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Musicians cover each other’s songs often enough that the results rarely qualify as news. But covering a whole album, song for song? That’s a labor of love ambitious enough to warrant attention.

The website Turntable Kitchen, which aims to bring food and music together in various ways, recently launched a monthly vinyl series called Sounds Delicious. Each month, a different artist covers an entire album, which the site makes available both as colored vinyl and as a digital download; the records can be ordered individually or by subscription. Participating artists include Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado (covering Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run) and Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard (who’ll tackle Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque), as well as The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, GEMS and more bands.

For the next entry, due out June 23rd, Mutual Benefit — whose gorgeous albums offer an ornate and stately take on vintage folk and pop sounds — will tackle Vashti Bunyan’s 1970 classic Just Another Diamond Day. As these covers of “Jog Along Bess” and “Glow Worms” suggest, Bunyan and Mutual Benefit bandleader Jordan Lee are ideally matched, with a similar affinity for gentle introspection.

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“When I was approached about covering a full album, it was a no-brainer to attempt reinterpreting Just Another Diamond Day,” Lee writes via email. “Since my school days, it’s been one of those pieces of music that has been able to transport me to a calmer, more magical world than the one we currently inhabit. It was a unique assignment to use the downtime between tours to pay homage to an album I’ve spent so much time daydreaming with, especially since her songwriting style of soft-spoken observations — mixed with Robert Kirby’s intuitive string arrangements — has been such an enduring influence on my own music.

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“The legend of Diamond Day is almost too good to be true. In the late ’60s, feeling disenchanted from the life of people trying to make her into a pop star, [Bunyan] dropped out of society and took this long journey across the country to get to a commune, writing songs along the way. Eventually, she recorded this incredible and deeply personal album, but it was a complete commercial flop, so she decided she’d rather be a farmer instead of a singer-songwriter. It wasn’t until decades later that an acquaintance came upon Just Another Diamond Day on eBay for thousands of dollars and realized that various contemporary folk artists were calling the album a lost masterpiece.

“While much of the album is pretty compatible with our aesthetic, ‘Jog Along Bess’ was actually one of the more difficult songs to do in our own voice. The sing-songy lyrics mixed with the rollicking ‘good times’ story is something we had never tried to do. We are definitely amateurs at rollicking. Eventually, I started to get really into the lyrics about this misfit crew of people and doggies trying to make it across the country in a half-broken vehicle. I could definitely relate. The more people we had over to collaborate, the more the song took on its own life.”

Mutual Benefit’s album-length cover of Just Another Diamond Day comes out June 23rd via Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious vinyl series.

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Gems covered John Lennon’s album Imagine in its entirety.  The full album is available to order now from Turntable Kitchen. It is only available on vinyl but the vinyl comes with a digital download

When we envisioned our SOUNDS DELICIOUS series we had high hopes. We wanted to hear our favorite bands lovingly reinterpreting art that meant something to them. We wanted music that would be fun, inventive, and exciting. We wanted covers that respect the album format as an art form instead of just focusing on a few hit singles. Yet, while we had high expectations, we couldn’t imagine just how great the results would be.

We never imagined Yumi Zouma’s dreamy reinterpretation of Oasis. We never imagined Jonthan Rado of Foxygen’s loose and free-wheeling take on Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run. And yet, time and time again, each and every one of the artists we’ve worked with have completely blown us out of the water with their contributions.

For our latest release in the series, GEMS keep the streak alive in a big way as the duo treat us to their track-by-track reinvention of John Lennon’s solo masterwork Imagine. From an epic, rumbling makeover of the bigger-than-life title track to their evocative and shimmering interpretation of album closer “Oh Yoko!” – they approach each track with reverence and respect even as they nail their flag to the mast.

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Here is what Lindsay from GEMS had to say about their version of the album:

“’All I want is the truth! Just give me some truth!’”

I listened to John Lennon’s album Imagine all the way through for the first time last year and that line just hit something deep within me. The inescapable sadness of life.The despair of feeling totally alone and calling out into the void, just searching for some kind of solid ground to stand on. It feels like the whole world is calling out right now from this place of hurt, calling out for truth. But we’re so divided and continue putting up false walls between us.

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I feel honored that we had the chance to record our own interpretations of these courageous, albeit conflicted songs. In some ways Lennon’s vision seems impossibly naive today. But don’t we need something to strive for? We need connection, we need communication, forgiveness and healing. I know I need the type of enchanted dream where we try to lift up humanity together. Even if it’s just in our own small, personal way.

I’m restless. I’m yearning for something real. I have to believe that we can still use our short time here on earth to put some kind of goodness into the world. And maybe while we’re at it, we can share the same dream.”

We’re also excited to announce that we’re teaming up with Seattle-based illustrator Teresa Grasseschi for the next several releases in the series! That’s her work that we’re featuring on the album art for this release.

