Showing posts with label Covers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Covers. Show all posts

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Covers for Sunday

Heartbreak Hotel by John Cale (originally by  Elvis Presley) Described as a Michelin starred chef working in a hamburger grill, this particular version is a live recording from 1981.

Whiskey In The Jar by Thin Lizzy (traditional Irish folk song) The first known recording of this I can find is Seamus Ennis in 1951, although the songs origins are obviously much before this. The song first became famous through the The Dubliners playing it, it has now been covered dozens of times.

Because The Night by 10,000 Maniacs (originally by the Patti Smith Group) This was recorded for MTV Unplugged and became 10,000 Maniacs' biggest hit in a few countries.

I Know It's Over by Jeff Buckley (originally by The Smiths) I'm not a huge fan of Jeff Buckley, of course I like him, but I've never felt about his music the way a lot of people do, never quite 'got' him, but this track, I get.

Chelsea Hotel #2 by Regina Spektor (originally by Leonard Cohen) Covers by John Cale and Jeff Buckley, the H word is the elephant in the room. Maybe another time. For now here's another Leonard Cohen song being covered.

Respect by Aretha Franklin (originally by Otis Redding) We'll end with one of the all time greats, it's hard to improve on Otis Redding but Aretha Franklin certainly does it here.

Monday, 28 February 2011

Covers for Sunday...a day late.

We're a day late with Covers for Sunday this week because some moron decided it would be a good idea if I went in to work at 4am today. Consequently I was in bed very early, so I didn't have time to do this yesterday. I'd complain, but the aforementioned moron was me, so I don't really have the right.

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A Change Is Gonna Come by Otis Redding (originally by Sam Cooke) One of the very best covers ever, I've featured the Sam Cooke original and Ben Sollee's and Arcade Fire's covers of this song. Otis Redding's and Sam Cooke's versions of this are both superb, I find it impossible to choose which is better. I think this is the best soul song ever, it's certainly my favourite. I once used this song and the Robert Frost poem, Mending Wall, as the basis for a piece of work in an English literature class 15 years ago. I loved the song then, I still love it now.

Reckoner by Gnarls Barkley (originally by Radiohead). Gnarls Barkley covering Radiohead live, it's as good as you'd imagine it to be.

Dreams the band in Heaven (originally by The Cranberries). One of last weeks most popular bands with their cover of Goodbye Horses the Florida duo are back with a Cranberries cover.

When Doves Cry by Brett Anderson (originally by Prince). Yes, the same Brett Anderson who is Suede's lead singer.

Such Great Heights by Fort deClare (originally by The Postal Service). I know this song has been covered lots and lots of times, but this version has a kazoo. You owe it to yourself to listen to it.

Fortunate Son by Todd Snider feat. Patty Griffin (originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival). To finish us of this lovely folky cover of CRR.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Covers for Sunday

Nothing Compares 2 U by The Last Royals (originally by Prince). More cover goodness from The Last Royals after their version of EMF's Unbelievable of a fortnight ago.

Unravel by Radiohead (originally by Björk). This is performed by Thom Yorke during a Radiohead webcast and is his favourite song.

Goodbye Horses by The Band In Heaven (originally by Q Lazzarus). This is the song Buffalo Bill is playing and signing along with in Silence Of The Lambs. This is a very nice shoegazing cover, a bit like a dreampop but harder. And very good.

Courting Blues by Lisa Hannigan (originally by Bert Jansch). Lisa Hannigan was Damien Rice's backing vocalist for a while, her excellent cover of Personal Jesus was featured here before. This sounds like a mix of drone music and folk music, obviously it's very good.

My Funny Valentine by Hawk (originally by Mitzi Green) Hawk is the frontman of The Plastic Pals, who I've featured before here and have a new album due soon. Mitzi Green played Billie Smith in Babes On Arms in 1937 and so was, as far as I can tell, the original vocalist for My Funny Valentine.

Fuck You by Anjulie (originally by Cee-Lo). By a female vocalist so some of the vocals are re-written. My favourite being "I guess I'm like Dora, she's a Malibu Barbie".

