Funk Punk Misfits ‘!!!’ Turn TRACEY CHAPMAN And R.E.M. Into Dance Stars

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 –

!!!: Facebook

Spellbinding Performance – WAXAHATCHEE Covers Folk Legend WOODY GUTHRIE

19 August 2021

Artist: WAXAHATCHEE
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.

Enjoy here…

The original by Woody…

Home In This World: Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads
is out 10th September via Elektra

MOTÖRHEAD Classic ACE OF SPADES Played On A Pipe Organ Of A Church (No Joke)!

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…

MOTÖRHEAD: Twitter

PORRIDGE RADIO Strikes With Two Spine-Chilling WOLF PARADE Covers

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

TOUCHÉ AMORÉ – Hard To Explain Why Post Hardcore Gang Covers THE STROKES

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?

Scream here…


.
The original stroke…

Touché Amouré: Twitter

TOM MORELLO & EDDIE VEDDER & THE BOSS Take The ‘HIGHWAY TO HELL’

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)

Enter WEEZER Covering METALLICA

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…

METALLICA: Website

THE NATIONAL Frontman MATT BERNINGER Is Waiting For The Man

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…

VU: History