Category Archives: Il Dottore

Best Covers: Weezer ‘Take on me’

Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard has landed his dream job – playing Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo in a new video.

The actor, singer and self-confessed Weezer superfan appears as Cuomo in the band’s promo to accompany their cover of A-Ha’s 1984 classic Take On Me.

The video, which begins with Finn – as Rivers – dreaming up band names, features the actor jamming with his real-life Calpurnia bandmates in his parents’ living room back in 1985, while shooting a grainy home video to accompany their new song.

The clip also includes black and white animation just like the original a-ha promo, in which a sketch of frontman Morten Harket comes to life.

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Best Covers: The Lemonheads “Can’t Forget”

Evan Dando started the Boston fuzz-pop band the Lemonheads in 1986, and they went on to make some serious alt-rock radio hits in the ’90s. They broke up in 1997 and got back together in 2005, but it’s been a long time since we heard anything from the Lemonheads.

The first thing that we get to hear is the Lemonhead’s take on Yo La Tengo’s “Can’t Forget,” a lovely low-key ramble from YLT’s 1990 album Fakebook included in their new covers album ‘Varshons 2’

Best Covers: Lucy Dacus ‘La Vie en Rose’

Lucy Dacus offered an early Valentine’s Day gift, putting a striking spin on Edith Piaf’s signature song, “La Vie En Rose.” The track marks the first installment of a new holiday-themed cover series that Dacus will continue throughout the year.

For her rendition of “La Vie En Rose,” Dacus turned the swooning classic into a rumbling rock cut. Singing in both French and English, Dacus’ vocals guide the song as a deft arrangement of pulsing drums and guitars ebbs and flows beneath her.

Introducing…Foxwarren

Foxwarren, the band led by Andy Shauf that includes his lifelong friends Dallas Bryson (guitar/vocals) and brothers Darryl Kissick (bass) and Avery Kissick (drums & percussion), have been together for over 10 years but only released their debut album back in November.
If you haven’t checked it out, it’s lovely, lush folk rock and you can stream it below. They’ve just released a video for “Sunset Canyon” which features actress and talk show host Busy Philipps.

 

Best Covers: Preoccupations “Pontiac 87″

The split 7″ where bands cover each other’s songs is a proud indie rock tradition, and we now have a new entry into the canon. Prrotomarty and Preoccupations, two likeminded postpunk bands from cold and desolate corners North America, recently went off on a co-headlining tour together. And today, they’ve released the new split Telemetry At Howe Bridge, on which they leave their own marks on each other’s tracks.

“Pontiac 87″ originally showed up on Protomartyr’s 2015 album The Agent Intellect, and it’s a sinuous and brooding song, a little less splenetically word-heavy than a lot of other Protomartyr joints. That makes it perfect for Preoccupations, who hone in on the song’s heady churn and inject a bit more Joy Division-style dread into it.

Best Covers: Kelsey Lu “I’m Not In Love”

Cellist and singer Kelsey Lu‘s experimental, labyrinthian music has spellbound listeners and earned her admiration and collaborations with some of biggest names in pop and R&B — Solange, Sampha, Florence And The Machine, Dev Hynes, and more. Lu’s latest track, released today, is technically a cover, but her version makes you forget all about the original. Lu’s version of 10cc’s yacht-rock classic “I’m Not In Love” is gorgeous and sprawling. It’s a showcase for Lu’s voice, which is excellent, and sometimes under-appreciated amid the praise for her cello wizardry. Lu co-directed the dreamy, DIY-aesthetic video for the song with artist Alima Lee.

Best Covers: Ibibio Sound Machine ‘A Forest’

The London based Ibibio Sound Machine specializes in a heady, intoxicating afro funk that redefines world music and gives it a fresh twist. Their record, Eyio, is a four song EP that features three fine originals an impressive, out of this world cover of The Cure‘s classic song, “A Forest.” It’s probably one of the finest covers of a Robert Smith song you’ll ever hear, one that leaves you wanting to hear it again and again and again, thanks in part to the band’s groove and the gorgeous vocals of Eno Williams.