The subject is favorite covers.
The Dandy Warhols – 16 Tons
He has so much fun with his voice. What boys.
Over the Rhine – Fever
My favorite female singer ever.
MATTEO – This Must Be The Place
So carefree. I dare you to try to frown during this. Your face might fight back.
I’ve been sick for a month. More than a month. It is starting to look like a wheat allergy. At this point I would be happy with that because not eating certain foods is something I already do. And it would mean my long list of symptoms will go away. Need to get the test done, but I am hopeful it will be that one big thing…and not a zillion small things gaining up on me. Anyhow, being sick has made me really mellow. Here is my mellow playlist.
At first they sound like some kind of SoCal 1960s throwback band, but then you hear the lyrics. ”…I never saw the point in crying / Cause I can’t be the way you want / And I don’t want lay around here waiting / Waiting for you to change your mind…” When I am done being sick it will probably seem silly to me, but right now this is on repeat.
“….Sleep with one ear close to the ground / And wake up screaming / When we lay our cold weapons down / We’ll wake up dreaming…Only love can turn this around / I wake up dreaming / Everything we’ve lost can be found / We’ll wake up dreaming”
My reasons for listening to this band are a bit narcissistic. I look a lot like the girl from Lazy Eye. They start to sound a little repetitive after that, but this song stands on its own well too. “it’s everything that is connected and beautiful / and now i know just where i stand / seasons always shift too late / spent too much time now on paths sideways / everything that is connected and beautiful / and now i know just where i stand / thank god it’s over….”
I’ve been listening to the new Over the Rhine album The Long Surrender for about a week now. I was an early contributor in this fan-funded, basement venture and I have no regrets. It’s amazing. It’s being released in February but if you preorder it from the official site you can get a digital copy immediately with your order. I suggest you do this.
The Long Surrender is definitely one of the loosest albums they’ve put out. Lots of piano and horns that act as backups to the vocals which are the focal point in this one.
All my favorite people are broken / believe me my heart should know / for your tender heart / this world’s going to rip it right open / it ain’t going to be pretty / but you’re not alone”
All My Favorite People
Seeing it as a transition from Snow Angels makes the most sense to me even thought the spirit of it seem a branching off of Ohio. The King Knows How, a tribute to Elvis I presume, has a sweet beat. One of the peppiest on an album that is more of a cool heat and the first I found myself singing along with.
“Once in a while / on my radio dial / I accidentally get it right / I’m thinking I might be tempted to / slide on over / I’m thinking I need a little something / to tide me over / over Memphis / ’cause the king knows how / to take me all the way / …you strike a match boy / but do you know how / to burn it all the way / down to Memphis”
It took a few days to grow on me which isn’t unusual. I was trying to think of what my favorite songs were during this re-listen today and thought I was going to have trouble picking them out, but once I got started there were three or four songs that I found I really did connect with already…a very good sign. :) My Favorite People, The King Knows How, and Only God Can Save Us Now are all early favorites.
For a comprehensive review from someone who knows more about music than me can be found here.