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Villagers Cover David Bowie Live on KCRW

Posted January 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,605 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 | 3,612 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 | 1,392 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 | 1,215 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 | 884 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 | 1,276 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 | 1,758 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 | 3,630 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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Bahamas Covers Bobby Womack: “Please Forgive My Heart”

Posted August 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,338 views]
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When I first heard Bobby Womack’s “Please Forgive My Heart”, what really stood out (aside from his always soul-barring vocal delivery) was the ultra-modern production.
Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz) and Richard Russell (one of the founders of XL Recordings) produced the track, which was part of his first album of original material in 18 years.
It was striking, combining deep emotional depth with the electronic stylings of …

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Queen Covered by Graffiti6: “You’re My Best Friend”

Posted August 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,501 views]
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There has been a Queen resurgence that I have really been enjoying.
I recently read an incredible article in Rolling Stone, surviving members of the band are touring for the first time in 30 years, and here in LA the Center Theatre Group is presenting a musical based on their music (I hear the female lead has an extraordinary voice).
I grew up hearing “We Will …

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