“Heart Shaped Box” by Father John Misty // SXMU Sessions (2015)
Josh Tillman (Father John Misty) made a stop by the Sirius XMU studio this past week to support his excellent new album, I Love You, Honeybear. While there, he broke out a stripped down cover of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box”. It’s a pretty incredible take on the classic, if only for Tillman’s restraint in performing it, which feels like he’s constantly on the verge of exploding at the chorus - like the original. It’s that same restraint that gives this rendition of a sort of pained intimacy, which in turn makes all the difference in the world.
The Stokes front man, Julian Casablancas joins forces with Jehnny Beth, the front womanfrom Savages, to bring you this great cover version. Boy/Girl was originally performed by Sort Sol & Lydia Lunch, Directed by Warren Fu.
Andrew Jackson Jihad and Jeffrey Lewis Join Tallahassee Turns Ten
Phoenix band Andrew Jackson Jihad are known nationwide for their energetic folk-punk and their DIY work ethic. Jeffrey Lewis has been praised by Will Oldham, Jens Lekman, and Jarvis Cocker for his songwriting, especially his literate, often absurd lyrics. In 2008, Lewis illustrated a “comic book press kit” for The Mountain Goats’ album Heretic Pride. Both are now a part of Tallahassee Turns Ten.
Jeffrey Lewis will be covering “See America Right” and Andrew Jackson Jihad will tackle “Alpha Rats Nest”. Anyone else excited about this? If you haven’t already, you can back the kickstarter here. Just $5 will get you a digital download of the whole thing.
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins - Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard
My favourite singer covers my favourite songwriter, doesn’t get better than this, does it.
Both Tom Waits and Screamin’ indeed look like they were born in a taxi cab, but in a very appealing dusty way. I actually always suspected that Tom borrowed a lot of vocal techniques from Hawkins, and you can hear it on his 1980s records. Enjoy the tune.
Johnny Marr is set to mark this year’s Record Store Day with a numbered limited edition 7” release of his interpretation of Depeche Mode’s 1993
classic ‘I Feel You’. Marr played the track live during the closing
shows of last December’s North American tour. The single’s b-side is a
live version of The Smiths’ ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I
“It Ain’t Me, Babe (Bob Dylan cover)” by Stars // Monthly Cover Series (2016)
Stars are no stranger to reworking classics to fit into their shimmering new wave molds (see their takes on “This Charming Man”, “Asleep”, and “Fairytale of New York”), but doing a take on Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe” had me more curious than usual for the simple fact that it appears to be further from their original sound than those others. Of course, the genius of Bob Dylan’s work is that he’s one of the all time great songwriters and that often transcends genre and allows for reinterpretation based on sturdy melodies and brilliant pacing. Naturally, Stars use those things to their advantage and keep it all very in line with the original - mostly slowing the tempo and swapping out the energetic acoustic arrangement for an electro-lullaby soundscape. It leaves us with a sweet and delicate ballad for the after hours, when the mistakes of the day have piled up and you’re too tired for bullshit and have to just say how you feel. Dylan’s words are still fresh and potent.