Friday, April 25, 2008

Rock N Roll Suicide

I know the rest of the cover bloggers are vehemently against this post but I believe all these artists are multi-talented and deserve any recognition than can get. I mean it's not like I'm posting about Britney Spears here.

Recently Fong Songs did a wonderful post on Zooey Deschanel which got me thinking about all the actors/musicians out there. Some of these multi-talented celebrities have opted for music over acting but some have managed to keep both going strong.

So to start off we'll go with Zooey Deschanel. Zooey is best known for Elf, Almost Famous, and a short stint on the tv show Weeds. Zooey has sang in a number of her films including Elf, Winter Passing & The New Guy. Recently Zooey teamed up with M. Ward to form She & Him and released the amazing Volume One on Merge Records.

She & Him You Really Got A Hold On Me (Live on KEXP) (The Miracles Cover)

Juliette Lewis
is probably best known for her work in such films as Natural Born Killers, Cape Fear, Kalifornia & What's Eating Gilbert Grape. However more recently she's been the lead singer of Juliette & The Licks, you can check out their latest cd Four on the Floor released last year.

Juliette & The Licks Rid Of Me (PJ Harvey Cover)

Minnie Driver first came onto my radar with Circle of Friends which I actually remember seeing with a bunch of gal pals in the theatre. She's also been in Good Will Hunting, but more recently Minnie has built a tv career with the f/x series The Riches. You can pick up her latest cd Seastories on Rounder Records.

Minnie Driver Hungry Heart (Bruce Springsteen Cover)

Scarlett Johansson
needs no explanation, so unless you live under a rock you already know about her acting career, now she's embarking on a bit of a singing career. A lot of people are against her upcoming album due out May 20 on Atco/Rhino Records check the title track and be your own judge.

Scarlett Johansson Anywhere I Lay My Head (Tom Waits Cover)

I think Jason Schwartzman was still in Phantom Planet when this song was recorded, but I could be wrong. Schwartzman is a staple in the indie film scene having appeared in Rushmore, Shopgirl and The Darjeeling Limited. On the music front his most recent effort is a solo project called Coconut Records.

Phantom Planet Somebody's Baby
(Jackson Browne Cover)

I fell in love with The Murmurs the first time I heard "You Suck" back in high school. Leisha Hailey & Heather Grody had beautiful harmonies and sweet voices and were super cute to boot. The two followed The Murmurs with the short-lived Gush. After Gush broke up Heather went on to form LA band Redcar. Meanwhile Leisha has been in All Over Me, The L Word and of course those Yoplait commercials! As far as music Leisha is now in Uh Huh Her and has an album entitled Common Reaction coming out in August on Nettwerk.

The Murmurs White Rabbit
(Jefferson Airplane Cover)

Milla Jovovich is currently concentrating on her fashion line Jovovich-Hawk. However she started her career as a model and quickly moved into acting in such films as Return To The Blue Lagoon, The Fifth Element, The Messenger and of course all the Resident Evil films. This song is featured in her film The Million Dollar Hotel.

Milla Jovovich Satellite of Love (Lou Reed Cover)
**This is an .m4a file, if anyone has an mp3 please let me know

And Finally I've saved Rilo Kiley for last because it features not one, but two child stars in Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett. Blake Sennett will always be Ronnie Pinsky from Salute Your Shorts in my book, he followed this role playing a bully on Boy Meets World and has had supporting roles in a number of other tv shows. Blake is also the driving force behind The Elected. His bandmate Jenny Lewis had a career in both tv and film and was featured in the classic Troop Beverly Hills, The Wizard and Foxfire (a personal favorite). Jenny also has a solid career as a solo artist. Rilo Kiley's latest album Under The Blacklight was released last year.

