Category Archives: Il Dottore

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.

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Best Covers: BROCKHAMPTON “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”

In September, BROCKHAMPTON released their new album Iridescence via Question Everything/RCA Records. Previously fans have heard the singles “Tonya” and “J’ouvert.” Today they stopped by Triple J, an Australian radio station, as a part of their “Like a Version” series. While there, they performed “San Marcos” and a cover of Alicia Keys’ “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”.

Best Covers: José James ‘Lean On Me’

Singer, songwriter and lifelong fan José James honors the great Bill Withers with the September 28 release of Lean On Me (Blue Note), a loving tribute album that features 12 of the legendary singer and songwriter’s most undeniable and soulful songs in honor of his 80th birthday year.

James is often celebrated for his genre-blending— his prolific output over the past decade has crisscrossed jazz, R&B, soul, hip-hop and indie rock—but this project is different.

Best Covers: Calpurnia “Say It Ain’t So”

The band led by Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard released their Spotify Singles session, which includes the original “Wasting Time,” Calpurnia’s latest single, and a cover Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”

The version is so good even Rivers Cuomo & co. approved it. Weezer shared the song on Twitter, writing, “Digging @calpurniaband’s cover of Say It Ain’t So.”

Best Covers: Ty Segall ‘I’m a man’

It’s a covers LP deliciously titled Fudge Sandwich, and it’s due to hit shelves on October 26th through In the Red. On Fudge Sandwich, the garage rocker sinks his teeth into 11 “songs he loves. As a first taste of this album, Segall has served up his rendition of “I’m a Man”, the 1967 hit from Steve Winwood’s The Spencer Davis Group (a 1970 version by Chicago also was a success on the charts). Here, Segall infuses the blues rock original with a heavy dose of fuzzy feedback.

 

Best Covers: Mac DeMarco ‘Honey Moon’

Indie rock hero Mac DeMarco has shared a cover from the catalog of legendary Japanese musician Haruomi Hosono, who founded popular Japanese rock band Happy End as well as the electronic trio Yellow Magic Orchestra. Mac offers up his take on Hosono’s “Honey Moon,” which originally appeared on Hosono’s 1975 album Tropical Dandy. Bonus, you get to hear Mac sing in Japanese. You can listen to Mac DeMarco’s cover of Haruomi Hosono’s “Honey Moon” in the video above.

Best Covers: Sharon Van Etten “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”

Sharon Van Etten reportedly hit the studio late last year to begin work on her follow-up to 2014’s impressive Are We There LP. In the meantime, she’s collaborated with artists like Lee Ranaldo, Maggie Rogers, Marissa Nadler, and Michael Cera (yup), in addition to contributing to the Twin Peaks reboot and reissuing her debut album. Now, she’s back with yet another new song to help pass the time, this time a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”.

Filmed as part of BBC’s classical music concert series, BBC Proms, Van Etten was backed on the cover by the Heritage Orchestra for a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The LCD cut is a fitting choice for the series, as this year’s theme is “New York: Sound of a City”.