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    • Live Report: Secret Solstice 2017 June 23, 2017
      May the sun never set...At 64.1265° N, 21.8174° W, Reykjavik sits just below the cusp of the Arctic Circle – which means at this time of year, the sun never fully sets. It’s these extended sunlight hours that Secret Solstice aims to capitalise on, with the idea being that the party never need end (though whether you’d really want to see what someone looks li […]
    • Secret Garden Party Announce Lido Line Up June 23, 2017
      It's another special addition to the much-loved festival...Secret Garden Party have announced the line up for a special party at the site's lido. It's hot - damn hot. And the team at Secret Garden Party have been dipping their toes, cooling off by the water. But they're not about to hold it all for themselves. Entering their final year, S […]
    • Feeling Love In A Melting World: Jessica Moss Interviewed June 23, 2017
      A fulcrum of Montreal's creative circle flies out to the UK...As a member of Montreal’s creative circle centred on the Constellation label, Jessica Moss has spent over two decades as violinist for A Silver Mt. Zion alongside numerous appearances with artists ranging from Arcade Fire to Broken Social Scene, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Carla Bozulich […]
    • Premiere: The fin. - 'Pale Blue' June 23, 2017
      A disco-tinged piece of dreamy guitar pop...A long time ago The fin. embarked on a lengthy, meandering journey. Formed in Japan, the group toured the States in 2015 before coming to the attention of British label Lost In The Manor. Since then, they've been based in the UK, criss-crossing the country as their music embarks on an evolution of its own. New […]
    • Track By Track: The Aces - 'I Don't Like Being Honest' EP June 23, 2017
      The Utah four-piece dissect their new EP...The Aces met at a formative moment in their lives. The Utah four-piece met in junior high - although Cristal and Alisa Ramirez are sisters - and quickly became obsessed with music. Rapidly becoming the prism through which they viewed and interacted with the world, the group became an insular, highly creative unit. R […]
    • Next Wave #782: Shame June 23, 2017
      An unstoppable attack on apathetic indie...In music circles, talk of the South London scene is rife with the likes of HMLTD, Goat Girl, and Childhood making some of the most interesting music the country’s heard for a very long time. Leading the charge is five-piece garage rock band Shame. A fresh take on the guitar music template, Shame are a politically-ch […]
    • Listen: Theo Verney - 'Letter Down' June 23, 2017
      Debut album 'One Small Piece' incoming...There's a few facts you should know about Theo Verney. Firstly, he's from Brighton; secondly, he's working with Cannibal Hymns; and thirdly, he's very, very good at what he does. A prolific songwriter, he somehow captures an innate sense of atmosphere with just a brush of the guitar, or a […]
    • Mobb Deep's Havoc Discusses Prodigy's Death June 23, 2017
      "I still can't believe it..."Mobb Deep rapper Havoc has spoken about the death of his band mate Prodigy. The two became one of the defining voices of golden era hip-hop, channeling a hardcore vision of street-level New York. Able to take things a little deeper, the continuing importance of Mobb Deep's work was underlined by the global res […]
    • Track Of The Day 23/6 - LOXE x Alyss June 23, 2017
      'Safe To Me'London producer LOXE is a reclusive sort. Preferring to let his music do the talking, he's been able to build a stellar reputation without treading any glitzy paths. New project 'x TAPE' is a mixtape featuring a host of guests, demonstrating both the electronic musician's breadth and the esteem with which he is held […]
    • Not Your Man: Clash Meets Marika Hackman June 23, 2017
      Talking inspiration points, studio work, and relationships with the prodigal artist...Taking a quantum leap with her sophomore, ‘I’m Not Your Man’, Marika Hackman shines bolder and brighter than ever. Her savvy folk receives an influx of Britpop with grungy edges and a tangible sense of humour. Pushing through the boundaries of her debut album, ‘We Slept At […]
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    • THE METAL GOD LISTS HIS TOP TEN FAVORITE HEAVY METAL ALBUMS, SEE WHO MADE THE LIST June 23, 2017
