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KEEP PEELING SLOWLY…AND SEE

Posted in COVER SONGS, DEPECHE MODE, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, JANES ADDICTION, NEW ORDER/JOY DIVISION, NIRVANA, R.E.M., SPOTIFY, THE PRIMITIVES on September 25, 2013 by matthewrubbish

coverOk first, I’m going to say this is going to be my last post concerning covers (for a while anyway) and second, though there are many it would be very difficult for anyone to convince me of a band that has had a bigger influence on classic alternative, indie and new wave music than The Velvet Underground. Being that VU are and have been one of my favorite bands for a very long time I know I’m a little biased in this statement but I don’t think I’m alone.

So when I almost included The Cowboy Junkies mellowed out version of Sweet Jane to round off the recent covers podcast I began to think of the number of other Warning Radio artists who have covered The Velvet Underground and it wasn’t hard to quickly build a playlist.  From the Primitives (Which I’m guessing is a nod to a name used by a Pre-Velvet Underground Lou Reed project) to Psychic TV’s drugged out version of Foggy Notion (complete with fictitious conversation between Candy Darling and Andy Warhol) this by no means a complete list but a nice sample of a few classic alternative artists heavily influenced by The Velvet Underground.

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COVERS 2!

Posted in COVER SONGS, JANES ADDICTION, JESUS & MARY CHAIN, R.E.M., SONIC YOUTH, SPOTIFY, THE CURE on September 12, 2013 by matthewrubbish

WARNINGWOW! Due to the response outta people from the recent alternative classics covers mix I thought “what the hell” I might as well keep it going. Basically when I started to compile all the tracks for the covers podcasts I started a spotify playlist and kept adding to it as I would think of possible songs to add to the mix.

So since there were quite a number of songs that didn’t make the cut on the 45 minute podcast, I thought I’d pass along the rest of playlist.

And of course another BONUS video from the AV Club

WARNING RADIO 010

Posted in 120 MINUTES, COVER SONGS, JESUS & MARY CHAIN, LOVE AND ROCKETS, PODCASTS, R.E.M., SONIC YOUTH, THE CURE, THE SMITHS on September 5, 2013 by matthewrubbish

Whether true to the original or a completely new take I’ve always been a sucker for cover songs. I couldnt tell you how many mixtapes I created for people back in the day comprised completely of covers. I also have a funny (slightly embarrassing) story that I will spare you about knocking back beer after beer in a basement bar in Montreal because of a Creedence cover band. Damn that Molson Export!

Not a huge milestone but I had been thinking for a while for a theme for Warning Radio’s 10th podcast and the covers idea was a bit of a no brainer so I went with it. This time though I decided to mix it up a bit and not only include some of Warning Radio’s most well known artists covering  tunes, I mixed in a few newer bands that I dig tackling some alternative classics.

WARNING RADIO PODCAST 010 TRACK LISTING
01. SONIC YOUTH – I Know There’s An Answer (The Beach Boys)
02. TERRY EDWARDS – Never Understand (Jesus & Mary Chain)
03. THE MARCH VIOLETS – Miss Amanda Jones (Rolling Stones)
04. THE DRUMS – Birthday (The Sugarcubes)
05. THE CURE – Hello, I Love You (The Doors)
06. LOVE AND ROCKETS – Lucifer Sam (Pink Floyd)
07. DUM DUM GIRLS – There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths)
08. THE SMITHS – Golden Lights (Twinkle)
09. R.E.M. – Crazy (Pylon)
10. BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – Let The Day Begin (The Call)
11. ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK – VCR (The XX)
12. JULIAN COPE – 5 O’Clock World (The Vogues)
13. TOM TOM CLUB – Under The Boardwalk (The Drifters)

BONUS!  They Might Be Giants taking on Chumbawamba’s early 90’s sing along and New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus covering the TMBG hit Birdhouse In Your Soul.

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO. R.E.M. TRIBUTE

Posted in R.E.M. on September 22, 2011 by matthewrubbish

So we recently learned that one of the most distinguished and successful alternative/college rock bands R.E.M. decided to call it a day. At first I was a little surprised, even inching close to that magic or not so magic (depending on who you talk to) age of 40 R.E.M. has pretty much been around as long as I remmember.

I can pretty much distinctly recall first hearing the band and even then they had already been kicking around for a few years. But as I began to read some of the band member statements it didn’t feel all that shocking and began to totally make sense. Though not on the scale of a major rock band I have been lucky to be part of a few things in my life that were not only successful (on a local level) but also a lot of damn fun and while people and bands can sometimes struggle with success there are instances where people know and are totally ok with things coming to an end and I honestly feel this is the case here.

Personally, I have for quite a long time been a very big fan of R.E.M. and however you feel about the band one thing can not be denied. R.E.M. are and will forever be one of if not the most important and well respected bands in american alternative music. They come from a time when hitting the road, honing your craft and staying true to what you believe in was what you had to do to even have a sniff at achieving minor success. They also used what success they had to keep branching out, stretching their creativity as well as taking the opportunity to inform many on a number of important social and environmental issues. And for all of this they should be championed.

I wanted to try and pay tribute to one of the cornerstones of Warning Radio and have some fun at the same time so I put together a little mini mix of a a fewl of my favorite R.E.M. songs enjoy the mix and feel free to chime in and comment on some of you favorite R.E.M. tracks.