Jamey Johnson is hereby forgiven for co-writing “Honky Tonk Badonka Donk.” Of course, if push came to shove, he wouldn’t even have to do this awesome cover for me to forgive him. He’s old-school country and I dig it.
Wow. Has it really been late December 2009 since the last post? Color me embarrassed.
I guess having our second son in early January put this blog on the back burner. Even so, it’s been averaging over 500 hits a month on a consistent basis – with no new content in almost 9 months.
Here’s new-wave ballad “The Promise” by When in Rome, performed acoustically for a radio show by Blue October. This tune gained some renewed interest when it was used in the closing scene of Napoleon Dynamite. I really enjoy being able to focus on the well crafted lyrics, which are brought out in this cover.
Switchfoot performing the Beach Boys‘ “God Only Knows” from Pet Sounds. What love song begins, “I may not always love you…”?! This one does and it is beautiful. If you’re not listening to Switchfoot, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Great music coming out of San Diego.
From what I understand, Susan Boyle who was runner-up in the British karoake finals is or has released a similar version of this Rolling Stones song as a single. But for my money, give me The Sundays. Perfect for a rainy overcast day while I pour my broken heart into my journal at Starbucks.
Today I realized I had slacked on posting an amateur tune for Monday. Sorry about that. In other news….
Here’s a beautiful slow-core dirge-y version of the Boss’ “I’m On Fire” by Bats for Lashes, which is the musical work of some Brit art house genius named Natasha Khan. I love this song, love Bruce Springsteen and am flirting with this rendition.
Sugarland is another country-pop band that makes me like them in spite of my cynicism towards Nashville’s current establishment. Kristian Bush, the male half of the duo, was a member of Billy Pilgrim which was a great acoustic rock male vocal duo in the 1990′s. So thank God that even if Billy Pilgrim didn’t make it, Kristian and his current cohorts still find a way to be awesome on occasion. Here’s a cover of the hauntingly beautiful R.E.M. song “Night Swimming.”
One of the most covered tunes in rock-n-roll, this was written by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant and originally recorded by the Everly Brothers. But you may know the Nazareth version best. Also covered by Cher, Juice Newton, Graham Parsons and Emmylou Harris, Roy Orbison, Sinead O’Connor, Jimmy Webb, and Rod Stewart. And that’s just a partial list of the artists who put this to vinyl, with bands like the Who and Pixies covering it live. Man, I’d love to have those two on my iPod.