I’m so excited for the Buddy Holly tribute album, ‘Rave On Buddy Holly’. The tracklist and the artists involved are just awesome, and from the tracks released so far it seems like an rough, old school retread of the young, iconic rock stars greatest songs.
First was the Black Keys’ soul tinged, slow cover of ‘Dearest’, and now I just checked out Paul McCartney’s gritty, pub rock, cover of ‘It’s So Easy’. Both are amazing and I’m counting down the days until the June, 28, release date of ‘Rave On Buddy Holly’.
Here’s a video of McCartney performing ‘It’s So Easy’ live, you can stream it through Rolling Stone here though:
It’s So Easy – Paul McCartney
Dearest – The Black Keys
On June, 28, the tribute album to Texas rock pioneer Buddy Holly will be released, ‘Rave On Buddy Holly’. The track list is unbelievable and I’m excited to hear what some of the artists do with Buddy Holly’s classic catalog. Among the artists featured on the album are the Black Keys, Modest Mouse, Paul McCartney, She & Him, Jon Brion and Fiona Apple, among many others. The image below contains the full track list. Click the image to listen to the Black Key’s cover of ‘Dearest’ on Pitchfork.
First up, the new Cool Kids single. The provide the same bass heavy, booming and smooth style that can inevitably be described as nothing else but, cool. This track is gonna generate some heat for their springtime release, “When Fish Ride Bicycles”. Check the dopeness.
Check out this song from the Black Angels. They’re a blues-psychedelic band from Austin, Texas. I had never heard of them until tonight, but they’re great. “Bad Vibrations” begins with a three minute long, bluesy, soundtrack tinged drone before screaming into a high tempo guitar assault for the last minute.
Adele’s soulful, thick bluesy voice is impossible to refuse. Her cover of the Stroke’s “Last Night” has been receiving some attention, and while her lad back vocals doesn’t force over the guitar as powerfully as Julian Casablancas’ croons, this cover is still worth a listen, as its still easy to fall for her velvety voice.
Just because I know Courtney hates She & Him, here’s M. Ward’s Rave on featuring Zooey Deschanel.
Slum Village is a Detroit rap group featuring legendary producer J Dilla, as well as Baatin and T3. This is a dirty remix featuring Slum Village raping over Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic”.
Gil Scott-Heron is a legend in music and poetry and a fundamentally important predecessor to rap, especially those rappers lyrically conscious of social plight. In 2010 he released his first album in 16 years, “I’m New Here”. The album was a huge departure from his sound, but still received positive reviews. Several days ago he released a collaboration with Jamie XX, a remix album of “I’m New Here” entitled, “We’re New Here”. The mix for “New York is Killing Me” is definitely worth a listen.