Temporary Hero :: Chet

Dec 9th, 2015 : by :: Tags: , ,
Temporary Hero - Chet

It wasn’t until after I listened to Chet Baker Sings that I truly appreciated and enjoyed Temporary Hero‘s noteworthy tribute. He tackles almost every song off the original record, and puts a wicked dark spin on each and every one of them. Temporary Hero made a name for himself earlier this year with “Wild Joy“, a club-pleasing, heavy on the house-techno dance number that landed him a spot on the Billboard Club Charts in April. He could’ve continued riding that gravy train, likely indefinitely, but instead decided to step outside the box and pay tribute to some of the true giants of jazz: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and now Chet Baker. The album, simply titled Chet, takes the now iconic jazz standards that Chet Baker so boldly sang alongside his trusty trumpet back in 1956, and strips them down to the nuts and bolts – most tracks consisting of a simple drum beat, synth, and vocals. He could’ve just as easily done an album of “covers”, but instead he presents us with thoughtful and somber electronic reimaginings. Here are my two favorites from the album, “Time After Time” and “Look For The Silver Lining”.


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Geographer :: I Know What I Know

Nov 11th, 2015 : by :: Tags: , , ,
Geographer recently released a cover of Paul Simon’s “I Know What I Know” and does an impressive job without taking away from the original recording. Geographer (Mike Deni) is known for his unique instrumentation and is no stranger to getting heart felt music heard. The single is off his newest record Endless Motion EP Vol. I set to be released in December. With the line­up of covers ranging from New Order to Kate Bush Endless Motion EP has a little something for us all. So Keep rocking we’ll be listening!

words by Kendra Marshall

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Tears for Fears :: My Girls (Animal Collective cover)

Oct 31st, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , ,

Great cover of Animal Collective’s “My Girls” by the one and only Tears for Fears. Enjoy…

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Todd Terje :: Johnny and Mary (featuring Bryan Ferry)

Mar 26th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , ,

Here are two of my personal hero’s (one of which I forced a hug on this past summer) rendition of Robert Palmer’s poetic 1980 hit: “Johnny and Mary“. The slowness of Terje’s arrangement allows you to really focus on the Palmer’s existential musing on relationships. I never quite realized how poignant the lyrics are, it’s much easier to pick up when they’re coming out of the once-mighty voice of Bryan Ferry. Enjoy the classy synth schmaltz.

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Breezy Sundays :: Black Keys :: Dearest (Buddy Holly cover)

Mar 16th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , ,

Get breezy with a cover of Buddy Holly’s “Dearest” from the one and only, Black Keys. Enjoy…

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Basecamp :: All That She Wants (cover)

Mar 14th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , , , , ,

Nashville-based trio, BASECAMP, have released a haunting cover of Ace of Base’s 90s single, “All That She Wants.” Now, in their startlingly stripped-down interpretation of the 90s chart-topper, BASECAMP transforms and unfurls the Swedish syncopated cries into a bluesy skeleton of its predecessor.

In their debut single, “Emmanuel,” the group takes advantage of sounds that create seemingly discordant yet strikingly complementary musical textures, wrought with razor edge accuracy, rock hard downbeats, and skyward bound blues guitar. ATSW is no exception to this practice of weaving the elements like melodic thread. The listener is meant to hear and feel a woman’s honest and unshaded story of lust and desire.

BASECAMP’s mode of operation is one that is highly experimental, but also wildly inventive and well-calculated. For R&B fans and skeptics alike, their music simply begs listeners to lend an ear to its rich and cutting melodies. BASECAMP will be performing at SXSW this week, playing a string of shows until March 15th.

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Mirror Talk :: This Woman’s Work (Kate Bush cover)

Mar 12th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , ,

Awesome cover of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work” by Mirror Talk. Complete with dark Prince-esque vibes. This is part of a video series, where the band will be covering some of their favorite tracks so stay tuned for more…

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