Category Archives: Best Covers

Best Covers: Josh Homme ‘Silent Night’

Josh Homme might be best known for his work with Queens of the Stone Agebut the fiery rocker also has a soft side, especially when it comes to the holidays.

Recorded during QOTSA’s Australian tour in 2017, the surprise release includes Homme’s performance of “Silent Night” with help from Australian singer-songwriter C.W. Stoneking, as well as his reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” featuring his wife Brody Dalle of The Distillers, and their children.

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Best Covers: Pale Waves ‘Last Christmas’

Recorded at London’s Metropolis Studios, Pale Waves have released a cover of Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ as part of the Spotify’s Singles series. However, it’s quite different from the original.

The cover sees the quartet bringing their trademark darker brand of goth pop. It’s one of the first new releases since they dropped debut album My Mind Makes Noises.

Best Covers: Andrew Bird ‘Distant Stations’

Andrew Bird recently contributed a cover to a new compilation celebrating the release of the Mountain Goats’ 2002 album All Hail West Texas. For his cover, Bird recorded a new version of the song “Distant Stations,” which trades John Darnielles palm-muted guitar lines for lush string arrangements. The release also includes music from Against Me’s Laura Jane Grace and Craig Finn, among others. Check it out below.

Best Covers: Theo Impala ‘Only You’

Lately, the cosmopolitan New York rapper Theophilus London and the Tame Impala main man Kevin Parker have been putting in a lot of work together. They’re calling their project Theo Impala, and  they dropped three new songs (one of which features Ariel Pink) on Beats 1 Radio. They unveil the video for “Only You,” their faithfully slick cover of a 1984 synth-disco track from the Nigerian musician Steve Monite.

Best Covers: Boy Azooga “Do the Standing Still”

Welsh band Boy Azooga released 1, 2, Kung Fu!, their debut album, earlier this year via Heavenly. Led by Cardiff’s Davey Newington, the band incorporate a variety of influences into their idiosyncratic style, including ’90s alt riff rock, Mac DeMarco-type underwater romanticism and that indescribable Welsh magic (see Super Furry Animals and Cate Le Bon).

Meanwhile, they’re releasing a cover of “Do the Standing Still” which was a single byshort-lived Welsh punk band The Table.