Cover Song Spotlight: “I’m On Fire”

“I’m On Fire” was written by the boss, Bruce Springsteen, and was released on his legendary album Born In The U.S.A. in 1985. The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has since been covered and copied plenty of times. Today, we took a listen through a lot of those covers. We wanted to find the best one. Who took the song to another level? Who made the song even better than the original? Who filled the song with more emotion?

UnknownOne version of “I’m On Fire” that really tickled our ears is the Chromatics version. It was released on their In The City EP (2010) under the indie-label “Italians Do It Better.” In the original track Bruce Springsteen used synthesizers do enhance the track, perhaps make it more mysterious. They are mostly in the background on his version. The Chromatics decided to use synths as one of the main instruments. It’s the first sound you hear when you play the record and it’s wonderful. It takes you to another level. The most beautiful thing about this cover version of “I’m On Fire” is the lead singers voice. It hovers on top of the track and gently rubs the listeners ears. Perhaps this song pushes more emotions when a female vocalist is singing it. Maybe a female singing it gives the song an entire new meaning, maybe it’s a less creepy meaning. Maybe it’s more sweet, a little more innocent. Now it might be a song about one girl relating to another girl. It’s no longer a “bad boy” song. Regardless, of the new emotions this version brings, the singers voice is absolutely stunning and drives this cover song. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Holiday Music Spotlight: Landlady

Brooklyn-based 5 piece folk band Landlady released their very hip version of “Please Come Home For Christmas” on “I may be lost but I’m laughing” Hometapes Holiday compilation. Amelia Meath is featured on this track. We really like the track. It’s much different from the mass collection of other versions of this song. Even if you don’t like Christmas tunes, you may find yourself playing this one again. You can listen below:

Non-Christmas Sample:

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Milk! Records favorite of 2014

Milk! Records is an indie label that is based in Melbourne, Australia. “We release our own music, our friends music, and we embrace the creative pursuits around us.” 2014 has been a successful year for them as they have had a plethora of releases. This bandcamp playlist includes their favorite top 6 tracks. It features East Brunswick All Girls Choir, Fraser A. Gorman, The Finks, Jen Cloher, Courtney Barnett, and Royston Vasie.

Our favorite of Milk! Records’ favorite is “Cottonmouth” by The Finks which is a cute male/female duo.

You can listen to and buy these tracks here:
http://store.milkrecords.com.au/album/milk-records-2014

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