      Iconic singer, and Judas Priest frontman, Rob Halford, shared his ten favorite Metal albums with Rolling Stone, view his list, below. 10. Moorhead, Ace of Spades (1980): “This is a hardcore roar of wild bombastic f–k you.” 9. Slipknot, Slipknot (1999): “When this came out, it was nu-metal pent-up rage searing a whole new era.”... Read more
    • SAMMY HAGAR DISCUSSES HIS HERO, MUSIC THAT MOVES HIM THE MOST, AND TURNING 70, IN OCTOBER June 23, 2017
      Andy Greene of Rolling Stone spoke with singer Sammy Hagar. Excerpts from the interview appear below. Rolling Stone: What are the best and worst parts of success? Sammy Hagar: The best part is that you get to live your dream. The only downside – maybe – is that someday you’re not as relevant as you... Read more
    • 6/23: VACATION WEEK FROM TRUNKNATION SHOWS June 23, 2017
      Wrapped up a great week of TrunkNation! I am now on vacation from  SiriusXM as far as live shows until 7/5. There will be Best Of TrunkNation on in my place each day until back live. For more info and updates follow on Twitter @EddieTrunk  
    • BLACK SABBATH LAUNCH THEIR “THE TEN YEAR WAR” ON SEPTEMBER 29TH June 22, 2017
      A foreboding storm is gathering overhead. Bells toll, lighting cracks, rain falls…something dark and sinister is heading this way. It’s 1970 and four guys from Birmingham, with the release of their debut self-titled album, have single-handedly created what would become known forever as heavy metal. It was a singular moment of crushing heaviness that would... […]
    • KISS’ GENE SIMMONS WITHDRAWS HIS APPLICATION TO TRADEMARK “DEVIL’S HORN” HAND GESTURE June 22, 2017
      Gene Simmons has withdrawn his application to trademark the devil horns hand gesture used by many rock and metal fans all over the world. The original papers filed at US Patent and Trademark Office have been updated and say that Simmons’ claim has been abandoned. The papers read, “The owner of the trademark application withdrew... Read more
    • GUNS N’ ROSES TO PERFORM PRIVATE CONVERT FOR SIRIUS/XM AT THE APOLLO THEATER June 21, 2017
      SiriusXM announced today that legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Thursday, July 20th. Howard Stern made the announcement today during his live SiriusXM show The Howard Stern Show. The exclusive SiriusXM concert marks the first time that Guns. […]
    • 6/20: MAX NORMAN IN STUDIO TODAY, CHAD SMITH ON PODCAST THIS WEEK, MORE June 20, 2017
      Another great week of TrunkNation underway on SiriusXM 106 Volume. Today producer Max Norman is in studio. tomorrow Scorpions and Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, Thursday Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X talking about the great new doc Hired Gun. All shows LIVE 2-4P ET, replay 9-11P ET and On Demand on the SiriusXM app. This Thursday... Read more
    • ROCK MANAGER ALAN NIVEN DISCUSSES GREAT WHITE, AND SAYS OF FORMER FRONTMAN, JACK RUSSELL, “[HIS] NEGATIVE CHARACTERISTICS CONFOUNDED ME IN THE END” June 18, 2017
      Ruben Mosqueda of Sleaze Roxx spoke with rock manager Alan Niven (Guns N’ Roses and Great White). Niven, contacted the site, regarding allegations made by former Great White lead singer, Jack Russell, in a previous interview. Excerpts from the discussion appear, below. Sleaze Roxx: On Jack [Russell] indicating that it was only until Once Bitten…... Read more […]
    • MR. BIG POST AUDIO FOR NEW SONG, “MEAN TO ME,” LISTEN TO IT HERE June 16, 2017
      On the heels of the posting the video for Everybody Needs A Little Trouble, and the audio for 1992, Mr. Big is now streaming, Mean To Me. Listen to the song, below. Mean To Me appears on the band’s forthcoming new album, Defying Gravity, scheduled for July 21st release, from its previous date, of July... Read more
    • 6/16: HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, PETER CRISS, NICKELBACK, MAX NORMAN, MORE June 16, 2017
      A very happy Father’s Day weekend to my Dad Ray and all the fellow Dad’s out there! Live TrunkNation today. Free For All Friday, all listener calls! Live 2-4P ET on SiriusXM 106. Call in at 844-686-5863. Show replays 9-11P ET. This Saturday and Sunday my weekend Best Of is on 106 8-10P ET and... Read more
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      ALL EYEZ ON ME is the epic story of Tupac Shakur, the legendary rapper, poet, actor, and revolutionary who sold more than 80 million albums worldwide making him one of the best-selling music artists in history. TWEET TO WIN: Passes to All Eyez on Me by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
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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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