Arcade Fire have lost their minds — but in kind of a good way. Last night in Los Angeles, in their craziest live cover to date, the band performed a visceral version of Devo’s punk/new-wave anthem “Uncontrollable Urge.” They also continued to channel their alter-egos, The Reflektors, with frontman Win Butler donning that giant-ass bobble-head thing he’s been wearing onstage lately.
While Reflektor finds the band working with LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy, channeling a funkier, more electronic side of their sound, this Devo cover is shockingly raw and stripped-back. What do you think?
Check out the cover below (along with the original version, for comparison):
Thom Yorke obviously has a wonderfully funky streak, but even we weren’t expecting him to get this nasty: Last night during an Atoms for Peace gig in Mexico City, the band (which also features Nigel Godrich and Flea) tackled the Marvin Gaye classic (and alleged “Blurred Lines” inspiration) “Got to Give It Up.”
According to Pitchfork (via The King of Limbs Part 2), the band played the unexpected cover during their second encore.
What do you think? Yorke’s falsetto gets a bit wonky on occasion — did they do Gaye justice?
Welp, I can’t say I ever thought I’d hear Maynard James Keenan as channeled by a pre-teen girl.
Music teacher Aaron O’Keefe hit the studio with his gang of young students and recorded this incredible version of Tool’s “Forty Six & 2.” These kids are way too cool for their age. (OK, they’re way cooler than most people, regardless of age.)
Not much to say about this, really. Just watch it. Kudos to the bassist and drummer, in particular, for absolutely killing it.
Here’s the original Tool version of “Forty Six & 2″ for comparison:
Mikael Jorgensen, songwriter and longtime Wilco keyboardist, has released a new cover of Spaceman 3′s “Ode to Street Hassle.” The spacey new rendition also features Graph Rabbit’s Austin Donohue.
Jorgensen is also releasing a new collaborative album with percussionist Greg O’Keefe. The fittingly titled LP, Mikael Jorgensen & Greg O’Keeffe, will be released October 15th on Butterscotch Records. Co-produced by Jorgensen and Butterscotch label head Allen Farmelo, the album is filled with lush electronics and synthesizer soundscapes, augmented by O’Keeffe’s percussion.
In the meantime, you can stream the gorgeous, synth-laden “Ode to Street Hassle” below:
Cello master/songwriter Ben Sollee is a wildly eclectic songwriter, combining elements of folk, bluegrass, R&B, and art-rock into a totally unique sonic stew. But this is still pretty shocking: Teaming with the 18-piece Austin orchestra Mother Falcon, Sollee has re-interpreted Daft Punk’s electro-disco stunner “Lose Yourself to Dance.”
The two parties collaborated after having shared the stage on a recent tour; they recorded this raw, organic version of the track in Providence, Rhode Island with The Low Anthem’s Ben Knox-Miller and Jeff Prystowsky.
“Most folks know I like to collaborate with lots of different musicians. But this was different,” Sollee says in a press release. “This was more like going sky diving with some folks you don’t know all that well on the ground, and falling in love with them mid-air…I think it’s fitting that we were all in what amounted to a fugue state by the end…lost in the music and the movement.”
Download the track for free over at Sollee’s website.
Also, while you’re at it, check out an intimate take on his funky track, “Electrified.”
The Lumineers currently have America swooning with “Ho Hey,” aka “The Indie-Folk Sing-Along That Refuses to Die.” But they’ve just earned some major cool points for their reinterpretation of Talking Heads’ 1983 classic “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody),” which strips the quirky, funky love song down to a simple strumming pattern, a raw lead vocal, and barely-there strings.
The cover will appear on the upcoming deluxe edition of The Lumineers’ self-titled debut, out tomorrow.
At the final day of this weekend’s Electric Forest festival in Rothbury, Michigan; String Cheese Incident welcomed Greensky Bluegrass to jam with them on the main stage for a three-song segment. All of Greensky emerged five songs into SCI’s first set for a segment that started with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Atlantic City that was more faithful to The Band’s version than The Boss’s.
Atlantic City is a staple of Greensky Bluegrass’s live shows, so it should come as no surprise they led SCI through the cover with mandolin player Paul Hoffman handling the lead vocals. A video of the cover has recently surfaced on YouTube…
Last night supergroup Dragon Smoke kicked off a four-show Northeast run at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. The band usually features Eric Lindell on guitar, but for this run Anders Osborne will fill Lindell’s role. At Brooklyn Bowl, the quartet of Osborne, Ivan Neville, Stanton Moore and Rob Mercurio even covered the Grateful Dead, with the help of guitarist Billy Iuso.
As a taste of what you can expect at the three remaining Dragon Smoke shows, check out their cover of Franklin’s Tower featuring Iuso from last night’s show as recorded by our pal Marc Millman…
Dragon Smoke performs tonight at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, which will be followed by shows in Fairfield, Conn. tomorrow and on Fire Island this Thursday. Go see ‘em!
