Under The Covers

February 25, 2009

“Great Things Are Covered” – Anonymous

Random collection of three great covers today:

Antony & The Johnsons – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan Cover).  I’ve been a huge fan of A&TJ for a while now and I was still completely blown away at how gut-wrenchingly beautiful they made this song.  Instant favorite.

The Fray – Heartless (Kanye West Cover).  This one is hot off the presses and is definitely worth a listen.  The Fray attack this song with guitar while I think it may have been more interesting with a piano and while there is so. much. pain. in this song lyrically, I’m not sure I feel all of that pain in The Fray’s intrepetation.

Shirley Bassey – Get This Party Started (Pink Cover). We’ll end on a fun note. Ms. Bassey provides a predictable spin on this song but that’s not a criticism as she turns Pink’s fluffy Top 40 hit into something worthy of it’s own Bond film.


New Music Tuesday!

January 20, 2009

Today sees the release of music from some great artists:

Bon Iver – Blood Bank [EP] [Buy: Amazon]

Bon Iver’s follow-up to the highly-acclaimed “For Emma, Forever Ago.” Here’s the opening title track: “Blood Bank.”  I like this track but I found the EP’s last track to be almost unlistenable and since it’s only a 4-song EP, that constitutes 25% of the album.  :-/

Andrew Bird – A Noble Beast [Buy: iTunes / Amazon]

This album will be the 35-year-old Chicagoan’s 5th studio album. Here’s the opening track, “Oh No” and another track I’m particularly enjoying, “Effigy.” Stream the entire album at his MySpace.

Antony & The Johnsons – The Crying Light [Buy: iTunes / Amazon]

I’m really enjoying this album and am amazed that it’s living up to my ridiculous expectations.  Here’s the lead single, “Another World” and a particularly beautiful track, “Epilepsy Is Dancing.” See my earlier post on Antony & The Johnsons for more downloads.  Read New York Magazine’s great interview with Antony about this album here.

New Music: Antony and The Johnsons [Updated]

January 13, 2009

Antony and company released an EP titled “Another World” in October in preparation of their LONG-awaited next full-length, “The Crying Light.”  Antony’s website summarizes “Another World” thusly (and I’m quoting here because it’s just too good to paraphrase):

“On “Another World”, Antony sings of a disappearing world. The EP also includes “Shake That Devil”. Part exorcism and part Shangri La, Antony calls out shape-shifting perpetrators and banishes them one by one. Two other songs, “Crackagen” and “Sing For Me” are pastoral and surreal. Finally the epic “Hope Mountain” closes the EP, an episodic narrative set after a flood; people gather on a mountain to witness the emergence of a luminous girl.”

God, he’s weird.

Anyway, here are two of the tracks from the EP; “Another World” will also appear on the LP.

Antony & The Johnsons – Another World

Antony & The Johnsons – Shake That Devil

The rest of the EP is available from iTunes.

The LP will officially drop on January 20.  If you can’t wait that long, however, you can head over to their website, where a pre-order of the physical disc will get you immediate access to the MP3s.

Finally, and because I can’t resist, here are two of my absolute favorite and utterly gorgeous Antony tracks: “I Fell In Love With A Dead Boy,” from the EP of the same name, and “If It Be Your Will,” a Leonard Cohen cover he performed during the 2005 “Came So Far For Beauty” tribute concert, as captured in the documentary “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man.”  (I’d recommend the whole soundtrack, save the awful Nick Cave tracks.)

Antony & The Johnsons – I Fell In Love With A Dead Boy

Antony – If It Be Your Will (Leonard Cohen Cover)

And the uttlery beautiful concert video of “If It Be Your Will:”


Update: New York magazine has a great interview with Antony about the new album, which the author calls “a lushly orchestrated evocation of an almost mythic personal loneliness.”