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Dan Croll Covers Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s “Hello My Baby”

Posted April 9, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 793 views]
Dan Croll by Larry Hirshowitz

This week’s installment of We’ve Got It Covered is a tiny bit of a stretch since it’s more of a re-working or re-imagining of a song than a straight cover.
Still though, on his debut visit to Morning Becomes Eclectic, the U.K. artist recounted the story of how he came to find “Hello My Baby” and actually work with the legendary African a capella group …

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DeVotchKa Covers Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”

Posted April 2, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 4,814 views]
DeVotchKa by Larry Hirshowitz

Released in 1970 as a single, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” was Neil Young’s first top 40 song and was included in the iconic third album in Young’s catalog, “After The Gold Rush”.
Some stories differentiate a bit on the genesis of the song, but the most romantic is that it was written for Graham Nash after his split with Joni Mitchell.
It’s one of …

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Dom La Nena Covers The National’s “Start A War”

Posted March 26, 2014 by | 2 Comments | 2,227 views]
Dom La Nena by Larry Hirshowitz

Dom La Nena was only five years old when she began playing the cello.
Born in Brazil, she moved to Paris with her father while he received his doctorate. Upon moving back to South America, she found a mentor for her passion, who at the time was working in Argentina. She was allowed to study under the “Goddess of Cello” Christine Walevska, for several years …

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Nick Waterhouse Covers The Seeds’ “Pushin’ Too Hard”

Posted March 19, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,211 views]

The Seeds‘ single “Pushin’ Too Hard“ was released in 1965 and although it didn’t see any time in the Billboard charts right away, it climbed to number 35 when it was re-released later that year.
I guess you could say “Pushin’ Too Hard” was a euphemism about timing.
The Seeds were Southern California through and through, ushering a new era of psych-rock and experimenting with sounds …

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Jetta Covers Banks’ “Waiting Game”

Posted March 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 747 views]

Aside from having terrible artist names for internet searches, Banks & Jetta have one more striking similarity that’s hard to deny.
Big voices.
Yes, they’re both female and yes they’re both young and relatively new comers, but those are happenstance. The pure power generated by Jetta and the restrained energy of Banks add two more to the growing list of young talent not looking to hide …

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Lo-Fang Covers Boy’s “Boris”

Posted February 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,026 views]
Lo-Fang by Larry Hirshowitz

Lo-Fang’s recent in studio performance was a bit of an eye-opener.
Matthew Hemerlein is a classically trained musician who’s cerebral approach to his music re-shapes normal acoustic and electronic elements.
It’s one part Andrew Bird, a little bit Emily Wells, lots of classical influence and a mix bag of sounds from his travels around the world where he wrote most of his debut album “Blue Film”
His …

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Michael Kiwanuka Covers Jimi Hendrix’s “Waterfall”

Posted February 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,862 views]
DJ Jeremy Sole, Michael Kiwanuka, Jason Bentley - by Larry Hirshowitz

I’ve been on a little Kiwanuka kick lately.
First, Jason Bentley premiered a brand new track by the U.K. artist that was written for a spot in the television show House Of Lies while KCRW was at the Sundance Film Festival.
Then, I was able to see him perform live at The Satellite with a new-look backing band consisting of Gus Seyffert (of the fuller Black …

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Birdy Covers Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”

Posted January 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,286 views]

Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver  had the sort of meteoric rise from the under belly of indie-folk to mainstream popularity that makes it nearly impossible to keep fans on both sides. In one respect or another, fans of his (or former fans) have an opinion about him and that can produce hilarious results.
The catalyst for all the hype comes from his most popular song, …

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Jim James Covers Gram Parsons “Hot Burrito #1″

Posted January 15, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,316 views]

The other day I was talking to someone who wasn’t familiar with Gram Parsons and implored them to listen to “Hot Burrito #1” — a track Gram wrote with Chris Ethridge for the Flying Burrito Brothers and one of the best ballads of all time, in my opinion. It’s just perfect in every way.
And the reason I know about it myself is in large …

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Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” Covered by Washed Out

Posted December 4, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,383 views]
Washed Out by Larry Hirshowitz

There is just something so damn sexy about this song.
On its own, it’s a slow, slithering, sandy, wet-hair cologne ad. Wait, I’m thinking of the video.  I’m sorry but how can you not?
It’s right up there with “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “U Can’t Touch This” as songs that are nearly impossible to draw upon in your pop culture synapses independently of their music video. In …

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