“Two Out of Three” Jamey Johnson (Meat Loaf)

Jamey Johnson is hereby forgiven for co-writing “Honky Tonk Badonka Donk.” Of course, if push came to shove, he wouldn’t even have to do this awesome cover for me to forgive him. He’s old-school country and I dig it.

“The Promise” Blue October (When in Rome)

Wow. Has it really been late December 2009 since the last post? Color me embarrassed.

I guess having our second son in early January put this blog on the back burner. Even so, it’s been averaging over 500 hits a month on a consistent basis – with no new content in almost 9 months.

Here’s new-wave ballad “The Promise” by When in Rome, performed acoustically for a radio show by Blue October. This tune gained some renewed interest when it was used in the closing scene of Napoleon Dynamite. I really enjoy being able to focus on the well crafted lyrics, which are brought out in this cover.

I’m back!

“God Only Knows” Switchfoot (Beach Boys)

Switchfoot performing the Beach Boys‘ “God Only Knows” from Pet Sounds. What love song begins, “I may not always love you…”?! This one does and it is beautiful. If you’re not listening to Switchfoot, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Great music coming out of San Diego.

Published in: on September 25, 2009 at 1:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Wild Horses” The Sundays (Rolling Stones)

From what I understand, Susan Boyle who was runner-up in the British karoake finals is or has released a similar version of this Rolling Stones song as a single. But for my money, give me The Sundays. Perfect for a rainy overcast day while I pour my broken heart into my journal at Starbucks.

Published in: on September 17, 2009 at 5:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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“I’m On Fire” Bat for Lashes (Bruce Springsteen)

Today I realized I had slacked on posting an amateur tune for Monday. Sorry about that. In other news….

Here’s a beautiful slow-core dirge-y version of the Boss’ “I’m On Fire” by Bats for Lashes, which is the musical work of some Brit art house genius named Natasha Khan. I love this song, love Bruce Springsteen and am flirting with this rendition.

“Billie Jean” Chris Cornell (Michael Jackson)

Is it safe to say that Chris Cornell may have the most vocal power and control in rock since Freddie Mercury? Truly a gifted singer with a great song from Michael Jackson‘s golden age.

“Night Swimming” by Sugarland (R.E.M.)

Sugarland is another country-pop band that makes me like them in spite of my cynicism towards Nashville’s current establishment. Kristian Bush, the male half of the duo, was a member of Billy Pilgrim which was a great acoustic rock male vocal duo in the 1990’s. So thank God that even if Billy Pilgrim didn’t make it, Kristian and his current cohorts still find a way to be awesome on occasion. Here’s a cover of the hauntingly beautiful R.E.M. song “Night Swimming.”

“To Love Somebody” Flying Burrito Brothers (The Bee Gees)

It’s something that I hate to admit, but the Bee Gees could actually put together dang good lyrics and melodies. Their arrangements are just atrocious in my opinion. But I digress. The fictionalized “Grand Theft Parsons” was on IFC the other night. When Gram Parsons, pioneer of country rock, died, his road manager Phil Kaufmann stole the body from LAX, drove it to Joshua Tree and set it ablaze to honor his dead friend’s wishes. Phil turned himself in afterwards but was only fined for stealing a coffin – not for stealing the body or burning it in the desert. I guess there wasn’t a law on the books for that. Now that is rock’n’roll. Here’s Gram and the Flying Burrito Brothers Band covering “To Love Somebody.”

“Love Hurts” performed by Elvis Costello & Emmylou Harris

One of the most covered tunes in rock-n-roll, this was written by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant and originally recorded by the Everly Brothers. But you may know the Nazareth version best. Also covered by Cher, Juice Newton, Graham Parsons and Emmylou Harris, Roy Orbison, Sinead O’Connor, Jimmy Webb, and Rod Stewart. And that’s just a partial list of the artists who put this to vinyl, with bands like the Who and Pixies covering it live. Man, I’d love to have those two on my iPod.

Published in: on August 18, 2009 at 12:58 pm  Comments (1)  
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