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Covers for Sunday - Jazz Edition

It's been a while since we had a jazz edition of Covers for Sunday so here we are. Of course it wouldn't be a jazz edition if The Bad Plus and Brad Mehldau weren't included. Mehldau is on his own this time and The Bad Plus are as fantastic as always. James Carter, who was featured before covering Pavement, is back with Joshua Redman ripping through a Count Basie composition. There are also three first time artists, Stanley Clarke Trio's cover of Under The Bridge is especially good. Jazz Against The Machine cover Soundgarden and Jazzkantine finish with a superb cover of Van Halen, the only song from today with vocals.

Everybody Wants To Rule The World by The Bad Plus (originally by Tears For Fear)

Under The Bridge by Stanley Clarke Trio (originally by Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Bottle Up And Explode by Brad Mehldau (originally by Elliott Smith)

Blues In The Dark by James Carter and Joshua Redman (originally by Count Basie)

Spoonman by Jazz Against The Machine (originally by Soundgarden)

Ain't Talking About Love by Jazzkantine (originally by Van Halen)

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Covers for Sunday

All of the songs, bar one, in today's blog are covers that have been sent to me by bands and agents. I have now, I think, finally caught up with my e-mails. If you've e-mailed me and haven't got a reply just resend your original or e-mail me again and I'll get back to you. Sorry for all the delays.

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Unbelievable by The Last Royals (originally by EMF). It's hard to pin down exactly, but I get a vibe of The Cure in this cover. I've mentioned before that I particularly enjoy listening to duos, to see how they overcome the limitations caused by the lack of band numbers. These New Yorkers do it by making their music catchy and full of hooks.

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Don't Fear The Reaper by Bobtown (originally by Blue Oyster Cult). Bobtown play traditional Americana folkand still make it sound fresh and new with an original take on an old genre, the perfect soundtrack to Southern Gothic.

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California Gurls by Lloyd's Garage (originally by Katy Perry). It goes without saying that I'm not a fan of the original version of this, because I have a 10 year old daughter I've heard it a few times. This version is very good, another duo more than making up for the lack of members. In the week when the White Stripes officially called it quits it's lazy but not necessarily unreasonable to look to Lloyd's Garage as a spiritual successor.

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So Freely by Snow and Voices (originally by Tir Na Nog). Snow And Voices have been featured before, back in June 2010 with there cover of Mistress by Mark Kozelek (here) and as much as I enjoyed that I think this track, especially Lauri Kranz's vocal, is even better.

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Jealous Guy by The PepTides (originally by John Lennon). Last week it was Okkervil River covering this song, now we have Canadian duo The PepTides. Even though it's the same song the two covers are very different, where Okkervil River's cover was very heartfelt and down to earth there's something grand about this.

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Toxic by Yaron Herman (originally by Britney Spears). This is the only cover that wasn't sent to me, sadly I don't live in a universe where jazz musicians of the calibre of Yaron Herman e-mail me. One day though.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Covers for Sunday

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Jealous Guy by Okkervil River (originally by John Lennon). It's a live version so the sound quality isn't great but this is one of my favourite covers and I think it's well worth listening to. It's one of those songs that I was genuinely surprised when I saw I hadn't already posted it.

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Dream A Little Dream Of Me by Dala (originally by Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra). One of the most covered songs in history, this isn't my favourite version (that's Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald) but it is really good.

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God Only Knows by Ben Kweller (originally by The Beach Boys). Two Beach Boys covers in two weeks, it's nothing mire than coincidence.

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Everybody Knows by Elizabeth and The Catapult (originally by Leonard Cohen). Maybe one day I'll do a Covers for Sunday - Leonard Cohen edition but until then you can enjoy this.

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Mansard Roof by Canadian Invasion (originally by Vampire Weekend). Canadian Invasion are a band from Philadelphia so either the US is safe from Canadian invasion or they've already started.

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Play The Game by Beach House (originally by Queen). The sleeve for Play The Game was the first one to feature Freddie Mercury with a moustache.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Covers for Sunday

Sorry this is a day late, yesterday I spilled coffee on my keyboard and as one of the delights of living in England is shops that sell keyboards tend to close at 4pm there was no way I could post anything yesterday.

Femme Fatale by Big Star (originally by The Velvet Underground). I mentioned this cover on Saturday's post, it's so good I thought I'd include it this week.

Kangaroo by Beck (originally by Big Star). While we're on Big Star covers I thought this fit nicely.

