This weekend, the Boss from New Jersey opened his concert in Brooklyn with his rendition of the biggest hit by the late purple genius from Minnesota. It’s already all over the internet, but it’s to relevant to all my interests not to have it on my blog, too. For more Prince-Old White Dudes crossover, check out this magnificent version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Match made in wordy rock’n’roll heaven: The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and Titus Andronicus’ Patrick Stickles cover each other’s No Future song on this bandcamp single.
Kwabs and band covered Katy Perry’s Dark Horse for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, and it’s actually quite nice. Similar to the London Grammar cover of Wrecking Ball earlier this year, the solid pop song at the heart of Dark Horse is unveiled when the singer doesn’t have to rely on loudness to create an impact. Honestly, i think Kwabs is the best new voice in pop music.
Get the ep with 4 other awesome songs at No Sleep Records’ bandcamp.
Chris Dismuke sings a wonderful rendition of Sinéad O’Connor’s* “Nothing Compares To You" accompanied by his acoustic bass guitar. Amazing.
*Just discovered the song was originally written by Prince! Did not know that.
Nirvana is one of those bands that are almost impossible to cover. Not only are they iconic, but they are perfect within the conventions of their genre, heck, they established the rules and then tore them down themselves. So to make a cover work, you need to go in a different but equally intense direction.That’s why EMA’s Endless Nameless version was the only endurable cover on SPIN’s Nevermind tribute.
This version of Heart-Shaped Box by Kawehi is another rare cover that works very well for me.
Many, many committed Nirvana fans will hate this, too. Including my teenage self. The mix of genres, especially guitar vs. synth mixes, are a sacrilege to some.Pierre Bourdieu told you so.