Check out this video interview and performance with violinist David Garrett that Rolling Stone recently posted. He discusses his methods for transforming songs like Metallica's "Master of Puppets" into a string rendition:
"Of course you kind of try to stay true to the core of the essence of the original but try to go as far as possible away, especially when you have an instrument that is not typically for rock and roll music."Garrett goes on to prove that while the violin may not make an appearance at most Metallica concerts, the instrument can still rock just as hard.
"I always considered the violin quite close to the guitar."His new album Rock Symphonies features covers of songs like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Guns n’ Roses’ “November Rain,” Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” and Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” Recommended Listening:
The Swell Season covers Neutral Milk Hotel
Rise Against covers Nirvana
Indie label Manimal has announced the preorder for the upcoming David Bowie tribute album, titled Repitition. The double CD package is available for preorder at the label’s site. The tribute was originally to feature Radiohead and MGMT, but that turned out to be just rumors. The album was originally scheduled for a May release, but it’s now been pushed back to September 6th. There’s a Wiki page set up that is boasting a track list, but of course that was prior to MGMT claiming they weren’t involved. This is the third in a series of tribute albums the LA-based record label has put together, the other two being Madonna and the Cure. Track listing originally announced below (it may not be 100% correct), however the label announced that there are some bonus tracks not included in the listing: CD1: 01. Exitmusic – “Space Oddity” 02. Duran Duran – “Boys Keep Swinging” 03. Megapuss (Devendra Banhart) – “Sound + Vision” (en espanol) 04. Warpaint – “Ashes to Ashes” 05. Charlift – “Always Crashing in the Same Car” 06. A Place to Bury Strangers – “Suffragette City” 07. All Leather – “Fame” 08. We Are The World – “Afraid of Americans” 09. Carla Bruni – “Absolute Beginners” 10. VOICEsVOICEs – “Heroes” 11. Corridor – “Be My Wife” 12. Vivian Girls – “John, I’m Only Dancing” 13. Lights – “World Falls Down” 14. Keren Ann – “Life on Mars” 15. Genuflex – “Soul Love” 16. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes – “Memory of a Free Festival” CD 2: 01. TBA 02. Aska & Bobby Evans (feat. Moon & Moon) – “African Night Flight” 03. Tearist – “Repetition” 04. The Polyamorous Affair – “Theme From Cat People” 05. Halloween Swim Team – “Look Back in Anger” 06. Jessica 6 – “I’m Deranged” 07. Rainbow Arabia – “Quicksand” 08. Swahili Blonde (feat. John Frusciante) – “Red Money” 09. Aquaserge – “The Superman” 10. Sister Crayon – “The Bewlay Brothers” 11. Lewis & Clarke – “Changes” 12. Mechanical Bride – “Sound + Vision” 13. Zaza – “It Ain’t Easy” 14. Ariana Delawari – “Ziggy Stardust” 15. Mick Karn – “Ashes to Ashes” 16. Xu Xu Fang – “China Girl” To preorder the album for $15.99, visit http://manimalvinyl.com/catalog.php
For the past few months, Levi’s has sponsored a series of sessions that find modern artists doing covers of bands who influenced their sound. These tracks are available as free downloads each month on their website. The bands range from She & Him doing Rick Nelson’s “Fools Rush In”, to the Shins doing Squeeze’s “Good Bye Girl.” New artists are being added almost every week, with the latest being Ryan Bingham doing James Roosevelt’s “That’s How Strong My Love Is.” Each track page offers fans a bit of info on the artist and their take on the song they covered. Other artists include NAS, the Swell Season, Dirty Projectors, Colbie Caillat, Bomba Estereo, Jason Mraz, Raphael Saadiq, Passion Pit, John Legend and the Roots, and the Kills.
For a full list of downloads and songs, visit http://www.levispioneersessions.com.
Do you love a good remake or does the thought of a copycat make you cringe? Cover songs have been either angering or pleasuring our ears for decades. Most popular artists produce cover songs as a form of artistic expression, a tribute to the original artist, or as perhaps a way of saying, "whatever you can do, I can do better,” showing off their talents. Whatever the intention, cover songs can have an unpredictable fan reaction because they are not typically judged on their own merit, but judged in comparison with the original song. While some cover tunes may be celebrated as better than the original, others are loathed because loyal listeners may feel that what isn’t broke doesn’t need to be fixed. I love it when one of my favorite artists performs a cover because it gives me a chance to hear a familiar tune performed in a style that I love. I typically prefer these new revamped versions over the old originals, but if a band I could care less about covers one of my favorites, the song is generally not music to my ears. Not saying I don’t absolutely LOVE George Michael or Trent Reznor, but here is a list of ten covers that I say are better the second (or perhaps third) time around:
1. “Knockin on Heaven’s Door” by Guns n’ Roses (Original sung by Bob Dylan)
2. “Easy Like Sunday Morning” by Faith No More (Original sung by The Commodores)
3. "Tainted Love" by Marilyn Manson (Original by Gloria Jones)
4. "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin (Original by Kris Kristofferson)
5. "Hurt" by Johnny Cash (Original by Nine Inch Nails)
6. “American Woman” Lenny Kravitz (Original by Guess Who)
7. “Come Together” by Aerosmith (Original by The Beatles)
8. “Wish” by Linkin Park (Original by Nine Inch Nails)
9. “Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon” by Urge Overkill (Original by Neil Diamond)
10. “Careless Whisper” by Seether (Original by George Michael)
We admit, we may be getting a little ahead of ourselves here since the album will not reach our ears until the 22nd. And no, Flaming Lips are not technically a cover band. But when we heard about Flaming Lips covering Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon we knew instantly that it would be something to get excited about. Not only do we love Flaming Lips, but the project features other amazing artists including Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Henry Rollins and Peaches. The Dark Side Of The Moon tracklist: 1. Speak To Me / Breathe (w/ Henry Rollins and Peaches) 2. On The Run (fw/ Henry Rollins) 3. Time / Breathe Reprise 4. The Great Gig In The Sky (w/ Henry Rollins and Peaches) 5. Money (w/ Henry Rollins) 6. Us And Them (w/ Henry Rollins) 7. Any Colour You Like 8. Brain Damage (w/ Henry Rollins) 9. Eclipse (w/ Henry Rollins)