Video: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – “Polly”

Darren from Bobby Best Creative says about this week’s pick:

What is there to say about Amanda Palmer and the GTO cover of Nirvana’s Polly apart from haunting, hypnotic and a video that scares the living shit out of me?

On April 21st and in partnership with Record Store Day a 7″ vinyl single of ‘Polly’ limited to 2,000 copies worldwide will be released and I for one will be trying to secure a copy.

I’m obsessed with Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire”; listen to a beautiful cover by Kate Tucker

Everybody loves the Boss for his blue collar rock anthems – the kind that make you stand up in your chair, throw your fist in the air, sing along at the top of your lungs, maybe even make your feet shuffle – but there are very few songs that move me the way the slower, driving late at night number does.

Glancing through YouTube, there are dozens of covers by all sorts of artists from many different genres. This morning I stumbled upon a version by Kate Tucker backed by members of Lovedrug.

Kate’s made her version of “I’m on Fire” available for free via Bandcamp where you can also listen to (and buy) Kate’s most recent release, Ghost of Something New.

Video – The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – “Clap Your Hands”

From Darren at Bobby Best Creative:

This is one totally messed up group, but you just gotta love ’em!

Check out the way Reverend J. Peyton plays some mighty fine fingerstylin’ American country/blues on his 1930 steel-bodied and his 1934 wood-bodied axe and the way Breezy Peyton plays her washboard with golf gloves to which thimbles have been attached.

All in all, perfect fun for all the family and I, for one, can’t wait to see them perform at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati in July.

Axl won’t be part of Guns N’ Roses Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

Not getting tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction this weekend in Cleveland doesn’t bother me as much now (the thing sold out in like 2 minutes). Not only will there not be a Guns N’ Roses reunion but Axl Rose isn’t even going to show up.

“I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.” – Axl Rose

Undoubtedly, Axl’s going to take a lot of shit for this and it’s going to be called a “stunt”, but his letter to the LA Times makes some good points and I have to say that I don’t think any less of him for this.

From the LA Times: Axl Rose pens letter to Rock Hall: won’t attend, declines induction

You know that girl from the AT&T “Silent Treatment” commercial?

Well, not only is she an actress, but she’s a singer too. Alexandra Socha posted the “Sara Sessions” on Bandcamp and says this about the songs: Once Upon A Time, Paul Fujimoto and I had a lot of time on our hands, a piano, some fancy recording equipment and two books of Sara Bareilles songs (beer may have also been involved). We saw then it was our destiny to record covers of her awesome songs and release them once a week for the next month. Enjoy “The Sara Sessions”!