A regular feature: Single songs and covers I’ve heard lately, usually submitted to me, that you need to get your ears on. Pronto! Before we get to the classic rock, let’s check out Earl Sweatshirt and Action Bronson…
The Dutch Uncles covered Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way all the way back in 2013, but I just heard it. The line between disco and Stevie Nicks has always been dotted, and this is why. I love this version. In fact, I like it better than the original!
The dance version above made me reminisce over the much bolder choice by Scissor Sisters, in their first big hit–remaking Pink Floyd…
U2’s “Mysterious Ways” had a lot of disco swing to it. Snow Patrol took care of that…
And I’m going to leave you with the weirdest song I’ve heard this year…To the tune of the Seinfeld theme.
I don’t know much about Lauren O’Connell, other than that I heard her cover Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and fell in love with her voice. After more investigation, I found she’s a terrific cover artist. Her originals are pretty neat, too.
But it’s her cover of Paul Simon’s Graceland that got her attention on this site. It’s one of the few covers that’s better than the original. I always liked it as a sweet little pop song, but when O’Connell sings it she breaks my heart wide open. “Losing love is like a window to your heart/Everybody sees your blown apart.” I had never really understood that until I heard her sing it.
Check out some great songs below, and support the artist by buying her albums! Her latest, Quitters, is below, after her “Covers” album. Then, the video of her performing “Graceland.”
I never really liked the song “Young Folks,” but I love this. Who knew all it needed was a backbeat?
New Ras Kass!
And even better: New Joey Bada$$!!!!
I’m really not sure what to say about Lila Rose‘s “We Animals.” I like it. That’s for damn sure. I really like it. But classifying it? Stacking in the genre cube? That’s hard. It feels like pop, it feels like mood rock, it feels indie. It sounds like Adele. It sounds like Sinead O’Connor. It sounds like R&B. Great record. Here’s the single:
And last but not least, a pretty funny video from a new indie band. Totally DIY. Check it out!