Song of the Day Number 196
Owen Pallett - “Hard To Explain” (The Strokes cover)
Owen Pallett's string-laden take on The Strokes' classic 2001 single “Hard To Explain” is definitely one of the standout tracks on Stereogum's Is This It 10th anniversary tribute album. While tribute albums have always been pretty hit or miss, I find myself returning to a number of songs from this particular album from time to time. These songs really lend themselves to experimentation, as long as the original meaning of the song isn’t obscured too much. Pallett’s gentle voice and lush strings bring out a hidden beauty in the song that the rough-hewn garage rock original does not possess. I never thought I would let myself get so lost in a Strokes song.
The full album, which features covers by other artists including Real Estate and The Morning Benders can be downloaded for free HERE.
Download Stereogum’s Strokes Tribute Album
In honor of the tenth anniversary of Is This It, the generation-defining debut by New York City garage rockers The Strokes, the folks over at Stereogum put together this fine tribute album. STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It features cover versions of all eleven songs on the original record performed by current up and coming bands of diverse musical backgrounds, including Peter Bjorn & John, Real Estate, The Morning Benders, and Owen Pallett. I’m only a couple tracks in, but this should be a fun listen. Download or stream the compilation free HERE.
Video: Radiohead - “Bloom” (Live From The Basement version)
Stereogum just posted the full set of videos from Radiohead's recently-broadcasted From The Basement session. Watch the video of the band performing The King Of Limbs' opener “Bloom” live above, and click HERE to watch the rest.