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    • LCD Soundsystem Share Video for New Song “Tonite”
      LCD Soundsystem are releasing their long-awaited new album, American Dream, on September 1 via Columbia/DFA. It includes two songs the band released in May, "Call the Police" and title track "American Dream." 
    • Bandwagonesque
      Let's be honest here. For most listeners, covers albums are often trite at worst and at best, are faithful reproductions of the work of the artists that they intend to pay tribute to. This applies as well as to many works like these, where an artist covers an album from start to finish. 
    • Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
      A captivating, enjoyable look into the life of one of the more understated legends from the classical jazz era.
    • Marjorie Prime
      Half a century into our future, 86-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) sits across a room from her dead husband.
    • Shabazz Palaces Share Strange Video for “Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac)”
      Pacific Northwest hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces released two new interconnected albums, Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, back in July via Sub Pop. And there's a graphic novel version of the latter due out this Friday via Fantagraphics. 
    • St. Vincent to Direct New Female-Led Film Adaptation of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
      St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) directed one segment ("The Birthday Party") of the horror film anthology XX. It featured four different horror tales, each directed by a different woman, and released back in February. 
    • Watch: Foxygen - “Avalon” Video
      Foxygen released a new album, Hang, back in January via Jagjaguwar. Now they have shared a video for "Avalon." It begins with the band's Jonathan Rado and Sam France disagreeing on who should direct the video between the two of them and what direction the video should take.
    • Watch: Queens of the Stone Age - “The Way You Used to Do” Video
      Queens of the Stone Age are releasing a new album, the Mark Ronson-produced Villains, on August 25 via Matador. Previously they shared the album's "The Way You Used to Do" and "The Evil Has Landed."Now "The Way You Used to Do" has a video. 
    • Avey Tare on “Eucalyptus”
      Avey Tare's new solo album of unexpected spacious delights should actually come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Animal Collective since the wild rumpus days of their broadly experimental records such as Danse Manatee; Spirit They've Gone, Spirit They've Vanished; and the wild live jaunt Hollinndagain. 
    • Painted Ruins
      David Lynch has suggested that his work, which often eschews narrative sense, offers more to the viewer than they initially realize. What seems inscrutable may actually be made sense of deep within one's brain, like the interpretation of a dream. Much of Grizzly Bear's recorded output invites a similar interpretation, and their fifth LP, Painted Ru […]
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    • Introducing... Psychic Markers August 17, 2017
      Check out new track 'Dreaming'...Psychic Markers are a collection of waifs and strays, musicians with lengthy CVs and a basket full of ideas. Boasting members of Still Corners, My Sad Captains, Great Ytene and Grass House, the five piece make harmony-soaked indie with a doo wop feel beamed in from an alternate dimension. New track 'Dreaming […]
    • Next Wave #790: Jain August 17, 2017
      In Association With Vero True SocialMulticulturalism runs in Jain's blood. Born to French and Madagascan parents, she spent her childhood living in Toulouse, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the Republic of Congo. Constantly moving home, she absorbed elements of the cultures she lived in, learning the darbuka (an Arabic percussion instrument) in Dubai, the drums i […]
    • Next Wave #789: Rex Orange County August 17, 2017
      In Association With Vero True SocialAlex O’Connor is a quick learner. Now 19, it’s been just seven years since he tentatively started learning the drums before mastering piano, guitar and bass. Now he’s fine-tuned his hip-hop-tinged croon and released two seductive albums, cementing his reputation as a One To Watch. This thirst to learn drove him to tear dow […]
    • Premiere: BABYTEETH - 'Siamese Twin' August 17, 2017
      Striking new video directed by Alice Smith...BABYTEETH have a snarl that you just can't get out of your mind. Reminiscent of Hole, or even those early Garbage cuts, new single 'Siamese Twin' tackles body image with a direct kind of ferocity. A song of empowerment that isn't afraid to draw blood, 'Siamese Twin' is a striking new […]
    • Pale Waves Share Urgent New Single 'Television Romance' August 17, 2017
      Manchester band added to The 1975's upcoming tour dates...Rising Manchester band Pale Waves have shared urgent new single 'Television Romance'. The newcomers have been added to The 1975's upcoming tour dates, surely the biggest shows of their career to date. Ahead of this, the four-piece have found the time to share new track 'Televi […]
    • Track Of The Day 17/8 - Brokenchord August 17, 2017
