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    • On this Day December 15, 2010
      Various Pink Floyd items were sold at an Entertainment Memorabilia auction by Bonhams in Knightsbridge London. A demo pressing of the single 'Point Me To The Sky/Careful With That Axe Eugene' sold for £720. Pink Floyd signatures, in various blue marker pens on four separate pieces of paper mounted and framed together with a copy of 'Dark Side […]
    • On this Day December 15, 2003
      Courtney Love was sentenced to 18 months in drug rehabilitation after she admitted being under the influence of cocaine and opiates. She was banned from taking non-prescription drugs, drinking alcohol or being in places that serve alcohol.
    • On this Day December 15, 1984
    • On this Day December 15, 1979
    • On this Day December 15, 1969
    • On this Day December 15, 1956
    • On this Day December 15, 1944
      American big-band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader Glenn Miller was killed when his aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel while traveling to entertain US troops in France during World War II. Miller was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best-known big bands. In just four years Glenn Mil […]
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    • Under the Radar’s Holiday Gift Guide 2017 Part 8: Apparel and Household Items
      Welcome to part 8 of our Holiday Gift Guide 2017, in which we look at apparel and household items. We highlight two of our favorite T-shirt companies: England's Last Exit to Nowhere features exclusive clever and cheeky designs that play off of classic movies/TV shows and Spread Shirt (founded in Germany in 2002) features a wide range of fun designs for […]
    • Under the Radar’s Holiday Gift Guide 2017 Part 8: Apparel and Household Items
      Welcome to part 8 of our Holiday Gift Guide 2017, in which we look at apparel and household items. We highlight two of our favorite T-shirt companies: England's Last Exit to Nowhere features exclusive clever and cheeky designs that play off of classic movies/TV shows and Spread Shirt (founded in Germany in 2002) features a wide range of fun designs for […]
    • Future Islands Share “Beauty of the Road” Video
      Future Islands released a new album, The Far Field, back in April via 4AD. Now they have shared a video for "Beauty of the Road." Directed by Jay Buim, it fittingly features the band on the road, performing live at various concerts. Watch it below.
    • King Krule on “The Ooz”
      Though much of the press Archy Marshall has received over the past five years has focused on the contrast between his boyish appearance and his mature, baritone voice, ask about the title of his new album and the 22-year-old Londoner becomes a kid again. 
    • Jarvis Cocker and Iggy Pop Cover Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand” for “Peaky Blinders”
      Jarvis Cocker and Iggy Pop have teamed up to cover the Nick Cave classic "Red Right Hand" (from 1994). They have done so for the TV show Peaky Blinders. The show, which stars Cillian Murphy as the leader if a gang in post-WWI Birmingham, England, airs on BBC 2 in the U.K. and Netflix in the U.S. 
    • Alex Lahey
      Alex Lahey is honest on her debut album I Love You Like a Brother. "I've gained weight and I drink too much, maybe that's why you don't love me as much," she speculates on "I Haven't Been Taking Care of Myself." "Am I scared of losing you or am I scared to be alone?" she asks on the biting "Lotto in Reve […]
    • Exit Index
      "Where are my millions?," Grooms' frontman Travis Johnson sings in nearly a catatonic stupor on the crepuscular Exit Index opener "The Directory." It conveys the dystopian nightmare of living in modern America, a fool's gold promise predicated upon avarice and a disdain for aesthetic beauty, making money and gaining power at any […]
    • Madeline Kenney Shares Self-Directed Video for “Witching Hour”
      Madeline Kenney released her debut album, Night Night at the First Landing, back in September via Company. Now she has shared a video for "Witching Hour." Kenney self-directed the video, which is a split-screen affair showing Kenney sing the song on one side of the screen, while shots of friends, skateboarding, and a city appear on the other side o […]
    • Elbow Share a Video for Their Cover of The Beatles’ “Golden Slumbers”
      Elbow released a new album (their seventh), Little Fictions, back in February via Concord and they just released a new best of compilation, fittingly titled The Best Of. They previously shared its bonus track, a cover of The Beatles' "Golden Slumbers" (from Abbey Road). 
    • U2 Cover Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” for Spotify
      U2 released a new album, Songs of Experience, at the start of the month. Now they have done a session for Spotify where they performed the album's "The Little Things That You Give Away."
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    • Next Wave #816: Santell December 14, 2017
      In Association With Vero True SocialFollow Clash Magazine on Vero True Social for more content. A brilliant club track is unforgettable. Hanging with mates at 4am, ditching the pub in favour of a laptop and front room beers, there you sit, scrolling YouTube for a certified banger, anxiously steering the parties beatscape. The mind wanders back to dance-floor […]
    • AYA's 'Heal Me Now' Is Remarkably Soothing December 14, 2017
      Wholly natural, organic songwriting...AYA hinges on the relationship between two sisters, two people who know one another inside out. Remarkably fresh-sounding and wholly organic, the duo have gradually found attention simply through being themselves. Recently taking some time out, AYA went to rural Suffolk to work on new ideas, staying at a medieval monasti […]
    • Track Of The Day 14/12 - Crayon December 14, 2017