On Friday night longtime HT faves the Felice Brothers pulled into Hoboken, New Jersey to play their farewell show to Maxwell’s, the legendary rock club located on the corner of Washington and 11th Street, which is set to shut its doors at the end of July after 35 years. The upstate New York folk-rock act had something special in store for their last visit to the club, as they were joined by Conor Oberst, who offered up a brief unannounced opening set and joined the band on vocals throughout their 22-song set. Prior to their encore, the Felice Brothers, with the addition of Oberst, nodded to the venue’s past by offering up a rather ramshackle take on Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s 1985 hit Glory Days.
The music video, which was directed by Hoboken resident John Sayles, was shot at various locations in New Jersey including Miller Park Stadium in West New York, Charlie’s Corner in Secaucus and Maxwell’s. While Conor and The Felice Brothers struggled mightily with some of the verses and with a technical glitch, the boisterous crowd in front of the stage enthusiastically helped them out as it turned into a giant sing-along. Let’s check it out…
Thursday was a big day at Bonnaroo for HT faves Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers and ALO. While Nicki and her band opened the festivities at the country’s most prestigious music festival, ALO brought the first day to a close with a late-night set. ALO’s performance featured guest spots from Jack Johnson, Danny Clinch, the Ryan Montbleau Band and Gramblers’ Nicki and Tim Bluhm.
Nicki and Tim sat in with ALO for a fantastic version of The Rolling Stones’ Exile track Tumbling Dice.
Unless you’ve been completely off-the-grid for the last week or so, the story about Mumford & Sons having to cancel their Bonnaroo headlining spot last minute and Jack Johnson getting the proverbial call to the bullpen to step in last minute is old news by now. The mellow-grooving singer-songwriter was en route to Manchester for a sit-in with his longtime friends ALO, where he planned to to preview some material from his upcoming studio album From Here To Now To You, when fest organizers reached out asking if he would like to spend a little more time on-stage than originally planned. Johnson, who is no stranger to the various tents and stages, having played the ‘roo four previous times – including its inaugural edition in 2002 and as a main stage headliner in 2008, obliged despite the fact that he hadn’t played live with his band in over a year.
For his impromptu headlining set Johnson got into the Bonnaroo spirit mixing material from throughout his career, inviting out ALO’s Dan Lebowitz and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to collaborate with him and throwing in a handful of covers for good measure. While both Steve Miller Band’s The Joker and Sublime’s Badfish have been staples in his set lists, Johnson did debut a new cover tune – an island-vibed take on the Mumford & Sons song The Cave. The abbreviated version of the song, which was quite the classy move, received a very enthusiastic response from the crowd. Let’s check it out, as well as new tune that Johnson wrote about the entire surreal weekend…
At the penultimate show of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’ recently completed six-show residency at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, the band dug deep for a cover they hadn’t performed since 2005. Fourteen songs into the Sunday night set, Petty and his band delivered a stirring version of Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Tom’s old Traveling Wilburys’ band mate Bob Dylan.
Petty’s history with Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door dates back to The Heartbreakers’ mid ’80s tours with Dylan. Tom once said this about backing Dylan in 1986 and 1987, “He gave us a kind of courage that we never had, to learn something quickly and go out on stage and play it. You had to be pretty versatile because arrangements could change, keys might change, there’s just no way of knowing exactly what he wants to do each night. You really learnt the value of spontaneity, of how a moment that is real in a concert is worth so much more than one you plan out.” The Heartbreakers brought Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door into their live repertoire in 1989 and played it sporadically through 2005. Following six versions in the Summer of ’05, the band shelved the tune until Sunday night.
Watch fan-shot footage of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’ Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door…
In Umphrey’s McGee’s early days they would often cover moe.’s Rebubula. In the middle of 1999, just about 18 months after forming, UM stopped performing Rebubula and the song remained on the shelf until this past Memorial Day Weekend, when the Chicago-based sextet busted out the moe. classic at the 2013 Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL.
Umphrey’s delivered an impressive, spot-on version of the moe. song and today have shared pro-shot footage of the cover featuring the work of former moe. and current UM LD Jefferson Waful.
Jam stalwarts moe. returned the favor by covering UM’s In The Kitchen a night later.
This past Saturday night at The Myth in his hometown of Minneapolis, the artist currently known as Prince unveiled his cover of Pearl Jam’s 1992 hit Even Flow. Backed by his incredibly talented band 3rdEyeGirl, The Purple One offered up a guitar-driven instrumental version of Even Flow as part of his encore in both the early and late shows.
The fine folks at Dr. Funkenberry have posted a snippet of Prince and 3rdEyeGirl covering Even Flow during a rehearsal that took place before the shows at The Myth. We get to hear The Purple One and guitarist Donna Grantis go to town on the Pearl Jam tune. Take a listen…
Here’s the setlists from both Minneapolis Prince shows…
At this past weekend’s Summer Camp Music Festival, jamgrass favorites Yonder Mountain String Band brought out special guest Roosevelt Collier to help them out on a cover of The Beatles’ White Album classic Dear Prudence. There’s one impressive solo after another as YMSB banjoist Dave Johnston takes a turn before ceding to mandolinist Jeff Austin who gives way to an impressive solo by guitarist Adam Aijala. Finally, Roosevelt burns up his lap steel guitar with an energetic frenzy. Take a look…