      'Ochra'Brokenchord - real name Ernestas Kaušylas - grew up far outwith the fashionable circles of club culture. Coming of age in a tiny Lithuanian town, he was able to assemble his own universe, to sketch out his own domain. Dubbed out electronics with a jazz-like flexibility, Brokenchord is a singular vision, driven by a single-minded talent. Debu […]
    • HAARM Want You To Be Their 'Valentine' August 17, 2017
      It's a fizzing indie pop epic...Liverpool newcomers HAARM have shared their new single 'Valentine'. The band's opening pair of singles have stormed across the web, highlighting their fizzing, relentlessly creative songwriting. Radio 1's own Huw Stephens introduces 'Valentine' to the world, and it's now online for fan c […]
    • Skott Delivers A Brooding Version Of 'Mermaid' August 17, 2017
      Caught live in London...Skott has shared a brooding live version of her song 'Mermaid'. The Swedish artist recently returned to London, playing a packed out show at the Omeara venue. A highlight of the show was 'Mermaid', and thankfully a camera crew was on hand to capture the results. She explains: "It all started with 'Mermaid […]
    • Rich Chigga Shares 'Glow Like Dat' August 17, 2017
      Plus, host of tour dates confirmed...Rich Chigga has shared the video for new cut 'Glow Like Dat' - tune in now. The Jakarta teen is an explosive rap talent, with some of the biggest names in the game showing their support. A viral sensation, the web-based hype is set to get real later in the year, when Rich Chigga hits the States for a lengthy tou […]
    • Queens Of The Stone Age Share 'The Way You Used To Do' August 17, 2017
      Check out the Jonas Akerlund directed video...Queens Of The Stone Age have shared the outrageous video for new track 'The Way You Used To Do'. New album 'Villains' is fast approaching, and the previews suggest that it could be something pretty damn special. Conceived by Joshua Homme, directed by Jonas Akerlund and produced by Serial Pictu […]
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      According to their official website, the Atlanta KISS Expo has announced that former KISS guitarist, Vinnie Vincent, will be their special guest, next year. Vincent will be signing autographs and taking photos during the special VIP Meet & Greet on Friday, January 19th, 2018, as well as all day long at the Atlanta Kiss Expo... Read more
      For the past eight years, Alice In Chains vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell and bassist Mike Inez have hosted the Alice In Chains & Friends Fantasy Football League & Auction, donating a spectacular collection of signed musical instruments, memorabilia and experiences for an online auction to benefit organizations like Music For Relief and MusiCares. […]
      Been a crazy past week. Had a great shoot for a new TBA TV show last Thursday in Sturgis. Interviewed George Thorogood, Jesse James DuPree, shot some guns, rode a motorcycle, visited Buffalo Chip & Full Throttle. Had a blast. Air details TBA. Also had a good time hosting Sierra View Music Festival this past... Read more
      Scotti Hill of Skid Row joined the August 7th episode of Another FN Podcast to tell stories about his youth, learning to play guitar, how Skid Row got together, Dimebag Darrell, the KISS Farewell Tour, and more, but eventually the elephant in the room made itself known, and the topic of Sebastian Bach, came up.... Read more
      Last week saw the announcement of Sons Of Apollo, the highly anticipated new band featuring former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force). Their debut album, Psychotic Symphon […]
      Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott spoke with Steve Baltin of Forbes. Excerpts from the interview appear below. Baltic: …For me, I got into Def Leppard during Pyromania, so that will always be the seminal album for me. Elliott: I got into David Bowie during Ziggy Stardust and then backtracked to Hunky Dory, which I adore,... Read more
      A sincere thanks to everyone who sent me happy birthday wishes yesterday, much appreciated! All the emails, tweets, etc were so kind. Grateful for the love and support! Live show today on SiriusXM Volume 106 2-4P ET, then I head straight to the airport and fly to Sturgis SD. Tomorrow I shoot the first episode... Read more
      Rock Scene reports: A “scholar of metal and all that rocks!”, Eddie Trunk got his first taste of “heavy music” around the age of ten. A band called the Raspberries was playing on A.M. radio. Eddie was immediately hooked and had his parents buy him all four of their records. It was all Raspberries all... Read more
      Few metal bands have been as influential and have had the longevity as Diamond Head – listed as a major influence by two of metal’s biggest, Metallica and Megadeth. Led by co-founding member/guitarist Brian Tatler, Diamond Head will be launching a North American tour that will include both US and Canadian dates, beginning on August... Read more
      Ruben Mosqueda of Sleaze Roxx spoke with virtuoso bassist Billy Sheehan. Highlights from the interview below. Sleaze Roxx: Why Santiago [Chile]? I imagine you could have shot the [Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016] Blu-Ray anywhere? Billy Sheehan: Well, we went with a show where it would be easier for the film crew,... Read more
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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.