50 Ways To Leave Your Lover by The Brad Mehldau Trio (originally by Paul Simon). It's been far too long since the Brad Mehldau Trio have been featured so here's another of their excellent covers.

Bulletproof by Lou Barlow (originally by La Roux). I don't like the original of this, it's far too 80's, but this cover is pretty enjoyable.

I Get Around by Red Hot Chili Peppers (originally by The Beach Boys). This sounds exactly how you'd imagine.

Keep The Car Running by Foo Fighters (originally by Arcade Fire). From a radio session for the BBC, sorry for the exceptionally irritating DJ after the song has finished.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Covers for Sunday

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Eye Of The Tiger by Rural Alberta Advantage (originally by Survivor). More goodness from The Rural Alberta Advantage, this was the B-side to Drain The Blood. While the original is pretty much the definition of a pump up song this sounds more like a lament of things passed.

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New Sensation by Beck, St. Vincent, Daniel Hart, Sergio Dias, Brian LeBarton and Liars (originally by INXS). If you read the Covers for Sunday - Velvet Underground edition you'll have heard some of the covers Beck does as part of his Record Club. So far 5 different albums have been covered, The Velvet Underground & Nico was first and INXS' Kick was fourth. Each album has a different set of musicians on it and they're all worth listening to. If you want to hear them they're all available at the Record Club site.

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I'm Waiting by Delta Spirit (originally by Bill Bush). This cover is from their second Daytrotter set, which you can here in it's entirety here.

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Folsom Prison Blues by Keb' Mo' (originally by Johnny Cash). It's always difficult to cover a song as classic as this, a song that so many people from different musical tastes have heard and loved, but I think this is an excellent cover.

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Born On A Train by Arcade Fire (originally by The Magnetic Fields). One of my favourite covers by Arcade Fire, it's hard to believe that The Magnetic Fields have released their first album 20 years ago.

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I'm Goin' Down by Vampire Weekend (originally by Bruce Springsteen). Sometimes when I have iTunes on shuffle things turn up that I had no idea I had on my hard drive. This is one of those songs, I had no idea Vampire Weekend had even covered it, but it turns out it was recorded in September last year.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Covers for Sunday - R.E.M. edition

So far I've done four Covers for Sunday band editions and it occurred to me that of the four bands two are from New York and two are from London. Now I've got nothing against either of those cities, except that London's full of southerners of course, but I wanted something a bit different this time. So I went with R.E.M.

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From Athens, Georgia R.E.M. have been one of my favourite bands ever since I started listening to music I wanted to listen to instead of whatever my siblings or parents were listening to. Automatic For The People was the first album I ever bough, on cassettes, and Monster was the first CD I ever bought. They've released 14 studio albums and despite a couple of mediocre efforts, Reveal and particularly Around The Sun, they've been a consistently excellent band.

Longevity, indie success, popularity and a huge song book should make them an excellent source of covers and by and large they are. However it was disappointing to see how many covers are of the same few songs, Losing My Religion and Everybody Hurts in particular.

Having said that, I am pleased with the variety of covers I've been able to find, I've also been surprised by how many covers R.E.M. have performed, several of which are included below. I haven't included any of the covers that appear on Dead Letter Office, except the two The Velvet Underground covers that I've featured before, so if you want those you'll have to buy the album.

Enough talk from me, here are the covers. I hope you enjoy them.

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First here are the covers by R.E.M. that I've featured on this blog before.

Pale Blue Eyes (live) originally by The Velvet Underground.

There She Goes Again originally by The Velvet Underground.

All I Have to Do Is Dream originally by The Everly Brothers

Wall Of Death originally by Richard and Linda Thompson

I Will Survive originally by Gloria Gaynor

Gentle On My Mind originally by John Hartford

These are the covers of R.E.M. that have been posted on here before.

Hairshirt by Glen Hansard

So Central Rain by Grant Lee Phillips

You Are The Everything by Redbird

It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by Great Big Sea

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Now for this week's new covers. I've tried to use different songs rather than repeating the same two or three over and over and I've tried to use covers of less well known songs as well as their more popular radio hits.

