Fiona Apple’s “Across The Universe”

I may be prejudiced in that I first discovered this song through her performance, rather than through either John Lennon’s own or through any other cover it, but as far as I go Fiona’s sultry husky voice languidly mumbling in a flowing, laconic, melodically and ironically complacent way is what the song was written for. [Read More...]

Animal Collective’s “My Girls” and Taken By Trees’ Cover “My Boys”

A really good song first tripped out in Animal Collective experimentation and then stripped down in Taken By Trees’ more elemental (but barely less buoyant) version.  For cover lovers, this is a wonderful contrast worth exploring: You can get Animal Collective’s album here and Taken By Trees’ here. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Barb Jungr’s “Like A Rolling Stone”

The best covers are ones that bring things out of a great song (or even a mediocre one) that you never could have gotten out of the original and other versions.  I love covers because they reveal things about songs you thought you knew already and show their other possibilities.  Most of all they highlight [Read More...]


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