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How to Rent a Room

Stef Chura releases a yearning cover of Silver Jews’ ‘How To Rent a Room’ in tribute to the much-missed David Berman who passed away earlier this year. A portion of proceeds from this release will go to MusiCares, a charity providing financial, health and rehabilitation resources to music people in times of need.

While Chura has previously performed ‘How To Rent a Room’ solo in live sets, this version of  The Natural Bridge opener came together shortly after Berman’s passing this summer. “‘How To Rent a Room’ has always been one of those songs that I could never let go of,” explains Chura.  “Ever since the first time I heard it it’s always been one of my favorite songs and remains one that imprinted me as a young songwriter.

“Now, in light of his death, the lyrics take on a new and much sadder meaning. At the time they seemed conceptual, but the line “Now there’s a lot of things that I’m gonna miss, like the thunder down country and the way water drips” is now a haunting and deeply poetic rendering of everyday minutiae and the texture of our lives that we don’t appreciate on a daily basis. The song seems nostalgic for a life he was currently living, and how important it can feel to mean something to someone. Or at least that’s my interpretation.”

Players: Stef Chura (acoustic guitar/vocals), Clara Salyer (lead guitar), Chad Stocker (bass), Clancy Ryan (drums)

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Yesterday (January 9th), The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon welcomed both actor Will and music guest Patti Smith. After Will Smith and Fallon rapped a history of Will Smith, Patti Smith showed up to discuss her new book Year of the Monkey, she read a poem, discuss being a jerk to Bob Dylan, and performed a cover Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush.” 

Music guest Patti Smith performs a cover of Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush” for the Tonight Show audience.

Undoubtedly the highlight on the “Tiny Changes” Frightened Rabbit tribute album—a record that was almost finished before lead singer Scott Hutchison’s tragic death and one that took on a completely different meaning by the time of its release about a year later—Julien Baker slows down the Midnight Organ Fight album opener, turning the upbeat rock song into something much more her own. Beginning with the guitar atmospherics that dot the entirety of her own material, it proceeds to build to a huge crescendo, only to completely lose almost all the instrumentals for the final chorus. Where the original’s finale seems hopeful that maybe, just maybe, Hutchison’s ex will give him one more chance (“You should sit with me and we’ll start again / And you can tell me all about what you did today”), Baker’s version knows the answer and you can hear it in her voice, distant and longing.

Taken from Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’

The Chromatics album “Closer to Grey” features a haunting rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence,” and that track is now the basis of a new EP they just released digitally for $1. The band have had an unexpectedly productive year. After pushing back Dear Tommy for four years—if it’s even coming out at all at this point—the band released new album Closer to Grey, their first full-length album in seven years. Now, they’re adding to that with a new EP featuring a handful of covers and an unreleased original track. The Sound of Silence EP, which was released on Friday digitally via their Italians do it Better label, features two versions of the band’s cover of “The Sound of Silence” (which is also featured on Closer to Grey), as well as a cover of Jackson C. Frank’s “I Want to Be Alone” and a new acoustic track called “Burning Bridges.” Hear the full EP in its entirety below.

Tracks;

(0:00) The Sound Of Silence (On Film) (2:28) I Want To Be Alone (6:14) Burning Bridges (8:10) The Sound Of Silence Produced & Mixed By Johnny Jewel

Whitney are releasing a new 7″ single to celebrate their upcoming sold-out, four-night hometown run at Chicago’s Thalia Hall. One side is “F.T.A.,” an alternate version of the title track from this year’s terrific “Forever Turned Around”, with a cover of Wilco’s “Far, Far Away” on the flip.

Whitney was born from a series of laidback early-morning songwriting sessions during one of the harshest winters in Chicago history, after Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek (former members of Smith Westerns) reconnected – first as roommates splitting rent in a small Chicago apartment and later as musical collaborators passing the guitar and the lyrics sheet back and forth. 

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released November 22nd, 2019

Marilyn Manson has released a very noir cover of The Doors’ “The End” (produced by Shooter Jennings), which he recorded for the upcoming TV adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, which Manson is also starring in. You might be thinking you never need to hear another Doors cover ever again, but this one is legitimately cool. Manson is also gearing up for a 2020 tour with Ozzy Osbourne

Limited Edition 12″ Picturedisc

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Stef Chura has joined the ranks of musicians who’ve paid tribute to the late Silver Jews songsmith David Berman by covering his songs. Since Berman’s death back in August, lots of artists have put their own spin on his music with Silver Jews and Purple Mountains: collaborators such as Stephen Malkmus and Woods, longtime peers such as Bill Callahan and Dean Wareham, distant admirers ranging from First Aid Kit to Frankie Cosmos to Animal Collective.

