Posts Tagged ‘smiths’

OFFICIAL VID: Ski Lodge – Does It Bring You Down

May 30, 2014

I really enjoyed New York indie pop and alt rock band Ski Lodge’s debut album Big Heart last fall. The band’s sound is obviously so heavily influenced by The Smiths, with endless satisfying angst ridden nuances and melodic vocals. This week, Ski Lodge has released a video for album track Does It Bring You Down. If you missed the debut single off of the album, do check out Just To Be Like You below, too.

OFFICIAL VID: Ski Lodge – Does It Bring You Down

May 30, 2014

I really enjoyed New York indie pop and alt rock band Ski Lodge’s debut album Big Heart last fall. The band’s sound is obviously so heavily influenced by The Smiths, with endless satisfying angst ridden nuances and melodic vocals. This week, Ski Lodge has released a video for album track Does It Bring You Down. If you missed the debut single off of the album, do check out Just To Be Like You below, too.

April 30, 2014
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It always impresses me when anyone is able to turn in a successful cover of any song by the Smiths, particularly their classic hits, like This Charming Man. Of course, I love the song so much that it delights me to hear it in any shape or form. New York rockers SKATERS offer up this rowdy, grungy punk version that sounds like it was a load of fun to record.

April 30, 2014
http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140386878/stream?client_id=3cQaPshpEeLqMsNFAUw1Q?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

It always impresses me when anyone is able to turn in a successful cover of any song by the Smiths, particularly their classic hits, like This Charming Man. Of course, I love the song so much that it delights me to hear it in any shape or form. New York rockers SKATERS offer up this rowdy, grungy punk version that sounds like it was a load of fun to record.

OFFICIAL VID: Twin Shadow – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out feat. Samantha Urbani

February 15, 2014

Brooklyn synthpop musician Twin Shadow, or George Lewis Jr., has been giving us endless covers of other artists’ songs for the past while. In his latest offering, he covers something that many would consider untouchable. He covers the Smiths. Not only that, he covers There Is A Light That Never Goes Out. Yep. That’s right. Who does that? It’s a risk, one that he decided was well worth taking. And boy, does he pull through on it. Twin Shadow’s cover also features vocals by Samantha Urbani of Friends, who recently guested on a large part of her boyfriend Blood Orange’s excellent album Cupid Deluxe. Together, they give us one of the most surprising covers of the year so far.

Their version of There Is A Light That Never Goes Out is so different from the original, so weirdly astray, that it’s rather befuddling at first. That is, until you realize in the very next second that the cover is absolutely BRILLIANT. The first few seconds of the cover comes off sounding like the work of Blood Orange, aka Dev Hynes, with its synthy, dreamy, hazy, but grooving production and Urbani’s familiar smoky vocals. Then George’s vocals kick in, and it’s so obviously Twin Shadow. It all made my jaw drop to the floor, and I had to listen to it, over and over again. What balls to do what he did to a song so many of us love devotedly. And what an amazing updated version we now have… So synthy, so lustrous, so intoxicatingly good. It’s ominous, yet still melancholic and angst ridden. MIND BLOWN.

OFFICIAL VID: Twin Shadow – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out feat. Samantha Urbani

February 15, 2014

Brooklyn synthpop musician Twin Shadow, or George Lewis Jr., has been giving us endless covers of other artists’ songs for the past while. In his latest offering, he covers something that many would consider untouchable. He covers the Smiths. Not only that, he covers There Is A Light That Never Goes Out. Yep. That’s right. Who does that? It’s a risk, one that he decided was well worth taking. And boy, does he pull through on it. Twin Shadow’s cover also features vocals by Samantha Urbani of Friends, who recently guested on a large part of her boyfriend Blood Orange’s excellent album Cupid Deluxe. Together, they give us one of the most surprising covers of the year so far.

Their version of There Is A Light That Never Goes Out is so different from the original, so weirdly astray, that it’s rather befuddling at first. That is, until you realize in the very next second that the cover is absolutely BRILLIANT. The first few seconds of the cover comes off sounding like the work of Blood Orange, aka Dev Hynes, with its synthy, dreamy, hazy, but grooving production and Urbani’s familiar smoky vocals. Then George’s vocals kick in, and it’s so obviously Twin Shadow. It all made my jaw drop to the floor, and I had to listen to it, over and over again. What balls to do what he did to a song so many of us love devotedly. And what an amazing updated version we now have… So synthy, so lustrous, so intoxicatingly good. It’s ominous, yet still melancholic and angst ridden. MIND BLOWN.

New The Weeknd

October 26, 2012

Trilogy hasn’t even dropped yet and Toronto bedroom producer Able Tesfaye already has a new song for us. Enemy won’t be on Trilogy’s bonus material. The song is a gorgeous r&b track from The Weeknd. Listen closely, you might notice a little tribute to the Smiths. On a related unrelated note, Morrissey just postponed the rest of his US tour. To give him credit, it’s due to his mother’s health back in England. But no big surprise on the postponement, eh? I gave up on getting Morrissey tix and seeing him live the last time he pulled a postponement and cancellation on us. 

You should do better

August 20, 2011

cut off your hands

Woke up with Snow Patrol’s Calling Out in the Dark stuck in my brain for some odd reason, not like I listened to it yesterday at all and overall only a few times so far. This great track from New Zealand band Cut Off Your Hands was able to clear my head of it. The tune totally sounds The Smiths-like. Very enjoyable to sip some black coffee to. I feel like I’m ready for some live music in the sun, and this would fit perfectly. Was Outside Lands already a whole week ago? Oh, how I miss it already.

Newly discovered 1992 Smiths documentary

August 18, 2011

Wow, haven’t watched the whole thing yet but this is awesome. Apparently, it just surfaced from whatever secretive little cubby hole it was hidden in for so many years. A fitting little tribute and retro moment to the great Smiths this morning. Oh how I love your voice, Morrissey.