8 September 2020
(Artwork LP Wolfe)
A couple of months ago a cracking covers compilation honoring psychobilly icons
The Cramps hit our messed-up planet. Also messed-up is the oddball title of the album: Really Bad Music For Really Bad People: The Cramps as Heard Through the Meat Grinder of Three One G . Got it?
The line-up of the participating artists features among
others: TV Set, Metz, Qui, Zeis! feat Mike Patton, and Daugthers.
The one that did and still does my head in is the darktastic performance by doom and gloom priestess CHELSEA WOLFE turning SHEENA’S IN A GOTH GANG into a back-breaking industrial juggernaut. Really excorsistic music for really excorsistic.
Big beats from Badsville!.
Press play and release the human flies…
CHELSEA WOLFE: Facebook
(photo on top: FB Chelsea Wolfe)
6 September 2020
New Jersey’s indie rockers REAL ESTATE join the countless artists who killed time
during the lockdown crisis by listening to other musicians and cover some of them.
Real Estate went for an interpretation of a song
by Canadian band Galaxie 500 (1987-1991)
REAL ESTATE: Facebook
24 August 2020
Since his self-titled 2018 debut album Californian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer TY SEGALL has released, continuously, at least one album a year. The sonic junk breathes, dreams and hallucinates music. Non-stop 24/7 maniac. And the man also knows tons of pop classics from the past. Five years ago he even filled an album, called
Ty Rex with covers of the late 60s / early 70s glam hero Marc Bolan and his band T.Rex
He also doesn’t look the other way for cheesy pop earworms like Hot Chocolate‘s 1978
hit EVERY 1’S A WINNER. He turned the disco stomper into a dashing drone on his 2018 LP Freedom’s Goblin. Check it out right here…
18 August 2020
SUGAR WORLD is a fresh San Diego collaboration with two members
of daydreamers band Naps. Last year they premiered two twinkling
guitar-driven pop songs. Sad In Heaven and We Fell In Love.
Earlier this year they shared their take on Yo La Tengo’s meditative beauty Shadows
and they follow it up now with another cover. This time it’s a winsome interpretation
of Chromatics’ starry-eyed pearl Kill For Love. And Sugar World truly shines with a dove-like version. Less orchestrated than the original, giving the song a more direct and more personal touch, the isolation effect we heard before from several other artists making music in quarantine.
The Chromatics original…
SUGAR WORLD: Facebook
photo by Angela Satine
10 August 2020
Gloriously controversial fatherfucker PEACHES is also part of the Marc Bolan tribute LP called ‘AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan’. Other artists such as Joan Jett, Kesha, Devendra Banhart, Nick Cave, and Father John Misty feature on the longplayer. The tribute was put together by the legendary producer Hal Wilnerr who sadly passed away
on 7 April from coronavirus.
Marc Bolan will be inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soon.
Peaches picked groover Solid Gold, Easy Action
and turned it into a funky bang-bang disco stomper.
Time to get out of your lazy quarantine couch and dance, dance, dance…
(photo on top: cover ‘Rub’ album)
3 August 2020
Like so many other artists did during this science-fiction-like lockdown period,
Spanish power-pop señoritas HINDS also decided to cover a classic cracker. They
picked The Clash‘s 1979 track SPANISH BOMBS (featured on their masterpiece LP
London Calling) for obvious reasons, although the song’s story isn’t a happy one.
It’s about the chaotic political situation of Spain in the Seventies after the 1975
death of dictator Francisco Franco. The late great punk poet Joe Strummer got
the idea after he heard a radio news report of ETA terror bombings of tourist
hotels on the Costa Brava.
Hinds’ frontwoman said in a statement: “The Clash were my mom’s forever favorite
band. So it is always beautiful to connect generations through music. As Spaniards, we
don’t usually get shout-outs in songs, like New York or London, so the Clash writing a
song about our civil war made us feel honored.”
Hear the Madrid based grupo‘s version here…
Also on Spotify…
New HINDS album
27 July 2020
American rockers released their excellent
Artist: Wreckless Eric
Active: since 1974
Single: The Whole Wide World
CAGE THE ELEPHANT Unpeeled 2017 album
CAGE THE ELEPHANT: Facebook
(photo by Turn Up The Volume! Amsterdam – 2017)
20 July 2020
Following mental health problems, heartfelt songwriter and invigorating voice
CHRIS CORNELL, the driving force behind grunge stars Soundgarden and the
vox of Audioslave, the band formed by ex- Rage Against The Machine members,
took his own life three years ago.
Today would have been his 56th birthday (born in Seattle on 20 July 1964).
To celebrate this event his wife shared a cover of Guns N’ Roses massive
1989 hit PATIENCE, recorded by her late husband in 2016. An affectionate
and most gripping version of this blue ballad.
CHRIS CORNELL: Facebook
13 July 2020
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the self-titled Black Sabbath debut LP
and second longplayer Paranoid, Sacred Bones Records released ‘What Is This That Stands Before Me?‘ last May. A compilation of Sabbath covers recorded by artists from
across their roster, with The Soft Moon, Thou, Zola Jesus, Uniform, Hilary Woods and more.
San Francisco’s psych-dream tandem MOON DUO is the ideal act to cover PLANET OF CARAVAN one of Sabbath‘s rare tranquil songs, about floating through the universe with one’s love. Moon Duo turns the ghostly original into an extended joyride. A feather-light, trippy, and imaginary journey with Sanae Yamada‘s angelic voice fitting the head-in-the-clouds mood just perfectly. Nine minutes of escaping our puzzling reality.
Compilation in full…
BLACK SABBATH: Facebook
MOON DUO: Facebook
6 July 2020
After sharing new stellar single The Fighter a week ago New York City’s RICH GIRLS,
led by soul-stirring vox Luisa Black, stun with The Boss‘ breakthrough hit BORN TO RUN.
I’m pretty sure the band chose this classic cracker with a purpose as the story of this 45-year old standout – released in 1975 – is highly relevant again in today’s Divided States
Of America. Rich Girls do not rock as much as the original, they give it a more haunting and yes, more gloomy timbre. Born in the USA to run away in 2020.
In the day we sweat it out on the streets
Of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through the mansions of glory
In suicide machines
Sprung from cages on Highway 9
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected, and steppin’ out over the line
Oh, baby this town rips the bones from your back
It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we’re young
‘Cause tramps like us, baby, we were born to run
Fuck you Trump…
RICH GIRLS: Facebook