Fall On Me by Cry Cry Cry

Orange Crush by The Editors

The One I Love by Rosie Thomas

The One I Love by Sufjan Stevens

Losing My Religion by Tori Amos

Everybody Hurts by Vic Chestnutt

The Great Beyond by the Fray

Losing My Religion by Craig's Brother

The Apologist by Fink

Falls To Climb by Lizzy Banoffee

Try Not To Breathe by This Unique Museum

Wendell Gee by Klifton Filente

Country Feedback by Doug McKenna

It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by ZSK

You Are The Everything by Go South

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In 2007 Stereogum released Drive XV to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the release of Automatic For The People. The album featured covers of each track, some tracks were covered more than once and are included as bonus tracks.

Drive by The Veils

Try Not To Breathe by Dappled Cities

The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite by Rogue Wave

Everybody Hurts by Meat Puppets

New Orleans Instrumental No. 1 by Figurines

Sweetness Follows by Sara Quin (Feat. Kaki King)

Monty Got A Raw Deal by Catfish Haven

Ignoreland by The Forms

Star Me Kitten by Blitzen Trapper

Man On The Moon by Shout Out Louds

Nightswimming by The Wrens

Find The River by Dr. Dog

Bonus tracks:

Try Not To Breathe by The Narrator

Everybody Hurts by Amanda Palmer & Cormac Bride

Man On The Moon by Ferraby Lionheart

The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite by Oxford Collapse

Find The River by Blanche

Nightswimming by You Say Party! We Say Die!

New Orleans Instrumental No. 1 by Jana Hunter

Everybody Hurts by Elk City

Everybody Hurts by Frida Hyvönen

Everybody Hurts by Bodies Of Water

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There are times R.E.M. have covered other bands, apart from the first song all of these are live covers.

Superman originally by The Clique (vocals by Mike Mills)

Favorite Writer (featuring Linda Hopper) originally by Magnapop. Linda Hopper is the vocalist for Magnapop, so technically this might not be a cover, but I don't care. My blog, my rules.

Love Is All Around originally by The Troggs (vocals by Mike Mills)

Munich originally by Editors

NYC originally by Interpol

California Dreaming originally by The Mamas & the Papas

Midnight Blue originally by Lou Gramm

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Lastly, some songs that really aren't covers, even with the my blog my rules standard, but they fit in nicely with this post.

E-Bow The Letter by Thom Yorke & R.E.M. Thom Yorke does the vocals that Patti Smith performs on the New Adventure's In Hi-Fi version of this song. I believe this version is from a Free Tibet concert.

One by Automatic Baby. Automatic Baby were a combination of R.E.M. and U2 that performed only once and played just one song. It's Michael Stipe on lead vocals, Mike Mills on guitar, Adam Clayton on Bass and Larry Mullen Jr on drums. According to wikipedia this was played on MTV for Bill Clinton. I don't know if MTV had some sort of concert for bill Clinton or these four musicians decided to get together and perform One for him, neither sounds particularly likely to me.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Covers for Sunday

This Land Is Your Land by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (originally by Woody Guthrie). A fantastic soul cover of this folk classic. Chances are you've already heard plenty of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings but on the off chance you've missed or skipped them here's a good place to start.

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Handle Me With Care by Jenny Wilson and The Watson Twins feat Ben Gibbard, Conor Oberst and M Ward (originally by The Traveling Wilburys). I'm not a huge fan of The Traveling Wilburys by any means, though my wife is, but this is a pretty good cover of a decent song.

Let It Be by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (originally by The Beatles). I dreamed about putting this in my blog earlier today, I guess that's not too good a sign.

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No Surprises by Regina Spektor (originally by Radiohead). This falls in the 'surprised I haven't posted this before' category.

Pretty In Pink by The National (originaly by The Psychedelic Furs). More goodness from my current obsession, The National.

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Give A Little Bit by Sarah Masen (originally by Supertramp). Supertramp are another band my wife likes that I don't. Let me reassure you though that I will not be posting David Hasselhoff covers on this blog.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Covers for Sunday

Eleanor Rigby by Sonny Criss (originally by The Beatles). One f the best jazz covers I've heard for a while, starts off a little smooth jazzy but soon gets going.

Sonny Criss - Alto Saxophone
Eddie Green - Piano
Bob Cranshaw - Contrabass
Alan Dawson - Drums

I Love How You Love Me by Neutral Milk Hotel (originally by The Paris Sisters). From Neutral Milk Hotel's (actually it's pretty much a Jeff Magnum solo gig, but I'm not going to get too worked up about what is and isn't NMH) last concert, which was bootlegged as When It All Caved In. You can, and should, buy it here.

