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TASHAKI MIYAKI-Under Cover Volume II

Here’s a Los Angeles band that borders on shoe gaze (only much more interesting) and wants to give you an album of covers. Why should you accept this offer? Well, first of all, it’s free so you have nothing to lose. Second, these are some damn fine covers. The collection is eclectic–oldies, ’80s, new wave, 1970s quirk pop–so you won’t be bored, and the versions hew close enough that you’ll recognize them immediately but the band puts enough of their own spin that you might not be sure where you recognize them from.

Standouts: Take My Breath Away (Berlin); Life Line (Harry Nillson); and I Only Have Eyes For You (The Flamingos).

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CARY KANNO-The Light Fantastic

Cary Kanno is a Chicago singer/songwriter who was in the bands Abstract Giants and Doko Benjo before striking out on his own in 2009. His latest, “The Light Fantastic,” is a great collection of well-written, gentle tunes full of heart. One is reminded of Josh Ritter or Andrew Bird. He’s not twee, but his music is definitely sweet.

Check out the new album below–I particularly recommend “We are All Animals” and “Ignorance is Bliss.” Also, there’s a neat over of Nirvana’s “Something in the Way.”


GREATEST OF ALL TUNES: Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics

Greatest Of All Tunes is a feature about my favorite songs, offering cover versions, originals, or whatever else I can find. Hit the ‘G.O.A.T.’ tag under this post to see more!

When my dad first heard this song, he said, “It isn’t about anything! The lyrics are nonsense!

Who am I to disagree?

I just know I love it.

And I’m starting with a beautiful cover by Allison Crowe….

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WEEKENDS ARE FOR SINGLES featuring Action Bronson and Chance the Rapper!

An up-and-coming rapper (Bronson) teams up with a current big buzz fave (Chance the Rapper) and a high-powered producer (Mark Ronson). This has to be great, right? It is. It sounds a lot like Ghostface, though.

While we’re on the hip-hop thing, check out the new single from Baauer, featuring Fetty Wap and Dubbel Dutch. I’m loving the hook. If this is the future of indie rap top 40, I’m with it.

Covering Pink Floyd is never easy. But Luke Million just made it sound easy.

I’ll leave you with a video–Postmodern Jukebox, with Robyn Adele Anderson, have created a 1920s version of Coolio’s biggest hit…

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THE GREATEST OF ALL SONGS: Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”

I like the Sopranos finale.  I even liked the last three minutes of it, which just about everyone else hated.  It made sense to me that the story goes on and on and on and on….

Plus, it led to a major revival of this song, which, corny as it may be, is also awesome.

And just ’cause it’s cool, here’s a whole freEP for you!


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