Wednesday, November 27, 2013

27 November 2013 - Billie Joe + Norah - Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine

I was totally intrigued when I first heard that Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong was doing an album with jazz/pop songstress Norah Jones (collectively known as Billie Joe + Norah). Then my mind was completely blown when I learned that the album (Foreverly) was a recreation of Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, the 1958 Everly Brothers collection of traditional American songs. Judging by the first single, That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine (originally written and performed by Gene Autry) I have to say that they sound awfully sweet together. I'll be picking this one up sooner than later.

Monday, November 25, 2013

25 November 2013 - Pink - Girl On Fire

I'm still grinning ear to ear from last night's Pink concert in Washington, DC. It was one of the wildest performances I've ever seen. It's astonishing how she does all of those acrobatics while singing. Heck if I was just harnessed and raised 20 feet into the air without doing the flips the only words coming out of my would be "AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH HEEEEEEELLLLLLPPPPP!!!!!" The woman has no fear (and clearly I have much). While she didn't play this this Alicia Keys cover last night, she did play Wicked Games by Chris Isaak which was very cool.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

21 November 2013 - Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Passenger

It's a rare cover that exceeds the original.  Some bring something new to the song, but few exceed it, especially when the original artist is so iconic.

"The Passenger" is one of those songs. Iggy Pop did it first, but Siouxsie Sioux did it better.  It's spirited and bright, despite all the goth. The sound here is so much deeper and richer than the original (which admittedly didn't suck). 

The first video might have been the original, but this, cleaner version is the one I remember.  I can't explain all the blood.  I can say that it's a visually interesting video.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

20 November 2013 - The Wolfgang Press - Mama Told Me Not To Come

The song Mama Told Me Not To Come was originally written by Randy Newman and made famous by Three Dog Night. Over the years it's also been recorded by a number of artists such as Eric Burdon (one of the first versions), Tom Jones and the Stereophonics, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, and Yo La Tengo...among others. Personally, I've always dug this trippy, laid back version by Wolfgang Press from their 1991 album Queer.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

19 November 2013 - Kitten & Charli XCX - I Want Candy

On her current US tour, Kitten is the opening act for Charli XCX.  Chloe Chaidez - who, at this point, is pretty much Kitten - has already developed quite a stage presence, at just 17.

Enough so that the headliner pulls her opening act out on stage to do this cover, which is the best cover of the Strangeloves classic I've heard since Annabella Lwin posed nude.

Monday, November 18, 2013

18 November 2013 - Elizabeth & the Catapult - When My Time Comes

I'm not feeling particularly literate today so I'll be brief. Here's Brooklyn's Elizabeth & the Catapult playing a very cool Dawes cover. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

13 November 2013 - Tristan Prettyman - Wide Awake

We don't post nearly enough Katy Perry covers here. I bet we could find one a week for a year and actually be picky about which ones to post. There's just something so dang catchy about her songs that make them so coverable. Here's one of my favorite singer/songwriters Tristan Prettyman playing a trimmed down acoustic version of Wide Awake.

Monday, November 11, 2013

11 November 2013 - Allison Moorer - Dancing Barefoot

I'm really looking forward to seeing Allison Moorer tonight. I've seen her a couple times over the last few years so I know I'll be in for a fantastic evening. Here's a live video of Allison playing Patti Smith's Dancing Barefoot which appeared on her 2008 mostly cover album Mockingbird.

Friday, November 8, 2013

8 November 2013 - Rhett Miller - Free Fallin'

If you EVER get a chance to see Rhett Miller solo or with his band the Old 97's just do it. Don't even think about it. I've seen him on his own and with the Olds a handful of times over the years and I can attest that he always gives it about 150 percent on stage (probably more, but I'm horrible at math). He also happens to be one of the friendliest dudes I've ever met which goes pretty far with me. Check out this live video of him ripping through Tom Petty's Free Fallin'. Sure, he doesn't hit all the high notes, but that's part of his charm.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

7 November 2013 - Social Code - Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)

Did you ever get a song stuck in your head?  Well, for me today, this song - the original version anyway - is that song.   So I sought out a cover, by Canadian band Social Code, and am now sharing it with you.

And that, my friends, is the creative process.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

6 November 2013 - Meghan Linsey - High and Dry

There's a pretty vicious rumor out there (likely started by me) that I don't like Radiohead. It's so not true. Their first two albums are favorites of mine. Heck, I'll even admit to enjoying OK Computer if I've had a couple beers. Of course, if I've had too many beers I'll likely say it's the worst album of all time (probably where those vicious rumors started). Regardless, I loved The Bends and particularly the song High and Dry, which is why it was so cool to hear this wonderfully soulful cover by Steel Magnolia's Meghan Linsey. Check out this video and then seek out Steel Magnolia's fantastic self-titled 2011 debut for some country goodness.

Thanks to @MegsMegafans for bringing this video to my attention last night on Twitter. Since you asked nicely, I'll add this note for our Totally Covered readers: Give Meghan a like on her Facebook page at and check out this very cool Caring for Creatures campaign to help celebrate Meghan's birthday while doing some good for our four-legged friends.

Monday, November 4, 2013

4 November 2013 - Supersuckers - Hey Ya

This is so incredibly awesome. Here are the all-mighty Supersuckers playing a badass live cover of Outkast's big cross-over hit Hey Ya. ROCK 'N' ROLL!!!