Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Eddie Vedder- My City of Ruins (Springsteen cover)

This is live from the Kennedy Center Honors, with Eddie covering an underrated Springsteen song.  Though he performed it on the 9/11 benefit in 2001, Springsteen wrote and recorded it well before the attacks.  It’s odd how a “city of ruins” went from literary metaphor to literal fact.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Amy Winehouse and Paul Weller- Heard it Through the Grapevine (live on Jools Holland)

I never saw this before tonight.  It reminds me how many improbably good ideas are floating around the internet…

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sharon Van Etten- People Ain’t No Good (Nick Cave cover)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Damien Jurado & Rosie Thomas- Wages of Sin (Springsteen cover)

There was a tribute album to Springsteen’s Nebraska LP released about 10 years ago called Badlands…  which doesn’t make sense, really, because the song Badlands was on Darkness on the Edge of Town.  But whatever.  It’s a great compilation that everybody should check out, regardless.

There are some wonderful tracks on that disc, but this one always stood out to me.  It was included as a bonus track, naturally, since this was a later Springsteen B-side not included on the album either…

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Damien Jurado- I’ve Been Riding With The Ghost (Jason Molina cover)

If you haven’t had a chance yet, please pick up a copy of Weary Engine Blues, a special tribute album to the songs and memory of the late Jason Molina.  All proceeds go to Molina’s family, who are burdened with his medical bills.  You can click here.

It’s a beautiful record and a good cause.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Regina Spektor- No Surprises (Radiohead cover live)

I’d heard her charity single release of this song before—which is very good and well worth the buck on iTunes—but this in-studio performance is much more substantial.  It doesn’t seem more substantial at first, of course, with the cute chime voice on the Nord, but Regina has made a career out of being much more sophisticated and powerful than she might appear at first glance.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Radiohead- The Headmaster Ritual (Smiths cover)

It always fascinates me when Radiohead covers a song, maybe because it doesn’t happen so much.  I forget that these guys can pretty much play anything they want.

Emmylou Harris- Pancho and Lefty (Townes Van Zandt cover)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nico Turner- Something In The Way (Nirvana Cover)

Caught her live this month, opening for Cat Power.  This was by far my favorite of her efforts.  Whatever that may say about me, or her.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Damien Jurado- Rider on the Wheel

I was at a Cat Power show in Philadelphia, and the nice people at the venue played the entirety of Nick Drake’s Pink Moon LP as the warm-up music before the opener.

And then, on the way back to NY, I listened to Damien Jurado’s Maraqopa.  Really, it was a good time all around.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Cat Power- I Found A Reason (Velvet Underground cover)

It’s sad to see Lou Reed go.  I don’t want to go on as if I’m the biggest Lou Reed fan in the history of the world, but it’s impossible to ignore him, and what he did to change the way we thought about pop music.

A few years ago I was teaching at one those mega-universities, and a colleague was saying that her teenage son wanted to be a singer-songwriter, but he just couldn’t sing.  I told her that pop music wasn’t about having a voice as much as it was about finding your voice.  She said that no, he really couldn’t sing.

"Lou Reed can’t sing," I replied, "And he’s a genius."

Her eyes widened.

"You’re right," she said. "He is."

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


cover of the year

On one hand, the song is about a guy leaving his family, which is bad. 

But then again, it’s also a song about getting the Hell out of Baltimore.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Woodpigeon- Hard to Love a Man (Jason Molina cover)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Ben Gibbard- Harvest Moon (Neil Young cover)

Well, gee.  If this doesn’t make me feel better about being awake at 2:30am on a Sunday morning, I don’t know what will.

Thursday, September 26, 2013