Chura’s choice of material is “How To Rent A Room,” the opening track from 1996 sophomore LP The Natural Bridge. She had already been performing it live for a while but decided to record the cover in light of Berman’s death. In a press release, the Detroit rocker details her relationship with the song:

“How To Rent A Room” has always been one of those songs that I could never let go of. Ever since the first time I heard it it’s always been one of my favorite songs and remains one that imprinted me as a young songwriter. Now, in light of his death, the lyrics take on a new and much sadder meaning. At the time they seemed conceptual, but the line “Now there’s a lot of things that I’m gonna miss, like the thunder down country and the way water drips” is now a haunting and deeply poetic rendering of everyday minutiae and the texture of our lives that we don’t appreciate on a daily basis. The song seems nostalgic for a life he was currently living, and how important it can feel to mean something to someone. Or at least that’s my interpretation.

Stef Chura – How to Rent a Room Written and originally performed by David Berman / Silver Jews

Fiona Apple the Waterboys The Whole of the Moon the affair

Five years ago, Fiona Apple wrote and recorded “Container” as the opening theme to Showtime’s acclaimed series The Affair. With the show’s finale airing on Sunday, the singer-songwriter has returned to close out the series with a new cover of The Waterboys’ “The Whole of the Moon”.

The New York Times pointed out, The Waterboys’ 1985 original opened the episode, with Apple’s passionate vocal rendition playing during the closing credits. Take a listen to her version of “The Whole of the Moon” . Fans are still eagerly awaiting Apple’s next full-length album, which will serve as a follow-up to one of the best albums of the decade, way back in 2012’s The Idler Wheel… While she hopes to deliver the record in 2020, she has kept fans satiated by contributing to a handful of other soundtracks and collaborations this year. She covered the Beach Boysfor theEcho in the Canyon OST, and sang a Halloween song for a recent episode of Bob’s Burgers.

“The Whole of the Moon” by Fiona Apple was featured on the series finale of Showtime’s The Affair. The Original song by The Waterboys.

Fiona Apple – Vocals Wendy Melvoin – Guitar & Bass Matt Chamberlain – Drums Patrick Warren – Keyboards Ethan Gruska – Piano Phoebe Bridgers – Backing vocals

Thurston Moore, May 2019 (Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images for Fender Musical Instruments Corporation)

Thurston Moore has shared a cover of a New Order song, which serves as the B-side for his forthcoming trio of singles.

The Sonic Youth co-founder, who released his new album ‘Spirit Counsel’ last September , is set to drop a trio of 7-inch singles that all feature the special New Order cover, ‘Leave Me Alone’, taken from the Manchester band’s 1983 album ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’. Recorded in Salford, which Moore says “is the only place I would dare cover a New Order song, with local musicians and local pints”. “It was just one of those rare occasions, where something I wouldn’t normally do was done just for fun, and in homage and respect to the place.”

The DAYDREAM LIBRARY SERIES are ecstatic to announce the release of Thurston’s forthcoming trio of 7-inch singles:

1.) SPRING SWELLS 2.) THREE GRACES 3.) POLLINATION.

Each 7-inch comprises an excerpted moment from the Thurston Moore Group live in 2019, free-mixed and free-created by Wobbly (aka Jon Leidecker). The B-side of each is a special cover of a New Order track (recorded in Salford).

Moore releases the three singles on November 8th through his own Daydream Library Series.

Out today, a dynamic cover of Buffalo Springfield’s iconic song, “Go and Say Goodbye,” originally on the group’s debut album and on the flip side of the “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing” single in 1966. This new edgy country-rock cover is from the Ohio group, Red Wanting Blue. The song features the group’s labelmate, Poco co-founder, Rusty Young, who guests on the song in addition to various Blue Élan artists including Car Astor, Amy Wilcox, Phil Solem of The Rembrandts, and Gina Sicilia among others.

Rusty Young, along with former Buffalo Springfield member Richie Furay singing lead, covered this tune in 1972 on Poco’s fifth album, A Good Feelin’ to Know. It was Poco’s version that Red Wanting Blue connected with.

Lead singer, Scott Terry said, “Getting the chance to collaborate with Poco’s Rusty Young was a really special moment for us as a band. It’s a beautiful thing to get to share in an experience with an artist that you’ve looked up to and been inspired by. Our drummer Dean grew up listening to Poco with his Dad and so he brought their album A Good Feelin’ To Know on the road with us. Once he pressed play, we all received a fast education in Poco. Everybody was hooked! I have a lot of memories from those tours that are tied to that album. Poco had become a large part of our band’s tour soundtrack. ‘Go and Say Goodbye’ got played on repeat I don’t know how many times. Then we found ourselves getting the chance to be in a North Hollywood studio with Rusty Young re-recording that song with him. It was a little mind-blowing. We are so grateful that we all were able to share that experience with Rusty. I love the new version of the song and I hope we made him proud.”

Rusty Young , “It was so much fun to play with the guys in Red Wanting Blue on a Buffalo Springfield song that’s a classic. I’m sure was recorded before most of them were born. I love those guys! Great songs live on!”

Band Members
Scott Terry – vocals, tenor guitar, ukulele
Mark McCullough – bass, chapman stick, vocals
Greg Rahm – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Eric Hall – guitar, lap steel, vocals
Dean Anshutz – drums & percussion