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    • On this Day October 20, 2011
      US photographer Barry Feinstein, best known for taking enduring pictures of musicians such as
    • On this Day October 20, 2003
      A jury found Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Tweedy guilty of assaulting a nightclub worker. The singer was sentenced to complete 120 hours of unpaid community service and was ordered to pay her victim £500 compensation, plus £3,000 of prosecution costs. The singer had denied attacking toilet attendant Sophie Amogbokpa, saying she only punched her in self-defence. […]
    • On this Day October 20, 1977
      Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines from Lynyrd Skynyrd were all killed along with manager Dean Kilpatrick when their rented plane ran out of fuel and crashed into a densely wooded thicket in the middle of a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi. The crash seriously injured the rest of the band and crew who were due to play at Louisiana University that […]
    • On this Day October 20, 1977
      Siouxsie Sioux and Kenny Morris from The Banshees were arrested and held overnight at Holloway police station, London for causing an obstruction after a London gig, they were both fined £20.
    • On this Day October 20, 1969
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    • Leatherface
      This brand of origin story is terribly ill-conceived.
    • Rolling Vengeance
      When a gang of rednecks murders his entire family, an aspiring truck driver builds himself a bulletproof, flame-belching monster and goes hillbilly-huntin’.
    • ken
      Destroyer has always been an incongruous name, the music hardly conjuring up a blast of hard rock. That was Dan Bejar's point, but there's something constantly overwhelming about his music. Especially as he continues to experiment and add new tricks, Bejar has a knack of filling every pocket of air, which he does again on his 12th studio album, ken […]
    • Reissued and Revisited: James
      With Justhipper, Cherry Red Records provides a welcome revisiting of James' first two albums, with bonus material to boot.  
    • My Neighbor Totoro
      As simply as we can put it, My Neighbor Totoro is a masterpiece of children’s animation. 
    • Queens of the Breakers
      Three years after their last release, The Barr Brothers have emerged from isolated recording sessions in a remote Canadian cabin with their finest album to date. Queens of the Breakers is the rewarding result from writing and recording without any advance preparation for the first time, a musical blank slate that allowed the trio to create such imaginative g […]
    • Othello
      The Criterion Collection edition presents the information and two versions of Orson Welles' film, and offers enough context that the viewer is provided with an extensive dive into a complex and fascinating film. 
    • Listen: Destroyer - “Cover From the Sun”
      Destroyer (the project of Dan Bejar) is releasing a new album, ken, this Friday (October 20) via Merge. Previously he shared a lyric video for its first single, "Sky's Grey" (which was one of our Songs of the Week), and a video for the '80s sounding "Tinseltown Swimming In Blood" (which was also one of our Songs of the Week). […]
    • Japanese Breakfast Revisits Her Childhood in the Self-Directed “The Body is a Blade” Video
      Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner) released her sophomore album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, back in July via Dead Oceans. Now she has shared a video for "The Body is a Blade." 
    • Rostam Announces New Tour Dates, Plus Watch His KEXP Session
      Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend and who just goes by his first name these days) released his debut solo album, Half-Light, this month via Nonesuch. Now he has announced some more tour dates that stretch into February 2018. 
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    • Influences: Giraffage October 20, 2017
      San Francisco producer completes the circle...Sometimes you just need to go back home. Retreating to his bedroom, San Francisco producer Charlie Yin sought out his old records, the reasons he fell in love with music in the first place. Allowing these influences to seep back into his work, he found renewal, and no small degree of inspiration. The new Giraffag […]
    • Live Report: Forest Swords - Village Underground, London October 20, 2017
      Passing through a time-space wormhole located somewhere in Shoreditch...Forest Swords feels like the kind of artist who could drop through a wormhole in time and perform to an audience of druids and stone age villagers and they would get it. They'd be shocked, but they'd get it. There's a universality to his medieval-tinged, moody electronica […]
    • Behind The Scenes With Vera Blue October 20, 2017
      As she plays an enthralling London show...Vera Blue's rise has only just begun. The songwriter's debut album 'Perennial' made her a star in her native Australia, before slowly creeping around the world. Wonderful, enthralling, pop-infused songwriting, Vera's innate musicality was melded to a lyrical ability that bordered on the poeti […]
    • Track By Track: NUUXS Walks Clash Through 'Pearl' EP October 20, 2017
      Sensational left-of-centre pop music...NUUXS can only be herself. A true pop original, her vivid left-of-centre vision matches enticing melody to an artful sense of glamour. New EP 'Pearl' is out now, and it's a wonderful return, perhaps the broadest, most affecting document from this artist yet. A five-track pop vision, 'Pearl' glis […]
    • Iglooghost - Neō Wax Bloom October 20, 2017
      A dense, layered return...When Iglooghost first arrived with ‘Chinese Nü Yr’ - a dense electronica fusion of 2-step garage and bass that told the story of a time-travelling gelatinous worm called Xiangjiao - the UK producer completely floored the electronic musicsphere. Now returning with his debut ‘Neō Wax Bloom’, which explores the adventure of two giant e […]