Rilo Kiley Let My Love Open The Door
(Pete Townshend Cover)
Rilo Kiley Rock N Roll Suicide (David Bowie Cover)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Warmth Of The Sun

It was in the 90s in Long Beach this weekend so I spent the weekend getting some sun (and sweating to death) at the beach. To celebrate the great weather enjoy some Beach Boys tunes, and if it's dreary where you are hopefully this adds a little sunshine to your day.

I was a Bangles fan from elementary school, and into Matthew Sweet in high school, it's pretty awesome to see these two working together. Their voices flow effortlessly together on all the tracks from the excellent album Under The Covers, Vol. 1.
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs "Warmth Of The Sun"

The Ramones have done a handful of Beach Boys covers, but what what a post be without this essential tune!
The Ramones "Surfin' Safari"

This is about the last band I would ever expect to cover the Beach Boys. This track comes off the Darklands EP.
The Jesus & Mary Chain "Surfin' USA"

I thought if I ever heard this song again in the late 80s I'd pull out all my hair. I still cringe when I hear it now but this version just makes me smirk.
Adam Green & Ben Kweller "Kokomo"

In my book Cub can do no wrong. Perfect pop harmony on this track off the Japanese version of the Betti-Cola album.
Cub "Surfer Girl"

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Five For Friday 4

A few more hours are left in my Friday. Here's a few tunes for you, a post with more substance coming your way this weekend.

What an odd assortment!

Arctic Monkeys Diamonds Are Forever (Shirley Bassey Cover)
Athlete If I Ain't Got You (Alicia Keys Cover)
Cold War Kids Well Well Well (John Lennon Cover)
Of Montreal Fuck The Pain Away (Peaches Cover)
Kim Deal & Robert Pollard Love Hurts (Nazareth Cover)

The Bands:
Arctic Monkeys
Cold War Kids
Of Montreal
Kim Deal
Robert Pollard

Friday, April 4, 2008

Body of Song

Last week Bob Mould rolled into the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, so it's a perfect time to give him some props. I was supposed to be at the show but unforeseen circumstances proved that impossible. Yet another act I am destined never to see live!

Besides his solo work Bob Mould is known as the heart of both Hüsker Dü in the 80s and Sugar in the 90s. Hüsker Dü was punk band out of Minneapolis comprised of Mould, Grant Hart (who shared singing and songwriting duties) and Greg Norton. The band started receiving national exposure in 1983 with its first release on SST records out of Long Beach, CA (my current home - in fact I walk past the old building now and again). Metal Circus signaled a change in their sound to a more melodic punk which led to greater airplay. The band never achieved mainstream success but have been influential on a number of acts including The Pixies and Superchunk. Hüsker Dü disbanded in 1987 amidst internal conflict stemming from drug abuse among other things.

After Hüsker Dü Mould put out a couple solo albums before starting Sugar in the early 90s. Sugar had more pop sensibility and gained success in the hot alternative scene of the day. It was with Sugar that I first really took notice of Mould and Copper Blue is still an amazing album. Sugar broke up in the mid 90s and Mould went back to his solo career.

Mould has put out quite a catalog of music over the years ranging from the early punk of Hüsker Dü to the more recent electronica of LoudBomb and rock of Blowoff. His latest solo album District Line was released earlier this year on Anti Records.

Bob Mould Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young Cover)

Tour Dates:

May 10, 2008 - Bank of America Pavilion - Boston, MA
May 23, 2008 - ABC - Glasgow, Scotland
May 24, 2008 - Academy 2 - Manchester, England
May 26, 2008 - Academy 2 - Birmingham, England
May 27, 2008 - Koko - London, England
May 28, 2008 - Cafe De La Danse - Paris, France
May 30, 2008 - Primavera Sound Festival - Barcelona, Spain
June 02, 2008 - Batschkapp - Frankfurt, Germany
June 03, 2008 - Luxor - Cologne, Germany
June 04, 2008 - Ubel & Gefahrlich - Hamburg, Germany
June 05, 2008 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, Holland
June 07, 2008 - Postbahnhof - Berlin, Germany

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