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: