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    • On this Day April 26, 2016
      A list of tracks by a death metal band was accidentally printed on the back of a new album by UK comedian Bernie Clifton. The 80-year-old (who is famous for riding a yellow ostrich), said he was "fuming and furious" about the error, which saw songs by the group Abhorrent Decimation printed on his new CD.
    • On this Day April 26, 1995
      Courtney Love reportedly turned down an offer of $1m from Playboy to pose nude for the magazine.
    • On this Day April 26, 1988
      Mick Jagger appeared in White Plains, New York, Federal Court in the copyright infringement case brought by reggae singer Patrick Alley, who claimed the Mick Jagger solo track Just Another Night was a plagiarism of his own song of the same name. Alley was claiming $7m in profits from the track. During the case Sly Dunbar played drums to the court to show how […]
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    • On this Day April 26, 1969
      During the band's second North American tour
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    • Could These Posters Be The Work Of Radiohead? April 26, 2017
      And if so, what are they up to...?A number of posters placed around Europe could be the work of Radiohead, if fan speculation is to be believed. On May 21st the band's seminal 'OK Computer' album turns 20 years old, leaving fans to speculate about a possible anniversary event. A series of posters have appeared around Europe, and seem to tie in […]
    • Premiere: Hot Dreams - 'Will You Dive' April 26, 2017
      Deeply atmospheric and hugely promising...Hot Dreams hail from London, a city with a near-unrivalled musical pedigree. The band, though, have no desire to look back over the past, and want to write their own chapter in their own unique style. Debut single 'Plungepool' gained attention from BBC Introduction, a precocious track that was brimming with […]
    • In Conversation: Lowly April 26, 2017
      Honing in on the incredibly creative Danish alt-pop project...Remember when you were forced to do group work at school? Having to interact with a mismatched bunch of shirkers, egomaniacs and oddballs, all in the name of learning how to “cooperate with others”? It’s surely not something that any right-thinking person would enjoy. But then there’s Danish five- […]
    • Katiya Falcone Conjures Explicit Pop Noir April 26, 2017
      Check out new cut 'Lust Is A Ride Through Hell'...Passion is a universal phenomenon. It's something that dominates some of the finest pop songs, a belief that losing yourself to love is somehow just right. Rising artist Katiya Falcone knows this, and her new explicit pop noir frequently indulges matters of the heart. New cut 'Lust Is A Ri […]
    • Olympia Turns 'Smoke Signals' Into An Acoustic Gem April 26, 2017
      Check out this heart-stopping performance...Olivia Bartley grew up in rural Australia, coming of age in a small town dominated by the church. It's where she learned about music, learning to play by ear as the sermon rang out around her. Leaving this world behind, she choose the name Olympia as a vehicle for her thoughts, dreams, and her music. "I d […]
    • Good Trip, Bad Trip: Stone Foundation April 26, 2017
      Touring recollections from the storming sound of UK soul...Stone Foundation aren't so much a band as a movement. The UK group unite the forces of soul music from across the generations, with new album 'Street Rituals' featuring southern soul icons William Bell and Betty Lavette. Continually looking ahead, the band invited Paul Weller into the […]
    • Sonny Green Salutes Jeremy Corbyn April 26, 2017
      Southend MC drops new track...Rising rapper Sonny Green has dropped new track 'Jeremy Corbyn' in salute of the Labour leader. The Southend MC has been following the politician's work for some time, and recently went into the studio to focus on a track that includes those themes. It couldn't have come at a better time. The weekend saw a ho […]
    • Track Of The Day 26/4 - Siv Jakobsen April 26, 2017
      'Like I Used To'Siv Jakobsen grew up in Norway, surrounded by remote beauty. There's a glacial charm to her music, a slow-moving sensibility that allows the mood, the atmosphere of each piece to subtly overwhelm. Making her home in the UK, Siv recorded her fragrantly beautiful debut album at London's Urchin Studios. Standout cut 'Lik […]
    • Mura Masa Announces Debut Album Plans April 26, 2017
      And the cast list is incredible...Mura Masa has announced plans for his self-titled debut album. The release will be released via his own Anchor Point imprint, and was announced through an international poster campaign. The campaign underlined the strength of the record, with Mura Masa recruiting a stunning guest cast for the full length. The cast includes ( […]
    • Hackney Colliery Band Light A Fire On 'Gather Your Wits' April 26, 2017
      Check out this incendiary live cut...Hackney Colliery Band are pure, simple fun. The band's live shows are sheer enjoyment, ranging from their own brass-laden material to those cheeky Prodigy mash ups or their festival-smashing 'No Diggity' cover. A new live album is the perfect document of these sweat-laden, hip-shaking outbursts, nailing the […]
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    • ANTHRAX DEBUTS “CARRY ON” LIVE AT L.A. “KILLTHRAX” SHOW April 24, 2017
      This past Saturday, Anthrax closed the show at the sold-out Los Angeles “KillThrax” tour stop and those in attendance witnessed an exclusive treat, the band’s first-ever live performance of Carry On, their cover of the classic Kansas song. With shout-outs from fans for the band to play the song at the “KillThrax” shows, airplay on... Read more
    • 4/22: THE PRETTY RECKLESS, ICE T AND STYX ALL COMING TO TRUNKNATION THIS WEEK April 22, 2017
      This Monday 4/24 on TRUNKNation a big show! 2-3P ET Ice T will be in studio to talk about the new Body Count album and more. Then 3-4P ET Taylor Momsen and Ben Phillips on The Pretty Reckless will be in studio. Join us live on SiriusXM channel 106. The entire show replays 9-11P ET... Read more
    • WARRANT STREAMS “PERFECT” April 21, 2017
