“Born This Way” gets an official video and HIAS has it for you to check out. Sadly this one’s a bit of an over-the-top snooze. If I hadn’t seen how talented she was first hand, this probably would have pushed me over the edge into a Gaga-hater. As is, I’m back to being fairly neutral on the topic.
I was just listening to In the Cool of the Day, Daniel Martin Moore’s new album on Sub Pop, and wondering if anyone had made a recording of his cover of “My Rifle, My Pony and Me” when I stumbled across this official video for the title track. Can’t believe I didn’t notice this one sooner. “In the Cool of the Day” is my favorite track from the new album; it’s a cover of an old gospel song that DMM grew up hearing.
Cage the Elephant’s Thank You Happy Birthday is incredible. I wasn’t really a fan before its release, but now I’m happy to report that I’ve been won over by the boys from Bowling Green. On a few tracks, like the album-opening “Always Something,” they sound like they’re big fans of The Whigs and the charging rock that they embody; my favorite, though is when they get deep into the Pixies’ territory. There are two or three tracks on TYHB that I think would make Frank Black cry with envy.
This may be a recording from 2009, but it seems like this group will be ready to explode in 2011. This is a pretty basic take on the track — being that they’re a two-man operation — but even with this recording you can tell that it’s probably going to wind up as an amazing track. I’m excited to see what these guys have to offer with their studio work. Hopefully we’ll find out soon.
Like I said, this is a great time to be a My Morning Jacket fan. They just finished their five nights playing all their albums in New York and they’re about to play Louisville this weekend. This has also given the band a reason to pull out some old covers. Here’s MMJ doing a cover of Wham’s “Careless Whisper” in NYC, which is, I believe, the first time they’ve done it since 2006.
You haven’t really lived until you’ve heard the opening keyboard riff of “Wordless Chorus” doubled with a sousaphone. At least that’s the idea behind this team up of two of America’s the world’s best bands.
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