My Sweet Lord by Jim James (originally by George Harrison). My Sweet Lord is, as far as I know, the only song to ever make it to No.1 in the UK single charts that contains a Hindu/Vaishnava prayer. If you're ever writing questions for a pub music quiz you should definitely include that.

Redemption Song by Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer. Maybe this should have gone in last week's blog, but I don't think it really fits. Joe Strummer also covered this on his own.

Ashamed Of The Story I Toldby The National (originally by Polaris). I love The National far more than a 30 year old should love a band, it's almost embarrassing.

A Love Supreme Part 1: Acknowledgement by Alice & Ravi Coltrane (originally by John Coltrane). Alice Coltrane didn't join John Coltrane's Quartet until 1965, after A Love Supreme was recorded (December 1964) so she didn't play on the original and didn't play a live version with John Coltrane either. Ravi Coltrane wasn't born when A Love Supreme was recorded. This is a great cover. It's close to the original in lots of places but differs enough to be worthwhile rather than just a straight-up rendition. John Coltrane played tenor saxophone on A Love Supreme, Ravi plays soprano on this cover.

Ravi Coltrane - Soprano Saxophone
Alice Coltrane - Piano
Reggie Workman - Contrabass
Roy Haynes - Drums

Monday, 11 October 2010

Covers for Sunday - The Clash Edition

I knew that I hadn't done a band edition of Covers for Sunday for September, but I hadn't realised that I'd missed August as well. So here, belatedly, is Covers for Sunday - The Clash edition.

The Clash were the natural choice for the next installment of this series. They were punks who drew influences from all over the world, notably reggae, and brought it back to England, made it relevant to where they were from. Some times punk bands have a tendency to be insular, shouting rhetoric about changing the world while giving the impression they've never been more than three or four stops away on a bus. The Clash were never like that. Sure they were punk, but they were musicians as well. That is, in my opinion, why they are so influential even now while a lot of their contemporaries saw their influence fade away with time or stay within the punk scene.

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As usual, first up here are the covers of songs by The Clash that have been featured before. I think the artists here are a nice little microcosm of what I was saying before, covers by Edwyn Collins, The Strokes, No Doubt, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springstreen, that's a pretty diverse range of musicians.

London Calling by Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt and Dave Grohl

Clampdown by The Strokes

1977 by Edwyn Collins

Hateful by No Doubt

Now for a few covers by The Clash, with the same thing in evidence. A cover of a very early rock and roll hit, a song by Buddy Holly's ex-backing band, BoB Dylan and, of course, a reggae cover:

Brand New Cadillac originally by Vince Taylor

I Fought The Law originally by The Crickets

The Man In Me originally by Bob Dylan

Pressure Drop originally by Toots & Maytals

Now for a few covers of covers by The Clash. I accept that The Dead Kennedy's may be paying tribute to The Crickets here, but I think it's more likely a cover of The Clash.

I Fought The Law by The Dead Kennedy's

Brand New Cadillac by The Brian Setzer Orchestra, although this is more a cover of Vince Taylor's original.

I Fought The Law by Bell X1

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Now onto the rest of the covers. I've tried to avoid putting all the usual things here. There'll be plenty of covers you've heard before, but I've left out most of the hundred's of The Guns Of Brixton covers.

Lost In The Supermarket by Ben Folds

I'm So Bored With The USA by Arcade Fire

Clampdown by Indigo Girls

The Guns Of Brixton by Nouvelle Vague

Lost In The Supermarket by Petty Booka, described as Tokyo Bluegrass, this is as bizarre as you'd think.

