Rick Monroe’s Smoke Out the Window is a pretty standard country album, but it’s good—it’s like 1970s outlaw country, when the top 40 aspects were just getting into the songs so they kept their integrity but moved away from some of the older standards. Good stuff.

And if you like that, check out his older cover of Motorhead!

New Earth Gang! Loving these guys.


OK, I know this is just dumb check pop, but I liked it!

But to get my cred back: Beck covers Neil Young, with Jenny Lewis.

New Jeff Tweedy

Acoustic punk is always a risk, even when the title pays tribute to one of the best acoustic albums of all time (Grateful Dead’s “Reckoning”). But Anti-Flag does a good job here. Of course, the real reason you’ll come back is the cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.” They also cover Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth” and Cheap Trick’s “Surrender.”

And last, but not least, I don’t how this cover of “Bad” got by me. Most excellent.

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