Sunshine goes sinister...
Happy Monday everybody! Sorry about the lateness of todays post, but trust me, it's worth it.
Rouge - Happy Together (Turtles Cover) - Our first selection today is my little play on the news. Seeing as John Kerry's vietnam service has been all the rage of late, what with Swift Boat Vets for Fraud coming out and saying all sorts of nasty things, and then Kerry turning around and filing an FEC complaint, I figured I'd be wise to post a track from Don't Know When I'll Be Back Again - it's a compilation of covers I picked up at a Q & Not U show last week, featuring a bunch of leading indie lights doing covers of 60's and 70's tracks... (Q & Not U do "Don't Let it Bring You Down", Enon do "White Rabbit", Death Cab do "Fortunate Son" and many more - good stuff). This takes the sunshiney 60's pop of the original, and reinvents it as something dark, something sinister - the stuff of a smokey and empty bar at 3 AM - the optimistic hippy becomes the bitter femme fatale and happiness has disappeared.
Ted Leo - Many Rivers to Cross (Jimmy Cliff cover) - I know I know, I hype Ted Leo too much.... The man deserves it. This is another Ted solo track, covering a classic piece of 70's songwriting. His falsetto is on full display here, and I think it's that which makes his covers work - he's got the vocal range to just belt out a tune by anybody - something very few artists can lay claim too. Mellow, beautiful monday morning (or, by the time this goes up, afternoon.... music.) Most excellent.
[You can buy Don't Know When I'll be Back Again, a comp to benefit the VVA from Exotic Fever Records]
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