Spanish Bombs by Brady Harris

Guns Of Brixton by Arcade Fire

Rudie Can't Fail by The Cocktail Preachers

Four Horseman by Creation Rockers

Train In Vain by Dwight Yoakam

Wrong Em Boyo by Buck-O-Nine

The Card Cheat by James Dean Bradfield

Koka Kola by La Furia, Spanish cover

Revolution Rock by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

Lover's Rock by Mauri

Clampdown by The National

Jimmy Jazz by Skarabazoo

Death Or Glory by Social Distortion

The Right Profile by Southern Arts Society

I'm Not Down by Thea Gilmore

Straight To Hell by Josh Rouse

Bank Robber by Hot Tuna

Straight To Hell by Phil Cody

White Riot by Angelic Upstarts

The Guns Of Brixton by Calexico

Rock El Casbah by Rachid Taha

Let's Go Crazy by Storybox

I Fought The Law by Green Day

The Guns Of Brixton by Die Toten Hosen. My brother-in-law's favourite band, this is the first time I've heard them sing in English.

Police On My Back by Asian Dub Foundation & Zebda

White Riot by Dropkick Murphy's

Kingston Advice by Camper Van Beethoven

(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais by 311

Clash City Rockers by Anti-Flag, live at The Ramones' museum

English Civil War by The Levellers

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Finally, because it's one of the greatest songs ever written, even if it isn't a cover:

Monday, 4 October 2010

Covers for Sunday

When I Fall In Love by Miles Davis (originally by Doris Day) from Steamin' with The Miles Davis Quintet. The Miles Davis Quintet is:
Miles Davis – Trumpet
John Coltrane – Tenor saxophone
Red Garland – Piano
Paul Chambers – Bass
Philly Joe Jones – drums
so that's a pretty good place to start if you want to buy some Miles Davis, or even if you don't.

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I Walk On Gilded Splinters by Paul Weller (originally by Dr John). I've heard this track, which has Noel Gallagher on acoustic guitar, come under some pretty heavy criticism compared to Dr John's original. I, obviously, think it's pretty good and really, if you expect Paul Weller to sound like Dr John that's hardly his fault.

Orion by Rodrigo Y Gabriela (originally by Metallica). I'm not a fan of Metallica, I have no idea how much this sounds like the original, I just know that it sounds really good.

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Wish You Were Here by Sparklehorse feat Thom Yorke (originally by Pink Floyd) This is such an iconic song, it must be almost impossible to cover but this is a pretty good version.

No Ordinary Love by Deftones (originally by Sade) The Deftones do trip-hop.

Brandy by Red Hot Chili Peppers (originally by Looking Glass). From the Live in Hyde park album, before they disappeared under the weight of Stadium Arcadium. Nearly four and a half years since that was released now, new album due next year.

Finally, a video of Ace of Base's The Sign as covered by The Mountain Goats

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Covers for Sunday

I'm back on track now, caught up with everything and finally have enough time to bring you Covers for Sunday again.

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Closer by Love Darling (originally by Kings Of Leon). A lovely cover, very different from the original, one of the nicest covers I've heard for a while.

Sweet Child O' Mine by Luna (originally by Guns N' Roses). A nice, laid back cover.

The Drawback by Telekinesis (originally by Joy Division) An excellent, short cover.

Summertime Blues by Blue Cheer (originally by Eddie Cochran). Rock version of an old rock and roll classic, this works very well without straying into parody.

Say It Ain't So by Kristy Brannon (originally by Weezer). Stripped back folk cover of one of my favourite Weezer songs.

The Eraser by Christian Scott (originally by Thom Yorke). I wanted a jazz cover to finish the blog off and I've been wanting to post this for a while. Given how popular Died In love was when I posted that I expect you'll all like this.

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Monday, 6 September 2010

Covers for Sunday

Let My Love Open The Door by M Ward (originally by Pete Townshend). I won't waste my time or yours telling you again how much I enjoy M Ward's work. The original was Pete Townshend's first solo single release.

I Know There's An Answer by Sonic Youth (originally by The Beach Boys). If you're even a little bit familiar with either of these bands, and let's face it you are, you can probably guess how good this is.

Alison by Everything But The Girl (originally by Elvis Costello). I'm not a huge fan of Everything But The Girl, perhaps because my elder brother was. This comes from 1992 and gives a reasonable taster of their sound before the huge hit that was Missing.

London Calling by Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt and Dave Grohl (originally by The Clash). I was a bit sceptical about this before I heard it, I thought it might be a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth. I was wrong, this is excellent.

Addicted To Love by Tom Hanway & Blue Horizon (originally by Robert Palmer). Another bluegrass cover, and an excellent one at that, I know how much you all enjoy these.

