Saturday, July 30, 2011

Quick Hits: tributes to The Ramones, Nirvana, and Bad Religion

As always I can't get to everything that comes my way. So here's what I couldn't get to this week:

Shonen Knife, Osaka Ramones
Dozens of cutesy indie pop Japanese bands have washed ashore in North America over the last 30 years, but there is still only one Shonen Knife.  Now the girls have decided to celebrate their 30th year with a tribute to one of their favorite bands, The Ramones.  It sounds exactly what you would imagine Shonen Knife playing The Ramones would sound like.

Various Artists, SPIN Presents Newermind: A Tribute Album
You're going to hear a ton more about Nirvana's Nevermind this year (including a 4 CD, 1 DVD set) as that landmark record turns 20 years old.  SPIN has taken the tribute album route with this record, available free for liking the magazine on Facebook.

Personally, I love the way things have come around with The Meat Puppets and The Vaselines both kicking in tunes after both were so famously covered by Nirvana back in the day.

Various Artists, Germs Of Perfection: A Tribute To Bad Religion
I had to look this one up after hearing The Weakerthans' cover of "Sanity" on CBC Radio 3.  The collection has a number of big names including Riverboat Gamblers, Tegan & Sara, Frank Turner, and Ted Leo, covering often more obscure songs from the legendary punk band's catalogue.  Surprisingly, the best cut may be Switchfoot's stripped down rendition of "Sorrow", which adds to the poignancy of the song.

It's available for free download here.

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