      'Faith' ft. Gracy HopkinsCrayon began life in a Parisian bedroom back in 2011, an illustrator-turned-musician who wanted to experiment with something new. Floral electronics meets club tropes, Crayon's work had that Gallic sense of style, and quickly caught attention in Paris and beyond. Releases on tastemaker labels like kitsune followed, wit […]
    • Paul Thomas Saunders Is In The Festive Mood December 14, 2017
      Check out the video for 'Christmas, The Sequel'...It's only a fortnight until the big day. Christmas seems to come earlier every year, and it's upon us once again - presents need to be bought, cards posted, and turkeys cooked. Paul Thomas Saunders is clearly in the festive mood, and his new single is a salute to the joys of Advent. ' […]
    • Premiere: FAKY - 'Someday We'll Know' December 14, 2017
      Hook-heavy pop from Japan...FAKY are a bona fide phenomenon in Japan, a group whose hook-heavy pop has proved to be irresistible. Pop in its purest fashion, FAKY add elements of R&B to create something universal while also completely individual. Continually reaching out, the group recently signed a UK label deal and are set to focus on Europe over the ne […]
    • Premiere: Iris Gold - 'All I Really Know' December 14, 2017
      "It's a song about picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and trying again..."Iris Gold knows that success often doesn't come at the first attempt. The Copenhagen newcomer has had many attempts to find her voice, but when it finally clicked it do so in emphatic style. New single 'All I Really Know' finds herself looking back […]
    • Next Wave #815: Tayá December 14, 2017
      In Association With Vero True SocialFollow Clash Magazine on Vero True Social for more content. For an international pop-star-in-waiting, it’s tempting to overplay the everyday qualities that make 19-year-old Taylor Fowlis - AKA future R&B chanteuse Tayá - so relaxed in conversation. Since getting spotted by her manager before she’d even hit her teens, t […]
    • Clash DJ Mix - The Dreem Teem December 14, 2017
      An immaculate cross-section of UKG past and present...The Dreem Teem could only come from London. A group of DJs brought together by the capital's club culture, their early raving days were spent adding a soulful side to legendary pirate London Underground. When UK garage blew up it took The Dreem Teem with it, as their lively, impeccably tailored sets […]
    • Premiere: Tusks - 'Last' (Vök Remix) December 14, 2017
      A frosty, enchanting remix...Tusks has been an enduring presence this year. Part of the female-forward Normal not Novelty collective, she delivered her stellar debut album earlier in the year. With its frosted atmospherics and myriad of aesthetic subtleties, the LP makes for perfect winter listening, unveiling its charms over those long, sub zero nights. Ice […]
    • Liam Gallaher Has Narrated An Alternative Christmas Advert December 14, 2017
      It's about a melting snowman...Liam Gallagher has voiced a new alternative Christmas advert aimed at raising awareness of climate change. The singer has enjoyed a storming 2017, with his debut solo album 'As You Were' selling more than 100,000 copies in its first week. Live shows have witnessed a rare electricity, culminating in Liam's ep […]
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    • Sawdust City Music Festival July 27, 2017
      The inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival takes over Gravenhurst, Ontario this August long weekend. Running from August 4th – 6th the festival features performances from a plethora of talented artists from the area and all over Canada. Whether you want to check out the Muskoka music scene or experience the Jim Cuddy Family Band perform [...] Sawdust City Mus […]
    • Interview: Danko Jones July 21, 2017
      We sat down with John Calabrese, bassist of Danko Jones to talk about the band's impressive 20+ year career, most memorable moments and their newest album Wild Cat.  Interview: Danko Jones by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Kid Koala July 20, 2017
      Kid Koala chats with us about his chaotic party show Vinyl Vaudeville, his new album Music To Draw To: Satellite and working on . Interview: Kid Koala by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • The Lemon Bucket Orkestra July 19, 2017
      A Toronto music staple Lemon Bucket Orkestra had humble origins as buskers in Kensington Market, the band’s ringleader Mark Marczyk spoke to the Chart Attack team about the evolution of LBO and their drive to keep performing live for (and with) their ever-growing audiences. The Lemon Bucket Orkestra by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Mix Master Mike July 17, 2017
      Mix Master Mike put on an epic show in Quebec City on Friday and again in Toronto last night. We chatted with him about his tour with Metallica and his new Virtual Reality work. Interview: Mix Master Mike by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: The Dirty Nil July 14, 2017
      The Dirty Nil played one of their biggest shows in Canada yesterday. We caught up with the band just before the show to talk about opening for The Who, touring and Minimum R&B. Interview: The Dirty Nil by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: A Tribe Called Red July 13, 2017
      A Tribe Called Red played their biggest show in Quebec yesterday at Festival d'été de Québec. We caught up with Bear Witness just prior to the festival to talk about We are the Halluci Nation. Interview: A Tribe Called Red by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • FEQ in 2 Days! July 4, 2017
      Celebrating their 50th year this summer,  Festival d'été de Québec is throwing an epic bash from July 6th to July 16th. FEQ in 2 Days! by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt June 30, 2017
      The unconventional songwriter has been making waves with the release of his fourth album. Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) June 17, 2017
      Wednesday, June 14th at the Horseshoe Tavern: dance-punk at its finest REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

