THE BLACK KEYS Let The Guitar Slide On Their ‘GOING DOWN SOUTH’ Cover

4 May 2021

THE BLACK KEYS, the most famous blues-rock tandem, for the past few
years – before them the White Stripes ruled the world – go back to the roots
that inspired their sound and spirit. They canned an album of covers, titled
DELTA KREAM, out next month, 14 May. More info here

It’s a collection honoring their heroes of the Mississippi Hill Country Blues.
John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Williams, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Junior Kimbrough
and Ranie Burnette
.

One of the pearls is The Keys version of Going Down South by R.L. Burnside.

Let that guitar slide…

The original

THE BLACK KEYS: Facebook

TOYAH And ROBERT FRIPP Bubble On In Their Bubble With HAWKIND Classic ‘SILVER MACHINE’

26 April 2021

TOYAH and helpmate ROBERT FRIPP keep on bubbling in their
home bubble. Their weekly Sunday Lunch cover sessions (since
April 2020) are spreading on the Internet like a benign rock virus.

Yesterday they turned SILVERMACHINE, the 1972 classic
space rocker by British psych outlaws HAWKIND featuring
the late great Lemmy, upside down.

Let the bubbles fly Toyah…

The original

TOYAH: Twitter

Utterly Cool Bobby-Dazzler MILEY CYRUS Will Rock You

5 April 2021

Never mind the bollocks here’s utterly cool bobby-dazzler MILEY CYRUS

Yesterday she performed live at the Final Four 2021 NCAA Basket Tournament.

She picked two Queen killers, Don’t Stop Me Now and wham bam hammer
WE WILL ROCK. The latter impressed my ears and eyes the most. YEAH!

When she hits the stage she becomes the sexiest devil on this planet.
Hail hail rock ‘n’ roll! Hail Hail Miley!

She will rock you

MILEY CYRUS: Website

(image on top: cover of Cyrus’ 2019 EP)

A Moody Beauty – WAXAHATCHEE Covers BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

31 March 2021

One of the most praised albums of 2020 was WAXAHATCHEE‘s
– born Katie Crutchfield – fifth longplayer SAINT CLOUD.

A deluxe edition of Saint Cloud is out now, including three covers. Lucinda Williams’
Fruits Of My Labor, Dolly Parton’s Light Of A Clear Blue Morning, and my favorite
(although I still like the original more), Bruce Springsteen’s Streets Of Philadelphia.
A song The Boss wrote for the 1993 movie Philadelphia. A moody beauty.

Listen here…

The Bruce original

WAXAHATCHEE: Facebook

Amazing Grace – SARAH WALK With Goosebumps Version Of ‘NOTHING COMPARES 2 U’

24 March 2021

SARAH WALK is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter with
a crystal voice balancing between chanteuses Angel Olsen and
Sharon Van Etten.

She recently shared an amazing version of global hit Nothing
Compares 2 U
written and recorded by the late great Prince
and made world-famous by Sinead O’Connor back in 1990.

Walk: “I didn’t want to get too inside the other versions that
already existed because I wanted to make sure I approached
it my own way.”

Her version is wholly affecting with an ongoing magnetic piano
touch, a heavy-hearted orchestration, and her goosebumps
voice. Mesmeric rendition!

Enjoy here…

SARAH WALK: Facebook

FUTURE ISLANDS Cover TINA TURNER

15 March 2021

Baltimore’s pop combo FUTURE ISLANDS led by energetic frontman
Samuel T. Herring delivered their sixth LP As Long As You Are
last October.

And now they do what so many did/do since that vicious pandemic
changed our lives: covering other artists. The band picked a big 1985
Tina Turner hit. If you never heard of Tina and her moody beauty
WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO you really would think that it’s a
new Future Islands song.

Listen here (audio clip)…

The mighty original

FUTURE ISLANDS: Facebook


(Live in Belgium – photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

FRIPP & TOYAH (Sexy As Hell) Strike To #FreeBritney

8 March 2021

ROBERT FRIPP (best know as member of legendary prog-rock band King Crimson)
and his equally famous British wife TOYAH WILLCOX (8 top 40 hits and over more
than 20 LPs) continue their weekly Sunday lunch cover sessions. And it’s getting
better and better.

This time they want to set Britney Spears
free with her mega 2003 hit Toxic.

Robert is looking at Toyah – sexy as hell – as if he sees the classic
movie Clockwork Orange for the very first time. I love it, I love it!

Don’t miss the Britney message and
blooper in the end! JUST HILARIOUS!

I’m addicted to you
Don’t you know that you’re toxic?
And I love what you do
Don’t you know that you’re toxic?…

The original

MONALISA TWINS With Striking BEATLES Cover – Here’s ‘NOWHERE MAN’

24 February 2021

The MonaLisa Twins – twin sisters and singer-songwriters Mona and Lisa
Wagner
– were born in Austria, but are currently based in the Liverpool area.

They’re pretty famous on YouTube for their video covers of Beatles classic and
versions of other 60s hits, many of which have been released on albums. Their
newest Fab Four cover is Nowhere Man. A poignant 1965 Lennon song about
many of us.

The Wagner sisters explain why they chose this one: “We like to focus on the things we
do have, we can control, we can change and all the good people we have in our lives. And to remember those that are no longer with us, too. We sadly lost Steve, a very special friend in October 2019, right before the madness set in. He was a huge Beatles fan who loved intricate harmonies as much as we do. That’s why we recorded this song for him.”

Hear the harmonious pearl here…

MonaLisa Twins: Facebook

Their newest album is a double live one – Live at the Cavern Club – more info here.

New Hype BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD Covers MGMT – Time To Listen!

16 February 2021

To my ears, 2008 single TIME TO PRETEND still is the best thing
American electro pop eccentrics MGMT ever did. A gloriously
catchy fantasy tune about being a rock star.

New British hype BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD launched their
highly praised art rock-jazz-pop debut LP For The First Time two
weeks ago. Just before the release, they shared their interpretation
of Time To Pretend. They slowed it down and turned it into a
stunning, melodramatic ballad.

Here’s their pretty WOW version…

I’m feelin’ rough, I’m feelin’ raw
I’m in the prime of my life
Let’s make some music, make some money
Find some models for wives
I’ll move to Paris, shoot some heroin and fuck with the stars
You man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars

This is our decision to live fast and die young
We’ve got the vision, now let’s have some fun
Yeah, it’s overwhelming, but what else can we do?
Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute?

Original

BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD: Facebook