Bright Light Social Hour Reimagine I Me Mine

I don’t usually rock a cover song, unless, like Austinites Bright Light Social Hour, the song totally reimagines things; below you can hear the group mixing up the Beatles “I Me Mine.” They take the song from its original vibe, and spin it into this funked-up dancefloor ready bouncer; the bass line just bobs and weaves, waving at you with that come hither finger to drag you onto that checkered square of vinyl. This tune fills in a gap in the band’s recording process while they flesh out their fifth studio album; they also have a slew of dates throughout Austin during SXSW, so if you’re around, get into the groove, just like this great cover!

More from Love, Burns and the LP, It Should Have Been Tomorrow

Again, it’s great to see what an author has to say about their own work, get a little insight into their thought process. So we continue celebrating It Should Have Been Tomorrow (coming out the day AFTER tomorrow) by a few more great words from the Love, Burns songwriter himself, Phil Sutton:

Dear Claire was a song I wrote a few years back, recorded by my then group, The Soft City, that included Jason Corace and Dora Lubin, then Turner Stough and Kyle Forester guesting. Dora was the singer, Jason was (is) A Boy Named Thor. The song came out on a 7 inch EP, self-released. I think its a really good EP, that sort of got lost. We broke up when Jason, then Dora, moved away from New York. I always wanted to put Dear Claire on an LP, so we re-recorded the song with me on vocals, and a slightly different arrangement. We kept the looping organ though, the melody of which I sang to Kyle. This is one of two covers on the LP. The other is “Come In the Spring,’ a Pale Lights song. Covering myself. How indulgent!”

Love, Burns Announces It Should Have Been Tomorrow

It seems only fitting that we begin covering music in the new year by covering our first release of 2022; It Should Have Been Tomorrow by Love, Burns. The band is the solo project of Phil Sutton, who plays in Pale Lights (among other acts like Cinema Red and Blue and Comet Gain!), but the album features help from Kyle Forester, Hampus Ohland-Frolund, and Gary Olson…so it’s kind of a big deal! We’re releasing it in conjunction with Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten, Calico Cat Records and Jigsaw…all great labels run by admirable persons, so we’re fortunate to be part of this release (we’ll be handling the cassette version)! But, we can’t really convince you to pick it up without a little taste now can we? Here’s a few tunes from the album, which will be out on February 4th; buy it from us HERE.

Plus, Phil recently recorded a wonderful cover of the Wake’s “Crush the Flowers” with Suzanne Nienaber for Soleado, a Tribute to Siesta Records, organized by Fadeawayradiate. You can hear that below:

Phil photo courtesy of Dominick Mastrangelo Photography.

Papercuts Share Cover of The Partisan

A few weeks ago we brought you a new track from Papercuts, and with that, we talked about how the new Baxter’s Bliss EP would have a few covers you’d want to enjoy. So, here we are with Jason’s cover of “The Partisan,” originally written by Anna Marley, but made popular by some guy named Leonard Cohen, which is the version that inspired this tune. Aside from being a song about anti-fascism, the way Quever does his production just always seeps into my soul, with those string arrangements brushed against this thunderous drum bat, all set to a dark shadowy film. If you dig it, the new EP is out this Friday!

Melenas Cover Grauzone with Osa Polar

Friday’s are perfect days to get your weekend attitude on, and what better way than to listen to one of the ATH faves Melenas (not to be confused with Melons) cover the 80s hit from Swiss outfit Grauzone, “Eisbaer.” They’ve retitled the tune, giving the bear a female perspective, one that prefers living in the isolation of the Arctic where intruders aren’t allowed. The mood between the cover and the original is definitely similar, though I feel like there’s more warmth in the Melenas version; the industrial sterility of the original seems to have been given a nice softening of the textures. If this isn’t getting you ready to dance yourself into Friday night, then I don’t know what will. This tune’s brought to us courtesy of Trouble in Mind Records.

RULES Cover Say It Ain’t So + New Single

Last year Rules released their self-titled album, which was an undeniable surprise hit for me, compiling joyous electric pop sounds and hyper literary references into gem after gem. Today, they’re back with their first new music since the album, an enthusiastic electro cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So!” They keep the hooks, so don’t worry that by stripping the song of guitars that you’ll lose something; they stretch it instead with heavy synth work and booming voices! Plus, you get a sense of the band in their natural habitat, as they roll about for a nice evening with director Pekka Harkonen. The band release this tune with another new single on Friday via Soliti!

Cheekface Cover Rosie Tucker’s Lauren

I’ve admitted my adoration for Rosie Tucker‘s hit LP Never Not Never Not Never Not, and one of my favorite tracks on the record “Lauren” is getting the cover treatment from fellow Angeleno outfit Cheekface. They keep the core of the song’s infectious pop chorus, but they ramp up the rock side during the verses, giving a touch more punch. The vocal combination in the chorus does a great job of adding in that added layer of melody that pop fans crave. Plus, it gives me another reason to write about a Rosie Tucker jam, and I rarely shy away from that…thus why you can also stream the OG version below.

Will Courtney Shares Video for Cracking Up

If you listened to me, as I sincerely think you should, you caught Will Courtney‘s latest release, At Home with Will Courtney and the Wild Bunch. The EP is a collection of Will and his bunch recording their own versions of some of their favorite songs; you can grab it over HERE when you’ve got your wallet ready. Seeing as music never goes away, the band has worked up a really great video for their version of Nick Lowe’s “Cracking Up;” it was shot by the band’s own Travis Garaffa, using stop-motion animation with still footage of the various band members. The band’s version of the song definitely plays up some of the country twang Lowe used in the original, but of course its done so well you might not know if we hadn’t told ya! Enjoy the video and grab the EP!

A Break in the Battle Cover Nick Heyward

A Break in the Battle is a relativelyy recent project begun by three musicians from Dallas: Salim Nourallah, Chris Holt, and Paul Averitt; they joined up to pay homage to some of Salim’s favorite songwriters and songs. You might recognize Nick Heyward as the core songwriter of Haircut 100, who then later went on to have a pretty decent solo career; the track being covered comes off 1993’s From Monday to Sunday. In the version below, you get more of an almost elevated rendition, highlighting the pop sensibility rather than the rushed tension of Hayward; I love how this version still holds tight to the emphatic vocal that pops up in both versions around the 2:30 mark. Check out the new version below courtesy of Palo Santo Records…you can also find the OG track HERE.

No Zu Cover Talking to a Stranger

I’m just going to come out and say this, I had absolutely no idea who Hunters & Collectors were until I heard this No Zu cover, so I’m going to go back and remedy that before this day is up. But, for you, maybe you’re new too, so why not go back in time by visiting one of my current faves, No Zu. This video is live footage, with a recorded version of the song; you can see just how much the band has going on; it’s visually intoxicating in and of itself. Their recording takes the sort of post-punk style, hangs it up and seems to infuse a bit more of a funk aspect and swagger, turning it into an all out dance party you wish we could attend. This track comes out as a digital Double A-Side single, with a cover of “Sensation” by Bryan Ferry also featured…all courtesy of Chapter Music.

1 2 3 4