C.R.E.A.M. by El Michels Affair (originally by The Wu Tang Clan). A while back I posted the El Michels Affair's cover of Bring Da Ruckus. This is cut from the same cloth; laid back, funk & soul influenced genius.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Covers for Sunday

Technical issues/idiocy resolved, Covers for Sunday is back.

Silly Love by Downtown/Union (originally by Daniel Johnston). I found this when I was listening to Downtown/Union for Saturday's post. I thought it'd be much better suited to today's blog, so here it is.

The Message by Stiff Little Fingers (originally by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five). This is from the album Tinderbox which my wife bought for me when she was visiting her family/attending a class reunion in Germany. I'm a lucky guy, I know. Anyway, if you've heard Stiff Little Fingers before you'll already know how good this cover is. And if you haven't, shame on you.

The Eternal by Kings of Convenience (originally by Joy Division). This is a b-side to Failure, from the same disk as the cover of Free Falling. That cover was really popular, a great cover by a band at their peak. This is, if anything, even better.

Baby by Maria McAteer and Björn Dahlberg (originally by Justin Bieber). Justin Bieber, words I never thought I'd type, especially not for this blog. But last week I got an e-mail from pianist Björn Dahlberg introducing this cover to me. Safe to say I've never heard the original, but this cover's pretty good. The video's well worth checking out. Björn Dahlberg and vocalist Maria McAteer went to Brighton beach and got people to mime the lyrics. With the magic of video editing, which if you've ever dabbled with you know can be a huge pain, they produced this:

You can listen to more of Maria McAteer here and buy it here.

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by Damien Rice (originally by U2). Another very good Damien Rice cover, just as good as the other's I've posted.

Cousins by Mumford and Sons (originally by Vampire Weekend). It took me a while to warm to Mumford and Sons, this cover took me a few listens to really grow on me but I'm glad it did.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Covers for Sunday

It's been a quiet week I know/ I took the end of the week off from blogging to celebrate the 5th anniversary of my wife and I being married. Every day with her has been a blessing and every day she's resisted the temptation to bludgeon me to death is a small miracle.

Here are your covers for this week:

Save Me A Place by White Arrows (originally by Fleetwood Mac). I'm sure I've mentioned before, but I've never been a fan of Fleetwood Mac. Covers like this make me think they may be worth revisiting. It's in a similar vein to Vampire Weekend's cover of Everywhere and is worth listening to.

Dancing In The Dark by Julian Casablancas (originally by Bruce Springsteen). This may be the best Springsteen cover I've ever heard.

End Of The World by Girls (originally by Skeeter Davis). Plenty of blog hype for Girls, I'm not sure they always deserve it but this cover is absolutely top notch.

Across The Universe by Fiona Apple (originally by The Beatles). This should be pretty self-explanatory. It's a great song covered by a singer with a really goodd voice. Not surprisingly it works really well.

Cowgirl In The Sand by Julian Plenti (originally by Neil Young). It's been a while since I've featured a Neil Young cover and this, by Interpol's Paul Banks, is a good way to rectify that.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Covers for Sunday

Only five songs for you this week, but you know I'll make it up to you.

Hungry For Your Love by Glen Hansard (originally by Van Morrison). You may remember Glen Hansard's brilliant cover of Hairshirt. If you do ou already know how good this is going to be. If you don't, well, you're in for a treat.

How Come That Blood by Sam Amidon (originally by Bessie Jones). Something that got thrown up on shuffle today and before it was halfway through I knew it'd be posted on Covers for Sunday. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

It Ain't Me Babe by Robin Pecknold (originally by Bob Dylan). Better known as the lead vocalist from Fleet Foxes Robin Pecknold delivers a fantastic cover of this classic.

All I Want Is You by Mark Geary (originally by U2). This is one of my favourite U2 songs, it's got that sort of understated hyperbole that should be impossible but that U2 in their prime pulled off all the time.

Hateful by No Doubt (originally by The Clash). Hateful is possibly my favourite Clash song. Certainly my favourite of their non-singles. This is a pretty good cover from the days before Gwen Stefani decided to be a pop diva.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Covers for Sunday - Jazz Edition

The second Covers for Sunday this week and the second ever Covers for Sunday - Jazz Edition. Last time I did this it was really popular, I hope you all enjoy this one as well. If you didn't catch the last jazz edition it's here.

