11 September 2021
Band: !!! (also known as Chk Chk Chk)
Who: Veteran funk punks out of (Sacramento, California)
Active: since 1996 / 8 studio albums so far with Wallop (2019)
as the most recent.
The long time funk punk ensemble follows the by now endless
row of artists covering other artists, these past two years.
They picked two not so obvious tracks. Fast Car, the 1988 diamond
by songstress Tracey Chapman and Man On The Moon (a 1992
ode to comic Andy Kaufman) by R.E.M. Two emotive, melancholic
and heartwarming ballads.
If you know those two humdingers, but not really the lyrics, than it’s
possible you won’t recognize them when you hear how !!! turned
them upside down. Suddenly you can dance to both beauts.
!!!: R.E.M. was known as the killer house party band in Athens, years before
they became MTV darlings. We re-imagined “Man on the Moon” as something
they would play at those house parties, in the thick of the James Brown and
Ohio Players sample era. The goal was to make “Fast Car” sound even faster.
Something u would play in a FAST FUCKING CAR. The verses are the bitter
small town feel of it all and the chorus is the fast car on the open highway,
into a night of possibilities.”
It’s party time, folks!!! Get up,
get on up, stay on the scene…
– MAN ON THE MOON –
– FAST CAR –
And below the originals…
– R.E.M. –
– TRACEY CHAPMAN –
Rolling Stone – 1 January 2020
Those who still ignore the huge, ongoing, environment
problems need to consult a psychiatrist.
19 August 2021
Who: Moniker of American
singer/songwriter Katie Crutchfield
Active since 2010 / 5 studio LPs so far
Song: TALKING DUST BOWL BLUES
Original: By legendary folk songsmith WOODY GUTHRIE
(July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967).
(photo by Turn Up The Volume)
A Guthrie tribute album – Home In This World: Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads – curated by Grammy-winning producer Randall Poster arrives next month. It features
artists such as by Lee Ann Womack, John Paul White, Mark Lanegan, Lillie Mae, Shovels and
Rope, Chris Thile, Colter Wall, Watkins Family Hour, the Felice Brothers, Swamp Dogg, and Parker Millsap .
Waxahatchee contributes also. Her version of Talking Dust Bowl Blues
truly honors the spirit and soul of the American folk hero.
The original by Woody…
Home In This World: Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads
is out 10th September via Elektra
Artist: ANGEL OLSEN
New EP: AISLES
A 6-track cover EP of 80s hits
Out: 20 August 2021
One of the covers is 1983 Billy Idol
hit Eyes Without A Face.
Light a candle and start dreaming…
The original (clip)…
ANGEL OLSEN: Facebook
EP out 20 August – order info here
13 August 2021
A couple of mindboggling bellringers in the Netherlands had a totally
insane idea. Why not play MOTÖRHEAD classic ACE OF SPADES on an
antique pipe organ?
Musician and organ player Frank Steijns performed it as part the of the
2021 Tower Festival in Weert, south-eastern Netherlands, accompanied
by his riff-roaring guitar friend Jitse Zonneveld.
Motörhead reacted/shared on Twitter: “Here’s one we really like. Enjoy!”
I wonder if God and his
son Jesus are fans…
The flabbergasting original…
11 August 2021
Band: PORRIDGE RADIO
Who: Up and coming indie rockers from Brighton,
led by the alluring singer-songwriter Dana Margolin.
Last year they delivered one of the best albums of
2020 with Every Bad.
Covers: YOU ARE A RUNNER AND I’M MY FATHER’S SON and NEW SLANG
Two old songs (2005 and 2017) by Canadian rockers WOLF PARADE
Dana Margolin: “I looked through their back catalog and chose
2 songs to cover that had a big impact on me as a teenager.”
Hear them both here…
The original versions…
– You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son –
– New Slang –
PORRIDGE RADIO: Facebook
WOLF PARADE: WOLF PARADE
8 August 2021
Band: TOUCHÉ AMORÉ
Who: Post hardcore gang from Los Angeles
Active: Since 2007 / 5 studio albums so far.
Cover: HARD TO EXPLAIN
Original by New York City’s boys band The Strokes.
A track from their much-acclaimed debut LP Is This It,
released 20 years ago.
Touché Amoré don’t really change the song much, except
turning up the decibels way high and screaming their lungs
to pieces. That’s cool with me. What about you?
The original stroke…
Touché Amouré: Twitter
4 August 2021
Rage Against The Machine guitarist TOM MORELLO just announced
his new album, titled THE ATLAS UNDERGROUND FIRE, out on
15 October via Mom + Pop Music.
Morello invited some guests such as Bring Me the Horizon,
phem, Damian Marley, Sama’ Abdulhadi and Mike Posner.
Also big shots Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam‘s main man
Eddie Vedder join the party. With Morello, they cover AC/DC‘s
classic 1979 blockbuster HIGHWAY TO HELL.
Morello: “One of the greatest rock ’n’ roll songs of all time sung
by two of the greatest rock ’n’ roll singers of all time. And then I
drop a shredding guitar solo. Thank you and good night.”
I’m on the way to the promised land
I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell
Don’t stop me
The original (smoking live version)…
TOM MORELLO: Facebook
New Morello album THE ATLAS UNDERGROUND FIRE out 15th October 2021
(image: press pic via Tom Morello)
4 August 2021
On 12 August mega metalheads METALLICA celebrate the 30th
birthday of their self-titled breakthrough LP known as the BLACK ALBUM.
To celebrate the event the band has two big releases for all fans. A standard
expanded reissue edition, available in various formats including a behemoth
box set with 6 LPs, 14 CDs, and 6 DVDs.
The second project is a gigantic covers compilation called The Metallica Blacklist featuring no less than 53 artists interpreting a Black Album track. Out in September.
Artists involved (surprisingly not many metal bands): Watt, Yo-Yo Ma, Red Hot Chili
Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Robert Trujillo, Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Phoebe Bridgers, Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, My Morning Jacket, Mickey Guyton, Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker, Dermot Kennedy, Mon Laferte, Igor Levit, PG Roxette, Tresor and many more.
Los Angeles rockers WEEZER join the party too
covering Metallica’s mammoth hit ENTER SANDMAN.
Here we go…
30 July 2021
Artist: MATT BERNINGER
Frontman of American band The National
Album: I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR: A TRIBUTE TO THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
What: A star-studded tribute to iconic band
The Velvet Underground, and more specific
to their 1967 masterpiece debut LP.
Release: 24 September via Verve Records
The second taster of this tribute LP (after Kurt Vile’s Run Run Run) is for
The National frontman MATT BERNINGER who’s waiting for the man…