Wednesday, August 3, 2011

On Repeat - 8/3/2011

Bit of a catch-up On Repeat. The next one will definitely have some newer ish.

MP3: JEFF The Brotherhood - Something In The Way (Nirvana Cover)

In case you didn't already know, Nirvana's Nevermind is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a massive, most likely expensive boxed set. If you don't have pockets deep enough to drop the cash, is offering the next best thing (kinda). Newermind is a compilation of great artists covering Nevermind songs. The lineup includes Surfer Blood, Amanda Palmer, even The Vaselines, who Kurt Cobain once named his all-time faves. It's always great to listen to covers of classics. Will the coverer pay homage to the artist by remaining faithful to the original recording or will they put their own unique spin on the song? Two of my favorite tracks from Newermind display both ends of the spectrum. JEFF The Brotherhood's "Something In The Way" sounds eeriely similar to the original, maybe with a bit crunchier guitars. On the other hand, Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band's version of "Stay Away" sounds completely new. They've taken the upbeat grunge screamer and turned it into a soul classic throwback (if you aren't already hip to Charles Bradley, do yourself a favor and check out some YouTube videos, he will not disappoint).

Tennis released an all-right album earlier this year, but none of the tracks are as good as their recent cover of Brenda Lee's "Is It True?" On this throwback track, Alaina Moore's voice has never sounded better.

"Wolves" is not the best track put out by UK's The Good Natured, but it maintains the gothic pop sounds I fell in love with on previous tracks "Be My Animal" and "Your Body Is A Machine." I seriously gobble up anything this band does. "Wolves" is on their new Skeleton EP.

Yes, yes, yes. Late on the Austra train by a few months. Truth is, I never gave them a listen until after I saw them open up for tUnE-yArDs a few weeks ago. They were all right and fun to watch. I was especially intrigued with the way they treated vocals. While not necessarily out front in the mix all the time, the effects are relatively clean. "Lose It" is their most popular song and it's a wonderful showcase of lead singer Kate Stelmanis's talent.

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