The premise is fairly simple, six jazz covers of songs. Some are covers of other jazz songs and others are jazz covers of non-jazz songs. Some of these songs will be pretty well known, others less so. The same goes for the musicians involved.

Hey Ya by 6iJazz (originally by Outkast). 6iJazz are an Icelandic jazz band, they've been around since 2005 but they don't have a lot of recorded music yet, or a complete band line-up (they're looking for a pianist). Still, this is a very good cover. It starts off all lounge/smooth jazz but soon develops into something much, much better. Check them out on myspace.

Wonderwall by Brad Mehldau Trio (originally by Oasis). You knew there'd be something by Brad Mehldau, right? He may be the most featured jazz artist on my blog, I think his covers/interpretations are top-notch and an easy way for non-jazz fans to find there way into jazz. But his work is far more than just covers, he's an incredible talent with a discography far longer than you'd expect from a musician who's been active for only 17 years.

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The Creator Has A Masterplan by Louis Armstrong (originally by Pharaoh Sanders). Pharaoh Sanders, one of the free jazz saxaphone Trinity (the others being John Coltrane and Albert Ayler) wrote The Creator Has A Master Plan with vocalist Leon Thomas. It features on his album Karma and is over 32 minutes long. Louis Armstrong covered this towards the end of his life in 1969, the same year as Pharaoh Sanders. His version clocks in at just over 4 minutes. The novelty of Louis Armstrong covering a free jazz song soon wears off and you're left to appreciate just how good a recording this is, just how much talent the increasing ill Louis Armstrong still had.

Autumn In New York by Charlie Parker (originally by Billie Holiday). J. Harold Murray sang this first in the Broadway production Thumbs Up! but Billie Holiday recorded it first, as far as I can tell. Charlie Parker's recording seems to be the first instrumental version of what would soon become a jazz standard and would eventually be covered by everone from Frank Sinatra to Sun Ra.

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Black Narcissus by Jim Snidero (originally by Joe Henderson). Ken from Jazz SDP (link in my blogroll) rates Joe Henderson as one of the top 10 jazz musicians from 1950 to 1965. I don't rank him quite that highly, but there's no doubt the tenor-saxophonist's music is very good. Alto-saxophonist Jim Snidero agrees, this comes from his album The Music Of Joe Henderson. If you want to listen to more jazz but you're put off by free or avant-garde jazz this is a great place for you to start. Straight-ahead jazz, really well played.

Evidence by Steve Lacy (originally by Thelonious Monk). Steve Lacy played dixieland, or traditional if you prefer, jazz and he played avant-garde jazz. He played with Thelonious Monk in 1958 and 1960 and regularly played his music. Thelonious Monk is undoubtedly one of the most important jazz composers to ever write (and a fantastic musician) and Steve Lacy interprets his work as well as anyone and better than most.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Covers for Sunday

The first of two Covers for Sunday this week, there'll also be a Covers for Sunday Jazz edition posted soon. Check it out but first, here are six non-jazz covers for you.

No Cars Go by Final Fantasy (originally by Arcade Fire) I'm sure you'll all be aware of the massive amount of Arcade Fire hype at the moment because they've released their third album, suburbs. That's not why this is here though, it's here because I think the violin playing on it is really pretty good.

I'll Keep It With Mine by Mike and Ruthy (originally by Nico). I know technically this is a Bob Dylan song, but Nico's version was released first so it's hard to say she covered it. Apparantly Bob Dylan 'gave' it to her and she released it on the John Cale produced album Chelsea Girls.

Let's Dance by The Futureheads (originally by David Bowie)
The Man Who Sold The World by The Section Quarter (originally by David Bowie)
I hadn't planned on having two David Bowie cover this week, it's just how it worked out. The Futureheads version is pretty faithful to the original and The Section Quartet's is, as you may have guessed, all done with strings.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps by Built To Spill (originally by The Beatles). A long but pretty faithful cover of one of George Harrison's best songs.

The Killing Moon by Pavement (originally by Echo & The Bunnymen). I was sure I'd already posted this, but it seems I haven't. How remiss of me. Now we have two versions of this song in a week (I posted a live version on Thursday).

That's it for now, don't forget to check back soon for Covers for Sunday - Jazz Edition.