Thursday, April 27, 2006

Random Covers

Been backpacking through Tibet... No Internet connection. Here are some random covers:

Thursday, March 09, 2006

When The Whistle Blows

Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Brothers Finn

Is there any better pair of songwriting brothers?

Here are some Tim and Neil Finn covers:And the originals:

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Bill Cowsill, RIP

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Marti Jones

Marti Jones has been a solo artist for over twenty years, but for all that time and effort she remains an obscure singer. Which is a shame because all of her albums are highly listenable pop-rock, a cross between Marshall Crenshaw and Linda Ronstadt. Most of her CDs are out-of-print, but if you can find a copy of 1988's Used Guitars pick it up and you won't be sorry... A classic from beginning to end.

Here she is covering Squeeze and Graham Parker, along with the originals. I think she improves on both songs:

Monday, February 13, 2006

Elvis Costello

Hmmm... wha? Oh, sorry, I was taking a little nap. Thanks for waking me up.

Here are four wonderful Elvis Costello covers. He's a hard one to cover. Most of his lyrics and melodies just don't work right coming out of another artist, but I think these four get it right.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Cover Yourself

I love it when artists cover themselves. And I don't mean live concert performances. I mean new versions of their old hits. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Here are a few that work -- the original and the cover:

Monday, January 16, 2006

Five Random Covers

Friday, January 13, 2006

Just A Covers Band?

I confess to being completely ignorant of The Mavericks other than knowing they're a good covers band. Maybe someday I'll explore all of their music, but for now I really like what they've done to these three classic songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Hollies, and Elvis Presley:

Buy Mavericks CDs here!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Beatles Covers

Well, I made it through the holidays in one piece. Was a bit startled when I woke up on the 1st in a Mexican jail, but that's too long a story to repeat here.

Since I'm still in recovery, here's something easy -- Beatles covers. No other band has been covered as much as the Fab Four, and I love 'em all, no matter how weird and wacky. I never met a Beatles cover I didn't like.

Here's a few:

Monday, December 19, 2005

The Chronicles of Tim Finn

Tim Finn has a new song on the Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack. Should be a blockbuster, and a nice chunk of change for him. I've heard quite a few people describe his Narnia track as "average" and "mediocre" but I think it's quite pleasant and better than what he's put out on his past few albums.

Here it is, along with a classic Split Enz track by Tim and two Enz covers:

Buy Tim Finn CDs here!

Friday, December 16, 2005

A Pair of A Pair of Brown Eyes

Shane MacGowan is an ugly man. I can barely stand to look at pictures of him. And some might say his voice is an aquired taste. But the songs he writes are gorgeous, and I could listen to him sing them for hours. In fact, on a thousand-mile cross-country trip in 1989, I listened to nothing but Rum, Sodomy & The Lash, a perfect album which contains one of my favorite songs by anyone. Here it is, along with an equally lovely cover by Peter Case.

White Rabbit

I don't even know how I stumbled upon God The Band, but I love their sound.

Visit their website for a couple of tunes and videos (I recommend "The Lifter").

Here they are covering a classic Jefferson Airplane song:

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

It's Just For Me To Kick In Space

My love affair with XTC began with "Senses Working Overtime" off their English Settlement CD. Here it is, along with a live version from Andy, Colin and Dave, and three covers:

Buy the XTC tribute CD "Testimonial Dinner" here.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

A Winter's Night

When I want to mellow out with a rugged Canadian folk singer, I look no further than Gordon Lightfoot. His songs have a feel about them, like you've just finished a canoe trip in the Yukon and now you're getting warm by a fire in a backwoods cabin. I can fall asleep to Lightfoot's music.

And, in keeping with the season, here's his "Song For A Winter's Night" along with two cover versions:

Buy Gordon Lightfoot's Complete Greatest Hits CD here!

And you can find a really nice Gordon Lightfoot tribute CD here, featuring Canadian artists like Ron Sexsmith and Cowboy Junkies.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

I Threw Bob Dylan Away

I don't own any Bob Dylan songs. Not a one. This may sound like blasphemy, but I really can't stand his voice. However, he's a brilliant songwriter, and I love love love other artists covering his songs. Here's four of them:

Uh-oh, I lied... I do have Dylan's voice on my computer in the form of The Traveling Wilburys and this mash-up:

Let me know what you think of the new blog format... Thanks! Watch for regular posting here at least once a week, hopefully twice.

Any requests, leave them in comments!

Buy the new Bob Dylan Tribute CD here!

Friday, December 09, 2005

Christmas and Changes

Happy Christmas to all... I have an announcement to the dozen or so of you who frequent this blog.

First of all, thanks for letting me share the music and memories. Second, I am feeling the need for change. So, I'm changing the name and purpose of this blog.

Sometime in the next few days, this blog will become Under The Covers and will feature cover songs along with the originals, and more description/history of the songs and artists.

I think I'll have more fun with it. And in that spirit, here is a cover version of one of my favorite Christmas songs:

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Best of 2005

It's that time of the year when we add it all up and make our lists... 2005 was an incredible year for new music. I feel sorry for people who only listen to the songs of their youth. You're missing out on a lot.

Twenty years from now I'll be bringing up memories of 2005 with the help of these twenty songs:

  1. Sufjan Stevens - "The Lord Godbird"
  2. Josh Rouse - "Winter in the Hamptons"
  3. Of Montreal - "I Was Never Young"
  4. Chris Trapper - "All Time Favorite"
  5. Glen Phillips - "Don't Need Anything"
  6. Acid House Kings - "This Heart Is A Stone"
  7. James Cooper - "Dry Reaching For Grace"
  8. Franz Ferdinand - "Eleanor Put Your Boots On"
  9. The Triangles - "Let's Replace The Cityscapes"
  10. Jack Johnson - "Banana Pancakes"
  11. Novillero - "Hypothesist"
  12. Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband - "Banjo Boy"
  13. Paul Otten - "Find Myself"
  14. Tom Petty - "Square One"
  15. I'm From Barcelona - "We're From Barcelona"
  16. Ted Leo - "Since U Been Gone"
  17. Kingsbury Manx - "What A Shame"
  18. Eels - "Blinking Lights (For Me)"
  19. The Spaceshots - "Somedaze"
  20. Robyn - "Konichiwa Bitches"

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving holiday... Here are a few tunes in the spirit of the day:

Remember to buy lots of music this Christmas!!!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Speaking of XTC

You can never have too much XTC in your life... Other than The Beatles, the boys from Swindon (well, mostly Andy and Colin these days) have been the longest musical relationship in my life.