Five Cool Ones: Five Cool “Covers” Albums

Posted by falconi5 on August 7, 2016


Albums consisting entirely of songs made famous by someone else can be decidedly hit or miss affairs. When an actor like William Shatner gives birth to a record of space related songs on the horribly named Seeking Major Tom record, a platter that is an assault to the ears and absolutely tortures stone-cold classics like “Space Cowboy”, “Rocket Man” and “Walking on the Moon” and Pat Boone is given valuable studio time to cut 12 “Metal” tunes on In a Metal Mood: No More Mister Nice Guy covering  “Metalclassics “Smoke on the Water” and “Love Hurts” along with an absolutely horrid version of “Holy Diver” that warrants Ronnie James Dio coming back from the dead to kick Pat Boone’s ass, a legitimite case can be made to ban the genre altogether.

And then there are the good ones.  And there a lot of them. The Walkmen took their fandom to the next level with their nuanced recreation of Harry Nilsson’s Pussy Cat’s that was itself essentially a covers record, and the Flaming Lips recently came out with a somewhat bizaar guest driven track by track rendition of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band which is strangely cool, and is probably considered epic to a Flaming Lips fan, but hardcore Beatle fans would probably be better served checking out Cheap Trick’s Sgt. Pepper Live.

Willie Nelson has released a lot of really good covers albums, the best of which is probably Willie Sings Kristofferson, and even the iconic Bob Dylan has joined Rod Stewart with songs performed from the great American songbook.

Here are five top-notch artist covers albums very much worthy of some of your ear time.

Metallica – Garage Inc.

Very much a genre specific selection here, this one tend to veer slightly more to the rock side vs. the heavy metal bombastic playing we are used to from Metallica.  Scoring high marks for the song selection here with Seger’s “Turn the Page,” the Thin Lizzy anthem “Whisky in the Jar,” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Tuesday’s Gone,” this one is a mighty fine road trip record and on that will definitely scratch that hard rock itch.


Bryan Ferry – Dylanesque

When the first line of the song hits you between the ears “When you’re  lost in the rain in Juarez and it’s Easter time too” the line from “Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” this time delivered by Roxy Music front man Bryan Ferry, you immediately know that this version rides the same side of the track as the original, and that this song, or any other Bob Dylan song for that matter, is in the capable hands of a master. A master paying tribute to a master.  Highlights are “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” and the somewhat over looked classic “Make You Feel My Love.”  The version of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” might be the second best cover of the song just behind the almost death bed performance of the song delivered by Warren Zevon on The Wind.


k.d. Lang – Hymns of the 49th Parallel

This unique take on the covers genre, covering songs by Canadian artists, works well mostly due to the fact that two of the most brilliant songwriters ever just happen to be from north of the border in Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell.  All of the arrangements here are short, sweet and too the point with k.d.’s voice on brilliant display front and center. “After the Gold Rush” and “Helpless” the two Neil Young songs presented here are first rate, and “The Day I Walk,” a song written by the criminally ignored (except by the critics) Bruce Cockburn is a pleasant surprise. The real stunner here, of course, is Lang’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. in a Beatles vs. Stones sort of debate the jury is still out among many as to which version is better. This one, or the Jeff Buckley version. While the studio version presented here is certainly terrific, seek out a live version.  It will change your life.


Dexys – Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul

Dexys, the later day version of Dexys Midnight Runners of “Come On Eileen” fame may not be that well known on certain sides of the pond, and lead singer Kevin Rowland certainly could shop in any mall in America without fear of recognition, but all of that being said, Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul is on fine record, forget covers record.

The album is 1/2 vinatge traditional Irish standards and 1/2 carefully curated from an eclectic palate of artist including Joni Mitchell, LeAnn Rimes, and The Brothers Gibb, with a couple of tasty nuggets from the great American songbook thrown in for good measure. “You Wear it Well” sounds perfect with the Dexy-fied arrangement and Rowlands exquisitely deep voice, and the Johnny Cash deep track 40 Shades of Green sounds like it could have been a traditional Irish ballad, Country style.

The opener “Women of Ireland” is a beautiful instrumental and a perfect mood setter to carry you on a sea voyage to the Emerald Isle. “To Love Somebody” is brilliant, and “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” is stunning.

This record released in 2016 is a good one.  Better than good actually.


David Bowie – Pin Ups

This album, released between Alladin Sane and Diamond Dogs represented sort of the last hurrah for Ziggy Stardust, and Bowie was in fine peak form. Choosing a set of songs that were his personal favorites some of these songs were bona-fide hits of the day including The Easybeats “Friday on My Mind” and The Yardbirds “Shapes of Things” while others more are obscure deeper tracks by major acts like “See Emily Play” the Pink Floyd Song and the Who’s “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere.”  “I Can’t Explain” in the slowed down version presented here is distinctly different that the original, and “Here Comes the Night” is a scorcher.

Pin Ups was the swan song for Mick Ronson and the Spiders from Mars. What a way to go out.


Honorable Mention

Steve Earle – Towns

Jesse Malin – On Your Sleeve

Joseph Arthur – Lou

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Kicking Against the Pricks

Elvis Costello – Almost Blue


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