches‘s take
with its big orchestration and Lauren Mayberry‘s nightingale voice
is pretty good.
Have a listen…
The unbeatable original…
2 August 2021
Artist: ANGEL OLSEN
New EP: AISLES
A 6-track cover EP of 80s hits
Out: 20 August 2021
One of the covers is 1982 hit Safety Dance by
Canadian band Men Without Hats. Olsen slows
it down to a trancy groove.
Catch the vibe here…
The original (clip)…
ANGEL OLSEN: Facebook
EP out 20 August – order info here
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…
29 June 2021
Top actor Liam Neeson stars in a new action
thriller called The Ice Road on Netflix.
Famous American singer/songwriter/guitarist JASON ISBELL
appears on the soundtrack with a cover of a 1974 Johnny Cash
song, titled ALL I DO IS DRIVE.
Hear the beauty…
The Cash original…
JASON ISBELL: Instagram
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…
BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD: Facebook