GEMS’ version of Imagine is only available by subscribing to SOUNDS DELICIOUS. In addition to a deluxe edition for our Kickstarter supporters, it’s available on amber colored vinyl for recurring subscribers and gift orders of 6-months or more (while supplies last) and on black vinyl for all other orders. As always, each copies comes packaged with a digital download of the album. Only 1000 copies were pressed in total! These are expected to begin shipping next week!

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Lindsay Pitts, Clifford John Usher

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Turntable Kitchen, a Seattle-based company that has a variety of delightful deals like a subscription that brings a bag of coffee beans and an exclusive 7” single to your door every month. Their most ingenious offer though is the Sounds Delicious series, a club that releases limited edition records featuring a current artist covering a full album from the past. To date, that has included Ben Gibbard performing all of Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque and Yumi Zouma covering the second Oasis album.

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More recently, Turntable Kitchen unveiled a version of The Cure’s sophomore studio work Seventeen Seconds, as interpreted by Frankie Rose and pressed onto a gorgeous piece of blood red vinyl. She and producer/co-conspirator Jorge Elbrecht don’t mess with the formula of these songs much, sticking close to the original arrangements even as they throw a little sunlight and modern synth sounds at them. Somehow it doesn’t deter from the creeping dread and downcast glances that Robert Smith and co. exhibited in 1980. The mood is deepened considerably by the surprisingly great pressing of this record. Rose and Elbrecht’s work comes out full and enrapturing, with her tart vocals cleanly cutting through the mix.

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Sounds Delicious: Yumi Zouma - Morning Glory (Oasis Cover)

For its Sounds Delicious series, the Seattle website and label Turntable Kitchen recently commissioned the New Zealand synthpop group Yumi Zouma to record a full-album cover of Oasis’ classic album “What’s The Story Morning Glory” , also here is their take on “She’s Electric” . Now Yumi Zouma have shared their take on one of the album’s best-known tunes: The searching singalong “Champagne Super Nova” .  The new version is icy and removed enough that it only barely sounds like the original, but that grand central chorus hook still sounds great even in this new context.

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Yumi Zouma will be covering in full the seminal sophomore LP (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis in its entirety for the series. Here’s what they told us about the project (sent from their tour…):

“When Matthew from Turntable Kitchen initially approached us to cover a record in it’s entirety for this project, we immediately said yes, and then came up with massive lists of favourite records that we had wanted to cover. The process of narrowing it down to one was completely impossible – we were in the middle of touring our own debut album Yoncalla, and so we would listen to albums in the van everyday.

This process continued until finally we came across the prospect of covering Oasis’s second full-length (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?. At first, the idea sounds ridiculous – covering the album with the most cliched songs from the most pigheaded douchebag rock ‘n’ roll band from an era everyone is tired of – it sounds like the scenario of what-not-to-do when choosing a record to cover. Anyone with a sense of decency would prefer Blur,

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Then we put on the CD, listened to it while driving to LA, and immediately knew it was the one. For kids who grew up in the commonwealth of the 90’s, this was the perfect album. The legacy of the Country House vs Roll With It battle, the bad reviews, the stories about the Knebworth gigs, the sibling rivalry, the breakups, and visceral ineptitude – those were all important to us, but given all that, it’s remarkable how (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? remains a classic illustration of power-pop songwriting spread over an entire release. Hate it or love it, this is the album of our youth. It’s been an absolute pleasure to cover, and we’re thankful to Matthew from Turntable Kitchen for allowing us the opportunity to do so.”

We are SO pumped that Yumi Zouma will be covering “Wonderwall,” “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” Some Might Say,” “Champagne Supernova,” for SOUNDS DELICIOUS. If you’re like us, you probably have some solid, angsty memories of the year the original album came out. Hearing Yumi Zouma reinvent it is already making our head spin.

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Seattle website and record label Turntable Kitchen sponsors a vinyl subscription service called Sounds Delicious in which notable artists cover an entire classic album. Today we’ve got a preview of the first release in the series: In a pleasant and unlikely convergence of artist and material, New Zealand dream-pop greats Yumi Zouma are taking on “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?”, the 1995 sophomore LP that turned Oasis from UK superstars to a worldwide household name. Ahead of the full release, they’ve shared their woozy rendition of “She’s Electric,” which applies the full Loveless treatment to the Gallaghers’ jaunty rock tune. It’s a stunning re-imagination of a splendid song,
Yumi Zouma’s version of “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?” will be limited to 1,000 copies. Get it by subscribing to Sounds Delicious . Upcoming entries in the series include Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado covering Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run”, Ben Gibbard covering Teenage Fanclub’s “Bandwagonesque”, and the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart covering Tom Petty’s “Full Moon Fever”.

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Yumi Zouma - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?