As we Hump The Covers Off tonight we get Flyleaf covering Nine Inch Nails, a pairing that I never thought I would hear. Found on the score to the movie Underworld: Evolution, original lead singer Lacey Strum and company belt out Something I Can Never Have in her signature fragile tone. Now all I can think about is Lacey Strum as a teenager listening to Pretty Hate Machine and then feeling guilty and freaking out but keeping the album anyway because she liked what she heard. Let’s stop there before I start talking about my other Lacey Strum fantasies, so hit play, and enjoy this unique take on a Reznor original.
We kick off this hump day evening with my favorite Rage Against The Machine cover, The Ghost of Tom Joad, originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen. Released as a stand alone single in conjunection with the self-titled 1997 video, this tune kicks ass. The version below was recorded at the ill-fated Woodstock ’99, but as you’ll see this was before the riots and it carries a lot of emotion.
Today Beartooth posted a short clip on their website, beartoothband.com. There is no reference, no context given, so I think it’s safe to say that after viewing the video, Beartooth will be making an appearance on the TV show The Walking Dead, next season. I’m sure the clip has NOTHING to do with the upcoming new album and I feel like my idea about The Walking Dead, which has no basis in reality, is really what’s going on. Check out the clip below.
If you believe that Beartooth is really going to be on The Walking Dead I’d also like you to check out this video they released on April 1st, the first ever Swingcore Jazz song, a version of their tune Dead.
I’ve been on a System of a Down kick lately, so this week I am featuring their cover of the tune The Metro, originally recorded by the band Berlin. This cover is somewhat obscure, although it ended up being featured on a few different projects. Originally recorded in 1995, this track eventually made it’s way onto the Lonely Day single as a b-side. From there it was featured on the soundtracks for both Not Another Teen Movie and Dracula 2000, the later of which most notable for a killer soundtrack featuring Slayer, Disturbed, Pantera and more, making the soundtrack much better than the movie. So sit back as we revisit the 90’s with Serj and the gang.
Today marks both the 79th birthday of Merle Haggard, and the day of his death. To pay tribute to the legend I’ve got a cover of his tune Making Believe, off the 1977 album A Working Man Can’t Get Nowhere Today, from Volbeat. You’ll find this version on Volbeat’s third album, Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood. This track works perfectly with Volbeat’s Rock-a-billy sound, which is why I selected this version over the Social Distortion cover of Making Believe. So pour yourself some whiskey, hit play and enjoy.
Smile Empty Soul is taking over Sunshine Studios Live on Monday. If you missed my interview with Sean Danielson, the lead singer of Smile Empty Soul, you can check it out now. We talk about the upcoming Shapeshifter release, Wayne Static’s final tours, why the band might only release EP’s from here on out and more!
On this snowy Hump Day we’ve been giving away tickets for the Smile Empty Soul show this coming Monday, March 28th, at Sunshine Studios Live. Later in the evening I will be talking to Smile Empty Soul lead singer Sean Danielsen. In the meantime here is a cover of Nirvana’s Aneurysm to tide you over until the concert gets here. This track was released as a bonus on the “Groupees” version of the album Anxiety. I think Sean does a killer job getting his voice so close to Kurt’s in this version. Check it out.
Last week I spoke to Kimberly and Junior of One-Eyed Doll and Alexia of Eyes Set to Kill before their Sunshine Studios Live show last weekend. If you missed those interviews you can check them out below.
On Record Store Day, April 16th, Metallica is releasing the limited edition album Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica!. The album is a live recording from a show at the Bataclan in Paris from 2003. That venue name probably sounds familiar as it was the location of the terrorist attack last year when the Eagles of Death Metal were playing a show. The profits for the new Metallica album will be donated to victims of the attack. Check out the live version of Fade to Black below and then head out on Record Store Day to score your copy of the album.