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Served Three Ways: Three Covers of Elliott Smith’s “Between The Bars”

January 31st, 2012

Elliott Smith wrote some of the prettiest pop songs ever written. Of course, writing a pretty pop song isn’t the same thing as writing an upbeat pop song. “Between the Bars” is a perfect example. The melody is touchingly beautiful and unthreateningly gentle. The lyrics, however, are undeniably troubled. Although the song could double as […]

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Served Three Ways: Three Covers of The Clash’s “The Guns of Brixton”

January 24th, 2012

The Clash’s “Guns of Brixton” is probably one of the greatest rock songs ever written. Anyways, it is certainly one of the best rock tracks ever fused with another genre (considering it is maybe more reggae that rock). I love the way it just oozes defiance, rebellion and urban menace. The three covers I collected […]

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Served Three Ways: Three Covers of Jackson Browne’s “These Days”

December 1st, 2011

“These Days” is a remarkable song.  Jackson Browne originally wrote the song when he was only 16 years old and submitted a demo of the track to various artists and publishing companies. The first recording of it occurred a few years later featuring vocals by Nico and finger-picked electric guitar provided by Browne himself.  Later, […]

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Served Three Ways: Three Covers of “Suzanne” by Leonard Cohen

November 17th, 2011

I love hearing different interpretations of the same track. In my mind, the choice draws a common thread between each of the artists, and yet their unique stylistic approaches to the source material simultaneously distinguishes them from one another. For example, here we have three very different musicians – Beck, Nina Simone and Francoise Hardy […]

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Served Three Ways: Three Covers of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”

November 8th, 2011

Presuming you heart isn’t a shriveled, cold, desolate organ feeding on darkness, you probably love Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” No need, to get all “How did you know!?!” on me. It’s because I presume you are a normal human being – and that song is like crack for the mushy, romantic parts of the human […]

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