Brass Against the Machine

Brass Against the Machine puts out stellar covers, primarily of Rage Against the Machine songs.

Janelle Monáe’s “Make Me Feel”

Janelle Monáe’s “Make Me Feel” channels Prince in the best way.

samuraiguitarist's cover of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up"

This morning I was introduced to SamauriGuitarist’s delightful spaghetti western reimaginings of songs including “Billie Jean” and “The Final Countdown“. It was the Rick Astley cover that won me over.

All right, I’m tired of riddles.
Never been lower.
Don’t know anyone who sleeps at night.
Don’t know anyone who’s sober.
Our wasted youth, my wasted friends,
Is a circus of purchase of meaningless ends.

But there’s no way I’m going under.
No way.
Strike up the drummer, play me a song.
I’m floating on.
Strange clouds are gathering.
No way I’m going under.
No way.
Strike up the drummer, play me a song.
I’m floating on.
Strange clouds are gathering.

Ian Penn's "It's Going to Rain" & Water from the Creek

Ian Penn‘s Water from the Creek album has been a warm, welcome companion for me throughout the past few months. Adding a full band behind Ian’s voice has brought out the richness of his folk music and showcases his songwriting beautifully.

“It’s Going To Rain” is a good introduction to his music, but taking in the album as a whole is so rewarding. Keep it near to put on the next time it rains.