    • Wretch 32 - FR 32 October 20, 2017
      Passionate, hard-hitting and very lyrical, this is the re-introduction of Wretch 32…With the increase of transatlantic collaborations, and the ease at which artists can hop to any part of the world to hook up with another talent, the British rap album is sounding less and less like it’s a product of the UK alone. Often we’re subject to a grime/rap hybrid whi […]
    • Live Gallery: Johnny Flynn - Roundhouse, London October 20, 2017
      A warm, entrancing show from the songwriter...The wandering, carefree career of Johnny Flynn took another side-step earlier this year. Fascinating new album 'Sillion' found the songwriter wrestling with the muse once more, a deft, warm return that displayed his pastoral, poetic flair. Heading out on tour, Johnny Flynn rummaged through his notebooks […]
    • Sorcerer: The Perpetual Transition Of Jordan Rakei October 20, 2017
      How the international talent found kinship in South London's jazz scene...Music is all about transition, about accepting new ideas and allowing those to change who you are, and how you approach things. In that sense, it’s little wonder that Jordan Rakei’s music is so powerful, so fresh. New Zealand born, raised in the Australian city of Brisbane, it too […]
    • This Alessi's Ark Live Session Is Adorable October 20, 2017
      Shot at the Yala! Records studio in South London...South London imprint Yala! Records wanted to have an impact. Gathering the more creative aspects of London's guitar scene, the label wanted to add something different, a little bit more energy. Thus far, they've certainly succeeded. A flurry of singles from YAK, The Magic Gang and more have put the […]
    • Grandmixxer Launches New Label South London Space Agency October 20, 2017
      Check out blistering b-bar cut 'SLSA'...Grandmixxer is set to launch his own label South London Space Agency. The highly rated DJ is one of the finest selector's in grime, someone who matches a dexterous ability to a seemingly unending supply of exclusive dubs. Switching between Boxed style instrumental grime and tour dates with the likes of N […]
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      As music fans begin to plan their 2018 vacations, Monsters Of Rock Cruise, the world’s premier hard rock/heavy metal experience at sea, has announced that its final public sale begins today (10/19). Limited cabins are available at, with prices beginning at $1,299 per person, double occupancy. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities ar […]
      On December 1st, Rush will release a lavish, new and expanded edition of the landmark album A Farewell to Kings — the fifth studio album originally released in 1977, which introduced the radio hit Closer To The Heart, album tracks A Farewell To Kings, Madrigal, Cinderella Man, as well as enduring fan favorites with Xanadu... Read more
      Tom Keifer has released a new video for his song The Way Life Goes, the title track of the guitarist’s 2013 solo album, which will arrive as a deluxe edition on October 20th. Watch the clip below. To read more about this release, please click here.
      Black Sabbath have released a live video of their final performance of Paranoid, watch it below. The footage was captured at the band’s last-ever show at Birmingham’s Genting Arena in February and was the last track they played together before they took their final bow. It’s been lifted from the DVD and Blu-ray of Sabbath’s... Read more
      The third annual Bowl For Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Tournament, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, took place on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, California. This year’s event brought in $49,000 for the Dio Cancer Fund, now in its eighth year of raising awareness and... Read more
      Metallica have released a demo of their classic song, Master Of Puppets. Listen to the track, below. It was recorded in the garage of The Carlson House, El Cerrito, California, in late June 1985 and has been taken from the band’s upcoming Master Of Puppets box set, which arrives on November 10th through their Blackened... Read more
      What do you do when you’ve co-headlined one of the hottest metal touring packages of 2017? Well, like any rock band that cares about its fans, you do it again, but you take it to the places that missed out the first time. And that’s exactly what metalcore masterminds Killswitch Engage and legendary thrash/metal masters... Read more
      As previously reported, Tom Keifer was forced to cancel his show last night, and was rushed to a local hospital. Here is an update on his condition: “after undergoing tests and [being] kept overnight. Doctors confirm that Keifer is in stable condition and believe the episode points to heat exhaustion and severe dehydration. Keifer was... Read more
      Former Cinderella frontman, Tom Keifer, was forced to cancel last night’s (October 14th) solo performance. We received the following statement: “Tom Keifer was forced to postpone [his] performance in Warrendale, PA at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille due to a medical emergency. Keifer was transported to a local hospital where he is stable, and additional information w […]
    • 10/13: HEADED AWAY ON VACATION UNTIL 10/24, UPDATE October 14, 2017
      Just wrapped up another great week on SiriusXM with guests M Shadows, Tom Keifer, Ace Frehley, Chris Jericho and more. All shows now On Demand on the SiriusXM app. Excited to announced I’ll be appearing at the Atlanta Kiss Expo on 1/20 doing a Q&A and meet and greet. Also possibly something with Vinnie Vincent.... 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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