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I’m Ekko. I’ve been blogging since 2001. I started with music, then added some humor and miscellany, and now also write extensively about comic books. These are my lifelong loves.

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WEEKENDS ARE FOR SINGLES: Featuring lots of cool covers of tunes that were hits before you were born


A regular feature: Single songs and covers I’ve heard lately, usually submitted to me, that you need to get your ears on.  Pronto!

I’m a sucker for a good Wichita Lineman cover.

I’m fairly sure I’ll be reviewing the entire album when I get it, but “Born Slippy,” the single from Albert Hammond Jr.’s latest album is tremendous. It has nothing to do with Underworld’s instrumental song of the same name—very odd that he’d pick the same title…

If you’ve never heard the original version of Joe Cocker’s cover of Never Tear Us Apart (INXS), you should google it. And then listen to this reworking. Cool stuff.

And speaking of INXS singles—this isn’t one! It’s an original song, and it’s fine as hell….

Check out this single. It makes the most out of the promise of Tokyo Police Club’s first album, and adds disco swing.

If you think “I Feel Free” is the stupidest Cream song ever, you may be right. But Delta Spirit elevates the shit out of it. And that seems a good way to close out this Friday’s edition…

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NANAKI-The Dandelion Radio Session

I don’t know who Nanaki is, or what possesses him to make such great instrumentals, but Goddamn I’m grateful.

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SLOW AND STEADY-In Time We Belong

As a diehard, uncloseted Pat Benetar fan I was so hoping for a cover of We Belong. There isn’t one on Slow and Steady’s latest release, but my disappointment is minimal because it’s a great record. In the vein of morphine-induced indie rockers like Alkaline Trio, Band of Horses, and Centro-Matic, it’s a collection of mid-tempo, moody songs that feel familiar and sad, with Americana tinges and some really solid songwriting.

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MOON KNIGHT!

LEE/KIRBY CREATIONS IN THE FIRST 100 ISSUES OF THE FANTASTIC 4!

The first 100 issues is arguably the most creative run on a comic of all time. Here’s why:

Agatha Harkness (#94) Awesome Android (#15)

Blastaar (#62)

Black Panther (#52)

Diablo (#30)

Dr. Doom(#5)

Dragon Man (#35)

Frightful Four (#36)

Galactus (#48)

Hate Monger (#21)

Impossible Man (#11)

The Inhumans (#44)

Mad Thinker (#15)

Medusa (#37)

The Microverse (#76)

Molecule Man (#20)

Mole Man (#1)

Psycho Man (#77)

Puppet Master (#8)

Rama Tut (Kang) (#19)

The Red Ghost (#13)

Ronan The Accuser (#65)

Silver Surfer (#48)

Skrulls (#2)

Sub Mariner (1st Silver Age)(#4)

Super Skrull (#18)

Adam Warlock (#67)

The Watcher (#13)

Yancy Street and the YS Gang (#20)

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