      As previously reported, Warrant will release their new album, Louder Harder Faster, on May 12th. The band is currently streaming the song, Perfect, which can be heard below. With a line-up featuring original members, Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, and Steven Sweet along with singer Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love), Warrant are... Read more
    • ZAKK WYLDE’S BLACK SABBATH COVER BAND, ZAKK SABBATH, TO RELEASE “LIVE IN DETROIT” EP ON JUNE 16TH April 21, 2017
      Zakk Sabbath, the all-star Black Sabbath cover band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde, bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson and drummer Joey Castillo, will release a limited-edition EP, Live In Detroit, on June 16th via Southern Lord Recordings. The three tracks comprising Live In Detroit were captured at the band’s thundering performance at The Fillmore in […]
    • STYX TO RELEASE THEIR FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 14 YEARS, “THE MISSION,” DUE OUT JUNE 16TH April 21, 2017
      Welcome one and all to The Mission, Styx’s sonically sweet 16th studio album and its most ambitious, most challenging, and most rewarding release to date. Please take note of the official stardate, as The Mission has duly been set for liftoff June 16th on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe. Fans can pre-order the album... Read more
    • FORMER PANTERA BASSIST REX BROWN DEBUTS NEW SINGLE “CROSSING LINES”, ALL NEW LP, “SMOKE ON THIS…,” OUT JULY 28TH April 21, 2017
      Multi-platinum selling artist Rex Brown has debuted an all new single titled Crossing Lines, exclusively via Loudwire.com. Rex Brown will release Smoke On This… on July 28th, 2017 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Listen to Crossing Lines below. “My motto these days is ‘Shake some s–t up,'” Brown declares about the new LP. “I’ve... Read more […]
    • 4/20: TRUNKNATION UPDATE, TRIUMPH ON PODCAST, MORE April 21, 2017
      Been a bit lax on updates here with my usual crazy schedule. Apologies for that. Please be sure to follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk for regular daily updates on my radio shows and more. Had a great week of shows so far on TrunkNation with some great topics. Including “bands that should have been huge” and... Read more
    • MONTE PITTMAN POSTS “OBLITERATED” VIDEO FEATURING BILLY SHEEHAN AND RICHARD CHRISTY April 20, 2017
      Having released his new album, Inverted Grasp of Balance, last year via Metal Blade Records, Monte Pittman is now launching a performance video for the album track Obliterated, featuring drummer Richard Christy and bassist Billy Sheehan (both of whom played on the album), watch it below. There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters,... R […]
    • JUDAS PRIEST TATTOO EXHIBITION ANNOUNCED FOR LONDON AND BRIGHTON April 19, 2017
      Judas Priest have collaborated with Parliament Tattoo Studio in London to bring together an exhibition of hand painted leather biker jackets, inspired by the band’s albums and song titles. The artwork is by some of the world’s greatest Tattoo artists, and Rob Halford is taking time out from recording in the studio with the band... Read more
    • MEGADETH ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES April 18, 2017
      Megadeth have announced some North American tour dates, see the itinerary below. Special guests, on the tour, will be Meshuggah, Tesseract and Lillake. The dates are as follows: Jun. 23 – Big Flats, NY @ Tags Summer Stage Jun. 25 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Jun. 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore... Read more
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    • Cat Clyde Will Take You Back In Time April 25, 2017
      The blues/folk singer-songwriter talks about her retro-influenced sound and her upcoming album Ivory Castanets. Cat Clyde Will Take You Back In Time by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Why Your Summer Plans Should Include Festival d’été de Québec April 24, 2017
      For 11 days in July, Quebec City is the destination for all your music needs. Why Your Summer Plans Should Include Festival d’été de Québec by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Big Week for Canadian Indie Music April 24, 2017
      The 17th Annual Independent Music Awards took place during Canadian Music Week at the Phoenix Concert Theater and we were there to check out the winners and the performances. Big Week for Canadian Indie Music by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Your Guide to CMW: Weekend April 22, 2017
      It's been almost a week of very little sleep and some amazing shows. Here's our guide to the final two days of CMW! Your Guide to CMW: Weekend by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • New Music Videos – Birds of Olympus Trip Us Out April 21, 2017
      We have a little bit of everything in this week's music video list, including a husband and wife duo, a little Kung-Fu Kenny and a psychedelic video out of Ireland. New Music Videos – Birds of Olympus Trip Us Out by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Your Guide to CMW: Day 4 April 21, 2017
      It's Friday and that means another jam packed night of music ahead of us. Your Guide to CMW: Day 4 by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • New Music: RAC’s “This Song” Will Get You Dancing April 20, 2017
      Danceable tracks lead the way on our list of the best new songs. New Music: RAC’s “This Song” Will Get You Dancing by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Your Guide to CMW: Day 3 April 20, 2017
      Everything you need to know about CMW festivities for Thursday, April 20. Your Guide to CMW: Day 3 by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Your Guide to CMW: Day 2 April 19, 2017
      Get ready for day 2! Your Guide to CMW: Day 2 by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Your Guide to CMW: Day 1 April 18, 2017
      Are you ready, Toronto? Canadian Music Week is upon us and with all the bands at all the various venues it can get a little overwhelming but we’re here to break it down for you. Your Guide to CMW: Day 1 by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

Five Cool Ones: Five Cool “Covers” Albums

Posted by falconi5 on August 7, 2016


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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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