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Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Cover Elliott Smith — “Miss Misery” and More

Posted March 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 2,261 views]
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Seth Avett (of the Avett Brothers) and Jessica Lea Mayfield have been working on their Elliott Smith covers record for more than three years, recording for a few days at a time whenever they could find a chance.
Hearing his songs as duets completely changes the experience of listening to Ellliott Smith.
As Jessica told host Jason Bentley, the songs were lonely and now they have …

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Dom La Nena Covers Gracias A La Vida

Posted March 30, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,954 views]
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Brazilian cellist and singer Dom La Nena has a sweet spot for Argentina, having spent her youth there to study her instrument.
On a recent visit to Morning Becomes Eclectic we asked her to perform a cover of a song that she holds dear and she gifted us with her rendition of Chilean musician Violeta Parra’s “Gracias A La Vida”, one of her most renowned …

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Villagers Cover David Bowie Live on KCRW

Posted January 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,064 views]
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In honor of David Bowie’s birthday this week, I wanted to share this rendition of “Where Are We Now”, the first single from his most recent album “The Next Day”.
The lush ballad is beautifully simple and spare in the hands of Conor O’Brien, known as Villagers. The Irish singer performed it during his 2013 appearance on KCRW and it’s always stuck with me.
He’s been …

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Laura Marling Covers Simon and Garfunkel’s “Kathy’s Song”

Posted January 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 4,484 views]
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Laura Marling’s debut appearance on MBE in 2010 was a session I will never forget. We were all struck by this young (20 years old), blond-haired girl seated solo in the middle of the room armed with nothing but a guitar and her voice.
She was so powerful that all of us were silent and in awe.
That album catapulted her into the public eye as …

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M. Ward Covers David Bowie: “Let’s Dance”

Posted November 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,724 views]
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M. Ward is one of those incredible yet understated artists that has accomplished so much but is never flashy about it.
He’s collaborated on some great projects, including with Zooey Deschanel on She & Him. They have a new album, “Classics”, which is streaming now as part of our Album Preview series, but I wanted to flash back to some of his solo work.
Matt appeared on …

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Joseph Arthur Covers Lou Reed: “Walk On The Wild Side”

Posted October 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,488 views]
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On May 13, 2014 prolific artist Joseph Arthur released his first album on the Vanguard Record label, though perhaps not the record he initially imagined.
The release, titled “Lou: The Songs Of Lou Reed” is a collection of cover songs performed solo, stripped away, pulled apart and generally re-imagined as a way to remember his late friend and mentor who suddenly passed away on October …

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Jenny and Johnny Cover “Love Hurts”

Posted October 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,187 views]
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Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice aka Jenny and Johnny are one of my favorite musicals couples because they are both ultra-talented and compliment each other so well.
We recently recorded a live session with Jenny around her latest solo album “The Voyager” (airing on Monday, 11/3) and seeing Johnathan behind the scenes, clearly providing off stage support, made me want to revisit their session in …

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Glass Animals Cover Kanye West: “Love Lockdown”

Posted October 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,542 views]
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These days especially, people seem to have a wide range of feelings about Kanye West, based on a life that bounces  from musical genius to celeb tabloid magnet and everything in between.
With his most recently album “Yeezus” he took his musical experimentation to the next level but, before that, there was “808s & Heartbreak”. His 4th studio album was conceived in the wake of …

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Paolo Nutini Covers “Spanish Harlem” Live on KCRW

Posted October 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 2,080 views]
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From Led Zeppelin to Laura Nyro and, of course, Ben E King, the 1960 Leiber + Stoller + Spector track “Spanish Harlem” is a classic.
King first released it in 1960 (his first hit away from The Drifters) and there have been over 150 recordings of the song.
But it’s particularly interesting to hear a Scottish singer-songwriter with an Italian-sounding name take on a song about …

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The Afghan Whigs Cover the Police “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 4,413 views]
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It’s not surprising that when the Afghan Whigs take on the Police, the results are sexy and a little dangerous.
They played their version of the 1981 hit “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” during their Morning Becomes Eclectic session and it was everything a cover should be –a really inspired interpretation with a dark twist that is pure Afghan Whigs.
I’ve seen versions of …

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