Covers

Mercvrial – “Pink Frost” (The Chills cover)

By Will Oliver, September 1st 2019

Hailing from Mexico, California, Wisconsin, and Virginia, Mercvrial is an group that has mixed the elements of shoegaze, dream-pop, and early-’80s quasi-psychedelic tendencies to create something very much of their own.

They’re back with their new EP, The Stars, Like Dust, which includes a cover of The Chills’ “Pink Frost.” The band tap into the melancholic feeling of the original and bring their own new take on the track while also staying very true to the heart and soul of its DNA. It has a lush and dreamy feeling to it, one that hits home perfectly.

Enjoy a stream of the cover below.
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British singer-songwriter Chloe Foy is finishing up her current tour in the UK, with a few days of shows left remaining. The talented musician has recently returned with a lovely brand new single with “Oh You Are Not Well,” which further showcases her talent as a pure and true songwriting talent.

“Oh You Are Not Well” immediately strikes you with her passionate vocals and intricate delivery and well-crafted lyrics. It’s a track that soars and soars to new heights with every step of the way.

Then there’s her pretty cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” a song that is certainly not in shortage of covers. This is a faithful cover that she still adds enough of her own mix to make it a worthy addition to the collection of covers.

Enjoy both “Oh You Are Not Well” and her take of “Fade Into You” below.
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The Hannah Barberas – “Look, Know”

By Will Oliver, January 28th 2019

British indie rockers The Hannah Barberas have given us a steady flow of new tunes since last summer, including a few originals as well as an EP of Christmas tunes.

They’ve kept the tunes coming strong in 2019, with a cover of The Fall’s “Look, Know.” The cover comes in tribute to Mark E. Smith, timed to release a year since his passing last year.

Enjoy a listen to the cover below and find the track available to purchase over at their Bandcamp.
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Morrissey at Kings Theatre (September 24, 2016)

By Will Oliver, September 26th 2016 — with 1 comment

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This Saturday, September 25, the legendary Morrissey returned to us in New York for a sold out performance at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, a much more intimate performance that his show at Madison Square Garden last summer.

It’s been two year since the release of his last album, World Peace Is None of Your Business, but Morrissey’s setlist at Kings was still heavily loyal to the album, along with the usual favorites from his solo career (“Everyday Is Like Sunday,” “Irish Blood, English Heart”). Being a smaller show, you had plenty of Morrissey die-hards quite literally rushing the stage trying to deliver a huge or a personal gift to Morrissey, only to be taken down by his well-placed and quick-moving personal security guards that stand to his side on both direction.
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Temporary Hero – “Dumb” (Nirvana Cover)

By Will Oliver, September 26th 2016

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Portland indie pop/experimental artist Temporary Hero has returned with a new EP titled You’re About to Have Your Hands Full. The EP is full of surprises such as a left-field electronic cover of Nirvana’s “Dumb.” It’s definitely not the sort of cover that you originally picture when you hear “Nirvana cover” but they take your expectations and offers something from a different point of view that works in its own way.

Find their cover of “Dumb” posted below.
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On Halloween 2015, I made my first ever first to the Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey, to see Sufjan Stevens one more time before he wrapped up the first leg of the tour for his stunning 2015 album, Carrie & Lowell (released via Asthmatic Kitty).

Even though I saw him three times earlier this year (at the Beacon Theatre, Kings Theatre, and Newport Folk Festival respectively) the Loew’s show was able to stand out on its own, just as all the other shows did. Although a majority of the songs we got were the same, their impact and emotional weight changed for both Sufjan and the audience. These are songs that speak to you differently based on your own emotional state and being, which makes their impact one that evolves and is forever changing. It also helps that the band give the material a more grand and experimental take live that is vastly different from the more stripped down recorded versions.
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Julian Casablancas

One of the best parts about HBO’s new show Vinyl is the wacky display of the 70’s rock and roll industry that it gives us. Not to mention a pretty killer soundtrack.

We can add a cover that The Strokes and Voidz frontman Julian Casablancas did of The Velvet Underground’s “Run Run Run.” His vocals take on an almost Dylan-like form here, diving into the past and chugging along with that signature New York cool. It’s a great and very faithful cover. There are definitely worse things to wake up to a Friday morning.

I’m excited to see how this song will be used in the show (maybe this Sunday?, but for now, enjoy a stream of his cover posted below (along with the original for reference):
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Temporary Hero

On his new album Chet, Portland artist Temporary Hero offers his own take on classic songs from acclaimed jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and vocalist Chet Baker.

On Chet, Temporary Hero dives into the most beautiful of Chet’s vocal tunes, giving them a unique and haunting spin that is both an ode and a present day re-imagination. To go along with this, the album comes along with a visual compenant that listeners can experience at a website dedicated solely to the project. Head here to check that out.

Below, listen to the impressive cover of Temporary Hero’s otherworldy take on “Time After Time.” It’s a beauty.
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Day Wave – “Ceremony” (New Order Cover)

By Will Oliver, August 18th 2015

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I’ve spent plenty of time this summer with Day Wave’s summery Headcase EP. Even with the recent release of the EP, Day Wave’s Jackson Phillips still has some new music to offer to us in the form of a cover.

The song of choice is the classic New Order tune “Ceremony,” which Phillips welcomely embraces with that now familiar easy going sound of his, while still being faithful to the original.

Tomorrow night he will make his NYC live debut at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the show are still available. Hope to see you there.

Enjoy his cover below.
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