Tuesday Covers 14/06/2011


To say it’s been awhile since my last covers post is something of an understatement. But I’ll make it up to you. I promise.

The only Splendor Sideshow I’m going to this year will be Pulp. And there’s a 99% chance I’ll turn into a screaming fangirl at the mere sight of Jarvis Cocker. Seeing it’s the first time the band have come to Australia is almost 15 years, I thought I’d share a Nick Cave cover. It’s a little bit sleazy and a whole lot of amazing.

Nick Cave- Disco 2000 (Pulp cover).mp3

How good is the new Bon Iver album? Not that you need to me to tell you, because no doubt you’ve already heard it and swooned to your heart’s content. He’s also released some damn good covers over the years, including a version of Vashti Bunyan’s Train Song, which Feist and Ben Gibbard covered for Dark Was The Night. but really, I just have a soft spot for indie musicians who like cats.

Bon Iver-Train Song (Vashti Bunyan Cover).mp3


New Bon Iver track

The words ‘long awaited’ don’t even come close to describing the upcoming release of Bon Iver’s second album, which is due to be released on 20 June. Since he released For Emma, Forever Ago, which was famously recorded in a log cabin, he’s toured the world, released a Volcano Choir album and an EP and has featured on Kanye West’s My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy. Despite all this, it will be the first time fans have heard a new  Bon Iver album in quite some time and all signs point to it being amazing.

The first track to be released from the album is Calgary. It’s been compared to Coldplay because of its bigger production and atmospheric synths, but don’t let that put you off. Justin Vernon’s falsetto is just as effective and the build up towards the end is nothing short of brilliant. You’ll soon find yourself hitting the repeat button.Multiple times.

You can download the mp3 here.

Tuesday Covers 7/12/10

It’s about time I started this covers thing again.

The Antlers recorded a cover of The Xx’s VCR quite a while ago, and like everything else they’ve recorded, it’s a tad depressing, but strangely addictive. Sometimes I seriously wonder about Peter Silberman’s mental health.

The Antlers- VCR (The Xx Cover).mp3

A few years ago a Finn Brothers tribute album She Will Have Her Way featured cover songs from female artists. Now a follow-up compilation, He Will Have His Way gives the blokes a go at covering New Zealand’s finest exports. While most of the album is a bit hit and miss, which is to be expected from this kind of thing, Boy and Bear’s cover of Fall At Your Feet is everything a cover should be. It retains the spirit of the original while distinctly being a Boy and Bear Song. If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s a must listen.

Boy and Bear Fall At Your Feet (Crowded House Cover).mp3


Have You Heard: Carus

Carus Thompson’s music falls into that awkward gap between folk and country. His music doesn’t sound like it comes from Nashville yet he has too much swagger to fit in with the current crop of folk artists filling the airwaves. He hasn’t been played on Triple J or won a Golden Guitar but he has a very loyal following and is one of the greatest hidden gems in Australian music.

He plays both solo and with his band The True Believers and has released a number of albums, including Three Boxes which is a must-hear for any folk music fan. His songs range from the joys of erm… spare room horticulture (Grow To Overthrow) to the heartbreaking loss of a friend (Thrown) with the odd political song thrown in for good measure.

However it’s his live shows that are truly something else. He seems to have an ability to read the crowd and tailor the gig accordingly. Oh, and he has this habit of playing on a milk crate in the middle of the crowd:

He will be playing some Christmas shows next month and I highly recommend you come along.

December 1: Grace Emily, Adelaide

December 9: Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

December 29: Lost Lakes Winery, WA

January 1: Southbound Festival, WA

January 2: Fremantle Arts Centre

Carus and The True Believers- This Time.mp3


Scott Spark Covers New Buffalo

Scott Spark is one of my favourite artists at the moment. Despite the glut of male singer-songwriters in this country, he manages to stand out and his debut album Fail Like you Mean It is quirky, honest and rediculously catchy.

He has finally recorded his version of New Buffalo’s I’m The Drunk and You’re the Star, which he has been playing live for the last little while. Although it isn’t drastically different from the orginal, it’s still a fanstastic listen and if you’re yet to hear any of Scott Spark’s music, I recommend you give a listen and then quickly rush out and buy his album.

Scott Spark- I’m the Drunk and You’re the Star.mp3

Philidelphia Grand Jury Save Our Town

Philadelphia Grand Jury are back!

Not that they ever really disappeared. They’ve been spending the last six months in England recording, gigging and being generally awesome. They’ve released an excellent new single Save Our Town which in true Philly Jay’s style, is upbeat, fun and catchier than herpes.

They’ve also announced an Australian tour for November and December.

THU 4 NOV – Republic Bar, HOBART

FRI 5 NOV – Hotel New York, LAUNCESTON

SAT 6 NOV – Corner Hotel, MELBOURNE


FRI 12 NOV – Cambridge Hotel, NEWCASTLE

SAT 13 NOV – Metro Theatre, SYDNEY (ALL AGES)

THU 18 NOV – Beach Hotel, BYRON BAY



THU 25 NOV – Beachcomber Hotel, CENTRAL COAST


SAT 27 NOV – Newton’s Nation, BATHURST (PGJ ONLY)

SUN 28 NOV – Fitzroy Hotel, WINDSOR


THUR 2 DEC – Prince Of Wales, BUNBURY

FRI 3 DEC – Capitol, PERTH


SUN 5 DEC – Newport Hotel, FREMANTLE

WED 8 DEC – Level One, GEELONG

THU 9 DEC – Karove Lounge, BALLARAT


SAT 11 DEC – Sandbar, MILDURA

THU 16 DEC – Caringbah Bizzos, CARINGBAH

FRI 17 DEC – Mona Vale Hotel, MONA VALE

SAT 18 DEC – Grand Hotel, WOLLONGONG

FRI 31 DEC – Pyramid Rock Festival, PHILLIP ISLAND (PGJ ONLY)

Philadelphia Grand Jury- Save Our Town.mp3

Matt Walters would die for you

Matt Walters is a Melbourne singer-songwriter who has been busy working on his debut album, which is expected to be out early next year. Luckily for us impatient folks he is releasing an EP titled Talking In My Sleep on September 3rd.

The first single Die For You is a gorgeous six-minute slice of folk, featuring vocals from none other than current Megan Washington. Both delicate and vulnerable, it’s a must-listen for fans of Damien Rice and Angus and Julia Stone and will certainly make you swoon.

He’s playing a show on the 25th of August at the Workers Club in Melbourne which I highly recommend you go to if you’re allowed out on a school night.

Matt Walters ft. Washington Die For You.mp3