I love this cover version of the song Hoppipolla, originally by the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros. This version, by Berkeley, CA band We Are Scientists, is more cleanly arranged than the original version, with crisp acoustic guitar replacing the atmospheric echo of the synthesizer. The vocals are also cleaner and more intelligible than the … Continue reading Wednesday Cover: We Are Scientists, “Hoppipolla”
The Godfather of Punk was born 70 years ago today, in Ypsilanti, MI. Happy Birthday, Iggy Pop! Aka James Newell Osterberg, Jr., Iggy grew up in Ann Arbor and was vastly influential on the punk scenes that developed in New York and London in the 70’s. The Stooges’ Raw Power is one of the heaviest … Continue reading Happy 70th Birthday, Iggy Pop!
In the spirit of Radiohead this week, here's a Radiohead cover recorded by Umphrey's McGee at Red Rocks a few years back. I posted a Phantogram cover of this song a while ago, but I think I like this version better! I'm not the biggest 'Umphreak' but I think this song suits their prog-rock mentality … Continue reading Wednesday Cover: Umphrey’s McGee, “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”
Released on May 8th, 2016 just two days after my 36th birthday, A Moon Shaped Pool is Radiohead’s 9th proper studio release. The fanfare started a couple weeks earlier as opening single “Burn the Witch” saw widespread release via the internet. While “Witch” was an ominous harbinger of the set of songs to come, it … Continue reading Top Ten of 2k16, #5: Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
I've always loved this cover of Culture Club's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" of Violent Femmes' fifth album Why Do Birds Sing?, released back in 1991. That's all for now!
There are many genres that comprise modern ‘indie’ rock, and The Jesus and Mary Chain were at the forefront of several movements when they began making music in the early 1980’s in Scotland. Post-glam rock but pre-grunge/alt, they occupied a niche for out-of-the-mainstream music fans during a time when music became commercialized through new media, … Continue reading Can’t Stop Listening To: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Damage and Joy