“Timeless Melody (The La’s Cover)” by Veronica Falls // Covers EP 2 (2013 - Available at Rough Trade)
Veronica Falls know their way around a good cover, just check out their last Covers EP. Now, to celebrate the release of their new album, they’ve cut another EP of lovely, dreamy, jangle pop covers of songs from Bob Dylan, The Moles, Ween, and The La’s the name a few. Here on “Timeless Melody” from The La’s, they keep it pretty tight to the original, but the darker edge of the original is softened slightly, making the track a breezy beauty. You can order the EP now at Rough Trade while the supplies last. Highly recommended.
“Baby Blue” by The 13th Floor Elevators // Easter Everywhere (1967)
It’s a cold December morning and I have a fair amount of work ahead of me today. I’d hate to leave the blog without something of interest playing in my absence, so I thought I might cue up one of my all time favorite songs. It’s a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” as done by The 13th Floor Elevators. No disrespect to Dylan, but Roky Erickson and the boys take his somber folk goodbye and create something truly amazing - a gorgeous, swirling, melancholic bit of psychedelia that sounds as fresh today as it did 45 years ago. It’s hard to hear this song and not imagine the legions of bands that were inspired by it, and the rest of the album, “Easter Everywhere” for that matter. Jason Pierce of Spiritualized and Spacemen 3 was a fan, as were members of Primal Scream, Of Montreal, Jesus and Mary Chain and many more. If you haven’t heard it, give it a shot. Don’t be afraid of the past. You might find a trail that introduces you to a whole new batch of goodness.
“I Aint Got No Home In This World Anymore” by Beck // Originally by Woody Guthrie
Beck recently posted this cover of Woody Guthrie’s somber strummer, “I Aint Got No Home in This World Anymore” in honor of Guthrie’s 100 birthday. The track was apparently recorded in the mid-90’s, but Beck dusted it off and shared it for the Guthrie centennial. It’s a nice stripped back take for Beck, and something worth checking out, especially if you’re like me and have always preferred hearing Beck’s more simple and straight forward compositions (more “Sea Change”, less “Guero”).
WORDS & MUSIC // PITCHFORK’S 60 FAVORITE BOOKS ABOUT MUSIC
If you like reading about music (or hell, just enjoy reading - period), Pitchfork has compiled an impressive and eclectic list that’s as good a jumping off point as any. I was surprised to find that I have read several of these, but more surprised by how many of them I had never heard of and in turn intend to seek out for future reads. Selections include books on Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, The Smiths, Factory Records, and the underground New York scene in the 70’s to name but a few.
Definitely worth a look if you have some free time.
I’m not going to play the bitter lonely card because there’s no one in my life this year for the first Valentine’s Day in over a decade. I’ve never been a big celebrator in the first place. But I certainly find myself thankful that I’ve felt that kind of love and perhaps still do, deep down. This is for those that asked and for those that might just stumble upon it.
It’s a collection of songs about finding, losing, wanting, and or needing that special someone. It’s vibe certainly could fit in the usual Afterglow Mixtapes but instead of new material, here you’ll just find a lot of old favorites that have made their way onto mixtapes in the past.
Enjoy. Happy Valentine’s Day. I very much hope that all of you love and or feeling loved. I’ve included full sized art, in case you’d like to print and burn and share.
Don’t be afraid to Reblog and share with others.
PLAYLIST: (individual tracks have links, full mixtape link at bottom)
atlas sound - THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE (BOB DYLAN COVER) + FREE ALBUM
New music from Atlas Sound (Brandon Cox of Deerhunter) in the form of a free album giveaway on his website. The album is a collection of demos and assorted awesomness that goes by the name of “Bedroom Databank, Vol. 1”.
I’m posting his stellar cover of Dylan’s “This Wheel’s On Fire” (also done very well by The Band). Go HERE to download the whole album.