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Posts made in February 18th, 2008


I know what you’re thinking: Bob Dylan covers? Really? How common.

True enough. Bobby D may be the most covered songwriter in pop music history. But these covers are different. These covers are ones that I like, and some are pretty rare (or at least haven’t turned up in the blogosphere of late). There’s so many, I’ve stretched this A to Z over three posts. Even if you’re not a Dylan fan, I daresay some of these may appeal to you . . .

A is for Ryan Adams! He’s covered Dylan on more than a few occasions, but I like these two the best:

Isis/Love Sick-Ryan Adams

Po’ Boy Blues-Ryan Adams

B is for She Belongs to Me-Big Head Todd and the Monsters. I was such a fan of Big Head’s first record, but their studio stuff seemed to go downhill after that. Fortunately, they still kick ass live. And this is live.

C is for Citizen Cope.
Simple Twist of Fate-Citizen Cope.
I love this guy. Can’t understand why he doesn’t get more attention.

D is for The Dude! My favorite song from Big Leibowski.

The Man in Me-My Morning Jacket (live).

The Man in Me-Cracker

E is for Elliot Smith’s cover of Littel Maggie, a traditional tune also covered by Bobby D.

F is for forever young.

Forever Young-Smashing Pumpkins



Nicolay (of Foreign Exchange) is somewhat similar in style to 9th Wonder, in that he tends to favor swirling keyboards and a big sound. On Time:Line, he teams with a Houston rapper named Kay (of the Houston-based group, Example), whose really not that different from Phonte, also of Foreign Exchange (and also of 9th Wonder affiliated Little Brother), so you end up with an album that’s, you guessed it, along the same lines as a Little Brother album. Only this one is a concept album “based on the lifecycle of pre-life, life, and death.” Fortunately, you don’t have to know or understand that to enjoy it.

Kay is well suited for soul rap, being that his lyrics aren’t overpowering and his flow is understated, leaving most of the heavy lifting in each track to Nicolay. A song like “Tight Eyes” could easily be a Jill Scott remix: Romantic and easy hipsway, perfect for a post-club comedown. Attempts at grittier tunes, like “Grand Theft Auto,” tend to fall a bit flat, but there’s enough good stuff here to earn your eartime.

Tight Eyes



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