Best Albums of 2014: Sweetheart 2014 – Various Artists

Posted by falconi5 on February 9, 2014

sweetheartReleased just in time for Valentines day, Sweetheart 2014 is the perfect gift for that special person in your life.  Thirteen artists and musical acts, all of which are grade A prime, were asked to choose their favorite love song and record it as part of this collaboration. The artists themselves are each stylistically different, as are the hand-picked gems they chose to cover.

Jim James of My Morning Jacket leads off the proceedings with a sublime version of “Turn Your Lights Down Low” by Bob Marley, a terrific and often overlooked song from the Exodus album, with James slowing the pace down a bit, playing it close to the heart, and he completely owns it. John Lennon’s “Love” gets a somewhat tepid rendition from Beck, but strays a bit too far from the original, and the song seems to be a bit over  produced.

There are plenty of pleasing moments to enjoy on this record with Phosphorescent’s poignantly beautiful version of Dylan’s “Tomorrow is a Long Time,” which to my ears stands up quite nicely to the original, and “Don’t Forget Me” as performed by The Head and the Heart will make you remember what a brilliant songwriter Harry Nilsson was in his prime. This is another track that can be enjoyed almost as much as the original, sometimes an updated approach can really bring out the best in a song.

It’s hard to mess up “Always on My Mind,” and the Bahamas don’t.  With the vocals turned up a notch against the backdrop of a single piano and angelic backing harmonies the song almost comes across as a lullaby, and the seemingly out-of-place “Fade into You” would normally at first thought not quite fit on this set, but in the fingers of Ben Harper it seems to work quite naturally with the other piano-centric songs on the record.

The pace is picked up several paces, and the women chosen to contribute here soar majestically, with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down belting out “If You Were Mine,” Brandi Carlile completely devastating the competition with her almost better than the original reading of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings finish things off on a funky, soul, keep your feet moving note with “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.”

Throw in a little Fiona Apple, a dash of Valerie June, and a peppering of Vampire Weekend, and you have one delicious helping of Valentines Day Gumbo to share with someone you love.


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